PPHO staples for infection; Delta, beta variants confirmed in Phuket


PHUKET: Phuket officials prepare battle plans in anticipation of a surge in infections on the island after Dr People in Phuket.

The news was announced yesterday at the meeting of the Phuket Communicable Disease Control Committee (July 9), chaired by Phuket Lieutenant Governor Phichet Panapong.

The meeting was also attended by Vice Governor Vikrom Jakthee, Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (PPAO, or OrBorJor) President Rewat Areerob, Director of Vachira Phuket Hospital, Chalermpong Sukontapol, and Colonel Sermphan Sirikong, Deputy Commander of Phuket Provincial Police.

Dr. Kusak reported that 10 new cases of infection were confirmed on the island yesterday (July 9) alone, which he believes was the highest number of cases in recent days. which recently remained in the single-digit range.

“As a result, the situation of the spread of COVID-19 in the Phuket area is not very reliable. As new patients are now being found outside of QL [local quarantine venues] or not in quarantine, and most of them are Thais who have come from other areas, “he said.

“All people close to the confirmed infected people have been quarantined,” he added.

Dr. However, Kusak also noted, “A Delta variant case has now been confirmed in Phuket that has been treated within the last five days. Four more cases of the beta variant were confirmed, in addition to two previously confirmed. “

All beta infections identified in Phuket were people who had traveled from four southern border provinces, said Dr. Kusak.

“Everyone who was in close contact [with those infected with the Beta variant] and high risk were quarantined, ”he added.

“Therefore, people are being asked to take strict precautions in accordance with government-mandated measures to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading further in the region,” said Dr. Kusak.

It is noteworthy that Dr. Kusak finally confirmed yesterday that the Delta variant was confirmed in Phuket five days ago, but his announcement followed him on June 30, denouncing claims made on social media that the Delta variant of the COVID Virus found in Phuket as fake news.

In response to an expected surge in infections in Phuket yesterday, the committee considered a number of options, including establishing a third field hospital in the 4,000-seat indoor sports stadium in Saphan Hin for seriously ill patients in need of ventilators and approving 70 more local ones Quarantine rooms at a venue in Nai Yang.

Other measures considered were increasing home quarantine and speeding up vaccination of high-risk groups of people over the age of 60 and those suffering from the seven diseases recognized by the Ministry of Health as being at higher risk.

The committee also considered closing all schools as a COVID prevention measure that went into effect yesterday by provincial ordinance.

Other measures currently under consideration included banning provincial travel, ordering high-risk locations to be closed and asking people to leave their homes only for essential reasons, and postponing the TAT Colorful Phuket event indefinitely .

The committee noted that it was awaiting further guidance to adjust public health and social measures and awaiting further announcements from the Center of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) before determining what measures should be taken by provincial regulation.

Recognizing that there are still insufficient staff to enforce entry requirements for Phuket in the island’s ports, the committee considered stepping up enforcement of COVID prevention measures by law and incriminating those who intentionally hide or inaccurate travel information Information is provided by officials investigating sources of infection by indicting them under the Communicable Disease Act.

Notably, the Phuket Communicable Disease Control Committee recognized yesterday that 70% of a target population of 547,584 should be vaccinated as part of the mass vaccination campaign, making a total of 383,309 people to be vaccinated through the campaign.

The committee was told that 379,019 people in Phuket have been fully vaccinated to date, which is 69.21% of the target vaccination target now reached.

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