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Phuket marks 45 new COVID cases, one new death

Phuket marks 45 new COVID cases, one new death

PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 45 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (Nov 7) bringing the total number of people recognised as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3 to 15,907.

By The Phuket News

Monday 8 November 2021, 08:56AM

The PPHO report, marked as accurate as of 8pm last night, was posted online at 11:09pm.

The report marked three new infections among Sandbox tourist arrivals and one new infection among ‘Test & Go’ tourists, but no new infections among other international arrivals from abroad.

The report also marked one new death attributed to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Phuket attributed to COVID-19 since Apr 3 to 125. After 55 COVID deaths in September, officials marked 44 deaths in total in October and so far five deaths already this month.

UPDATE: The PPHO later posted details of the deaths reported for Nov 7, as follows:

1) Case 15514, female, 73 years old (Group 608**), suffered from diabetes, kidney failure, not vaccinated, was a high risk contact, tested positive by ATK

Meanwhile, the 55 new local infections bring the total number of new local infections reported on the island in the past seven days to 376, as follows:

  • Nov 1 - 53 new cases
  • Nov 2 - 57 new cases
  • Nov 3 - 50 new cases
  • Nov 4 - 54 new cases
  • Nov 5 - 62 new cases
  • Nov 6 - 55 new cases
  • Nov 7 - 45 new cases

The current total of 15,907 people infected in Phuket since Apr 3 does not include 10 infected with COVID-19 in other provinces and 35 returning from other countries and testing positive.

The current Phuket tally also does not include 42 COVID patients brought back to Phuket under the “Bring Phuket people home” policy, or the 216 Phuket Sandbox arrivals who have tested positive for the virus after landing on the island since the Sandbox scheme began on July 1, or the four Test & Go tourists who have tested positive after the entry scheme began on Nov 1.

According to the PPHO COVID situation report for yesterday, 629 people were under medical care or supervision, 14 fewer than the 643 reported the day before.

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The report also marked 15,278 people in total being discharged from medical care for COVID infection since Apr 3 ‒ 63 more than the 15,215 reported yesterday.

The report recorded four people suspected of being infected with COVID-19 after testing positive by antigen test kits (ATK), and the total number of people reported as currently being held at ‘COVID-19 Care Centers’ across the island fell by 14, from 160 to 146.

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.

According to the report for Nov 7, there were 19 ‘Red’ patients (zero change from yesterday), 140 ‘Yellow’ patients (-1) and just 59* ‘Green’ patients.

A further 228* people who tested positive for COVID-19 were at ‘hospitels’ (zero change), and 146* were designated to recover in “Community Isolation” (zero change), which includes self-quarantining at home.

The report posted last night marked that of 5,404 hospital beds in total available, 592 were occupied (-6 from yesterday).

* Confirmed by a later report

** ‘Group 608’ has become Phuket 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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