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Phuket placed on ‘lockdown’ until April 30

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Phuket placed on ‘lockdown’ until April 30

The Phuket governor has issued an order barring people and vehicles from leaving and entering the southern island province as it confirms six more Covid-19 infections, bringing the total to 53, Bangkok Post reported.

With the approval of the provincial communicable diseases committee, Phuket governor Pakkapong Taweepat, who is in charge of emergency situations in the province, ordered the closure of all entry and exit points in the province, except for air travel, effective from midnight on Monday until April 30 or further notice.

Under the order, people and all kinds of vehicles are banned from entering and leaving the province via the Tha Chat Chai checkpoint, except those transporting food and essential items, fuel, construction materials, medical equipment, rescue operations vehicles, ambulances, vehicles for state operations, and vehicles carrying publications.

A ban is also imposed on people and all kinds of ships from entering and leaving the province through its international ports, except cargo ships. Upon finishing their operations, cargo ships and all crew, who are not allowed to disembark, must leave Phuket immediately.

People and all kinds of vessels are also prohibited from entering and leaving the province through inter-provincial waterways, except for ships carrying food and essential items, construction materials, medical equipment, rescue boats and medical emergency ships.

The order does not apply to the prime minister or those assigned to tackle emergencies, diplomats and consular officials, international organisations, and representatives of foreign countries, which have received permission from the Foreign Affairs Ministry or other state agencies.

Those who are exempted must have medical certificates issued in the past three days, and must comply strictly with disease control measures.

The resort province of Phuket has confirmed six more Covid-19 infections, bringing the total to 53, the provincial communicable diseases committee said on Sunday.

Read more at Bangkok Post

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