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Rayong tourism official promises 100,000 baht to anyone who contracts covid-19 while visiting

by Kenneth Basilio
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Rayong tourism official promises 100,000 baht to anyone who contracts covid-19 while visiting
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Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation (CCSA) is planning a proposal to the cabinet to hold mobile meetings in Rayong province to publicize local tourism, and reassure the area’s safety amid covid-19 scares, according to Public Health Deputy Minister Satit Pitutecha.

The health minister said:

“The Ministry of Public Health has performed intensive testing in the province and has not found any local getting infected so far, including the 12 persons who had close contact with the infected foreigner.”

The coronavirus scare griped Rayong residents after an Egyptian soldier carrying the virus was found to have visited the province’s mall. Pitutchea added:

“All persons who carry the risk of infection will remain in quarantine for 14 days after which they will be tested again. People who wish to visit Rayong, as well as Rayong people who want to travel to other provinces, will not be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine, unless there is evidence that the person had made contact with an infected person or was determined by the Department of Disease Control as carrying a high risk.”

The chief executive of Rayong Provincial Administrative Organisation, Piya Pitutecha, highlighted the need for the government to regain the public’s trust to stimulate local tourism, saying:

“I am confident that Rayong people are free from Covid-19. If anyone visits Rayong and contracts covid-19, I will personally pay them 100,000 baht after they show concrete evidence, verified by the Ministry of Public Health, that they actually contracted the virus from Rayong locals.”

The CSSA, on July 19th, stated that at least 5,200 tested Thais in Rayong reported negative for the virus.

Source: The Nation