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Review panel finds sea-walking unsafe

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PHUKET: After a six-month study of the sea-walking industry in Thailand, a review panel of the Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) yesterday said that current safety provisions were inadequate. Speaking at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall to garner feedback from sea-walking operators in Phuket, a TISTR officer said that there is an urgent need for Thai operators to improve safety regulations, and added that existing operators’ lack of concern for tourists’ safety could jeopardize the tourists’ lives. However, the officer conceded that some of the dangers of sea-walking resulted from the tourists themselves, with many not telling operators about health problems, such as heart disease. Other issues raised at the meeting included improving the quality of air pumped to the tourists walking along the seabed, and increasing the distance the tourists must keep from coral. The TISTR panel has yet to determine the details of the recommendations in its final report, which will be handed to the Tourism Authority of Thailand head office in Bangkok.

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Police arrest 21 curfew violators in Phuket, and raid a party in Pattaya

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Police in the southern island province of Phuket arrested 21 people last night for violating the national curfew imposed to fight the spread of Covid-19.

Teams of officials and volunteers conducting night patrols across the province from 11pm to 4am and found 21 people out during the period without authorisation or justifiable reason. One of them was found possessing some bottles of kratom drug cocktail.

All were taken to the district police station for legal action.

Meanwhile, 30 teenagers were caught for violating the emergency decree and the night curfew by joining a birthday party at a house in Banglamung, near Pattaya, in Chon Buri early this morning. 14 male students were arrested and taken the Huay Yai police station.

Police raided the house in Huay Yai, Banglamuang district about 3.30am with dozens of teenagers dancing inside. Some were in pyjamas and others in school uniforms. The party was being streamed live on Facebook. The deputy superintendent says the arrests followed a tip-off from neighbours that a birthday party was held at the house.

Between April 3 and May 29, a total of 1,820 people in 1,762 cases were arrested for curfew violations in Phuket. Police say the provincial court has already handed down rulings on 1,403.

This Monday, June 1, the curfew will be shortened for a second time, to 11pm-3am.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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National figures for Covid-19 cases in Thailand (May 30)

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Today the spokeswomen from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul announced just 1 new Covid-19 case. She revealed that the single confirmed case was an imported case from Saudi Arabia – a male Thai student who is now in state quarantine. This raises the national total to 3,077.

No additional death reported today leaving the accumulated toll at 57.

“Local infections significantly slowed and over the last 2 weeks, 43 of 52 new cases were Thais who had arrived from abroad.”

Over the past two days there have been 11 cases on each day, a jump from the single digit report days for the weeks before, but all imported cases.

“The student boarded a bus to the checkpoint at the Malaysian border on Monday and was put in a state quarantine facility in Narathiwat province. He tested negative on that day but 3 days later he had a fever, a cough and shortness of breath. A retest showed he was infected and he was sent to Narathiwat Hospital.”

Health officials will conduct retests on 39 other returnees who had been on the same bus.

59 patients still remain in hospital in Thailand.

Chon Buri, where Pattaya is located, has had no new confirmed cases in 46 days. Pattaya City has had no new recorded cases in 36 days.

Phuket marks it 5th day without any new Covid-19 cases.

SOURCE: Pattaya News | Bangkok Post

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Transport Company interprovincial bus services to the South remain suspended

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Transport Company, Thailand’s interprovincial bus company, announced this week that it is continuing its suspension of all services to the southern provinces as the country will be under the state of emergency until June 30.

It did not say when services will resume. The company was expected to resume services from Bangkok to Koh Samui, Phuket and Trang from June 1.

The Cabinet decided on Tuesday to extend state of emergency in line with measures to control the spread of Covid-19.

Transport Company announced in April, when the national curfew came into force, that services on routes longer than 300 kilometres would remain halted nationwide until further notice.

Services on routes under 300km operated by minibuses are still allowed, from 5am-4pm, and parcel services can operate from 5am-8:30pm.

The decision is in line with the decision of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration to maintain the night curfew, from 11pm-3am, and discourage travel between provinces to restrict the spread of the virus.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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