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Phuket marks 126 new COVID cases

PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 126 new local infections on the island yesterday (Aug 21), bringing the total number of people recognised as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3 to 2,528.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 22 August 2021, 09:30AM

The PPHO report, marked as accurate as of 10:24pm last night, also marked two news cases of Phuket Sandbox tourists being confirmed as infected and one person infected elsewhere brought to Phuket for treatment under the “Bring Phuket People Home” campaign.

The report marked no new deaths attributed to COVID-19, leaving the total number of deaths in Phuket attributed to COVID-19 since Apr 3 at 17.

The 126 new local infections bring the total number of new local infections on the island to a new record of 587 in the past seven days, as follows:

  • Aug 15 - 49 new cases
  • Aug 16 - 50 new cases
  • Aug 17 - 43 new cases
  • Aug 18 - 89 new cases
  • Aug 19 - 129 new cases
  • Aug 20 - 101 new cases
  • Aug 21 - 126 new cases

The current total of 2,528 infected in Phuket since Apr 3 does not include 10 people infected with COVID-19 in other provinces and 23 returning from other countries and testing positive.

The current Phuket tally also does not include 39 COVID patients brought back to Phuket under the “Bring Phuket people home” policy, or the 66 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, 1,046 people were under medical care or supervision, an increase of 81 from the day before.

The report also marked 1,556 people in total being discharged from medical care for COVID infection since Apr 3 ‒ 48 more patients than the 1,508 reported for Thursday.

Thai Residential

The report posted last night recorded 128 new cases of people suspected of being infected with COVID-19 after testing positive by antigen test kits (ATKs) yesterday (Aug 21).

The 128 suspected cases, which have yet to be confirmed by RT-PCR tests, bring the total number of people now currently held at “COVID-19 Care Centers” across the island to 447, an increase of only 16 compared with 431 reported for Friday.

The report did not confirm how many people who tested positive by ATKs were confirmed infected by RT-PCR tests or how many people had been released from ATK detention at ‘COVID-19 Care Centers’ and allowed to go home.

The PPHO daily COVID situation report posted last night also reported that Phuket currently has in total 1,013 beds available for COVID patients (+28 from yesterday), with 805 (79.47%) of the beds occupied (+63), and 208 beds still available (-35).

The report also marked that of the COVID patients in care 24 were designated as ‘Red patients’ (zero change); 303 were designated ‘Yellow’ patients (+28) and 387 were ‘Green’ patients (+27).

The latest map released by the PPHO showing the locations of the new infections across the island was released yesterday (Aug 20), but marked as accurate as of 6pm Thursday (Aug 19), as follows:

  • Phuket Town - 506 cases
    (Talad Yai 277, +16; Talad Neua 229, +3)
  • Rassada - 468 (+38)
  • Wichit - 265 (+11)
  • Cherng Talay - 201 (+12)
  • Patong - 135
  • Kathu - 126 (+1)
  • Thepkrasattri - 111 (+6)
  • Chalong - 105 (+1)
  • Srisoonthorn - 93 (+11)
  • Koh Kaew - 67
  • Rawai - 66 (+1)
  • Karon - 40
  • Kamala - 37
  • Pa Khlok - 25
  • Mai Khao - 22
  • Sakhu - 15

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Stickler1234 | 23 August 2021 - 15:27:18

I guess PN is just using a press release for these numbers, but someone, somewhere, should try to make sure they add up! Eg total cases by location = 2282 not 2528. 246 missing! 2528 plus those "not counted" = 2627, but in care/supervision+discharged=2602; so 25 dead, not 17? Credibility suffers from these lacunae in the report!

Meanwhile, 17 deaths in 5 months in a population of 400,...

Christy Sweet | 23 August 2021 - 13:19:10

As long as restaurants remain open, this virus will spread. Most establishments  are not going to maintain the strict hygiene levels needed to contain it. But tourists want restaurants so... 

Kurt | 23 August 2021 - 10:30:10

... will simply not change that outlook. It only 'works hotel, bar & restaurant businesses to the drain. It keeps/get more Thai unemployed. At least on Phuket. That is no rocket science.

Kurt | 23 August 2021 - 10:25:58

Reading the rising Covid figures it's time Officialdom stop seeing 'The New Normal' as something temporarily, and expect to return to lovely (financial gaining) 'Old Normal' again. Foreign Scientists are sure that will not happen the coming years. Covid-19, with mutations, will remain with us for many years to come.  All kind of funny Thai 'ban's' will simply not ch...

Kurt | 23 August 2021 - 09:39:29

It's about time Governor + flock start 'real politics' in handling Phuket's Spiking Covid-Delta infections. The energy put in handling foreigners and that put in the Thai/Burmese Phuket community is completely out of balance. To much focus on 'dirty farangs' ( to use Anutin's words) and not enough focus on Thai spreaders. Opening fresh markets fully is also not helping ...

Kurt | 23 August 2021 - 09:05:38

@Madeinswiss, Government and TAT, both use different 'gripped out of the air' fantasy figures. They just presume that people have forgotten the figures of 2 weeks ago. They simply don't dare to stop Sandbox, not even when the spiking Covid-Delta infections figures would triple now. Repercussions are no more tourists coming to run into Phuket's 'straightjacket welcome'.

Madeinswiss | 22 August 2021 - 20:20:02

Sorry i dont remember about how many new covid cases TAT and government speaking to stop Sandbox program? I think normally will be closed since two weeks ago, no? 

Pascale | 22 August 2021 - 19:10:19

@lelecuneo    You really need to stop drinking whatever they serve you in a coffee mug !

lelecuneo | 22 August 2021 - 13:45:52

wow great numbers..i want 300 tomorrow i will help by going our drinking and travelling from massage to another and hopefully we can achieve the target..... wtf

Kurt | 22 August 2021 - 13:17:14

Phuket Officialdom has to focus more on Thai inhabitants. Let alone that obsession of checking midnight SHA hotels or fully tested and vaccinated foreigners sleep there instead in their own house. Send these 'officials' to thai premises were a continues outbreak is. There is a job to do in order making foreigners to believe Phuket is safe again for tourists without straightjacket restricti...


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