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Netherlands man, 38, reported as COVID positive in Phuket

Netherlands man, 38, reported as COVID positive in Phuket

PHUKET: The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has reported that a 38-year-old man from the Netherlands has tested positive for COVID-19 in Phuket.

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By The Phuket News

Saturday 7 November 2020, 02:58PM


The CCSA reported that the Dutch national was COVID-positive in Phuket earlier today. Image: CCSA / Facebook

The CCSA reported that the Dutch national was COVID-positive in Phuket earlier today. Image: CCSA / Facebook

The CCSA reported the case In a post earlier this afternoon (Nov 7).

The man is currently in care at an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) venue in Phuket, the CCSA reported.

No other details were made available.

According to a report by the Bangkok Post, the Dutch national  arrived from his home country on Nov 1 and stayed at an ASQ facility in Phuket. He tested positive on Thursday with no symptoms. He was admitted to a private hospital.

The CCSA post in total reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 in the country. Among them was a local case in Krabi, raising the total to 3,830 cases.

The Krabi local infection was that of an Indian man, 37, who works at a restaurant. He tested positive on Wednesday while taking a health test for a work permit. He is being treated at a public hospital and his case is being investigated, the CCSA said without revealing further details.

According to Thai media, which quoted Dr Supoj Pookaoluan, director of Krabi Hospital, the man arrived in Thailand three months ago and has since been unable to return home.

He took a job at a restaurant in the province while staying with three friends and relatives at a house in Mueang district.

The man later applied for a work permit and had a health checkup on Wednesday at a private hospital in the district. The result was positive with no symptoms.

He was later sent to Krabi Hospital, which tested him and three other people living in the same house. The results were negative and the hospital allowed the three people staying with him to go home. The man remained in a negative-pressure room at the hospital for more tests.

 

The third test on Friday night was negative and the hospital sent his blood samples to a hospital in Phuket for a retest. The result was not known yet.  

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Also on Saturday, the centre posted on social media the Public Health Ministry had approved a proposal to shorten a quarantine period to 10 days for low-risk countries such as China, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. The 14-day quarantine period for high-risk countries remained in place.

The proposal will be sent to the centre, which will have a final say on the issue.

Apart from the Phuket and Krabi cases, 10 other cases reported on Saturday were quarantined arrivals from seven countries — two each from France and the United States and one each from the United Arab Emirates, India, Mexico, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

The remaining two new cases were two Myanmar nationals who had already been sent home.

One of the two cases from France was a 62-year-old French businessman, who arrived in Thailand on Oct 22, on the same flight as that of one previously confirmed case. The other was a 65-year-old retired official, who arrived on Oct 30 on the same flight as that of one previously confirmed case. Both stayed at alternative state quarantine facilities in Bangkok.

The first man tested positive on Nov 5, or Day 14, while the second tested positive on Nov 2, or Day 3. Both were asymptomatic and received treatment at a private hospital.

The case from the UAE was a Thai employee, 32, who arrived on Oct 23 on the same flight as that of nine previously confirmed cases. She stayed at a state quarantine facility in Bangkok and tested positive on Nov 4 with no symptoms. The woman is being treated at a public hospital, the Bangkok Post reported.

The fourth case was a 48-year-old Indian businessman, who arrived from his home country on Oct 23 and stayed at an alternative state quarantine facility in Samut Prakan. He tested positive on Nov 4, but showed no symptoms. He was admitted to a private hospital.

The fifth and sixth cases were a 50-year-old Thai contractor and a 41-year-old Thai employee. They arrived from the US on Oct 30 and stayed at a state quarantine facility in Chon Buri province. They tested positive on Nov 4 with no symptoms. They are being treated at public hospitals.

The seventh case was a Mexican language instructor, 43, who arrived from Mexico on Oct 31 and stayed at an alternative state quarantine facility in Bangkok. On Nov 5, he tested positive with no symptoms. He is being treated at a private hospital.

The eighth case was a Thai housewife, 43, who arrived from Switzerland on Oct 31 on the same flight as that of one previously confirmed case. She stayed at a state quarantine facility in Bangkok. On Tuesday, she tested positive with no symptoms. She is being treated at the Central Chest Institute of Thailand.

The remaining two cases were a 29-year-old Myanmar man and a 45-year-old Myanmar woman. The two lorry drivers crossed the Thai-Myanmar border to Thailand on Oct 26 and tested positive on that day, with no symptoms. They were sent to receive treatment in their country.

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skip | 10 November 2020 - 01:26:45

The reason he tested positive and shows no symptoms is the PCR test is not quantative. You need millions of cells to be sick and contagious. The PCR test will be positive if you have antibodies from previous infections years ago. Corona viruses have been around for centuries. We have reached herd immunity as deaths are very low regardless of millions of positive results. This is scientific fact.

Kurt | 08 November 2020 - 12:03:45

@SEC2, Don't wonder any longer. Much of the thai ASQ rulings are just tiger paper work in order to make it looks good and: 'see how good we handle it all ?' But understand reality, they give room for loop holes ( money holes).Point is in this cyber era they can't hide their 'make up' things anymore.. More than ever the truth has longer legs than the lies. But they still not...

SEC2 | 08 November 2020 - 09:36:20

Doesn't anyone else wonder how somebody can be in a ASQ facility in Phuket if there are NO direct international flights to Phuket AND it was announced by the government that ALL ASQ would be in Bangkok.  Phuket News, can you give us more information about this?  A little investigative reporting would be appreciated.   Wondering how this guy was in quarantine in Phuket ???   Thanks.

cpfleger | 08 November 2020 - 02:48:44

Thought the very same @LaLaLa 
I more and more suspect Thailand being CoV free for a long time to be more a myth but the truth?  
What's the outcome with the CoV pos Thai DJ who showed to be sick in jail - without any foreign infection connection? 
Lots of questions, not just where a straight line bring back tourism could be. 
Felt now everyday new rules being announced without any real mo...

ThorFinger | 07 November 2020 - 20:44:12

The virus only lives for 3 seconds in the sun and up to 19 days in the laboratory, so where did this come from? He's only 38 and unless he has serious health conditions he's going to live so no problem there, but let's not kid ourselves, if this guy has it, then there most be others out there carrying it. Who? Obviously the border patrols are still not up to their task.

JSombra | 07 November 2020 - 20:41:31

"arrived from his home country on Nov 1 and stayed at an ASQ facility in Phuket."

How? International airport it closed and cannot take flight from BKK to Phuket without undergoing quarantine first. Doubt sailed from Netherlands.

This is a repeat of the french men a few months ago all over again, people mysteriously popping up in quarantine in Phuket with no explination how they got...

LALALA | 07 November 2020 - 16:48:46

2 questions...how somebody can stay in a ASQ facility on Phuket if there are 1. no international flight with passengers into Phuket and 2. all ASQ at this moment supposed to run through Bangkok. Waiting for the face saving lie response from Thai authorities reg. the Indian man on Krabi though.

 

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