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10 new Covid-19 cases in quarantine, all asymptomatic

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10 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. All the cases were asymptomatic. The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is raised to 3,797 with 3,605 recoveries and 59 deaths. 133 people are currently receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus.

  • A 27 year old Thai woman travelling from Bahrain tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on October 18 and tested positive 12 days later while at a Chon Buri state quarantine facility.
  • A Thai couple travelling from Germany tested positive for Covid-19. The 38 year old man and 49 year old woman arrived on October 21 and tested positive 12 days later while at a Chon Buri state quarantine facility.
  • A 20 year old Thai woman travelling from Saudi Arabia tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on October 24 and tested positive 5 days later while at a state quarantine facility in Bangkok.
  • A 46 year old woman travelling from the Czech Republic tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on October 27 and tested positive 4 days later while at a Chon Buri state quarantine facility.
  • A 12 year old Azberbaijani boy tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived to Thailand on October 24 and tested positive 5 days later while at a Bangkok alternative state quarantine hotel.
  • A 34 year old Russian woman tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived to Thailand on October 26 and tested positive 5 days later while at a Samut Prakan alternative state quarantine hotel.
  • A 36 year old Bangladeshi man tested positive for Covid-19 while at a Samut Prakan alternative state quarantine hotel.
  • A 33 year old French man tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived to Thailand on Sunday and tested positive the same day while at a Bangkok alternative state quarantine hotel.
  • A 61 year old Isareli tested positive for Covid-19 while at a Bangkok alternative state quarantine facility.
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Daily new Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of November 2, according to Worldometers.

10 new Covid-19 cases in quarantine, all asymptomatic | News by The Thaiger
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    Mark

    November 3, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Of course Thailand have Covid-19. Just nobody is being tested except travellers. Expats who had to go home after the visa amnesty finished have been detected by testing on arrival in their home countries, and they didn’t know they had it.

    Most cases asymptomatic, the rest will feel rough for a couple of days as per influenza, and convince themselves that is what it is – nobody wants to go for a test in case it is positive and then you will get yourself locked up.

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    Issan John

    November 4, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Why is a “12 year old Aserbaijani boy” being allowed in?

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    Issan John

    November 4, 2020 at 11:59 am

    What unbelievable ignorance and sheer stupidity. Have you ever actually been to Thailand?

    People ARE being tested wherever and whenever cases are identified, where the testing can be targeted. FACT.

    The “visa amnesty” has NOT “finished” so NOBODY “had to go home”. This is rubbish. FACT.

    While 80%, possibly more, are asymptomatic that leaves 20% who ARE symptomatic, whose symptoms will generally be considerably more than “feeling rough for a couple of days as per influenza”. The symptoms, if symptomatic, aren’t the same. FACT.

    The hospitals here have all prepared for an outbreak, making arrangements for clear quarantine areas in case they’re needed, briefing staff, patients and local schools so that they’re all aware of the dangers of Covid, the symptoms, and the precautions to be taken. FACT.

    As Thais are as frightened of Covid-19 as anyone else and have taken it seriously from the start, particularly in multi-generational households and communities, and with the extent of temperature testing as a very basic check, any that “felt rough” wouldn’t hesitate to go for a test at their local hospital and to be admitted if necessary.

    Things have changed here since the days when hospitals charged and were only for the few; now they’re part of the system for everyone, like schools.

    After all, it’s free, those employed and salaried who are ill get sick pay, and for those in the sticks it’s “low season” with few tourists, there’s no work in the fields at the moment (but there will be soon), little construction work, and people are used to the system of hospitals and quarantine with dengue fever outbreaks.

    Mark, your view that “of course Thailand have Covid-19” but “nobody wants to go for a test” is, quite simply, absurd.

    Yes, of course Thailand has Covid-19, that’s inevitable, but it’s in very minimal numbers. All you need to do to see that is to look around you if you’re here, or to look on Thai social media if you’re not.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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“Vaccines will be no magic bullet for the coronavirus crisis as nations gear up for a massive rollout to tackle surging infections.”

The warning of caution comes from the World Health Organisation on the day the US United States recorded a record number of Covid-19 cases for a second day in a row. President-elect Joe Biden is already describing the time ahead as a “dark winter”. The US recorded 235,272 new infections on Friday, the second daily record in a row for the world’s worst-hit nation.

Large-scale public vaccinations are expected to roll out within weeks. But the WHO is warning against ‘vaccine complacency’ saying that exists an erroneous belief that the Covid-19 crisis will be over after people are vaccinated.

WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan, says that not everyone will be able to receive the medicine early next year.

“Vaccination will add a major, powerful tool to the tool kit that we have. But by themselves, they will not do the job. Vaccines do not equal zero Covid.”

The WHO also announced yesterday that 51 candidate vaccines are currently being tested on humans… 13 have reached Phase 3 mass testing and headed towards approval.

Meanwhile in the US, the Centres for Disease Control is now recommending “universal face mask use” indoors for the first time and President-elect says he will “ask all Americans to wear a mask for 100 days”.

Britain became the first Western country to approve a vaccine from the Pfizer/BioNTech candidate, for general use, adding additional pressure for other countries and pharmaceutical giants to swiftly follow suit. Businesses and logistics companies specialising in cold storage and insulating containers are preparing for the Pfizer and BioNTech injection as their vaccine needs to be stored and transported at -70 degrees Celsius.

In the US, Belgium, France and Spain inoculations will begin later this month and January for the most vulnerable, then broader community groups.

In south east Asia, Singapore Airlines will prioritise freight capacity to ship the new vaccines and will conduct test flights soon to trial the transport into south east Asian hubs. The airline says that Boeing 747-400 freighters, and some specially-purposed passenger aircraft, will be ready to boost capacity where needed.

The logistics of a successful vaccine rollout are challenging enough, but the vocal rump of vaccine sceptics, aka. anti-vaxxers, peddling misinformation and mistrust, continue to colour public discourse on the topic. Social media platforms have recently been active in removing much of this misinformation but admit that they will never be able to intervene with all comments.

To counter this President-elect Joe Biden, WHO director-general Tedros and former US presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton, have all said they will be inoculated publicly to help build confidence. Other world leaders are throwing their support behind positive promotions of the new vaccines offering their arms for the first jabs in their countries.

SOURCES: AP | Reuters | WHO

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Chiang Mai man tests positive for Covid-19 after illegal crossing from Myanmar

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A 32 year old Chiang Mai man who was employed at the now notorious 1G1-7 Hotel in Myanmar has tested positive for Covid-19 after sneaking across the border into Thailand. The man worked as a DJ at the hotel and entertainment complex in Tachileik until he returned to the Kingdom via an illegal crossing at the Chiang Rai border on November 30.

The Pattaya News reports that the man was experiencing symptoms that included loss of smell and a stuffy nose at the time. He checked in to a hotel in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai for one night, then stayed the next night in the Muang district of the city, before travelling to Chiang Mai by motorbike on Wednesday.

On Thursday, he visited Nakornping Hospital to report his symptoms and request a Covid-19 test. Following the positive result, he is now being treated in isolation.

Health officials say the man was alone on his journey from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai. In Chiang Mai, he visited a 7-Eleven and a nearby market to buy takeaway food, which he took back to his hotel room. It’s understood he was wearing a mask the entire time he was outside his room. Chiang Mai Public Health Chief, Chatuchai Maneerat, says only 5 people are believed to have come in contact with the man, and they are considered low-to-very-low risk, but will be tested for the virus.

Meanwhile, officials are calling on those who were at Singha Park in Chiang Rai on November 29 between 7.30pm and 11pm to come forward for testing. Passengers on Nok Air flight DD8717 from Chiang Rai to Bangkok on November 28 and Thai Lion Air flight SL533 from Chiang Rai to Bangkok on November 29 are also being asked to contact their local public health office for advice on self-isolating and to be tested for Covid-19.

Health officials say there is no need for the general public to panic, but that they should continue to follow the usual health measures of mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Covid-infected Thai returnees: Myanmar hotel in the spotlight

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With the news that at least 10 Covid-infected Thai women working in Myanmar bypassed health checks and quarantine on their return to the Kingdom, all eyes have turned to their place of work. Interest in the 1G1-7 Hotel has grown as a result of a resident in the border town of Tachileik claiming it is used as a centre for prostitution. The luxury, 100 room, 4 storey hotel is only 1.5 kilometres from the border checkpoint in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district.

The hotel is operated as a high class brothel for Burmese generals from Yangon and other high-end business men from around Myanmar.

The Bangkok Post reports that it’s been operational for 4 – 5 years and is one of the largest entertainment complexes in Tachileik. According to a local source, its clients are high-end guests, with room rates going from 1,200 baht to 10,000 baht a night. The hotel has a pub, bar, and disco on the ground floor, with over 20 VIP karaoke rooms on the second floor. The cost of hiring a karaoke room ranges from 500 to 2,000 baht an hour.

The hotel is a joint venture between Thai, Burmese, and Chinese investors. It’s understood one investor from China has the largest stake in the entertainment complex.

The venue is reported to have at least 180 Thais working there, with reports that Thai women are very popular with its clientele, who are described by the Tachileik resident as, “fat military generals from Yangon”.

However, with Covid-19 cases escalating in the town, many of the workers fled, sneaking back into Thailand at various points along the porous border, bypassing health checks and quarantine. All returnees have since tested positive for Covid-19 and are now in quarantine, while officials trace hundreds of people who came into contact with them. One of those contacts, a Chiang Rai man, apparently a DJ working in the hotel’s party areas, has also tested positive for the virus.

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