Phuket expanding hotel isotation facilities as Covid cases rise

AS COVID cases rose to 149 cases yesterday (Jan. 3) the provincial authorities geared up to approve 66 hotels for isolation of those infected and ordered educational institutions to teach online during Jan. 4-14, Matichon newspaper said this morning.

At a meeting held at 6.30 p.m. yesterday and presided over by Phuket Governor Mr. Narong Vunxiu all educational institutions, both formal and informal, under the supervision of the Education Ministry, the Office of Vocational Education Commission, local government organisations, the Office of the Private Education Commission, universities and tutoring schools were ordered to suspend onsite teaching during Jan. 4-14.

Those schools reopening on Jan. 11 have to make sure all students and educational personnel get a negative ATK test result to prevent Covid spreading.

The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office revealed the following daily Covid tally as of 8 p.m. yesterday:

Previous total number of cases (from April 2021):  19,292;

New cases: 149; 

Confirmed cases: 0;

Infected foreign crew: 0;

Foreign cases: Sandbox 21, Test & Go 14;

Infected people coming from other provinces: 0;

Patients discharged from hospital: 90;

Patients sent to other provinces: 0;

Fatalities: 0.

Meanwhile the Public Health Ministry said there were 3,091 coronavirus cases and 12 deaths over the 24 hours to this morning, Amarin TV said.

This took the cumulative confirmed total since 2020 to 2,235,576.

Of the new batch of cases 2,963 emerged in the surveillance and healthcare systems, two were found through proactive search in communities, two fell sick in prisons and detention centres while 124 foreign arrivals tested positive.

Another 2,688 patients were cured taking total recoveries since 2020 to 2,180,321 with 33,505 patients still undergoing treatment.

Today’s 12 fatalities raised the death toll to 21,750.

From Feb. 28, 2021 to Jan. 3, 2022 altogether 104,524,571 doses of vaccines have been administered.


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