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Myanmar children latest Phuket Sandbox COVID cases

Myanmar children latest Phuket Sandbox COVID cases

PHUKET: Two Myanmar children, aged 8 and 9, have been placed in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 during the second round of RT-PCR tests conducted on Days 6-7 of their stay under the Phuket Sandbox scheme.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 11 July 2021, 02:19PM

Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon confirmed the news yesterday while reporting nine new local cases of infection.

Despite the children testing positive during their second mandatory test under the Phuket Sandbox scheme, Dr Kusak did not speculate whether they were already infected but passed their first test on arriving in Phuket or whether they became infected while among Phuket’s general population.

Dr Kusak was strong in emphasising, “Don’t worry. The Phuket Public Health Team can handle it. Please everyone be confident, don’t panic.”

The children arrived with two families travelling together, totaling seven people, Dr Kusak said.

“Currently, the patient is in the process of being admitted to hospital. As for families, those in the high-risk group must be quarantined for 14 days,” he said.

“The disease investigation team has coordinated and implemented measures according to the public health process, by checking the swab tests. The results are currently pending,” he added.

“The team will check the timeline of the infected persons’ movements over the seven days since [the children] arrived in Thailand and check from the Mor Chana  application that everyone must download in order to trace the various places that were traveled to and follow up on those who were exposed to high risk,” Dr Kusak said.

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Dr Kusak repeated, “Brothers and sisters be confident. Don’t panic, the Phuket Provincial Public Health team is still able to cope, by asking everyone to take care of yourselves, follow DMHTTA measures, wear a mask, keep social distance, wash your hands often, and strictly refrain from group activities.”

According to the PPHO daily COVID situation report for yesterday (July 10), Phuket recorded nine new cases of infection on the island.

The two Myanmar children were counted separately and were not added to the total number of infections recorded in Phuket since Apr 3, which as of yesterday stood at 785.

Of those, 719 had been discharged from hospital care, while 70 remained under medical care and supervision.

Since Apr 3 Phuket has suffered seven deaths attributed to COVID-19, the report noted.

The PPHO’s updated map showing the locations of infections across the island since Apr 3 reported as follows:

  • Wichit - 106 infections
  • Patong - 80
  • Phuket Town - 85
  • Rassada - 76
  • Kathu - 60
  • Chalong - 53
  • Rawai - 47
  • Cherng Talay - 47
  • Thepkrasattri - 38
  • Srisoonthorn - 38
  • Kamala - 33
  • Karon - 30
  • Koh Kaew - 27
  • Mai Khao - 13
  • Pa Khlok - 10
  • Sakhu - 9

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Kurt | 13 July 2021 - 03:22:27

ematt completely missing the point. It is about the whole package the Retirees contribute to the micro-economy on PHUKET what helps local Thai. ( Not just that obligated 800,000 in the bank). ematt can't  compare that with foreign macro economy investment of billions in THAILAND. That is a different thing.

Christy Sweet | 12 July 2021 - 13:46:05

Good spot on the infections NOT being entered on Phuket tallies even though it was 6 days after entry. Thank you TPN for all your fine reporting on this  issue- we'd all be in the dark otherwise. 

ematt | 12 July 2021 - 12:21:30

Kurt seems to think that THB 800,000 is a lot of money. Foreign direct investment in Thailand averages USD 5-10 Billion per year, but he wants us to get excited about his 25,000. 

Kurt | 12 July 2021 - 09:34:24

Talking about facts and rumours: There is a rumour that Phuket officials want 1000 more retirees on Phuket. These have solid pensions, at least B800.000 in the bank. Spend money on f&b, housekeepers, gardeners, pool cleaners, buy/service cars, etc. It's a stable 'sustainable' economy on its own.  Having more retirees is good for their money, and so good for Phuket.

Kurt | 12 July 2021 - 00:11:17

So, the 2 Myanmar children, 8 and 9 years old, are now in a Q-facility. Are the earlier positive tested thai teachers, thai children of Phuket schools and kindergarten now in Q-facilities too, or just home, spreading Covid-19 at home and around? Don't worry, brothers and sisters, don't panic, just sleep well all together, with face mask of course.

r u sure | 11 July 2021 - 21:02:26

@Skorchio So where do you get your figures and proof from? It's about time that Phuket News stopped these unsubstantiated wild claims from "doomongers" if you are currently in Phuket what are your alternative and valid sources of information? So even if you're  in Phuket or not now  either believe the information you are given or not. Rumours and facts are separate issues!

Madeinswiss | 11 July 2021 - 19:57:36

Great u arrive free of covid and get it in SHA hotel where you must stay... Who will pay the quarantaine hotel? 

skorchio | 11 July 2021 - 16:26:23

Seems to me that there is now enough covid running around the population of Phuket that covid free Sandbox arrivals are getting infected after arrival, from being out and about. And the only reason it is showing up is because they are being heavily tested. 


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