Phuket records five new COVID infections, seventh confirmed death in 72-year-old man



Phuket records five new COVID infections, seventh confirmed death in 72-year-old man

PHUKET: Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon, head of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO), confirmed that Phuket registered five new COVID infections on the island yesterday (June 29) and confirmed that the seventh death from COVID in Phuket in the current outbreak was that of a 72-year-old man.

Speaking on a live broadcast joined by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew this morning (June 30), Dr Kusak explained, “Yesterday we had five new infected cases. Two of them were from Nonthaburi, which is classified as a dark red zone. They had been in Phuket for about 10 days and also presented negative test results upon entering Phuket.

“They are now receiving treatment in hospital and around 30 high-risk people remain in local quarantine. [LQ] places, ”said Dr. Kusak.

“The other three cases tested positive while they were staying at the LQ site,” he added.

“This morning I received a report that we have five more new cases for today [June 30]”Dr Kusak continued.

“Three of them were from Bangkok, and more details are to come on the other two,” he said.

“During the last week we had one death [from COVID-19]. The case was a 72-year-old man who had been hospitalized for two months from Songkhran. He died of a severe lung infection and pneumonia, ”explained Dr Kusak.

However, Dr Kusak did not indicate that the man suffered from other pre-existing health conditions that could have contributed to his death.

Yesterday’s PPHO daily report (June 29) said the five new COVID infections on the island brought the total number of people infected in Phuket to 728 since April 3.

It should be noted that a provincial decree instituted an “emergency plan” of Phuket Sandbox, in case COVID infections start to increase after the province reopens to foreign visitors tomorrow (July 1).

One of the key criteria for “revising” the sandbox policy, which includes the total cancellation of the project, is whether there are more than 90 infections on the island within seven days.

As such, Phuket has registered a total of 16 new infections in the past seven days, as follows:

  • June 29 – 5 new cases, total 728
  • June 28 – 3 new cases, total 723
  • June 27 – 0 new cases, total 720
  • June 26 – 1 new case, total 720
  • June 25 – 3 new cases, 1 death, total 719
  • June 24 – 2 new cases, total 716
  • June 23 – 2 new casss, total 714

According to yesterday’s PPHO daily report (June 29), the 728 cases do not include six people infected in other provinces and two people infected overseas.

Among the cases recognized since April 3, 687 have been released from hospital care while 42 patients remain under surveillance and medical care.

Yesterday’s PPHO report included an updated map showing the locations of the infections in Phuket, as follows:

  • Wichit – 86 infections
  • Phuket Town – 81 (+1)
  • Patong – 77
  • Rassada – 67 (+2)
  • Kathu – 57 (+2)
  • Chalong – 46
  • Rawai – 46
  • Cherng Talay – 45
  • Srisoonthorn – 37
  • Thepkrasattri – 36
  • Kamala – 33
  • Koh Kaew – 27
  • Karon – 31
  • Pa Khlok – 10
  • Mai Khao – 9
  • Sakhu – 9

MASS VACCINATIONS

According to a report released this morning by the Phuket office of the public relations department, 383,158 people in Phuket received at least one state-provided COVID-19 vaccine injection yesterday (June 29).

The increase marks 8,527 “first vaccination injections” administered across the island yesterday.

The new total represents 82% of the island’s target population to be vaccinated, according to the report.

According to the report, only 24 people received their second injection of the vaccine yesterday, with the total of second injections now standing at 298,344 people, up from 298,320 on Monday.

The report also marked 1,988 more people having signed up to receive a state-provided vaccination, now with a total of 428,882 people registered yesterday – up from 426,894 on Monday.


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