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576 cases in one day – Latest test results from Samut Sakhon Covid outbreak

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UPDATE: The number of cases linked to the Samut Sakhon outbreak has risen to 576. Earlier the figure was published as 516 cases.

Thailand’s CCSA has announced more than 500 Covid-19 cases among migrant workers at the centre of its seafood industry, on an enormous 1-day rise in a country that had gone into mild panic after just 1 or 2 daily community cases in recent months.

Initial tests announced a total of 516 confirmed Covid-19 cases. The latest figure has risen to 576.

576 cases in one day - Latest test results from Samut Sakhon Covid outbreak | News by Thaiger

Samut Sakhon, just south west of Bangkok, has been put under a lockdown with a curfew imposed from 10pm – 5am daily. The curfew went into effect last night and will last until at least January 3 in the wake of the new surge. People who have travelled to Samut Sakhon, or stopped in the province, since December 1, are being advised to isolate themselves and be aware of any possible symptoms.

The borders to the province have also been closed with movements in and out of the province banned for now.

Samut Sakhon is a hub for Thailand’s fishing industry with tributaries running from the Gulf of Thailand. Four infections were reported at a shrimp market last Friday. The first case was a 67 year old woman – a vendor at a local fish market.

The centre for the current outbreak has focussed on Burmese migrant workers in Samut Sakhon’s coastal fishing markets and industry. Fishing workers from Myanmar form the vast majority of the new cases. Myanmar has suffered a far worse outbreak of Covid-19 than Thailand having reached a total of 115,187 detected cases, after being at a total of 919 cases on September 1.

Thailand is among the world’s 10 largest shrimp and fish exporters.

Thailand’s Disease Control Department director-general announced that the 576 new cases were discovered after Covid-19 testing that included 1,192 migrant workers. 90% were asymptomatic. They have expressed concern that Samut Sakhon shares provincial borders with Greater Bangkok.

“The effect will be minimal as the infections occurred in young and strong migrant workers.”

More than 550 new cases were reported, a huge surge to Thailand’s total of 4,800 cases which includes 60 Covid-related deaths in the country of 69 million. Thailand’s Covid-19 case load has been fewer than any country with such a large population, except Vietnam.

The DSD says there is a high likelihood of finding more cases within the migrant fishing community. The province has now been ordered closed until January 3 and put under a 10am to 5pm curfew. The major southern route from Bangkok goes straight through the middle of the province although there are other routes that can be taken to the north of Samut Sakhon.

Samut Sakhon’s Governor Wirasak says the surprising the number of infections was “more than expected”.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | CNA |Reuters

 

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    Issan John

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Well done to the CCSA, and to Thai authorities who have reacted instantly with a lockdown and curfew.

    If the West had done this under similar circumstances months ago, hundreds of thousands of people may still be alive.

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      James

      Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 1:02 pm

      To clarify,,, I just drove out of mahachai to Bangkok without a single stop or enforcement.

      Not many actions being taken at all.

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    Kristof

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Issan John is correct; this is the best chance we have. Even with a hope for minimal effect due to most infected being young, fast and decisive action now is necessary to prevent more extreme measures later. ‘healthy’ asymptomatic infected people can still spread to others of all health levels, and while Sars CoV2 has been determined less lethal than the original Sars virus, it has also been found to be some 20-30 times more contagious, of which inevitable mutation thru worldwide spread leads logically to increases in these figures. We’ll know if it’s already too late in the next weeks if we see excess deaths and large reporting of symptoms on social media. One of the main specialized indicators of covid is loss of smell/taste; this helps differentiate it from other coronavirus outbreaks. From a scientific or public-health standpoint Thailand has had one of the best responses to this of any nation. I keep hope Thailand can pass this latest test. We will see soon enough. Stay strong, smart, and united Thailand.

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    Kristof

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 11:50 am

    This virus is deceptive because asymptomatic people can still spread to anyone of any health level. Those folks in turn also quickly become potential spreaders. Sars CoV-2 is not too lethal especially compare to the original Sars virus. The danger lies in it’s ability to spread much more easily (some 20-30 times as of scientific analysis from last February, figures now increased in mutated strains). It therefore ends up appearing less dangerous than it actually is to most. But when we step back and look at the big picture (particularily the larger implications of a virus that is somewhat mild yet has greatly enhanced infection capabilities to humans) we see something that while initially appearing innocent in fact has much more devastating greater implications. What seems more innocent in long-term is much more dangerous. Remember the rose always has thorns.

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    Stopbanning

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Just as the WHO reports the PCR tests used are notoriously inaccurate. Cycle thresholds are important.

    Me wonders of the conspiracy about the imf dolling out money to countries who impose tough lockdowns gets more money is why.

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      S2k

      Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:01 am

      The WHO did not say PCR testing is inaccurate. So spreading false information.

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    Issan John

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    “Just as the WHO reports the PCR tests used are notoriously inaccurate.”

    Really?

    Where does the WHO do that? I’d hate to think that you’re just making things up …..

    “Me wonders of the conspiracy about the imf dolling out money to countries who impose tough lockdowns gets more money is why.”

    … and what exactly is your source for that? Again, I’d hate to think that you’re just making things up …..

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    Johnny Dee

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    COVID IS COMING TO THAILAND mark my words it’s coming unfortunately but true!! It’s blatantly obvious what’s going to happen. Merry Christmas from a sunny SOSUA Dominican Republic!!!!! No quarantine here guys and plenty of fun to be had. Stay safe guys

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    Ian

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    I’ve been saying for weeks covid is already everywhere and spreading they can’t quarantine everyone some get through the cracks the stream will soon be a river keep safe everyone

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    Ian

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    I’ve been saying for weeks covid is already everywhere and spreading they can’t quarantine everyone some get through the cracks the stream will soon be a river keep safe everyone
    Ps didn’t a governnment official say other day covid is contained lol nobody has contained it totally anywhere unless they have played with the figures

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