PHUKET’S Public Health Office revealed today (Dec. 19) that five people arriving from abroad have tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus and all have been admitted to hospital for treatment, Siam Rath said.
The five Omicron cases that emerged on the island are an American man, 31, a Swedish man, 36, a Thai man who came from Saudi Arabia, 36, a Tunisian man, 32, and a German woman, 24.
Phuket has been carrying out separate tests for Covid strains. When a tourist tests positive on the RT-PCR test at its science centre the samples are sent for confirmation to the Medical Sciences Department in Bangkok. It takes approximately seven days to determine the variant.
Details of the five Omicron patients are as follows:
1) American man, 31, flew from UK to Phuket, arrived on 13.12.2021, came in via Test & Go procedure, has received two Pfizer jabs, hospitalised;
2) Swedish man, 36, flew from Sweden to Phuket, arrived on 13.12.2021, came in via Test & Go procedure, has received two Pfizer jabs, hospitalised;
3) Thai man, 36, flew from Saudi Arabia to Qatar then Phuket, arrived on 13.12.2021, came in via Test & Go procedure, received a Sinovac and a Pfizer jab, transferred to Pattani;
4) Tunesian man, 32, flew from France to Phuket, arrived on 13.12.2021, came in via Test & Go procedure, has received two Pfizer jabs, hospitalised;
5) German woman, 24, flew from UK to Phuket, arrived on 14.12.2021, came in via Test & Go procedure, has received two Moderna jabs, hospitalised.
Meanwhile the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said this morning that there were 2,899 coronavirus cases and 22 deaths over the past 24 hours with this raising the cumulative confirmed total since April 1 to 2,162,665, Amarin TV said.
Of the new batch of cases 2,802 emerged in the surveillance and healthcare systems, 22 were found through proactive search in communities, 21 fell sick in prisons and detention centres while 54 foreign arrivals tested positive.
Another 4,389 patients were cured taking total recoveries since April 1 to 2,100,932 while 41,793 are still undergoing treatment.
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