Provincial governors ordered to screen everyone arriving from Phuket

International tourists, predominantly Russian nationals, enjoy the beach despite concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and restrictions for travellers at a resort in Phuket on March 20, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

All Thailand’s provincial governors have been instructed, by the country’s Interior Ministry, to screen everyone arriving from the southern resort province of Phuket and to quarantine anyone suspected of being infected with COVID-19.

The instruction was issued by Mr. Chalerm Promlet, the ministry’s permanent secretary, after some people, who had recently left Phuket, tested positive for the virus on arrival in their home towns.

Mr. Chalerm also ordered governors to allow entry of these returnees, saying that many are jobless after the closure of businesses in Phuket.


Today, the governor of Phuket reported four suspected COVID-19 cases, which are currently under epidemiological investigation.

Meanwhile, a Suan Dusit Poll revealed the 15 most popular activities during the “stay at home” period.


They were:

  • Social media networking         84.34%
  • Taking a rest                               83.11%
  • Working from home                 78.04%
  • Watching movies at home       75.70%
  • Listening to music                    72.44%
  • Cooking and baking                  70.97%
  • Online learning                         69.59%
  • Exercising                                   67.61%
  • Gardening                                   62.98%
  • Praying                                        58.98%
  • Pet rearing                                  55.48%
  • Online gaming                           51.63%


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