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2 local cases in Bangkok contribute to Sunday total of 14 new Covid-19 cases

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2 people have been identified in Bangkok as locally infected with Covid-19. The announcement follows a week of revelations coming out of the north from the Chiang Rai border crossing into Myanmar where Thai prostitutes and workers have been crossing back into Thailand, infected, without going through any quarantine procedures.

Thailand recorded 14 new cases of the coronavirus today, including 2 local transmissions in the capital, Bangkok, for a total of 4,086 cases in Thailand since the start of the outbreak in February. No new deaths were reported.

Although the details of the Bangkok cases are not currently available at this stage the likelihood is that they are connected to the leaky Burmese border which has seen over 600 people now being tracked by Thai health authorities as they’re being considered “high risk” of exposure to the Covid-19 virus. 10 people have now been officially identified as infected from the mini-cluster.

Yesterday officials called on those who were at Singha Park in Chiang Rai on November 29 between 7.30pm and 11pm to come forward for testing., as well as passengers on Nok Air flight DD8717 from Chiang Rai to Bangkok on November 28 and Thai Lion Air flight SL533 from Chiang Rai to Bangkok on November 29.

Authorities are also tracking a number of women who crossed over the border from Tachaliek in Myanmar, just across the border from Mae Sai in Chiang Ria, and caught buses to Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok and Bangkok.

The hot spot for the infections has been traced back to a high-class brothel and party venue, parading as a hotel, in Tacaliek. Up to 150 Thai women have been working there, in various capacities. Just 1.5 kilometres from a permanent immigration checkpoint on the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Sai, the hotel is now recognised as one of the biggest entertainment venues in Tachileik after being in business for 5 years. It has Chinese, Burmese and Thai owners.

How the Thai women crossed back into Thailand without detection or going through immigration and quarantine has become part of a wider investigation into the small outbreak. A 32 year old Chiang Mai man, who was employed at the 1G1-7 Hotel in Myanmar has also tested positive for Covid-19 after sneaking across the border into Thailand.

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    Isan John

    Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Fake News!
    Thailand is Covid free heaven

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    William

    Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Mass testing isn’t very useful but without it, these numbers are meaningless and without context. If they found 100,000 ppl test positive for covid, does that mean there is in outbreak or that covid is and has been here and isn’t dangerous…

    The truth is a dangerous thing in world of deceit and lies

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      Issan John

      Monday, December 7, 2020 at 5:06 pm

      Sorry, William, but that’s nonsense.

      Mass testing is a good indicator, but so far no countries have really managed to do “mass testing”, which to be accurate needs to be of all the populationa and repeated regularly. none have managed anything remotely like that, and even the best have barely managed to test a quarter of the population once.

      There are alternatives that give an equally good if not better picture, but it just doesn’t suit some people’s agendas to accept them as it would make Thailand’s precautions look good and the West’s look bad:

      1. Thailand gives all government hospital inpatients a mandatory Covid-19 test; AFAIK only one has tested positive.

      2. Thailand tests all those applying for a work permit in Thailand; again, AFAIK only one has tested positive.

      3. Wherever there’s a reported outbreak of Covid-19 (as here, in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai), tracking and targeted testing takes place; the numbers testing positive are minimal, as reported here.

      4. While mass temperature testing is far from accurate it would show up at least some of the 20% who would be symptomatic if Covid was as widespread here as some imagine; it hasn’t.

      5. If Covid was as widespread as some imagine, and the population as paranoid, there would be queues outside the government hospitals who were symptomatic demanding to be tested; there aren’t.

      Maybe you could explain why you think the above are “meaningless”?

      ….. or maybe not, as no-one else with the same view as you has done so …..

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    Cheif

    Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    yippee ,more tourist visa changes

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    Don R

    Monday, December 7, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Oh boy, human extinction is inevitable now!

    Oh wait–here in Malaysia, the second wave broke out in September. Despite averaging 10 times more cases than the first wave, life has continued more or less as normal. In fact, most people are no longer afraid of covid… because… the objective reality that everyone can see is… IT’S NOT THAT BAD!!!

    2 or 3 people out of 1000 infected will die. 2 or 3 more will have long-term problems. The rest will be fine.

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      Issan John

      Monday, December 7, 2020 at 5:18 pm

      So if –

      “In fact, most people are no longer afraid of covid… because… the objective reality that everyone can see is… IT’S NOT THAT BAD!!!”

      – then why has Malaysia imposed stricter travel restrictions than Thailand, not just internationally but internally?

      ….. odd that …..

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      Erik

      Monday, December 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      IT’S NOT THAT BAD….. Today 228,000 registered new infections and 2,600 deaths in America, including many 50 and 60 year olds. The season flu claims an average of about 36,000 deaths annually. Covid-19 this year already 280.500, only in the VS! Many hospitals can hardly cope with the number of critically ill patients! 10% of the cured patients have long-term lung problems.

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    David

    Monday, December 7, 2020 at 10:01 am

    They will find some way to blame it on farang.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Monday, December 7, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Second Wave, Third wave, …..how many more waves do you need , to see this virus is not going away anytime soon. That’s right , smart countries will learn to adapt as these waves keep coming. To think you can remain on lockdown until the coast is clear is farcical.

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    EdwardV

    Monday, December 7, 2020 at 10:58 am

    “without detection or going through immigration and quarantine” – that will be interesting if the truth actually comes out.

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      Issan John

      Monday, December 7, 2020 at 6:43 pm

      Indeed ….. as some admitted paying 6,500 baht to be “guided” across the border I somehow doubt they swam across!

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Santa Claus isn’t at the North Pole this year. He’s in Northern Thailand. And he’s not with elves. He’s mixing in with some of Thailand’s beloved elephants. Don’t believe it? Give him a Zoom call.

Zoom calls on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with “Santa & his Elves” are offered by the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.

Zoom calls with Santa and his elephant friends are limited, and pricey! The effort is intended to raise money for the program which ethically cares for elephants that were formerly in the entertainment business. The reservation for a 20 minute call requires a $2,500 USD donation.

Those interested in supporting the elephant program can make a donation. “Elephant trunk calls” are also available during the coming year, but Santa won’t be around after Christmas.

The resort’s director of sustainability and conservation, John Roberts, says it costs $18,000 USD a year to feed just 1 elephant. A $20 donation feeds an elephant for one day.

“Since the start of the national lockdown in Thailand in March, we have taken in three elephants and their mahouts. The COVID-19 elephant refugees, whose camps were unable to care for them and would ultimately have left them unfriended and unfed, are now matched with friendship groups and, of course, have their own diet plan.”

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Officials in the northern province of Chiang Rai are assuring potential tourists from the rest of the Kingdom that it is safe to visit, saying the Covid-19 situation is under control. Chiang Rai hit the headlines in recent weeks, when a number of Thai nationals entered the province illegally from Myanmar. After bypassing health checks and quarantine, several subsequently tested positive for the virus, resulting in a handful of local infections.

Now deputy provincial governor, Worawit Chaisawat, is anxious to assure the rest of the country that the situation has been brought under control. He says the province has recorded no new local cases since the beginning of December. The only new infections in the province are imported cases brought in by those returning through the proper channels and entering state quarantine.

Around 180 Thai nationals are thought to have been employed at the 1G1-7 Hotel in the Burmese border town of Tachileik. Some media reports and claims from local residents say the 100 room, 4 storey hotel was used as a centre for prostitution. It became a hotbed of Covid-19 infections, causing much of its Thai workforce to flee, crossing back into Thailand illegally. Worawit says the resulting mini-outbreak of infections has now been brought under control and those who visit the province are not required to quarantine on their return home.

“We need to spread the word that there are no new infections in Chiang Rai. Visitors do not need to quarantine, and they are welcome to travel here. A flora festival is coming.”

The Bangkok Post reports that yesterday, the province recorded 6 new cases of the virus, all in state quarantine. All are believed to have arrived from Tachileik. Thailand recorded a total of 28 new cases yesterday, including 1 case of local transmission in a Bangkok nurse who had close contact with a Covid-19 patient.

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Returnees from Myanmar account for 9 of 17 new Covid infections today

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Today, Thailand has reported 17 new cases of the novel coronavirus found in people entering Thailand from other countries, with 9 infected returnees coming from Myanmar through the Mae Sai district in northern Chiang Rai.

All 9 were women who had worked at nightspots in Tachilek, the Burmese border town, featuring the now infamous 1G1-7 Hotel, which was the site of a Covid-19 breakout. They returned to Thailand on Friday and tested positive on arrival. All returnees were sent to the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital for treatment, as it has been designated as the go-to hospital for returnees from the area.

4 other Thai nationals tested positive after returning: a woman from the US, a woman from Switzerland, a man from Japan and a woman from Bahrain. The other 4 cases were foreigners arriving by air from overseas destinations: a Swiss man from Switzerland, a Pakistani man from Pakistan, an Indian man from the US and a British man from the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai authorities are axing the idea for a mandatory 14 day quarantine for touristswho have returned from those areas back to other parts of Thailand, after the spike in cases from the border town Tachilek in Myanmar brought 38 local cases of Covid.

Dr. Prasit Watanapa from the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital says the coronavirus currently circulating in Myanmaris a different strain and is being transmitted 20% faster than the one detected in Wuhan at the start of the pandemic.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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