Phuket scores 296 new COVID cases, two more deaths


PHUKET: The latest daily COVID situation report from the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) reported 296 new confirmed local infections across the island yesterday (March 22), bringing the total number of infections recorded since January 1 at 44,079.

The PPHO daily report for March 22, marked as accurate as of 8 p.m. last night, went live at 12:49 a.m.

The report marked one new infection among Sandbox tourist arrivals and 13 new infections among Test & Go tourists, but no new infections among other international arrivals.

The report marked two new deaths attributed to COVID-19, bringing the total number of reported COVID deaths for March to 47 and the total number of COVID deaths so far this year to 84.

Authorities marked 27 COVID deaths in February, compared to 10 COVID deaths in Phuket in January. Previously, Phuket officials recorded six COVID deaths in December, 18 in November, 44 in October and 55 COVID deaths in September.

Meanwhile, the 296 new local infections reported bring the total number of new local infections reported on the island to 2,283 over the past seven days, as follows:

  • March 16 – 371 new cases
  • March 17 – 357 new cases
  • March 18 – 335 new cases
  • March 19 – 313 new cases
  • March 20 – 319 new cases
  • March 21 – 292 new cases
  • March 22 – 296 new cases

The report reported three people infected with COVID-19 in other provinces before entering Phuket since Jan. 1, as well as eight returning from other countries and testing positive, and no COVID patients brought back to Phuket as part. of “Bring the People Home from Phuket”.

The report also reported 6,207 Phuket Sandbox arrivals who tested positive for the virus after landing on the island since January 1, and 2,020 Test & Go tourists who tested positive since January 1.

According to the March 22 report, there are 3,173 people under medical care or under surveillance, down 91 from the 3,264 reported yesterday.

The report also noted 399 people discharged from medical care for COVID infection yesterday – but did not give a total for the number of patients discharged from medical care since January 1.

The report recorded 728 people suspected of being infected with COVID-19 after testing positive by the antigen test kit (ATK), while the total number of people reported as being currently detained in ” COVID-19 care” across the island dropped from 77 to 70.

According to the March 22 report, there are now 17 “red” patients (+1), but 166 “yellow” patients (-15) and 15 “green” patients (zero change) in care.

Another 187 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were in “hospitals” (-3) and 70 were designated to recover in “community isolation” (-16).

The report also noted that out of 2,452 total hospital beds available (-9), 455 were occupied (-24).

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