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100,000 people now hospitalised in the US as daily deaths from Covid-19 surpass 3,000 on Wednesday

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The US’s single-day toll for Covid-19 deaths passed 3,000 people for the first time on Wednesday. Yesterday the US recorded its 14 millionth coronavirus case, with the local pandemic currently racing out of control. Wednesday’s death toll of 3,157 people came as hospitalisations surpassed 100,000 for the first time.

The US has recored 1 million additional cases of Covid-19 in less than one week. Many hospitals are now being forced to suspend elective surgeries and other routine operations. Many states are also setting up temporary field hospitals and stretching medical staff hours to cope with the current surge in new cases. In both the number of deaths and new Covid cases, the trend is rising worryingly fast, surprising health officials as they battle to find ways of mitigating the virus in the current political climate.

The director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, predicts that the US could reach 450,000 deaths by February, exceeding some earlier models for the progression of the virus in the US. Unlike parts of Asia, the US has largely shunned the mandatory wearing of face masks with much of the day to day life ignoring even the basics of social distancing and other hygiene measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

“The reality is, December and January and February are going to be rough times, and I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of our nation, largely because of the stress it’s going to put on our public health system.”

100,000 people now hospitalised in the US as daily deaths from Covid-19 surpass 3,000 on Wednesday | News by The Thaiger

GRAPHS: Today’s Covid-19 statistics – Worldometers.info/coronavirus

President-elect Joe Biden announced yesterday that he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks as one of his first acts as president. The move marks a quantum shift from incumbent President Donald Trump, whose personal skepticism of mask-wearing has contributed to political polarisation of the health issue.

Showing their support for firm action to mitigate the spread of the virus in the US, former US presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have all announced they will take the Covid-19 vaccine to prove that the treatment is safe and effective. They said they may even film themselves getting injected to show US citizens that they consider the vaccine safe and an important step to preventing a further public health catastrophe.

100,000 people now hospitalised in the US as daily deaths from Covid-19 surpass 3,000 on Wednesday | News by The Thaiger100,000 people now hospitalised in the US as daily deaths from Covid-19 surpass 3,000 on Wednesday | News by The Thaiger

100,000 people now hospitalised in the US as daily deaths from Covid-19 surpass 3,000 on Wednesday | News by The Thaiger

GRAPHS: Worldometers.info/coronavirus

INFORMATION: USA Today | Fox News | Associate Press

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    Steve Hewitt

    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Politicians ???

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      gosport

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 11:45 am

      Big flu.

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    willian

    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    PCR testing means little. The real number of infections is 10-100 times larger… Which if True would make this much less deadly than the flu but much more easily spread. And USA healthcare system is one of the worst in the world… MORE TE$T$ MORE TE$T$!!!!

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      Don R

      Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 6:08 am

      Did you see the propublica report where a US hospital was charging almost $10k for a covid antibody test?

      US has good healthcare, but you’re right, it’s about money. Testing is multibillion dollar industry.

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    Issan John

    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Sorry to say it, but you can only blame the leaders for so much since, like them or not, they were elected (or at least had a sizeable number of votes) and the Americans have brought this on themselves – not all, but a considerable number.

    Being selfish, and accepting people being selfish, has it’s own reward.

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      William

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      At this rate, USA will be the first to reach herd immunity. But we will need accurate testing to provide any sort of meaningful data

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        Issan John

        Friday, December 4, 2020 at 11:28 pm

        What “herd immunity”?

        According to all current recognised medical sources there is NO “herd immunity” to Covid-19.

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          Don R

          Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 6:05 am

          Hundreds of millions of people have already cleared the virus from their bodies, which would require immunity.

          East Asian populations likely already have a wide degree of resistance, which would explain their ease in combating the virus despite rampant failures to take even the most basic precautions like washing their hands in restaurants and staying home when sick.

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    Don R

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 6:10 am

    Now do Belgium.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    … and your medical / scientific source for that is what, exactly?

    If I “clear a virus from [my] body” that doesn’t “require immunity” – it just means I’ve got over the virus once.

    Once.

    Depending on the virus, I could have some immunity or I could be more vulnerable than before – nobody knows yet with Covid-19, but the general medical view is that there is no herd immunity with Covid-19.

    None.

    As for the nonsense about East Asians having “a wide degree of resistance … despite rampant failures to take even the most basic precautions”, again, that’s based on what?

    Again, your medical / scientific source for that is what, exactly?

    It’s just nonsense – there’s no medical or scientific evidence for anything you’re saying at all.

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      Don R

      Monday, December 7, 2020 at 12:25 am

      Obviously if you cleared the virus from your system, you have at least some degree of resistance. Your t-cells are likely to remember how to produce antibodies even after they fade.

      Your conspiracy theory (and it is a conspiracy theory) that “there is no herd immunity with Covid-19” is wild and unfounded speculation. To my knowledge, there are no cold/flu bugs on record that humans haven’t been able to develop widespread immunity to, and considering that 99.8% of people survive covid, this one is no different.

      As for you calling E Asians resistance to COVID “nonsense”, you ought to listen to the science, which you love to pretend to have a monopoly on (in reality, covid panic warriors are some of the least scientifically literate people in our society):

      According to a University of Tokyo researcher,

      “many people in East Asia seem to have antibodies that protect them from the novel coronavirus. [Tatsuhiko] Kodama attributed this to the many previous flu viruses and coronaviruses that originated in southern China and caused people in the region to catch colds and related illnesses.

      ‘They have white blood cells that can fight off related viruses such as SARS-CoV-2,’ Kodama says, adding that this does not make them fully immune but enables their bodies to cope with a certain amount of a similar type of virus. The Nobel laureate and immunologist Tasuku Honjo also argues that there is a great difference between Asians and others when it comes to the genes that control the immune system’s response to viruses.”

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    Patrick Kelly

    Monday, December 7, 2020 at 3:03 am

    If you listen to the Lockdown Locals , Thailand will be closed for an inordinate amount of time. Everything about this virus petrifies . Thailand will be last to come out of this economic purgatory.

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AstraZeneca vaccine could be approved for emergency use in Thailand this week

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Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration is likely to approve a Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca in partnership with Oxford University as early as this week. The vaccine, already given the go-ahead in the US and UK, would be approved for emergency use, with administration likely to begin next month. Healthcare workers and those with underlying conditions will be prioritised.

Opas Karnkawinpong from the Disease Control Department says the FDA’s review of the vaccine’s efficacy and safety is going well. Thailand has fallen behind its neighbours in terms of vaccine administration, with a number of countries in the region already starting their roll-out. Indonesia kicked things off last week, with President Joko Widodo the first to receive China’s Sinovac jab.

Thailand is expected to take delivery of 200,000 doses of the Chinese vaccine next month, but questions linger over its efficacy, which was recently revised downwards by researchers in Brazil. The vaccine has not yet completed phase 3 trials and Thailand’s health officials say it may not gain FDA approval until February 14, as the manufacturer has no representation in the Kingdom.

Thailand has signed a technology-transfer agreement with AstraZeneca to produce that vaccine locally. The jab will be manufactured by Siam Bioscience, a pharmaceutical company owned by the Monarchy. Surachok Tangwiwat from the FDA says the doses currently subject to approval have been produced by other countries, but did not specify which ones, how many doses have been imported, or at what cost.

The AstraZeneca vaccine has completed phase 3 trials and has been shown to be 70% effective, less than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. However, the World Health Organisation has previously stated that a vaccine only needs to be over 50% effective to meet the global threshold for regulatory approval.

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Covid-19 test NOT required for visa extensions (at least not today)

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No, you don’t, yes, you do… Expats are scratching their heads over the mixed messages circulating in relation to the latest Thailand immigration requirements, not to mention the announcements (and retractions) published in the nation’s English-language media outlets.

It all began over the weekend, when the nation’s favourite blogger, and Bangkok Post fanboy, Richard Barrow, shared the news that foreigners who wished to remain in the Kingdom would need a negative Covid-19 test. According to his post, this update to the country’s immigration law was published in the Royal Gazette on December 25, taking effect from January 25. Needless to say, Richard’s post attracted hundreds of comments from the bewildered, the despairing, and the angry, not to mention the usual slew of social media keyboardologists.

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Yesterday, an article published by Khaosod English also stated that Covid-19 testing would be required for all visa extensions. The story has since been removed and replaced with a retraction, following a statement issued by Archayon Kraithong from the Immigration Bureau.

The story was also picked up by The Phuket News, who spoke to the deputy chief of Phuket Immigration, Nareuwat Putthawiro. He confirmed that his office had received NO such order from the powers-that-be in Bangkok or from regional headquarters in Songkhla. The immigration chief in Chon Buri said something similar.

Archayon’s original statement had claimed a negative Covid-19 test would be a requirement for all types of visa extensions. Within an hour, he was forced to backpedal and apologise for the… well, you guessed it.

“I apologise for the misunderstanding. It will only apply to certain types of visa, most likely the permanent resident visa.”

Archayon says his office is now waiting for the Council of State to provide an interpretation of the update published in the Royal Gazette last month, which saw Covid-19 added to the list of diseases foreigners must be clear of in order to take up residency in the Kingdom. The virus now joins other prohibited ailments such as elephantiasis, leprosy, and syphilis.

SOURCE: The Phuket News| Khaosod English

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The Thai government threw a tourist party (sound of crickets) | VIDEO

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The Thai Government, flushed with the success of their containment of Covid-19, decided to market the Land of Smiles to the world as the safe place to travel. With the annual wet season starting to weaken the tourists would flock back to the S E Asian country that had such a remarkable success containing, then almost eradicating itself, of the coronavirus.

Then they came up with the STV – the special tourist visa which would have the world’s eager travellers packing their sun cream for up to 270 days of Thai tourism.

There were promises of plane loads of tourists and even published flights and carriers. A few flights arrived, most didn’t.

In fact, since the start of the STV, the Special Tourist Visa, with its long list of restrictions and requirements, was floated, along with a re-vamped Tourist Visa, less than 400 people have arrived per month, on average, since the end of October. In the October and November of the year before more than 3 million people arrived in Thailand. Even the government’s limit of 1,200 new tourist arrivals per month was even slightly tested.

The government had bought all the streamers and a pretty new dress for the party but no one came.

What went wrong?

Where was the much-anticipated pent-up demand and people banging on the doors of the world’s Thai embassies?

It was the European winter and the ‘snowbirds’ would surely be back to soak in some Thai sun rays. But no.

The first problem was there wasn’t much for them to come back to. They would have the beaches of the islands all to themselves, they wouldn’t have to wait in line for anything, the domestic airlines were still selling low fares to Tavel anywhere around the country.

But otherwise there wasn’t a lot for them to do. The tourism magnets were a shadow of their former selves. Walking Street, Bangla Road, tours and tour boats, all the tourist strip restaurants. The buzz of the crowds was gone and more than 90% of the tourist-related business had closed up.

Their staff, their families, their bank loans, their stock and investments – all on hold and forced to find come other means to make ends meet. 931 of some of the larger official tourism operators have now gone out of business, according to Bloomberg News. There would be thousands of the smaller family operations that have also been swept aside by the Thai government’s responses to the world pandemic.

 

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