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KALIM-KAMALA: Kathu Police Station Superintendent Pol Col Teerapol Thipjaroen has warned motorists using the Kalim-Kamala road at night to take extra caution after one woman was dragged off her bike and nearly held at gunpoint and another woman had the rear window of her car smashed by a motorbike gang.

Vanessa Temple reported that she was attacked while riding her motorbike alone along the road at about 8 pm on June 2. “I was riding my motorcycle from Rawai to Kamala when two young men on a motorcycle came alongside mine and tried to pull my handbag from my shoulder,” she told the Gazette.

“I was unaware of them before they grabbed my bag, as there are no street lights on this particular stretch of road and they had their lights turned off.

“They pulled so hard that I was dragged from my motorcycle. I fell to the ground and rolled down the hill about 10 meters, and my motorcycle slid about 100 meters on its side to the bottom of the hill.

“The two men continued down the hill on their bike, still with no lights on. After getting to my feet, I saw them turn their bike around and drive towards me, shouting.

“As they came closer I could see that the passenger had a gun in his hand, and was pointing it at me. I was terrified. Fortunately, a car came round the corner at this time and the men drove off,” she said.

Another woman, who spoke to the Gazette on condition of anonymity, had her car’s rear window smashed by a motorbike gang after she was involved in an accident on the same stretch of road.

The woman explained that she was driving from Patong to her home in Kamala at about 1 am when she was involved in a minor collision with a pickup truck that pulled out into the road in front of her.

“After the accident, I saw a gang on more than 10 motorbikes approaching and one of them threw a rock at my car,” she said. The rock flew through the back window, ricocheted off the steering wheel and cracked the windshield.

“Luckily, I am not hurt and I lost none of my belongings,” she said. “But I will not drive along this road alone again because I am scared.”

Col Teerapol said, “We have heard many similar reports recently. We have contacted the Highways Department but they cannot install street lights along the road between Kalim and Kamala because they currently do not have the budget.

“We know of a teenage bike gang in Kamala, and I have assigned a team of officers to hunt them down,” he said, adding that he believes the two men who attacked Ms Temple were members of the same gang.

Col Teerapol explained that every night, beginning last year, Kathu Police and Kamala Police have set up a checkpoint on the road between Patong and Kamala. “I often inspect this checkpoint myself,” he said.

“Twice a month we meet with parents in Kamala and urge them to a take a greater interest in what their children are doing, and to try and influence the children not to commit crimes,” Col Teerapol said.

“Any person who was been robbed or victimized should report it to police immediately. If not, we have no information about the criminals, which makes it very difficult to protect against the problem,” he added.

 

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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive (cheaper for Phuket officials anyway).

The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… “We want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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