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Phuket marks 16 new COVID cases, one death

PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 16 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (July 20), bringing the total number of infections recorded since Jan 1 to 53,981.

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 21 July 2022, 09:00AM


The PPHO daily report for July 20, marked as accurate as of 6pm last night, was posted online at 10:41pm.

The report marked no new infections among any arrivals from overseas, as under the new entry measures introduced on May 1, international arrivals are no longer tested for COVID-19 on arrival.

The report marked one new death attributed to COVID-19, bringing the total for July to 14 deaths attributed to COVID-19 and the total number of COVID deaths reported so far this year to 135*.

Officials marked three COVID deaths in June, five in May, 20 in April, 56 in March, 27 in February and 10 in January.


The PPHO later (at 8am, July 28) posted details of the death reported for July 20, as follows:

1) Case 44658, female, 81 years old (Group 608**); Final diagnosis: Covid-19 pneumonia with COPD with AE (acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); already suffered from lung disease, asthma, heart disease; had received three doses of COVID-19 vaccine (AstraZeneca June 6, 2021; AstraZeneca Aug 18, 2021; AstraZeneca Jan 22, 2022); risk history given as “had congenital diseases”


Meanwhile, the 16 new local infections reported brings the total number of new local infections reported on the island in the past seven days to 130, as follows:

  • July 14 - 24 new cases
  • July 15 - 21 new cases
  • July 16 - 14 new cases
  • July 17 - 20 new cases
  • July 18 - 22 new cases
  • July 19 - 13 new cases
  • July 20 - 16 new cases

The report marked three people infected with COVID-19 in other provinces before entering Phuket since Jan 1, as well as eight returning from other countries and testing positive, and zero COVID patients brought back to Phuket under the “Bring Phuket people home”.

The report still marked 6,391 Phuket Sandbox arrivals who tested positive for the virus after landing on the island since Jan 1, and 2,906 Test & Go tourists who tested positive on arrival since Jan 1.

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According to the report for July 20, there are 123 people under medical care or supervision, seven fewer than the 130 reported yesterday.

The report also marked 22 people discharged from medical care for COVID infection yesterday ‒ but did not give a total for the number of patients released from medical care since Jan 1.

The report recorded 329 people testing positive by antigen test kit (ATK), while the total number of people reported as currently being held at ‘COVID-19 Care Centers’ across the island remained at zero.

According to the report for July 20, there are 20 ‘Red’ patients (-3), 62 ‘Yellow’ patients (+10) but did not list the number of ‘Green’ patients.

Meanwhile, zero people who tested positive for COVID-19 were at any ‘hospitel’ (zero change), and zero were designated to recover in “Community Isolation“ (zero change).

The report also marked that of 157 hospital beds in total available (+4), 82 were occupied (+7).


* The PPHO has since July 1 continued to report an extra death in the total that was never included in the individual daily tallies. (See here and here.)

** ‘Group 608’ is officials’ preferred term for higher at-risk patients, comprising people over 60 years old along with those suffering from any of the seven recognised medical conditions that place patients at higher risk of developing serious signs of infection, plus women more than 12 weeks pregnant.

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