PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha together with his Cabinet are currently on a trip to Koh Samui and Phuket islands where a mobile Cabinet meeting is being held over two days, Thai Rath newspaper reported this afternoon.
Gen. Prayut together with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul, Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda and Minister of Tourism and Sports Pipat Ratchakitprakarn inspected measures in place at Koh Samui airport to screen foreign tourists for Covid-19 infection at both entry and exit channels as part of preparation to receive foreign tourists after the coronavirus situation is resolved.
He also checked whether there is adequate alternate quarantine facilities on this island and was told seven hotels have joined the programme with these being as follows:
– Sheraton Samui Resort;
– Meliá Koh Samui;
– Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort;
– Baan Hin Sai Resort & Spa;
– Banyan Tree Samui Resort;
– Impiana Resort Chaweng Noi;
– Aura Samui Best Beach Hotel.
These seven hotels have a total of 226 rooms for quarantine and can accommodate 1,000 tourists.
Gen. Prayut then went to check the steps Sheraton Samui Resort has taken to gear up as Alternative Local State Quarantine (ALSQ). The management told him that they had set aside 40 villas for coronavirus quarantine but if more rooms are needed for this purpose, they would not accept other tourists.
The Prime Minister and other ministers then went to inspect Samui Smart City Command Centre at the municipality office. This centre has a closed circuit television control unit which can effectively detect human faces and car license plates which helps reduce and prevent accidents.
This unit uses a fibre optic network of 1,044 surveillance cameras all around the island to maintain this security while also having set up 26 free Wifi points at different areas.
Gen. Prayut inspecting Koh Samui airport and the island’s smart city command centre. Photos: Thai Rath