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9 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine, all asymptomatic

Caitlin Ashworth

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9 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine in the past 24 hours. All were reported as asymptomatic and from those travelling back from India, Japan, South Sudan and the United Arab Emirates, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Thailand now reports a total of 3,652 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 59 deaths. 3,457 people have recovered and 136 people are being treated in hospitals. Here’s some more details about the cases announced today…

  • 3 army engineers from South Sudan, ages 27, 35 and 36, tested positive for Covid-19. They arrived on Monday and were quarantined in Chon Buri when they tested positive for the virus. They were admitted to the Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok.
  • 3 people travelling from the United Arab Emirates tested positive for Covid-19. 2 were Thai women, a 26 year old flight attendant and a 39 year old masseuse, who returned to Thailand last Friday and tested positive for the virus 3 days after their arrival. They were quarantined and treated in Chon Buri. The other case from the UAE is a 31 year old American boxing coach who arrived last Friday and tested positive for the virus 3 days later. He was quarantined and treated in Bangkok.
  • 2 people travelling from India tested positive for Covid-19. The Indian women, 25 and 55 years old, have family in Thailand. They arrived on September 30 and tested positive 12 days later. They were quarantined and treated in Bangkok.
  • A 50 year old Thai woman travelling from Japan tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on October 7 and tested positive 3 days later. She was quarantined and treated in Chon Buri.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Betty Wong

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Has this photo been tampered with? Four foreigners with out masks inside the airport.

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    Glenn

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    you, specifically you in thailand reading this must, now be locked up for 2 weeks – no questions, no choice – you are a danger to society.

    Why? What!?

    You are infected and must be locked in quarantine immediately!

    But I’m not sick! I’m fine…

    NO, you are infected and asymptomatic, and are dangerous. GET IN THE VAN NOW!

    Same logic as what’s used on the ‘returnees’. Same ‘proofs’.

    This is NOT about a virus, this is about power and control.

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    joe

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    THAI ARE MILITARY COUNTRY ONLY
    IF NOT SINTOMS
    IT S MEAN NOT DANGEROUS
    DOCTORS IN THAILAND AND ALSO IN THE WORLD NEED BACK TO SCHOOL
    NO ONE HAVE KNOWLEDGE ………TERRIBLE
    DOCTOR JOE.
    IF NEED CONSULTING I WILL BE HAPPY TO GIVE IT

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    … umm … yes, it’s about “control” – controlling the spread of the virus so Thailand doesn’t end up in the same state as the West where it’s out of control … despite the controls.

    … and if you haven’t got it yet, 80% of Covid-19 cases are asymptomatic so while they’re not “sick”, they’re infected and contagious.

    It’s not about “power and control” but about protecting people.

    Alternatively, of course, the government could use it’s “power and control” in a Western way, and close the bars, restaurants, schools, unis, gyms, dentists, etc, etc, and ban weddings, wakes, etc, etc … now I wonder which most people would prefer …

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    JM McGreggor

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    I wonder if the number of virus cases found each day in Thai quarantine would go down if Thai returnees had a Covid19 test before flying? As it stands today all they require is a ‘fit to fly certificate’ which is obtained by a video call to Thai embassy in the relative country. A fit to fly certificate does not include a Covid 19 test. By contrast all westerners flying these days must have a Covid19 test, a fit to fly certificate from a recognised body, plus a COE and health insurance. Considering the vast number of Covid 19 virus cases in all countries, the chances of sitting next to an infected passenger, regardless of nationality, is quite high.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:50 pm

      I agree with you on all counts, JM, as although I’m in favour of strict border controls they need to be consistent, universal and simple and that’s where Thailand fails on all counts.

      I’m not sure that a pre-flight test for anyone serves much purpose, though, as they’re next to meaningless.

      At best, 3 to 7% are going to be wrong so that’s some 20 to 40 people per flight; at worst, they can’t be verified so anyone with PhotoShop and a printer could happily produce their own.

      Similarly health insurance, which is why only a limited number of providers are accepted so the insurance can be easily verified.

      There’s just too much scope for DIY.

      As you so rightly say, though, “considering the vast number of Covid 19 virus cases in all countries, the chances of sitting next to an infected passenger, regardless of nationality, is quite high.”

      Considerably higher, though, are the chances not just of sitting next to one but of using the same toilet, touching the same luggage bins, armrests, seat backs, handrails in departure areas, etc.

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        Rick

        Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 6:31 am

        I certainly agree with the requirement for a negative virus test prior to boarding a plane to Thailand. Unfortunately all that does is prove that you weren’t a carrier of the virus 76 hours prior to departure. You can certainly be exposed to a carrier between the test and the arrival in Thailand. There is no sure fire way of preventing exposure during this time frame. The Thai people who don’t depend on tourism for a living are against allowing tourists back. However, with the economy collapsing as it is without tourism, to me the question is, do you allow foreigners back in or do you let the country go bankrupt and let those who depend on tourism starve. It’s not an easy question to answer, I realize. The way I look at it is, every time I get in a car and travel anywhere, I take a chance of being killed in an accident. However that is a chance I have to take in order to make a living for my family and loved ones. Nothing in life is guaranteed except death at some point. So in summation, I say Thailand has to take the chances in order to survive.

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    Maag

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Keep Thailand close, safety first for the Nation !

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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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3 organisers of Phuket’s Kolour superspreader event charged

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FILE PHOTO: 3 managers involved in the Kolour superspreader event have been charged.

As Thailand still wrestles to control the third wave of Covid-19, much of which stems from entertainment venues in Bangkok and a massive party in Phuket, Patong police announced that the managers of the Phuket venues that hosted the Kolour superspreader event will be charged under the Emergency Decree. The case report was filed with the public prosecutor yesterday according to the Patong police chief, confirming that 3 people will be prosecuted for the event.

The Kolour Beachside Festival was held April 2 and 3 with events at Café Del Mar Phuket in Kamala, and Shelter Phuket Dance and Night Club and Illuzion Nightclub, both in Patong. Before the festival, Phuket had gone more than a hundred days without any new Covid-19 infections, but by April 7 the Phuket provincial Public Health office announced 8 new infections, half of which had been at the Kolour parties. In the following weeks, officials plead for attendees to be tested as infections spread.

Charges were delayed in being filed to the Phuket Public Prosecutor’s office as a special investigation committee was ordered to be created to oversee the investigation at the request of Region 8’s Police Commander. That committee brought together officials from various law enforcement in the area including the Patong Police, Kamala Police, Phuket Provincial Police, and the Region 8 Police to investigate the Kolour event before anyone was charged.

The manager of Café Del Mar, along with the managing director and the manager of Shelter and Illuzion, which are under the same management team, will be charged for the Kolour festival violating Thailand’s Emergency Decree that was declared to help protect the country from Covid-19 outbreaks. A breach of the Emergency Decree can be held liable for up to 40,000 Baht and 2 years in jail under Section 9 of the Decree.

The latter 2 are also facing charges of operating an unlicensed entertainment venue. This carries the possibility of another year in prison and a fine of up to 60,000 baht, in accordance with Thai Law under Section 26 of the Entertainment Place Act.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure at high risk of death -CCSA

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Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure have the highest risk of death followed by patients infected with the coronavirus who underlying conditions of diabetes or high cholesterol, according to data from Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported 486 coronavirus-related deaths. Out of those fatalities, 392 were reported after April 1. Using data from the recent wave of infections, the CCSA found that those infected with Covid-19 who also have high blood pressure are at the most at risk of death, followed by those who are diabetic and those who have high cholesterol.

Others who are at risk of severe infection or death if infected with Covid-19 include those with chronic kidney disease, heart disease, obesity or lung disease.

Most of the deaths since April 1 have been in Bangkok, making up 46% of the death count in the recent wave, followed and provinces just outside the capital. Most patients who died while infected with Covid-19 have been over 60 years old with underlying health conditions. Several young adults, in their 20s and 30s, who died while infected with Covid-19, had underlying conditions of diabetes and obesity.

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Human Right Watch calls for Thailand to immediately act on Covid-19 outbreaks at prisons

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Chiang Mai prison / Photo via Department of Corrections ประชาสัมพันธ์ กรมราชทัณฑ์

In response to the recent Covid-19 outbreaks in Thailand prisons, the Human Rights Watch issued a statement saying Thai authorities need to take immediate steps to tackle overcrowding in prisons and release inmates that do not pose a serious risk to the public. The organisation also notes that under international human rights law, the government must provide equal and accessible health care to the inmates, adding that Thailand must act quickly to ensure the infected prisoners are properly treated.

Yesterday, Thailand’s Department of Corrections reported 2,835 inmates at 2 Bangkok prisons tested positive for Covid-19, adding to the hundreds of cases at prisons in Chiang Mai and in the southern province Narathiwat by the Malaysia border. Out of the new cases, 1,795 at Bangkok Remand Prison, making up more than half the prison population. The other 1,040 infections are inmates at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution.

HRW says those held in Thailand’s overcrowded prisons are at “grave risk” of Covid-19. After the outbreak in Narathiwat in early April, prison visits were suspended to prevent the spread of Covid-19. HRW Asia director Brad Adams says authorities had been warned about the situation.

“Many people warned the Thai authorities that they needed to act proactively to avoid such a situation, but it seems they got caught sleeping at the switch.”

Under international law, the Thai government is obligated to provide adequate healthcare to prisoners, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, Brad says. He adds that to prevent the spread of Covid-19, some prisoners should be released to reduce overcrowding and congestion.

“Besides providing health care and virus testing, the authorities should reduce the detainee population through the supervised release of those held on politically motivated charges or for minor offences, or who face greater risk from underlying health conditions.”

HRW says Thailand should take immediate steps to tackle the longstanding problem of overcrowding in prisons and consider the supervised release of inmates who at a high risk of severe infection if they were to contract Covid-19. Those charged with minor offences or who are in pre-trial detention for minor, nonviolent crimes should also be considered for release, HRW says.

SOURCE: HRW

 

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