NETIZENS of southern coastal Krabi province today (Sept. 25) criticised the Tourism and Sports Ministry which together with the Public Health Ministry is now holding the 10-day Thailand SHA SHA SHA tourism event here as well as in Phuket and Phang-nga despite the severity of the Covid outbreak, Thai Rath newspaper said.
This event is being held from Sept.-24 to Oct. 3 at popular tourist spots across the three provinces from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The locations in Phuket are the Old Town, Promthep Cape and Kata Beach; in Phang-Nga it is at Ko Yao Yai; and Krabi at Ao Nang Landmark.
However, objection to this event in Krabi continued to spread online today with some people mentioning that coronavirus has killed a lot of people but despite this the organisers still launched the event.
Others said despite there not being enough hospital and hospitel beds for patients with there also being calls for donation for necessities the tourism agencies still mounted this sort of a festival with their timing being wrong.
Medical personnel also blasted the tourism agencies saying despite the fact that they have to work so hard at taking care of an increasing number of patients which left them with very little time to return home to their family, new clusters could form through holding this type of activities and add more burden to front-line workers.
Even so the Tourism Authority of Thailand did remind all visitors to the event to follow safety and hygienic measures such as being fully vaccinated and getting a negative RT-PCR or ATK test result from a hospital no more than 72 hours before attending, wearing a mask at all times throughout the event, maintaining social distancing, and check in via the Thai Chana application.
Krabi yesterday logged 194 new cases taking the cumulative confirmed total to 3,300. More than 15 people have died and there are many in very serious condition who could die.
Earlier the Public Health Ministry said there were 11,975 new Covid cases and 127 deaths over the past 24 hours taking the cumulative confirmed total since April 1 to 1,520,422.
Of the new batch of patients 11,883 were among the general public while 92 fell sick in prisons and detention centres.
Another 14,700 patients were cured taking total recoveries since April 1 to 1,381,176 with 124,540 still undergoing treatment.
The Thailand SHA SHA SHA event posters.