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Health officials confirm Phuket’s first case of local transmission in months

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Phuket officials have confirmed a case of Covid-19 in the province and given a timeline of the new infection. The patient is a 40 year old Thai man from the Kathu district, who recently returned from a “big bike” event on Koh Lanta, in Krabi province.

The man belongs to a “big bike” afficionados’ group and travelled to an event on Koh Lanta on December 10. The name of the group has not been confirmed. On December 11, it’s understood he attended a party held by the group, which was also attended by a man from the central province of Samut Sakhon, currently in the grip of a significant Covid-19 outbreak.

On December 13, the Phuket man said goodbye to his friend from Samut Sakhon, with neither man wearing a face mask. It’s understood there were around 40 people present at this event. The Samut Sakhon man was not showing any signs of infection and had not been tested.

The Phuket man developed virus symptoms on December 17 and on December 20, was informed his friend from Samut Sakhon had tested positive for Covid-19. At this point, he too went for a test, which also came back positive. The man’s symptoms are understood to be mild. There are 28 contacts considered high-risk.

Following confirmation of the man’s diagnosis, many schools in Phuket have decided to close early for the holidays. It’s understood the man has 2 children in school on the island. This is the list of schools that have confirmed closures so far, according to an online teachers’ forum:

1. Kajonkiet
2. Lady Phuket
3. Phuket College
4. Kathu Wittaya
5. Phuket Techno
6. Kanokkwan Kindergarten
7. Phuket Vocational Education
8. Satit Witthaya Rajabhat
9. Chalerm Phrakiat School
10. Thep Amnuai School
11. Kindergarten School of Phuket Municipality
12. Muslim Wittaya Phuket School
13.Phuket Technical College
14. Polytechnic College
15.Thalang Technical College

Meanwhile, local authorities say the situation is under control and that, at this stage, there is no need to lock down the province or close businesses.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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    David Beckman

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 10:55 am

    How many times are we going to read officials saying the situation is under control? Covid can’t be controlled all’s you can do is put in place preventative measures to try and stop the spread which is obviously not being done in Thailand and this is why it is spreading rapidly ,lockdown is the only solution with these numbers growing so fast.

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      preesy chepuce

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 3:33 pm

      It seems increasingly likely that everywhere around the world people will realise that lockdowns can’t work, and the virus is mutating in ways that are actually good – more contagious means less fatal, and the statistics bear that out… deaths from COVID have been declining relative to infections. The real casualties now are economic, and the media frenzy and omission of comparisons with other illness impacts seems irresponsible and unjustifiable.

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        pascal

        Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 6:58 pm

        an other preacher for the general immunity, without thinking of those who will die from the virus. geeeezzzzz such reaction is selfish as hell. the only behaviour which really works is hygiene and distance, quarantine and lock down.few European country did try this crap.I am Australian, border were close right away, lockdown did follow, it does work and work very well if peoples are disciplined and respect what has been asked.

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        pascal

        Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm

        irresponsable way to think.

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 11:44 pm

        On the contrary, preecy, I’d suggest that “it seems increasingly likely that everywhere around the world people will realise that lockdowns DO work” and are the only solution until vaccines are readily and widely available.

        The only reason lockdowns haven’t worked is that some people think their above the rules – I don’t think there’s any need to spell out the obvious.

        As for “deaths from COVID have been declining relative to infections” – where?

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 11:49 pm

        … and how many “comparisons with other illness impacts” do you need?

        There have been countless comparisons, for example with flu in the US (ten times as many deaths despite all the precautions against Covid, so God knows how many it would have been without them), but people are still coming up with this garbage.

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    MJ

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    I do not understand. All people who reply on different forum on this site is always very NEGATIVE
    Compare to Europe /USA Thailand and the rest of ASIA have made a fantastic Job related to Covid 19.
    I am very Happy to be here during this difficult situation in the world

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      David Beckman

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 1:49 pm

      When the cases reach 20k and still no lockdown let’s see how happy you will be then, only people who don’t want lockdown are them that don’t care about lives just care about$$$$

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        preesy chepuce

        Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 3:39 pm

        You can’t save lives without $$$$ David… you can’t drive economies into eternal debt, millions into bankruptcy, destroy childrens’ education, and deprive people suffering other medical conditions access to medical care, pay for vaccine development, manufacture, and logistics, it doesn’t work… healthcare is not free, and doctors routinely have to make tough decisions that are a trade-off between medical viablity and medical economics. The number of actual deaths from COVID is miniscule, much less than 1% of typical national populations, and more to the point, lockdowns probably don’t work.
        Destroying the world economy, and letting the CCP sweep in, just to save a few people who are not in good shape anyway, is not justifiable. There are more lives at stake than the tiny minority of COVID casualties.

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm

          and how many “actual deaths” would there have been if nobody had done anything, as you seem to be suggesting?

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        MJ

        Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 5:41 pm

        David Beckham,
        Do you really lives here in Thailand ? You do not seems to know much so probably your comments is from overseas.
        So far we have only had around 3200 Local Infected People + 1000+ imported that they found out during quarantine. Only 60 death. Just until recently we did not had any case for many month. Not any single country in Europe or USA can show this kind of figure.
        We have already have had one Lockdown for a few weeks.
        Do not send a comment when you do not know anything

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          Kim

          Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 7:01 pm

          @MJ: Do you honestly believe there are no more infected individuals than this in Thailand? While I agree that Thailand has most probably handled this crisis better than the US and most European countries then it’s interesting that Thailand has faced a new strain of respiratory disease which is very similar to the China virus however officially described as asymptomatic Respiratory disease.

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            MJ

            Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 7:14 pm

            Kim, I can not see any reason why the Government should avoid telling the truth. Thailand is basically nearly closed anyway.

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            Issan John

            Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 12:10 am

            “… Thailand has faced a new strain of respiratory disease which is very similar to the China virus however officially described as asymptomatic Respiratory disease”

            Really?

            It has?

            Kim, where have you dreamt this rubbish up from?

            The only reports suggesting this were 9 months or so ago – it’s pure fantasy.

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          David Beckman

          Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 7:52 pm

          MJ you can’t say ohh before we had months no covid in Thailand ,that’s past tense my friend and focus is on present,it’s also a ridiculous comment considering Thailand has done minimal testing ,go to a issan hospital and ask for a covid test they will look at you with a blank look because most have never seen one. Yes economy’s struggle in these times but what’s the alternative? Let people die? Will your narrow minded opinion still be the same if you lost a loved one? All’s I see from your comments are how much money will I lose, not a bit of compassion for the lives that we will lose.

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            Issan John

            Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 12:16 am

            David B, I don’t disagree with some of what you say, but what basis do you have for saying “go to a issan hospital and ask for a covid test they will look at you with a blank look because most have never seen one” ?

            Just asking …

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          Kim

          Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 12:09 am

          @MJ: it’s all about critical and logical perception. Thailand has hardly done any testing and as such they have logically only detected the number which they alleged are infected. Do you also believe the government when they tell you there is hardly any corruption in Thailand?

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            Issan John

            Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 12:46 am

            Kim, unfortunately your “critical and logical perception” is flawed.

            Well, non-existent.

            While you obviously can’t have more testing positive / positive cases than you test, testing is far from the only indicator of how widespread the virus is, which is what’s wanted.

            It’s impossible to make a comparison based on tests alone as few countries have done more than scrape the surface, so using your “critical and logical perception” why don’t you look at what you CAN compare:

            How many have died from Covid?

            How many have tested positive for Covid when admitted to hospital for other issues?

            How many admitted to hospital with Covid were symptomatic?

            How many of those admitted to hospital with Covid have needed treatment in an ICU?

            How many have wanted hospital treatment for Covid where it’s free, and tried to get it?

            There are plenty of options other than testing for those who want to use their “critical and logical perception”, but somehow they seldom suit those who’ve already made their mind up anyway.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 11:52 pm

      Far from “all”.

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      Passer-by

      Friday, December 25, 2020 at 10:27 pm

      MJ – you are not alone. I also wonder about all those negative commentators on this site. My opinion is that most people that comment here are just stupid. For this reason I don’t read comments on this site. Just decided to open comments on this one article and saw your reply. Don’t worry about these stupid commentators and don’t read comments as I do 🙂

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