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Phuket marks 55 new COVID cases, one death

PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 55 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (May 8), bringing the total number of infections recorded since Jan 1 to 52,440.

By The Phuket News

Monday 9 May 2022, 09:00AM

The PPHO daily report for May 8, marked as accurate as of 8pm last night, was posted online at 9:30pm.

Using the old format for the daily report, the report marked no new infections among Sandbox tourist arrivals and no new infections among Test & Go tourists, and no new infections among other international arrivals.

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, marking the first COVID death reported for May and bringing the total number of COVID deaths reported so far this year to 114. 

Officials marked 20 COVID deaths in April, 56 in March, 27 in February and 10 in January. Previously Phuket officials recorded six COVID deaths in December, 18 in November, 44 in October and 55 COVID deaths in September.

The PPHO later (at 7:05pm, May 9) posted details of the death reported for May 8, as follows:

1) Case 42609, male, 55 years old (bed-ridden patient, Group 608*), Final diagnosis: COVID-19 with pneumonia; already suffered from epilepsy, diabetes, cerebrovascular disease, hypertension and abnormal blood lipids; was a bedridden patient, not vaccinated for COVID-19; risk history marked as “unknown”.

Meanwhile, the 55 new local infections reported brings the total number of new local infections reported on the island in the past seven days to 313, as follows:

  • May 2 - 44 new cases
  • May 3 - 39 new cases
  • May 4 - 53 new cases
  • May 5 - 43 new cases
  • May 6 - 41 new cases
  • May 7 - 38 new cases
  • May 8 - 55 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 also marked 6,391 Phuket Sandbox arrivals who have tested positive for the virus after landing on the island since Jan 1, and 2,906 Test & Go tourists who have tested positive since Jan 1.

According to the report for May 8, there are 828 people under medical care or supervision, 21 fewer than the 849 reported yesterday.

The report also marked 75 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 61 people suspected of being infected with COVID-19 after 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 increased from eight to nine.

According to the report for May 8, there are 15 ‘Red’ patients (zero change), 71 ‘Yellow’ patients (-1) and 11 ‘Green’ patients (-5) in care.

A further three people who tested positive for COVID-19 were at ‘hospitels’ (-1), and nine were designated to recover in “Community Isolation“ (+1).

The report also marked that of 1,053 hospital beds in total available (-5), 109 were occupied (-6).

* ‘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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