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Phuket marks 645 new COVID cases, two more deaths

Phuket marks 645 new COVID cases, two more deaths

PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 645 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (Feb 23), bringing the total number of infections recorded since Jan 1 to 29,094.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 24 February 2022, 09:00AM

The PPHO daily report for Feb 23, marked as accurate as of 8pm last night, was posted online at 11:18pm.

The report marked 77 new infections among Sandbox tourist arrivals and 64new infections among Test & Go tourists, but no new infections among other international arrivals.

The report marked two new deaths attributed to COVID-19, bringing the total number of COVID deaths recorded so far this year to 33.

Officials marked 10 COVID deaths in Phuket in January, six in December, 18 in November, 44 in October and 55 COVID deaths in September.

The PPHO later (at 5:00pm, Feb 24) reported the following details of the two deaths reported on Feb 23:

1) Case 21380, female, 62 years old (Group 608*), suffered from hypertension, colon cancer, non-smoker, not vaccinated against COVID-19, was a high risk contact through a COVID patient

2) Case 21798, female, 86 years old (bed-ridden patient, Group 608*), suffered from hypertension, abnormal blood lipids, non-smoker, not vaccinated for COVID-19, was a high risk contact through a COVID-19 patient in the family.

Meanwhile, the 645 new local infections reported brings the total number of new local infections reported on the island in the past seven days to 4,222, as follows:

  • Feb 17 - 534 new cases
  • Feb 18 - 558 new cases
  • Feb 19 - 549 new cases
  • Feb 20 - 628 new cases
  • Feb 21 - 660 new cases
  • Feb 22 - 648 new cases
  • Feb 23 - 645 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 5,724 Phuket Sandbox arrivals who have tested positive for the virus after landing on the island since Jan 1, and 1,264 Test & Go tourists who have tested positive since Jan 1.

According to the report for Feb 23, there are 6,659 people under medical care or supervision, 139 more than the 6,522 reported yesterday.

The report also marked 647 people being 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 319 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 476 to 507.

According to the report for Feb 23, there are 17 ‘Red’ patients (zero change), 484 ‘Yellow’ patients (-5) and 78 ‘Green’ patients (-9) in care.

A further 907 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were at ‘hospitels’ (-24), and 507 were designated to recover in “Community Isolation“ (+31).

The report also marked that of 3,547 hospital beds in total available (zero change), 1,993 were occupied (-7).

* ‘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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Ash Ward | 24 February 2022 - 14:31:41

Most infected arrivals from Russia (58) followed by Germany and the UK.

Ash Ward | 24 February 2022 - 12:21:03

It appears most of the infected arrivals are from Test and Go. Those regulations are not working.


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