Connect with us

Phuket

Internet shop closure not enforced in Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

PHUKET CITY: The government-ordered closure of internet shops and tutorial schools nationwide to stop the spread of swine flu is not being enforced in Phuket, public health officials admit.

Most of the 480 registered internet shops on the island simply ignored the order, which they view as unfair and illegal.

Cabinet last Thursday approved a proposal by the Ministry of Public Health to close all internet shops and tutorial schools nationwide from July 13 to 26 to halt the spread of the A(H1N1) virus that causes swine flu.

However, whether the education or health ministries have the legal authority to enforce such a measure has been called into question.

Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) director Dr Pongsawas Ratanasang yesterday admitted his office was not trying to enforce the order.

The swine flu outbreak in Phuket is not as bad as it is in Bangkok, so the PPHO is asking internet shop operators to take extra precautions, such as cleaning keyboards and computer mice after each customer, he said.

Most internet cafes and tutorial schools have taken the necessary precautions to prevent the virus from spreading, Dr Pongsawas said.

As of yesterday, the number of reported cases of A(H1N1) infection in Phuket stood at 111, he said.

About half of the cases, including the only fatality, involved students.

On Thursday evening, a team of provincial officials set off on an inspection tour of karaoke bars, movie cinemas and internet cafes in a bid to warn business operators of the need to keep up the fight against swine flu.

Leading the tour was Phuket Vice-Governor Tri Augkaradacha, Phuket Culture Office chief Tawichart Inntarit, and officers from the PPHO.

Setting off about 5pm, the team visited internet cafes, then went on to the Coliseum Paradise cinema.

“Phuket has 480 registered internet shops. Most have given good co-operation by providing customers with hand wash gel and surgical masks, and putting up signs informing sick people that they cannot enter. They have to clean the mouse and keyboard after each customer. Some internet cafes are cramped, so we are asking operators to improve ventilation,” V/Gov Tri said.

Meanwhile, the outbreak of the viral disease chikungunya appears to have peaked.

Dr Pongsawas says there has been a total of about 2,500 chikungunya cases reported in Phuket so far, but reports of new cases are now typically at about four or five a day – much lower than the 50 or 60 cases daily when the disease was at its peak, he said.

— Khunakorn Terdkiatkhachorn

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand4 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thai PM sued, 4 phase Reopening plan | September 28

Thailand4 hours ago

List of disease restrictions by colour-coded zoning

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 9,489 new cases; provincial totals

Sponsored8 hours ago

St. Andrews International School, joins global event for children’s wellbeing

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand5 hours ago

Alleged drug dealer busted in Chon Buri, police seize drugs and gun

Crime6 hours ago

Nearly 200 police have been found guilty of misconduct this year

Thailand7 hours ago

Legalising prostitution, Beautiful Temples, Thai Taxi’s | Thaiger Bites | Ep. 27

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand7 hours ago

Army ranger suspected of killing his wife and mother-in-law surrenders to authorities in Songkhla

Thailand8 hours ago

6 dead and 30 provinces affected by topical storm ‘Dianmu’

Thailand9 hours ago

Kanchanaburi experiences earthquake so minor hardly anyone notices it

Thailand9 hours ago

Thailand Top Stories | Emergency decree extended, Quarantine waved | September 28

Thailand10 hours ago

Thailand’s reopening divided into 4 phases

Thailand10 hours ago

Thailand Restrictions waived Nov 1, Pornography law amendments | Good Morning Thailand | Ep. 97

Coronavirus World11 hours ago

Restrictions tightened in Singapore amid surge in Covid-19 infections

Thailand11 hours ago

Pattaya mayor confirms Pattaya reopening postponed to November

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

Thai PM hit with 50-million-baht lawsuit from angry restaurant operators

Thailand2 weeks ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending