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Koh Larn, located off the coast of Pattaya, receives visitors again today but under restrictions


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The popular tourist island of Koh Larn is set to welcome visitors again today after the administrative centre for Covid19 containment, the CCSA, eased travel restrictions from today, a spokesman for the island community said.

Koh Lan community chairman Booncherd Boonying said about 70% of the island’s residents had been vaccinated against Covid-19.

In the early stages of opening, beaches would remain closed and without sun lounger services. All resorts, lodging facilities and other tourist spots are open to visitors.

However, health safety measures are being strictly enforced — including the use of hand sanitiser gel, masks and social distancing — for tour operators and tourists, who would be given temperature checks at all jetties and other places, he said.

“Thai and foreign tourists are welcome, but the ban on migrant workers remains,” said Booncherd.

The passenger boats between Koh Lan and Pattaya would run three times a day; in the morning, afternoon and evening.

If the situation improves and more tourists come, more boats would be put back into service, he said but did not say when the general opening would actually start.

In a related development, Chon Buri reported another drop in coronavirus infections yesterday, with 745 new cases and four deaths. There were 1,196 people discharged from hospitals after treatment for the disease, far more than the new cases. The number of infections in the province has been above 1,000 a day since July 31, before falling to 953 on August 23.

However, the number of daily infections rose to 1,064 cases on Aug. 27 before falling below 1,000 the following day. From August 28 to August 30, the province reported 972, 762 and 747 infections daily, the provincial public health agency said on its Facebook page.

The new infections brought the provincial total to 62,427. Of these, 46,128 have already been recovered. In total, 15,911 patients were still in hospitals.

The four deaths brought the total to 388, the provincial public health agency said yesterday.

Of the 745 new cases, 192 had been infected with the virus from family members, 155 from colleagues, seven from relatives and five had been to parties.

Thirty cases were linked to four clusters: Vandapac Co in Muang district (8), Kasem Plastic Industry Co in Phanat Nikhom district (11), Hansol Technics (Thailand) Co in Ban Bung district (6) and Panjawattana Plastic (Thailand ) Plc in Si Racha (5).

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