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British journalist documents beer-fuelled parties with Covid patients at Phuket quarantine hotel

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British journalist documents beer-fuelled parties with Covid patients at Phuket quarantine hotel
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British journalist Jonathan Miller was declared to be at high risk of Covid-19 after entering Thailand and ended up in a quarantine hotel in Phuket… which he says was more like an “Asian Hotel California” with “late-night discos fuelled by local beer.”

Miller, known in Thailand as the first foreign reporter to interview King Vajiralongkorn after his coronation, wrote a report was published in the Sunday Times headlined “They coughed, they danced, they drank beer: life as a paying prisoner at a Thai quarantine hotel.”

His partner tested positive after entering the Phuket Sandbox, and the two of them checked in to a Phuket Town “hospitel,” which he called the “Covid ‘leper colony’” with 289 other “farang.” People partied. Drank. Danced. Coughed. And Miller later contracted Covid-19.

Hospitels are hotels that partner with hospitals to provide basic care for Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms. In Miller’s case, he says the hospitel was a “mandated ‘medical’ facility under the supervision of a Phuket hospital and Thailand’s public health authority.”

Following Miller’s harsh and lengthy critique of his stay at a Phuket quarantine hotel, Governor Narong Woonciew called for an investigation into the reporter’s claims. Phuket officials have also launched a charm offensive to negate the tarnished reputation of their Sandbox programme and the quality of their hospitels.

To read Jonthan Miller’s story in the Sunday Times, click HERE.

 

Courtesy ofThaiger News

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