Thailand: Beachgoers return to Phuket as COVID-19 lockdown eased

Beachgoers returned to Nai Harn Beach in the south of Phuket province on Tuesday, as the beaches reopened after over two months of closure due to the coronavirus outbreak, on March 29. A lifeguard was set in place to supervise the bathers, ensuring they would comply with the COVID-19 safety measures, as he regulated the distance among the swimmers with a whistle. Yellow and red warning flags were also placed at the beach, delimiting the space where to swim, due to dangerous rip currents amid the current monsoon season. «We've been waiting for it for a long time,» a swimmer said, «the sun has brought joy,» as she enjoyed the warm waters with her family. Families were seen playing with the sand and swimming again as the lockdown has been eased in the country. As of Tuesday, Phuket has seen local coronavirus infections decline across the country, with Thailand reporting 3,121 coronavirus cases and 58 fatalities, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University .

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