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15 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine

Caitlin Ashworth

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15 new Covid-19 cases were detected in Thailand state quarantine including 6 army engineers who flew in from South Sudan on the same flight as 25 previously confirmed coronavirus cases. The other infections were detected in travellers arriving from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Myanmar and the United States, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Thailand has reported a total of 3,615 Covid-19 cases with 59 deaths and 3,391 recoveries.

  • 6 army engineers travelling from South Sudan tested positive for Covid-19. The engineers, all 27 to 50 years old, arrived to Thailand on September 22 and were on the same flight as 25 previously confirmed cases. The 6 engineers tested positive 11 days after they arrived and were admitted to Bangkok’s Phramongkutklao Hospital.
  • 2 Americans travelling from the United States tested positive for Covid-19. The men, 21 and 40 years old, arrived on September 29 and 30. They tested positive about a week later and were treated at private hospitals in Bangkok.
  • 2 men from Bangladesh tested positive for Covid-19. In separate cases, a 53 year old doctor and 26 year old student both arrived on September 30 and tested positive 5 days after their arrival.
  • A 36 year old Thai man flying in from Hong Kong tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on September 23 and tested positive 11 days later. He is now being treated at Bangkok’s Rajavithi Hospital.
  • 2 men travelling from India tested positive for Covid-19 and are being treated in Bangkok. A 39 year old man arrived on September 23 and tested positive 12 days later. A 41 year old man arrived on September 30 and tested positive 4 days later.
  • A 54 year old Thai man travelling from Myanmar tested positive Covid-19. He returned to Thailand on September 22 and tested positive 13 days later. He was treated at Somdet Phrachao Taksin Maharat Hospital in Northern Thailand’s Tak province.
  • A 31 year old Thai man tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived last week and tested positive 4 days later. He was admitted to Police General Hospital.
15 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine | News by Thaiger

Total Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of October 6, according to Worldometer.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Dieter Goller

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Isn’t it steange? All cases tested positiv after a couple of days in the state quarantine, while the tests at embarking and debarking – as prerequisite for the flight at all – had to be negative. How this happened?

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      Issan John

      Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 3:56 am

      Not all “after a couple of days” – some were after as much as 11 days, one after 13.

      Some (6) almost certainly caught it in-flight, others could have caught it in the 72 hours after testing prior to departure. The tests also can’t identify Covid immediately on transfer, and it takes longer to be identifiable in some people than others which is why 14 days quarantine is so necessary.

      There simply isn’t a short-cut, despite the whingeing.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Just goes to show how important the quarantine period is in minimising the chances of importing cases that haven’t shown up in testing prior to and on arrival.

    That 6 were on the same flight as a number of other cases and they only tested positive 11 days after the flight / arrival should show even the doubters who want to reduce the quarantine period just how important it is to keep it at 14 days until better tests are developed.

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      Andre

      Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 5:09 am

      That is if they did not get infected in ASQ. A Chineese study from Wuhan concluded that it is very rare that the incubation period exceed 5 days, hence the 10-14 day quarantine in several countries.

      This is Thailand..are the tests performed by medical staff part of the ASQ hospital partnership or an independent third party with no economical incentives? Just food for thoughts. Everyone in this country is corrupt and do whatever to get those extra baths.

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        murika

        Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 9:32 am

        most people don’t wear the mask properly (nose out) and also keep touching it to put it back in place, you have a lot of chance to catch covid in quarantine, those places are just clusters

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    Anne

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    As far as I know, Thai nationals do not need a covid test before flying to Thailand

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    Niklas

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    A positive PCR test doesn’t mean necessarily that you’re infected!

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    Glenn

    Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 10:30 am

    PCR tests have been shown to be quite inaccurate. Many false positives and about a 50/50 accuracy rate. Perhaps that’s why most people who ‘tested’ positive were asymptomatic (not sick). They really were not positive.
    The propaganda continues and will continue until the country has a 100% debt to GDP ratio.

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    Glenn

    Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 10:31 am

    why is it that the picture to this article reminds me of the old comedy movie Ghost Busters?

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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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Multi-day traditional Thai funerals shortened for Covid-19 safety

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FILE PHOTO: Traditional Thai Buddhist funerals need to be shortened for Covid-19 safety.

Traditional funerals in Thailand last several days with ceremonies and mourning before the eventual cremation of the lost loved one. But with the rising death toll of Covid-19, funeral ceremonies have needed to be revised and shortened for the safety of attendees. With infections in Thailand catapulting from 29,000 in early April to 74,900 as of yesterday, funerals have to adapt to account for not only handling the remains of someone who died from Covid-19 but also infected mourners attending the funerals.

Traditional Buddhist funerals involve family members, friends, and often the local community joining together to offer condolences, pray, share meals, and view the body, placing flowers on the dead loved one before they are moved into an incinerator for cremation. Family members often sleep in the temple where the ceremony takes place, staying on-site for several days. But in the Covid-19 era, services need to be shortened and socially distanced, with family members that do come close to the dead body requiring disinfection and possibly isolation afterwards. Volunteers in full PPE protection gear often remove the casket from an ambulance moving it straight to the crematorium rather than allowing it to lie in repose first.

Siam-Nonthaburi Foundation is a volunteer group that is assisting people to conduct safe funeral services for those who may be unable to afford them. They work with the Nontha Buri temple of Wat Rat Prakong Tham just outside of central Bangkok to arrange free cremation services. Foundation officials pointed out they’re often handling 4 funerals per day because of Covid-19 when they usually only conduct 1 each day. They have to take severe Covid-19 precautions as it is a high-risk endeavour.

After assisting with many funerals and helping with Covid-19 safety, they advised maximum caution especially with older family members as the majority of the funerals they conduct were for the elderly.

Thailand has now had 315 death from Covid-19, with the third wave spreading faster and deadlier due to the B.117 variant that first appeared in evening entertainment venues in Bangkok and other hot spots. Yesterday the first recorded infection with the Brazilian variant was identified in Thailand, but in an arriving passenger who went into immediate quarantine, so there is hope that the strain has not made it into any communities yet.

With a difficult-to-control Covid-19 pandemic and Thai funeral traditions bringing people in close proximity to each other and to the deceased, precautions and revision of tradition has been necessary to speed services into the cremation process far more quickly.

SOURCE: France 24

 

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Activist lawyer contracts Covid-19 in prison

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PHOTO: Activiets lawyer Arnon Nampa has been infected with Covid-19 in prison. (via Wikimedia)

Arnon Nampa, an activist lawyer in jail without bail since February on lese majeste charges has been infected with Covid-19, according to his Facebook page. An anonymous source at the Corrections Department confirmed with Reuters that Arnon had tested positive yesterday and has been sent to the prison hospital for treatment. The department later released a press statement confirming the activist he had Covid-19.

Held without bail for more than 3 months, Arnon has been a leader in the pro-democracy demonstration calling for the resignation of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, along with a revision of power for the Thai royal family. The protests had gained momentum last summer and still maintain widespread support though the government has cracked down on marches and demonstrations. They have discouraged political dissent by using the lese majeste law, which carries harsh penalties of up to 15 years in jail for anyone who insults royalty in Thailand.

Arnon, who is 36 years old, confirmed this morning he was being taken to the Medical Correctional Hospital in the Chatuchak District of Bangkok. He has been a key legal advisor who helped activists voice a push for reform that was previously unspeakable in Thailand. Once only whispered in private conversations, the call for reform has now been thrust into the spotlight by student protests.

Thailand has seen several outbreaks of Covid-19 within the prison system throughout the country. Clusters in Narathiwat that later spread to Surat Thani prisons as well, and outbreaks in larger prisons in Chiang Mai and Bangkok have recorded about 475 coronavirus infections within prison walls.

The jailed attorney is one of many protesters and activist leaders who have been held for weeks or months without bail on lese majeste charges. 22 year olds Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul are both on a hunger strike to protest being denied bail multiple times. Penguin was hospitalized last week after his health condition worsened, and there are reports that his trial may be delayed after the activist was exposed to Covid-19 by being held in a cell with a prisoner later confirmed to be infected.

SOURCE: Reuters and Coconuts

 

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COVID Update: 1,911 new infections, provincial totals

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1,911 new Covid-19 infections and 18 coronavirus-related deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 76,811 Covid-19 infections and 336 virus-related deaths.

There are now 29,680 active cases. 1,073 patients are in critical condition including 356 on ventilators. The majority of the recent deaths were elderly patients. 12 of the 18 patients who died had contracted the virus from family members. A spokesperson for the CCSA says it’s important that family members be extra cautious around grandparents and elderly relatives who are the most at risk of infection.

Province New cases Total since April 1
Bangkok 739 16,048
Nonthaburi 273 2,831
Samut Prakan 143 2,737
Chon Buri 76 3,039
Samut Sakhon 65 1,230
Surat Thani 53 975
Nakhon Pathom 47 717
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 35 575
Chachoengsao 35 402
Pathum Thani 31 1,060
Nakhon Si Thammarat 31 498

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