The PPHO daily report for Mar 5, marked as accurate as of 8pm last night, was posted online at 1:05am.
The report marked 22 new infections among Sandbox tourist arrivals and 33 new infections among Test & Go tourists, but no new infections among other international arrivals.
The report marked three new deaths attributed to COVID-19, bringing the total number of COVID deaths reported for March to 17 and the total number of COVID deaths so far this year to 54.
Officials marked 27 COVID deaths in February, compared with 10 COVID deaths in Phuket in January. Previously Phuket officials recorded six COVID deaths in December, 18 in November, 44 in October and 55 COVID deaths in September.
UPDATE: The PPHO later (at 6pm, Mar 6) posted details of the three deaths reported for Mar 5, as follows:
1) HIV infected person 27007, male, 56 years old (Group 608*), suffered from Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), gout, ‘Old CVA’ (Cerebrovascular accident, also called a stroke), non-smoker, vaccinated with three doses of COVID-19 vaccine, (Sinovac+Sinovac+AstraZeneca), was a high risk contact with a COVID-19 patient
2) Case 27979, male, 58 years old (Group 608*), suffered from hypertension, abnormal lipids, heart disease, kidney failure, non-smoker, vaccinated with two doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, was a high risk contact through a COVID-19 patient
3) Case 28038, female, 94 years old (Group 608*), suffered from hypertension, heart disease, non-smoker, not vaccinated for COVID-19, was a high risk contact through a COVID-19 patient
Meanwhile, the 612 new local infections reported brings the total number of new local infections reported on the island in the past seven days to 4,489, as follows:
- Feb 27 - 652 new cases
- Feb 28 - 634 new cases
- Mar 1 - 661 new cases
- Mar 2 - 649 new cases
- Mar 3 - 623 new cases
- Mar 4 - 658 new cases
- Mar 5 - 612 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 6,070 Phuket Sandbox arrivals who have tested positive for the virus after landing on the island since Jan 1, and 1,725 Test & Go tourists who have tested positive since Jan 1.
According to the report for Mar 5, there are 7,258 people under medical care or supervision, 96 more than the 7,162 reported yesterday.
The report also marked 568 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 686 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 285 to 294
According to the report for Mar 5, there are 18 ‘Red’ patients (zero change), 468 ‘Yellow’ patients (-2) and 65 ‘Green’ patients (-3) in care.
A further 680 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were at ‘hospitels’ (-32), and 282 were designated to recover in “Community Isolation“ (-3).
The report also marked that of 3,515 hospital beds in total available (zero change), 1,553 were occupied (zero change).
* ‘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.