PHUKET authorities started speeding up Covid vaccination of local residents two days ago to meet the government’s target to reopen the island to vaccinated tourists on July 1, 2021, Siam Rath newspaper said today (April 3).
Mr. Narong Woonciew, the governor, said the target is to vaccinate 70% of the residents, or 466,587 people, by June 30 this year and he has requested for 933,174 doses of vaccine for the purpose.
He added that the coronavirus pandemic had greatly affected the island and tourism must be restored to boost economic recovery.
Once 70% of Phuket people are innoculated then vaccinated tourists could come to the island without having to be quarantined in accordance with the Cabinet resolution on March 30 this year.
Phuket people were urged to register for vaccination at http://www.ภูเก็ตต้องชนะ.com (Phuket Must Win) after which they would get a confirmation message.
Those who cannot register at this website were told to contact the village headmen or local leaders who would do it for them.
Meanwhile the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) revealed at 11 a.m.today (April 3) that there were 84 new Covid cases over the past 24 hours and one additional fatality taking the death toll to 95, Sanook.com said.
This adds up to 29,031 cumulative confirmed cases with 27,668 patients having been cured while 1,268 are still undergoing treatment.
The patient who died is a 29-year-old woman who had underlying conditions, an enlarged heart and leaky heart valves as well as Down syndrome, and resided in Bangkok. She had touched her parents, both of whom were infected with coronavirus.
Of the new batch of cases, 58 emerged through surveillance and service systems while 11 were found through proactive screening in communities.
Fifteen overseas arrivals were either admitted to hospital or placed in quarantine. Of this total three each came from Malaysia and China, two from Bahrain and one each from France, India, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Switzerland, Bangladesh and Czech Republic.
Top and Home Page: Tourists enjoying themselves at a Phuket beach in the pre-coronavirus days. Photos: Dennis Sylvester Hurd