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Phuket marks 109 new local infections

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) marked 109 new local COVID-19 infections on the island yesterday (Aug 14), bringing the total number of people recognised as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3 to 1,940.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 15 August 2021, 08:30AM

The PPHO report, marked as accurate as of 10:20pm last night, also marked zero Phuket Sandbox arrivals confirmed as newly infected, and zero new COVID patients brought to the island for treatment under the ‘Bring Phuket People Home’ campaign.

The 109 new local infections bring  the total number of new local infections on the island in the past seven days to 507, as follows:

  • Aug 8 - 81 new cases
  • Aug 9 - 61 new cases
  • Aug 10 - 37 new cases
  • Aug 11 - 104 new cases
  • Aug 12 - 33 new cases
  • Aug 13 - 82 new cases
  • Aug 14 - 109 new cases

The current total of 1,940 infected in Phuket since Apr 3 does not include nine people infected with COVID-19 in other provinces and 21 returning from other countries and testing positive.

The current Phuket tally also does not include 38 COVID patients brought back to Phuket under the “Bring Phuket people home” policy, or the 57 Phuket Sandbox arrivals who have tested positive for the virus after landing on the island since the Sandbox scheme began on July 1.

According to the PPHO COVID report for yesterday, 776 people were now under medical care or supervision, 65 more than the 711 reported for Friday.

The report also marked 1,229 people in total being discharged from medical care for COVID infection since Apr 3 ‒ 44* more patients than the 1,185 reported for Friday.

The report posted last night recorded 70 people suspected of being infected with COVID-19 after testing positive by antigen test kits (ATKs) yesterday (Aug 14).


The 70 suspected cases, which have yet to be confirmed by RT-PCR tests, bring the total number of people now being held at “COVID-19 Care Centers” across the island to 186 (+70).

Of note, the daily report issued yesterday no longer included the section reporting how many people had been released from ATK detention and allowed to go home. The section was included in the report for Friday, marked with a zero.

The PPHO daily COVID situation report posted last night also reported that Phuket currently has in total 846 beds available for COVID patients (+30 from Friday), with 589 of the beds occupied (+12), and 257 beds still available.

The report also marked that of the COVID patients in care 31 were designated as ‘Red patients’ (+7); 235 were designated ‘Yellow’ patients (+7) and 323 were ‘Green’ patients (+18).

The PPHO COVID report for yesterday marked no new deaths attributed to COVID-19, leaving the total number of deaths in Phuket attributed to COVID-19 since Apr 3 at 14.

* Correction: The correct number of people released from medical care according to the report is 44, not 34 as originally reported. The error is regretted.

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DeKaaskopp | 16 August 2021 - 10:30:38

@Madeinswiss  Better closing everything until October or November ? Brilliant idea ! So tourist can see more shuttered businesses upon their return and will have a lot of fun wandering around in ghost towns. You really seem not to care about locals who lose more and more money every day.

Madeinswiss | 15 August 2021 - 19:36:26

I agree too much new covid cases to go there for holidays... Better closing everything until october or november and then opening normally for high season only with vaccine for and only 1 PCR  test before flight... No more multi PCR tests and no more specials hotels = tourists will coming back = mney and job for Thai peoples

lelecuneo | 15 August 2021 - 11:15:48

the problem is that they make up rules and no one care to follow with the alcohol ban that no one is respecting and police not enforcing..... what is the point then? i gladly stop sandbox and shut donw all businesses then for 1 month and clear the island again... corruption, disregard for law etc... they deserve what they get, all of them


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