Phuket health department authorities are calling for clam after two other tourists tested positive for covid-19 after arriving on the island.
Health Department chief Dr Kusak Kukiatkul called for calm and stressed the need for strict social distancing measures to tackle the Delta variant after two young children from Myanmar were found to be infected.
Dr Kusak said the second tests carried out on two children, aged eight and nine, were positive. The two were being treated in a hospital and their families were observing a 14-day quarantine.
The two children were accompanied by two families on the same flight. Health department authorities did not provide details of the flight and the date of their arrival. Dr Kusak said officials were following their timeline to alert people who may have come in contact with the groups.
The two children brought to three the number of infections imported by tourists during the Sandbox program since the island reopened for international arrivals vaccinated on July 1.
The first case was a man from the United Arab Emirates, who was found to be infected during a test at Phuket airport on Tuesday. On Saturday, 13 other passengers on the same flight with him returned to their country.
86 additional deaths due to Covid-19
Phuket reported 11 new local cases on Sunday, bringing the total provincial infections – including five foreigners based on the island – to 785 since last year’s outbreak. He recorded seven deaths. Phuket has received 3,287 foreign visitors since it reopened on July 1.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s national health authorities said on Sunday that 86 additional Covid-19 deaths and 9,539 new transmissions around Thailand occurred on Saturday, bringing the cumulative toll to 2,711 deaths and the number of cases since start of the pandemic at 336,371.
They said 9,436 of the new infections were in the general population and 103 in prisons.
The total of new cases was only slightly lower than the historic high of 9,635 cases recorded on May 17, 2021. The death toll was also the second highest since the start of the pandemic.
Source: CTN New, Bangkok Post