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Phuket’s latest COVID case a Patong shopping centre staffer

Phuket’s latest COVID case a Patong shopping centre staffer

PHUKET: Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Thanit Sermkaew today (May 19) confirmed that Phuket’s latest confirmed case of COVID-19 was a 27-year-old Thai woman who worked at a “shopping centre” in Patong. 

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By Khunanya Wanchanwet

Tuesday 19 May 2020, 04:55PM


Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Thanit Sermkaew. Photo: PR Phuket

Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Thanit Sermkaew. Photo: PR Phuket

Dr Thanit declined to specify which “shopping centre” the woman worked at.

The woman had travelled to Prachinburi with one of her two female roommates with whom she lived with in Patong.

After the pair had arrived in Prachinburi, the roommate was confirmed as infected with COVID-19, he said.

“The PPHO was notified of the case by Prachinburi Provincial Health Office on May 8,” Dr Thanit explained.

Officials immediately tracked down the woman in Phuket, now branded as Case 225, and confirmed that she was not experiencing any signs of infection.

She also initially tested negative for the virus on May 8, Dr Thanit said.

“The woman explained that on Mar 17 she had lost the sense of taste and smell, but still had no fever. Later, those symptoms disappeared,” Dr Thanit noted, explaining why the woman had not presented herself to a doctor.

“We had her placed in quarantine at Patong Hospital as a precaution. She was tested again for the virus on May 15, and she tested positive,” he said.

Phuket health officials on May 8 also had the women’s remaining roommate in Patong immediately placed under quarantine at Patong Hospital, Dr Thanit confirmed.

The roommate has tested negative for the virus twice, but remains in quarantine at the hospital as a precaution, Dr Thanit said.

Samples from the roommate in quarantine at Patong Hospital have been sent to Ramathibodi Hospital and the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, both in Bangkok, to confirm whether or not she is not infected, he added.

Similarly, samples from the four cases reported as positive in Phuket last Sunday have also been sent to Bangkok for confirmation, Dr Thanit said.

Until those results come back, their status remains unchanged as confirmed as positive, he said, adding that he expected the test results from Bangkok to be returned no later than next week.

“Currently, all four people are still in quarantine at Vachira Phuket Hospital,” he Dr Thanit said.

“There will be no decisions as to whether any areas will be placed under lockdown again until those test results have been confirmed,” he added.

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Kurt | 20 May 2020 - 20:26:15

The usual. On paper proudly announced to press as 'water tight' government procedures. In practice,.. just sloppy, 1 hand not knowing what other hand is doing. Later? Just reactions of government people who asked not to be named. The famous openness here.  :-)  Areas should be under lock down already until it is clear that outcome tests are negative.But no decision taking is more easy.

CaptainJack69 | 20 May 2020 - 11:41:23

'positive' results get retracted, 'negative' results turn out to be wrong. What is the point of testing if the results can't be relied on?

maverick | 19 May 2020 - 18:16:55

Oh Goody so we we may get locked down again - can’t wait - time to stock up on beers again I guess 

JSombra | 19 May 2020 - 18:16:10

So 3 girls living together in Phuket, 2 go Prachinburi . Now 1 in Prachinburi, and two in quarantine in Phuket? How did one of the Prachinburi  girls get back to Phuket? Did they seriously let girl with such close contact with a confirmed case travel again?

 

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