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Phuket Omicron infections confirmed as high risk contacts

Phuket Omicron infections confirmed as high risk contacts

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) has confirmed 92 cases of Omicron detected on the island, including the first local transmissions of the COVID-19 variant marked as “High Risk Contacts” identified by local hospitals.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 30 December 2021, 11:04AM

The news came in a series of reports posted online by the PPHO at 8:44pm last night. So far officials have yet to recognise the local transmissions. The confirmation came only through the reports.

According to the reports, the first high risk contact in Phuket confirmed as infected with Omicron was Case 33, an Israeli male confirmed on Dec 20.

While all cases listed before the Israeli were marked as confirmed at Phuket International Airport, the Israeli was confirmed at the “Phuket Medical Sciences Centre”, seven days ago.

The next confirmed case came the next day, Dec 21, when the first Thai national marked as a high risk contact infected with Omicron was reported as confirmed at Mission Hospital Phuket. The date the swab test sample was taken from the woman was not reported.

Of note, of the 92 people infected with Omicron listed in the PPHO reports, four had no dates marked to indicate when the swab test was taken, indicating that officials at this stage either do not want to report it or they do not know.

Other than the two high risk contacts included in the PPHO reports, all other confirmed cases were marked as “Test & Go” ‒ except one Iranian male who marked as “tourist” confirmed on Day 0 of his stay. He was confirmed as infected by Vachira Phuket Hospital on Dec 21.

The Phuket Info Center, operated by the Phuket office of the Ministry of Interior, at 11:07pm, less than three hours after the PPHO reports were posted, reported four more Thais ‒ all high risk contacts ‒ confirmed as infected with Omicron in Phuket.

The confirmation came in a report marked “extra” while maintaining the exact same format as the reports issued by the PPHO.

On Dec 23, two Thai women and one Thai male were all marked as confirmed as infected at Mission Hospital Phuket. On Dec 24, one Thai male was also confirmed at Mission Hospital Phuket, said the report posted by the Phuket Info Center.

The PPHO has yet to post the updated confirmed cases in its own reports.

All reports posted by the PPHO noted that confirmation of test results took sevendays, repeating the explanation given by PPHO Chief Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon on Tuesday.

However, the report posted by the Phuket Info Center last night also included confirmation of eight more people in Phuket infected with Omicron, as of Dec 26, four days ago.

The report by the Phuket Info Center brought the total number of people in Phuket recorded as infected with Omicron to 104 ‒ without including the five cases already confirmed after infected arrivals landed on the island before Dec 15.

Despite the first cases being detected on Dec 13, leading officials, including PPHO Chief Dr Kusak, on Dec 20 assured there were no local infections of Omicron at that time.

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Kurt | 31 December 2021 - 08:59:40

That Omicron infections are worldwide already 3 weeks confirmed as high risk contacts. That now as news/reports by PPHO comes as mustard after the meal.

Madeinswiss | 31 December 2021 - 01:14:39

Can you explain me how tourists doing test 72 hours before flight + one at the arrival can spread omicron... Is this a joke? 

christysweet | 30 December 2021 - 22:57:53

While Covid aka SARS-2 is a corona type virus, it is not the same particle as the 'common cold' although it may well be morphing into a new version of such. Just too soon to know  and too soon to let the guard down.  Please wear masks- properly. 

Pooliekev | 30 December 2021 - 13:41:34

It is indeed fairly harmless unless you're a fat American, Capt Jack.

CaptainJack69 | 30 December 2021 - 12:09:08

Leading to what? We don't care about the number of infections, we care about the number of hospitalizations and severe reactions. That's why the country remains shut-down, to prevent overloading the hospitals. So... have any of these 92 cases lead to hospitalization? Or is Omicron as harmless as the 4 COVID variants that cause what we call the common cold

maverick | 30 December 2021 - 11:52:52

So it’s been on the island for over a week - big deal! But doubtless the panic will set in and we can expect restrictions on movement and business will shortly follow fueled by media both mainstream and social media 

Kurt | 30 December 2021 - 11:19:26

All reports cover, date wise correct or not correct, only the confirmed people visiting/at medical institutions. Be sure there are many more not-detected, with none or litle 'cold-experience' moving around on Phuket.  Exponential Omicron figures build up coming time will prove that. Remember, majority of Thai population is still not effective vaccinated.


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