The resort island of Phuket shut its doors on Monday morning prohibiting entry by land and sea to fight against the outbreak of coronavirus.
Phuket’s governor ordered all land and sea entry points shut at 12:01 AM on Monday until April 30 with the only exceptions being trucks transporting supplies and commercial vessels. Crews from commercial vessels must remain on board while docking.
Phuket has so far discovered 26 cases of coronavirus on the island.
Phuket along with nearby Songkhla province has the most robust healthcare infrastructure in southern Thailand, which has recently seen an uptick in coronavirus cases.
The number of cases in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces rose to 82 confirmed over the weekend. Many of those cases are tied to a religious pilgrimage to Malaysia.