Songkhla sends medical team to help Phuket battle contagion


Songkhla governor escorted a team of 50 medics from Songkhal Nakarin Hospital, led by hospital director Dr Puttisak Puttawibul, to help treat Covid-19 patients in Phuket. These patients will be treated in a special field hospital to be set up by the Songkhla team. The team will be based in Phuket for at least two months or at least until there are no new infections.

Phuket has the second highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country, after Bangkok. As of Wednesday (April 15), three new cases emerged in the island bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases up to 191, 78 of whom have recovered, while 113 are still being treated with three in critical condition. So far there have been no virus-related deaths in Phuket.

86 Khon Kaen medics quarantined after fifth Covid case emerges

Khon Kaen’s Nam Phong Hospital has had to quarantine 86 medical personnel after a 63-year-old Covid-19 patient visited the hospital on Tuesday (April 14).

All 86 had made contact with the patient before tests revealed that she was infected and she was sent to Khon Kaen Hospital for treatment. So far, only 35 medics have been allowed to return home.

The hospital is now screening visitors before allowing them to enter the building and it has closed some portions where the Covid-19 patient had visited for sanitisation. This is the fifth Covid-19 case to emerge in the province

The authorities have also closed 10 routes to Kut Nam Sai village in Nam Phong district, where the woman came from, and left only three main roads open in order to control people’s movements and cut down on the contagion.

The woman is believed to have contracted the virus from her son, who has only just returned from a high-risk location but tested negative for the virus.