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Phuket Covid-19 infections break 100 for the second time


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The Phuket Sandbox originally planned to suspend or revise the programme if ever Covid-19 infections reached over 90 in a week, but that ideal has been abandoned as daily infections hit triple digits for the second time in a week. Local infections hit a new record today of 109, topping the August 11 record of 104 by 5 people as the total number of cases in Covid-19’s third wave edges towards 2,000 in Phuket, with 1,940 as of now. The daily total did not include 70 possible cases that tested positive using antigen test kits but need to be verified. […]

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I wish The Thaiger would consider how their presentation of news promotes fear mongering.  Two simple examples are found in this story.

First, the story leads with an ominous graphic. “200” with the 2 crossed out and replaced by a 5.  Without any other accompanying information, someone might mistakenly think that Phuket has jumped from 200 cases per day to 500 cases per day. If you’re going to lead with a graphic like that, maybe provide a bit more context.

Second, arguably the most important fact related to this story is the last sentence of the article: “…and no new deaths were reported yesterday”.  That information should have been in the first paragraph.  In fact, you should expand on that information so that it is comparable to the 500 “rolling weekly total” of infections.  What is the “rolling weekly total” of deaths? 0? 1? 5?  And of those deaths, how many were “Covid deaths” as opposed to “Covid related deaths”?  If someone has COVID when they die of a heart attack, that is very different than an otherwise healthy individual who succumbs to Covid.  And people should know these numbers so that they can judge the risks for themselves.

If you’re telling a story, please try to tell the whole story.  Sensationalism sells. We all understand that. But factual and complete reporting of the news will strengthen your brand by creating loyal readers who habitually return to your site for news they can depend on.

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54 minutes ago, Thaiger said:

The Phuket Sandbox originally planned to suspend or revise the programme if ever Covid-19 infections reached over 90 in a week,

And …. Hospitals have 846 remaining available beds with 323 green patients, 235 yellow patients and 31 severe red patients, and no new deaths were reported yesterday.

‘But please Thaiger, please get your figures correct when copying from the Government site.

‘Yesterday, 846 was the Total beds available, and of those 323+235+31 equaled the current total in hospital beds of 589. That gave a percentage of 69.62%. There are 257 beds remaining. They are only nearly 11 percent left before making the sandboxes next limit of 80% of hospital beds.

Todays total has risen to 620 or 71.18%.

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3 hours ago, Mike said:

I wish The Thaiger would consider how their presentation of news promotes fear mongering.  Two simple examples are found in this story.

First, the story leads with an ominous graphic. “200” with the 2 crossed out and replaced by a 5.  Without any other accompanying information, someone might mistakenly think that Phuket has jumped from 200 cases per day to 500 cases per day. If you’re going to lead with a graphic like that, maybe provide a bit more context.

Second, arguably the most important fact related to this story is the last sentence of the article: “…and no new deaths were reported yesterday”.  That information should have been in the first paragraph.  In fact, you should expand on that information so that it is comparable to the 500 “rolling weekly total” of infections.  What is the “rolling weekly total” of deaths? 0? 1? 5?  And of those deaths, how many were “Covid deaths” as opposed to “Covid related deaths”?  If someone has COVID when they die of a heart attack, that is very different than an otherwise healthy individual who succumbs to Covid.  And people should know these numbers so that they can judge the risks for themselves.

If you’re telling a story, please try to tell the whole story.  Sensationalism sells. We all understand that. But factual and complete reporting of the news will strengthen your brand by creating loyal readers who habitually return to your site for news they can depend on.

not sure if they just added but it says covid cases went up from 200 to 500 per week in phuket, under the picture

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5 minutes ago, JamesE said:

They didn't. It was a scrape off of the Phuket News website. https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-marks-109-new-local-infections-81056.php

From the Phuket news
The PPHO daily COVID situation report posted last night also reported that Phuket currently has in total 846 beds available for COVID patients (+30 from Friday), with 589 of the beds occupied (+12), and 257 beds still available.

The Thaiger added the word remaining which changed the numerical context of their article. The Phuket news was correct. The above article though gives pause, with are those beds available (846) the 80% of the larger number, or is 846 the total available hospital beds on Phuket?

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7 hours ago, Mike said:

I wish The Thaiger would consider how their presentation of news promotes fear mongering.  Two simple examples are found in this story.

First, the story leads with an ominous graphic. “200” with the 2 crossed out and replaced by a 5.  Without any other accompanying information, someone might mistakenly think that Phuket has jumped from 200 cases per day to 500 cases per day. If you’re going to lead with a graphic like that, maybe provide a bit more context.

Second, arguably the most important fact related to this story is the last sentence of the article: “…and no new deaths were reported yesterday”.  That information should have been in the first paragraph.  In fact, you should expand on that information so that it is comparable to the 500 “rolling weekly total” of infections.  What is the “rolling weekly total” of deaths? 0? 1? 5?  And of those deaths, how many were “Covid deaths” as opposed to “Covid related deaths”?  If someone has COVID when they die of a heart attack, that is very different than an otherwise healthy individual who succumbs to Covid.  And people should know these numbers so that they can judge the risks for themselves.

If you’re telling a story, please try to tell the whole story.  Sensationalism sells. We all understand that. But factual and complete reporting of the news will strengthen your brand by creating loyal readers who habitually return to your site for news they can depend on.

I agree totally. Case numbers are meaningless. They vary depending on how many people are tested. Ultimately, it’s of little interest to anyone other than medics and epidemiologist what the case numbers are. They key numbers are hospitalisations and deaths.

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The more people you give vaccines to, the higher the number of cases you are going to get. It’s the vaccines that cause the rises

 

Just check out the top 15 vaccinated countries and you will find that their number of cases rose with the vaccine rollout. 
 

You need to look no further than Israel.

 

you need to look no further than Israel.

 

Double vaccinated a large proportion of the population and after a brief respite the hospitals are close now to being overrun. Don’t worry though, Pfizer have prepared for 130 thousand booster shots to the lucky over 50s. Obviously their motto is, if at first you don’t succeed try try again!

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So that vaccine push was a failure? Not surprised. Now that the island is back on possible lockdowns and vaccines wasted, clusters are now being reported in factories. 
 

A manufacturing factory with 4000 employees closed down due to 300 infections being reported there alone.

 

Fortunately we’re still running with 30% of our workforce vaccinated. 25% were given Sinovac gifted by the government. No word when we’ll receive the AZ shot for all of our employees…

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