Cash-strapped Krabi halts quarantine at local hotels 

KRABI provincial authorities today (Sept. 30) sent an urgent letter to all eight district chiefs to stop sending those at risk of catching Covid to hotels participating in the alternate quarantine facilities programme because the province has run out of budget to cover the expenses, Siam Rath newspaper said this evening (Sept. 30).

The circular sent out by the Krabi’s administrative office said it had proposed a budget to the government in advance for use in preventing the spread of coronavirus in the province.

However as there is now no more budget to rent rooms at local quarantine hotels district officials were told to stop sending those at risk there from Sunday Oct. 3 onwards.

At 11 p.m. yesterday Krabi authorities announced that over the past 24 hours there were 113 new Covid cases with 111 being within the province and two outside it taking the total number of patients to 4,208.

After officials were informed that the province had run out of budget to rent hotel rooms for quarantine, they moved to set up waiting centres at some schools. However administrators of these schools refused to let their premises be used for this purpose because there are still staff working there everyday and they would be at risk of catching the infection.

It is estimated that the outbreak in this coastal province is now at its peak with a minimum daily average of a hundred patients and public health officials, doctors and nurses are working hard to prevent the infection from spreading further.


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