THE Samui Plus Sandbox project that was launched on July 15 this year has so far attracted 1,018 tourists and generated 38,722,100 baht in revenue, TV Channel 7 said today (Oct. 6).
Deputy Minister for Public Health Satit Pitutecha said during a visit to monitor this tourism project and hand over medical supplies to support the prevention and control Covid-19 outbreak to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui hospitals that all the 1,018 tourist were continuously screened and only five were found to be infected and they are now undergoing treatment.
Under this scheme tourists visiting Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao have to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and while they need not be quarantined they are continuously screened for infection.
This project is an extension of the Phuket Sandbox scheme.
To ensure safety of the tourists key public health measures have been implemented. Firstly herd immunity is being built up with 70% of the population on the three islands now covered. Vaccination is being speeded up for the so-called 608 group, that is those who are over 60 years of age, suffering from chronic illnesses and pregnant women.
Secondly medical readiness has been instituted with there being 600 beds available for all levels of patients and an adequate supply of injections and oral medication stocked up. An epidemiological surveillance system is in place that includes disease investigation, proactive search and laboratory detection for 1,200 people a day.
Thirdly supervision is taking place with this project to be postponed immediately if the infection exceeds a specified threshold.
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