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25 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine including 7 returning from Myanmar

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25 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine including 7 Thai women who worked in entertainment venues in Myanmar, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. It’s the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases in Thailand since April 25, according to Worldometers.

Thailand’s total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is raised to 4,151 with 3,880 recoveries and 60 deaths. 211 people are currently receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus.

  • 7 Thai women, ages 25 to 35, tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from Myanmar where they had worked at entertainment venues.
  • 2 Kuwaiti women, ages 31 and 77, tested positive for Covid-19. The elderly woman tested positive for the virus back in October.
  • 6 people travelling from Switzerland tested positive for Covid-19 including a 53 year old Swiss man and 5 Thai women, ages 46 to 67.
  • A 31 year old Russian diving instructor travelling from Russia tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 52 Thai woman travelling from Sweden tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 27 year old Thai man travelling from Singapore tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 32 year old Libyan woman and her 4 year old son travelling from Turkey tested positive for Covid-19.
  • 2 Thai women, ages 59 and 18, travelling from the United States tested positive for Covid-19.
  • 3 people travelling from South Korea, a 44 year old Korean man, 8 year old Korean boy and 43 year old Japanese woman, tested positive for Covid-19.

25 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine including 7 returning from Myanmar | News by The Thaiger

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    Gigitour

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    but they don’t take the test 72 hours before leaving?

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:37 pm

      Yes they do.

      The test could be fiddled, results faked, or not be carried out properly, or they could have caught it in the 72 hours before leaving or at the airport or on the plane, or the virus could be in incubation for up to a fortnight (longer, in rare cases).

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        14cycles

        Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:42 pm

        This sounds really scary, when you put it like that. We could all have it and not know it!

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 3:45 pm

          Not “all”!

          If you accept that 80% are asymptomatic and 20% are symptomatic, which is the generally accepted figure, then it follows that around four times as many “have it” as have the symptoms.

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        J West

        Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:44 am

        There was that revelation published in The Guardian that “ travel agents” were supplying bogus Covid Test docs ….provided in the U.K. Has the practice been taken up globally? Your guestimations are as good as anyone’s, but, it’s still seems very strange that a Covid free person gets on a plane and a Covid positive person gets off Mere hours later. It just has the taint of wonder.

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    Rasputin

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    What a surprise, no Brits for a change (despite being riddled with it)

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      Probably because so few are coming here at the moment 🙂

      At 211 hospitalised, that’s the highest number since the end of April.

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    Rick

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    According to the story, all of these people have tested positive but we are not told whether any are showing symptoms. It would be good to have more information as to the test being used and how it works. Assuming that the test is the RTPCR test, many of these people may not have the virus at all. There is a new report by 22 eminent scientists called the Corman-Drosten Review Report. In this report the authors state unequivocally that if the RTPCR test is run at 35 or more cycles the false positive rate is a stunning 97 percent. Since this is what is being done with most of the tests it means that many people are coming up false positive. This can be dangerous since the general public is more fearful as more cases are reported, not to mention the stigma attached to those who have tested positive who will have to quarantine and may be subject to medical treatment and drugs that they do not require. It would be good if the Thaiger could provide more information in their stories and perhaps print more details about the testing methods.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7:04 pm

      You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to work out that if the “false positive rate is a stunnng 97%” then 97 out of every 100 tested would be testing positive, falsely, plus those genuinely positive.

      They’re not.

      Alternatively, if you mean that 97% of the positives are false, and only 3% genuine, then less than 3% of those testing positive would develop symptoms (not 20%), with over 97% asymptomatic (not 80%).

      Again, they’re not.

      QED

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        Rick

        Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 10:34 am

        I don’t know where you get the 20 percent figure. Even the stories that have been printed in the Thaiger in recent weeks do not bear out your claim that 20 percent of those tested are showing symptoms. Not to mention that not everyone with cold or flu symptoms are infected with the virus. That is the point. It is not known who is infected or not since the tests are so inaccurate.

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    Ian

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Headlines no farang coming to Thailand but lots of covid get ready here it comes and not a farang to blame only this mis guided misinformed government they tried but lost like the rest if the world thank God for England once again to save the world

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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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Research shows home-learning causes 50% drop in mathematical ability among Thai students

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Research shows that online learning causes a 50% drop in mathematical comprehension, and a 30% drop in reading literacy among Thai students. Research presented by the government’s Equitable Education Fund indicates that months of home-learning cannot match in-school study and in fact, can cause a deterioration in students’ ability. With schools currently closed in 28 Thai provinces, thousands of children across the country are participating in online learning.

According to a Nation Thailand report, Pumsaran Tongliemnak from the EEF says home-schooling with the use of screens also has a negative effect on students’ mental health and their social and emotional development. The research, carried out by the Northwest Evaluation Association, echoes a study done by Massachusetts’ Institute of Technology, which demonstrates that learning through technology is no match for the classroom. Home schooling has been shown to contribute to a decline in knowledge, as well as affecting access to quality nutrition, age-appropriate learning, and social experiences.

Pumsaran says inequality in Thai education is already evident among those who fall out of the education system, as well as the decline in learning and health development among disadvantaged children, those with disabilities or with special educational needs, and those living in remote parts of the country. He says online learning will only serve to widen the gap between rural children and those in the city by about 2 years, potentially leading to economic disparity and fueling a cycle of poverty for generations.

His colleague Kraiyos Patrawart says prior to Covid-19, inequality in education had improved in the last 3 years, in terms of absenteeism among the more disadvantaged students. But over 143,000 children living in poverty in the 28 “highly controlled” provinces, may end up missing 2 school semesters, equating to 40% of the school year.

“The biggest concern is children’s learning development and growth. We should make the most of the remaining 3 months (of the academic year) if schools can open as normal, with teachers checking students’ health and learning, running after-school programmes, and monitoring the gap of classes for children in remote areas.”

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PM instructs Samut Sakhon officials to check employers are not hiring illegal workers

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With the number of Covid-19 infections among migrant workers in Samut Sakhon failing to go down, the PM has instructed officials to make sure companies are not still hiring illegal workers. Prayut Chan-o-cha spoke to deputy governor Surasak Pholyangsong by video conference from Government House yesterday.

The central province of Samut Sakhon is considered the epicentre of Thailand’s second wave of Covid-19, following an outbreak at a fish market last month. The resurgence is linked to migrant workers who were smuggled into the Kingdom illegally, bypassing health checks and the mandatory quarantine requirement. Samut Sakhon’s own governor, Veerasak Vijitsaengsri, has tested positive for the virus and remains under hospital care.

According to a Bangkok Post report, the PM has acknowledged the work carried out by provincial officials since then, which includes active tracing and testing, health screening, closing “high-risk” venues and preparing field hospitals for quarantine and treatment. In yesterday’s call, he instructed Surasak to ramp up travel restrictions within the province and implement measures to prevent more illegal migrants from entering.

Although Surasak has announced the re-opening of the seafood market on January 27, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has sounded a note of caution, saying officials must guarantee that the facility is completely Covid-free. He adds that once the situation improves in the 28 “strictly controlled” areas, restrictions can be eased.

The government’s Covid-19 task force continues to monitor the situation in neighbouring countries, noting with concern the escalating cases in places like Malaysia. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is calling on all Thai citizens living near border areas to be vigilant and check for illegal border crossings. All migrant workers are required to undergo Covid-19 tests and provide details of their travel history.

In other news, the president of the Association of Entertainment Professionals is pleading for government assistance on behalf of entertainment venues and business operators affected by Covid-19 restrictions and closure orders. Khathawut Thongthai has called on Natthaphol Nakpanich, secretary-general of the National Security Council, to provide debt relief and soft loans. He is also requesting permission for venues in provinces that have gone 28 days without a local case to be allowed to re-open and for concerts to be given the go-ahead in these provinces.

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Record number of tourism firms quitting Covid-ravaged sector for good

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As the devastating economic effects of Covid-19 restrictions persist, a record number of Thai tourism operators are quitting the sector for good. The number of tourism firms surrendering their licences peaked last month, and around 70% of outbound agents have shut up shop indefinitely. The final nail in their collective coffin has been the Covid-19 resurgence, which originated in a seafood market in the central province of Samut Sakhon and has now spread to over 60 provinces.

The president of the Thai Travel Agents Association says around 10% of outbound tour operators have returned their licences to the Tourism Department. Suthiphong Pheunphiphop says 2,598 tourism operators have left the sector for good, unable to survive having no international tourists for nearly a year now. He says the last quarter of 2020 saw the highest number of companies de-registering, at 765. Of those, 293 quit last month.

Suthiphong says domestic tourism may pick up again by April, but this depends on how effective the government is at bringing the second wave of the virus under control. He adds that with the arrival of spring in many parts of the world in the coming months, global infections may fall, but it’s still a waiting game.

“Operators have to wait and see how things turn out in June The outlook for the outbound market is the most difficult to predict as the industry faces highly uncertain factors such as vaccine efficacy and policies in each destination to allow the flow of tourists.”

The TTAA says that in 2019, 11 million Thai tourists spent 430 billion baht on overseas trips. Last year, that plummeted to 1 million spending 50 billion baht. The association has postponed the Thai International Travel Fair, which was due to take place in February. It is now scheduled for August 26 – 29.

According to a Bangkok Post report, the Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn will meet Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin this week, in order to discuss a co-payment scheme to protect those employed in the tourism industry. It’s understood the proposal is to subsidise 50% of monthly salaries, up to a maximum of 7,500 baht per employee.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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