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Three new COVID-19 cases in Bang Tao bring total to 196, risk areas mapped

Three new COVID-19 cases in Bang Tao bring total to 196, risk areas mapped

PHUKET: The Phuket Communicable Disease Committee today (Apr 22) announced three more confirmed cases of people infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus, all from Bang Tao on Phuket’s west coast.

COVID-19Coronavirushealth
By The Phuket News

Wednesday 22 April 2020, 12:56PM


Image: PR Dept

Image: PR Dept

The new cases reported today bring the total number of people in Phuket infected with the disease since the outbreak began to 196.

The report today marked that 4,035 people had been checked so far by the proactive screening campaign held across the island and were now included in the official figures.

Thus, according to the report released this morning, so far 7,148 people classified as at risk of contracting COVID-19 have been checked, an increase of 4,110 on the 3,038 reported yesterday. (See here.)

Of the 7,148, a total of 3,113 have been classified as Persons Under Investigation (PUI), said the report. 

The report also now marks that 6,952 people had been checked and “gone home already”, an increase of 4,015 on the 2,937 reported yesterday, likely indicating that the people checked in the proactive screening were already home when they were checked for possible infection.

The report noted that 82 people were still in hospital, comprising 45 people already confirmed as infected and 37 people still waiting for test results.

The report noted that 151 people who had been confirmed as infected since the outbreak began had recovered and been discharged from hospital care, an increase of 17 since the report yesterday.

The one figure that has not changed in any of the reports is that officially not one person in Phuket has died of COVID-19.

The committee gave limited details of the three new cases announced today as follows:

Case 194. A Thai woman, 42, a teacher at Baan Kuku School in Rassada who lived in Bang Tao and became ill on Apr 18. Five people had high risk exposure to this patient. 

Case 195. A Thai man, 44, a teacher at Muslim Wittaya Phuket School in Koh Kaew who also lived in Bang Tao and had close contact with Case 194. He became ill on Apr 18. Five people had high risk exposure to this patient. 

Case 196. A Thai man, 82, who had close contact with Case 195. He did not show any signs of infection when he was tested. 

RISK AREAS MAPPED

Meanwhile, the Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) yesterday released three maps highlighting risk areas on the island. (See here.)

The maps are marked as accurate as of 6pm Sunday (Apr 19).

One of the PPHO maps reported the 192 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of that time as follows:

THALANG DISTRICT

  • Cherng Talay 41
  • Sakhu 2
  • Pa Khlok 2
  • Thepkrasattri 1
  • Srisoonthorn 1
  • Mai Khao 1

KATHU DISTRICT

  • Patong 84
  • Kathu 18
  • Kamala 2

MUANG DISTRICT

  • Phuket Town - Talad Yai 5
  • Phuket Town - Talad Neua 2
  • Wichit 9
  • Karon 8
  • Rawai 6
  • Rassada 5
  • Koh Kaew 3
  • Chalong 2

Another map reported that 138 new high-risk PUIs had been identified and were staying at the following locations:

  • Thepkrasattri
    - Impress Report - 2
  • Sakhu
    - Airport Resort & Spa - 2
  • Cherng Talay
    - Surin Beach Resort 23
    - The Kris Resort 35
  • Patong
    - Sleep With Me hotel 66
  • Rassada
    - Baan Fuangfa Apartment 1
  • Phuket Town 
    - Pure Mansion 6
  • Wichit 
    - Rechanta 3

The 138 new cases brought the total number of high-risk PUIs to 480 

The third reported that as of 6pm Sunday 67 new low-risk PUIs had been identified and were under observation at the following locations:

  • Cherng Talay 20
  • Kathu 25
  • Koh Kaew 8
  • Rassada 5
  • Pa Khlok 1
  • Wichit 4
  • Phuket Town - Talad Neua 3
  • Patong 1
  • Kamala 1

The 67 new cases brought the total number of low-risk PUIs to 465, the PPHO reported.

The Phuket News contacted PPHO Chief Thanit Sermkaew this moring but was unable to confirm when updated maps of the risk areas will become available.

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Kurt | 24 April 2020 - 12:29:57

ematt,  mr Pascale wrote/ reported about that 'Official'. What I red is clear. I did react on that. The 'hold up' of that Official was brainless, without any understanding of the situation. Not daring taking the responsibility  to let Pascal and dying cat through. It tells something about command level structures at that particular lock down point. 

Christy Sweet | 23 April 2020 - 12:43:06

The Cluster F is a literal reference to the outbreak at S Bang Tao Beach, which I plainly agree with the cordoning off of. 
Perhaps a reader is  discounting  complaints from another thread.  

Christy Sweet | 23 April 2020 - 12:29:32

Whoops, my mistake TPN. Apologies 

DeKaaskopp | 23 April 2020 - 12:21:23

@K, you can't call Chalong clean as they do have 2 confirmed cases.Anyway I fully agree with the reopening of businesses like Homepro or restaurants etc.. Not only in Chalong but everywhere.

ematt | 23 April 2020 - 12:04:17

Kurt, re: "some brainless official" at the checkpoint. You know the individual officer involved? You can personally testify as to his intelligence and judgement? No? I didn't think so. 

Kurt | 23 April 2020 - 10:51:17

Time to review the Covid-19 measures. Keep Tambon lock downs, but open in some Tambons, Like 'clean' Chalong, gradually businesses again, like at Homepro Village, Hair dressers, and restaurants with open air tables and social distance facilities. And end this nothing contributing dumb ban on alcohol sales. Alarge percantage of Phuket population, 30%  muslims (?), don't drink alcohol an...

Fascinated | 23 April 2020 - 10:24:53

Ms Sweet I have ben through ten (yes ten) checkpoints this morning and have experienced nothing but courtesy and friendliness. Any chance it may be YOUR attitude that is causing you issues. I realise you feel a sense of entitlement but anger management counselling may be the way ahead. As for Pasquale I concur with theofficial that humans are in fact more important than cats. I feel your pain tho.

Christy Sweet | 23 April 2020 - 08:09:07

Gosh TPN  really was my comment offering condolences and a suggestion the vet might meet one at the border really  worthy of censorship? 

Rorri_2 | 23 April 2020 - 06:14:23

Pascale, sorry for your loss, but now you experience Thai officials/VIPs, the ones you normally "protect."

Kurt | 22 April 2020 - 20:16:13

@Pascale.  Sorry to read about your cat. A upsetting experience due to some brainless 'officials' at checkpoint who actually don't worry about anything. But don't call them 'VIP'. Vip's don't sit at checkpoints, they are sitting'  office hours with AC.. Did you not film the happening and expose this 'official' on face book?  

Christy Sweet | 22 April 2020 - 18:56:19

My vet will come to the check point.   Or ask the staff if they could summon a taxi?  I understand about no exceptions , at least in southern Cherng-Telay where it's a global cluster F. Apparently 

Pascale | 22 April 2020 - 15:11:00

...animals.Luckily I found another way to get to the doctor.Final words to that VIP: G.t.h. !!!

Pascale | 22 April 2020 - 15:02:18

Although not connected with this article,I would like to say thank you to the overreacting clown in his camouflage dress and to the VIP-Official sitting at Chalong circle who didn't allow me to pass through the checkpoint with my dying cat to see the doctor who I had an appointment with to euthanize her.Quote from the official: I have to worry about so many people,I have no time to worry about...

 

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