Thai public health teams to test 25,000 Phuket locals in bid to boost confidence


BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network): The Public Health Ministry will send Comprehensive Covid-19 Response (CCR) teams to Phuket to test up to 25,000 people in a bid to boost tourists’ confidence, the ministry’s deputy permanent-secretary Dr Yongyos Thammawut said on Sunday (Sept 19).

“Nine CCR teams from regional public health offices 11 and 12 will be dispatched from Sept 21 to 23,” he said.

“They will test up to 25,000 Phuket residents for Covid-19. Those who test positive but are asymptomatic will be sent into the home-isolation system, while symptomatic patients will be admitted to hospital.”

Yongyos said with these tests, tourists visiting under the Phuket Sandbox scheme can rest assured they are safe from contracting Covid-19 from locals.

“So far, the scheme has welcomed more than 30,000 visitors, with no cluster cases among them,” he said.

“However, since the programme kicked off on July 1, 96 infected people have been found at Phuket’s screening checkpoints.”

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