Koh Kut reopens after 7 days

Koh Kut reopens after 7 days

TRATt: Koh Kut, a popular tourist destination, reopened on Sunday after a seven-day closure.

Trat had ordered the tourist island closed from April 23 to May 1 after two people were found infected with Covid-19.

Plapplueng Permsap, head of the provincial tourism promotion club, said the closure was to help contain the spread of the virus and no new cases were reported in the past seven days.

However, she said Covid surveillance remains high on the island and visitors are required to strictly observe preventative measures.

According to Ms Plapplueng, visitors must have certificates showing they are free of Covid and the proof must be issued within 72 hours and by state-certified medical facilities. "Visitors should take the virus tests in their own provinces rather than getting ones here, to help reduce the burden on the province and local public health officials," she said.

Ms Plapplueng said the seven-day closure has adversely affected tourism operators whose businesses were disrupted by a drop of tourists during the second wave early this year.

Meanwhile, public health officials on Koh Chang in the province are rushing to identify 50 people who came into contact with Covid cases linked to a hotel party on April 17.

Chatchai Thonglee, chief of Koh Chang district, said the number of at-risk people at the party was estimated to be around 100 and officials have tracked half of them for testing.

He said authorities are rushing to identify the remaining ones and get them tested this week. The island reported four new Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total to 24.

The number of people who took the tests was 398. A field hospitel is being set up on the island.

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