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Thai woman and son identified as the two new Phuket coronavirus cases

Thai woman and son identified as the two new Phuket coronavirus cases

PHUKET: It has been confirmed that the two new cases of COVID-19 infection in Phuket reported yesterday (Mar 21) have been identified as a Thai woman and her son.

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By The Phuket News

Sunday 22 March 2020, 09:57AM


The now-daily meeting of the Provincial Communicable Diseases Committee at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Mar 21). Photo: PR Dept

The now-daily meeting of the Provincial Communicable Diseases Committee at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Mar 21). Photo: PR Dept

Phuket Governor Phakaphong Taviphatana presided over the now-daily meeting of the Provincial Communicable Diseases Committee at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday, joined by Mr Raywat Areerob, assistant to the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Bancha Khakhong, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Health, relevant officers, and business owners in Phuket.

Governor Phakaphong revealed the two new cases are a Thai woman and her 7-year-old son who is half Italian.

He also confirmed that 29 people who had been in close contact them are under ‘observation’ for 14 days.

For the previous five cases, Governor Phakaphong also explained that the first two infected were Chinese tourists from Wuhan who had recovered and already returned home. People who had been in close contact with the two had also been tested and quarantined for 14 days, but none of them were infected.

 The Governor also confirmed that the Danish family identified as contracting coronavirus are still in hospital, and that the 32 people who had been in contact with them had been tested and were negative although they are still under quarantine for 14 days.

 So far 565 people have been put under observation for possible infection of the virus, while 543 “Persons Under Investigation” (PUI) had been checked and gone home. The remaining 22 are still in hospital under observation. (See story here)

 Mr Raywat cited Phuket as a successful example of how to best control and prevent the spread of the virus, as it has been effectively screening people traveling from the epicentre of Wuhan since Jan 5, and been continuously and intensively screening people coming through various ports into the island.

 Dr Bancha concluded the meeting by reiterating the health warning that people should avoid crowded places such as markets, department stores, convenience stores, restaurants, and religious places to mitigate the spread of the disease and protect health.

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Christy Sweet | 24 March 2020 - 18:39:45

The responsible attitude is refusing to go to the hospital for what are mild symptoms. The irresponsible attitude is that of the Health Ministry  that are not tracking cases- or at least making it difficult to make inquiries as how to.. well register as possible ill 

DeKaaskopp | 24 March 2020 - 09:41:22

@Christy  If you don't want to go to Hospital for checking on your symptoms, I hope you will stay home in quarantine for 2 weeks or longer as you could be a super spreader.Show some responsible attitude.

Christy Sweet | 23 March 2020 - 14:41:48

I just tried to call the Health Department to find out if this Italian boy is the same one who likes to come into my stable when I'm not around, 'cause I've got  symptoms. 3 tries, no one is able to even take my info  down to  have someone  with knowledge call me back. Against protocol   telling me to travel an hour to Vachira Hospital, possibly exposing  others.  JHFC,  this is going ...

Rorri_2 | 23 March 2020 - 12:51:48

Pascale, yes I read it, but if you do not live in his head, you have no idea what he meant, read, and understand my comment, you seem to have failed to do so... I have no idea what "gfy" means

Pascale | 23 March 2020 - 10:37:53

Rorri2 aka gfy,if you had read all comments you would know that one of the poster below was on 21.03 still posting that Fantasea is still open.So please,get off your little donkey and try to understand.

Rorri_2 | 23 March 2020 - 09:01:40

Pascale, akaJor12, I think people are simply pointing out Fantasea was not closed at the same time as other "entertainment" venues... get off your high horse... and try, albeit hard, to understand

Pascale | 22 March 2020 - 15:44:38

Some poster on here still don't get it.Phuket Fantasea is closed.Who are the liars here ?

Capricornball | 22 March 2020 - 14:11:07

Have to agree with comments below. Thailand's covid management is similar to their deadly driving management...just change the numbers so things don't look so bad. This, while turning a blind eye to effective management of the issues. Phuket Fantasea is a covid cauldron, then people can take it back to their hotels and restaurants. Lame and irresponsible. As always...all about the baht.

goldwing | 22 March 2020 - 12:19:56

aren't we really good liars, they did nothing to prevent the spread of this virus, just lie through their teeth

Fascinated | 22 March 2020 - 10:27:32

As for the second to last paragraph I call bull puckey. It has been an unsuccessful attempt at cover-up Fantasea remains of which is hardly prevention and as for effective screening it is a joke. Why should people avoind supermarkets but attend the biggest entertainment venue on the island. Maybe this should be posed at the next 'news' conference'. 

Fascinated | 22 March 2020 - 10:24:38

'Bob the Builder' can't blame 'dirty foreigners' fore these two!!

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