Phuket suffers sixth death from COVID in ongoing outbreak



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PHUKET: Phuket suffered its sixth death attributed to COVID-19 in the latest outbreak, the Phuket Provincial Public Health Bureau (PPHO) has announced. The death, marked yesterday (June 20), is the fourth COVID death on the island in the past three weeks.

The news arrived with the standard daily update of new infections on the island for yesterday, posted online by the Phuket Official COVID-19 Information Center last night (June 20).

As with the announcement of the three previous COVID deaths on the island – on June 2, June 11 and June 12, no details of the death of the latest victim have been provided.

PPHO chief Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon confirmed last Wednesday (June 16) that the two COVID deaths recorded in Phuket on June 11 and 12 were of a German national and that of a Thai woman suffering from the SLA.

Dr Kusak did not specify which person died on which day. He did not even disclose the age of the victims.

“Both had suffered from chronic illnesses. Thai woman had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS] and was taking prednisolone. She was more fragile than people in general, ”said Dr Kusak.

“For the German case, this case had heart disease and diabetes, as well as a high body weight, around 130 kg. This case was not as fit and healthy as normal people, ”he added.

Authorities previously reported that Phuket’s second death from COVID in the ongoing outbreak was an 86-year-old Thai woman who suffered from hyperlipidemia and hypertension on June 1.

The first death attributed to a COVID infection recorded since April 3 was that of a 71-year-old man who already suffered from emphysema on May 11.

According to last night’s PPHO report, Phuket officials reported four new infections for yesterday (June 20), leaving the total number of people infected on the island since April 3 at 705.

The 705 does not include six people infected outside of Phuket but brought to the island for treatment and a foreigner who has been marked as infected outside the country.

Of the 705 cases recognized since April 3, 671 have been released from hospital care while 36 patients remain under medical care and surveillance.

The PPHO report also included a map showing the locations of the infections in Phuket, as follows:

  • Wichit – 83 infections
  • Phuket Town – 79
  • Patong – 76
  • Rassada – 63
  • Kathu – 55
  • Cherng Talay – 45
  • Chalong – 45
  • Rawai – 44
  • Thepkrasattri – 34
  • Srisoonthorn – 33
  • Kamala – 33
  • Koh Kaew – 26
  • Karon – 30
  • Pa Khlok – 10
  • Mai Khao – 9
  • Sakhu – 9

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