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Phuket extends Covid entry restrictions to May 12

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Phuket’s governor has extended the Covid-19 restrictions and entry measures until May 12, after they were set to expire at the end of April. Phuket Governor, Narong Woonciew, announced the orders following a meeting with 14 foreign consuls and embassy representatives on Tuesday.

Phuket Immigration have since warned that foreigners who skirted the Covid prevention measures and acted “socially irresponsible”, would face legal action and may even be deported.

Recently, such foreigners have been called out for not wearing face masks, with a fine of 20,000 baht being announced for those who ignore such rules. Now, those rules have been extended, including all pubs, entertainment venues and bars being forced to close until May 12.

All classes in which people physically attend at any educational institutions or language schools are against those rules. Only those arriving at an establishment for academic testing are allowed to continue to do so. Mass gatherings have also been limited to 30 people. The detailed wording on mass gatherings includes:

“Unless authorised by the competent official, or is an activity performed by a competent official, or is an activity in an area designated as a quarantine facility. Any such activities that are authorised must follow Covid protection measures.”

There is no further explanation as to what kinds of mass gatherings would be included in that category of being able to receive authorisation. Previously, the mass gathering rule was limited to 50 people.

Gambling, cockfighting, fish fighting, Thai boxing, card games, or any other kind of spectator activities are banned. Training for different sports is also prohibited as well as snorkelling and diving tours. All private kindergartens and nurseries will continue to be closed, except kindergarten boarding schools.

The checkpoint at Tha Chatchai, at the north end of the island, is closed from 11pm to 5am daily. Only ambulances, vehicles transporting essential items and medical supplies are allowed to cross during those hours, or anyone else with special permission. For those drivers who want to enter Phuket during the checkpoint’s opening hours, they must present a rapid antigen test, showing a negative result for Covid-19 that was taken within 72 hours of arriving at the checkpoint.

Drivers can also pass through if they are fully inoculated against Covid. If they have met neither requirement, they must undergo a rapid antigen Covid test- at their own expense if they are foreign- if they are arriving from these provinces…

Chiang Mai

Chon Buri

Bangkok

Prachuap Khiri Khan

Samut Prakan

Samut Sakhon

Nakhon Pathom

Pathum Thani

Nonthaburi

Nakhon Ratchasima

Tak

Udon Thani

Songkhla

Suphanburi

Rayong

Khon Kaen

Sa Kaeo

Nakhon Sri Thammarat

Narathiwat

Surat Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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    Alex

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Is that really that there are excemptions? Is I heard even you come from Khao Lak you need to do a test

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    Alex

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    I mean if you go out of phuket to Phangna and come back in a day, youd probably will need a test, right?

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    wayno

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 2:29 am

    Phukets decision to welcome domestic travellers without restrictions over the recent holidays in an attempt to reap the finantial rewards has ruined its chance of being the fabled sandbox

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    Bill Fischer

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7:28 am

    I just went out to buy breakfast this morning. The first SIX locals I saw were not wearing masks. Three of them were food servers. I went cycling in the Chalong and Rawai area on Wednesday and saw bars completely open with one bar having a dozen unmasked girls standing around trying to lure in punters. I saw a small minimart with a big group of foreigners drinking, no masks, and sitting shoulder-to-shoulder. I passed several massage places. The girls or ladyboys were not sitting out near the street like usual, but just inside their establishments and clearing open. This is not going to go away if the police don’t start patrolling, period. The only hope is mass vaccinations. Thai culture (no problem attitude) is not conducive to everyone following the rules. We’re doomed!

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    stu

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 9:58 am

    @Bill Fischer – doomed? as in we are all going to die? i dont think that covid19 has doomed everyone in thailand to death…. but thanks for ur dire warning.

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    Buttaxe

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 10:24 am

    I really don’t know why any informed person would want to go to this corrupt sh*th*ole. It’s no better than many other places in Thailand but seems to take a particular pleasure in cheating visitors – Thai and foreign alike.

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    Maverick

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:42 am

    @Bill Fischer – most of the cops are in quarantine in Chalong…….they will soon be out catching up with lost earnings – suggest you stay home no risk there, unlike laydyboy massages

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    Covid19 PsyOp

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:50 am

    @Bill Fischer

    Very good observations. Here is your medal of honor as being a good citizen. Please next time make pictures of everyone, post on Social Media and tell everyone how you helped to prevent the spread of a virus less deadly than Tuberculosis, for which we never saw any measures, yet our civilization is still not doomed for death.

    I just hope all people like you will get a vaccine soon, so the problems that comes with with your talk will disappear in the near future lol
    Cant wait for the vaccines to have the worldwide effect like they have in India now already. Finally we are getting rid of the stupid people..

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    Simon Small

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    “I just went out to buy breakfast this morning. etc

    …Thai culture (no problem attitude) is not conducive to everyone following the rules.”

    I think your observations, while undoubtedly correct, probably say a lot more about those on Phuket, Thai and farang alike, than they do about “Thai culture”.

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3 organisers of Phuket’s Kolour superspreader event charged

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FILE PHOTO: 3 managers involved in the Kolour superspreader event have been charged.

As Thailand still wrestles to control the third wave of Covid-19, much of which stems from entertainment venues in Bangkok and a massive party in Phuket, Patong police announced that the managers of the Phuket venues that hosted the Kolour superspreader event will be charged under the Emergency Decree. The case report was filed with the public prosecutor yesterday according to the Patong police chief, confirming that 3 people will be prosecuted for the event.

The Kolour Beachside Festival was held April 2 and 3 with events at Café Del Mar Phuket in Kamala, and Shelter Phuket Dance and Night Club and Illuzion Nightclub, both in Patong. Before the festival, Phuket had gone more than a hundred days without any new Covid-19 infections, but by April 7 the Phuket provincial Public Health office announced 8 new infections, half of which had been at the Kolour parties. In the following weeks, officials plead for attendees to be tested as infections spread.

Charges were delayed in being filed to the Phuket Public Prosecutor’s office as a special investigation committee was ordered to be created to oversee the investigation at the request of Region 8’s Police Commander. That committee brought together officials from various law enforcement in the area including the Patong Police, Kamala Police, Phuket Provincial Police, and the Region 8 Police to investigate the Kolour event before anyone was charged.

The manager of Café Del Mar, along with the managing director and the manager of Shelter and Illuzion, which are under the same management team, will be charged for the Kolour festival violating Thailand’s Emergency Decree that was declared to help protect the country from Covid-19 outbreaks. A breach of the Emergency Decree can be held liable for up to 40,000 Baht and 2 years in jail under Section 9 of the Decree.

The latter 2 are also facing charges of operating an unlicensed entertainment venue. This carries the possibility of another year in prison and a fine of up to 60,000 baht, in accordance with Thai Law under Section 26 of the Entertainment Place Act.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure at high risk of death -CCSA

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Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure have the highest risk of death followed by patients infected with the coronavirus who underlying conditions of diabetes or high cholesterol, according to data from Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported 486 coronavirus-related deaths. Out of those fatalities, 392 were reported after April 1. Using data from the recent wave of infections, the CCSA found that those infected with Covid-19 who also have high blood pressure are at the most at risk of death, followed by those who are diabetic and those who have high cholesterol.

Others who are at risk of severe infection or death if infected with Covid-19 include those with chronic kidney disease, heart disease, obesity or lung disease.

Most of the deaths since April 1 have been in Bangkok, making up 46% of the death count in the recent wave, followed and provinces just outside the capital. Most patients who died while infected with Covid-19 have been over 60 years old with underlying health conditions. Several young adults, in their 20s and 30s, who died while infected with Covid-19, had underlying conditions of diabetes and obesity.

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Human Right Watch calls for Thailand to immediately act on Covid-19 outbreaks at prisons

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In response to the recent Covid-19 outbreaks in Thailand prisons, the Human Rights Watch issued a statement saying Thai authorities need to take immediate steps to tackle overcrowding in prisons and release inmates that do not pose a serious risk to the public. The organisation also notes that under international human rights law, the government must provide equal and accessible health care to the inmates, adding that Thailand must act quickly to ensure the infected prisoners are properly treated.

Yesterday, Thailand’s Department of Corrections reported 2,835 inmates at 2 Bangkok prisons tested positive for Covid-19, adding to the hundreds of cases at prisons in Chiang Mai and in the southern province Narathiwat by the Malaysia border. Out of the new cases, 1,795 at Bangkok Remand Prison, making up more than half the prison population. The other 1,040 infections are inmates at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution.

HRW says those held in Thailand’s overcrowded prisons are at “grave risk” of Covid-19. After the outbreak in Narathiwat in early April, prison visits were suspended to prevent the spread of Covid-19. HRW Asia director Brad Adams says authorities had been warned about the situation.

“Many people warned the Thai authorities that they needed to act proactively to avoid such a situation, but it seems they got caught sleeping at the switch.”

Under international law, the Thai government is obligated to provide adequate healthcare to prisoners, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, Brad says. He adds that to prevent the spread of Covid-19, some prisoners should be released to reduce overcrowding and congestion.

“Besides providing health care and virus testing, the authorities should reduce the detainee population through the supervised release of those held on politically motivated charges or for minor offences, or who face greater risk from underlying health conditions.”

HRW says Thailand should take immediate steps to tackle the longstanding problem of overcrowding in prisons and consider the supervised release of inmates who at a high risk of severe infection if they were to contract Covid-19. Those charged with minor offences or who are in pre-trial detention for minor, nonviolent crimes should also be considered for release, HRW says.

SOURCE: HRW

 

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