PHUKET: Phuket officials are making battle plans for a peak in infections on the island after the head of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO), Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon, confirmed that the Delta and Beta variants of COVID-19 have now been found among those infected. people in Phuket.
The news came to light at the Phuket Communicable Disease Control Committee meeting yesterday (July 9), chaired by Phuket Vice Governor Phichet Panapong.
Vice Governor Vikrom Jakthee of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (PPAO, or OuBorJor) President Rewat Areerob, Director of Vachira Phuket Chalermpong Sukontapol Hospital and Colonel Sermphan Sirikong, Deputy Commander of Phuket Provincial Police.
Dr Kusak reported that 10 new cases of infection on the island were confirmed yesterday (July 9), which he said was the highest number of cases in recent days. which recently stayed in single digits.
âAs a result, the situation of the spread of COVID-19 in the Phuket region is not very reliable. As new patients are now found outside of LQ [local quarantine venues] or not in quarantine, and most of them are Thais who have traveled from other areas, âhe said.
“All relatives of those confirmed to be infected have been quarantined,” he added.
However, Dr Kusak also noted: âNow in Phuket a case of the Delta variant has been confirmed and received treatment within the past five days. Four more cases of the beta variant have been confirmed, in addition to the two previously confirmed. “
All of the beta infections identified in Phuket were from people who had traveled from four southern border provinces, Dr Kusak said.
“All those who have had close contact [with those infected with the Beta variant] and high risk were quarantined, âhe added.
“Therefore, people are urged to take strict precautions in accordance with the measures prescribed by the government to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus in the region,” said Dr Kusak.
It should be noted that, as Dr Kusak finally confirmed yesterday that the Delta variant was confirmed in Phuket five days ago, his announcement followed on June 30, denouncing claims shared on social media that the Delta variant of the COVID virus had been found in Phuket as fake news. .
In response to an anticipated increase in infections in Phuket, the committee yesterday considered a range of options, including the establishment of a third field hospital at the 4,000-seat indoor sports stadium in Saphan Hin for critically ill patients requiring ventilators, and the approval of 70 more local quarantine rooms at one location in Nai Yang.
Other measures considered were to increase the ability to allow people to self-quarantine at home and to speed up vaccination of high-risk groups of people over 60 and those suffering from the seven recognized medical conditions. by the Ministry of Public Health as presenting a higher risk.
The committee also considered closing all schools as a COVID prevention measure, which came into effect by provincial decree yesterday.
Other measures currently under consideration included a ban on travel across provinces, orders to close places at risk and ask people to leave their homes only for essential reasons, and the indefinite postponement of l ‘Colorful Phuket’ TAT event.
The committee noted that it was awaiting new guidance to adjust public health and social measures, and that it had to wait for further announcements from the COVID-19 Situation Administration Center (CCSA) before determining what measures should be taken. be taken by provincial decree.
The committee recognized that there were still not enough staff to enforce entry requirements into Phuket at the island’s ports, and considered stepping up enforcement of COVID prevention measures by resorting to the law, charging people who intentionally withhold travel information or provide false information to officers investigating sources of infection by charging them under the Communicable Disease Act.
It is worth mentioning that the Communicable Disease Control Committee of Phuket yesterday recognized that 70% of a target population of 547,584 were to be vaccinated as part of the mass vaccination campaign, giving a total of 383,309 people to be vaccinated during the campaign.
The committee was informed that so far, 379,019 people in Phuket have been fully vaccinated, representing 69.21% of the target vaccination number now achieved.