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Thai man dies after motorbike hits tree in Phuket

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A Thai man has died after over shooting a curb and hitting a tree in Phuket Town last night. 36 year old Narongchai Samat, from Phang Nga, became the 23rd person to die on Phuket roads this year. Phuket City Police were called around 10:15pm last night, to the scene of the accident, which was near the Phuket office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation on Damrong Road.

Kusoldharm rescue workers and an ambulance from Vachira Phuket Hospital joined police at the scene. They found the body of Narongchai lying on the ground about 30 metres away from the road. Nearby was his blue Honda Dream. Medical examiners say he suffered from fatal head trauma, and wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Police say witnesses told them he was riding at speed along the road, which was slippery from rain. They say he overshot the curve, hitting a large tree. They say his body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for further examinations and it was released to his family so they could hold a funeral for him.

Meanwhile, officials set a target of 0 fatalities this week on Phuket’s roads for the upcoming 7 days of Danger road-safety campaign that will run over this Songkran holiday, or Thai New Year. The campaign will be enforced from April 10-16. Since January, 3,912 people have been killed and 255,656 have been injured on Thailand’s roads, according to the Thai Road Safety Committee website.

In Phuket alone, 23 people have died and 3,380 have been injured in road accidents since the start of the new year. During Songkran, the roads become dangerously wet as water-splashing and water-fights consume the country as they ring in the Thai New Year, but this year water-splashing is banned due to Covid-19 restrictions that aim to prevent the possible spread of the virus.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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    Mark

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Did he have a mask on makes all the difference Thai road deaths always high what are the numbers for this year even without tourist like to know

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    Issan John

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    … and this is headline news because …? 😕

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    toby andrews

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Have they checked? He might have died of covid while taking the bend . . .

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    Yan

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    67 /day…no news

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    Ian Riley

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 7:53 am

    @Isaan John
    It’s news because a man died. Perhaps it would be better if all ignore your passing.

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    Mister Stretch

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 8:43 am

    A man has died…last night?

    How many times can he die? One? Then he died, not “has died”.

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    Jason

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    IJ, it was what they call in the press “a slow news day” 🙂 Perhaps we can all learn from countries where the road toll is significantly less. Speed, alcohol, lack of sleep, mobile phone use and lack of protective wear all contributing factors. It’s tragic for his family and friends who now have to face a funeral for a life cut short. I have to say though, that Thailand is an occupation health and safety nightmare!!! My country has swung the pendulum the other way by trying to wrap everyone up in cotton wool! Somewhere in the middle is a balance.

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    Issan John

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    “It’s news because a man died.”

    Really?

    No other reason?

    So every death is headline news?

    Wow, I’d never noticed before …..

    GAFM 😢

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    Jason

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    “Thailand adopts national strategy of real motorbike helmets. It is now Law for only two people to ride on a motorbike at one time” ….Is that more to your liking? In other news… “Thai Electricity Authority begins project to get rid of dangerous low wires throughout the Kingdom”

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    Issan John

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    “.Is that more to your liking?”

    If only it was that simple, Jason. 😕

    I recall when the government, maybe a couple of years ago, told the police to enforce the law banning anyone from riding in the back of pick-ups unless they had seat belts to try to cut down the Songkran death toll.

    That lasted about a day until they realised that most schools up-country rely on converted pick-ups to get the kids to school every day, that most of Thailand relies on song-taews as local transport and that the whole country relies on the ‘rescue’ volunteers using them to get people to hospital in a hurry.

    The same thing applies to “real” motorbike helmets and “only two on a motorbike”.

    Unless there’s an alternative then there’s not much point in banning something that people have to do in order to earn a living / get their kids to school / etc.

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Phuket’s July Sandbox no-quarantine model “needs a major revamp”

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PHOTO: The monsoon waves are starting to hit Phuket's west coast

Thailand’s Sports and Tourism minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn is acknowledging that Phuket’s ‘Sandbox’ model for a no-quarantine re-opening in July will need “a major revamp”. As the Songkran travel bubble bursts and the monsoon season waves start to roll onto the island’s west coast beaches, Phuket’s scheduled July re-boot suddenly seems a long way off.

Minister Phiphat says he plans to meet with “all related agencies” this week. Apart from the latest national re-surge in new infections, Phuket has been unable to get its hands on sufficient vaccines to meed its deadline of 70% of the island vaccinated by July 1. Thailand’s limited supplies of the vaccine – including some 930,000 doses designated for Phuket – are being rerouted to other provinces as the government prioritises the limited supply.

“We are all concerned about the reopening timeline,” he was quoted in Bangkok Post.

But the Minister did acknowledge that, if the 70% vaccination level couldn’t be met, they may consider opening some areas of the island. Exactly how that would work hasn’t been revealed at this stage.

The minister also brought up the ongoing travel bubble negotiations and says he hadn’t heard back from some of the candidates with their reaction to the current outbreak.

Flights in and out of Phuket Airport’s international terminal have been extremely patchy and the flights from feeder tourist markets will need to co-operate with any re-opening plans.

Phuket, whilst suffering a rise in new infections, hasn’t been hit as hard as some of the other popular holiday provinces, like Chiang Mai, Chon Buri (Pattaya) and Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin).

This year’s Songkran was going to be a major stepping stone for the island’s recovery and many hotels, some who had opened especially to cater for Songkran holiday traffic, noted a lot of cancellations just prior to the break.

But some island hotels have still reported high occupancy rates over the past week. One Manager, who did not want his name published, said that their hotel was almost full with Thai patrons, most who had pre-paid for their flights and accommodation and decided to go ahead anyway.

Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, the president of the Phuket Tourist Association, says that they are opposed to any lockdown as it would cripple the island, with its tourist businesses already suffering greatly. He stated that 15% of people cancelled their Songkran bookings, while 30% had postponed their trips.

The Sports and Tourism Ministers is still in quarantine after having close contact with Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, who was diagnosed with Covid-19 2 weeks ago.

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Phuket begs Kolour attendees to come for Covid-19 testing

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FILE PHOTO: Kolour in the park was more pleasant in 2018 before Covid-19.

Health officials in Phuket put out a public statement this week compelling all foreigners who attended clubs and ‘Kolour’ events to report for Covid-19 testing. As many might expect, the response has been lacklustre at best. Spreading the message around the foreigner and expat community in Phuket, the message is aimed at the multitudes of people, mostly foreign who attended Kolour and related events that turned into a Covid-19 superspreader event. Many foreigners have not come forward, much to health officials chagrin.

Online and on social media, foreigners and Thais shed light on why this urgent public health request is going largely unheeded. Foreigners fear the repercussions of coming forward, especially since Thailand is not allowing staying home or elsewhere in isolation if someone tests positive for Covid-19. Quarantine is mandatory, and with infection numbers exploding across the country, many fear the less-than-posh comforts of being quarantined in an emergency field hospital.

Cost is the other factor that likely is preventing foreigners from turning themselves in to be tested for Covid-19. While Phuket health officials may test people for free, anyone found infected with Covid-19 will be financially responsible for all the costs of their treatment and quarantine. Foreigners with limited financial resources, especially after a year of holing up in Thailand to ride out the Coronavirus, may resist reporting to authorities when they cannot afford the mandatory quarantine and medical treatment.

Perhaps recognizing this hesitation, the message includes a plea for all attendees to self-quarantine and self-monitor for any symptoms over the next week, even if they fail to report or test negative. The note also reminds everyone to wear masks in public at all times. The statement to the public also instructed anyone who attended any of the Covid-19 spreading nightlife events to report to the Acute Respiratory Infection Clinic area of Vachira General Hospital to receive a Covid-19 swab test.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions

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Three of Thailand’s biggest expat areas are seeing sharp rises in new infections, partly from pre-Songkran traffic. The Songkran holidays, now officially over (but will see many people taking today off and making a weekend Songkran extension), and the government says they are expecting to see a rise in the cases numbers reported in the popular holiday locations.

Chon Buri Public Health office says they now have a total of 910 infections since April 1. They have 103 new cases in the past 24 hours. Most new cases are in Bang Lamung district which includes Pattaya City with 47, Siracha with 12) & Chon buri City with 8.

Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions | News by Thaiger

Meanwhile Phuket has a total of 142 infections recorded on the island with the Governor still insisting there will be no need for a lockdown. Here’s a breakdown of the areas and the numbers of recorded infections so far (below).

Governor Narong announced that the Phuket Infectious Disease Control Committee won’t be implementing an official lockdown, but will “strictly raise the intensity of public health measures to counter the spread of Covid-19″.

“Everyone should wear a face mask, maintain social distancing, wash their hands frequently and install the Mor Chana app (available for free from App Store and Google Play Store).”

A meeting of the CCSA, chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is expected to upgrade restrictions in red zone areas around the country, which includes Phuket and Pattaya. Read more about the latest red and orange zones HERE.

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For Hua Hin expats, there’s been 100 new Covid-19 infections announced in Prachuap Khiri Khan in the past 24 hours, 75 cases from Hua Hin. This takes the total in the province since April 1 to 625. Hua Hin accounts for nearly 90% of the district’s total cases.

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