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Health officials now checking Chinese tourists in Phuket hotels

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: Health officials and police check on Chinese hotel guests - The Chiang Rai Times

Health officials in Phuket are checking up and visiting Chinese tourists at local hotels over worries about the Wuhan Coronavirus. Though there are no confirmed cases on the island, officials are performing the checkups as precautions intensify to contain the spread of the virus.

Phuket’s deputy governor says officials are now taking more proactive measures to combat the coronavirus, with a total of 2,230 officers now checking Chinese tourists’ health at hotels.

“They will check 3,438 Chinese tourists who arrived in tour groups at 31 local hotels. This is to monitor their condition and generate confidence among Phuket residents.”

He says provincial authorities of the Tourism and Sports Ministry office have opened a centre to help virus-affected tourists. The opening event was held at the provincial hall to show support for Chinese visitors.

Health officials now checking Chinese tourists in Phuket hotels | News by Thaiger

PHOTO: The Chiang Rai Times

Chalermpong Sukhonthapol, director of Phuket’s coronavirus response centre, says 29 people, all Chinese nationals, were placed under surveillance last month. Nineteen of them were cleared and discharged from hospital, while 10 still await test results as of today. Passengers passing through Phuket airport from mainland China are being screened for infection.

Meanwhile officials have confirmed Thailand’s first case of person to person transmission. The virus was contracted by a local taxi driver who has never travelled to China. He is one of five new confirmed cases, bringing the total number in Thailand to nineteen. The four others are Chinese nationals travelling from Wuhan.

Human to human transmission been confirmed in other countries, including Germany, Japan, South Korea and the United States. Sopon says that compared to other countries, Thailand is at “greater risk” when it comes to human to human transmission, due to its high number of Chinese and foreign travellers.

Source: Bangkok Post

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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