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20 Covid-19 cases in Chiang Rai linked to Myanmar hotel

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So far, 20 Covid-19 cases in Chiang Rai are linked to the 1G1-7 Hotel in the Myanmar border town Tachileik, according to Chiang Rai Governor Prachon Pratsakul. A Tachileik resident claims the coronavirus spread through prostitution at the establishment.

Last week, 10 Thai women tested positive for Covid-19 last week after entering the Chiang Rai illegally, evading immigration screening and mandatory 14 day quarantine. Some travelled to other provinces in Thailand, like Chiang Mai and Bangkok, before testing positive.

The women say they worked at bars and hotels in Tachileik and some confirmed they worked at the 1G1-7 Hotel. A 32 year old Chiang Mai who was a DJ at the venue recently tested positive in Chiang Mai after crossing the border into Chiang Rai illegally.

Out of the 20 cases in Chiang Rai, 14 were detected in quarantine while 5 cases in the province were from those who entered illegally and dodged quarantine. Only 1 case in the province is a local transmission. The 28 year old man tested positive for the virus after coming in contact with infected returnees.

Along with the local transmission in Chiang Rai, health officials have recently reported local cases in Bangkok and Sing Buri.

After harsh warnings from Thai authorities about potential charges for crossing the border illegally and endangering public health, many are returning to Thailand through the official border crossing. So far, 171 people have returned from Tachileik, according to Nation Thailand. Returnees who test positive are admitted to Chiang Rai Prachanukerah Hospital.

The governor says the recent cases in quarantine were not a surprise because many of the women lived and worked together at the 1G1-7 Hotel. He says the province is open for Thai people who want to return, but they must go through the legal entry process.

“I believe the situation can be controlled because most of the cases found in the state local quarantine have limited contract groups, so I believe that after 14-25 days, Chiang Rai would be safe as a New Year 2021 gift to people and tourists who want to continue visiting.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    David Beckman

    Monday, December 7, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    This is just from the ones they catch ,how many 100s or even thousands are not caught? Thailand needs much stricter border patrols and a lot more local testing in border towns.

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    Mr cynic

    Monday, December 7, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Given the length of border between burma and thailand suspect it would be close to impossible to monitor all of it 24/7.
    Many people who live close to this border do not respect the imaginary political dotted lines put on a map.
    they cross the cartographers imaginary lines on a daily basis for a whole variety of reasons as they probably have done for thousands of years.
    unless mass testing is carried out in the whole area i can not see how you could get any meaningful statistics.
    I suspect the questions you raise are probably reasonable though.

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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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Things are getting back to normal in Phuket. The provincial government eased disease control restrictions, allowing restaurants, bars and entertainment venues to go back to their normal operating hours – no more midnight closure order – and lifting the late-night alcohol ban.

While bars can now stay open late and serve alcohol after midnight, dancing is prohibited and venues cannot serve alcohol in containers that will be shared among groups of people.

The Phuket Communicable Disease Committee agreed to ease the restrictions yesterday and an order allowing late-night hours and alcohol sales was posted today by the Phuket’s Public Relations Department.

“As the Covid-19 situation in Phuket has improved that there are no more Covid-19 infections found, the committee agreed to cancel the late-night alcohol ban in order to revive the economy of Phuket.”

All businesses related to gathering activities are warned to follow the Covid-19 preventive measures.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Covid-19 death toll exceeds 100,000 in the UK, government mulls quarantine for travellers

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With the Covid-19 death toll exceeding 100,000 in the United Kingdom, the British government is considering a mandatory hotel quarantine for visitors entering the country. A quarantine system is considered to be an effective way to limit virus transmission and stop new coronavirus variants from spreading into the country.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with senior officials in a meeting yesterday, saying that the government will consider tighter border measures. UK citizens and residents arriving from most of southern Africa and South America, as well as Portugal, will have to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days at their own expense.

Currently, people arriving in the UK from abroad must show the Covid-19 test results, while direct flights from South Africa, Brazil, and Portugal are banned to prevent the spreading of new variants in the Kingdom.

Hotel quarantine measures have been used in Australia, New Zealand, China, India, and Singapore, but the disease control practice has not been widely used in Europe.

In Thailand, those who enter the country from abroad must quarantine for 14 days at either a state quarantine facility or at an alternative quarantine hotel. Travellers must also be tested for Covid-19 before their flight to Thailand and tested at least another 2 times before they are released from quarantine.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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CCSA Update: 819 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death

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819 new Covid-19 cases and 1 new death were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Thailand has reported a total of 15,465 cases and 76 deaths since the start of the pandemic last year.

There are now 4,335 active Covid-19 cases and many patients are asymptomatic, according to deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Nopakun, who also represents the CCSA.

More than 700 of the new 819 cases were detected in active case finding in Samut Sakhon, a Covid-19 hotspot, according to Natapanu. Most of the cases involve migrants, many who work in factories.

“The high numbers are from active case finding, so please don’t be alarmed by the high numbers that we had for yesterday and today.”

Thailand went from less than 200 daily new cases to over 900 new cases, but Natapanu says this is an “expected scenario” due to the accelerated case finding campaign over the next 3 weeks in Samut Sakhon to “break the chain of transmission as soon as possible.”

“Most of these confirmed cases are asymptomatic… Patients do not require the same treatment as those who are symptomatic.”

Those who test positive and are asymptomatic are taken to a state quarantine facility. Natapanu says this keeps the hospitals from becoming overcrowded.

Thailand reported 1 new coronavirus-related death today. A 56 year old Thai man in Samut Sakhon died after testing positive for Covid-19. The man also suffered from an ischemic stroke.

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