Thailand investigates the death of a Swiss visitor who died near a Phuket waterfall


Thailand is probing the death of a 57-year-old Swiss tourist who was discovered near a waterfall on the resort island of Phuket with evidence of foul play; officials said on Friday (Aug 6).
Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew said the lady was traveling under the “Phuket Sandbox” plan, a trial experiment to bring in vaccinated foreign visitors to help restore a sector ravaged by the Covid-19 outbreak that she landed on the island on July 13.
In an interview with MCOT television, Commander Kitirath Phanpetch of Region 8 police, which oversees Phuket, said the lady seemed to have been dead for three days before her corpse was discovered, partially dressed. Even though the cause of death has yet to be determined, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tanee Sangrat sent condolences to the Swiss Embassy in Bangkok in a statement that classified the situation as a murder.
Thailand’s Phuket tourism program, which allows vaccinated tourists to bypass Covid-19 quarantine but requires them to stay on the island for 14 days, has had a rocky start, especially while the rest of Thailand is experiencing an outbreak coronavirus illnesses. In July, the plan attracted around 15,000 tourists, which was just 1% of pre-pandemic visits.


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