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9 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine

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9 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine including a 6 month old boy, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Thailand’s total number of confirmed cases is raised to 4,246 with 3,949 recoveries and 60 deaths. 237 people are currently receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus.

  • A 6 month old British boy travelling from the United Kingdom tested positive for Covid-19.
  • 2 Swiss nationals, ages 50 and 57, travelling from Switzerland tested positive for Covid-19.
  • 2 Americans, ages 52 and 60, travelling from the United States tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 42 year old Romanian travelling from Romania tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 30 year old Ethiopian travelling from Ethiopia tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 44 year old Dutch woman travelling from the Netherlands tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 38 year old Dutch man travelling from Qatar tested positive for Covid-19.

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    Glenn

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    it’s becoming better and better known that the Cycle Count (CT) of the PCR covid test will show ANY live or dead or bits and pieces of old viruses (even old vaccines) if the CT is run over about 25. Unfortunately it’s common for the CT rate to be run higher.
    That means FALSE POSITIVES.

    Would the Thaiger consider doing more than copy-paste the numbers the govt gives, and do some real INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING please?

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    DRD

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 12:58 am

    As Glenn says would be great to know the cycle count of the PCR test…if it is 40 as many are you will get many false positives and there will be no good reason to risk entering Thailand as a tourist until this test is verified.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 2:24 am

    The daily Covid stats on this site brings to mind…..

    While everyone screeched about covid denial, a reminder based on actual information:

    In the UK, the public overestimated the death toll by a factor of 100.

    Covid is tragic. Exaggerated perceptions of how bad covid is are a much bigger issue than denial.

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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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The Thai government threw a tourist party (sound of crickets) | VIDEO

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The Thai Government, flushed with the success of their containment of Covid-19, decided to market the Land of Smiles to the world as the safe place to travel. With the annual wet season starting to weaken the tourists would flock back to the S E Asian country that had such a remarkable success containing, then almost eradicating itself, of the coronavirus.

Then they came up with the STV – the special tourist visa which would have the world’s eager travellers packing their sun cream for up to 270 days of Thai tourism.

There were promises of plane loads of tourists and even published flights and carriers. A few flights arrived, most didn’t.

In fact, since the start of the STV, the Special Tourist Visa, with its long list of restrictions and requirements, was floated, along with a re-vamped Tourist Visa, less than 400 people have arrived per month, on average, since the end of October. In the October and November of the year before more than 3 million people arrived in Thailand. Even the government’s limit of 1,200 new tourist arrivals per month was even slightly tested.

The government had bought all the streamers and a pretty new dress for the party but no one came.

What went wrong?

Where was the much-anticipated pent-up demand and people banging on the doors of the world’s Thai embassies?

It was the European winter and the ‘snowbirds’ would surely be back to soak in some Thai sun rays. But no.

The first problem was there wasn’t much for them to come back to. They would have the beaches of the islands all to themselves, they wouldn’t have to wait in line for anything, the domestic airlines were still selling low fares to Tavel anywhere around the country.

But otherwise there wasn’t a lot for them to do. The tourism magnets were a shadow of their former selves. Walking Street, Bangla Road, tours and tour boats, all the tourist strip restaurants. The buzz of the crowds was gone and more than 90% of the tourist-related business had closed up.

Their staff, their families, their bank loans, their stock and investments – all on hold and forced to find come other means to make ends meet. 931 of some of the larger official tourism operators have now gone out of business, according to Bloomberg News. There would be thousands of the smaller family operations that have also been swept aside by the Thai government’s responses to the world pandemic.

 

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A travel pass for passengers inoculated against Covid-19 or who have tested negative will be piloted on flights for Dubai’s Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways. With the travel pass issued by the International Air Transport Association, passengers can keep control of their data and share their test results with airlines and authorities for travel.

The travel pass will be offered on selected flights from Abu Dhabi in the first quarter, and will expand the pass to other destinations of the trail is successful. Emirates is going to implement phase 1 of the travel pass in April for flights departing from Dubai.

Recently, the IATA travel pass programme has been also tested in International Airlines Group and Singapore Airlines.

SOURCE: Reuters

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Outbreak in Samut Sakhon is “worrying,” CCSA spokesperson says

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While the number of daily new Covid-19 cases continues to drop, health officials are still scrambling to contain the virus in the prime hotspot: Samut Sakhon. The outbreak in the coastal fishing province is “worrying,” according to Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin.

Health officials rolled out a proactive mass testing campaign after a spike of Covid-19 cases in mid-December. The vast majority of cases were concentrated around the Central Shrimp Market in the Mahachai fishing hub, which affected a large migrant population. The virus has since spread to 61 of Thailand’s 77 provinces.

With the help of proactive testing, more than 4,000 cases were reported in Samut Sakhon. Field hospitals have been set up on the fly to treat and quarantine those that are infected.

But public health officials are still racing to test as many people in the province as possible with plans to inspect 600 factories and test 50 factory workers per day. There are 12,000 factories in Samut Sakhon and Taweeslip says health officials are speeding up testing to “isolate infected people as soon as possible.”

“The outbreak in Samut Sakhon is worrying. It is difficult to conduct active case-finding there. There are many obstacles, including the number of factories… Meanwhile, factory owners and workers must cooperate. There are more than 10,000 small factories where 1-200 people are employed.”

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