Phuket announced there will be no local lockdown despite concerns about new infections. However, the province is asking the public to strictly observe and follow anti-covid 19 protocols.
Public health inspector Pitakpol Boonyamalik asked the provincial communicable disease control committee to adopt strict anti-covid-19 measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
According to Mr. Piyapong, emergency operation teams will be formed to ensure the compliance of the tourists, and all the sectors are encouraged to adopt stringent anti-coronavirus measures to curb its spread.
Phuket will still listen to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), despite the province not undergoing a lockdown, according to Mr. Piyapong.
Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, president of the Phuket Tourist Association, said the business sector is opposed to a lockdown as it will cripple the tourism industry already devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to him, after the fresh wave of infections, 15% of people have canceled their bookings, while 30% have postponed their trips to June and July.
Phuket reported 24 new cases on Thursday, plus 581 people considered at risk of contracting the virus. Those considered at risk will need to quarantine at designated facilities.
Source: Bangkok Post