As per the most recent reports, Phuket in Thailand has gone into lockdown from today, with most transportation options to the island banned. This move comes as a step to contain COVID-19 from circulating further. Apparently, the lockdown will be in place for at least a month. Though, cars, boats, and trucks ferrying essential items and services will be spared.
The Governor of Phuket declared the said order, enforcing restrictions on people and vehicles from entering and leaving the island after six more Coronavirus cases came to the fore, taking the toll to 53.
Further, a prohibition has also been imposed on people and all kinds of ships ferrying into the province via its international ports, except cargo ships. And those presently there, such as the cargo ships and their crew members, who are not permitted to disembark under this condition, are expected to leave Phuket as soon as after finishing their operations. The mandate will not be applicable to the Prime Minister or anyone assigned to tackle emergency situations, consular officials and diplomats, spokespersons of foreign countries, and international organisations that have received permission from the Foreign Affairs Ministry or other state agencies.
Those falling under this ‘exempted’ group will have to show health certificates that have been issued in the past three days, and is also likely to obey with disease control measures strictly.
The six new cases that have been described are all linked to the Patong area. Presently, as per the reports, 46 patients are still getting treatment at hospitals out of the 53 cases. Additionally, the Health Department stated that seven people have been discharged and have gone home.