Chiang Mai ready despite new epidemic



Chiang Mai and Phuket, two of the country’s most popular destinations, are preparing to reopen to tourists on November 1 while closely monitoring the rate of Covid-19 infections.

The northern province said it was ready to reopen as it rushed to expand vaccine coverage despite the emergence of a new cluster in a large market.

He hopes to revive the local tourism industry on November 1, a date set by the government by which fully vaccinated visitors from low-risk countries can enter the kingdom without needing to self-quarantine.

Chiang Mai and Phuket, two of the country’s most popular destinations, are preparing to reopen to tourists on November 1 while closely monitoring the rate of Covid-19 infections.

The northern province said it was ready to reopen as it rushed to expand vaccine coverage despite the emergence of a new cluster in a large market.

He hopes to revive the local tourism industry on November 1, a date set by the government by which fully vaccinated visitors from low-risk countries can enter the kingdom without needing to self-quarantine.

The plan to reopen comes shortly after 478 people fell ill. Their infections have been attributed to Talad Muang Mai, an important market for the distribution of fresh produce.

The latest infection cluster prompted the province’s Communicable Disease Committee to order the closure of Tambon Chang Moy Market in Muang District from Oct. 9 to 22 for cleaning and quarantine.

Customers and anyone else with close ties to the market have been placed in quarantine.

Meanwhile, more Thai and foreign visitors are expected to arrive in Phuket during peak season next month until early next year, according to Governor Narong Woonciew.

However, an urgent challenge is to expand the province’s capacity to test visitors for Covid-19. Currently, up to 500 people can be tested per day.

“If 5,000 arrive, we must have the technology to find them,” Narong said. The province was moving cautiously, he added.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2197351/chiang-mai-ready-despite-new-outbreak

By Bangkok Post

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