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Phuket FC draw with Trang while Phuket United advance in FA Cup

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PHUKET: About 1,000 fans chanced the looming threat of rain on Saturday evening to come out and see the new-look Phuket FC in action against an unexpectedly strong Trang FC, in a friendly match in Phuket Town.

Played under overcast skies at Surakul Stadium, the pre-season friendly did not end up getting washed out by the rain, nor did it reward fans with any goals, with both sides unable to break the scoreless deadlock..

Nonetheless, scoring chances were enjoyed by both sides with Phuket FC rattling the crossbar a few times and Trang missing a number of glorious opportunities.

Aside from an all-star line-up of both old and new players, Phuket fans were especially pleased and surprised to see local keeper Kampon “Ice” Phatomakkakul suited up for action.

As previously reported, Ice was selected to represent the Thailand national squad in the 27th SEA Games to be held in Myanmar later this year, and he was expected to be at the national team training camp in Chiang Mai.

However, due to a rotating training schedule, Ice will still be available for Phuket some of the time, the Gazette has learned.

After the game, Phuket Head Coach Panipol Kerdyam told the Gazette: “Today was a good opportunity for me to assess our team. The players were a little exhausted from training everyday, but I was able to assess the areas we need to improve on, whether on running the systems or communication between the positions, as well as defending..

“It’s a good thing that we drew today… When we face a big team, we need to be 100 per cent ready. In any case, I know where we’re at and we’re still planning to bring in more players before the season begins.”

The Gazette also spoke with Brazilian striker Luiz “Dudu” Eduardo, who said: “We had many chances. We’re just beginning to work together. The coach had a hard time to get us to successfully execute some combination plays… Either way, the team played well and we will need to improve on a lot of things so we can hopefully win the [Division 1] championship this year.”

Bako, Trang FC’s Cameroonian coach said he was satisfied with his team’s performance. “Many of our players had just joined but we did good to stop Phuket and even had a few chances to score. As for Phuket, I was impressed with their midfield, but I think they had trouble finishing the score.”

Asked about his goals for the upcoming season, Bako was clear: “We need to make it to the Champions League again [by finishing as one of the top two teams in the Division 2 Southern Regional League], so we can get promoted to Division 1 and beyond next year.”

Phuket FC veteran Nenebi was in good spirits despite the draw. “This will be my fourth year for the team and I’m happy to continue to play here. We have a good team this year and have a lot of work before us to reach our goal and get promoted.”

Phuket United advance to round of 16

The island’s pro futsal team Phuket United advanced from the round of 32 of the Thailand Futsal FA Cup after defeating ATP FC 3-2 in a tough match up on Saturday afternoon.

The match was contested at the Fashion Island Futsal Arena in Bangkok with goals by Teerachit Janmas, Jardel and Akkadet Chuaiklai narrowly securing passage for the Andaman Pearl.

After the match, Assistant Coach Patt “Tum” Sriwijit said his team did not play so well. “We were tired from the travel and the busy league schedule, but luckily we were able to win this match.

It is still not known who they’ll meet in the Round of 16 on January 24 as the draw is taking place now.

Win or lose, the Andaman Pearl travel to table toppers TOS RBAC Chonburi FC in a tough away match on January 26 for their 16th fixture of the GMM Thailand Futsal Premier League 2012-2013 season.

With its all-star national squad line-up, Chonburi only narrowly prevailed 4-3 over the Pearl a week ago in Phuket.

Chonburi also won their respective Thailand Futsal FA Cup round of 32 matchup on Saturday, defeating Surat Thani 2-1.

— Steven Layne

 

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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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