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10 new Covid-19 cases in quarantine, many on flights with other confirmed cases

Caitlin Ashworth



10 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine and many flew in on flights with previously confirmed cases, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Thailand’s total number of confirmed cases is now at 3,719 with 3,514 recoveries and 59 deaths. 146 people are currently receiving medical treatment for Covid-19.

  • 2 Thai women travelling from the Netherlands tested positive for Covid-19. A 52 year old woman arrived on October 10 and tested positive for the virus 11 days later. She was on the same flight as 5 other previously confirmed cases. A 55 year old woman returned to Thailand on October 17 and tested positive for the virus 3 days later.
  • 2 Thai men, ages 60 and 66, travelling from the United Kingdom tested positive for Covid-19. One of them reported symptoms of a cough and fever. One man arrived on October 17 and tested positive the next day and the other arrived on October 19 and tested positive for the virus 3 days later.
  • 2 Thai students, ages 24 and 27, travelling from Yemen tested positive for Covid-19. They flew in on October 9 and were on the same flight as 4 other previously confirmed coronavirus cases. The students tested positive 11 days later.
  • A 66 year old Thai man travelling from Belgium tested positive for Covid-19. He was on the same flight as 5 other previously confirmed cases and reported a fever a week after he arrived in Thailand. He flew in on October 10 and tested positive 9 days later.
  • A 45 year old Thai woman travelling from Japan tested positive for Covid-19. She was on the same flight as 2 other previously confirmed cases. She arrived on October 14 and tested positive 7 days later.
  • A 67 year old Taiwanese man travelling from Taiwan tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on October 8 and tested positive 11 days later.
  • A 60 year old Canadian engineer travelling from Turkey tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on October 16 and tested positive 3 days later.

10 new Covid-19 cases in quarantine, many on flights with other confirmed cases | News by Thaiger

10 new Covid-19 cases in quarantine, many on flights with other confirmed cases | News by Thaiger

Daily new Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of October 22, according to Worldometers.

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    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    of the 10 arrivals, 1 had a cough and fever. sounds like a case of the flu or possibly food poison as easily as it could have been CV.

    Note: these CV tests are highly suspect and often times produce false positives. the tested people are all healthy and asymptomatic until 2, 3, 7, 11 days later?! sounds like questionable data in order to support the quarantine period enforcement.

    why is there no testing of the tests?

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      Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 6:45 pm

      PCR tests rarely produce false positives unless there is contamination. Likewise, they will produce a negative result even in the case of infection until such time as the viral load has increased to a detectable level. This explains why there is a delay of multiple days until they test positive. In the initial phases of infection, viral load is too low to be detectable. After a few days, viral replication pushes the viral load up to detectable levels.

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        Friday, October 23, 2020 at 12:50 am


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        42nd Battalion

        Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:13 pm

        Rarely. Lol 55555555555555forever

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      Issan John

      Friday, October 23, 2020 at 6:03 pm

      There’s plenty of “testing of the tests”, but the problem is the false negatives far more than any false positives, as Ian explained.

      Re-testing during quarantine reduces a 3% chance of a false reading (estimates vary) by a factor of one thousand.

      Until there are better tests, unfortunately quarantine and re-tests are the only safe option.

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    Jitendra Bahubali

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    This is the biggest fraud going on in terms of Covid-19 cases in quarantine. For Thai people it is not mandatory to get a test before boarding the flight. And for all other foreigners it is mandatory to get one.

    Now the point is: Most of the people around 99.9% up who are tested before boarding in their country with an RT-PCR test are covid-free. And the one’s who are getting covid positive even after getting tested before boarding are the ones who might have caught on the flight or while mixing with thai people(who are not tested) during their trip.

    Due to this they are not opening the borders showing that people are positive in the quarantine hence there is still a risk. But the Thai people are never tested before allowing on flight hence there are going to be high numbers of positive from them.

    If you still not get it…I pity you

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      Issan John

      Friday, October 23, 2020 at 6:21 pm

      Agreed, the pre-flight testing standard should be consistent for all, but what is your claim that “around 99.9% up who are tested before boarding in their country with an RT-PCR test are covid-free” based on?

      That’s one in a thousand, while the test is inaccurate for at least 30 per thousand.

      Yours is a very valid point and it would almost certainly reduce the likelihood of those catching Covid-19 at the airport and in-flight, but unless supported your “99.9%” is just a figure plucked out of thin air.

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    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    It would appear the majority of the cases were a result of transmission during the flight. The current tests are neither accurate enough or quick enough to ensure the safety of airline passengers. Until they are, the non transmission of the virus into the destination country, cannot be guaranteed, it looks like quarantine will be with us for the foreseeable future.

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    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    So you approve posts that incorrectly cast doubts on testing methods and data, but disapprove posts that give factual replies about viral loads and how they determine whether a PCR test is positive or not? That seems highly questionable and even biased, quite frankly.

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    Pat Kelly

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Hard to believe Thailand’s Covid stats. Low levels of testing means stats cannot be accurate.

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      Issan John

      Friday, October 23, 2020 at 7:34 pm

      It “means” nothing of the sort.

      While mass, repeated testing is obviously the ideal way to ensure that stats are as accurate as they can be it’s simply impossible in the real world.

      The best the West has managed is barely 25%, with many being re-tests, and most of Europe has managed no more than 10%, once.

      In the West, mass testing is an end in itself to enable stats; in the East, it’s targeted testing to identify individuals. It serves a completely different purpose.

      In Thailand, temperatures were checked at 7-11’s, Tesco/Lotus’s, Big ‘C’s, banks, and all local markets. In the city, you could easily be tested half-a-dozen times a day. Of course that’s not as accurate as “proper” testing and it would only identify the 20% that are asymptomatic, at best, but it’s a mass, on-going indicator.

      … and numbers were minimal to virtually non-existent.

      … the genuine fear of Covid-19 meant that if there had been any symptomatic, they’d have been queueing in droves at the local hospitals – but there weren’t.

      … and that wasn’t through fear of going to the hospitals in case they’d catch Covid-19 there – unlike the West, numbers in ‘my’ local hospital have been consistent, and when I went for my quarterly check-up earlier this month the numbers were the same as always and many were confident enough not to wear masks or to social distance.

      In the West the overall numbers dying in government hospitals has gone up this year, as you’d expect. In Thailand instead it’s actually come down, by some 7% IIRC, as the numbers dying from DUI and related issues have come down as a result of the limited “lockdown” measures.

      Yes, it’s “hard to believe” but only because the West doesn’t want to believe that supposed “third world” countries like Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam have handled the Covid-19 crisis so much better, with minimal disruption and loss of life.

      Well … that’s the reality, however unpleasantly hard it is to believe and accept. The West screwed up, big-time, while Thailand and others got it right.

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        Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm

        Issan John, that’s simply not true. There is no excess mortality this year. Sources, please. Most hospitals have been half empty and staff has been sent home. What you are saying is copying the mainstream media narrative. It is not what actual doctors are saying and it is not the official death stats.

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        Noneya Bidnizz

        Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 1:16 am

        Issan John : Ai Kwai

        How much does prayut pay you to spew your lies ?

        And there ARE NO Government hospitals in the west !

        You should GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT if you want ANYONE to believe your fear-mongering and scamdemic LIES !

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          The Thaiger & The Nation

          Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 7:44 am

          Of course there are government and public hospitals in the west.

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    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 2:25 am

    Of all these gazillion “cases”, how many of them actually lost their lives?

    How many lost their lives to a host of other illnesses in a day, week or month?

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      Issan John

      Friday, October 23, 2020 at 7:38 pm

      In Thailand, very few … in the West, up to a thousand times more.

      Repeating this rather obvious fact is getting rather tedious …

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        Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:55 pm

        Issan John, you are not informed. The only reason is that Asia tests less. If they did the same testing orgy in Thailand as is currently done in the Western world, they would have the same numbers, because every death that also tests positive at some point would be a Covid death, no matter what the person died from. And with a false positive rate of 1-2% you get 10,000 – 20,000 false positives when you test a million people. In each European country, over a million people are tested every week. Do the math.
        There was a death spike in March/April, and that was it. Look at the curves, death and hospital curves have been flat since May. And even for that spike there were a lot of reasons, such as overdoses of hydroxychloroquine in the toxic range (happened in the UK, Brazil, France, Spain, Italy until the WHO withdrew the recommended dose in April), other malpractice, fake news footage etc. Other reasons are that people counted as Covid deaths actually died of something completely different and were just named “Covid death” because they tested positive at some point. There is NO excess mortality in the world this year! That fact alone sums it up. 650,000 die of the flu per year. Almost ALL people who died had serious underlying health issues already, received an overdose of hydroxychloroquine, should not have been treated with hydroxychloroquine at all because the had an enzyme defect or had very weak immune systems due to underlying diseases (the latter would have died from the flu as well). Why don’t you read studies and stop listening to the mainstream media?

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    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 4:40 am

    Dang!!! Mind as well to staycation where you are forget about traveling anywhere until the end of 2022 or beginning of 2023. This will never stop for awhile.

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    42nd Battalion

    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Dang it. How can you get your message across with jail keepers like ian and john pacing the thaiger comments metaphorical corridor. There is no point mentioning wuhan pool parties or fake stats cos these guys shoot it down with their condescending style. The so-called corona pandemic is a fraud a hoax whatever you want to call it. It is provable which is why youll NEVER see a public debate on TV. The people calling the hoax out are censored. If people demanded a televised debate or some such thing, the talking heads will pull the same condescending tone and declare that they “refuse to give a platform to dangerous ppl”. We know their game – they throw it at us constantly.

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    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Cases. Oh man. They tested positive with a test that detects a DNA fragment and has a 1-2% false positive rate, so what? Covid-19 is one of the rarest causes of death worldwide.

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    42nd Battalion

    Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Im chalkin this one up to team ‘thaiger rebellion’

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    Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 11:04 am

    No tourists from China who just landed in Thailand have got COVID-19 at all.
    Surprised somewhat!!!

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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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