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Governor admits Danish family with COVID under treatment in Phuket

Governor admits Danish family with COVID under treatment in Phuket

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana has confirmed that a family of three Danish tourists in Phuket have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus and are currently in hospital receiving treatment.

By The Phuket News

Friday 20 March 2020, 12:08PM

Phuket Govenror Phakaphong Tavipatana finally admitted the five COVID cases in Phuket this morning (Mar 20). photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Phuket Govenror Phakaphong Tavipatana finally admitted the five COVID cases in Phuket this morning (Mar 20). photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The news came at the now-daily meeting of the Provincial Communicable Diseases Committee held Phuket Provincial Hall this morning (Mar 20).

Governor Phakaphong said that the infected Danish tourists comprised a family of: the father, 48 years old; the mother, 39 years old; and their child, 7 years old.

Governor Phakaphong also finally admitted that there have been previous cases of people in Phuket confirmed as being infected with the virus.

The other two were both Chinese tourists from Wuhan, one of them 32 years old, the other 35 years old.

Governor Phakaphong declined to give any further details about the cases involving the Chinese tourists, such as when and where they were identified as infected with the virus, where they were taken for treatment, and when or if they have left the island.

The Danish family brought the total number of people confirmed as being infected in Phuket to five, he said.

The public recognition that Phuket that has had any confirmed cases follows nearly two months of officials repeating to the public that not a single confirmed case had been identified on the island.

The Governor’s admission this morning also follows Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda asking the Governor during a live teleconference in front of reporters late Tuesday night (Mar 17) about a family of three Danish tourists who had been confirmed as infected with the virus.


Gen Anupong had already been briefed on the Danish tourists. He explained that he had been told that the Danish tourists had started developing symptoms during their second night staying in Phuket and told a friend back home they were concerned they might have contracted the virus.

A friend suggested that they report themselves, Gen Anupong said.

Only on being asked by the General, Governor Phakaphong said that the family had notified staff at the hotel, who in turn arranged for the family to be taken into medical care and be tested.

After several tests to confirm the results, the family tested positive for the virus, he admitted.

Health officials had tracked down and tested everyone the tourists were known to have come into close contact with, including immigration officers, the airport taxi driver, a tuk-tuk driver and staff at the hotel, Gov Phakaphong said.

All those people tested negative for the virus, but have been told to self-monitor their heath for the next 14 days, he added.

Governor Phakaphong did not reveal where the Danish tourists are receiving treatment.

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Kurt | 22 March 2020 - 08:52:50

A Governor should not be a 'admitting' Official. A Governor is the 'Captain' of a province. Supposed to be honest, leading, transparent and open to the inhabitants. (Not keeping things secret) If not, than he not deserves respect, trust and loyalty from citizens. It is up to a Governor himself not to become a 'empty box'.

goldwing | 21 March 2020 - 11:25:07

Only 5? multiply that by at least 100, these liars think we are as stupid as they are. Are there night school classes for lying, I want to be a Thai politician

Kurt | 21 March 2020 - 09:35:22

It has been proven worldwide, transparency/openness by Governments are key factors to get inhabitants fully understand the pandemic situation/cooperating in behaviour. The Phuket Governor is totally unreliable, not trust worthy in many matters,  like the water crisis, about Covid-19 infections on Phuket. It is scary to have a Governor who not can be trusted as Top-Official.

Christy Sweet | 20 March 2020 - 21:46:20

What is th eincubation  period for the test to be reliable? 2 weeks? More ? Do we know?  Unforgivable to withhold this vital info. It's here.  Assume everyone is infected- because  they will be sooner or later. Good god, this might go very badly. Unforgivable

CaptainJack69 | 20 March 2020 - 19:45:45

Yesterday someone told me they had "heard" 6 people were being treated in Patong hospital. Then some said a "policeman" told them 2 people had been taken from Bangla Road (closed and empty for 2 days already) to Vachira for treatment. Yet another said they had heard "at least 4 people" were being treated at Sirirot. Almost certainly all Facebook nonsense.

CaptainJack69 | 20 March 2020 - 19:41:55

Alright people, calm down. We don't know the time frame here. This family might have only just presented yesterday, likewise it might have been 2 weeks ago. Getting the truth is never going to happen in this country, get used to it. But those of you who "called them out over the last few weeks" could just as easily have been jumping the gun and stoking the already furiously active ru...

Rorri_2 | 20 March 2020 - 16:17:30

Now, PN should investigate, just what is, the true number infected.

Rorri_2 | 20 March 2020 - 16:15:51

Finally the truth, their lies unraveled, a few of us called them out over the last few weeks, only be shouted down by the likes of Jor12, Dek and their bedmates.... let's see what they say now. Again, from officials, lies, lies and lies, until they can't lie any more... as the danish families illness has been reported in the Danish media, if it hadn't been, probably more lies, to cover...

Fascinated | 20 March 2020 - 12:57:09

Deny, deny, deny until caught out. Business as usual. It does more harm than good suppressing figures as people consider they can carry on as normal if they see no threat. Shot in the foot yet again!

Nasa12 | 20 March 2020 - 12:56:00

This was in the Danish news for many days ago, so how many more farang stay in hospital. PN start to call to different consulate and ask. Or if someone now tip PN. 


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