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Foreign travellers to Phuket can enjoy their stays free from quarantine restrictions starting July 1. Today, the infectious disease committee approved the plan to allow foreign tourists to skip quarantines on the premises that local Phuket residents will be inoculated before then, as part of plans to achieve a herd immunity. The plan was supposed to be originally submitted this Friday to the Centre for Economic Situation Administration for approval, but was unexpectedly approved earlier.

Yuthasak Supasorn, the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, says the new “Sandbox” scheme, which would allow visitors to skip quarantine, could only be successful if 70% of the local population was vaccinated before lettting in tourists. Deputy governor Pichet Panapong says they have over 1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines ready to inoculate the local population.

“Phuket has been without any new Covid-19 cases for 89 days… There is in urgent need for foreign tourists here, to stimulate the economy and tourism sector. Before, a local resident earned about 40,000 baht per month on average. In February this fell to about 8,000 baht. Without some change, this will fall to 1,964 baht in July, which is below the poverty line.”

Pichet says a survey revealed that foreigners are interested in visiting Phuket but without undergoing quarantines. He says those foreigners who visit without undergoing quarantine, will be tracked using the Covid-19 tracing mobile app.

Such hoops that travellers may jump through under the Sandbox plan include showing a vaccine certificate, vaccine passport or IATA travel pass, a PCR test at the airport and activation of the ThailandPlus tracing application while in Phuket.

Koh Samui is also following Phuket in pushing for foreign travellers to skip quarantine requirements. The island is expected to be the first area in Surat Thani to test such quarantine-free entries for tourists as it features its own airport. Ratchaporn Poolsawadee, the president of the Tourism Association of Koh Samui, says he is hopeful that Samui will join other worldwide destinations in recapturing tourists.

“Koh Samui wants to grab tourist demand as there are many destinations globally that require no quarantine.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Stupid. After a year of an outstanding performance in protecting the country from the physical and social effects of Covid 19 that other countries have endured, to open the borders in one go rather than in measured steps, without any effective protective measures, there’s simply no other word for it.

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    Wayno

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Good news if it actually happens. Would not be for me though as i like to travel around and from what i read, there will be no leaving Phuket after you arrive.

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    EdwardV

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Great news going forward. Sure didn’t take Kho Samui long to drop their recent plan and adopt the Phuket one instead. Wonder how long until some of the other tourist priority areas can follow suit? Still need some of the details to be released. Is the PCR test pre flight or upon arrival? If it’s upon arrival travelers would need to quarantine for 2-3 days to get results. Are you required to fly direct or can you transfer at BKK and if so how does that work? Are you restricted to Phuket and for how long? Is there any movement restrictions while in Phuket? And who can take advantage of the program come July?

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    D-Boy

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    What is the status of the 7 or 10 (?) day “vaccinated” Quarantine initiative. It’s gone silent.

    Thank you.

    🙏

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    Rasputin

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    It’s a positive move forward for sure, but I think I will wait for the full details being published before I buy a ticket

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    Michael

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Many now thinks, that Thailand will screw this up. Maybe and maybe not. I have no doubt, that Phuket will do whatever it is in their power, to get this going and I really wish they succeed.

    If we can avoid quarantine, then the re-start of tourisme in Phuket, and later elsewhere, can begin.

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    fed up

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    tracing app… well thats a no go.
    tests, well no.
    Vaccine passport, no.
    No leaving phuket.

    Even if it seems to be a step in the right direction it still mind blowing. They don’t get to set the rules! If they want me (and anyone who can think) they will remove the BS and see tourists coming in hot! If not well then they get to see their population falling under poverty line.

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    Crispy

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Questions asked but EdwardV are spot on and of course we’d love an article with full answers

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    I doubt it.
    The Thais will not give up their lucrative income from Covid restrictions.
    I will believe it when I see it . . .

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    Peter Nielsen

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Good idea. Cannot let the Thais starve to death and suffer like they already do. And then move on without quarantine from city to city. Slowly, the tourists will come back. The quarantine is really the biggest obstacle.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 12:04 am

    If correct as reported the “7 or 10 day “vaccinated” quarantine initiative” has now been replaced by this, D-Boy – after all, why would anyone vaccinated want to quarantine when they can go to Phuket with no effective restrictions instead?

    How about the aging expats living on Phuket? The yachties? The hordes of bar girls, bar boys and freelancers who will flock to the island as long as Pattaya and Bangkok are closed?

    None of whom will be vaccinated …..

    Who can go in and out freely, unvaccinated, when the vaccinated tourists can’t ….

    The tourists, vaccinated or just with a photoshopped certificate, who will use Phuket for “quarantine” in lieu of an ASQ elsewhere?

    The tourists who get a false positive on arrival with the rapid test, who then spend 3 days in hospital quarantined waiting for the result?

    Or those who test positive with a rapid test, who then test positive with a PCR test too but are asymptomatic (as, depending on the vaccine, the vaccines give immunity at best but not sterile immunity)?

    The list goes on … and on. If the numbers are so small that the risk is minimal then it wasn’t worth doing, while if any prove to be problems the backlash will set any recovery back by months.

    Given what Thailand has achieved over the last year, this is just short-sighted, blind panic and Bali, Cambodia and Vietnam will reap the benefit if Thailand has to back pedal.

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    Akis

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Not opening the country.Opening one province ONLY to vaccinated tourists AFTER and if 70% of the local population is vaccinated as well.

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    LondonAl

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Sorry John but these are measured steps, tourists have to be vaccinated and pass 2 tests, in addition the Phuket population have been vaccinated so even better, what more do you want?

    People seem to struggle with the fact that the vaccine works, if you’ve been vaccinated then you are highly unlikely to catch Covid and if you do you will not be seriously ill, if you pass it on to someone who has also been vaccinated then they won’t get seriously ill either.

    We have to start somewhere, let’s not forget people are struggling very badly and want to get back to work,I think this is a workable plan, it’s great news for the people of Phuket and those of us who enjoy visiting the island.

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    Edward the Confessor

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 1:11 am

    Issan John, how have they protected the country from the social effects of COVID? The country is on its knees without tourists in tourist regions.

    I think the Thai victory over COVID could be described as Pyrrhic in terms of the impact it has had on the wider country.

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    Ben

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 1:46 am

    This plan is consistent with the long-term plan of allowing in vaccinated tourists who test negative for COVID (72 hours before their flight) if 70% of the population is vaccinated. The first sentence of the article says “Foreign travelers to Phuket…” so those allowed into Phuket, without quarantine, will not be able to access the rest of Thailand until they’re 70% inoculated which should be in 3-6 months.

    The article doesn’t address what movement will be allowed for the domestic population and foreigners already in country between Phuket and the rest of Thailand. My guess is not much until 70% of the rest of the population is inoculated.

    This would work for Samui and other spots where people movement could be controlled.

    Thailand is showing some aggressiveness in trying to get their share of returning tourists and helping areas disproportionately negatively affected by the pandemic. This is going to be good for their economy.

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    James R

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:28 am

    No thanks.

    No one outside of Thailand believes there are so few cases of the virus in Thailand.

    You need to have a vaccine in hand before you can distribute it to the locals, Thailand is still at the bottom of the supply chain.

    Once all the unvaccinated bar girls return to Phuket from Issan the virus will be everywhere.

    The lies about the number of cases will continue.

    Most tourists will stay away for at least a year, maybe two.

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    Bill

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 3:02 am

    Aww poor isaan john. He’s afraid of a little bug. Boo who.

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    Bill

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 3:06 am

    pyrrhic victory 100% but as long as isaan john doesn’t catch a virus with a 99.9% survival rate (for those with lives worth living) he’s ok with whatever suffering the Thais must endure. Selfish POS.

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    the man the myth the lengend

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 3:15 am

    i bet you are afraid of the 99% survival rate?

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    Matt Miran

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 3:25 am

    One Word: ‘Vaccine’….Live your life!

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    Matt Miran

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 3:28 am

    Agreed, John needs to learn how to read.

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    Matt Miran

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 3:31 am

    Unfortunate for people with average intellect, little Johnny is lock step with many of the worlds leaders #CLUELESS.

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    EdwardV

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 4:38 am

    I think this says why it’s happening: “will fall to 1,964 baht in July, which is below the poverty line.” The island is on it’s knees, and the country in general is not far behind. There were a couple of Op Ed articles in the BP by a Thai economist recently who use to work for the IMF. Basically saying the country will run out of borrowing capacity in the 3rd quarter, that even with a slight rise in exports the country revenue is in the dumps, and Thailand is spending like a drunken sailor on shore leave. In one of the past plans, you could stay in Phuket for two weeks, test and then be released into Thailand. As John said, basically do your quarantine running round Phuket. It would make no sense to lock down people in Phuket past 14-15 days. Personally I would wait a month or two and let them work out the kinks and reopen tourist businesses. I’m thinking September myself.

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    GeorgeA

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 5:06 am

    To all the Farang saying that Thailand shouldn’t open to tourists: Let’s see you go a year with virtually no income and see if you want your income back.

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    Dreqo

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 8:58 am

    This is really only intended for the red hoards they want back in so desperately. Nonetheless, most countries aren’t allowing citizens to travel abroad for R&R. Unfortunately too little, to late.

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    Phuket Tony

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 9:24 am

    @ Issan John, wow do you live in a world of fear and paranoia.
    You seem to be not really understand what’s going on in the world..
    Get you head clear, and read between the lines or simply read that Thailand has had 90 deaths in over a year… the world has been over reacting from the get go and due in large to people who buy into it like you.. !

    yes your right we better still just hide and live like idiots and pretend that Covid is more important than life itself.

    90% of all deaths from this flu are people over 80 and people who already have other heath issues.. death is a natural part of life, but apparently we don’t die now… only if we have Covid.. haha

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    dispensed

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 9:33 am

    It doesn’t sound that great. Anyone who comes under this scheme can expect to pay big money for mediocre resort tourism/prisoner experience. I’ll come when people grow up and get back to normal, if that day ever arrives. Until then, 2021 would be a great year to tour the US heartland where things are mostly back to normal and restrictions are few.

    The crux of the issue: Rona is not much worse than what we face any year. More people will die of pollution, hunger, diarrhea, tobacco.

    Fake journos act like 2 million people never died before. Pick up a history book sometime, folks.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 9:33 am

    “Sorry John but these are measured steps, tourists have to be vaccinated and pass 2 tests, in addition the Phuket population have been vaccinated so even better, what more do you want?”

    I’d be quite happy with that, London A1, if only it were true – unfortunately it’s not.

    There aren’t “2 tests” after arrival, only one. The test 72 hours before flying clearly doesn’t prevent people flying with Covid as the numbers testing positive on arrival, even taking out Thai returnees, show beyond any possible doubt.

    The one test on arrival is either a rapid test, which is up to 25% inaccurate for both negative and positive results, or a PCR test with the person tested unquarantined whilst the test is being processed (up to 3 days).

    The “Phuket population” won’t have been vaccinated – 70% of the registered Thai residents may have been, but that doesn’t include the expats, the yachties, or the tens of thousands of Thais who aren’t registered in Phuket but who are still registered in their home province.

    What you’re saying is fine, but it simply isn’t the reality.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 9:46 am

    “if you’ve been vaccinated then you are highly unlikely to catch Covid”

    Unfortunately that’s not true either, London A1 – vaccinations reduce the probability, but nowhere near “highly unlikely”.

    Sinovac reduces the probability, compared with unvaccinated, by just over 50%, others by around 80%.

    That’s a 1 in 2 possibility at worst, 1 in 5 at best.

    With only 10% of previous (2019) numbers there would be 10,000 tourists per day – although it would obviously be far less, that’s a potential 2,000 to 5,000 per day.

    “and if you do you will not be seriously ill, if you pass it on to someone who has also been vaccinated then they won’t get seriously ill either.

    Agreed 100% – good news for those vaccinated, rather less so for those not. By July, it is unlikely that more than 2 or 3 million will have been vaccinated in Thailand, which leaves over 90% of the Thai population unvaccinated who can catch the virus from not only the tourists but also the vaccinated and unvaccinated Thais.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 10:02 am

    We disagree about many things, James R, but

    “You need to have a vaccine in hand before you can distribute it to the locals, Thailand is still at the bottom of the supply chain.

    Once all the unvaccinated bar girls return to Phuket from Issan the virus will be everywhere.”

    is spot on and pretty unarguable.

    It’s simply impossible that “the rest of Thailand” will be “70% inoculated which should be in 3-6 months” as Ben et al suggest – that would require over 90 million doses which there is NO possibility of Thailand having in “3-6 months” even if Siam BioScience can find a magic wand and produce AZ vaccines as promised.

    It’s simply impossible since the vaccines aren’t there.

    … and the “unvaccinated bar girls”, expats, and the rest of Thailand haven’t been considered – while, as London A1 correctly says, “it’s great news for the people of Phuket and those of us who enjoy visiting the island”, it’s rather less “great news” for the other 99% of those in Thailand.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 10:25 am

    “Aww poor isaan john. He’s afraid of a little bug. Boo who… as long as isaan john doesn’t catch a virus with a 99.9% survival rate (for those with lives worth living) he’s ok with whatever suffering the Thais must endure. Selfish POS.”

    Rather puerile, Bill, not surprisingly.

    99% of Thais don’t live in Phuket, and they will be largely unaffected by any upturn in Phuket tourism, which will mainly benefit just the 1% who do.

    The other 99%, though, WILL be affected by any backlash if Covid-19 is brought into Phuket and inevitably spreads, since although tourist movement can be limited the virus can’t.

    FWIW that’s very unlikely to affect me directly, indirectly, or personally, making the “selfish POS” comment rather superfluous as there hasn’t even been one Covid case within 50kms or so, but that probably applies to a very, very small percentage of the local populace.

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    J West

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Greed makes people stupid.

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    Nipral

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    @Issan
    YOU are the stupid one as always !
    How can you claim “protecting the country from physical and social effect…”
    You must be blind or fatuous. Probably both !!!!
    Don’t you see the surge of poverty, unemployed people, etc… even in Issan ???

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    Ben

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Again this is a Phuket specific plan and it’s based on 70% of the population being vaccinated. Think of Phuket as having one door going in and one door going out. After the Phuket population is 70% vaccinated, in this case by July 1st, then ALL that enter the door going in must be vaccinated. If they don’t reach the 70% goal then the July 1 date is pushed back until that goal is reached. Bar girls from Isaan or anyone else not in Phuket by a certain date will have to get vaccinated prior to being allowed into Phuket. It’ll be hermetically sealed at a certain date and all those inside will be given priority for vaccination.

    Those that want to enter the rest of Thailand will have to deal with a separate set of restrictions that’ll be in place until 70% of the rest of Thailand’s population is vaccinated hopefully by October 1st. Those rules currently are 7 days quarantine for the vaccinated and 10 for the unvaccinated if they’re from countries without risky variants and 14 days quarantine if they’re from countries with risky variants. They haven’t defined which countries are risky variant countries to my knowledge so stay tuned.

    So this plan appears to have 2 goals:

    1. Help Phuket economically.

    2. See if this type of scheme results in a good COVID outcome for Phuket. If it does then it can be applied to the rest of the country when it’s 70% vaccinated. It’s like a test because no one knows how it’ll turn out. Instead of guessing they’ll use Phuket as a willing guinea pig.

    If you’re living in Phuket and concerned about the COVID outcome then arrange to get vaccinated or get out of Phuket. I’m sure doses will be available for those that want to get vaccinated since they’ve made getting doses to the island a priority.

    It’s a step forward and isn’t going to please everyone but I’m sure it has the support of the local population.

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    London Al

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:54 am

    James R thinks there are millions of Thais with Covid, if he believes that and is staying away more fool him but his choice.

    Issan John thinks everyone entering Phuket, vaccinated or not, is carrying Covid, 20m vaccinations in UK so far and not a single one of them has caught Covid, that’s after one jab, add 2,000 live cases in Thailand out of 70m population and we have arrived at a point where we can cautiously proceed with opening Phuket, spare a thought for the locals for once.

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    James R

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 8:42 am

    London Al

    Let’s see how many Thais will be vaccinated by July, not many, I will give you ten to one odds.

    India is stopping its exports of the vaccine as it needs them itself, the EU is far behind their vaccination plan and is banning the export of their vaccines.

    So in the very unlikely event Thailand manages to develop and manufacture its own vaccine then Phuket will be waiting a year or more before it gets any needles in arms.

    Issan John…yes we mostly do disagree on many things on this venue but it is mostly tongue in cheek from my perspective.

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    gigi

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    I still don’t understand, all this suffering that many have in not being able to go to Thailand. Does all this let me think about? Mmmhh !!! To you the rest of the comments!!!

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    Jase

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Talk talk talk promise promise promise all I hear is blah blah blah how many times are we reading headlines about what Thailand plans to do what they’re going to do what the latest is and never ever ever turns out to be anything other than hot air. I’ll just wait for the next headline

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    Anonymous

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    It’s still mandatory to stay 30 days in Thailand.no one is going to stay 30 days. What if I want to stay for 20 days ?

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    Anonymous

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 8:04 am

    What about 30 days mandatory stay. ? Why. ? If I want to go Thailand for 15 days then ? This is biggest hurdle to revive Thai tourism. They must remove 30 day’s minimum stay requirements.

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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.

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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.

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“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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Footbridges in Phuket stood in the way of a luxury yacht travelling from its home in Phuket to Koh Samui when the boat was too tall to pass. Police received a call around 8 pm last night from the truck driver after his trailer carrying the yacht had trouble getting under one of several bridges for walkers to pass over the highway. The boat was travelling down Thepkrasattri Road, where it was stopped by the bridge near Baan Tha Reua School. The boat also had trouble at the pedestrian bridge at the Provincial Electricity Authority Thalang Branch and the bridge at Baan Lipon School in Srisoonthorn.

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This time police were less amused and suggested the truck driver try to resolve the issue himself and call back to the police only if he was unable to free the luxury yacht. A traffic police officer went to follow up with the stranded boat at the end of his shift and found the driver had given up and decided to return the yacht to its Phuket origin at Boat Lagoon Marina in Koh Kaew. The boat, now damaged from the bridge bumps, wasn’t going to make it to Surat Thani to be sailed to Koh Samui on this journey. The boat radar had broken off on one of the bridges. No word on any major damage to the pedestrian bridges.

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