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Health officials say Phuket Covid infections remain stable

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Phuket’s provincial health chief says Covid-19 cases on the island remain steady, averaging between 20 to 25 detected through PCR testing and 200 – 250 from antigen tests each day. According to a Bangkok Post report, Dr Kusak Kukiatikul says the new infections are primarily the result of Covid restrictions being eased.

“Average daily infections are 20 – 25 from PCR tests and 200 – 250 from antigen tests, and the number of patients with lung inflammation has dropped.”

A report on Sunday showed 20 new cases from PCR testing, while 64 patients remain in treatment and 2 have died. A further 187 infections in the main city district were detected through antigen tests, along with 1 in Kathu. The daily Covid fatality rate has declined to between 1 and 2, with most deaths occurring in high-risk groups.

Between July 11 and July 17, there have been 7 Covid-related fatalities, most of whom were over the age of 70 and suffering from chronic illness. Kusak says people over the age of 60 should ensure they’ve had at least 3 vaccine doses, in order to safeguard against severe illness if infected. It’s understood that 98% of the island’s residents have received their first vaccine dose, 90% have had a second dose, and 68% a third.

According to Kusak, mask-wearing is still important. He says that people should be particularly attentive when in close contact with high-risk groups and, in addition to wearing a mask, should ensure they’ve had 2 doses of a Covid vaccine and at least 1 booster dose.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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