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Canadian family of 4 among Phuket’s coronavirus infections

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Authorities in the southern island province of Phuket today announced that 3 more members from a Canadian are among 7 new confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus infections. The new cases include a 37 year old Canadian woman, her 2 year old son and 4 year old daughter. All are believed to be infected by the woman’s husband, and children’s father, also a Canadian who was confirmed as infected yesterday.

The couple are both teachers at an international school in the province.

Another new infection, a 69 year old Australian man, was in contact with 40 people in his capacity as a hotel manager at Khao Lak in neighbouring Phang Nga province.

The others are all Thais, two of them working in the Patong entertainment area, a hotbed for infections in Phuket.

With 69 cases, Phuket province has the third largest number of infections in Thailand, after Bangkok and adjoining Nonthaburi. It’s one of 4 southern provinces for which all inter-provincial public land transport has been suspended. They include Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Phuket. All of Phuket’s beaches, schools and universities have been closed and residents told to wear face masks at all times when in public places.

As of today, Thailand has 1,651 infections, 244 of them foreigners.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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