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7 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine, most asymptomatic

Caitlin Ashworth

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7 new Covid-19 cases have been detected in quarantine from those people entering Thailand via Suvarnabhumi Airport, plus 1 patient who appears to have contracted the virus for a second time. The cases come from Hungry, India, Kuwait, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and the US, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Thailand now has a total of 3,622 reported Covid-19 cases with 59 deaths and 3,439 recoveries. The CCSA says 48 patients have been discharged over the past 24 hours and 124 Covid-19 patients are currently being treated at Thailand hospitals.

  • A 45 year old Kuwaiti woman travelling from Kuwait tested positive for Covid-19, apparently catching the virus for a second time. The woman first contracted Covid-19 in July. On Monday, she tested positive for the virus again when she arrived to Thailand. She was asymptomatic and taken to a private hospital in Bangkok.
  • 2 Thai nationals travelling from Hungry tested positive for Covid-19. The 52 year old man and 45 year old woman arrived to Thailand on October 1 and tested positive around 4 to 5 days after they arrived. The man and woman were asymptomatic, but went to Nong Yai and Bang Lamung hospitals in Chon Buri for treatment.
  • A 25 year old Thai woman travelling from India tested positive for Covid-19 and was on the same flight as 7 other previously confirmed coronavirus cases. She returned to Thailand on September 25 and tested positive 11 days later. She had a cough and was admitted to Lerdsin Hospital in Bangkok.
  • A 34 year old Thai woman travelling from the Netherlands tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived to Thailand on October 1 and tested positive 4 days later. She was sent to the Bang Lamung Hospital in Chon Buri for treatment.
  • A 23 year old Thai woman travelling from the UAE tested positive for Covid-19 and was on the same flight as 3 other previously confirmed cases. She arrived on September 25 and tested positive 11 days later. She was asymptomatic and taken to the Nong Yai Hospital in Chon Buri for treatment.
  • A 61 year old American man travelling from the United States tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on September 19 and tested positive 12 days later. He was asymptomatic and was sent to a private hospital in Bangkok for treatment.
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Daily new Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of October 7, according to Worldometer.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Mongoose

    Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    How can all these people test positive when they are tested before they get on a plane negative.i think the testing here is not 100 percent

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      Ryan

      Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 11:34 pm

      Thai Nationals returning don’t require a Neg Covid test prior to returning home like foreign nationals that have received their COE. it makes no sense. so a thai could have covid and be asymptomatic but a foreigner is neg, they fly together, maybe even sit in the same row, the chance of the foreigner contracting covid has just gone up exponentially.

      why not make the thai have a neg covid test to return. this would fix the issue of positive tests in quarantine (almost entirely). Don’t allow anyone on the plane that hasn’t received a neg test 72 hours before the flight and the risk of contracting while in flight is nearly eliminated.

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    Jamie1944

    Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Thais do not require a test for COE.

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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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More than 2,000 inmates in Bangkok test positive for Covid-19

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More than 2,000 inmates at the Bangkok Remand Prison and at the Women’s Correctional Institution have tested positive for Covid-19. The announcement from the Department of Corrections follows the recent news that a protest leader tested positive for Covid-19 after spending 8 weeks in jail awaiting trial for lese majeste charges.

Pro-democracy activist Panusya “Rung” Sithijirawattanaku made a post on Facebook saying she tested positive for Covid-19. She had been held in the Women’s Correctional Institution for 59 days and was released on bail on May 6.

The Department of Corrections says 2,835 inmates have tested positive for the virus including 1,795 at Bangkok Remand Prison, making up more than half the prison population. A source told the Bangkok Post there is a total of 3,238 inmates at the prison.

The other 1,040 infections are inmates at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution. The prison has a population of 4,518 inmates.

Those with severe symptoms are admitted to hospitals outside the prison while the other infected inmates are being treated at field hospitals set up at the prisons or at the Corrections Hospital, according to Corrections Department director-general Aryut Sinthoppan.

“The Corrections Department has ordered all correctional facilities to set up an area for quarantine and a field hospital, with doctors and nurses on duty to provide treatment for the infected inmates… We also plan to inoculate all detainees. We are only waiting for an allocation of vaccines from relevant agencies.”

Aryut says those at high risk of infection are now in quarantine. New inmates are in quarantine for 21 days and must test negative for Covid-19 twice before being released to the general prison population.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Phuket restrictions and bans to stay in place until end of May

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Phuket’s list of current ‘Covid’ restrictions have been extended until at least May 31. All the current levels of restrictions will remain until the end of the month after the Phuket Governor announced the continuation of restrictions this afternoon.

Daily new infection numbers continue to add to the island’s total of 556 since the start of April. The island’s latest wave started after a series of events, mostly Bangkok partygoers flying down for parties at Café Del Mar in Kamala, Illusion and Shelter, both in Bangla Road. The parties were organised by a Thong Lor based events company called Kolour. The daily numbers, whilst relatively stable, have not been going down as officials were hoping.

The announcement also puts any hope of a July 1 ‘quarantine free’ tourism opening in severe doubt. The island’s vaccine roll out has also slowed since the initial flurry of enthusiasm. Only 22% of Phuket’s population has currently been vaccinated (a long way ahead of the rest of the country) whilst the minimum vaccination level has to reach 70% according to the Government before they will entertain the ‘Sandbox’ opening proposal.

Entry to the island, by road or air, will remain restricted and anyone without proof of vaccination or a current PCR Covid test (within 72 hours) will have to do a full 14 day quarantine period (after May 15). The rapid Covid tests that were being conducted at the airport and Tha Chatchai Checkpoint are being stopped from this Saturday.

Notably, following the story of foreigners in Cherngtalay being fined 6,000 baht each for hosting a party at their home on Sunday night, the ban on gatherings and parties will continue.

Meanwhile, the island has reported its first death during the third wave of cases since the start of April, and a new cluster of infections in the Phoon Pon district in Phuket Town. The man that died was a 71 year old man who died yesterday morning.

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Monks gather for a special ceremony in Pattaya to pray Covid-19 away

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Hands placed together in the “wai” position and seated in chairs placed a safe “social distance” apart, monks in Pattaya gathered together at a local temple for a special ceremony to pray Covid-19 away.

The Wat Chai by the Pattaya Walking Street was given special permission to hold the event where dozens of monks from other temples in the area came together to pray. To prevent the spread of Covid-19 at the ritual, monks wore face masks, practised social distancing, used hand sanitiser and had their body temperature checked.

The monks chanted several mantras and performed rituals that they believe will help slow the spread of Covid-19 in Chon Buri and help the local economy recover.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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