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Six more COVID-19 cases confirmed in Phuket, total hits 47

Six more COVID-19 cases confirmed in Phuket, total hits 47

PHUKET: The Phuket Communicable Disease Committee announced today (Mar 28) that six new COVID-19 cases in Phuket have been confirmed, bringing the total number of officially recognised cases of people infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus in Phuket since the outbreak began to 47.

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By The Phuket News

Saturday 28 March 2020, 12:40PM


Six new cases announced today (Mar 28). Image: PPHO

Six new cases announced today (Mar 28). Image: PPHO

So far 879 people have been put under observation for possible infection of the virus. Of these were six “new cases”.

Of the “Persons Under Investigation” (PUI), 111 remain in hospital, with 66 waiting for test results to confirm whether they have COVID-19.

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

Case 42. A Thai man, 34, a security guard in the entertainment area in Soi Bangla, Patong. He became ill on Mar 22. Two people had high risk exposure to this patient.

Case 43. A Thai woman, 32, a hotel receptionist at Kata Beach, did not wear a face mask while interacting with tourists of many nationalities. She became ill on Mar 23. Twenty-three people had high risk exposure to this patient.

Case 44. A Thai man, 30, unemployed, but had previously worked close to staff at an Italian restaurant in Patong. He became ill on Mar 24. Six people had high risk exposure to this patient.

Case 45. A Thai woman, 23, a waitress at a French restaurant in Patong. She had a history of contact with many confirmed patients in Patong and with tourists of many nationalities. She became ill on Mar 20. Twenty-seven people had high risk exposure to this patient.

Case 46. A Thai woman, 23, a waitress at an entertainment venue on Soi Bangla, Patong. She had a history of being close to other confirmed patients, French people and tourists of many nationalities. She became ill Mar 25. One person had high risk exposure to this patient.

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Case 47. An Uzbek man, 27, working as hotel front office staff at Karon Beach. He did not wear a face mask while working with tourists of many nationalities. He became ill on Mar 25. Six people had high risk exposure to this patient.

The committee today noted the increase in the number of cases from Patong, and those involving people working in close contact with tourists.

The committee urged people to wear a face mask at all times when providing service to customers and to avoid personal contact, and to frequently wash their hands with soap or alcohol.

Any persons experiencing a fever, sore throat, coughing or a runny nose were urged to wear a face mask, maintain a safe distance from other people and to see a doctor immediately.

The committee also urged people to be truthful when giving details about their health history.

“For the general public, please strictly follow the instructions of the Ministry of Public Health,” the committee said in its announcement today.

 

 

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Christy Sweet | 30 March 2020 - 14:53:27

47?    Bangla road alone will have seeded  1000 infections from the multiple exposures. Better ramp up the tests because no one 
 has immunity whatsoever. You get it if you're exposed.  You might even get it over and over, no one knows.

Kurt | 30 March 2020 - 12:02:35

@ Dicko, let's say this moment there are 60 patients. During their 2 weeks incubation time with how many the 60 were in touch? 20-30 Each at home and work/socialising to keep it low? That means a possible 1200 infections can be expected coming time. Think about that police officer.

Dicko | 29 March 2020 - 22:41:40

I agree Rorri_2, and now of course the whole island is isolated from the mainland for the next month or more, seems a little excessive for 53 confirmed cases who are undoubtedly all locked up, unless of course... maybe, just maybe the number is a little bit more than 53.. 

DeKaaskopp | 29 March 2020 - 16:25:00

"Greedy people will be welcoming the Chinese back again once this is over"  Tell me Shwe,why shouldn't they ? Would you like to see Chinese being banned forever from Thailand because the virus emerged in China ? Thank good some old grumpy foreign retirees can't decide on who should come and who not.

Shwe | 29 March 2020 - 11:13:11

Authorities will not admit that the possible patients zero for these infections in Phuket are the 2 Chinese from Wuhan who were proven to be infected in February, we are supposed to believe they never infected anyone. Greedy people will be welcoming the Chines back again once this is over, I guess they have no choice now Phuket is a low end mass tourist destination, the  Majorca of Asia. 

Rorri_2 | 29 March 2020 - 06:13:23

Dicko..they always, if possible, try and push the blame away from Thais/Thailand, never wanting to show their own failings.
As a side note, today's news, in Australia, is reporting international organisations, and governments, are concerned about the lack of reporting/testing, from Asian countries, Thailand was mentioned.

Dicko | 28 March 2020 - 22:19:49

I wonder if we will ever hear of an infection occurring that didn't involve "tourists", seems the way that it is reported Thai's can only catch Covid-19 from tourists or foreigners... 

 

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