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Phuket officials ‘detect’ 74 Omicron cases

Phuket officials ‘detect’ 74 Omicron cases

PHUKET: Phuket health officials have identified 74 people who have arrived in Phuket and are suspected of being infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 28 December 2021, 06:27PM

Image: PPHO

Image: PPHO

The news came via a notice issued by the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) today (Dec 28).

The notice gave a breakdown of the cases as follows:

  • Dec 15 - 4 cases detected
  • Dec 16 - 1 case detected
  • Dec 17 - 4 cases detected
  • Dec 18 - 4 cases detected
  • Dec 19 - 7 cases detected
  • Dec 20 - 7 cases detected
  • Dec 21 - 12 cases detected
  • Dec 22 - 5 cases detected
  • Dec 23 - 9 cases detected
  • Dec 24 - 21 cases detected

The notice marked, “Almost all of them are tourists who have been diagnosed with the virus since ‘Day 0’ at Phuket International Airport.”

The notice did not explain how many were identified after Day 0 of the tourist’s stay in Phuket.

Phuket officials have yet to recognise any local transmissions of Omicron. PPHO Chief Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon held a press conference Monday last week (Dec 20) to specifically announce that so far there had been no community infections of Omicron in Phuket.

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Phuket health issues have been silent on the issue since.

Dr Kusak told The Phuket News Thai-language sister-newspaper Khao Phuket earlier today, “For all 74 infected people, there is a high probability that they are infected with the Omicron variant, but we are still waiting on confirmation from the Department of Medical Sciences in Bangkok, which will take approximately seven days for the test results to be known.”

However, Dr Kusak, and the notice, gave no indication of whether any of the 74 have actually been confirmed as infected with Omicron ‒ despite test results of all arrivals who were “detected” on Dec 15-20 already taking more than seven days to be confirmed.

Also of note, the notice issued today made no account of the five cases already confirmed after infected arrivals landed on the island before Dec 15


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Kurt | 30 December 2021 - 11:05:32

@Christiaweet, it is a choice Phuket Officialdom has to make. Or tent sitting along the roads to check on safe driving or checking shops on mask enforcement. Doing both same time can not be managed. Also many important merit doings block job doings of Officialdom management levels. It is what it is.

christysweet | 30 December 2021 - 09:53:12

Dear Large Corporate grocery in Bang-Tao,21989 Please enforce the mask rules. Russian couple with chin masks and their not so young children talking loudly, coughing  w no masks  at all & trapped  in a line with them, the cashier just giggled and agreed 'unda-rai' 

skorchio | 29 December 2021 - 19:23:24

Sooner it is among us the better, get it over with. 

punter | 29 December 2021 - 11:45:29

@JohnC, you hit the nail on the head.

H2538 | 29 December 2021 - 11:45:14

Celebrate and spend now and stay home and work from home after 
New year will be no choice but forced.

JohnC | 29 December 2021 - 09:05:27

Just like their masters in China, Thailand only tells it's people what it thinks they need to know. A clear case of officials deciding foreign money is more important than people's health.

Kurt | 29 December 2021 - 03:36:09

.."Did not explain...have yet to recognise...have been silent...notice gave no account of...
Officialdom clearly is still not sure  what position it will take in handling Omicron info toward the population.  No clue yet.


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