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Thai, American friends of Indian COVID patient found in Patong; now in care, awaiting tests

Thai, American friends of Indian COVID patient found in Patong; now in care, awaiting tests

PHUKET: Dr Thanit Sermkaew, chief of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) has confirmed that the Thai and American friends of the Indian man now confirmed as infected with COVID-19 have been located and removed from contact with the general population in Phuket.

By The Phuket News

Monday 9 November 2020, 01:18PM

Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Thanit Sermkaew. Photo: PPHO / file

Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Thanit Sermkaew. Photo: PPHO / file

The two are among 79 people considered as high risk of contracting the virus following the Indian man travelling to Phi Phi Island before coming to Phuket, from where he and the Thai friend boarded a Thai AirAsia flight to Chiang Mai.

The “investigation team” of health officials tasked with the ‘track and trace’ of the Indian man’s movements found both the Thai and the American friends in Patong yesterday (Nov 8), Dr Thani told The Phuket News.

However, he declined to identify the two by name, age or even gender, and declined to identify where the two were found.

“They have both been tested for COVID-19, but we are still waiting for the test results,” Dr Thanit said.

The two have now been removed from contact with the general population, Dr Thanit added.

The two were now “in quarantine” he said, but declined to explain whether they were in care at a hospital, at a state or alternative state quarantine venue or ordered to stay home.

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Dr Thanit also did not explain how long the two would remain in quarantine.

Dr Thanit assured that health officials were working hard and tracking down all people believed to be at risk of contracting the virus after coming into close contact with the Indian man.

However, Dr Thanit repeatedly urged people to seek information released by the Department of Disease Control (DDC) and the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), both of which are headquartered in Bangkok.

Of note, since the COVID crisis began in Thailand, standard practice has been for local officials to be left without the authority to comment fully on cases in their own areas. Instead, the release of information has been centralised through health officials in Bangkok.

Regardless, Dr Thanit told The Phuket News, “Please be patient. More details will be available  tonight.”

Meanwhile, no updates have been released as to how the 38-year-old man from the Netherlands came to be found infected in Phuket, as reported by the CCSA on Saturday.

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Pascale | 11 November 2020 - 15:26:35

Kurt, according to your mathematic example, they would need to test every single person in Europe given the numbers of Covid cases over there. Shows again what kind of expert you are.

H2538 | 11 November 2020 - 15:22:47

20/75/1500??? Open up the doors a bit more here and we will be in a worse Covid -19 situation than USA or any European country. Which the government know very well. Full stop.

DeKaaskopp | 11 November 2020 - 12:01:29

Yeah Kurt, keep multiplying it by 20 and the whole population of Thailand is at risk because this case now ! Lol ! As I said,keep yourself barricaded for some more months. The only way to keep your fear under control.

Kurt | 11 November 2020 - 11:07:41

PPHO Chief Phuket withhold info from Phuketians. Many 'declining' of info, not explaining. Is it not idiot that  while having a PPHO on Phuket we must call 'Bangkok' for info about health issues on Phuket? Than terminate that PPHO. Full info providing to population is essential.

Kurt | 11 November 2020 - 10:50:36

Dek seems not to realize that it is not the 75 figure. You can multiply their contacts with factor 20, makes it 1500 potential Covid people, multiply that with 20 per person again. That makes checking of 30,000 persons needed. Get it? That is how you find yourself in a Pandemic.

DeKaaskopp | 10 November 2020 - 11:39:03

"the corona deaths stopped late may" Excellent news Skip ! Should they open all the borders worldwide now and stop all lockdown measures ?

DeKaaskopp | 10 November 2020 - 11:30:27

Wow Kurt, those numbers seem to affect your sleep { 03.03.52}. Guess you will have to stay home for another month now or at least you will have to wear a hazmat suit when leaving the house.

Kurt | 10 November 2020 - 03:03:52

As the article opens with: 'among 79 people at high risk', now we wait and see how the virus is spreading on Phuket, ChiangMai, Phi Phi, and did during flight. Attention: After ChiangMai they traveled too and stayed  also in Sukhothai!!!  Than that dutchman case. Of how many cases we never hear? Must be a lot what is kept/hided from us to keep up Thailand's almost Covid-19 free image.

skip | 10 November 2020 - 01:37:04

The PCR test is not quantative and just 1 immunity cell from corona infections years ago will give a positive result and the scientists know this already. We need millions of cells to get sick and be contagious. The corona deaths stopped late may. The CDC have conceded and released on their website that 94% of the recorded corona deaths were due to multiple co morbidities and not corona.


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