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In the week before the sandbox started on July 1, Phuket saw 17 new cases of the coronavirus. The s climbed the first week, but remained low at 27 new cases.
BANGKOK : A week into an ambitious but risky plan to open the Thai resort island of Phuket to vaccinated visitors, s were encouraging that the gambit to resuscitate the decimated tourism industry was working, even as infections elsewhere in the country surged Thursday to record highs. The so-called Phuket sandbox plan relies on a strategy of vaccinations, testing and restrictions — measures that officials are hoping are strict enough to mitigate any COVID threat, while still providing enough freedom for tourists to enjoy a beach vacation.
Also Read: No-quarantine Phuket re-opens for vaccinated tourists. At the same time, Thailand as a whole has seen a spike in infections, with a record 7, cases reported Thursday with 75 deaths, which has made many skeptical about pursuing the Phuket reopening at this time. Prime Minister Prayuth Tai pan phuket has come under personal fire for his handling of the surge, and political cartoons have depicted him sitting on the beach enjoying himself while Thais die from the virus.
Prayuth was also forced to self-isolate this week after a businessman he had contact with at the sandbox launch tested positive for COVID Last-minute issues with the program meant some cancelations before it even began, and the initial target of 30, visitors for July was reduced to 18, Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, president of Phuket Tourism Association, said now that the program is up and running he expects 30, visitors from outside Thailand in August.
There's still a lot of ground to make up to get back to the 2 million foreigners Phuket saw in the first five months of last year as the pandemic was beginning. Liron Or, a tourist from Israel, decided on a day trip to Phuket with her husband and Tai pan phuket children when she first heard about the sandbox plan three weeks ago. They arrived on day one and she said the opportunity to relax on holiday has outweighed any of the mandated precautions.
There are not too many tourists here at the moment on the beaches. Most so far have come from the U. Adult foreign visitors must provide proof of full vaccination, a negative COVID test no more than 72 hours before departure, and proof of insurance that covers virus treatment, among other things. So far, only one visitor has tested positive for the coronavirus; a man from the UAE who was taken to a hospital for treatment. Angela Luxy Smith, a Briton who works in Qatar and had been a regular visitor to Thailand in the past, leapt at the chance to return.
She and her husband plan to take full advantage of the program, staying in Phuket for the initial 14 days and then traveling to other places in Thailand, before returning to Phuket for another week to wrap up a day holiday. She and her husband were amazed at how many restaurants were open in some areas that cater more to residents, but said much remains closed at beaches more Tai pan phuket with tourists.
Phuket currently hasroom nights booked for July, with 9, booked for August and 1, booked for September. For Richard Van Driel Vis, his trip that began this week in Phuket was the first time he'd left the Netherlands since the pandemic started. Never miss a story! Stay connected and informed with Mint.
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