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149 new cases of Covid today- Covid-19 Update

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Thailand is reporting 149 new cases of Covid-19 today, with 144 being locally-transmitted. 90 of the cases were found during proactive screening of people related to the recent Bang Khae market cluster in Bangkok. Samut Sakhon recorded 31 new caes and Pathum Thani recorded 2, with all being found during proactive screening in communities.

1 new case was recorded among an arrival from the United Arab Emirates, 1 from Switzerland and 1 from Germany. The total amount of infections in Thailand since the pandemic began has risen to 27,154 with 26,299 recoveries and 87 deaths. 768 others are currently undergoing medical treatment in hospitals.

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Recently, proactive testing in Bangkok revealed a new cluster of infections in the Bang Khae district, with health officials moving to allay fears of another wave of the virus. Between March 7 and 13, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration tested 4,046 people at various markets in Bang Khae, with 96 testing positive and the remainder still waiting on results.

Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control says conditions in the markets, many of which have low ceilings and poor ventilation, were favourable to the spread of the virus. He has also highlighted the fact that some workers wore masks incorrectly.

According to a Bangkok Post report, the 96 patients found to be infected were all among 2,335 people tested at Wonder Market. They have all been sent to hospital for treatment. 764 others have been found to be negative, with the remainder waiting for their results, along with 1,711 people tested at the nearby markets of Bang Khae shopping centre, Sirisetthanont, Kitti Market, Talat Mai Bang Khae Market, Phasom Market and Talat Klong Kwang.

Meanwhile, City Hall spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang says that the city’s administration is now ready to give Covid inoculations to high-risk groups. Such groups include those who have 7 types of pre-existing diseases including chronic, severe respiratory disease, heart diseases, chronic kidney disease, stroke, all types of cancer undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, diabetes and obesity. Those high-risk groups that are eligible must be between the ages of 18 to 59 years old. Other high-risk groups include those currently hospitalised in 6 bordering districts of Samut Sakhon province.

To register for the Covid vaccine, visit the Official Line Mor Prom app or any city-run hospital or health centre.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    Glenn

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Thaiger continues promoting the scam.

    How many of these ‘cases’ are asymptomatic? (not sick)
    How many have ‘mild symptoms’ (like a common cold)

    Crickets from The Thaiger. Come on Ann Carter, do some real journalism instead of copy paste propaganda. ASK and report.

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    David Mann

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Why is the Bangkok Post; a renowned English language newspaper, so obsessed with reporting the nationalities of people with Covid infections? It’s not only Covid where this happens, it’s other stories such as “car accident kills two people, one Thai and one German. Why are they so nationalistic and obsessed? I can understand the local Nakhon Nowhere rag getting it so wrong, but the Bangkok Post? This is the same news paper the freely reports LGBT rights, racism and sexism in Western countries but can’t seem to understand their style of nationalistic reporting is from a bygone era. Simply say “105 new Covid 19 cases detected in Bangkok today. 100 local infections and 5 detected from people in quarantine” Madness

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Actually, David M, the source was Thai PBS World but they DIDN’T “report the nationalities of people with Covid 19 infections”.

    What they reported was that “1 new case was recorded among an arrival from the United Arab Emirates, 1 from Switzerland and 1 from Germany”. That’s where they flew from, but they could have been any nationality – many listed like this are Thai returnees who have been working abroad.

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    David Mann

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    I John. Agsin, deliberately missing the point, and actually, this is a direct quote from the Bangkok Post article

    Samut Sakhon province reported another 34 new cases – 31 in communities (30 Myanmar nationals and one Thai) and three at hospitals (two Thais and one Myanmar migrant).

    I can always forward a few more example if you still wish to miss the point of my question!

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    David Mann

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Here’s another example of an irrelevant piece of information. It was an 82 year old “man”. Irrelevant if he was Swiss, Australian or Thai. But by pointing it out it maintains the culture of them and us.

    Quote from Bangkok Post
    The other deceased Thai man was a 30-year-old worker who lived in Phatthalung and worked in Surin.

    The foreigner was a 82-year-old Swiss man who had attended a party in Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan and visited entertainment venues in Bangkok.

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    Slugger

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    Why is important? No-one cares about it except you. It’s just done for interest.

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Thai government urges people to work from home where possible

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The government is calling on all employers whose staff can work from home to implement such measures immediately, as new Covid-19 infections hit another record high. Yesterday, the Kingdom reported 1,767 new infections and 2 additional deaths, taking the death toll to 101. There are 28 patients on ventilators. According to a Bangkok Post report, Taweesilp Visanuyothin from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration says recent data shows growing clusters of infection at work places.

One such cluster has been reported at a school in the central province of Samut Prakan, just south of Bangkok. 32 people have tested positive after 2 foreign teachers returned from a trip to Phuket between April 2 and 4, where they frequented a number of nightlife venues. After they returned to Bangkok, they resumed work at the school. supervising exams between April 5 and 8. On April 8, they attended a party in the evening and tested positive for the virus the next day. 23 students have also tested positive, along with 4 of their relatives.

Other clusters include 23 infections at a private firm in Chon Buri and 8 at an electricity authority office in the north-eastern province of Udon Thani. Taweesilp says the rise in infections in work environments indicates the need for people to work from home where possible.

“This is the reason the CCSA is asking for your cooperation to step up work-from-home measures. Companies which have reported cluster infections, if you can allow your employees to work from home, please do so.”

He adds that the Health Ministry is addressing the long waitlist for hospital beds in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The head of the Department of Medical Services, Somsak Akksilp, is acting as coordinator between hospitals and those running field hospitals, such as the Thai army. Covid-19 patients still waiting to be admitted to hospital are urged to comply with disease prevention measures and self-isolate with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control echoes the call for home working measures to be implemented wherever possible following the long Songkran holiday. Tens of thousands of people travelled across the country over the course of the holiday, but Opas says if home working can be implemented and the public cooperates with disease prevention measures, new infections should drop over the next 2 weeks.

“We’re concerned about community transmission in schools and workplaces. The work-from-home policy is important as we expect people to return to work on Monday. Please avoid gatherings, sharing of items and eating together.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Website, self-quarantine for post-Songkran Bangkok travellers

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Bangkok is taking proactive steps to deal with the likely surge of Covid-19 cases after the Songkran holiday, asking those returning to Bangkok to submit their timelines online and self-quarantine 14 days. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang is urging all people entering Bangkok to visit a website where they can perform a self-evaluation to assess their Covid-19 risk.

The website, bkkcovid19.bangkok.go.th, allows travellers returning to Bangkok to input their travel timelines and their personal information after scanning a QR code. The system will help with contact tracing, aggregating all the travel information to make following any threads of Covid-19 spread much more efficient. Health officials will be able to access and contact anyone thought to have come in contact with a Covid-19 infected person.

Songkran is usually one of the busiest travel periods of the year with millions of people going on holiday or visiting relatives. The government launches road safety campaigns to combat the swell in traffic and accidents. And even with Covid-19 cancelling most Songkran celebrations, Bangkok still saw nearly 8 million vehicles coming and going this festival period. A swell in Coronavirus infections spread throughout the country is likely as people travelled all over Thailand and back to celebrate the Thai New Year’s holiday.

Governor Aswin explained the platform is hoped to help contain possible outbreaks by providing crucial information to health officials to trace Covid-19 spread. The system will analyze infection risk for each person who registers and give them instructions on how to proceed. People deemed to be at risk will receive a free Covid-19 swab test from Bangkok health officials, while low-risk cases will be instructed to self-quarantine for 2 weeks.

SOURCE: The Pattaya Mail

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Covid UPDATE: 1,767 new infections for Sunday. Provincial totals.

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1,767 new Covid infections were reported this morning, the highest ever daily report of new cases in Thailand. The spokesperson for the CCSA also reported that there were also 128 people in serious condition, with 28 people on ventilators.

608,521 people have now received at least their first dose of Covid vaccine.

Bangkok continues to lead the way in the new infections although the clusters are popping up right around the country now. Bangkok reported 347 new infections, Chon Buri with 229, Chiang Mai with 164, Nonthaburi, just north and west of Bangkok, 100, Prachuap Khiri Khan 66 and Samut Prakan 64. Locally, Phuket officials announced an additional 26 cases today, taking the tally in this latest cluster to 156 infections*.

Covid UPDATE: 1,767 new infections for Sunday. Provincial totals. | News by ThaigerOnly 2 cases today were imported, everyone else who tested positive were living in Thailand.

The total number of infections in Thailand has now reached 42,352 people. There has been 2 additional deaths reported in the past 24 hours, taking that total to 101 dead from Covid-related disease. 13,569 people remain in state-monitored care.

Some provinces are adding their own restrictions, including demanding negative Covid tests if you’ve arrived from a red zone – Krabi and Trat have announced this already. The only exceptions are if you’ve had full doses of Covid vaccine or have just come from quarantine. Chiang Rai has announced a ‘request’ that citizens stay at home for the next 14 days.

In Phuket, the closure of entertainment venues has been further extended to the start of May.

Expect more provinces to make similar announcements in the next few days.

If you are travelling, or planning to travel, it would be recommended to pre-load the Mor Chana app on your phones and fill out the information. This will help avoid some delays as you arrive in new provinces.

*Readers should also realise that the local provincial health officials report daily as well. Those totals don’t usually find their way into the national daily tally until the next day.

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