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2 more people have been confirmed as infected with Covid-19in the current mini-outbreak in Northern Thailand. In this case both women had crossed the Thai/Myanmar border and worked at the same bar in Myanmar as the original patient, feared to be a potential super-spreader. The 29 year old is now being treated at a hospital in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Rai public health officials report that the women, aged 23 and 26, illegally crossed the Burmese border at Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai, from Tachileik, a border town on the Burmese side of the border, last Thursday night.

All 3 went to work in Tachileik last month, but returned to Thailand after Burmese health authorities imposed a curfew from midnight to 4am. There has been between 1,300 and 1,700 cases announced each day over the past week in Myanmar.

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Thai public health officials say the new cases in Chiang Rai didn’t visit other public places, but stayed in a local hotel and ordered in food on delivery apps.

“We are less worried about the situation in Chiang Rai because they did not go out,” he said.

One of Patient Zero’s friends, the 26 year old, decided to get tested on Saturday after the news of her friend’s positive test result. Authorities then ordered her 23 year old friend to have a test as well. Both tested positive to Covid-19. Another 4 people have since been identified as “high risk” and are all being tested today. When added to the food delivery and hotel staff, the amount of people considered “at risk” could be up to 30.

Meanwhile, the Pattaya Mail is reporting that 2 of the women were arrested in Mae Sai and another 2 were arrested on a bus headed to Pattaya, via Bangkok.

Authorities say they will ramp up the border patrols but expect to see more infections coming from the original case in the next few days. Thailand’s border with Myanmar is more than 2,000 kilometres long, mostly inaccessible mountainous or forest terrain.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Issan John

    Monday, November 30, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Hopefully she’ll be charged with an offence “pour encourager les autres”.

    … and hopefully the Border Patrol Police in Mae Sai will be stepping up checks the buses to Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, as it’s very unlikely that this was unusual. It’s difficult to police the border, particularly at night, to be fair, but it’s normally standard practice to check vehicles in the border areas. Somebody will be having an interview without coffee …..

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      William

      Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 8:17 am

      More govt isn’t the answer. Clearly govt is not working as they promised. Wear a facemask if you’re worried, stay home if you are worried. But leave me alone. Don’t infringe on my desire to live my life as I see fit. You are responsible for you.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 4:21 pm

        Fortunately, most Thais have a sense of responsibility towards others and their well-being rather than just looking after themselves.

        That’s one of the reasons why Thailand has had the results it has in dealing with the Covid pandemic, while the West has had the results it has.

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    Mike

    Monday, November 30, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    I hope she isn’t charged “in order to encourage others” or discourage others..

    A Thai girl, in her twenties, working illegally in a bar in a border town in Myanmar needs a break, not a fine and a potential prison sentence.

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      Issan John

      Monday, November 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      So she knowingly and deliberately puts other people’s lives at risk so she can be a ‘party girl’ and enjoy herself, while her friends who were also “Thai girl[s], in [their] twenties, working illegally in a bar in a border town in Myanmar” consider others and self-quarantine, and she “needs a break”?

      Seriously?

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        Stuboy

        Monday, November 30, 2020 at 4:58 pm

        Does issan john cast his outrageously insensitive narrow minded diatribe just to stir up the rest of the thaiger comment readers? I love the guy. He’s a next level troll…. ?

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          Mike

          Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 9:36 am

          No, he just lives in a bubble and doesn’t understand the World. Be patient, it can’t be easy for him.

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        William

        Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 8:18 am

        fining or jailing her helps any of us how? She didn’t hurt any one. Any one who goes out of their house during a pandemic owns the risk they take by doing so. If someone dies is their responsibility

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 9:08 pm

          It “helps” in the same way that any penalty for a conviction “helps”: it deters, it punishes, and it reforms / rehabilitates (not necessarily in that order).

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        Mike

        Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 9:34 am

        Dear Mr McJudgy von Holier Than Thou,

        Yes, seriously.

        Who said she’s a “party girl”? She’s trying to earn a living. Nowhere does it state she was partying – it stated however that she was working.

        She only knowingly put others at risk if she new she was positive, you don’t know that.

        You should try stepping outside of you little bubble – there’s a big world out there with lots of people.

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          Issan John

          Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 4:34 pm

          Actually it does, at considerable length:

          “At 2.51 pm the same day, the woman arrived at her condominium in a Grab car. That night, she used another Grab car to visit a karaoke bar in the Santitham area with two friends. ….. On November 25, she stayed overnight at a condominium with one of the friends who had returned from the entertainment venue around 2 am. Two other friends who lived in the room opposite came to the room to drink alcohol.”

          … and she “knowingly put others at risk once she knew she had Covid-19 symptoms, four days before she knew she was positive:

          “On November 23, she developed a fever, watery diarrhea, and lost her sense of smell. … On November 26, the woman took a Grab car to a private hospital in Chiang Mai for a medical check-up around 3.30 pm after she lost her sense of smell, had watery diarrhea, and a body temperature of 36.9 celsius. She underwent a Covid-19 test. Around 10pm, she was sent to Nakornping Hospital for another Covid-19 test. On November 27, the tests turned out positive.”

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            Mike

            Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 11:37 am

            Actually, it doesn’t. She was in Myanmar working. People are allowed a social life – even Thais. Quoting the article is pointless – you’re like the brainwashed religious zealot, quoting the bible as if it confirms your point.

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          Issan John

          Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 4:54 pm

          “You should try stepping outside of you little bubble – there’s a big world out there with lots of people.”

          Fortunately for me and those “lots of people” living around me, in the “big world” we live in the vast majority of those in it have some consideration for others and take some responsibility for their collective well-being rather than just themselves.

          It’s like mask wearing which William said to do “if you’re worried”. Thais, and others, don’t wear masks to protect themselves or because they’re “worried”, but to protect others – just as others do so to protect them.

          It’s called responsibility and consideration for others … something people like you, Mike, and William and StupidBoy, sadly don’t have which is one of the reasons why the West is in the state it’s in with Covid-19 now due to a minority of people, like you, who only care about themselves and their own “little bubble” and couldn’t care less about anyone else.

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            Mike

            Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 11:48 am

            Hahaha – “people like you..” says the man who has never seen nor met anyone he’s talking to, hahahaha

            Mr. McJudgy doing what he does best. Judging people wrongly – even people he doesn’t even know and are just names on a website comments section.

            Actually, I live in Hong Kong. I wear a mask every time I go outside. I’m also considerate in other ways. For instance, I don’t judge people I don’t know or have never met. I also don’t believe that young women on the breadline, that is to say, women who need to travel across a border in order to WORK in a bar should be charged with an offence for making a mistake.

            Try it, Johnny. Try stepping outside of your bubble and seeing things from another person’s point of view.

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    Ynwaps

    Monday, November 30, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    In China they’d have tested everyone in Chiang Rai by now.
    Anyway considering all the media coverage it is highly unlikely anyone is getting tested voluntary these days with or without symptoms. Especially considering the accuracy of covid test results.

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    Graham Smith

    Monday, November 30, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Thailand will be back on track. We will soon see a new outbreak and the the authorities’ panic is spreading. 3 years in quarantine?

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      William

      Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 8:20 am

      well that assumes people comply… let’s hope people begin to ignore an incompetent global govt.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 3:36 am

    Thailand will get vaccine last since the covid level is almost non existent . Keep the borders closed and you might never need the vaccine.

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    Mike

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Dear Mr McJudgy von Holier Than Thou,

    Yes, seriously.

    Who said she’s a “party girl”? She’s trying to earn a living. Nowhere does it state she was partying – it stated however that she was working.

    She only knowingly put others at risk if she new she was positive, you don’t know that.

    You should try stepping outside of you little bubble – there’s a big world out there with lots of people.

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    rupp winn

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Seems objectivity is a rare thing these days.. . . . “She needs a break”. . . PLEASE. . . If you are coming across illegally, in a time when people are dying needlessly in other countries [ like the one you just came from ], it is not unreasonable to ask “why in the #### did you come across illegally ?”
    And yah, she DID have symptoms according to the BKK Post article, even while still in Myanmar, yet still elected to come on thru and then circulate. And she “needs a break” ? Who is really in the ‘bubble’, as you are so quick to accuse other posters ? YOU are in a bubble, dumbass.
    No one is saying “shoot her”, but a consequence IS in order. The rest of us want to live a little, not spend eternity in lockdown, which is what WILL happen if this spirals outta control.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    Not just “objectivity”, Rupp Winn, but consideration for others.

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    14cycles

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    A “mini outbreak” how cute! Omg. Can I keep him?

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The northern city of Chiang Mai has confirmed 4 new cases of coronavirus, all of which are linked to the Warm Up café in the Muang district. The province of Chiang Mai now has 11 active cases and has recorded 57 cases in total, according to deputy governor, Weerapan Dee-on.

“The 54th patient in Chiang Mai is a Thai man aged 23 from Sansai district. He displayed no symptoms. The 55th patient is another Thai man aged 28 from Muang district. He also showed no Covid-19 symptoms. The 56th patient is a Thai woman aged 28, who works in Bangkok but recently returned home to Sankamphaeng district. She had symptoms of coughing and a blocked nose. The 57th patient is another Thai woman aged 22 from Muang district. She displayed symptoms of coughing and tiredness.”

According to a Nation Thailand report, all 4 frequented the Warm Up café on New Year’s Eve.

Earlier this week, the province confirmed a 25 year old woman who’d been socialising at multiple entertainment venues had tested positive for the virus. At that stage, her infection brought the total number of cases detected in the province to 50. Following her positive diagnosis, officials embarked on a track and trace process, to determine who may have had contact with the patient. Through this, a 28 year old man who works at the Warm Up café also tested positive. On December 31, he worked from 3pm – 1am.

Officials have now tested 283 contacts who were at the venue that night and results are pending. All bars and other nightlife venues have been closed for 14 days by order of the provincial communicable disease committee. Deputy governor Weerapan says anyone else who was at the Warm Up café between December 31 and January 3 must come forward for testing.

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Chiang Mai, a city which some say is a “rite of passage” for digital nomads, is a top location in the world to work remotely, according to the global travel site Big 7 Travel. In the list of “50 Best Places for Remote Working in 2021,” Chiang Mai ranked 5th out of 50 places. The site says the city has the “perfect makeup of affordability, visa flexibility, fast internet speed and overall atmosphere.”

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Provincial authorities are stepping up disease control measures as Covid-19 spreads throughout the country. 55 of Thailand’s 77 provinces have reported at least 1 Covid-19 case since the new wave of the coronavirus.

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Bangkok

  • Closure of educational institutions at all levels including tuition schools are to be extended until January 31.
  • Dining in at food outlets and restaurants of all types (except at airports) will be allowed from 6am-9pm. Alcoholic drinks cannot be consumed at food outlets or restaurants, though takeaway is allowed.
  • Meetings, seminars and banquets with more than 200 participants must seek permission from the provincial health authorities with strict disease control measures.
  • Closure of 25 non-essential businesses and places where people gather in areas including entertainment venues, theme parks, playgrounds, nurseries, boxing and martial art gyms and stadiums, horse racetracks, massage parlors, tattoo studios, beauty clinics, fitness centres. Other businesses and venues like museums, shopping centres and hotels must follow strict disease control measures.
  • All food and beverage outlets including street food stalls, restaurants, food courts and centres and cafeterias (excluding pubs and bars which are ordered closed) are prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages on premises.
  • Venues allowed to operate must include body temperature screening points, mandatory mask wearing, social distancing rules, alcohol gel and handwashing stations, regular cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, and mandatory register visits via the Thai Chana contact tracing application.
  • The public are urged to wear a mask when going outside.

Nonthaburi

  • Fresh markets as well as migrant worker residence buildings have been ordered to be closed temporarily until January 12.
  • Wat Laharn in Bang Bua Thong district has been ordered to be closed until January 14.
  • All educational institutions at all levels including tuition schools are to be closed until January 17 and are advised to apply e-learning systems.
  • Closure of fighting cock-fish venues and similar fighting venues or racetracks, snooker and billiard shops, fishing and shrimp fishing parks or similar activities, game stations, games and Internet shops, water and theme parks as well as children’s playgrounds or stations at markets, boxing stadiums and gyms, Buddha amulet stalls and centres, massage and bath parlours, elderly care centres (except for regular overnight cares).
  • The following venues and businesses are ordered to close from 10pm to 5am daily and are prohibited from selling any alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises: Restaurants, food parks, hotel restaurants, food and beverage outlets, food centres, cafeterias all food and beverage outlets in shopping malls, street food stalls as well as pubs, bars and karaoke venues.
  • A ban on gatherings including concerts and music performances at any venues as well as activities that would draw crowds. Household gatherings can be held while government activities can take place under strict social distancing rules. Religious ceremonies can be held under strict public health measures or should consider a virtual event format.
  • The public and venue operators are ordered to strictly follow public health guidelines. These include body temperature screening points, mandatory mask wearing, social distancing rules, alcohol gel and handwashing stations; regular cleaning and disinfecting surfaces; and mandatory register visits via the Thai Chana or Mor Chana contact tracing applications.

Pathum Thani

  • Closure of educational institutions at all levels, games and Internet shops, boxing stadiums, fighting cock and bull facilities, until January 15.
  • Cinemas, theatres, shopping malls, supermarkets, convenience marts, and markets are to strictly follow the public health guidelines.

Chiang Mai

  • Entertainment businesses of all types (pubs, bars, or karaoke) must close from 11pm to 5am. All customers are required to scan Thai Chana QR code. Number of customers must be limited to 75% of the venue’s capacity.
  • All self-service food outlets (shabu and BBQ) to switch to table service or seek prior approval for self-service option. Alcoholic drinks cannot be consumed at food outlets or restaurants, from 11pm to 5am.
  • A ban on gatherings and events with more than 50 participants.
  • All arrivals at any points of entry must register with the CM-Chana contact tracing application and self-monitor their health for 14 days.
  • Arrivals from the highly controlled areas are required to enter a 14-day quarantine or be tested for Covid-19.
  • Operators of accommodation of all types must collect the contact information of all guests and re-check their CM-Chana registration.

Krabi

  • Mass gathering events and activities can only be held under the approval from the local public health office.
  • Travellers are welcomed but must strictly follow the public health guidelines.

Surat Thani

  • Arrivals from Samut Sakhon are to report to the local public health office.
  • Individuals who visited the COVID-19 risk areas are to enter a 14-day quarantine. Mass gathering events with more than 300 participants must strictly follow the public health guidelines.

For a full list of control measures by province, click HERE to read the update from the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

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