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Phuket, Koh Samui keen on ‘endemic’ status boost

A woman walks through the arrival area at Phuket airport as Thailand welcomes the first group of tourists fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 coronavirus without quarantine in Phuket on Nov 1, 2021. (AFP photo)

The private sector in Phuket and Koh Samui has thrown its weight behind a proposal by the Public Health Ministry to designate Covid-19 as an endemic disease.

Weerawit Krueasombat, president of the Patong entertainment association, said the change of designation is already overdue since the declining severity of the pandemic had been known for a while now.

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