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5 Thai provinces ordered into total lockdown

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5 provinces in Thailand are in total lockdown, with travel restrictions barring anyone from leaving or entering, unless absolutely necessary. The provinces affected by the tough new measures are the eastern provinces of Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat, as well as the central province of Samut Sakhon, where Thailand’s Covid-19 resurgence originated last month.

Thai PBS World reports that Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutacha has praised PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration for agreeing to the lockdown, which has been implemented as a result of escalating infection rates in the provinces. He says it’s hoped the measures will only need to be in force for a short term, acknowledging the effect of such a lockdown on the economy. However, without it, he says there is a real risk of Covid-19 spreading to the rest of the country.

The total number of provinces with cases of Covid-19 now stands at 54, with provinces colour-coded depending on the severity. In Bangkok, which is also under tough restrictions, a number of attractions have been closed until January 31, including the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. While travel to and from the capital has not been banned, travellers in and out of the region face strict health screening measures.

In other news, a team at Prince of Songkhla University in the south of the country have created a new Covid-19 test kit, which has demonstrated 99% accuracy in detecting antibodies in the blood within 15 minutes. Thirakamol Pengsakul, who led the team, says that, as 90% of infected people are asymptomatic, the kit has been created to detect antibodies in those exposed to the virus within the previous week or 2. It has already been approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration and is set to go into mass production, with a target of 100,000 kits a day.

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:34 am

    So…more testing now in the pipeline…cases will rise

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    Jon

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:42 am

    I need to travel to bkk from pattaya. Is it possible!?

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      Jim

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12:31 pm

      Yes

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    Ben

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Testing is a useful tool to help identify those with the virus so they can be isolated and quarantined so they can’t spread the virus. It’s one of the three tools needed to get us out of this mess in the next 6-9 months along with effective vaccine and treatments.

    Testing does not cause cases to rise. It helps identify them. For those that want to call the virus a hoax or no big deal, better testing helps identify more cases which doesn’t support their narrative.

    The reintroduction of the virus to Thailand will now require a short lockdown (up to a month) to eliminate it (assuming it’s not under control) and allow the country to get back to operating more normally like it has since early summer. Wash, rinse and repeat from earlier this year.

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      Kristof

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12:21 pm

      This assessment is correct, altho with the impact of New Years travel all around the country still unknown for a couple weeks it is possible lockdowns longer than a month may be necessary. Another very important part of the response to this will be everyone doing their part to wear masks in public, sanitize high-contact surfaces, and minimize public & social activity. A united response is essential regardless of political systems or styles of government.

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      preesy chepuce

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 9:42 pm

      Testing, and identifying cases doesn’t really help you though… you are only discovering what’s already happened – that you know about – and not what has happened since that case emerged (before you tested it)… moreover, a negative result doesn’t prevent an infection happening immediately happening just after you tested it. If you could have sensors on every body in the country, and do near-realtime continuous testing (rather than in-situe discrete testing), then you would have information you could be proactive about, but this test-chasing can only deliver reactive responses, and guesstimates. There’s this funny idea doing the rounds that a test just happens once, and the result is somehow permanent; and similarly that a vaccine makes a virus go away permanently. Neither of these things are true, and focussing on this narrative is wasting time and money that could be put into absorbing the impact of something your testing can never give you the full picture of. In a nutshell, you have no verified data that this is a “reintroduction”, it could have been here all along, and could have evaded your limited scale in-situ discrete testing. Viruses spread where there are populations, and mechanisms of transfer – like incorrectly used masks and door handles… this understanding shows the limits of testing.

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      indisPC

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 12:59 am

      The immune system by far and away is the best tool we have.

      What Thailand needs to do is stop listening to people like you. CV has only slightly accelerated a process that is integral to life: the process of getting old and dying. It happens to everyone. Throughout history infectious diseases have periodically flared up and accelerated that process.

      Boo hoo. It’s not a unique circumstance. Elderly people today are certainly not the first to face this demise. And it shouldn’t justify the theft of life from the young. But more than anything, taking life from the young won’t save the elderly.

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    Jamie

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    I believe this has been rejected by the Prime minister if its true could you kindly update this post people are panicking in ASQ to try get back home

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Yes lockdown and starve, or take the chance, and the death rate will 5 percent of the traffic deaths.
    These are the people that believe in spirits, and bad karma.
    The put up small pottery houses so the spirits will have somewhere to live!!
    They are easy to convince that the terrible virus will wipe them out.

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      indisPC

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1:05 am

      Isn’t CV panic is completely out of step with traditional Buddhist teachings? I seem to recall reading that the Buddha taught that death is part of life, and that we should experience life, not spend cowering in fear of death. Then there’s the whole reincarnation thing…

      I’m not sure how Asia became ground zero for irrational fear of death on this one… but it is disheartening.

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    Leo Z

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Antibodies testing for exposure from the previous 1-2 weeks. And if you’re asymptomatic, you passed it on to some of your family and colleagues and friends from day 1 to 5.

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      preesy chepuce

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 9:45 pm

      if someone sneezes some virus-laden grolly on a plastic surface, do you know how long that virus stays alive? …long enough …it only lasts for 6 hours on copper though. I suspect that the data will show the futility of lockdowns over the coming weeks, but the damage will be done by then.

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    Cheesy Prepuce

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 2:03 am

    I wonder if they’ll still be congratulating themselves now? “Trusted Thailand”.

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    Harry Potter

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 10:08 am

    It would be interesting to see if Covid is a deadly as it once was. I read lots of people have it, but very few are dying. To date over about 10 months the total deaths are 67.
    Auto deaths are around 16,500 annually.
    2018 All cancers – 114,199
    2018 Coronary Heart Disease 60,372

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