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Phuket officials silent on lockdown talk as island COVID cases climb to 335

Phuket officials silent on lockdown talk as island COVID cases climb to 335

PHUKET: Phuket officials have yet to make any public recognition of the possibility of lockdowns on the island as the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections rose to 335 over the weekend, with 264 people under medical care.

By The Phuket News

Monday 26 April 2021, 11:21AM

The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) last night reported that Phuket recorded 22 new cases of infection yesterday (Apr 25).

As of 6pm last night (Apr 25), Phuket had recorded 335 cases of infection since Apr 3.

Of those, 264 were still under medical care, while 70 people had been discharged from medical care.

The PPHO reported this morning the number of COVID patients receiving treatment at each hospital.

The report, dated as accurate as of 6pm last night, noted that 90 people were receiving medical care at ‘Field Hospital 1’ at the Prince of Songkla University (PSU) Phuket campus in Kathu.

A further 43 people were receiving treatment at Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town, along with 28 at Patong Hospital and 10 at Thalang Hospital.

Of the privately operated hospitals on the island, 54 people are currently receiving COVID treatment at Bangkok Hospital Phuket, along with five at Dibuk Hospital and 25 at Bangkok Hospital Siriroj. All three hospitals are operated by Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS) Company Limited.

Seven people with COVID are receiving treatment at Mission Hospital Phuket and two are receiving treatment at Phuket Provincial Hospital in Rassada.

The report also notes that 70 people have been discharged from COVID medical care, with one person referred to another facility, which has previously been reported as transferred to Bangkok.

Of note, the PPHO has yet to report the seriousness of infection of any person in Phuket confirmed as infected with COVID-19 during the current outbreak.

The PPHO’s “Situation Awareness Team” continues to release timelines of movements of people now confirmed as infected with COVID-19. The latest timelines posted are for cases 281-292 (see here).

The PPHO has also released an updated map showing the locations of COVID infections on the island.

The map, showing 314 cases of infection and marked as accurate as of 6pm Saturday night (Apr 24), reported the locations of infections as follows:

  • Patong ‒ 37 infections
  • Kathu ‒ 30
  • Kamala ‒ 28
  • Cherng Talay ‒ 17
  • Thepkrasattri ‒ 7
  • Srisoonthorn ‒ 14
  • Pa Khlok ‒ 10
  • Koh Kaew ‒ 9
  • Rassada ‒ 20
  • Talad Yai Phuket Town ‒ 23
  • Talad Neua Phuket Town ‒ 13
  • Wichit ‒ 34
  • Chalong ‒ 24
  • Rawai ‒ 19
  • Karon ‒ 4
  • Mai Khao ‒ 6
  • Sakhu ‒ 7

Meanwhile, the mass vaccination campaign continues, with about 10,000 people in total a day receiving their second injection of the Sinovac vaccine at the five vaccination centres set up across Phuket.

Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives Thamanat Prompow was in Phuket yesterday to observe operations at the main vaccination facility set up at the Indoor Sports stadium at Saphan Hin.

The PPHO and health officers at local municipalities are continuing their efforts to dampen the spread of COVID-19 in their areas, with Disease Control Division officers yesterday conducting COVID site cleansing at restaurants and other venues on Soi Ta-iad in Chalong where a 20-year-old Icelandic man was known to frequent.

The site cleansing also included the 7-Eleven branch at Soi Palai, and the Phuket Gallery Restaurant.

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Christy Sweet | 27 April 2021 - 09:37:48

 Lock it all down now for three weeks or have months and months of overrun hospitals, people dying or health ruined, and NO tourists. Do you pull a band-aid off fast or slow? 

skip | 27 April 2021 - 04:53:14

as predicted "contagious shedding" has occured from the mass vaccinations and a mass breakout and deaths have occured. shedding has happened for decades with other vaccines and yes the WHO have accepted that shedding occurs decades ago. please feel free to provide other "breakout" reasons keeping in mind EVERY person entering thailand has been tested.
covid sanctions will NEVE...

Svcoquette | 26 April 2021 - 15:16:45

Foot you're right, we having to go there every 60 days for toutist VISA. Overcrowded and mask wearing not enforced. There must be a better way.

Sandbar | 26 April 2021 - 13:22:48

Lock down Phuket now before it's too late. Phuket does not have the infrastructure nor the resources to handle a mass out break. The writting is on the wall!!!

Foot | 26 April 2021 - 12:58:08

And yet, we're still required to go to the hotbed of COVID-19 - the immigration office.

Christy Sweet | 26 April 2021 - 12:07:16

Is it possible authorities are unaware the Sinovac vaccine is only going to alleviate the worst symptoms. It does nothing to stop a person from contracting and thus possibly transmitting the virus.  

Christy Sweet | 26 April 2021 - 12:03:10

That Timeline is in Thai only. Isn't there a requirement of ASEAN signatories to provide this sort of info in English? 

Kurt | 26 April 2021 - 11:50:13

Phuket Officials silent on lock down talk. Of course! They just wait until a Covid-19 patient dies on Phuket. Than the Governor and V/G's will cry that no lock down orders were given in time by 'Bangkok'. Deputy Agriculture minister Captain T. was at Phuket to check vaccinations. Is not in his portfolio, What really did bring him to Phuket on a Sunday?


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