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Scores test positive in Bangla ATK blitz

PHUKET: The mass testing of staff working in the Bangla Rd area in Patong by antigen test kits (ATKs) yesterday (Jan 6) identified 159 people infected with COVID-19.

By The Phuket News

Friday 7 January 2022, 10:26AM

In total, 948 people were tested, confirmed a report by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).

“All of them are undergoing treatment. However, most of the patients are Green patients because of the proactive effect of vaccination in Phuket,” said the PR Phuket report.

The tests were available free to all people working in the area as part of the “Big Cleaning Day” conducted yesterday to disinfect the street after workers in the area were confirmed infected with the Omicron variant.

Present to carry out the mass tests yesterday were staff from the Kathu District Public Health Office, Patong Hospital and Patong Municipality as well as members from the Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA) and the Patong Development Foundation, founded by Patong businessman Preechavude ‘Prab’ Keesin.

PEBA President Weerawit Krueasombat yesterday called on people to not panic over COVID infections being identified in the popular nightlife area.

Thai Residential

“We do not want the public to panic over the rising number of infections found because all of them were found through proactive screening,” Mr Weerawit said.

“We would like all parties to have confidence that we will move forward under strict disease control measures. And nowadays, there is a regular detection of infection with ATK testing, which if any venue finds more than two cases, the venue will be closed for three days for cleaning,” he said.

“This is considered to be a measure and to build confidence and build a good image for Patong,” he added.

Additional reporting by Eakkapop Thongtub

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christysweet | 10 January 2022 - 22:08:28

Medicine 101; 'Corona' is a CATEGORY  of particle  that has a 'crown'  around it SARS CoV-2 is a Corona virus. The 'common cold' is also a  Corona virus, but a different variety.  Influenza is NOT a Corona virus. 

DeKaaskopp | 10 January 2022 - 16:46:48

@Kurt  It's still "math" and not "match". And your statement that one person infects 10 others is still nonsense. Btw,how is the situation in your home country now or in Europe with all those superior vaccines ?

Kurt | 10 January 2022 - 15:22:41

Well, according Dekaaskop my 'match' was astonishing. Now we are 2 days further and see,... Shortets of Phuket hospital beds is around the cornner. High BKK Officialdom in full panic, don't know anything better to do than 'ordering' Governors and his disciples.. With a bit abticipation more field hospitals would have been ready by now. But well, anticipation/responsibility  han...

DeKaaskopp | 08 January 2022 - 20:56:02

@Kurti  Your math is astonishing ! But who tells you that everyone infects 10 others? Last year you came up with the same nonsense and you were wrong too!

christysweet | 08 January 2022 - 18:07:33

 BS  about  Swine Flu  becoming a Corona  virus as is an assertion the common cold mutated from it.     So far  each variant has  gotten worse n some way, more damaging,  more easily spread,  mutations  will  compound  into a  more perfect particle.. 

maverick | 08 January 2022 - 13:24:34

Christysweet@ where is the evidence based on past virus outbreaks to support your assertion that the next one will be worse - virus’s need to survive, killing off all the hosts is not a smart way to survive - the Russian Flu in 1889-1895 became what is now the common cold after killing millions in Europe over 4 years - don’t make emotional assertions to support your position on Vaxing 

GermanTourist | 08 January 2022 - 12:00:33

"it's just a cold/flu" - No. We will get there, but we're not there yet. +400 hospitalizations only yesterday. Around 60% occupation of hospital beds. Expect a steady and heavy growth on that as infections are already rising exponentially and hosp. (and death) will follow accordingly. 

Comparisons to other countries are don't work - higher vaccination rate, better vaccines...

christysweet | 08 January 2022 - 10:12:28

Deaths from original Covid  affects the data immensely,  as the  number that can be severely affected is less. Just wait for the next variant, thanks to unvaxed- it will  be the worst of all. 

maverick | 08 January 2022 - 09:43:49

We know there a tens of thousands more infections , why do we need to bother testing to tell us that ? Same rules as last week, if you feel vulnerable stay at home ( would you do that to avoid a cold) some common sense please , let the latest variant blow itself out as it has in South Africa who are a month ahead of us.

JohnC | 08 January 2022 - 08:38:26

The figures are only that low because of the low number of people tested. Test 10,000 people and tell us the true results from that

Taswegian | 08 January 2022 - 08:21:05

Not too sure about christysweet's data. My home state, Victoria, recorded 51,356 cases yesterday. yet just 731 in hospital, 109 in intensive care (22 on ventilators) and 9 deaths. High case numbers, but less impact than original covid-19.

Kurt | 08 January 2022 - 03:07:55

...and not enough on Thai inhabitants on Phuket. Well, to many festivals, celebrations, concerts, and most of all that Bangla epic Covid spreading Rd. If all 159 positive tested infected already each 10 others, we have 1590 infected. If 1590 infected each 10 others we have already 15,900 infectes.  Get it? Just with thanks to Bangla Rd scene.

Kurt | 08 January 2022 - 03:00:29

Twice I read the word 'proactive'. If you read it again and think it through than you see the nonsense of the saying that most patients are green patients because (?) of proactive testing.  And, don't panic, because rise of infections found through 'proactive testing'. What a load of PPR & PEBA crap. It only proves that there is so far to much focus on testing tourists and ...

Malc-thai | 07 January 2022 - 15:14:14

This number is small compared to reality.. most bars test their staff before the government test. If they find any staff they tell them to go home and isolate so that bar doesn't get closed down. I know personally 9 people that have done this since NYE. now time to check everybody entering bangla road including tourists.. they will be surprised with the results if around 20% staff tested posit...

maverick | 07 January 2022 - 14:44:26

Colds attack community compromised people and flu kills them - we have lived with that for a 100 years - what’s different, it’s nature’s way. My mum took 5 years to die of Alzheimer’s I would have been happy if something like this had taken her sooner instead of living the way she did.

Capricornball | 07 January 2022 - 13:42:24

Why are Covid reassurances coming out of the PR Dept and Bangla Vice peddlers? I'm not a Covid paranoid, but the numbers are alarming, and not at all a surprise considering all the Covid conventions there have been in the name of commerce. New Years at Covid Del Mar in Kamala was ridiculous, and Bangle Sex Street is just an ongoing spreader event. What a s#!^ show.

christysweet | 07 January 2022 - 12:58:39

Data is now indicating Omicron attacks immunity  compromised people  just as much as other variants  only it spreads faster. It's not just a cold

maverick | 07 January 2022 - 11:55:16

So what - it’s a cold ! Bring out the coffee cups - or kill off the business’s that are left - why don’t they look at data from rest of world it’s blowing itself out 

CaptainJack69 | 07 January 2022 - 11:36:36

That's 17% of everyone working on Bangla Road testing positive. Impressive. This terrifying killer disease that's all-but shut down international arrivals and kept 75% of local businesses closed for nearly 2 years. 17% were infected and didn't even know it. Terrifying disease. Wait. What?

lelecuneo | 07 January 2022 - 11:17:13

only 158? on a previous article that was the total daily

jamstock | 07 January 2022 - 10:51:17

Are they sick? No! Why are we testing healthy people? This madness has got to end


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