The Phuket and Koh Samui private sectors have backed a request by the Public Health Ministry to identify Covid-19 as an endemic disease.
The change of designation is long needed, according to Weerawit Krueasombat, head of the Patong entertainment organization, because the pandemic’s severity has been reducing for some time.
Despite the reopening of entertainment places, Mr. Weerawit believes that the midnight closing order remains a sticking point because it neither caters to tourists or the night economy nor contributes to health safety.
Covid-19, according to Kongsak Khoopongsakorn, president of the Southern Thai Hotel Association, is no longer a terrifying threat, and provincial public health infrastructure can now handle any unexpected surge in visitors.
Meanwhile, Thanusak Phuengdet, head of the Phuket Chamber of Commerce, believes that tourism enterprises should be permitted to speed up their reopening plans as daily cases continue to fall.
Dr. Muanprae Boonlom, deputy chief of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office, confirmed the decrease in infections, stating that Phuket now has only 19 percent hospital bed occupancy and that 67 percent of residents have received at least one booster vaccine after completing a full course of vaccinations.
Despite the fact that 80 percent of the elderly have been injected at least once, just 52 percent have been reported to have received a booster dose. Authorities, according to Dr. Muanprae, are working to correct the problem.
The island, according to Ratchaporn Poonsawat, head of the Koh Samui Tourism Association, is well adapted to securely adapting to the virus’s endemic status, having previously dealt with a number of sickness outbreaks.