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100+ test negative after Koh Samui Covid-19 case of the Thai/French woman

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So far, more than 100 people have tested negative for Covid-19 after a 57 year old French/Thai woman tested positive for the virus in Koh Samui. Her case is the first on the island in 7 months and health officials are investigating to determine if she came in contact with the virus on the island, when travelling from France or possibly while in quarantine at an ASQ hotel in Samut Prakan, just southeast of Bangkok.

The woman, born in Thailand, was repatriating back to Thailand with her family. She has dual citizenship.

Meanwhile, 30 people are considered to be at “high risk” of contracting the virus. The Koh Samui Hospital director Veerasak Lorthongkum says those people, including her husband and son, as well as people seated close to her onboard a flight, show no signs of infection.

Traces of the virus were found on gym equipment at the ASQ hotel in Samut Prakan where the woman stayed when she arrived back in Thailand. She spent the mandatory 2 weeks in isolation upon entering Thailand and tested negative for Covid-19 twice during her stay. A few days after she was released, she complained of a fever. A few days later, she checked in to hospital in Koh Samui where she tested positive for Covid-19.

SOURCE: Coconuts Bangkok

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    Bill Hedger

    October 26, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Such a deadly virus that you need to get tested to see if you have it..?!?!

    What a joke and too bad there are so many people living in fear now over just another flu bug.

    Mankind has never been able to solve the common cold. So what happens people if there is never a cure or vaccine for this coronavirus nonsense?

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    Glenn

    October 26, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    OMG 100 test negative! they didn’t die. amazing thing this deadly killer virus. wow. and her husband and son are alive and well and uninfected. truly amazing.
    hey a brainspark! maybe this killer virus is a fraud….

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    Pierre

    October 26, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    This blueyed, blond lady is 100% French born in France, she’s not partly Thai. Your sources are wrong.
    She has seen so many people while infected. So many people have been near that gym gear in this hotel. Nobody is – and this is fortunate – positive. Even her husband and son are negative. This virus is not very contagious.

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    murika

    October 26, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    very clever to test everybody while the incubation period didn’t finished, it’s just PR like everything else this government do…

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    EdwardV

    October 26, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    So they have clearly tested all that worked at the hotel, nothing. They have tested all the other people in quarantine at the time, nothing. So either she became infected least 16-17 days earlier, and passed four tests. Something like what is claimed with the football playing in Buriram. A possibility so low as to be absurd to even consider. Or she caught it after being released? Which of those is more likely?

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    Teddy

    October 26, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Can we have some information about who pay for these test ?

    I mean if someone cross my way and is recognized as covid-19 positive. You find me as identified person who got in “close contact”, force me to do this test, who pay?

    Because that’s a very good business and nothing more. Force people to test and then force them to pay whatever the price you decide…

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    Peter

    October 26, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    The Thaiger really needs to get its reporting straight if you are going to continue to report on “Covid cases”. Up until this year a “case” in medical terms referred to someone who actually had symptoms and was ill. Since the advent of “Covid-19” cases are now being reported as people who simply test positive. Please stop reporting positive test results as “cases” as this is very misleading, especially since the RT-PCR test that is being used to test for “Covid-19” is well known to be very unreliable with a false positive rate of up to 90% according to the New York Times, among other sources. Why do the Thaiger writers never question the tests? I think it is negligent to print so many stories of positive tests without ever informing readers of the of the large percentage of false positive results. Not to mention the fact that the inventor of the RT-PCR test is on video stating that the RT-PCR test cannot be used to diagnose a virus!!

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    Al

    October 26, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    I think there is a 99.998% of getting it and a survival rate!

    And yet, a couple of people (I suppose who are otherwise good folks, but easily mislead) have been fear mongering here galore.
    All it takes is a little homework to find the facts……

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    Lee

    October 26, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Forgot to mention the airport a place to pick it up, i daw no one change gloves for 300 plus passangers paperwork and passport

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    Issan John

    October 27, 2020 at 4:04 am

    It’s got beyond pointless repeating easily verifiable facts – even I can’t be bothered any more.

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      Toby Andrews

      October 27, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      Yes you are better off not bothering John.
      The way you rant and rave I think you are in danger of having a heart attack.

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    Paul

    October 27, 2020 at 8:39 am

    What a joke. How will Thailand ever open to tourists acting like this. Millions out of work. Open up and move on. Stop this covid day in and day out mass panic

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    Maag

    October 27, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Send her back to France , no need to contaninate the whole country .
    Thailand is 100% covid free , and to stay .
    Thank you PM Prayuth for keeping us safe !

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      Jilted John

      October 27, 2020 at 12:07 pm

      I think you’ll find that the woman in question here is actually a Thai National married to a French man returning on a re patriot flight.

      Sorry about that…

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    Rajkumar

    October 27, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Why Tanzania president banned mask and said fake pandamic n they don’t believe this sar virus exit.

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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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16 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine

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16 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The total number of confirmed cases in Thailand is raised to 3,942 with 3,788 recoveries and 60 deaths. 94 people are currently receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus.

  • 9 Thai nationals travelling from Turkey tested positive for Covid-19. They arrived to Thailand on November 20 and tested positive a few days later. 3 of them reported symptoms including a runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever and fatigue.
  • An 11 year old Thai student travelling from the United States with a layover in Hong Kong tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived to Thailand on November 12 and tested positive 12 days later while at a Chon Buri state quarantine facility.
  • A 43 year old Thai man travelling from the United Arab Emirates tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived to Thailand on November 13 and tested positive 11 days later while at a Chon Buri state quarantine facility.
  • A 44 year old Thai man travelling from Kuwait with a layover in Qatar tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on November 17 and tested positive 3 days later at a Chon Buri state quarantine facility.
  • A 48 year old Thai man travelling from Qatar tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived to Thailand on November 17 and tested positive 3 days later while at at Chon Buri state quarantine facility.
  • A 31 year old Thai woman travelling from Sweden with a layover in Germany tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on November 19 and tested positive 4 days later while at a Bangkok quarantine hotel.
  • A 62 year old Thai woman travelling from Switzerland tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival at a screening point at the Suvarnabhumi Airport on November 25. She reported symptoms of a headache and phlegm.
  • A 23 year old Kuwaiti woman travelling from Kuwait with a layover in the United Arab Emirates tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on November 16 and tested positive a week later while in quarantine at a hospital Bangkok for medical treatment unrelated to the coronavirus. Her health records show that she was previously infected with Covid-19 on September 21.

16 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Coming back to Thailand? Here are some of the steps you need to know about.

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Want to come back to Thailand? Whilst the borders are still closed to simple visa-on-arrival and general tourism, you CAN get back to the country at this time if you have the resources, patience and need to get the requisite paperwork together. There will be red tape, stumbles and conflicting information. But be persistent and you’ll be able to travel to Thailand at this time.

The country is open, the beaches are pristine and mostly empty, and the shops are open in many locations, especially around Bangkok. Sure, many parts of the more touristy locations are still largely closed but there are plenty of Thai experiences still awaiting you as the country slowly re-opens for tourism. There’s also plenty of bars and nightlife re-opened and happy to welcome you back.

Please, before you do anything else, check with your country’s Thai Embassy to confirm the current situation for re-entry to Thailand for citizens of your country. In many cases the 500,000 Thai baht minimum bank balance requirement has now been dropped. Financial requirements are now, routinely, US$700 for a single traveller or US$1,500 for a family.

The situation is also continuously evolving. The Thaiger routinely publishes all changes and modifications to the visa and quarantine requirements at this time.

Quarantine

There is still a mandatory requirement for 14 days quarantine at an ASQ, Alternative State Quarantine, a registered hotel that has paid up with a local hospital. HERE‘s a list of registered ASQ hotels. Prices for your quarantine stay range from 23,000 – over 100,000 depending on the quality and space you desire. One of the main differences will be the quality of the food, so ask about the menus available – you’ll be stuck with little choice for your 14 day stay! In most cases you’ll be required to pay upfront and provide proof of payment as part of your visa applications. Some hotels allow a deposit and balance on arrival.

A few people have catalogued their journey through quarantine and the paperwork. Read HERE, and HERE and HERE and HERE. And watch Nick Davies interview with The Thaiger.

Flights

You’ll also need to present proof of your airline ticket to Thailand. New flights are being added all the time back into Thailand as previously grounded airlines are slowly dusting off their aircraft and adding new flights as demand increases. We would recommend searching for flights through an aggregator like skyscanner.com but, when you find a flight at the right time and price, book directly through the airline as it’s easier to deal directly through the airline at this time if things change (and they do, especially at this time).

Testing

You will need to provide proof of a negative PCR Covid test within 72 hours of your departure date. The test and results should take less than 24 hours. You should contact your local health providers or insurers ahead of time so that you will be able to schedule this to fit in with your plans.

Fit-to-fly certificate

Depending on your country, you will be able to get this from a local health practitioner or GP, and even online in some cases. but You’ll need to forward your negative Covid-19 test as evidence for the “fit-to-fly” certificate to be issued.

Insurance

You will need specific medical insurance covering US$100,000, including cover for Covid-19. The TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) has published its preferred list of Thai insurers HERE, but there are plenty of others. Safety Wing also has coverage HERE. And AXA has bespoke policies for medical insurance at this time HERE. This insurance is not overly expensive.

Certificate of Entry

A certificate of entry is required for every person entering Thailand. Go to this website HERE and follow the links.

VISA

Apart from all the other paperwork, created by Thailand’s desire to control potential threats from new Covid cases entering Thailand, you’ll also need a visa. There are a few options at the moment including the STV, Special Tourist Visa, the updated 60 day tourist visa and Elite Visas through the Thailand Elite Visa program. You should discuss your options at your local Thai embassy.

Do your homework before you undertake this venture as your timing of the various elements will be critical to a smooth flow of the red tape required. Also do a complete budget of the elements required to get back to Thailand.

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Thai virologist says vaccinating 40 million Thais next year will be a challenge

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A prominent Thai virologist has admitted that vaccinating 60% of the population against Covid-19 next year will not be easy. Dr Yong Pooworavan says this is because 40 million people receiving 2 doses each means the country needs access to 80 million doses. Yesterday, it was confirmed that Thailand hopes to begin production and administration of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine in the first half of 2021.

However, Yong remains hopeful that the Covid-19 situation will improve in 2021 but adds that the virus will linger in the Kingdom for up to 2 years, before becoming more like a seasonal flu. His advice for people in Thailand is to continue with preventative measures such as mask-wearing, hand-washing, and social distancing, for at least another year.

Yong has also announced that doctors used plasma from a recovered Covid-19 patient to treat a Swiss national who was seriously ill with the virus while in state quarantine. It’s understood the man had developed pneumonia and was on a respirator, but following 10 days of the plasma treatment, his condition has improved.

Yong says the Thai Red Cross has around 600 bottles of plasma serum, which was donated by recovered patients and can be used to treat those who become seriously ill with the Covid-19 virus.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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