Most new infections in entertainment venues: Phuket health official


PHUKET: Most of the new infections in Phuket in recent days have come from proactive testing of people, including staff, in places of entertainment, a senior Phuket health official confirmed.

Dr Witita Jang-iam, deputy director of Vachira Phuket hospital, the main government hospital on the island, confirmed the news yesterday (November 24) via a live radio show broadcast by Radio thailand Phuket.

Dr Witita pointed out that at the start of the program, Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew confirmed that the number of new cases has started to rise steadily.

After a week of new COVID cases reported daily ranging from mid-50s to 60s, over the past two days the number has risen to over 100, according to daily reports from the Phuket Provincial Health Unit (PPHO ).

However, Dr Witita stressed that the new confirmed cases were proactive screening measures.

“The total number of people [reported as] infected on November 23 was 105, this is proactive testing in places where people are at risk of infection.

“On November 22, 391 cases of ATK were tested, and 24 were positive, or about 6.1% [testing positive]. High-risk groups have already been taken into custody, most of whom are green patients who have only mild symptoms or have no symptoms, ”she said.

“For the areas where the infections have been found, most of them are places of entertainment, for socializing, drinking and eating,” said Dr Witita.

Dr Witita reiterated the government’s mantra that all of these sites must “focus on COVID free release measures.”

“Because entertainment venues have restrictions on the spacing between tables, the air must be ventilated and employees must be 100% vaccinated with random ATK checks every seven days,” she said. .

“Both providers and recipients of services must strictly comply with individual measures. is to wear masks, maintain social distancing and wash your hands, ”she added.

“And if it turns out that two or more people give positive test results at an entertainment venue, the place will be closed for three days to clean up the area.” she said.

Dr Witita made no specific mention of where the infections were found, although Patong Mayor Chalermsak Maneesri met with health officials and operators of Patong entertainment venues late on the 23rd. November, just one day after mass tests on Patong’s nightlife staff were carried out on November 22.

Mass testing of Patong nightlife staff has been confirmed by independent online posts showing photos of the ongoing tests. Health authorities in Patong Municipality and Phuket never reported the ongoing mass tests.

Patong Municipality and local health authorities also failed to report a site closure in Patong for three days, despite conditions explained by Dr Witita yesterday.

Phuket news was informed that up to 10 sites on Bangla Rd were closed for three days after the completion of the mass tests.

The closures came on the night of November 23, immediately after Patong Mayor Chalermsak met with health officials and nightlife venue operators.

Phuket health officials have yet to recognize a specific increase in infections in schools this week, despite Phuket news confirming that two classes at a well-known school and at least one affected class at another well-known school are moving to online learning due to concerns about COVID infections.

Dr Witita assured that public health measures were underway “in addition to proactive screening and vaccination among people entering the workforce, whether foreign workers or Thai workers”.

“Currently, Phuket has opened a vaccination center in various hospitals. People who have not been vaccinated can be vaccinated without an appointment, but most importantly, everyone should wear a mask as usual. Never relax personal measures. As for areas of high risk to public health, they will be continuously examined. to monitor the epidemic in the region. We think the situation will continue to deteriorate, ”she said.


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