Arrivals with Covid mainly from Russia, Kazakstan

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People are given the Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Phuket. (Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran)

PHUKET: Most tourists found to be infected with Covid-19 upon arrival are from Russia or Kazakhstan, provincial governor Narong Woonciew said on Wednesday.

Mr Narong said around 300 new cases were being diagnosed every day in Phuket and around 100 of the infections were in people arriving from abroad.

New arrivals with Covid-19 mainly came from Russia or Kazakhstan, he said.

Mr Narong said this would be reported to central Covid-19 monitoring agencies, to investigate why so many cases came from these two countries, particularly Russia.

Regarding the general economic situation in Phuket, he said things seemed to be going well for everyone involved. Economic operators and people seemed happier.

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, from July 1 last year to January 25, Phuket earned about 14 billion baht in direct tourism revenue and about 33 billion baht was put into circulation, it said. he declares.

“The situation looks promising,” he added.

Mr Narong said that over the past week, two stories about Phuket have come to national attention. One was an article by British journalist Jonathan Miller about his stay in a quarantine hotel in Phuket and the other about the overcharging of a taxi passenger.

The governor said he viewed both stories positively. What happened must be taken as lessons, an opportunity to turn the crisis into an opportunity, he added.

Dr Withita Jaeng-iam, deputy director of Vachira Phuket Hospital, said vaccination centers were giving a fourth dose against Covid-19 to 4,000 to 5,000 people a day in the Gymnasium 4 building in Sapan Hin, the Phuket International Airport X-Terminal building. , Jungceylon Shopping Center in Patong area and Vachira Phuket Hospital.

Another vaccination center will open next week at the Central Department Store, she said.

As of February 1, based on the goal of vaccinating 547,584 people, 484,107 or 88.41% had received the first vaccine; 468,813 or 85.61% of these the second; 306,662 or 56.00% the third; and 59,555 or 19.42% on the fourth.

Dr Withita said Phuket had received 1,950 doses of the Pfizer children’s vaccine, while 30,000 children had been registered for inoculation.

Vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 will begin on February 4, with high-risk groups given priority, she said.

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