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

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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

    October 27, 2020 at 6:24 pm

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

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    Damage

    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

      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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      adam

      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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    Peter

    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

      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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    Jörgen

    October 27, 2020 at 9:01 pm

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

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    EdwardV

    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

      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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    Al

    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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      Glenn

      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.
      THERE IS AND NEVER WAS A PANDEMIC. IT IS A SCAM-DEMIC

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      Manu

      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

        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

    October 27, 2020 at 10:42 pm

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

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      Manu

      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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    Andrew

    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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      adam

      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

    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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      adam

      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

    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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Thai Airways to resume flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Phuket

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After nearly 9 months on the ground due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with problems balancing their accounts, Thai Airways will resume flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai as well as Bangkok and Phuket later this month. The flights will start back up on Christmas day.

Flights from Bangkok to the 2 key tourist provinces have been grounded since April 1. Starting December 25, the airline will run 3 flights a week on both routes. A source told the Bangkok Post that the new schedules will run until at least February 28.

Thai Lion Air, Thai Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Smile, VietJet Air and Bangkok Airways have returned to the domestic skies since July and slowly adding frequency to their routes.

In addition to resuming the domestic flights, the Thai Airways is relaunching some international flights from January 1 to March 27 including weekly flights to Frankfurt, London, Copenhagen, Sydney, Seoul, Manila, Taipei and Osaka. Flights from Bangkok to Tokyo will be available 3 times a week and flights from Bangkok to Hong Kong will be available every day.

Thai Airways has been tackling bankruptcy throughout the lockdown and trying to make up for more than 300 billion baht in losses. Since many flights were suspended due to travel restrictions, Thai Airways has tried to make money by business ventures on the ground, like a pop-up restaurant serving in-flight meals and selling off unwanted equipment from their warehouse. There also disposing of much of their older fleet, including all of their Boring 747-400s.

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97 police officers investigated for fiddling Covid-19 payments

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97 police officers, from 41 police stations, are currently being investigated for an alleged scam involving Covid-19 payments meant for officers who worked extra shifts during the crisis. The case was assigned by national police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk in November, when it came to light that some officers may have fraudulently claimed allowances meant for others.

In one incident, an officer responsible for transferring extra payments to police on the southern island of Phuket transferred the money to his own accountant instead. At the time, the transfer was dismissed as a mistake (in his favour), with the officer in question receiving a warning, and payments then made to the qualifying officers.

Wissanu Prasatthong-Osot from the National Internal Affairs Police says the investigation should reach a conclusion within the next 10 days.

“The result of the investigation should be ready in 10 days. Currently, 97 officers in 41 police stations ranging from non-commissioned to generals are under investigation for being involved in the swindle. The bureau aims to provide justice to all policemen involved. After the investigation concludes, the victims will receive their full allowance, while the offending officers will be punished under the law and disciplinary standards.”

Nation Thailand reports that a full list of alleged offenders has been sent to Suwat, with Wissanu promising that none will escape prosecution.

“The National Police chief had also ordered the transfer of offending officers at the commander and sub-commander levels out of their areas as per the investigation procedures.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce to propose Guangzhou-Phuket tourism route

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A tourism route from Guangzhou, China to Phuket could help the island province recover from the recession brought on by the pandemic and lack of foreign travel, according to the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce. The president of the organisation, Narongsak Puttapornmongkol, says they plan to submit a letter proposing the route under a travel bubble scheme to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

The Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce is proposing a travel bubble with around 20 cities in China with no recent coronavirus infections and considered to be at a low risk of spreading the virus. Travellers from Guangzhou recently entered Thailand on the new Special Tourist Visa. It was the second flight of international tourists since travel restrictions were imposed in late-March.

“We believe that the Travel Bubble and the quarantine reduction will resolve the tourism business, which is a huge economic opportunity to recover.”

Once a vaccine is widely available, Narongsak suggests that those who wish to Thailand could also present their vaccination certificate or examination reports from the place of origin. He adds that the mandatory state quarantine period is likely to be reduced.

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