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Phuket told to prepare “response plan” in case of second Covid-19 outbreak

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Daily News

As Phuket awaits foreign tourists, city officials are told to prepare a “response plan” in case of a second wave of Covid-19. An official from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports held a workshop in Phuket today to discuss the risk of another outbreak as the country opens up to those on the Special Tourist Visa.

The ministry’s permanent secretary Chote Trachu says now that the country is allowing tourists (who are required to quarantine upon arrival) an infection “may somehow slip through.” He says a response plan needs to be in place in case this happens, adding that there should be corporation from the Ministry of Public Health and Ministry of Defense.

“If any tourists are found to be infected, the disease must not be allowed to spread among the people. There should be no panic, and public health officers will investigate the case. Tourist Police will track down the suspected person in an investigation with the Ministry of Public Health.”

Chote says all provinces – not just Phuket – should have a response plan. Although tourists must go through a mandatory 14 day quarantine upon arrival, Chote says there are some cases where the incubation period for Covid-19 is longer than 14 days.

“There are a variety of cases. Sometimes, the infection does not show after 14 days, or even 15 or 16 days. Each situation is different.”

Recently, a woman in Koh Samui tested positive for the coronavirus 5 days after she was released from a Samut Prakan quarantine facility. Traces of the virus were found on gym equipment the woman used at the quarantine, leading health officials to suspect she was infected before arriving to the island.

“We urge Thai people to not let their guard down. Everyone must wear masks, wash their hands and take care of personal hygiene. This will help prevent them from contracting the disease.”

SOURCE: Phuket News


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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    If they keep this panicking up they will really deter any visitors.

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    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Told my girlfriend to sell the house and condo i wont be returning for a long time so no longer investing in Thailand. She can come to the UK now and I shall stay here. This virus will never go away and the more countries like Thailand try to fight the longer places like Phuket will suffer. Hey loads of jobs in Bangkok for them. Oh maybe not even Bangkok is starting to feel the economic disaster coming.

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      Mike Frenchie

      Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 2:13 am

      Bangkok feels it very well… Thai banks and real estate companies too… will be devastating.

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      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7:16 am

      Damage – yea and what is happening in Europe? You have tourists? You have economy?? hahahaha

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    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    They don’t know what their in for. Cowardly Thai’s hiding in fear.
    Imperial College, London has just realised research showing that antibody immunity lasts only a few months.
    This virus is here to stay and ignores borders and scaremongering, economic livelihood destroying governments.
    Somebody better come up with plan B.

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      Stephen Westrip

      Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 8:06 am

      They also said that this is not an indicator that a vaccine would not work.

      Calm down and stop the scaremongering.

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    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Wasnt there a plane too land in phuket today. After The veggiefestival?

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    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    “The only thing we have to fear is, fear itself” – So let me get this straight. Thailand has let in tens of thousands of people for months now, many from high risk countries with only a 14 day quarantine and no problems. Now they want to do the same with a fraction of the number, only from low risk countries, and there is now a need to worry? I’m all for having a response plan, but shouldn’t they have made one months ago? No wonder the Thai people fear the virus more than economic ruin.

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      Stephen Westrip

      Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 8:10 am

      This talk of high and low risk countries is ludicrous. It is people that may have the virus not a country. Who is more contagious – a person who tests negative from a high risk country or a person who tests positive from a low risk country?

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    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    All of this over a survival rate of a so called ‘deadly’ (not “THAT” deadly! How many have died? 58?) something like 99.88 % of not being affected?
    Remember that next time you go out on a motorcycle/bus/car on anything on the road, you have a much higher chance of never returning or being injured. Simply put like that. Didn’t Germany just announce that the dreaded illness is now 39th in a list for how people are dying?
    Come on now, as Abe supposedly once said –
    “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” Enuf said……….

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      Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 7:37 am

      and floating around on twater, “CDC Reveals Hospitals Counted Heart Attacks as COVID-19 Deaths” and a short video news report which shows that the US CDC AGAIN says only 6% of the reported 232,000 CV deaths were because of CV. The rest, 94%, were because of other conditions and mostly in old to very old people.

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      Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 10:14 am

      Al, it is not quite 99.88% but about 96% if I remember correctly… There has been a study by a professor from Stanford, reviewed by many of his pairs, but I cannot find it anymore and I cannot remember the name of this professor. But I remember one number: 99.6% of people dying from Covid-19 are over 70…

      I am suffering from Dengue Fever at the moment, and it made me think: what are the numbers of fatality etc… for Dengue Fever. (October 8) – 61,662 cases for 41 deaths in Thailand… 20 times more cases than SARS-Cov2 and the number of deaths is not far below (and also, 1000’s of kids got sick, not only vulnerable people get sick from Dengue). So, I guess Thailand should put everyone into lockdown indefinitely until there is not one mosquito left alive in Thailand. Does that sound more crazy than what is happening now??

      Al, you said “Didn’t Germany just announce that the dreaded illness is now 39th in a list for how people are dying?”. I do not know this number, however I know the number that has been published a week ago in the UK: Covid-19 is number 21 on the list.

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        The Thaiger & The Nation

        Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 12:39 pm

        Except locking down humans will do little, indeed exacerbate, the breeding of mosquitoes. The comparison is weak.

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    Paul Douglas McCarty

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    The only “waves” coming are the waves of stupidity and evil.

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      Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      Jesus, I was being sarcastic of course, making a sarcastic comparison between two completely irrational behaviours. Dear oh dear!!

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    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 2:13 am

    59 dead, that’s 0.00008% of Thai population. Good reason to panic!! Ahh, Thais, Thais, you make me laugh.

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      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7:18 am

      Andrew do you have some problem with logical thinking? 59 dead becaouse government closed the country and managed the virus the best in the world. Look at another countries stats and get some idea

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    David Jackson

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Good time not to buy a condo. I was in a mall a few days ago randomly admiring one of the ‘high-end’ models of a condo somewhere as the keen sales lady approached me with a leaflet showing 1.7 Million THB crossed out to 999,990 THB. I politely said that I wouldn’t be making a purchase today and the ensuing discussion relating to building regulations, single wall U values, non-existent double glazing plus lack of transparency of the management companies fell on deaf ears too.
    I regretably cannot see how this country can recover with this mentality. Covid is here to stay and it is significantly safer than trying to cross the road anywhere.

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      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7:19 am

      yea and how your country will recover – show me?!! And dont buy a condo here – we dont need you and your money

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    Bill Simmons

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    2nd wave …?
    There wasn’t even a first wave

    Stop this madness and start up your lives people. We cannot live in fear any longer. This isn’t the only sickness/disease out there and we act like it is.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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