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Earlier today, Thailand authorities announced that almost 300 allegedly illegal migrants tested positive for Covid-19, and now, that number has raised to almost 400. The migrants are being housed in Bangkok’s Bang Khen district awaiting to be transferred to a field hospital, with authorities saying the situation is “under control.”

Sompong Chingduang, commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, said on Tuesday that 297 migrants tested positive for the virus, but then that number was raised to 393. 370 men and 23 women had tested positive for the virus in the Immigration Bureau’s detention facility, after being placed in crowded conditions. The facility currently has 490 people detained, in which the number of cases may rise as more people are tested.

Sompong says the infected people were isolated with some being treated at a field hospital in the Royal Thai Police Sports Club in Bangkok.

“The Immigration Bureau deployed police to guard the field hospital around the clock and disease-control measures of the Public Health Ministry are strictly implemented to prevent a spread.”

Now, the bureau’s detention facilities in Bangkok have stopped accepting new detainees, and instead, sending them to a facility in Nonthaburi province. Those who did not test positive for the virus are either being repatriated or sent to the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.

Sophon Iamsirithaworn, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, says most of those who tested positive were asymptomatic or only displayed minor symptoms.

According to the Department of Disease Control, the Covid-19 virus reared its ugly head at the detention facility in Bang Khen on March 11, with 9 people testing positive. Then, on March 13, 52 more tested positive. The original group that infected the facility were transferred from a facility in the Sungai Kolok district of Narathiwat province in the deep south of Thailand.

40 of the 52 who tested positive on March 13 were reportedly in close contact with the original group from Sungai Kolok. On March 15 and 16 other detainees who were in close contact with the original group began testing positive.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Tim Houston

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Funny that it’s always mostly migrants or foreigners that catch the covid in Thailand, Thai people should stop fear covid, they seems to be immune to this virus. Or else…

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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    I doubt it.
    The Thais just want to make money off the government for quarantine.
    Any second opinion? Naw they will not be.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    “The Thais just want to make money off the government for quarantine.”

    So how does that work, Toby?

    “The government” sends “the government” the bill for putting migrants in a “government” field hospital set up and run by the Army – who are paid by “the government”?

    … I’m a bit confused how this latest scam by “the government” on “the government” works, Toby …

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    James R

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Tim

    Yes I agree, the illegal immigrants must have been in the general population before being caught, but for some strange reason Thais do not seem to catch the virus according to the official declared numbers.

    The whole world does not need a vaccine, Thais can just sell their special blood and we will all be saved. 🤣

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    Ben

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7:12 am

    Whatever the Thai’s are doing it’s working. Restaurants, bars and clubs are open and busy and the hospitals are not filling up.

    Thai’s with special blood? Cmon Man, I thought you were smarter than that.

    It’s all going to be moot soon when the world gets its vaccination act together. James, wake up, the world has a lot of vaccines now and they’re being deployed. A year from now you’ll be singing the same tune and it’ll be all over.

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    Michael

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10:32 am

    So, I understand that for foreigners the most easy way to enter Thailand is to fly to Myanmar or Cambodia, cross the Thai border illegaly and avoid the quarantine and ridiculous Covid insurance that way?

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Agreed, Ben.

    Migrant workers, legal or illegal, live and work in crowded conditions, generally isolated from the rest of the (Thai) community – not integrated. and NOT “in the general population before being caught”.

    It’s hardly complicated, and hardly needs insider knowledge as it’s widely and regularly rwported.

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    No Michael.
    There are more Thai soldiers in the jungles around the border than lizards.

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    James R

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:19 am

    Ben and Issan John

    If you wish to believe the number of cases published by the Thai government then that is up to you.

    It is not possible for a country to be open as Thailand is and there be so few cases when the rest of us have to be locked down, illogical.

    Dream on.

    I supposes when you leave everything behind and commit to a foreign country to visit for a number of years you have to believe you have done the right thing and so you believe all the nonsense you are told.

    But it is a great place for holidays.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Only “illogical”, James R, if you think that just because the West, with few exceptions, stuffed up so badly everyone else must have done the same although all the available evidence makes it very clear they didn’t.

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    James R

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2:16 am

    Issan

    If you wish to believe in the nonsense the military dictatorship is telling you then that is up to you.

    So far 120k plus have died here, I did not get that figure from visiting hospitals or seeing dead bodies in the street as there are none, I got it from the local news, you are getting your daft info from Thai news which is not a free press.

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    James R

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 3:36 am

    I have explained it all before, not a single country in the world has beaten the virus unless there was a strict lockdown, that has not happened in Thailand.

    But if you want to believe the military controlled government then that is up to you.

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Thai government urges people to work from home where possible

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The government is calling on all employers whose staff can work from home to implement such measures immediately, as new Covid-19 infections hit another record high. Yesterday, the Kingdom reported 1,767 new infections and 2 additional deaths, taking the death toll to 101. There are 28 patients on ventilators. According to a Bangkok Post report, Taweesilp Visanuyothin from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration says recent data shows growing clusters of infection at work places.

One such cluster has been reported at a school in the central province of Samut Prakan, just south of Bangkok. 32 people have tested positive after 2 foreign teachers returned from a trip to Phuket between April 2 and 4, where they frequented a number of nightlife venues. After they returned to Bangkok, they resumed work at the school. supervising exams between April 5 and 8. On April 8, they attended a party in the evening and tested positive for the virus the next day. 23 students have also tested positive, along with 4 of their relatives.

Other clusters include 23 infections at a private firm in Chon Buri and 8 at an electricity authority office in the north-eastern province of Udon Thani. Taweesilp says the rise in infections in work environments indicates the need for people to work from home where possible.

“This is the reason the CCSA is asking for your cooperation to step up work-from-home measures. Companies which have reported cluster infections, if you can allow your employees to work from home, please do so.”

He adds that the Health Ministry is addressing the long waitlist for hospital beds in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The head of the Department of Medical Services, Somsak Akksilp, is acting as coordinator between hospitals and those running field hospitals, such as the Thai army. Covid-19 patients still waiting to be admitted to hospital are urged to comply with disease prevention measures and self-isolate with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control echoes the call for home working measures to be implemented wherever possible following the long Songkran holiday. Tens of thousands of people travelled across the country over the course of the holiday, but Opas says if home working can be implemented and the public cooperates with disease prevention measures, new infections should drop over the next 2 weeks.

“We’re concerned about community transmission in schools and workplaces. The work-from-home policy is important as we expect people to return to work on Monday. Please avoid gatherings, sharing of items and eating together.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Bangkok is taking proactive steps to deal with the likely surge of Covid-19 cases after the Songkran holiday, asking those returning to Bangkok to submit their timelines online and self-quarantine 14 days. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang is urging all people entering Bangkok to visit a website where they can perform a self-evaluation to assess their Covid-19 risk.

The website, bkkcovid19.bangkok.go.th, allows travellers returning to Bangkok to input their travel timelines and their personal information after scanning a QR code. The system will help with contact tracing, aggregating all the travel information to make following any threads of Covid-19 spread much more efficient. Health officials will be able to access and contact anyone thought to have come in contact with a Covid-19 infected person.

Songkran is usually one of the busiest travel periods of the year with millions of people going on holiday or visiting relatives. The government launches road safety campaigns to combat the swell in traffic and accidents. And even with Covid-19 cancelling most Songkran celebrations, Bangkok still saw nearly 8 million vehicles coming and going this festival period. A swell in Coronavirus infections spread throughout the country is likely as people travelled all over Thailand and back to celebrate the Thai New Year’s holiday.

Governor Aswin explained the platform is hoped to help contain possible outbreaks by providing crucial information to health officials to trace Covid-19 spread. The system will analyze infection risk for each person who registers and give them instructions on how to proceed. People deemed to be at risk will receive a free Covid-19 swab test from Bangkok health officials, while low-risk cases will be instructed to self-quarantine for 2 weeks.

SOURCE: The Pattaya Mail

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Covid UPDATE: 1,767 new infections for Sunday. Provincial totals.

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1,767 new Covid infections were reported this morning, the highest ever daily report of new cases in Thailand. The spokesperson for the CCSA also reported that there were also 128 people in serious condition, with 28 people on ventilators.

608,521 people have now received at least their first dose of Covid vaccine.

Bangkok continues to lead the way in the new infections although the clusters are popping up right around the country now. Bangkok reported 347 new infections, Chon Buri with 229, Chiang Mai with 164, Nonthaburi, just north and west of Bangkok, 100, Prachuap Khiri Khan 66 and Samut Prakan 64. Locally, Phuket officials announced an additional 26 cases today, taking the tally in this latest cluster to 156 infections*.

Covid UPDATE: 1,767 new infections for Sunday. Provincial totals. | News by ThaigerOnly 2 cases today were imported, everyone else who tested positive were living in Thailand.

The total number of infections in Thailand has now reached 42,352 people. There has been 2 additional deaths reported in the past 24 hours, taking that total to 101 dead from Covid-related disease. 13,569 people remain in state-monitored care.

Some provinces are adding their own restrictions, including demanding negative Covid tests if you’ve arrived from a red zone – Krabi and Trat have announced this already. The only exceptions are if you’ve had full doses of Covid vaccine or have just come from quarantine. Chiang Rai has announced a ‘request’ that citizens stay at home for the next 14 days.

In Phuket, the closure of entertainment venues has been further extended to the start of May.

Expect more provinces to make similar announcements in the next few days.

If you are travelling, or planning to travel, it would be recommended to pre-load the Mor Chana app on your phones and fill out the information. This will help avoid some delays as you arrive in new provinces.

*Readers should also realise that the local provincial health officials report daily as well. Those totals don’t usually find their way into the national daily tally until the next day.

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