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2 more cases of South African variant detected in Thais in state quarantine

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There are now 3 Thai people in state quarantine who are being treated for the highly transmissible South African variant of Covid-19. Unlike foreign nationals, Thai nationals do not have to be tested prior to returning to the Kingdom. Opass Putcharoen from the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Diseases Clinical Centre has confirmed there are 3 patients in quarantine, infected with the B1.351 strain.

The first case detected was that of a Thai gemstone dealer who returned from Tanzania and subsequently tested positive for the virus. Nation Thailand reports that the man developed severe pneumonia but has been treated with the anti-viral medication, Remdesivir, and is now recovering. Since then, the South African variant has been detected in another 2 patients in state quarantine.

Opas is calling on the government to accelerate efforts to prevent the South African variant taking hold. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is understood to be considering increasing quarantine to 21 days for returnees arriving from Africa. Opas has also added his voice to the growing number calling for the national vaccine rollout to be speeded up.

He says it’s important that officials check how new variants of the virus might affect the efficacy of vaccines. Thailand is awaiting 61 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine, which is thought to be only 10% effective against mild or moderate cases of the South African variant.

A number of other variants are in circulation in several countries, including a Brazilian variant and a highly contagious UK variant. There are currently 9 cases of the UK variant in state quarantine in Thailand. Meanwhile, health officials in the UK are monitoring another new strain recently detected in England and believed to have originated in Nigeria.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Mister Stretch

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10:22 am

    The glaring problem here is that Thais don’t need to be tested before boarding the aircraft like all foreigners do.

    Not only does that allow these new variants to possibly gain a toehold in Thailand, it increases the chances of transmission to fellow travelers.

    This is unconscionable.

    It’s time for ALL international travelers to be tested within 72 hours of departure. There will still be a few that will be detected in quarantine, but no one will be able to knowingly enter the Kingdom with an active case of the virus.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 12:24 pm

      Agreed, Mr S – even Thai returnees I know and have spoken to who’ve done SQ can’t understand it and think they should have been tested themselves.

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        Fred glue

        Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:52 pm

        Right again, IJ

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Western scientists do not seem to worry about virus variants. They state the vaccines will still work against them.
    One British scientist said viruses do mutate. It is expected.
    This Opus Thai Red Cross are just crying wolf. They want to be important, a Thai trait.
    I am still waiting for the massive death rate that should happed among the 40.000 Burmese workers in lockdown. Some are infected. Have any of them died of the virus?
    If so what percentage .000001? And were they old and sick already?

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      Could you name any of those “Western scientists” who’ve said “the vaccines will still work” against new variants, Toby?

      I can’t find any, but can only find some saying they will PROBABLY work.

      Just asking ….

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        Fred glue

        Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 12:18 pm

        Right again, IJ

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        Toby Andrews

        Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:36 pm

        Keep trying you will find one.
        I am not going to go into a question and answer session every time I post.
        You don’t believe me, fine, your approval is of the lowest importance to me.

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:42 pm

          Somehow I didn’t think you would, Toby!

          … and believing you has nothing to do with approving of you, Toby – the two aren’t connected.

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            Fred glue

            Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:53 pm

            Right again, IJ

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          Rasputin

          Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 9:06 am

          I don’t think anyone believes you Toby, you talk a load of crap 99% of the time

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            Toby Andrews

            Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:33 am

            Oh a new moron on the forum. I haven’t seen any of your posts.
            Post something and let me see if you write crap. Or are you just a one line flamer?

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 12:20 pm

      … and why “should” there be a “massive death rate among the 40,000 Burmese workers in lockdown”?

      They’re predominantly young, fit and healthy otherwise they wouldn’t be there, so unlikely to be severely affected.

      That’s hardly likely to be much consolation to the demographic who aren’t young, fit and healthy who make up maybe a third of Thailand’s population.

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        Toby Andrews

        Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:41 pm

        Well were they any?
        See, you start answering questions.
        They are fit and healthy, you write. So why lock them down?
        Truth is this virus is hardly a threat to any apart from the old, fat, and sick.
        They are the people that should be locked down.

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:56 pm

          AFAIK I know, “no”, none of the migrant workers locked down for a fortnight died of Covid-19.

          “why lock them down”?

          Are you serious, or just stupid beyond belief?

          They were locked down to minimise the chances of passing on the virus to the rest of the population if they had it – rightly so, as reportedly some 11% were infected.

          So in your view “the old, fat and sick”, who make up maybe a third of Thailand’s population, “should be locked down” indefinitely until mass vaccination is complete, so maybe 20 million for a year, rather than 40 thousand for a fortnight?

          I see ….. a cunning plan.

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            Toby Andrews

            Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:49 pm

            if 11 percent of them that were infected, did not infect the other 89 percent, would they have infected anyone else if not locked down?
            And there was not one death!
            Does that not indicate to your idiot Isan brain that this dangerous virus is not as dangerous as the Thai government wants the citizens to believe?
            But before you answer, who reported that 11 percent of these locked down workers were infected?
            Where is the proof that the old the fat and sick make up a third of the Thai population?
            Well you question posts and want names, proof, so you supply these instead of disputing posts with your opinions and nothing else.

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            Fred glue

            Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:59 pm

            Right again, IJ

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            Issan John

            Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:38 pm

            “if 11 percent of them that were infected, did not infect the other 89 percent, would they have infected anyone else if not locked down?”

            In a word, obviously, “yes”. The “11% that were infected” were locked down separately to “the other 89 percent”, as reported after some had initially been locked down together last year.

            “And there was not one death!
            Does that not indicate to your idiot Isan brain that this dangerous virus is not as dangerous as the Thai government wants the citizens to believe?”

            In a word, equally obviously, “no”, because my brain is capable of understanding that they’re all / predominantly young, fit and healthy, otherwise they wouldn’t be employed as they are, while the Thai population aren’t.

            “who reported that 11 percent of these locked down workers were infected?”

            Amongst others: the Thaiger, the BP, the Nation, Thai PBS and the BBC.

            “Where is the proof that the old the fat and sick make up a third of the Thai population?”

            Actually “maybe a third” – so maybe a bit more, maybe a bit less.

            13% are over 65; take out children and only include adults and that goes up to over 16%.
            2.4% are registered as disabled, so that’s 19% before you even look at the obese or unhealthy.

            Over 8.3% of Thai adults are registered diabetic so that’s 27%.

            According to the WHO, over 32% are overweight, with 19% Class 1 obese and 4.8% Class 2.

            Surveys of Buddhist monks by Chulalongkorn and the Priest Hospital found that 23% had hypertension and 13% had hyperlipidaemia.

            That could be well over 50% of the population, but obviously there’ll be a lot of overlap so “maybe a third” seems reasonable.

            … so far from just my “opinions and nothing else”, Toby.

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        Fred glue

        Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 3:01 pm

        Right again , IJ

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          Toby Andrews

          Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:19 am

          I John
          No you are just overlapping to prove you case.
          For instance you state there are 13 percent over 65, and then you add 8.3 as registered as disabled.
          Many of these disabled would be over 65, so it is wrong to add 8.3 disabled to 13 percent over 65, to 21.3 likely to be at risk of the virus.
          In addition I did not claim the disabled are more likely to catch the virus.
          A registered disabled could be 25, healthy and just be missing a leg.
          And this sum taking out the children to bump up the percentage is just cheating.
          There are 13 percent over 65, not 16 percent.
          I cannot be bothered to go through your other excuses to corrupt the vulnerable to covid figures.
          You also fail to recognised my statement, which was: Covid is a threat to the old, fat and sick.
          This means together these conditions make a person vulnerable to Covid, however if a 22 year old is fat, they are not very vulnerable to covid.
          If they are fat and sick, they are vulnerable to covid.
          Understand?
          No probably not.

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    Glenn

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    that picture of the Thai Ghost busters armed and ready to hose down a traveler has to be one of the most comical yet ! If that doesn’t scream “it’s a huge joke – a giant scam” to you, then you’ve passed your govt programming.

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    Gigitour

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    it would be advisable for all airlines to request the test 72 hours before boarding. It is absurd that the Thais are exempted from doing so putting other travelers and the crew and people in the waiting rooms at risk.

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    Rick

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Its just amazing how so many people will just buy into any kind of nonsense in the mainstream media without any proof.. New and more dangerous variants, superspreaders and asymptomatic spread are some good examples. They don’t even bother to tell us how these new “variants” have even been detected or tested for – yet so many people just accept any fairy tell they read as fact and will even argue about it. By the way, up until the Covid-19 Scamdemic the mainstream authorities held that mutant variations of viruses were more contagious but less dangerous or virulent. Now they tell us the opposite. Isn’t it amazing how facts can change to support a narrative. Wake up people!

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:50 pm

      “They” do actually tell you how they’ve been detected and tested for, Rick.

      “They”, whoever “they” are, may not have sent you a personal registered letter but it’s widely reported in the media, CDC, Lancet, etc.

      … and, by the way, the “mainstream authorities” have never “held that mutant variations of viruses were more contagious but less dangerous or virulent”, but that some are and some aren’t.

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        Rick

        Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 5:36 pm

        If you could read, Joh the Shill, you would see that I was clearly talking about the mainstream media. Where has the Thaiger given that information in this or any other article? And can you site any studies for your claim that “some are and some aren’t”??

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9:15 pm

          Google is your friend -I’m not.

          I’ve just wasted my time looking up sources that all contradict Toby A’s cr@p because he’s incapable of ever providing anything to support anything he says, so I’m not going to waste my time doing the same with your unsupported cr@p when you’ll just play the same game.

          Even I have better things to do when the likes of you and Toby A never support anything you say but happily demand that others waste their time doing so.

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            Rick

            Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9:57 pm

            There is one of your problems, John the Shill. When asked to provide proof of your claims, as you have done so often to others, you want to take your ball and go home. The other problem is that the majority of your “sources” are the very ones pushing this fake narrative and who are beholden to their financial and political masters. Not to mention that you are a slippery liar and a disgraceful shill.

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            Issan John

            Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 12:12 am

            On the contrary, Rick, previously I’ve given it everytime I’ve been asked, without exception – feel free to detail any time I haven’t.

            It’s a waste of time, though, when that’s never reciprocated.

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    dispensed

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Why did you stop covering the covid situation in the US? You used to give us daily updates about how horrible it was. Could it be because cases have dropped by more than 50%, in some states by 80%.

    One third of the country was infected and they’ve already established a high degree of herd immunity.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 5:29 pm

      A “high degree of herd immunity”.

      Really? How high?

      Have a look at deaths per day over the last 7 days – 2,821. That’s about as high as it gets.

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    Ben

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    The government fumbled this one. If you want to keep the virus out then test everyone before they board the airplane. How many positives would they have if they tested everyone? The answer is not many. When you create the environment for more COVID coming into your country don’t congratulate yourselves for identifying the infected through the elaborate ASQ process you created.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 12:27 am

      The problem is, Ben, that the answer may not be “not many”.

      You can see how many it would be by looking at the stats of those testing positive while in SQ / ASQ given here every day, and far from all are Thai returnees.

      Some could have caught it from the untested Thai returnees on the same flight, some at the airport, and some in the 72 hours between test and flight – and some could have just faked the test certificate.

      There’s no way of knowing.

      Not testing Thai returnees makes the problem considerably worse, undoubtedly, but even if they’re tested that only reduces the problem – it doesn’t solve it, as similar SQ / ASQ processes in other countries that have pre-flight tests for all show.

      Until there are better tests, if that’s possible given the incubation period, the only solutions have to be mass vaccination or quarantine.

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