There have been 7,347 hotel bookings made for the southern island of Phuket as its “sandbox” re-opening continues. In the first 4 days of the scheme, the island has welcomed 1,416 international arrivals, most of whom are foreign nationals. Below is the breakdown:
Day 1: 479 (303 foreign nationals, 176 Thais)
Day 2: 544 (467 foreign nationals, 77 Thais)
Day 3: 389 (319 foreign nationals, 70 Thais)
Day 4: 481 (327 foreign nationals, 154 Thais)
A Thai PBS World report says the 7,347 sandbox hotel bookings account for a total of 90,861 room nights. There are 2,787 bookings in the former party destination of Patong, while 1,193 people have opted for Choeng Thale, in the north of the island, and 896 have chosen Karon, on the south-west coast.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration says that since July 1, 20 international flights have touched down at Phuket Airport. The vast majority of arriving passengers have tested negative for Covid-19, while 129 are waiting for their results. Between July 1 and 4, 15 new local infections have been reported on the island, with 48 patients receiving hospital treatment.
Meanwhile, officials have put out a call for those who were on a Thai Smile flight from Bangkok to Phuket on July 1 to come forward for testing after a passenger on board was found to be infected. Officials are also asking for those who visited the same locations as the infected person to get tested.
SOURCE: Thai PBS World
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