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Eight new COVID infections confirmed in Phuket

Eight new COVID infections confirmed in Phuket

PHUKET: Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon has revealed that eight people in Phuket have been confirmed as infected with COVID-19.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 7 April 2021, 04:19PM

Dr Kusak revealed the news at 11am today (Apr 7) at the Indoor Sports Stadium in Saphan Hin while Ministry of Public Health Deputy Permanent Secretary Dr Yongyot Thammawut was conducting an inspection visit of the mass-vaccination campaign underway there.

Referring to the people infected as case numbers, Dr Kusak explained that Case 1 was a 29-year-old woman PR employee at an entertainment venue in Bangkok’s Thonglor District who had travelled to Phuket on holiday.

Dr Kusak then repeated the same information released in a notice issued this morning explaining the woman’s movements in Phuket after arriving from Bangkok, provided no further details.

“She is now receiving treatment in a private hospital,” was all Dr Kusak would add.

“Cases 2, 3 and 4, are members of a Navy family [sic] living in Phuket. One of them is a 9-year-old child,” Dr Kusak said..

“Cases 5, 6, 7 and 8 are people who attended a party in Cherng Talay,” he added. 

“The 29-year-ol PR employee from Thonglor is receiving medical treatment at a private hospital, and the remaining seven infected people are under medical care at Vachira Phuket Hospital,” Dr Kusak noted.

At this stage 10 people were considered to have had high-risk exposure to the people now confirmed as infected, he said.

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“At this stage, health officers are testing and questioning every person who was involved in the parties and asking them to self-quarantine,” he said.

The “parties” referred to three parties held in Phuket last weekend, organised by Kolour beachside. One of the parties was held at the Shelter Phuket Dance & Night Club in Patong, another was held at Cafe Del Mar Phuket in Kamala, and the third was held at the Illuzion nightclub on Bangla Rd.

Dr Kusak urged people to pay heed only to clear information provided by the ongoing investigation into the infections. More details will be announced to the public later, he added.

Also present at Saphan Hin this morning, Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew said, “For the new cases, every sector in Phuket has worked together on protecting themselves and our people. 

“I expect that we can control the outbreak. For now, please do not panic,” he said.

Up until yesterday Phuket had enjoyed 103 days without any new COVID-19 infections.

The eight new infections bring to 204 the total number of people in Phuket confirmed as infected with COVID-19 since the outbreak began.

So far only three people in Phuket have died as a result of contracting the disease.

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Christy Sweet | 08 April 2021 - 13:45:45

Hunker down folks, stay out of restaurants and bars and wear masks on essential outings only. We've just been set back 6 months  on a two year timeline,   and gawd help us if the Brazilian variant gets through. Stop the EU flights please.

maverick | 08 April 2021 - 12:49:22

Galong@ you are absolutely right - a study done recently by Stanford showed that number of infections was grossly understated and their models also indicated that the mortality rate was 0.15% globally not much higher than a bad flu season.....go figure 

Kurt | 08 April 2021 - 09:21:39

Corrections'  Sonfkran = Songkran.  Not in self quarantine = Now in self quarantine.

Kurt | 08 April 2021 - 09:19:04

@Galong, it is not about premises/venues. It is the money making what makes officialdom blinds for the risks. Money before people. It is so clear as these 3 happenings on Phuket showed. Now Anutin allows the whole of Thailand free Sonfkran travel. Himself, vaccinated!!!! is not in self quarantine as many vaccinated Cabinet members.

Galong | 08 April 2021 - 07:19:14

@Fascinated I couldn't agree more.  Hold those holding unsafe events responsible!  Better yet, shut them down completely. They will be a problem again in the future. Entertainment venues are not essential or worth the risk.

Galong | 08 April 2021 - 07:13:24

@MichielVanKets virtually no testing, so there are likely hundreds if not thousands who are infected, just asymptomatic.  BTW, 95 deaths in Thailand and 2.87 million deaths globally, so your source/s are simply wrong.

maverick | 08 April 2021 - 05:27:02

Demonstrates how easy it is for this to get back into the community - freakish incident - thousands of visitors over the next week will merely increase the risk of wider outbreak on the island 

MichielVanKets | 07 April 2021 - 20:12:04

3 deaths after 1 year and 1.000.000 lost their jobs, their income, their investments, their savings ... obviously this is a scam and you're an accomplish !! 

Kurt | 07 April 2021 - 19:00:38 a safe holiday destination for foreigners. Foreigners abroad should think twice before going to Phuket to visit/stay with foreign family members who are Phuket resident, as Phuket Government not even has a plan on paper when they will vaccinate foreign residents. The reason why Phuket government not able foreigners to download a english registration form is quite clear. It is a blockade.

Kurt | 07 April 2021 - 18:53:00

Phuket really works hard to join in Covid-19 explosions left and right. That 'entertainment woman' from BKK, +'just' 8 cases due to 3 parties. ( just mention a low figure). But reality will show that coming weeks will show hundreds of Phuket people will be infected. Phuket loose due to not thinking Officialdom any credibility  to present herself as a safe holiday destination for fo...

Fascinated | 07 April 2021 - 17:46:16

Kolour needs to be held accountable for their actions but it will never happen. Thanks for nothing pretentious party-goers. We were doing quite well without you.


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