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4 new Covid-19 cases in quarantine, 1 apparent reinfection

Caitlin Ashworth

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4 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine with an apparent reinfection, according to the Centre of Covid-19 Situation Administration. The 4 new cases are from those arriving in Thailand from Ethiopia, Nigeria, Singapore and United Kingdom, raising the country’s total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases to 3,669. So far, 3,467 people have recovered and 143 are currently being treated for the virus. The death toll is still at 59.

  • A 46 year old Thai man travelling from Singapore tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival on October 9, an apparent second infection. Health officials report the man was diagnosed with Covid-19 in June. He is being treated in Chon Buri and is asymptomatic.
  • A 19 year old Thai student travelling from the United Kingdom tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival on Monday. She is being treated in Bangkok. The woman says she had symptoms of a runny nose and loss of smell before arriving in Thailand on September 29.
  • A 37 year old Ethiopian woman travelling from Addis Ababa tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival on Monday. She travelled to Thailand for other, unrelated, medical treatment and is being treated at a hospital in Bangkok. She is asymptomatic.
  • A 36 year old Thai woman travelling from Nigeria tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on October 9 and tested positive 4 days later. She is being treated in Chon Buri and is asymptomatic.

4 new Covid-19 cases in quarantine, 1 apparent reinfection | News by Thaiger

4 new Covid-19 cases in quarantine, 1 apparent reinfection | News by Thaiger

Daily new Covid-19 cases as of October 15, according to Worldometers.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Issan John

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    3 out of 4 are Thais …

    While I’m not in favour of giving pre-departure testing much credibility as it can’t be verified so you still need the 14 days quarantine and tests, it does seem absurd that it’s a requirement for some but not for others on the same flight

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    Al

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 3:09 am

    Agreed John. It makes no sense at all.

    And regarding all of these so called “cases”, how many died?

    How many people have “died” from this so far this year anyway? Is it 58?
    How many others have died every day(never mind week, month or year) from the likes of cardiovascular diseases? Cancer? Respiratory diseases? Lower respiratory infections? Dementia? Liver disease? etc. etc.

    PS – How many people who went through the 14 day quarantine actually had the dreaded disease and then died?

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      Issan John

      Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 12:20 pm

      “… how many have “died” so far this year…?”

      59 in Thailand, well over a million more in the rest of the world despite the lockdowns and restrictions.

      “How many others have died every day … ?”

      In Thailand, an average of 460 per day in the public hospital system last year but that has dropped to 419 a day this year apparently due to the measures taken to control Covid-19 which have also reduced road deaths due to DUI, less cases of pneumonia and flu due to face masks and hand-washing, etc, so a 10% reduction.

      Are you suggesting that because there are more deaths from other causes it’s not worth worrying about and should be allowed to run its course unchecked?

      … and, if so, presumably that it’s not worth trying to keep the air cleaner to reduce respiratory diseases and infections, find cures for cancer, reduce cardiovascular disease with promoting healthy diets and lifestyles, etc?

      … that instead of spending 10% of GDP wordlwide on healthcare, or over $1,000 per person, it would be better to rely on survival of the fittest and save the money?

      PS – I don’t know the figure, but the last person to die of Covid-19 in Thailand was a staffer from the Thai embassy in Saudi Arabia who returned asymptomatic on 2 September and died on 18th.

      *: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-23/thailand-sees-decline-in-deaths-amid-low-coronavirus-infections

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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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Americans in Thailand urge US to provide Covid-19 vaccines to citizens overseas

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Thai officials say expats living in Thailand will be included in the government’s mass Covid-19 vaccination plan, but exactly when that will be is still up in the air. With foreign embassies in Thailand clearly stating that they will not assist with providing citizens living overseas with vaccines, expats are relying on the Thai government.

A number of Americans are now urging the US government to provide Covid-19 vaccines to citizens living in Thailand. And with the recent outbreak linked to the more contagious variant of the virus, getting a vaccine in Thailand has become more pressing.

A “Covid-19 Vaccine Task Force” of Democrats Abroad Thailand members, as well as those from American organisations based in Thailand, is calling on the US government to deliver vaccines to citizens living in Thailand, chairperson of Democrats Abroad Thailand and a United Nations consultant, Paul Risley, told VOA.

“Americans who live abroad need to be vaccinated for the same reasons that Americans who live in the United States need to be vaccinated… Because it’s the only way to stop Covid-19.”

If an American were to travel back to the US for a vaccine, they would still need to stay in a hotel or certified facility for a 14-day quarantine at their own expense when re-entering Thailand. Along with getting together the required paperwork, they would need to go through numerous Covid-19 tests including before the flight, upon arrival and before being released from quarantine. The flights to and from the US can end up being more than 20 hours per trip and add up to thousands of dollars in travel costs.

For the vast majority of Americans in Thailand, flying back to the US is the only way to get vaccinated at the moment. The US Embassy in Bangkok says vaccines will not be provided for US citizens living overseas.

The Department of State does not provide direct medical care, including vaccinations, to private U.S. citizens abroad. We are committed to providing all possible consular assistance to U.S. citizens in need overseas, including by providing information on local medical resources when appropriate. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

At a recent Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration meeting, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said “all people who reside in Thailand, regardless of their nationality, are eligible to receive the vaccine under the government’s plan.”

Mass vaccination campaigns are being rolled out in high-risk areas, such as Bangkok’s Khlong Toey slum where a cluster of infections was reported, as well as Phuket and Koh Samui, tourist islands that are said to be of “economic significance.” Health officials are trying to hit herd immunity on the 2 islands to reopen to foreign tourists.

Expats in Phuket who have a valid work permit can now register for a state Covid-19 vaccine. The registration must be under the company name and expats are told to have the company’s human resources staff assist with the registration process.

While no official announcement has been made regarding expats in Koh Samui, some foreigners who work as English teachers on the island say they have received both doses of the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine. Schools apparently helped with the registration process, but some teachers say they told to keep quiet about getting the vaccine. Some did not receive a vaccine certificate or any other documentation confirming that they are vaccinated against the coronavirus.

SOURCE: VOA

 

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Flight booking data shows vaccinations are key to rebooting travel globally

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Greece, ready to welcome vaccinated travellers. PHOTO: Flickr/Pedro Szekely

The latest findings from a research firm that analyses flight booking data confirms that vaccination is the key to rebooting international travel. The most recent research from ForwardKeys shows that destinations prepared to welcome vaccinated tourists have seen a surge in bookings.

In particular, Greece and Iceland, have had a significant uptake in inbound flights, while countries where mass vaccination is at an advanced stage, such as Israel, the US and the UK, have seen outbound bookings climb. They key point is that the world’s travel and flight industries are looking to insist on proof of vaccination or vaccine passports for the right to get on an international flight or travel beyond their borders.

Like Thailand, Greece is highly dependent on international tourism. Anxious to revive its decimated economy, the country has announced that tourists who are fully vaccinated, who have a negative Covid-19 test result, or who have recovered from the virus, are welcome to visit. The result is that the country is now the most popular destination among those summer booking holidays from the UK. According to TTR Weekly, confirmed flight bookings between July and September are 12% above what they were at the same time in 2019.

A similar trend can be seen in bookings from the US to Iceland. In March, the Icelandic government confirmed that vaccinated arrivals would face no entry restrictions, which led to a surge in bookings. Flight ticket sales shot up to 158% what they were at the same time in 2019.

Olivier Ponti from ForwardKeys says there is a clear correlation between high vaccination rates and outbound travel. In Israel, which has now vaccinated over 60% of the population, bookings for European trips have reached 63% of what they were in 2019, while in the UK, where over 52% of people are vaccinated, bookings are at 32% of 2019 numbers.

“Vaccinations appear to hold the key to reviving international travel, as countries that make clear promises to welcome vaccinated travellers are being rewarded by strong surges in flight bookings. We see a revival of confidence in outbound travel from countries where there has been a successful rollout of Covid-19 vaccines too.”

SOURCE: TTR Weekly

 

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National lockdown in Malaysia as Covid-19 infections surge

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Malaysia has gone into full national lockdown amid a surge in Covid-19 infections, including highly contagious variants that are putting the healthcare system under pressure. According to Thai PBS World, the Malaysian PM, Muhyiddin Yassin, has announced a ban on social gatherings and inter-state and inter-district travel.

“Malaysia is facing a third wave of Covid-19 that could trigger a national crisis.”

Schools and other educational institutions are shut, but Muhyiddin says some economic sectors can continue operating. The lockdown is in force until June 7, with the PM saying the presence of new and highly contagious variants that put pressure on the health system mean there is no other choice.

Malaysia has seen a spike in infections in recent weeks and has now reported 444,484 cases and 1,700 deaths. Yesterday, it reported 3,807 new cases. Last week, the country recorded its first case of the so-called Indian variant, or B.1.617.1, which was found in an Indian national at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Malaysia remains under the state of emergency introduced in January to curb the spread of the virus.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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