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No Delta variant in Phuket, says island health chief

No Delta variant in Phuket, says island health chief

PHUKET: Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon has denounced claims being shared across social media that the Delta variant of the COVID virus has been found in Phuket as fake news.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 1 July 2021, 11:05AM

The notice claiming that people in Phuket had been infected with the Delta variant has been denounced as fake news. Image: PR Phuket

The notice claiming that people in Phuket had been infected with the Delta variant has been denounced as fake news. Image: PR Phuket

No cases of infection in Phuket have been confirmed as the Delta variant, Dr Kusak said yesterday (June 30)

The response follows a notice written in Thai being widely shared on Thai social media, saying, “Urgent! Phuket found five cases infected to Indian variant virus yesterday and five more cases today before opening the Phuket Sandbox.”

“In our working process, if we find a person infected, we will send his or her [swab] sample to check the variant at the Regional Medical Sciences Center in Bang Jo, Thalang. Staff at the centre have confirmed to us that no Delta variant has been found in any of our infected cases,” Dr Kusak said.

“The latest five infected cases came from Bangkok. Three of them are receiving medical treatment in hospital while the other two are being questioned in the infection investigation process,” he said. 

“About 20 people are considered high-risk and have been taken to quarantine at local quarantine locations. We also arranged medical staff to monitor the high-risk people,” he added.

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“People need to check before they believe the news on social media. The news must also be confirmed by relevant officials to prevent confusion and a bad image of Phuket,” he said.

“People can get updates on the infection situation through three pages: PR Phuket, the PPHO and the Phuket Info Center ‒ or call the COVID-19 hotline 094-5938876 and 062-2435116,” Dr Kusak continued.

“Again, I confirm no Delta variant has been found in Phuket,” he said.

The Department of Medical Sciences reported on Monday that one-third of Covid-19 patients in Bangkok will be tested to determine whether they have been infected by the Delta coronavirus variant as the strain is expected to dominate in the capital within the next few months, reported the Bangkok Post.

The department on Monday revealed that Bangkok is the largest cluster of the Delta variant, which was first detected in India, with 331 new cases being recorded last week, increasing the number of patients infected by this particular variant to 822.

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Christy Sweet | 06 July 2021 - 13:25:42

BBC writes 07/05   in a report on Delta in Asian countries that the variant is in Phuket, and  26% of the cases in Bangkok are Delta, and only 4% of Thailand's population has been fully vaccinated. 

Kurt | 04 July 2021 - 14:02:27

@maverick, I didn't predict/anticipate any 'demands'.  Just let Samui join the sandbox scheme asap. Samui is suffering as Phuket does. We just not read much about that.

Kurt | 04 July 2021 - 11:59:22

In the past DeK did ridicule my suggestions of testing/checking thai people coming to Phuket over land/by air.  It all now is happening. After all the suggestions were not that crazy. Now, besides Phuket, make Samui a 2nd sandbox pilot project. Just in/out by air only.

maverick | 04 July 2021 - 05:51:58

Kurt Samui will be on the sandbox scheme from July 15 so not a long wait and I am sure SIA will resume flights when they see the demand you are anticipating I have met three independent visitors over the last 24 hours who have arrived via DXB who all speak highly of the scheme and are looking forward to their holiday 

Kurt | 03 July 2021 - 14:26:03

@maverick, sorry, but I don't see the 'challenge' here. SIA flys now direct on Phuket. Her daughter SilkAir can resume her usual flights to Samui. Samui runway long enough to welcome european planes with their present limited aircraft occupation. 'Can not' is a thai blockade of getting back to normal as much is possible. If needed, pilot projects should be small, and not involv...

DeKaaskopp | 03 July 2021 - 14:05:54

If if would be up to good old Kurt ,there would be only original Phuketians and those expats living here right now allowed to live or to come here in the coming months.Crazy man.

maverick | 03 July 2021 - 09:55:09

Kurt : transit through Singapore is challenging right now and there are currently no flights on BKK Airways operating - Samui airport has no long haul flights from Europe as runway can’t handle and Koh Phanang airport is still awaiting approval 

Kurt | 03 July 2021 - 02:20:39

@ Maverick. Nonsense. In past I flew x times S'pore -Samui. It is just flying/not flying. Nothing blocks that. From Samui by boat to Koh P. People tested PCR the day before sailing.  Just a matter of looking matters of different angles.  The focus on just Phuket is astonishing. At end it will bounce back negatively. The idiot coming /going of the whole Cabinet speaks chapters.

Christy Sweet | 02 July 2021 - 19:51:42

Why does anyone suggest to others what to think, say and write? It's so DICtorial and Thailand certainly attracts the type of foreign male who does it. mmm, I wonder why... 

maverick | 02 July 2021 - 12:29:36

The sandbox is a long shot but at least they are trying something rather than sitting on their hands and resorting to handouts what will merely bankrupt the country - let’s try to be optimistic and welcome something being done for the Island we have made our home 

maverick | 02 July 2021 - 12:27:10

Kurt,  no direct flights to islands you mention - the risk of increased infections won’t come from vaccinated and multiple tested visitors arriving in small numbers. More likely folks arriving from BKK and surrounds - if this island is to recover before 2022 high season ( by which time we will be living in a wasteland) they have to try something to revive business’s for next high season 

Kurt | 02 July 2021 - 01:28:50

As a sand box pilot project smaller islands should have been chosen, like Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. Easier places to contain a Covid19 explosion/outbreak.
With using Phuket now to much on stake when it works out wrong with Beta- and Delta variants. It will bring Phuket months backward. Not yet talking about the 'image' of  Phuket and handling matters.

Kurt | 02 July 2021 - 00:54:47

Dr Kusak sounds quite over-confident by saying no Delta variant found yet. Of course, when 'relevant officers' not search for it you not find it. But don't worry, before Dr Kusak knows it will be here on Phuket. Hand in hand with Beta, in the sand box. Probably arriving through Phuket airport, asymptomatic.

ematt | 01 July 2021 - 18:09:34

Xi_Virus isn’t a real person. Just a foreign troll bot. 

Nasa12 | 01 July 2021 - 14:15:42

Don’t worry, both Delta and Delta+ coming soon. 

Xi_Virus | 01 July 2021 - 11:34:44

Who can trust your numbers when there are NO test-stations available for people. Thais can't afford the costs related.

Xi_Virus | 01 July 2021 - 11:28:16

Phuket is a Virus HUB and the world is aware of this fact. Delta, Beta, Xi-gma and all other variants of Xi Virus are all out there.

The s* government dragged over a million people from other parts of country to Phuket for the 1st of July sandbox. A million to serve only 249 visitors including the air crew!


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