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Phuket Governor Orders Patong Lockdown

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Phuket Governor Orders Patong Lockdown

Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana has ordered a lockdown of Patong in Kathu District effective today April 5th 2020 as it is deemed high risk for the spread of COVID-19.

The order includes:

1. People and vehicles are banned from entering or leaving Patong with the exception of vehicles transporting consumer goods, cooking gas, fuel, medical supplies and equipment; rescue vehicles; ambulances, medical emergency vehicles; state vehicles; logistics vehicles for post and newspapers – all of whom must strictly comply with the orders of the local communicable disease control officers.

2. Three checkpoints have been set up to strictly enforce the order: Si Ko Checkpoint on Phra Baramee Road; Simon Cabaret Checkpoint on Siriraj Road, and Ban Kalim Checkpoint on Kamala-Patong Road.

3. All residents within the area of Patong will be screened by personnel from Phuket Provincial Public Health Division together with Kathu District and Patong Municipality. Any resident deemed at risk will be isolated and transferred to a designated facility for quarantine or treatment.

4. Patong Municipality to conduct blanket disinfection of all public areas, streets, residences, and shops.

5. Following the previous order on the temporary closure of hotels and similar establishments, operators are to ensure no mobilisation of staff or employees or to notify authorities if any staff or employees wish to return to their home province.

6. All residents in the areas of Patong are not to leave their residence.

The lockdown of Patpong comes after it became the epicentre for coronavirus cases with ten new infections confirmed on Saturday raising the total infections on the island to 119.

All land & sea borders are closed in Phuket with the airport set to close at midnight on Thursday 9th April.

All beaches have been closed and hotels with no guests shutdown with those remaining open not allowed to accept any new guests.

The entire island is unbder curfew from 8pm-4am.

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The Grand Palace Reopening To Visitors From June 4

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The Grand Palace Reopening To Visitors From June 4

It has been announced that the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok will reopen to visitors from Thursday, 4 June 2020.

The update was posted on the Royal Office website on Monday.

The reopening will be under strict health and safety measures to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Visitors to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, must follow the health and safety recommendations by maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequently washing their hands.

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Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

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Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

Villagers in Phetchabun have taken to the internet to complain about cables on their property, laid across roads, blocking entrances and being a danger to everyone living there.

The Provincial Electrical Authority subcontracted the cable installation to a private company who started work laying around 500 meters of cable last November.

Despite repeated complaints by the residents of Pong Kham Fak village to the power company, nothing has been done for six months forcing them to turn to Facebook in a bid to catch the attention of someone with the power to put things right.

The village headman said he was concerned about the cables and was worried a resident would be hurt if something wasn’t done about them.

Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

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Thailand Allowing Foreign Diplomats To Fly In

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Thailand Now Allowing Foreign Diplomats To Fly In

Six foreigners were allowed to fly into Thailand on Monday aboard repatriation flights for Thai nationals from the Netherlands and Canada.

2 Danish diplomats, 1 Norwegian diplomat, 1 Swiss diplomat and 1 Czech “traveller” landed at Suvarnabhumi on KLM Airlines flight KL875 and once through the screening process, all were taken to the Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort on Wireless Road in Bangkok for 14-day quarantine.

Later in the day, 1 Canadian diplomat arrived on All Nippon Airways Flight NH847 from Canada who after passing the screening process was collected by officials and taken to quarantine facilities arranged by the embassy.

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On March 26 Thailand closed its borders to foreigners, except diplomats and foreigners with a valid work permit, as part of the measures put in place under the emergency decree to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Those who were allowed to fly in had to show authorities a health certificate, issued no more than 72 hours before travelling, confirming that they had been tested and were free from coronavirus. They also had to provide proof of insurance showing a minimum of not less than US$100,000 that included coronavirus coverage.

On April 4, all inbound flights were suspended by the Civil Aviation Authority with the following exemptions: state or military aircraft, emergency or technical landings, humanitarian and medical relief flights, repatriation and cargo aircraft.

The ban has been extended several times already and currently runs until June 30, with no indication from the powers that be if it will be extended yet again

News that six foreigners have been allowed to enter Thailand this week will bring hope to thousands who work, reside or have families here who have been stranded overseas due to current travel ban.

Natapanu Nopakun, from the Foreign Ministry’s Information Department, said: “The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is currently discussing the option of letting foreigners enter the country in due course. We also plan to give priority to permanent residents and those with work permits to return as soon as the situation has eased”.

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