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Rayong paying the price for Covid-19 case of Egyptian soldier, says hotel owner

Jul 15. 2020
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The owner of Golden City Rayong Hotel said that the impact of the imported Covid-19 case had been severe for Rayong province, forcing numerous businesses to close.

She said just when occupancy at her hotel had increased to around 50 or 60 per cent, new customers are back to zero.

The owner said that the lack of clarity in the soldier’s case had sparked fear among the customers. Several people had called her hotel up, and 90 per cent of bookings were cancelled on Monday (July 13), the day the new infection in Rayong was announced.

On Tuesday (July 14), the updated timeline of the Egyptian soldier was reported. Anuchida said that the timeline should ease people’s fears and increase their confidence in travelling to Rayong.

The government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration admitted on Monday that it had made errors in managing the entry of some groups of foreigners.

The infected soldier was among a 31-strong delegation of Egyptian military personnel who landed at Rayong’s U-Tapao Airport last Wednesday and stayed in a local hotel and visited a local shopping mall.

They were not subject to state quarantine, unlike Thais who return to the country. The group left Thailand on Saturday (July 11), but a test result the next day confirmed one soldier had Covid-19.

Anuchida said that the case was an expensive lesson for the government, and she wanted the related agencies to instruct the public about each safety measure.

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