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Phuket’s latest COVID cases deemed inconclusive as doctors report ‘dead virus’

Phuket’s latest COVID cases deemed inconclusive as doctors report ‘dead virus’

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana has revealed that although the two most recent cases of people on the island being confirmed as infected with COVID-19 tested positive for the virus, local officials were treating the two cases as inconclusive.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 27 May 2020, 07:05PM

Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana at the meeting earlier today (May 27). Photo: PR Phuket

Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana at the meeting earlier today (May 27). Photo: PR Phuket

Governor Phakaphong broke the news earlier today (May 27) at the meeting of the Phuket Provincial Communicable Disease Committee, which oversees all COVID-19 measures in the province with Governor Phakaphong as its head. 

Governor Phakaphong pointed out that Phuket has so far accumulated 227 confirmed cases of people infected with the virus.

That number includes the most recent two cases, an Italian engineer and his Chinese wife staying in Cherng Talay, he noted.

However, he pointed out that the couple have three children who all tested negative for the virus.

“Doctors believe that the couple must have been infected for a long time before they were tested. They both do not have any symptoms of being infected,” he said.

“If they really are infected, people who had close contact with them must be infected as well, but the children are not infected,” Governor Phakaphong explained.

“Doctors found that the virus found in the two latest cases are ‘dead cells’. We can report that the virus is inactive and unable to spread to other people,” he said.


“Samples from the two cases have been sent to Mahidol University to test again. Anyone who learns of those test results, please inform the committee,” he added.

“This topic is very sensitive… If this keeps happening, it will affect the airport reopening,” Governor Phakaphong pointed out.

“These cases have been added to the total number as reported by the committee, but these cases involved a dead virus [sic] that cannot be spread. Phuket is safe and should not be classified as a risk province,” he added.

Governor Phakaphong also announced that due to the low number of patients now in care or under observation, the field hospital set up at the site of the new Provincial Hall will be closed this Sunday (May 31).

“The number of infected cases in Phuket keeps decreasing, so I have already closed the second field hospital [at the Prince of Songkla University Phuket campus,” he said.

“On Sunday (May 31), we will stop using the new Provincial Hall as the field hospital and stop using the Grand Suphicha City Hotel as a place for keeping PUIs [persons under investigation] for observation,” he added.

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maverick | 28 May 2020 - 15:02:11

lolo@ it’s also plausible that they were infected after already recovering - the second infection cannot be passed on there is no virus shedding 

maverick | 28 May 2020 - 14:59:48

nongku74 @ that’s correct there is no ban on fishing only gatherings on the beaches I got this from the tourist police 

Shwe | 28 May 2020 - 12:06:49

A viral claim on Facebook erroneously tells users that “you will test positive” for COVID-19 if “you’ve gotten flu shots during the past ten years.” Vaccine and infectious disease experts told us that’s false, and the Food and Drug Administration says this hasn’t been observed in any authorized tests.

Kurt | 28 May 2020 - 10:22:21

@ Skip. When it is as you wrote here about testing, than the Governor is not informing us correct about way of testing. This has to be scientifically investigated before re-opening Phuket airport. 

Jor12 | 28 May 2020 - 09:34:26

Tbird...yes, I was told this too when I was beamed to the mothership for a briefing as well. 

quinault11 | 28 May 2020 - 09:27:30

silly and funny all the round

lolo | 28 May 2020 - 09:25:12

The article is just nonsense and non scientific point of view. Maybe, also, a bad translation? 

“Doctors found that the virus found in the two latest cases are ‘dead cells’..."
Viruses are like programs, they are not living organism, they are not cells.

skip | 28 May 2020 - 05:10:48

With the current PCR test, they are not testing for the virus. They are testing for exosomes, a normal immune system response to illness. Anyone who has had the trivalent or quadrivalent flu vaccine will test positive. This is why random people with no symptoms test positive. people who have a flu or URTI will produce exosomes and test positive. 

Tbird | 27 May 2020 - 23:08:48

Oh, and just to state the obvious: My previous comments referred to the Global Agenda...not just little old Thailand ( although I do admire the uniquely Thai approach to covering-up for the Global Elites!) 

Tbird | 27 May 2020 - 22:59:35

" Or... hey maybe the Virus is not so highly transferable as they want to tell us..." Bingo! As I have been saying: This is not about the public health. This is about power and control. This is a test case for the REAL THING coming to theaters soon... 

DeKaaskopp | 27 May 2020 - 22:15:03

Yup Lalala, thank God you are being told  the truth in all other countries.And thank God Phuket is blessed with having some of those "know it all better" stranded tourists/expats.

lovingPhuket | 27 May 2020 - 22:02:08

Ok let’s just stop the nonsense test everyone on the Island then we have the truth. With the truth we can control with no facts we just guess. Come on team Phuket step up so the right thing. Invest and reward. Let’s get it done together 

nongku74 | 27 May 2020 - 21:40:00

Today I made a cycle ride to Ya Nui beach area in Rawai tambon and observed about 20 Thai men fishing from the beach and adjacent rock area. I commented to the lifeguard patrol that this is unlawful and that if I ventured on to the beach then they would call the police with possible arrest. Both lifeguards informed me that fishing was allowed! Farangs sitting on the beach is however not allowed!!!

ThorFinger | 27 May 2020 - 21:00:13

It's not the Governor's fault, as he walks the highwire while the whole story starts to unravel....
So, can we expect the airport to be reopened soon and the emergency decree to be lifted very shortly?

LALALA | 27 May 2020 - 19:19:48

Dead Virus cells...LOL. They could have found antibodies than maybe. Do Thai doctors know the difference between Antibodies and Virus cells ? Or... hey maybe the Virus is not so highly transferable as they want to tell us... for what the extension of emergency decree than ? The whole thing stinks and shows perfect what Thai mentality is about, lying, denying, solly no have. Welcome in LALALAND


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