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8 hospitals across Thailand forced to close after healthcare workers contract Covid-19

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Facebook/Mae Sai Hospital

8 Thai hospitals are temporarily closed after patients hid the fact that they were infected with Covid-19 and passed the virus on to hospital staff. Other staff members have had to self-isolate. According to Thai PBS World, the 8 affected hospitals are as follows:

Chiang Rai
Mae Sai Hospital, closed until May 16. 88 medical staff quarantined.

Nakhon Sawan
Chumsaeng Hospital closed until May 7. 1 medical worker infected.

Chai Nat
Ruam Paet Chai Nat Hospital 1 closed until May 12. 1 medic infected.

Lop Buri
Nong Muang Hospital closed until May 14. 1 staff member infected.

Nakhon Pathom
Samphran Hospital surgical ward closed until May 10. 40 medical staff quarantined.

Surat Thani
Bor Phud Hospital on Koh Samui closed until May 14. 7 medical staff quarantined.

Ratsada Hospital closed until May 31. 34 medics infected.

Nakhon Si Thammarat
Pipoon Hospital expected to re-open today. 2 medical staff infected.

Today, Thailand’s new cases of Covid-19 rose above the 2,000 mark, with 2,014 new infections reported. There have been an additional 31 deaths, a new high.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 11:17 am

    I thought all health workers were vaccinated, but then as it was Sinovac it was a waste of time and money, it just reduces symptoms does de protect against infection

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    Dynamo Dave

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 11:26 am

    I don’t like Mondays, as our Irish friends once sang. What, with. . .
    (1) These patients hiding this crucial fact re their infection from hospital staff who themselves became infected;
    (2) Infections found on Phuket flights, and
    (3) Yesterday’s highest death toll ever in this country’s on-and-off battle against CV-19 . . .

    There more than appears to be a shameful irresponsibility on the part of many Thais to behave in a way that shows they have the slightest regard for others; the normal ‘Mai pen rai’ attitude, but now with clogs on, in its potential danger to others. I doubt there could be another day that contained such a bunch of awful news.

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      Monday, May 3, 2021 at 1:27 pm

      Wait a few more days/weeks, and today’s news will seem like a birthday and Christmas all in one

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    Larry hemsworth

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    ok this is getting ridiculous… closing hospital now….?
    sorry but at some point we do have to deal with this and not keep hiding and closing off businesses…

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    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    If they knew they were infected it just goes to show the mentality of the people. Disturbing to say the least!

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    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Deniers now causing hospital closures.

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    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Something about that claim doesn’t add up.

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    Simon Small

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    If “patients hid the fact that they were infected with Covid-19 and passed the virus on to hospital staff” deliberately and knowingly, they should be jailed after their quarantine.

    Serious jail time, not a few days, as hospital closures could result in people dying so it’s manslaughter.

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    Dynamo Dave

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    @Simon Small – ‘ . . . so it’s manslaughter.’ Yes, as ominous as that sounds, you’re right, there.

    The sad fact is, SS, that if I was to ask the question, ‘Why is it that these people – Thais in this instance – seem unable to ask themselves those simple ‘what if’ questions, before their stupid actions?’, I’d be decried as a Thai basher.

    This behaviour simply beggars both belief and the idea that family upbringing and school education have failed to get ‘responsibility towards others’ into these people’s heads.

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    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Let’s see. They denied having Covid which subsequently infected others. For some reason, the medical facility closed because of this. I’m not sure what part of this doesn’t add up Mr. 2 + 2 = 5. If one has a medical condition that requires attention and their hospital is closed, thank someone like this.

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    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Yes simon this is the case where Thais go to places they shouldn’t and these hospital staff are now at risk. To clarify a point most hospital staff nationally have not had two doses. My wife only received her 1st dose 10 days ago but now on the frontline treating these fuckers

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    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    What I do not understand is how did virus get through the space mask staff is wearing? By mental telepathy?

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    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Sometime people need to understand that enforcing masks on everyone, is not the [quick fix] solution that will save Thailand. I think this is a good proof of that.

    But closing hospitals…yeah doesn’t matter how long I live in this country, still manage to continue to surprise me

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    Malc Thai

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    So these people must have been tested for covid to get a positive result back.. why were they not put into quarantine immediately like everyone else but allowed to cary on their normal daily life and lying to hospital staff that they were fine!

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    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    It doesn’t add up because hospitals should have implemented suffiencent covid measures. Otherwise super-spreading doctors are going to infect thousands of old and sick.

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    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    If you had told me 2 years ago that there was a coming global authoritarian crackdown to restrict normal everyday activities, that the media would foster a vindictive culture of fear and guilt within society to maintain the crackdown, that the masses would support it, and that it would be pushed by the left wing of all things, I would’ve thought you were crazy.

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    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    SURELY ANY AND EVERY HOSPITAL by this time should be taking basic precautions with EVERY patient
    even if only wearing a mask, if not more preventative measures? The authorities cannot keep on denying incompetence for ever and expect to get away with it.

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    Harry Bonning

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    All four private hospitals are in Bophud so which one is it?

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    Amy Sukwan

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Hid their infection? How would they have known about their infection? Isn’t it possible that they went to the hospital because they were feeling sick, and subsequently were found to be Covid positive? The mass quarantine of staff and closure of hospitals bodes very poorly for Thailand. People still use hospitals for other things like accidents and long term care. Apparently Covid lives matter so much more that there weren’t be any hospitals…

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    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    in other countries,the frontline are the priority to be vaccinated,while presidents and PMs have to wait their turn,here,its status,it time for the younger generation to take over and have real reform.transparency and equality,after a return to a civilian governance

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Phuket red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

Neill Fronde



FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News


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BMA admits Covid virus spreading fast in Bangkok, speeds up testing and jabs




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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says it is speeding up mass Covid-19 testing and inoculations in communities hit strongly by the virus, after admitting the virus is spreading fast in Thailand’s capital.

The city clerk says the administration, along with the Public Health Ministry and other agencies, are speeding up the collection of nasal swabs for Covid-19 tests, with a plan to test 3,000 people in high-risk groups per day. Those people deemed to be at an increased risk of the virus have been clustered by districts, with testing units in each of the 6 districts…

Laksi district, 70 Pansa Min Buri park in Min Buri district, Huai Khwang stadium in Huai Khwang district, under the Rama III expressway in Yannawa district, a public park under Rama VIII bridge in Bang Phlad district and The Mall Bangkae shopping centre in Bang Kae district.

The virus has been found in densely populated, low-income areas such as the Klong Toey community in Klong Toey district, Bon Kai community in Pathumwan district and Ban Khing community and The Mall Bangkae in Bang Kae district. In an effort to help those residents stay at home to prevent the possible spreading of the coronavirus, community-level organisations are teaming up to provide food, water, and supplements to those in the areas.

But stay at home orders are a problem for many as starvation is more frightening than the virus and 90% of residents in the slum communities still need to leave for work each day to keep food on the table. The daily average income for those in the slums is around 120 to 150 baht. The CCSA yesterday declared that is is focusing on containing major Covid clusters in 3 key Bangkok communities – the Klong Toey ‘slums’, Bon Kai in Pathumwan and Ban Khing in the Bang Kae district, on the west side of the Chao Phraya.

Today’s nationwide Covid update includes compiling the regional totals from yesterday, with a total of 27 new Covid-related deaths and 2,044 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. The numbers continue a statistically consistent rise in the number of Covid infections over the past 2 weeks.

Meanwhile, talking about Phuket’s plans to open in July, the Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, said yesterday that the number of new cases on the island must reach zero before the government can contemplate the ‘Sandbox’ plan for no-quarantine travel.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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Phuket visitor Covid-19 rapid antigen testing may end May 15

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: Covid-19 rapid tests may be discontinued in Phuket. (via Wikimedia)

In a live broadcast, Phuket’s Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong said officials will consider discontinuing Covid-19 rapid antigen testing for people arriving into Phuket after May 15. The interview from the Phuket Check Point at Tha Chatchai yesterday seems to contradict a recent statement from the governor launching additional rapid testing from today.

Entry to Phuket since April 22 has been limited for travellers from red zone provinces, requiring proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within the last 72 hours. Anyone arriving without either of these would be screened on the spot with rapid antigen tests. Though originally offered for 300 baht per person, controversy arose over Thailand’s 2-tier pricing as it was announced that testing would be free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

The National Health Security Office provided 40 billion baht for testing in Phuket, allowing free testing for nationals, but as that funding is used up, Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew announced that the testing will no longer be free for Thai people after May 15. Phuket does not have the budget for free rapid antigen testing so they will likely be forced to require payment after that date.

The current testing has seen a decline in positive Covid-19 infections, not finding any new cases for several days, prompting the government to rethink whether the current system of rapid testing those who are not vaccinated or holding a recent negative test certificate is worth the money spent.

Over 40,000 people have been tested since the program began April 22 until the current figures on May 5, with only 22 covid infections identified. Furthermore, 5 of those infections turned out to be false positives.

The vice-governor conceded that Phuket has Covid-19 outbreak problems with growing infections every day, but explains that the infections are from within the community and not from outside visitors. The latest infections stem in large part from gambling get-togethers without proper Covid-19 safety.

As of now, the rapid antigen testing will continue until the May 15 cut off, but government officials are still debating whether to continue testing and whether funding will exist for it after that date.

The NHSO has recently hinted that they will approve more funds to continue testing, a signal that had not been received before the governor’s announcement on Wednesday about the rapid antigen testing.

The vice-governor stressed that the situation is constantly evolving and that new information it’s shared frequently, and often out of local control. He urges everyone to pay attention to forthcoming announcements.

SOURCE: The Phuket News


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