After quite a few Covid19 tests were carried out in Phuket, it was found that a significantly low number of infections had been found in the city, so most of last week’s lockdown in central Phuket Town has now been lifted, apart from the market. The municipal fresh market in the heart of the lockdown will remain closed for a few more days.
Several other market areas will remain closed for the duration of their original closing period. Phuket City Municipality Fresh Market 2, located near Robinson department store, will remain closed for 2 days through Friday, and the Downtown Market for Phuket City Municipality Fresh Market 1 will remain closed until after the weekend.
Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew announced that the area he had closed a week ago, which expired at midnight yesterday, has now been allowed to reopen. 1,360 people were tested for the Covid19 virus by the Phuket Provincial Public Health Officer and the medical department of Phuket Municipality.
Five Covid-19 infections were found in the 860 Thai people tested and 13 positive test results in the 500 migrant workers. This equates to only about 1.25% of those tested infected with the Covid19 virus, a number considered low enough for Phuket Town to reopen.
While the area within the perimeter of Ranong Road, Soi Phuthorn and Bangkok Road will reopen, the markets are not fully prepared to reopen. The market needs a thorough cleaning and sellers need time to set up their stalls again and get them ready for business.
The governor thanked everyone involved in testing and reopening the area.
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