Covid or no Covid, October 1 re-opening going forward – Tourism Minister

There will be no rowing back on the planned October 1 re-opening of Bangkok, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, and Chiang Mai, despite the Covid-19 disaster. So says Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, confirming that the federal government is sticking to the re-opening date previously introduced by the PM. According to a Bangkok Post report, the minister has also acknowledged that another 21 provinces will re-open on October 15.
Phiphat has acknowledged the challenges posed by the continued Covid-19 crisis, however has confidence in the ministry’s preparations for re-opening. In responding to Don’t worry about the high case fee of 200+ every day infections on the southern island of Phuket, the minister says these infections are being detected through energetic case finding in communities similar to migrant workers.
Meanwhile, in the central province of Phetchaburi, deputy governor Natthawut Phetpromsorn says they’re prepared for an October 1 re-opening. He says strict disease prevention measures are in place, with bubble and seal insurance policies applied at factories and markets. The province has seen a decline in infections and Natthawut is assured this means the October 1 re-opening can go forward as planned. He adds that vacationer locations such as the district of Cha-am are Covid-free and vacationers can really feel safe in planning their trips.
According to the Bangkok Post report, Phetchakit Thaensawat from the provincial well being workplace says 54% of the target groups, together with those over the age of 60, pregnant girls, and folks with underlying conditions, have been inoculated. He adds that the rate will improve to 70% – once they get more vaccines.
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