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New COVID strain in Phuket, infections hit 50

New COVID strain in Phuket, infections hit 50

PHUKET: The number of COVID infections in Phuket has hit 50, with officials identifying a strain “from Europe” that spread much faster than the previous strain on the island dominant among the new infections.

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By The Phuket News

Saturday 10 April 2021, 11:44PM


Image: PR Phuket

Image: PR Phuket

The rise came with seven new infections identified throughout Saturday (Apr 10), following 17 more infections confirmed Friday night, reported the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO).

Speaking at the Indoor Sports Stadium in Saphan Hin on Saturday, the last day of covid vaccination injections before the centre shuts down until the end of the month, Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Chalermpong Sakontapol said, “The infections are mostly the new strain ER 17 [sic] from Europe. It spreads quickly, but the symptoms are not as severe [as previous strains].

“Patients will have fever, cough, a runny nose, a loss of a sense of smell and taste, pain, redness in the eyes, or possibly diarrhea or a rash,” he added.

“People can self-isolate and monitor their conditions at home for 10 days. The symptoms will heal on their own,” Dr Chalermpong said.

However, he added, “But if the symptoms are more severe, people can go to be checked at all four public hospitals: Vachira Phuket Hospital, Chalong Hospital, Patong Hospital and Thalang Hospital.”

More infections are expected and preparations are already underway to re-open the “Field Hospital” at the Prince of Songkla University Phuket campus, Dr Chalermpong noted.

The Field Hospital last year proved it can accommodate 150 beds, and already has 50 beds prepared, he added.

“About three ot four patients will be admitted to the field hospital to test the system,” he said.

TIMELINES

The PPHO released timelines of the movements of several of those now confirmed infected who had attended the mass parties last weekend.

Among the infected are four women staffers (aged 23, 28, 30 and 35) working at Illuzion nightclub in Patong, along with two patrons (one male, 28; and one female 23)  and one female “visitor”, age 51.

One male, 25, linked to the infections in Thong Lor, Bangkok, had also been confirmed infected, as well as two men ‒ one Thai, one foreign ‒ who had visited Cafe Del Mar in Kamala, the PPHO noted.

The foreign male, 26, visited Cafe Del Mar, Illuzion and the Sugar Club on both April 2 and April 3, the PPHO reported.

On April 4, he visited Koh Hei via a boat out of Chalong with 2 friends, and visited Illuzion and Sugar.

Earlier in the day, the foreign man visited Hero Fitness Patong from 10am-11am , and that evening ate dinner at the Food Court in the Central shopping mall at 6:30pm before watching the 7:30pm screening of Godzilla vs Kong at Central.

On April 6, the foreign man ate “street food” from a vendor at Surin Beach.

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On April 7, he presented himself at Patong Hospital, where he was confirmed as infected on April 8, the PPHO report said.

CRIMINAL CHARGES

Also present at Saphan Hin on Saturday, Maj Gen Pornsak Nuannoo, Commander of the Phuket Provincial Police, said that legal action was being taken against the operators of the three entertainment venues that hosted the mass parties last weekend.

“At the moment, a complaint already has been filed against all three entertainment establishments under the Disease Control Act, and officers are in the process of investigating all relevant parties,” he said.

PATONG WARNING

The PPHO on late Saturday night issued an “Urgent Warning” for people who presented themselves to be vaccinated at Jungceylon shopping mall on April 5 and April 7.

Any persons who were at the vaccination service centre from 11am-2pm on April 5 or from 2pm-4pm on April 7 are to self-isolate, wear a hygienic face mask and observe their condition for at least seven days, the PPHO warning said..

“If you have a respiratory condition, fever, cough, runny nose, are short of breath, or a loss of sense of smell and taste, visit a hospital near your home,” the PPHO urged.

People with queries were advised to call the PPHO at 094-5935342 or 094-5938876.

PHUKET STILL OPEN

Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew on Saturday confirmed that Phuket remains open to visitors, with no quarantine for any people arriving from any other parts of the country.

“We have not closed the province and there is no quarantine of tourists,” he said.

“People are able to travel to Phuket as usual, but we will raise the intensity of screening for those traveling into the area by land, by air and by water,” he added.

“We request strict treatment of DMHTT measures of the Department of Disease Control,” Governor Narong said.

“For those arriving from risky provinces, it is requested that you notify the EOC [Emergency Operations Centre ‒ of your travel details] so we can further monitor that information if any infection is found in the area,” he added.

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Christy Sweet | 14 April 2021 - 13:06:13

Not everyone shows fever or other symptoms and  is how this virus spread so quickly far and wide. This has been known for a year now.

once burned | 14 April 2021 - 08:06:17

It is difficult to understand how this 'foreign male' managed to visit all of these high profile public locations, without any body heat symptoms being spotted. 

Pascale | 13 April 2021 - 19:26:59

I wonder why the PN gives so much space on this forum to a "Misanthrope" and his tirades. Desperate trying to feed the comment section ?

Christy Sweet | 13 April 2021 - 12:52:37

La..It was a serious question, if you truly believe your statements about Covid being a form of the flu, etc, I  suspect it is from a source. I'm not asserting  you don't have a right to your opinions, I'm curious as to how they formed.  

LALALA | 13 April 2021 - 10:32:29

....or not. Again, I do not know about any requirement to do so, if you know any please advise.

LALALA | 13 April 2021 - 10:30:55

Goldwing, I don't see that you are in the position to give me any advise on what I have to do and what not. I will continue reading the PN and commenting as long I like to do so, as simple as that and this regardless if I like Thailand.

goldwing | 13 April 2021 - 07:29:40

@ LALALA, if you hate Thailand so much why do you read the Phuket News and submit your worthless comments. [Comment edited - Ed]

LALALA | 12 April 2021 - 20:08:46

No Christy, I think that the earth is a triangle and we all are children of the mighty spaghetti monster. Happy now ?

LALALA | 12 April 2021 - 20:03:17

As you are such a Brainiac Galong I am sure that you heard about long term flu effects which are very similar to what you described. You will also find similar complications of flu and Covid infections, etc. etc., please check out CDC website... no reason for fearmongering, if you like to run around muzzled its up to you, enjoy, maybe a hazmat suite will suffice.

Galong | 12 April 2021 - 17:27:31

@LALALA "anything what you read in mainstream media" Huh?  Try again in English, please.  I always research multiple sources. Your assumption has no merit, to put it politely. 

Christy Sweet | 12 April 2021 - 16:17:58

A mask would do very little against the Ebola virus which is spread by bodily fluids. Lalala I'm curious, are you a follower of Q-Anon ?

LALALA | 12 April 2021 - 14:38:03

Kurt, are you sure you are talking about long time effects of COVID and not about the expat community in Rawai ?

LALALA | 12 April 2021 - 13:49:19

Yes Goldwing, I am 100percent selfish, nobody of you here in LOS is paying my wages so why should I care about it. ...And r u sure, yes I dislike Thailand, since what time is it mandatory to like it ? I never heard about this kind of requirement.

goldwing | 12 April 2021 - 11:29:26

LALALA shows is true selfish persona, what a worthless excuse for a human being he is

r u sure | 12 April 2021 - 11:28:12

@LALALA r u still here? It must be near the 1 year anniversary of your moaning and criticism of everything Thai! And total disrespect for everyone!  Apart for yourself of course!!!!!

tamvong | 12 April 2021 - 10:42:54

"Sugar Club in Cherng Talay." Huh? How accurate is the rest of this article?

[Thanks. Error corrected -- Ed]

Kurt | 12 April 2021 - 00:28:43

LALALA, a USA study among 236,000 ex Covid-19 patients show: 34% of ex patients develop within 6 month mental and neurological problems, 14% have Mood disorders, 20% have continues anxiety.

Kurt | 12 April 2021 - 00:22:30

China admits: "Our vaccine works below expectation, effectivity figure is about 50%". This according China's highest health authority Dr Gao Fu. China now considers to try western vaccines Pfizer and Moderna. ( brought by European Newspapers)

LALALA | 11 April 2021 - 18:23:05

Galong, do you believe anything what you read in mainstream media ? And yes Svcoquette, I do not care about others, why should I questionmark. Nobody in Thailand is of any value for me.

Galong | 11 April 2021 - 17:28:04

LALALA a simple search for 'permanent damage from covid-19' will supply you with plenty of medical evidence that this is not a 'heavy flu'. Chronic lung, brain, and heart damage can plague someone for a very long time. Your lack of concern for yourself is fine, but endangering others is not.  

Svcoquette | 11 April 2021 - 17:25:03

LALALA you express no concern for others, only yourself.

LALALA | 11 April 2021 - 14:15:33

Stop the fearmongering Kurt, its nothing else than a heavy kind of influenza, and to Christy, even if you call it Ebola it will not make me wear a mask.

cyberspider | 11 April 2021 - 13:16:42

Mild symptoms. Great, finally its becoming non-issue.

CaptainJack69 | 11 April 2021 - 12:29:58

If the symptoms really are as mild as suggested then then this is about as bad as the side-affects people are experiencing to the AZ vaccination. Maybe we should let everyone get infected with this flu and effectively vaccinate everyone for free in a matter of weeks. Or maybe we're not being told the whole truth?... I wonder.

Kurt | 11 April 2021 - 10:49:02

50 Only? Must be hundreds by now. And it multiplies with factor 10, at least. All at responsibility of west coast towns officials who probably received kick off's for looking the other way during these mass gatherings. Now Phuket in Covid-19 down fall.

 

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