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2 expats in Phuket are infected with Covid-19 after returning from travelling off the island. They tested positive at the Tha Chatchai checkpoint at the north end of the island. One is an Italian man who returned from Krabi, and the other is a Belgian who returned after a visit to the Belgian embassy in Bangkok.

The 2 men were tested for Covid as part of a new regulation requiring all people returning to the island to be tested, if they can’t prove they are fully vaccinated or present negative Covid test results within 72 hours of arriving.

According to a timeline, the 36 year old Italian man, tested positive at the Tha Chatchai checkpoint on April 22. He then took another test the next day to confirm the previous test’s results, receiving another positive diagnosis. He was taken to receive treatment at Thalang Hospital.

The 32 year old Belgian also tested positive at the same checkpoint after returning from Bangkok by bus to renew his passport at the Belgian embassy. He was taken to receive treatment at Patong Hospital. The Phuket Provincial Health Office issued a warning yesterday for those passengers travelling on the same bus with the Belgium man to contact officials, as they are now being considered “high-risk.”

Meanwhile, Phuket government officials have threatened to strictly enforce the 20,000 baht face mask fine and contact consular officials for foreigners that refuse to mask up. The vice governor of Phuket has issued a stern warning that all people are required to wear face masks in public at all times.

The PPHO reported that Phuket recorded 13 new infections yesterday, bringing the total amount of infections to 348 in Phuket since April 3. Of those infections, 255 are still receiving medical treatment, while 92 have been discharged. In Thailand today, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is reporting 2,179 new infections over the past 24 hours, with 15 deaths; the highest amount of daily deaths since the pandemic started. The recent wave of infections over the past month makes up more than half of Thailand’s total count with 30,824 people infected with Covid-19 since April 1. This month, 69 Covid patients have died.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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    Slugger

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    That’s BELGIAN Thaiger, BELGIAN.

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    Coke

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    , how about the Krabi airport, is it still be open the next week and so on, Or the rules of the Krabi airport regarding COVID changed for the future

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    Ted

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    I don’t say this or that, only can’t help thinking that it’s too bad the Thai govnt hasn’t got any realy history to base the current numbers on. Since of course you’ll find more positives when you test [a whole lot] more. And that people in the ICU has apparently changed its meaning to; pandemic.

    Again, not a “fake pandemic” believer or anything close to that. Only a thinker that likes to analyze the news given.

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    TS

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    wtf. is the July 1 sandbox opening still a go? guess they can watch olympics from q

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    Jason

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    The eyes of those hoping to come to Phuket from other countries for holidays are watching the reactions of the authorities in dealing with the pandemic and are making decisions about future travel on the basis of what they see. If phuket hopes to open on July 1, take note that farangs are closely watching. Any upturn in infections could be devastating for future tourism.

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    Simon Small

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    ” the 36 year old Italian man, tested positive at the Tha Chatchai checkpoint on April 22. He then took ANOTHER TEST the next day to confirm the previous test’s results, receiving another positive diagnosis.”

    I put it in capitals for you,@toby andrews, so there’s no confusion over whether “second tests” are allowed despite your repeated claims that they’re not.

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    EdwardV

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Sure seems anecdotally the numbers of infected being reported are lower than actual. While this is true everywhere, it’s more so in countries that do little to no testing. It would also lead one to believe there is little to no chance of them opening Phuket come July 1. Hope I’m wrong.

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    James

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Jason, what difference does it make if they open in July or not? Who is going to go when they know the quarantine and/or any other set of restrictions/lockdowns could quickly return at any time?

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    The consequences of being found positive after a Covid 19 test are so expensive for a foreigner, Phuket does they not realise, that no sane person will risk arriving..
    It does not matter to the Thais that the ferang is not suffering, they put them on a ventilator anyway, because that is why they can charge the big money.
    Or if not, into quarantine, two and a half costs of a hotel room.
    Was the test genuine? The ferang will never know There are no second opinions allowed.
    Phuket is the rip off capital of Thailand, how many dual price attraction are there that put the lower price in Thai script, so the mug tourists does not know they are paying more?
    And they will not stop. Latest is B500 for a covid 19 test on arrival for a ferang, zero for a Thai.
    If anyone lives among snakes they will be bitten.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:16 am

    “Was the test genuine? The ferang will never know There are no second opinions allowed.”

    You are just so full of it, @toby andrews, it’s now quite funny.

    What part of “the 36 year old Italian man, tested positive at the Tha Chatchai checkpoint on April 22. He then took another test the next day to confirm the previous test’s results, receiving another positive diagnosis” can’t you understand?

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    Eric Watson

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 1:10 am

    The coming new corrupt Phuket covid medical system… “Wealthy farang with good insurance? Make him positive.” I’m sure they’ll have a quota for this. It will just be luck of the draw.
    When money gets tight. People get desperate.

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    J West

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:49 am

    @Toby Andrews – The B500 “farang tax” to enter Phuket is a temptation, permanent low hanging fruit for ‘ official’s ‘ looking to replenish the coffers depleted by low bar and taxi receipts.

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    Ted

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 10:18 am

    The B500 testing [tax] for entering Phuket sounds pretty similar to the DMK “leave LOS” tax. And all with some knowledge of Thailand knows where most of [cash only] went, for you who don’t google it.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 11:52 am

    @Simon Small – I believe the first time the test was negative, so they tested again and made sure it was positive.
    You have to understand Small Simon. Times are hard in Phuket, and the phukers cannot afford to lose a lucrative hospitalization of a plump ferang.
    Tragic, the phuckers should be pitied really – alas . . .

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    Leah betts

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Why were they sent to a hospital? It’s better to self quarantine in a room. They will only infect others in a hospital. Lunacy.

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3 organisers of Phuket’s Kolour superspreader event charged

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FILE PHOTO: 3 managers involved in the Kolour superspreader event have been charged.

As Thailand still wrestles to control the third wave of Covid-19, much of which stems from entertainment venues in Bangkok and a massive party in Phuket, Patong police announced that the managers of the Phuket venues that hosted the Kolour superspreader event will be charged under the Emergency Decree. The case report was filed with the public prosecutor yesterday according to the Patong police chief, confirming that 3 people will be prosecuted for the event.

The Kolour Beachside Festival was held April 2 and 3 with events at Café Del Mar Phuket in Kamala, and Shelter Phuket Dance and Night Club and Illuzion Nightclub, both in Patong. Before the festival, Phuket had gone more than a hundred days without any new Covid-19 infections, but by April 7 the Phuket provincial Public Health office announced 8 new infections, half of which had been at the Kolour parties. In the following weeks, officials plead for attendees to be tested as infections spread.

Charges were delayed in being filed to the Phuket Public Prosecutor’s office as a special investigation committee was ordered to be created to oversee the investigation at the request of Region 8’s Police Commander. That committee brought together officials from various law enforcement in the area including the Patong Police, Kamala Police, Phuket Provincial Police, and the Region 8 Police to investigate the Kolour event before anyone was charged.

The manager of Café Del Mar, along with the managing director and the manager of Shelter and Illuzion, which are under the same management team, will be charged for the Kolour festival violating Thailand’s Emergency Decree that was declared to help protect the country from Covid-19 outbreaks. A breach of the Emergency Decree can be held liable for up to 40,000 Baht and 2 years in jail under Section 9 of the Decree.

The latter 2 are also facing charges of operating an unlicensed entertainment venue. This carries the possibility of another year in prison and a fine of up to 60,000 baht, in accordance with Thai Law under Section 26 of the Entertainment Place Act.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure at high risk of death -CCSA

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Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure have the highest risk of death followed by patients infected with the coronavirus who underlying conditions of diabetes or high cholesterol, according to data from Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported 486 coronavirus-related deaths. Out of those fatalities, 392 were reported after April 1. Using data from the recent wave of infections, the CCSA found that those infected with Covid-19 who also have high blood pressure are at the most at risk of death, followed by those who are diabetic and those who have high cholesterol.

Others who are at risk of severe infection or death if infected with Covid-19 include those with chronic kidney disease, heart disease, obesity or lung disease.

Most of the deaths since April 1 have been in Bangkok, making up 46% of the death count in the recent wave, followed and provinces just outside the capital. Most patients who died while infected with Covid-19 have been over 60 years old with underlying health conditions. Several young adults, in their 20s and 30s, who died while infected with Covid-19, had underlying conditions of diabetes and obesity.

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Human Right Watch calls for Thailand to immediately act on Covid-19 outbreaks at prisons

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Chiang Mai prison / Photo via Department of Corrections ประชาสัมพันธ์ กรมราชทัณฑ์

In response to the recent Covid-19 outbreaks in Thailand prisons, the Human Rights Watch issued a statement saying Thai authorities need to take immediate steps to tackle overcrowding in prisons and release inmates that do not pose a serious risk to the public. The organisation also notes that under international human rights law, the government must provide equal and accessible health care to the inmates, adding that Thailand must act quickly to ensure the infected prisoners are properly treated.

Yesterday, Thailand’s Department of Corrections reported 2,835 inmates at 2 Bangkok prisons tested positive for Covid-19, adding to the hundreds of cases at prisons in Chiang Mai and in the southern province Narathiwat by the Malaysia border. Out of the new cases, 1,795 at Bangkok Remand Prison, making up more than half the prison population. The other 1,040 infections are inmates at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution.

HRW says those held in Thailand’s overcrowded prisons are at “grave risk” of Covid-19. After the outbreak in Narathiwat in early April, prison visits were suspended to prevent the spread of Covid-19. HRW Asia director Brad Adams says authorities had been warned about the situation.

“Many people warned the Thai authorities that they needed to act proactively to avoid such a situation, but it seems they got caught sleeping at the switch.”

Under international law, the Thai government is obligated to provide adequate healthcare to prisoners, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, Brad says. He adds that to prevent the spread of Covid-19, some prisoners should be released to reduce overcrowding and congestion.

“Besides providing health care and virus testing, the authorities should reduce the detainee population through the supervised release of those held on politically motivated charges or for minor offences, or who face greater risk from underlying health conditions.”

HRW says Thailand should take immediate steps to tackle the longstanding problem of overcrowding in prisons and consider the supervised release of inmates who at a high risk of severe infection if they were to contract Covid-19. Those charged with minor offences or who are in pre-trial detention for minor, nonviolent crimes should also be considered for release, HRW says.

SOURCE: HRW

 

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