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2 Phuket expats infected after returning from Krabi and Bangkok




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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    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    That’s BELGIAN Thaiger, BELGIAN.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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