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URGENT: Call for testing, Covid-19 on 7 Phuket flights

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: A REALLY old photo of Phuket Airport via Wikimedia

Authorities are calling for immediate quarantine and Covid-19 testing for 157 passengers of 7 flights to and from Phuket in the last few weeks. Passengers on these 7 domestic flights, mostly between Phuket and Bangkok, are considered at risk after Covid-19 infections were found on each flight.

Seating charts were released with seat numbers and rows where Covid-19 infections and at-risk passengers were seated on each Phuket flight, but they are urging anyone who was on these flights to report and get tested. They request passengers to go to the nearest hospital to their home for treatment. People are also urged to call 094-593-8875 or 062-243-5116 for more information or any questions.

Thai AirAsia FD3027 Don Mueang-Phuket April 15 5:50pm 24 passengers, rows B, C, D, E and F. 2 infected passengers
Thai VietJet VZ401 Chiang Rai-Phuket April 16 11:05am 24 passengers, rows B, C, D, E and F. 1 infected passenger
Thai AirAsia FD4110 Suvarnabhumi-Phuket April 20 12:06pm 28 passengers, rows A, B, C, D, E and F. 2 infected passengers
Thai Smile W285 Suvarnabhumi-Phuket April 21 12:30am 14 passengers, rows C, H, J and K. 1 infected passenger
Thai VietJet VZ301 Phuket-Bangkok April 23 1:40am 19 passengers, rows C, D, E and F. 1 infected passenger
Thai VietJet VZ316 Suvarnabhumi-Phuket April 25 6:30pm 19 passengers, rows A, B, C, and D. 1 infected passenger
Thai VietJet VZ308 Suvarnabhumi-Phuket April 26 6:00pm 24 passengers, rows A, B, C, D, and E. 1 infected passenger

Covid-19 safety control measures have been in place since April 19, with restrictions for travellers from 18 provinces designated at the time as red zones. And everyone entering Phuket is now required to have a certification that they tested negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours or proof that they have received 2 vaccine shots. Anyone not qualified will be restricted from entering Phuket until they are tested on arrival.

SOURCE:Bangkok Post


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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    See this guy gets it. Why would you quarantine people with cold symptoms and fever at best?

    It takes away medical resources from people with preconditions. What do you do if the hospitals get overwhelmed because people are freaking out?

    28k in quarantine. 8k can’t afford expensive quarantine and are forced to stay in field hospitals. For what?

    You’ve also reported less than 1k of those are in serious condition. Focus all medical resources on these.

    Would love if someone could shed some logic on these measures.

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    David Mann

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    “You don’t have a civic duty to protect other people”. What a vile individual you must be to even think that, let alone write it.

    “It’s not dangerous”. Idiotic comment. Try telling that to the millions dead or suffering long term illnesses and those that will go on to die 10 years early due to lung and other organ damage who survived the initial infection. Just an idiotic comment

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    What’s particularly worrying, apart from anyone taking @IJTF’s asinine comments seriously, is that four of the seven flights were after Phuket started doing rapid flow tests for all arriving in Phuket.

    How is it that these passengers apparently passed the rapid flow tests but then tested positive a week to ten days later?

    If they were re-tested because they became symptomatic, how many others were infected and contagious who also passed the rapid flow tests but were asymptomatic?

    Reports are that as many as 25% of negative rapid flow tests outside lab conditions are incorrect, and while false positives are re-tested with PCR tests, false negatives obviously aren’t.

    Reports also suggest that as many as 80% of those with Covid are asymptomatic or have few symptoms.

    Put those together, and the numbers probably going into Phuket (probably, not possibly) who are infected is likely to be as much as ten times higher than it’s thought to be.

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Who in the world would take a test when that automatically means hospitalisation if you test positive.

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    Mr cynic

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Be curious to know if any dirty falangs were on any of the flights either as pax or crew?
    If they were surely they are to blame for this outrage.

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    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:55 am

    How do such xenophobic comments make it past the moderator?
    It’s sad to think some people still think this way…

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    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Travel in airlines and cruise ships is always a high risk of getting infected,especially when mingling with people from different regions and countries.Covid-19 virus is so versatile that when a person gets infected,no one knows where,when and how the infection originated.That makes it so damn difficult to trace the source.Staying put is the safest option to prevent infection.

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    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Another year without being able to have a vacation in Phuket. Mallorca will be my destination but i miss thailand, my second home.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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