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216 new Covid cases in Thailand, 11 people in ICU

Kritsada Mueanhawong



216 new confirmed infections of Covid-19 have been announced today at the daily media briefing in Bangkok. As usual, Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin fronted the announcements on behalf of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

1 more person has also died, a 47 year old Chon Buri woman in the Banglamung district with complications of diabetes. It’s been reported in Thai media that she had refused treatment for Covid-19. 11 cases are currently in ICU, most in Bangkok.

Out of the 216 new cases announced today, 182 were locally transmitted. 32 were migrant workers in dormitories under a “hard lockdown” in Samut Sakhon province.

Thailand has now reports a total of 7,379 Covid-19 infections since the start of last year, 4,299 recoveries. 3,016 people currently remain in treatment or under observation. According to Dr. Taweesin, the majority of cases are “asymptomatic or mild”.

Around the world 84,391,211 people are now infected with Covid-19, there have been 1,835,574 deaths and 59,653,222 people are reported as “recovered”. The US leads the world’s tally with 20,617,346 Covid-19 infections and 356,445 deaths (as of 12pm today, Thai time).

Meanwhile, a total of 22,690 hospital beds have now been prepared to serve any new Covid-19 patients nationwide. Bangkok and its vicinity has 2,778 beds reserved for coronavirus patients from Samut Sakhon and other “red” provinces that have more than 50 cases reported in a 24 hour period.

Of the 2,778 beds made available, 277 are currently occupied. Some of the infections are demonstrating mild symptoms according to reports.

Another 320 Covid patients are being treated in the outbreak’s epicentre of Samut Sakhon and nearby areas, where 1,647 hospital beds have been reserved.

Meanwhile 2,648 beds have been prepared from Samut Prakan to Trat, 248 of which are now occupied.

Nationally, there are currently 11 Covid-19 patients reported as critically ill in ICUs, 8 in Bangkok.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | The Pattaya News


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  1. Avatar

    Clive G

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    The measures to date looks like they’ll prove futile. You can’t stop or control a virus.

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      preesy chepuce

      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 10:10 am

      …mainly because you can’t stop or control people, unless you want to live on a prison planet, never mind a police state. The best way forward is to segregate vulnerable groups, and let the economy keep functioning. Exposure to risk is a fundamental part of maintining resilience.

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      john brig

      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 11:15 am

      Smallpox was controlled.

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    John Brown

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Are the majority of ICU cases in Bangkok because the majority of ICU facilities are… or because there is something clinically *different* about clusters in Bangkok?

    When are the media going to start *investigating* rather than just passively note-taking or aggregating? This affects their families and friends too you know (and you can be sure it will get down to Phuket)

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      Dr L Vanistendael

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 3:42 pm

      The Bangkok cases are not clinically different, they are financially different.
      There is nothing to investigate. People with money that get very sick end up in a Bangkok ICU. Poor people and especially illegal immigrant workers die quietly in their slum. Why do you think the 1000+ Burmese with Covid went undetected – until they infected Thai, they dont go see a doctor as they have little money and are not welcome in the Thai healthcare system.
      Now that Covid starts hitting the middle and upper class you will see a very steep rise in the number of hospitalisations in the coming weeks, its not rocket science.

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        John Brown

        Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 10:06 am

        With all due respect, your suggestion that there is nothing to investigate indicates quite clearly that you don’t actually have real context on the epidemiological situation. So unless you would like to claim to, either by claiming to be in, or by having access to information from, the various teams, committees, departments or facilities that are privy to the data but do not share it due to overwhelmingly punitive censorship laws at present, I strongly suggest you refrain from making definitively false and thoughtless statements such as “[t]here is nothing to investigate”, as not only does it do a large disservice to the public with what amounts to cloying propaganda, in service to a pack of liars looking out for their own political interests at the public’s expense, it also runs the risk of invalidating, by association, the rest of the points you make in your post, which are genuinely quite excellent otherwise.

        What specifically merits investigation and report: which clusters are actually causing which cases.

        When there are multiple overlapping clusters, with a case count that exceeds detailed contact tracing capacity, there is only one way to figure this out, as the world has just discovered through the British: a high sequencing sample rate, coupled by transparency in reporting sufficient to strengthen trust in public health policy (vs. relying on unverifiable cheap signals) to support a positive feedback loop of public cooperation.

        The truth is that we have actually already discovered half of that solution (for over a month now), but the other half does not look forthcoming from any party authorized to provide at present. Disappointingly, certain figures have not only concealed and evaded mention of facts; they have outright lied about them, much to the disappointment of their subordinates and some of their colleagues.

        Investigation would easily reveal the falsehoods in a way that serves the public interest, and is more than called for here – it is called for urgently.

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          preesy chepuce

          Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 10:12 am

          Without credible data, it’s difficult to draw conclusions… how much of the world has credible data to report about this situation? How do you know that the data is credible?

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            John Brown

            Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 1:27 pm

            Knowing the people and/or institutions that do the research and collect the data, reviewing the methodology, and agreeing with the inferences used to draw conclusions. In situations where the results have strong implications particularly ones which are unexpected, also on peer review and reproducibility, but bounded by pragmatic reliance on the precautionary principle.

            In short: the scientific method and risk-oriented actionable policy drawn therefrom are credible.

            What do you think is going on, Preesy? Happy to hear thoughtful alternatives.

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      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Probably because Bangkok has the ICU capacity, infected people aren’t usually in need of ICU within a couple of days of infection, it frequently develops over a couple weeks or longer. The worst is yet to come, and it will.

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        John Brown

        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 5:41 pm

        Bereft of further context that is a good “probably,” yes.

        How about this: how many healthcare workers have tested positive this past week? How does the % of positive healthcare workers-to-total positives compare to any time before Dec?

        How many health care workers are currently in or have been in ICU this past week?

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    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    It is going to be very nasty situation this time. Hopefully, hot season is coming.

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      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 4:10 pm

      The real bioweapon has been released?

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        Bill Fischer

        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 5:47 pm

        ipfunnyjohns your foil hat is a bit too tight again. Seriously, who would stand to gain from indiscriminately taking out people across the globe? Who would profit from this? You shouldn’t be allowed to vote, own a gun, or be near children (your dumbness might rub off). Back to your barstool, silly boy.

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          Dirk Diggler

          Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 9:37 pm

          Well Bill. LOOK WHAT’S HAPPEND? China is the only country seeming to not have any problems with the Covid-19. Their Economy is still going where everywhere else is pretty messed up. Maybe they wanted to slow down the world. Maybe they did more damage then they intended too or could have imagined. Could have also been a bio weapon that accidentally got released. The Chinese have covered up evidence and lied about it from the start. What other explanation do you have that makes more sense

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            preesy chepuce

            Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 10:18 am

            In the same paragraph you state that they don’t seem to have any problems, whilst aslo stating they’re covering up the facts.
            Which is it?

            Either they are covering up a situation that is much worse than they report, or they are not suffering as much as the rest of the world, and it’s suspicious.

            It can’t be both… conspiracy theories have to be plausible… which do you think is more plausible – they they are capable of designing a bioweapon, or capable of covering up a biodisaster?

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    Dr L Vanistendael

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    It is just a matter of time before the hospitals will start filling up and reach their limits. They will not be able to cope with the influx of seriously ill covid patients.

    To those who don’t believe me, and say its all scaremongering and lies, let’s talk again in two months.

    Somehow people in Thailand have been living in a fantasy that people dont get sick from covid and the death rates are much lower than elsewhere.

    Unfortunately there is a very simple explanation for that: most cases were quarantine case, that were screened before coming to Thailand and only those with very low viral loads arrived with undetected covid.

    Those people later tested positive – and low viral load cases typically remain asymptomatic.

    What you have now is your standard community viral spread. So no more ultra low viral loads only, but the usual mix like in the west. And this will result in similar numbers of severy covid like in the west. Which will lead to high death rates as the health care system will not be able to cope.

    Hospitals are not prepared. People are not prepared. Both are reactive. Things are in motion and the hot season is not going to undo that. This time there will be no escape unfortunately.

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      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 6:44 am

      While i hold out some hope that Thai people and hospitals are not entirely unprepared, i think what you are saying is a likely scenario that deserves serious consideration. While we also have yet to see the impact of all the New Years celebration/travel, i am thinking there will be strict policies to come which may be sufficient to handle this as happened earlier last April. But i’d like to hear your thots on what will happen as i see you as someone wisely taking this seriously. Also curious; what is your doctorate and profession if you don’t mind my asking? It would be excellent to have info on the situation specific to Thailand from an experienced medical professional fluent in English. Many thanks.

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      preesy chepuce

      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 10:26 am

      Well… there’s a lack of data about the situation in Thailand, both from a year ago, and since, so it’s hard to know the true extend of anything.

      In terms of healthcare, the two-tier system may well come under pressure. I don’t think it’s accurate to say they’re entirely reactive… they’re kind of semi-pro/re-active, in that they’ve put measures in place, but the extent to which they are strictly adhere to, is unclear.

      Some parts of the country, people tend not to move around a lot. Some very rural areas far from the capital, for example. The main issues are going to be in and around the capital. Other places, far from there with international airports may end up being more optimal.

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      John Brown

      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 10:39 am

      He’s right about almost everything here. And none of this is scare-mongering and lies – it’s what will almost certainly happen unless the authorities use the autocratic powers they have granted themselves usefully for once, by ordering a nationwide scientific lockdown immediately, with stay-at-home orders, full travel restrictions enforced between epidemiologically color-coded zones (without enforced borders, the color-coding is useless), centralized quarantines to isolate the infected and heavily exposed, a bureaucratically unburdened resource distribution network to individuals (not businesses) to make shelter orders possible for the poor, and orders from the BOT and MOF for a full debt moratorium and interest freeze (and not only for a deferral with interest like they did last time).

      Otherwise everything the Dr LV here predicts will almost certainly come true.

      Of lesser importance is the part he gets wrong – the implication that Thailand previously had very little community spread. No, we actually had a fair amount of community spread (verifiable by sero studies, if only the ministry would *do the right thing* and either allow the data *that exists* to be published or reproduced by independent studies, neither of which they have permitted to date). The low viral loads were due to the early circulating strains and immune factors in a sufficient proportion of the population that resulted in both lesser transmissibility and an astonishingly high asymptomatic rate. However, none of this is relevant anymore – it has not been since summer when the G/GH clades started making inroads via Myanmar, and now what we are dealing with is even worse.

      The vaccines are no longer guaranteed to help (indeed there is some non-negligible risk they will make things worse), and are too far away at any rate. The only things that will work are non-pharmaceutical interventions, most notably a hard lockdown nationwide, and either a very high degree of voluntary public compliance or military-level enforcement – which is a bitter pill to swallow, especially for those of us who genuinely do love our country and tend to agree with the calls for strong democratic reform.

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        Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 12:28 pm

        Thanks to all who’ve replied on this; your info is greatly appreciated and respected. It would be great if anyone in or with connections to govt officials are reading.

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    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 4:26 pm


    Covid is here to stay. Get used to it. If they really wanted to search high and low they could find thousands of cases in Thailand. Within a month Thailand will be reporting over 1000 new cases per day like their neighbors. And like in other countries, people will become desensitized to the daily fear count. The Thaiger writers will have to find something better to do with their time.

    We can’t restrict billions of lives forever, nor should we. Ultimately, you’re going to have to learn to take your own health and safety into your own hands, and that’s not a strategy but a fact of life.

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      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 5:45 pm

      Na, I’d much rather take the advice of experts and govt officials. I’m much happier swallowing the blue pill.

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      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 7:07 pm

      Yup I must be very fortunate to have had parents who taught me how to keep clean. Keep clean and healthy, it’s not only a superb way to stay out of c19 but all other bacterial and virus infections.

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    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    “The US leads the world’s tally with 20,617,346 Covid-19 infections and 356,445 deaths (as of 12pm today, Thai time).”

    From my understanding of Thai time I’m not really sure what to think about that 12 pm time. 😉

    Bad joke. Really hope the Thai people get it under control quickly. No place I’d feel safer right now.

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    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 2:45 am

    I do believe if Thailand doesn’t lockdown the past 9 months have been for nothing the government has killed the tourist industry that part of the economy seems to have been the sacrifice to keep it at bay ,covid is now coming big time if you don’t lockdown hot season or not and all those who have lost thier jobs will have in vain so sad

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    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 9:11 am

    I’ve decided to open a new online business store, selling crystal balls.
    It seems there is a new trend for predicators and I am not missing this great business opportunity.
    Never before have I witnessed so many self proclaimed experts in bullshit.
    Did anyone hear about a new virus that Nostradamized people ?
    That’s the only rational explanation i can come out with.
    Please Drs and Prs do some research, this seems to be very contagious.

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      preesy chepuce

      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 10:21 am

      …are they made in China? or made in Taiwan?

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      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 1:37 pm

      @Panda, good one. You just made me laugh a lot and I agree with you 100%.

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Buddha him say: People with opinions just go around bothering each other.

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