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Phuket officials fall silent on ’endemic’ claims

Phuket officials fall silent on ’endemic’ claims

PHUKET: Phuket officials will petition the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for permission to reduce the quarantine/isolation period for people who test positive for COVID-19 from 10 days to five days.

By The Phuket News

Monday 21 February 2022, 05:11PM

Phuket officials will also request to no longer include ‘Green’ patients ‒ that is, those who experience little to know symptoms of infection ‒ in their daily reports.

The request will ask the CCSA permission for Phuket officials to report only patients designated as ‘Yellow’ or ‘Red’, or who had died as a result of a COVID-19 infection.

The news came at a meeting of the Phuket Provincial Communicable Disease Committee chaired by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew earlier today (Feb 21).

According to a report of the meeting published by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket), there was no mention of the word “endemic” at the meeting, despite widespread reports of Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong yesterday revealing that Phuket officials will ask the CCSA to declare COVID-19 an “endemic” disease in Phuket.

Of note, the report by PR Phuket did not deny that the reports of Vice Governor Pichet announcing the move to have COVID-19 declared endemic in Phuket were accurate.

At the meeting today, Vice Governor Pichet sat in his usual position, by the Governor’s right hand.

Although the meeting was described as held “to discuss ways to solve the COVID-19 situation in Phuket to solve problems in the area “, the rest of the PR Phuket report revealed no new policies to be brought into effect to mitigate the effect of the COVID-19 policies in force in Phuket, or to alleviate the economic suffering continuing across the island.

Instead, PPHO Chief Dr Kusak Kukiatikoon was reported as repeating all the measures repeated by Phuket officials now for months: for people to protect themselves from infection and to practice the guidelines set out under the national government’s VUCA policy (Vaccine, Universal Protection, COVID Free Setting, ATK testing).

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Dr Kusak did point out that most current cases of people testing positive for COVID-19 were ‘Green’ patients.

There are currently 498 ‘Yellow’ patients occupying the 730 hospital beds dedicated for ‘Yellow patients’, and 15 ‘Red’ patients occupying the 45 hospital beds reserved for such severe cases, he noted.

“About 7,400 Green patients are being treated at home [under Home Isolation],” he said.

The PR Phuket report noted that people were asked “not to panic”.

“People are asked for cooperation to strictly follow the DMHTTA measures: maintain social distancing, wash your hands regularly and wear a mask to jointly prevent and control the spread of COVID-19,” the report advised.

The report only casually referred to the high number of schools on the island currently not holding on-site classes due to students testing positive for COVID-19.

The only mention was to assure that schools were asked to hold the end-of-year exams “according to the measures of the Ministry of Public Health”.

“In case of exams at various levels, they [schools] are asked to provide rooms for high-risk people or infected people so that students can take part in the exams,” the report said.

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Kurt | 22 February 2022 - 01:21:28

...Poor Phuket, with only source of income called...Tourism...   Thai Officials only order, but not act. Stay always in a safe shell, afraid to take responsebility in real decission making. So much officialdom paralyzing around . Thai people just shrug their shoulders. ( they never panic!)

Kurt | 22 February 2022 - 01:12:27

'Orders are 'falling down' on desks lower officials, who next ignore it, keep silent and move on, knowing 'order' will be forgotten next week. And many times that funny remark that people should not panic. Any of us here who see people around us panicking? We just notice Officials who not know what to do next. Well, so no change to endemic. Poor Phuket, with only source of inco...

Kurt | 22 February 2022 - 00:25:18

Monday morning V/G calls for endemic designation. Monday afternoon Governors fall silent about endemic claims.  Are these Governors talking/working together with each other, or just block each other in proper governing? Perhaps to many Governors on Phuket Island? Perhaps some communication workshops will do? I still have place in my class.  :-)

Ash Ward | 21 February 2022 - 19:53:51

The Interior Ministry on Sunday ordered all Provincial Govenors to tighten measures after infections spiked.

Ash Ward | 21 February 2022 - 19:39:34

So the meeting was held to "discuss ways to solve the Covid problem in Phuket"
There is a need to close nightclubs, enforce masks, social distancing, of which does not happen in the bars and nightclubs.
Stop the dancing and drunken party's.

Fascinated | 21 February 2022 - 18:55:43

Left and right hands working at odds again and fudging figures- who'd a thunk it?


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