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2 foreigners in same hotel as the Koh Samui woman test positive for Covid-19

Maya Taylor

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Officials are reviewing the use of a Samut Prakan hotel, just outside Bangkok, as a quarantine facility, after 3 foreign nationals staying there tested positive for Covid-19. The first was a 57 year old woman who developed symptoms of the virus after she had completed 14 days’ quarantine and had returned to her home on the island of Koh Samui. It’s understood the woman has both Thai and French citizenship; she was born in Thailand and is married to a French national.

Yesterday, Sophon Iamsirithavorn from the General Communicable Diseases Division, confirmed 2 more foreigners staying at the same hotel, in the central province of Samut Prakan, also tested positive. All 3 are now receiving hospital treatment, but Sophon says officials are still not sure how they became infected or if their cases are even linked. He adds that the hotel, named in a Bangkok Post report as the Siam Mandarina, may not meet the required standard of an alternative state quarantine facility.

Thai PBS World reports that the hotel has been thoroughly disinfected by health authorities after traces of Covid-19 were found on equipment in the hotel gym. It’s understood the Disease Control Department is in talks with Samut Prakan health officials regarding a possible suspension of the hotel as a quarantine ‘ASQ’ facility.

Officials are also deciding whether to release those currently quarantining in the hotel once they’ve completed their 14 days, or whether they should be required to install a tracking app on their phones or other means to trace them post-quarantine. Tests are also being carried out on each of the 3 patients to determine if there is a match between the virus strains in each of them.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World | Bangkok Post

 

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    Bob

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Interesting how the news media first described the woman as French, even that she was born Thai, and much later in her life enquirer a French citizenship.

    I guess it sells better if the headline is about a farang (dirty or not..)

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 11:24 am

    The quarantine did not work then?
    Time to abandon this method to prevent the virus, and take the small risk of the virus entering the country, and the even more tiny risk of the virus causing the death of a Thai.

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      Jilted John

      Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 12:19 pm

      Can you honestly see the Thai Government admitting they’re quarantine measures have failed?

      Not a chamce!

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 3:13 pm

        They already have, and it was reported by the Thaiger three days ago:

        “The Department of Disease Control says, because of this incident, they are planning further restrictions and measures for ASQ hotels.”

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          Jilted John

          Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 3:54 pm

          ‘because of this incident, they are planning further restrictions and measures for ASQ’

          That doesn’t read as an admission to failing nor an apology, that’s just an acknowledgment which obviously they even failed to act upon with 2 further cases.

          Why wasn’t the hotel closed or at least removed as an ASQ?

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            Issan John

            Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 4:26 pm

            Not an “apology”, just as there have been no “apologies” from other countries under identical circumstances, but pretty clearly an “admission to failing”, and that was three days ago.

            The article above says that “Yesterday, Sophon Iamsirithavorn from the General Communicable Diseases Division, … says officials are still not sure how they became infected or if their cases are even linked. He adds that the hotel, named in a Bangkok Post report as the Siam Mandarina, may not meet the required standard of an alternative state quarantine facility.
            … It’s understood the Disease Control Department is in talks with Samut Prakan health officials regarding a possible suspension of the hotel as a quarantine ‘ASQ’ facility.”

            What part of that isn’t clear?

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 3:09 pm

      Do the maths.

      With just a very conservative test failure rate of 3%, it’s impossible for quarantine anywhere to be 100% successful even if the quarantine regulations are applied correctly and fully by the ASQ, which they probably weren’t.

      Even after three tests over 14 days, a 3% failure rate in testing only becomes 0.003% so going from 3 failures in a hundred tests to 3 in a hundred thousand. Given the numbers coming in to Thailand every day it’s simply inevitable that some are going to get through the system however well it’s administered, as almost certainly happened here – there’s no way round that, beyond closing the border completely.

      It’s far from a perfect solution, but given the limitations of the tests it’s the best system available.

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      adam

      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7:13 am

      Toby are you out of your mind???? Tourism bans saved the country – look what is happening in Europe. Not only tourisrm – but now entertainment, restaurants, shops, gyms, cinemas, pubs, schools are closed – this is what you want there?/?? CLOSE THE BORDERS

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    Al

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    And John, what are the percentages of people actually surviving the dreaded CV19? Isn’t it 99.?
    Straight answer please and no ducking or diving……fanx 😉

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      Issan John

      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 4:30 am

      FWIW, if you really want the age-adjusted mortality rates from the cruises, they give a CFR of 2.6% and an IFR of 1.3%, so a “survival rate” of 97.4 and 98.7% (so not far off your “99”).

      That’s the best “straight answer” available.

      Given the known infection rates there of around 22% despite strict quarantine, that would mean ‘only’ some 250,000 dying in Thailand as long as Thailand kept the borders closed and the entire country in a permanent state of strict lockdown (equivalent to tier 3+ in England).

      While accepting that “a ship isn’t a country”, are you suggesting that 250,000 deaths in Thailand and a complete border closure and an indefinite quarantined lockdown for the entire country is acceptable, or even possible, until there’s a guaranteed cure and vaccine?

      Straight answer please and no ducking or diving.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 3:37 am

    If you think there’s a “straight answer” you’re even more clueless than I thought, and I didn’t think that was likely.

    A search for “mortality rate from Covid-19” will explain why, as well as explain the differences between CFR, CMR and IFR and why they vary between considerably less than 1% to as much as 20%.

    The only verifiable figures are from cruise liners which are skewed by age so can’t be directly applied and are misleading, and you’re somehow ignoring the importance of how contagious it is which dictates the numbers dying just as much as the mortality rate.

    That isn’t “ducking or diving”, it’s just a seriously uninformed question since there is no known “straight answer”.

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    Al

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Uninformed you actually wrote that without sniggering?!! 55!

    So how many folk have died in all countries and what percentage are they of each nation?

    Plus – The percent of chances of surviving the dreaded malady, is 99.9……% and that is depending on your age group without any underlying conditions. Over 80’s it drops to 98.9%. I cannot post the link but go to Stockholm (Sweden, in case you don’t know ; ) ) University’s website.
    Jeez, John Boy, you don’t half waffle on……..555! Do you work for the mainscream snews or the Daily Mail/Sun?

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