Coronavirus curve flattens in Phuket

Coronavirus curve flattens in Phuket

Covid-19 infections are falling in Phuket, with barely more than 100 new infections reported each day now, according to the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO).

Muanprae Boonlom, deputy chief of the PPHO, said yesterday that after reopening on July 1, the number of Covid-19 infection cases hit 200 per day at one point.

However, the tally had since stabilised, with daily Covid-19 cases steady over the month of September.

Daily cases had also started to slow down over the past week with 158 new cases having been logged by Thursday.

Dr Muanprae said the situation was improving because the province has hit its vaccination targets with locals and tourists complying with the government's disease control measures since the Sandbox began.

Dr Muanprae also provided updated information on vaccinations in the province, saying 79% of residents had received first shots, 75% their second shot, and a further 37% had received their boosters.

Meanwhile, Thailand logged 73 Covid-19 fatalities and 10,630 new cases during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry said yesterday.

There were 10,563 cases in the general population and 67 among inmates.

A total of 10,542 Covid patients were discharged from hospitals.

The number of vaccinations administered on Friday exceeded 1 million for the second time, ending the day at 1,010,072. Of them, 480,064 were first doses, 489,043 were second shots and 40,965 were boosters.

As of Friday, 59.30 million shots had been given with 48.1% of the population having had one dose, 32.8% both, and 2.3% going on to get a third receiving the second, and 1.69 million (2.3%) getting the booster shot.

The death toll now stands at 17,513 during the third wave after just 96 fatalities in the first 14 months of the pandemic.

Single-day fatalities peaked at 312 on Aug 18 while the most cases in a day was 23,418 on Aug 13.

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