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Phuket Covid-19 cases jump to 10, all in Bang Tao

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Health officials in Phuket today reported 10 new Covid-19 cases, the first time the number has risen back into the double digits since 10 cases were reported on April 5. 13 cases were reported on April 3. Specifically all the new cases stem from the beachside community of Bang Tao.

Phuket has virtually sealed itself off, with all roads, ports, and as of Friday even the airport officially closed. The governor announced an alcohol ban on Friday night as well, effective until further notice, and travel between the island’s 17 sub-districts has been severely restricted since yesterday.

Here are the details of today’s new cases…

Case 179: A 24 year old Thai man, a graphic designer with a history of close contact with confirmed case number 174. He lives in Bang Tao, Cherngtalay. He fell sick on April 7, and 1 contact is at high risk and is being sought by authorities.

Case 180: A 20 year old Thai man, an office worker and the younger brother of confirmed case 179, who also had close contact with case 174. He also lives in Bang Tao. He fell sick on April 8 and 1 person is at high risk

Case 181: A 59 year old Thai woman, a maid with a history of close contact with confirmed case number 171. She also lives in Bang Tao, and she fell sick on the April 7. 4 people are considered at high risk.

Case 182: A 13 year old Thai girl who is a student. She has a history of close contact with confirmed case number 181 as they live together lives in Bang Tao. She fell sick on April 6 and 4 people are at high risk.

Case 183: 70 year old Thai security guard with a history of who lives with confirmed case number 171 lives in Bang Tao. He fell sick on the March 27 and 6 people at high risk.

Case 184: A 22 year old Thai woman, a university student living with confirmed case 174 in Bang Tao. She fell sick on March 28 and 15 people considered at high risk.

Case 185: a 22 year old Thai woman, also a university student, she is the twin sister of case 184 and also lives with case number 174 in Bang Tao. She fell sick on the April 9 and 15 people are at high risk

Case 186: The 1 year old son of close contact case 174 in Bang Tao. The boy fell sick on Sunday and 16 people are at high risk.

Case 187: A 36 year old man glass subcontractor who also lives in the same house as confirmed case number 174 in Bang Tao. He  fell sick on March 29, 19 people are at high risk.

Case 188: A 97 year old retired Thai woman, who also shares the house of  case 174  in Bang Tao. Although she shows no symptoms, 14 people are considered at high risk.

All of today’s reported new cases are in the Bang Tao area, making it the island’s new hotzone for coronavirus, an honour previously held by Patong.

Although Phuket, with a population of some 432,000, has the highest rate of infection per capita in Thailand, it has reported only one death, that of  a Hungarian tourist who was involved in a motorbike accident but in hospital withheld details of his visits to the Bangla Road red light district.

Phuket Covid-19 cases jump to 10, all in Bang Tao | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: Newshawk Phuket

NOTE: The reported cases reflect the information provided the Provincial and Government health sources. 

Phuket Covid-19 cases jump to 10, all in Bang Tao | News by Thaiger

 

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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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