7 French tourists were arrested in Phuket as they decided to party while the nation was in curfew. The emergency decree is in effect and curfew starts from 22.00-4.00 as a battle against Covid-19. Police Major General Rongroj Thakunpunyasiri from the Phuket Police along with Police Colonel Chaiprit Patiwarakorn from the Kamala Police station and other related officials interrogated 7 French suspects both men and women aged between 20-36 years old after breaking the emergency decree and the provincial announcement by the Phuket Governor on 5 April 2020.
Officials received notification at around 00.30 from locals in the area about a group of foreigners that gathered inside a building. Phuket people are doing their best to follow the regulations to help stay safe and to minimize the risk of Covid-19, when foreigners get involved in activities that can become a risk towards the greater public fear starts to develop. The Kamala Police went to inspect a home according to the received information. When they arrived, the 7 suspects attempted to run away but all failed to do so. The French tourists had 4 Barakus inside the home along with accessories. Baraka is illegal in Thailand as they are much more dangerous than traditional cigarettes. Other names for Baraku include Hookah, Shisha, Water-pipe, and more.
The 7 tourists were sitting in the same room and sharing the hookah pipes, while the activity of coming together and having a good time is normal, but during the Covid-19 situation, it is a risk towards yourself and others. You can never know who might be carrying the Coronavirus, especially when in most cases symptoms start to show as late as 14 days after catching the virus. Locals and foreigners should remain inside unless it is necessary to leave, it might take some time getting used to, but being infected by Covid-19 is much worse at this moment. Officials arrested all 7 and brought them to the Kamala Police Station and are currently waiting for prosecution.
FB Caption: The 7 French tourists were arrested with 4 Barakus inside a home in Kamala, Phuket.
Source: Sanook, INN News