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21 coronavirus cases confirmed on cruise ship off California coast

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21 people aboard the Grand Princess, a cruise ship being held off the California coast, including 19 crew, have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus. US Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) officials are working with California authorities to bring her to a non-commercial port, where its officials can test everyone aboard for the virus. The HHS has given no word on where the ship might dock. It’s the second Princess cruise ship to be struck by the virus. A month ago, the Diamond Princess was quarantined in Yokohama Harbour.

“Those that will need to be quarantined will be quarantined. Those who require medical help on the cruise ship will receive it.”

The US death toll from the coronavirus climbed to 16 after health department officials in the state of Florida confirmed yesterday that two people who tested positive for the virus had died. It was the first report of deaths on the East Coast, AP reports. The number of infections has risen to over 200, scattered across about half the United states.

President Donald Trump, speaking at the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said he “would have preferred not to” let the cruise ship passengers disembark.

The cruise ship was heading from Hawaii to San Francisco when it was ordered to stop and keep its distance from shore. HHS officials tested 46 people with possible coronavirus symptoms after reporting that a passenger on a previous voyage of the cruise ship, in February, died of the disease. On Thursday, a military helicopter crew lowered test kits onto the 951-foot cruise ship. It later flew them for analysis at a state health department lab.

In the past few days, HHS authorities revealed that at least 10 other people who were on the same journey were also found to be infected, and that some passengers on that trip stayed aboard for the current voyage, increasing crew members’ exposure to the virus.

The virus has infected more than 100,000 people worldwide and killed over 3,400, the vast majority of them in China. Most cases have been mild, and more than half of those infected have made a full recovery.

SOURCES: Chiang Rai Times | AP

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Visa amnesty for foreigners – but conditions apply

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“All foreign nationals are advised to closely monitor the Immigration Bureau’s website for updates, though the measures announced on Wednesday are valid until April 30 unless otherwise updated.”

The visa amnesty has been announced, hopefully relieving some of the stress on stranded tourists and other foreigners that have ended up without flights or ways to get home. Many flights have been cancelled, confusion has made people miss flights or their home borders may have been closed.

The Immigration Bureau has now announced, after a few false starts, that it is granting visa relief for all foreign nationals who have found themselves marooned in Thailand. The announcement is now up on the bureau’s website.

• Visas that have expired from March 26 onwards will be automatically extended to April 30.

• Foreigners are no longer required to apply in person for an extension at an immigration office

• They will not be charged 500 baht per day for overstaying their visa

• Foreigners who are due to file their 90 day reports, between March 26 and April 30, are also temporarily exempted.

• Foreigners with border passes will be allowed to stay in Thailand for now but will be required to leave Thailand within 7 days once the borders are opened again.

Tourists, expats and other visitors have been forced to queue up, sometimes in cramped or hot conditions, putting themselves and the immigration officials at risk.

Meanwhile, many Thais remain stranded overseas with the government’s latest edict to allow only 200 Thais to re-enter the country each day so that quarantine facilities can be prepared for them – they will not be allowed to return to their homes until they have spent 14 days in a government-controlled quarantine area.

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BIG arrest on price gouging of Covid-19 safety gear and fake test kits

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2 Chinese men identified as Chen Lei and Wein Pinpin have been arrested inside a home in Pra Khanong district, Bangkok, after officials received a tip-off that fake Covid-19 test kits were being smuggled into the country. 45,000 fake Covid-19 test kits, 350,000 medical masks, and 1,200 infrared thermometers were seized. The evidence was valued at 33,750,000 baht.

These items were being sold without permission at a extortionate prices in Bangkok area and nearby districts.

BIG arrest on price gouging of Covid-19 safety gear and fake test kits | News by The Thaiger

The Food and Drug Administration will be investigating to find out where the fake Covid-19 test kits were made, and who else is involved in importing them into the country.

Police and officials from the Consumer Protection Police Division and officials from the Food and Drug Administration have reported that a large pile of evidence is piling up as the crisis unfolds, including…

45,000 fake Covid-19 test kits, 350,000 medical masks, 1,200 infrared thermometers, 53,000 litres of alcohol, 7,896 bottles of fake hand sanitisers and 82,771 cosmetic items, valued around 50 million baht

The punishment for smuggling medical equipment is imprisonment of up to 1 year, and a fine not exceeding 100,000, or both.

All products claiming to be Covid-19 test kits online at the moment are all fake, according to the Thai FDA.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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Koh Lanta restricts entry after 4 confirmed cases of Covid-19

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The beautiful Koh Lanta in Krabi province is to be shut down after 4 confirmed cases of Covid-19 infection were found on the island.

Today in an emergency meeting with the top executives of Krabi province, alongside 8 district sheriffs, Krabi’s governor Kitibadee Prawit, says “further measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 are being added as the 4 infected persons had been in contact with multiple people on the island. These contacts are being traced and tracked down by public health officials. ”

Provincial authorities had to halt transportation between neighbouring districts. And announced in any case where local residents who need to move between districts must first get permission from their district chiefs.

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The lockdown of districts will last until April 24.

Meanwhile, from today to Friday officials will be investigating residents to identify the high risk personals affected by the 4 confirmed Covid-19 cases. Authorities in Krabi are also monitoring the Covid-19 situation closely in 227 locations, coordinating their efforts via the internet and the ‘Zoom’ video conferencing tool with neighbouring provinces.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Thailand Covid-19 Stats

  • Total Cases: 2369
  • Active Cases: 1451
  • Recovered: 888
  • Deaths: 30
  • Last Updated: 2020-04-09 at 08:15
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