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Phuket Police hunt for Burmese nanny

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PHUKET: Chalong Police continue to scour Burmese labor camps on Phuket in search of a woman wanted in connection with the death of an infant left in her care by a Thai businesswoman last week.

For the previous report of how four-month-old Pornprasert Phromraksa was found dead by his mother on Saturday morning, click here.

Chalong Police Superintendent Chinnarat Rittakananond earlier told the press that the woman is only wanted for questioning, as police have not yet been able to confirm the baby was murdered.

An initial examination of the body determined asphyxiation as the cause of death, but there is no clear evidence the boy was intentionally choked or strangled by his 32-year-old Burmese nanny, identified only as ‘Ple’. Scratch marks on the infant’s left cheek have led investigators to suspect foul play, however.

The child’s mother, 32-year-old tour operator Palida Phromraksa, initially refused to allow her son’s body to undergo an autopsy, police said.

However Mrs Palida has now relented and the child’s remains will soon be sent to the forensics unit at Prince of Songkla University Hospital in Haad Yai, police said yesterday.

There are no medical facilities in Phuket capable of performing full autopsies, only preliminary post-mortem exams.

Believing the nanny still to be in Phuket, Chalong Police led by Maj Jaran Bangprasert have already checked at least three labor camps on the island – to no avail.

The high-profile case is being watched closely by Phuket Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngop, who has ordered officers to find the suspect.

He has also ordered the Phuket Labor Office to see if there are any records confirming that the nanny was ever legally registered to work in Thailand.

“I have often stressed the importance of using legally registered alien workers, because if there are problems they are easier to track down,” he said.

There are currently 30,000 Burmese workers registered under the Thai alien worker program, which is also open to nationals of Cambodia and Laos.

Some estimates of the actual number of Burmese living in Phuket put the figure at over 100,000.

A joint project between the Thai and Burmese governments to issue ‘work visas’ to unregistered alien workers is widely regarded as a failure, in part because many workers fear the Burmese government will use their private information to persecute their families back home.

Another problem is that many of the so-called ‘Burmese’ are actually Mons or members of other ethnic groups who have emigrated to Thailand from their homelands inside Burmese territory.

The military junta does not recognize them as Burmese citizens, making it impossible for them to complete the first step in the registration process: having papers issued confirming that they are Burmese nationals.

 

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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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Phuket red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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