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Krabi police raid turns up war weapons, meth

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PHUKET: Police raids at a shrimp farm and the nearby home of a subdistrict chief (Kamnan) in Krabi province, across the bay from Phuket, has turned up an Uzi, a Thompson machine gun, six shotguns, several handguns and two grams of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine).

Region 8 Police yesterday presented Kamnan Anan Sanhad, the 55-year-old subdistrict chief of Klong Khanan, to the press.

Anan is being investigated as the prime suspect behind the ambush that resulted in the death of local activist Paruhas Kongbannuek in July last year (story here).

Also presented by the police were shrimp farm workers Sanya Chaipim, 38, from the northeastern province of Sisaket, and Weerasak Songsaeng, 45, from Narathiwat in the Deep South.

Acting on allegations by local villagers that Kamnan Anan was behind the lethal attack on Mr Paruhas, police obtained a search warrant for his home in Khlong Khanan, Region 8 Police Deputy Commander Anuchon Chamart explained.

“About 50 officers took part in the raids. Many firearms were found at Kamnan Anan’s house, including an Uzi, a 9mm handgun and a .357 handgun, as well as ammunition and two grams of ya ice,” he said.

“He has been charged with possession of a war weapon and corresponding ammunition for such a weapon, as well as illegal possession of firearms. He has also been charged with possession of a Category 1 narcotic,” Col Anuchon added.

The police investigation also led officers to obtain a search warrant for two other homes in the area.

“At the two houses on the shrimp farm in Klong Khanan we found weapons and ammunition,” said Col Anuchon.

The cache of firearms discovered at the farm comprised six shotguns, a Thompson submachine gun, an 11mm handgun, two bulletproof vests and and ammunition.

In total, 681 rounds of ammunition were seized in the raids, Col Anuchon said.

“Mr Sanya and Mr Weerasak have both been charged with possession of a war weapon and matching ammunition, as well as illegal possession of firearms,” he said.

“The allegations by villagers pointed to Kamnan Anan being involved in the murder of Mr Paruhas, among other shootings.

“It was also alleged that he was behind the burning of villagers’ houses over a palm oil plantain conflict,” he added.

Mr Paruhas was the leader of a group of locals protesting a palm oil plantation operator in Khlong Khanan who had refused to vacate land earmarked by Cabinet for use by local residents, Col Anuchon explained.

“Police requested a search warrant for his house to help determine whether or not he was involved in the alleged crimes,” he said.

“All three suspects have been handed over to the Krabi Provincial Court for detention while police continue with their investigation,” he added.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

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ICU beds for Covid-19 patients in Phuket are close to a “critical” low

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Covid-19 patients in severe condition may have to been transferred from a government hospital in Phuket to a private hospital as the number of available hospital beds at public intensive care units in Phuket is close to a “critical” low, according to Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Chalermpong Sukontapol.

There are 9 ICU rooms at the Vachira Phuket Hospital. 5 are being used for Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms while the other 4 rooms are for those with mild symptoms and are under observation before being moved to another bed.

“If the 9 rooms are full of severe symptom cases, that will be a big critical stage. We may need to transfer our patients to other provinces or private hospitals, which may involve additional costs.”

He says 50% of the Covid-19 patients in Phuket are asymptomatic while 30% have mild symptoms and 10% have severe symptoms. For most of those with severe symptoms, the virus has moved to their lungs and they are in need of special equipment, like ventilators, to help them breathe and Charlempong says those patients need to be under close observation.

SOURCE: Phuket News

 

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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… โ€œWe 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,โ€

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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Thailand News Today | Pfizer vaccines on the way, Phuket’s July re-opening | May 7

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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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