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Minister declares Phuket Airport ready to welcome STV arrivals

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The Thai Transport Minister has declared Phuket International Airport ready to welcome tourists arriving under the recently-launched Special Tourist Visa scheme. A similar announcement was also made in the days before the much-discussed October 8 STV tourists who never arrived. Now we wait again…

Peppering all these apparent preparations is a visit from the PM and cabinet officials to Phuket. A bit like the cow being artificially inseminated, something is definitely happening but she’s not quite sure what’s going on.

Saksayam Chidchob was at the airport on Saturday as part of checks on preparations for the re-opening of borders to foreign tourists and business people. It’s understood he has instructed Airports of Thailand and other relevant bodies to ensure the screening and processing of international arrivals is “good to go” at Phuket airport, as well as at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Mae Fah Luang (Chiang Rai), and Hat Yai airports, all under the management of Airports of Thailand.

After observing the health screening checkpoint at Phuket airport, along with the sample-taking and Covid testing procedure, Saksayam has declared the airport ready for international arrivals. It’s hoped that a smooth screening and testing procedure will mean virus control measures can eventually be eased, in order to allow more foreign visitors into the Kingdom. Officials in Phuket have been ordered to ensure airport premises, quarantine facilities and medical supplies and equipment, are sufficient to manage an increase in tourists.

Meanwhile, it’s understood officials at the Phuket Provincial Office, as well as the Harbour Department and other relevant agencies are asking the government to promote marine tourism, such as yacht trips and cruise ships, as one way to get the local economy going again.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Johnny Rambo

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:02 am

    What kind of r***rd would accept an extremely expensive 14 days quarantine-prison in Thailand ??? Please tell me. NOBODY will come except a few Chinese actors pretending to be “tourists” hired from the Thai government.

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    John Smith

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:13 am

    They’re dreaming again. When will someone tell them that it was never the rich that made them money from tourism in the first place. Sadly they’re gonna learn the hard way.

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    EdwardV

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Interesting since just two days ago the TAT announced that all STV tourists would be required to stay in Bangkok. Another clear case of conflicting announcements coming from the Thai government. Par for the course. Doesn’t really matter since as long as there is a quarantine in place, the numbers will be minuscule to the economy of Phuket specifically and Thailand in general.

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    Yan

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Keep the borders closed…or let people get infected and die….

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Chinese state-backed film released praising Wuhan

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A new, state-backed film marking the anniversary of the Covid-19 Wuhan lockdown, is using propaganda to praise the central Chinese city. The documentary “Days and Nights in Wuhan” chronicles the suffering that the city’s 11 million residents endured during the 76 day lockdown. 30 filmmakers contributed to the film which included footage of medical staff and front-line workers.

The film joins other documentaries centered on the Wuhan lockdown, including one that was produced by an activist artist that led to him fleeing the country after being harrassed by China’s Communist Party. “Coronation” was rejected by festivals, theatres, and streaming services in which the creator attributes to fears over the offending government which tightly controls what films can be shown inside the nation and abroad.

The new film was directed by Cao Jinling and has already debuted in Wuhan but the audience was thin. The film is set to be released to other cities today. But it is not clear if the government will allow it to be shown overseas.

“We wanted to record the journey of battling against the COVID-19 epidemic via motion picture. Some of the details, including the intense care, anxious waiting, heartbreaking farewells and hopeful rebirths, might strike a chord with viewers.”

The lockdown imposed on January 23 of last year, was eventually extended to surrounding areas in Hubei province, seeing some 56 million people unable to leave their homes. Hospitals and morgues became overwhelmed at the height of the crisis as Wuhan accounted for most of China’s 4,635 death toll.

Meanwhile, China has finally gave permission for the World Health Organisation to send a team of international experts to begin investigating the virus’ origins. Experts mostly agree that the coronavirus emerged from a Wuhan food market where live wild animals that carry the virus were sold. But China’s government has all but refuted the claim by insinuating that the virus was possibly brought into the country by US soldiers.

Other conspiracy theories are abound, but the notion that the virus was not from Wuhan has done well with many residents, who maintain the virus came from somewhere else. Such beliefs by those residents have also propelled them to view themselves as victims.

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Chon Buri province reports 0 cases of Covid today

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Chon Buri province is reporting 0 new cases of Covid-19, marking 3 out of 4 days with no new infections. Despite the good news, The Chonburi Department of Public Health is warning residents to “stay vigilant”.

A migrant worker tested positive for the virus yesterday but all close contacts, 93 people, to the person have tested negative and went into quarantine. The Provincial Employment Office in Mueang Chon Buri also closed, out of precaution.

The Chon Buri Department of Public Health says they will test 35 more who live around the same camp as the migrant worker, but those people are not considered close contacts. Banglamung and Pattaya has not had any cases of Covid for the past 7 days. Officials have said many times that the closure measures and provincial travel restrictions, that have left thousands out of work, will be lifted as soon as it is safe to do so, but it looks like any reviews of the measures will take place at the end of this month.

Currently, Chon Buri province is categorised as a “highly controlled” area which essentially deems all travel to be stopped. Those who do wish to travel, to or from the area, must have written permission by a district official in order to enter or leave.

Such strict measures have left many formal workers desperate as hotels have asked many times for the government to issue a forced lockdown which would help these workers collect social security to aid their lost salaries. But those requests have so far been denied as the government says they are mulling other ways in which to help.

In the meantime, hotels have taken their restaurants to the streets by offering food stalls and delivery with most of the owners saying they are trying to support their remaining staff. Chinese businessmen handed out food packages last night in a goodwill gesture to help those in need.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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CCSA Update: 309 new Covid-19 infections in Thailand

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The CCSA’s daily briefing today started with an update about a NBT news presenter who has attended the daily briefings at the CCSA studio and testing positive for Covid-19. The CCSA spokesman then announced that all people working in the CCSA studio, including himself, are defined as a “low risk” group for infections.

The CCSA spokesman says he, together with all those involved with any risk, will take a swab test this afternoon and will report the test results to the public later on. The infected NBT newscaster has been sent to the hospital already.

Today, 309 new Covid-19 cases were announced from the last 24 hours. The majority of the infections were detected from active case testing, accounting for 217 cases. Most of them were migrant workers. 80 were local transmission, while 12 cases were detected in state quarantine.

According to the CCSA spokesman, key measures to be rolled out next week will be the acceleration on proactive testing in Samut Sakhon and the outer western areas of Bangkok where the infection rate is still high. Numbers and reports from the active findings are expected to be complete by the end of next week will serve as key factors for a review of the current restrictions in place.

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