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50,000 to be tested for Covid-19 in Samut Sakhon, 198 new infections reported in Thailand today

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50,000 people are lining up to be tested for Covid-19 in the hotspot of Samut Sakhon over the next 5 days as health officials step up pro-active testing in the hard-hit Thai province. The target of 10,000 people to be tested per day will focus on factory workers, communities and dormitories in an effort to change Krathum Ban and Muang districts from red to yellow and then green zones.

Apisamai Srirangsun, the CCSA deputy spokesperson, says they expect to find 2,000-3,000 new cases as a result of the increased tracking, tracing and testing. She says health officials are trying to track down and free Samut Sakhon of new infections.

“Officials are optimistic that that the pandemic will ease during the 2nd week of February.”

Samut Sakhon is the centre of the 2nd core wave of Covid in Thailand as a cluster of infections broke out late last year in the provincial seafood markets along the coast, just south west of Bangkok. She also said that educational institutes, in some areas of Samut Sakhon, may be allowed to reopen during the next month, if the situation improves.

“But many businesses may have to wait to reopen.”

So far, 70,000 people in the province have been tested for the virus with 5,332 found to be infected. Most of those infected are migrant workers from Myanmar, with the infection rate around 7%.

According to the CCSA, 198 new Covid-19 cases were recorded today, including 191 locally-transmitted infections and 7 imported. 1 more fatality was reported, bringing the national total death toll to 73.

The latest victim was a 73 year old woman from Samut Sakhon, who also suffered from dementia, high blood pressure and epilepsy. She was found to have been infected by family members on January 9 and was admitted to the hospital suffering from fatigue and a severe lung inflammation. The woman was placed on a respirator and was transferred to Thaksin Hospital, but she passed away yesterday after her condition worsened.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    Tony Andrews

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    I don’t believe it
    They are running a racket because they are paid to test, plus they take commission from hospitals that treat so called infected, who are falsely claimed to be infected
    Of course I could be totally and completely wrong.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 8:21 pm

      Indeeed you could, Tony.

      Those doing the testing are from the SDC mobile testing centres.

      Those testing positive in Samut Sakhon are quarnatined, free, in Army field hospitals – one for those who are symptomatic, one for those who are asymptomatic.

      Who pays this “commission”?

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        Tony Andrews

        Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 10:24 pm

        There will be a way and the Thais will find it.

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          Issan John

          Monday, January 25, 2021 at 1:28 am

          So you think the Thai Army are paying the SDC testers a “commission” to get them to fudge the tests so that the Army has to treat and quarantine thousands of migrant Burmese workers, free, in an Army field hospital when they’re actually not infected …

          … I see …

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    Mr cynic

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    You are not wrong,they are now also charging foreigners quite a bit more than thais for tests in bangkok,see today’s stickman for a comparison of charges,not sure if any non thais caught up in this round up/racket will be charged more,perhaps somebody in the area could enlighten us all.
    Gathering a huge amount of people in one place at one time as pictured seems a bit questionable to me also.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      See above and my previous comments on this, Mr C.

      Maybe you could explain how this cunning plan to take a commission for false positives works …..

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        Tony Andrews

        Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 10:37 pm

        This is hoe it works, the Thais that run the quarantine are paid by public funds.
        The persons who are quarantined do not pay, but the persons that run quarantine are paid, hence the more quarantined the better for the Thais who administer the quarantine,
        IMHO
        You really are not perceptive I John.

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          Issan John

          Monday, January 25, 2021 at 1:37 am

          Perceptive enough to notice that “the persons that run quarantine” and “the Thais who administer the quarantine” are the Army, in an Army Field Hospital, so they’re “paid” exactly the same whether they quarantine 5 people or 5,000 people.

          Somehow you seem to be missing this.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 8:44 pm

      Sorry, Mr C, missed it before.

      As the article says, most of those tested in Samut Sakhon are “non Thais”; the tests are free, so it would be difficult for Thais to be charged any less.

      Agree with you entirely about gathering so many so close together, though.

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        Tony Andrews

        Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 10:44 pm

        Here is another example of your innocence.
        The Thais are paid to test, hence the more tests, the more they are paid.
        They revel in testing because they are paid more!!
        They might be quarantined free, but the Thais are paid more for more quarantined, Understand?
        Therefore they pay commission for cases from testing

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          Issan John

          Monday, January 25, 2021 at 1:51 am

          Ummm … no.

          Sorry, Tony, even I can’t be bothered with this.

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        Mr cynic

        Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:18 pm

        It says most of those infected are not thai,how could you possibly have 70 thousand non thais to test in one area.

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          Issan John

          Monday, January 25, 2021 at 2:04 am

          Sorry, Mr C, I should have been clearer and rather than saying:

          “As the article says, most of those tested in Samut Sakhon are “non Thais”; the tests are free, so it would be difficult for Thais to be charged any less.”

          I should have said:

          “As the article says, most of those testing positive in Samut Sakhon are “non Thais”; the tests are free, so it would be difficult for Thais to be charged any less.”

          Is that any clearer?

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    Bill

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    The latest victim was a 73 year old woman from Samut Sakhon, who also suffered from dementia, high blood pressure and epilepsy. Sounds like the virus did this person a favor.

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    Issan John

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Will you feel the same way if it does your parents, who IIRC are a similar age, a similar “favor”?

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    Buttaxe

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Jeez, came to see a selection of reader’s comments, instead it’s yet again the Issan John show – where he picks (baseless and uniformed) faults in others comments for the sake of it.

    Thaiger, IJ should be free to spout his nonesense, but can we please have a block/filter option.

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      Manu

      Monday, January 25, 2021 at 10:03 am

      Buttaxe, I could not agree more but one should really have pity on the poor guy, he has obviously gone mad and his comments seem to be the last thing he has got left in his life. Covid 19 happen to make all sorts of damages to some people, in IJ’s case, the brain has obviously been affected…

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