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Omicron in Patong: 11 cases confirmed on Soi Bangla

Omicron in Patong: 11 cases confirmed on Soi Bangla

PHUKET: Proactive screening has identified 11 Thai women working in the Soi Bangla area of Patong as infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 2 January 2022, 09:00AM

The news was confirmed by two reports posted online by the Phuket Info Center, operated by the Phuket office of the Ministry of Interior, at 8pm and 8:04pm last night (Jan 1).

Both reports were marked as issued from information provided by the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) and both were marked as accurate as of Jan 1.

The reports updated the number of Omicron infections on the island since the initial reports issued on Wednesday night, bringing to 125 the total number of confirmed Omicron infections on the island since Dec 13.

The 11 Thai women confirmed as infected initially tested positive for COVID-19 last Tuesday (Dec 28). The women were Identified by proactive screening conducted by staff from Patong Hospital using antigen test kits (ATKs), said the reports.

Entertainment venues on Bangla Rd, currently operating as “restaurants” in order to serve alcohol, must have their staff undergo random ATK tests every seven days as a condition of reopening, Dr Witita Jang-iam, Deputy Director of Vachira Phuket Hospital, the main government hospital on the island, explained following a spate of infections in the nightlife area late November.

All staff must be “100% vaccinated”, she said.

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Any venue found linked to three connected infections must close for three days and undergo intensive cleaning and disinfecting, Dr Witita added.

The reports posted online last night also confirmed 10 international arrivals testing positive for Omicron.

The international arrivals, entering Phuket as Test & Go tourists, were all identified as COVID-positive by staff from Vachira Phuket Hospital on Day 0 of their stay.

The tourists had arrived from France, Lithuania, Mongolia, Sweden, the UK and Portugal, the reports added.

No further information was reported.

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Kurt | 03 January 2022 - 10:59:25

Positive tested international arrivals: 10.  Straight into quarantine. In 2 days time, Bangla Rd staff 3+11 = 14 positve infected. Plus, how many, Bangla Rd visitors got infected by these 14 staff? Can we say that Omicron spreading on Phuket happens by local people, not by the arrivals?

lelecuneo | 03 January 2022 - 08:13:41

i would call it Homocron in Banglar...and there are tousen ...555

skorchio | 02 January 2022 - 19:03:25

I am supposed to return home to Phuket and I am facing a 14 day quarantine. I find this laughable, there will be 100's if not 1000's of cases by next week, yet the muppets making the rules will probably continue with their zero covid defences. Its pathetic. It is already in and spreading, now open the freaking borders with a sensible policy of test and isolate at home or hotel if positive

mgb | 02 January 2022 - 13:31:55

Any person who ventures to bars is at risk, as Kurt says how many people have been served by the lady’s.

Kamala Pete | 02 January 2022 - 12:00:09

Kurt, don't panic!  The Omicron variant is mother nature's way of immunizing everybody with minimal damage. The majority of those who will get badly sick are the unvaccinated. Get out, party and enjoy!!

CaptainJack69 | 02 January 2022 - 11:58:57

And still no data on severity of symptoms. Do we have 125 new patients fighting for their lives in intensive care? Or 125 people lying down on the sofa with some Tylenol and a hot cup of tea?

Kurt | 02 January 2022 - 10:13:57

10 international arrivals positive tested? When it is Omicron than during the flights some cabin crew also became infected during meal servings. Omicron has a fast snow ball effect. Of course Officialdom can ignore that because they don't want the public to panic as they themselve panic now in silence.

Kurt | 02 January 2022 - 10:07:07

It is complete nonsense to state that since Dec 13 only 125 Omicron cases are here. Officially tallied, Yes. But in reality you can multiply that number several times. 3 Ladies on Bangla Rd only? Give me a break. There must be dozens of staff now around with Omnicron, and what to think about all the visitors who were in touch with the ladies without social distance?


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