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Krabi health officials dismiss reports of 100 suspected virus patients

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: Saturday's press conference by the Krabi Provincial Public Health Office - Krabi PR Dept

Days before PM Prayut Cha-ocha issued his ominous warning on spreading fake news about the Coronavirus outbreak, health officials of the Krabi Provincial Public Health Office (KPHO) refuted recent reports that 100 or more people are in isolation there on suspicion of being infected. The reports surfaced Saturday and appeared in several national news outlets, even including a “quote” from a doctor of the office claiming that 10 of the people were Thai.

“The reports are wrong. Only five people are under observation” according to the KPHO.

The news came at a press conference at Krabi Provincial Hall, also on Saturday, headed by Krabi’s vice governor , Krabi Hospital’s director and a KPHO representative.

The vice governor called the information “a misunderstanding.” A previous press conference by KPHO had explained that 100 rooms were being prepared in case the province needed to placed that many people in observation. But the director of Krabi hospital confirmed that there are no confirmed cases of the virus in the province .

“We have only five people who are under observation at different hospitals. These people do not have serious symptoms of the disease, and we keep them in special rooms.”

Officials confirmed that there are intensive screening procedures in place at Krabi International Airport and tourist attractions, performed under the guidance of hospital staff and doctors.

Meanwhile, the Krabi Hotel Association and the Krabi Tourism Association both report that tourists are still travelling to Krabi as usual, and that there have not been any urgent mass check-out from any hotels.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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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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