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900 more Covid-19 cases in Samut Sakhon detected in mass testing

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900 more Covid-19 cases were detected in the coronavirus-hotspot Samut Sakhon, a local health official announced today. Due to the major outbreak in the province, just southwest of Bangkok, factories might be turned into quarantine areas and field hospitals.

There are now 2,296 Covid-19 patients in the province, most of the cases detected in proactive testing, according to Disease Control Department director general Opas Karnkawinpong. He adds that at least 45 provinces have reported Covid-19 infections linked to the Samut Sakhon cluster.

The cases were not included in today’s daily report by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. CCSA reported 365 new Covid-19 cases and 1 death.

Samut Sakhon health authorities rolled out a mass Covid-19 testing campaign after an outbreak at a seafood food market and fishing hub in the Mahachai area last month. The vast majority of patients are Burmese migrants who worked at various factories throughout the province.

“If a factory is found to have several infected people, we will turn it into a quarantine facility for its infected employees. Those who have severe symptoms will be sent to a hospital for treatment, while those who have been tested positive with no symptoms for more than 10 days will be allowed to live in a controlled zone together with those who have been ordered to undergo a 14-day quarantine.”

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Thai PBS World

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    Rasputin

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    900 new cases in 24 hours is very bad news, it would appear the virus is close to being out of control and containment no longer being a realistic option. The first thing I would do is retest to check the accuracy of the testing system in use. If it is accurate, positive action needs to be taken while there is still time available to reverse the spread. Look towards the USA or Europe if you want to know what you have heading your way. This dammed virus will take no prisoners.

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      Ipissonjohn

      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 2:10 pm

      Well its not accurate according the FDA WHO and Dr. Fauci. So nothing is out of control except the media.

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        USA Expat Paul

        Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 3:25 pm

        Please spare us your conspiracy theory Fox “News” nonsense and stay in your lane.

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:05 pm

        It’s 97% accurate according to the FDA, WHO and Dr Fauci.

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          Ipissonjohn

          Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:39 pm

          Not as of yesterday. They all came out in agreement on this one. I can’t post links so you will need to verify if yourself. The fact this comment has been allowed to stay up is proof its 100% true.

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            Issan John

            Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 1:23 pm

            No need to post links – just a quote will do.

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          Ipissonjohn

          Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:46 pm

          In mid-November, none other than he who should not be questioned – Dr. Anthony Fauci – admitted that the PCR Test’s high Ct is misleading:

          “What is now sort of evolving into a bit of a standard,” Fauci said, is that “if you get a cycle threshold of 35 or more … the chances of it being replication-confident are minuscule.”

          “It’s very frustrating for the patients as well as for the physicians,” he continued, when “somebody comes in, and they repeat their PCR, and it’s like [a] 37 cycle threshold, but you almost never can culture virus from a 37 threshold cycle.”

          So, I think if somebody does come in with 37, 38, even 36, you got to say, you know, it’s just dead nucleotides, period.”

          So, if anyone raises this discussion as a “conspiracy”, refer them to Dr.Fauci.

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            Issan John

            Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 1:29 pm

            So he DIDN’T actually say it was “misleading” at all.

            Just that the tests should be done in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions. at 35 cycles or less which has been known since the tests started being used.

            So, sadly but unsurprisingly, YOU JUST MADE THE REST UP.

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          Rick

          Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 8:58 pm

          So John, “do you have a source quoting them directly, or just a source saying that that’s what they said (just as you’re saying what they said)?”
          Previously you were saying that it had a 93-97% accuracy rate. Why the change? Is this just you making up data again to suit your argument?
          But okay, let’s say that the PCR has a 97% accuracy rate and a 3% false positive rate. At
          a 3% false positive rate if you test one thousand people and one hundred of them test positive then thirty of those people will have tested false positive.
          This means that if you are testing thousands of people you will end up with quite a large number of false positives and these incorrect numbers will be used to justify lockdowns and other measures. Not to mention the fact that the people who are said to be infected and are actually not will be subject to having their lives disrupted and may be unfairly stigmatized and subject to forced lockdowns and quarantines and may be scared into, or forced into, medical facilities, and even given treatment that they do not need and may prove harmful. I wish all of you who are constantly advocating lockdowns and more testing will keep this in mind.

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            Issan John

            Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 1:50 pm

            No “change”.

            It’s “93 – 97% accurate”; 93% for negatives, 97% for positives, as I’ve said repeatedly and consistently.

            Your maths is badly flawed. Almost unbelievably so.

            “At a 3% false positive rate if you test one thousand people and one hundred of them test positive then” THREE “of those people will have tested false positive”.

            Not “thirty”, but three.

            3% of one hundred is 3 (three).

            If those three are quarantined and then tested again, the chances of the false positive being repeated are reduced from 3% down to 0.09%. If tested a third time, that’s reduced to 0.0027%.

            I don’t there’s any need for further comment.

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            Manu

            Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 2:59 pm

            That’s right Ipissonjohn, I cannot believe that anyone still argues on that subject since it has been said/known for months by many scientists around the world: over 35 cycles, PCR tests are pratically useless!!! It shows how people are badly informed or maybe they just want to hear only one side of that story at all time all the time…. But hey, of course, they need to hear it from Dr Fauci (very independant scientist, absolutely no conflict of interest) in order to be satisfied that it is not a “conspiracy”. Pathetic but here we are: the video/interview is actually dated back in july… YES, JULY!!

            Search for “Dr. Anthony Fauci joins TWiV to discuss SARS-CoV-2.” (it is on youtube too)

            Satisfied now???

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    Ipissonjohn

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Except FDA WHO and Dr. Fauci admitted pcr tests are unreliable to determine a “case”

    So this amounts to disgraceful propaganda sharia the thai people.

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      USA Expat Paul

      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 3:23 pm

      Please spare us your conspiracy theory Fox “News” nonsense and stay in your lane = the loony bin.

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        Ipissonjohn

        Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:46 pm

        In mid-November, none other than he who should not be questioned – Dr. Anthony Fauci – admitted that the PCR Test’s high Ct is misleading:

        “What is now sort of evolving into a bit of a standard,” Fauci said, is that “if you get a cycle threshold of 35 or more … the chances of it being replication-confident are minuscule.”

        “It’s very frustrating for the patients as well as for the physicians,” he continued, when “somebody comes in, and they repeat their PCR, and it’s like [a] 37 cycle threshold, but you almost never can culture virus from a 37 threshold cycle.”

        So, I think if somebody does come in with 37, 38, even 36, you got to say, you know, it’s just dead nucleotides, period.”

        So, if anyone raises this discussion as a “conspiracy”, refer them to Dr.Fauci.

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          Manu

          Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 9:13 am

          That’s right Ipissonjohn, I cannot believe that anyone still argues on that subject since it has been said/known for months by many scientists around the world: over 35 cycles, PCR tests are pratically useless!!! It shows how people are badly informed or maybe they just want to hear only one side of that story at all time all the time…. But hey, of course, they need to hear it from Dr Fauci (very independant scientist, absolutely no conflict of interest) in order to be satisfied that it is not a “conspiracy”. Pathetic but here we are: the video/interview is actually dated back in july… YES, JULY!!

          Search for “Dr. Anthony Fauci joins TWiV to discuss SARS-CoV-2.” (it is on youtube too)

          Satisfied now???

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        Puno

        Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 9:44 am

        Please retract this news. This is shameful reporting that nobody csn detect this

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:07 pm

      No they didn’t.

      Do you have a source quoting them directly, or just a source saying that that’s what they said (just as you’re saying what they said)?

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    Julian

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Please stop to test.
    The problem with testing, you found… When you close your border far after the outbreak, only sheep think the virus didn’t reach thailand.
    We leave with it since 9month. Except all the tourists industry, every one was ok.
    But if you test and let the media happily give number of these testing, then God have mercy on us. This madness will never end. This is a virus like thousand of other. Be ready for the next virus, because you can be sure when the “fight” against this one will be done, they gonna find a new star.

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      Jake Pattaya

      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10:38 pm

      For 9 months Julian we didn’t have people bin hospitals and things changing now so you are wrong.

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    quang

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    I hope that the companies which employed the immigrants will be severely punished with heavy fines

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      John

      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 2:38 pm

      This is what its all about
      Immigrantpolicie
      This virus is around everywhere since september 2019
      Winter is here fluseason
      Suddenly testing
      Theu should tested when the strikes were going on also then or all the party areas that were supposed to be closed down

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      Maestro

      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 4:35 pm

      @quang, the companies that paid to bring in migrants illegally (smuggled) and skipped quarantine are the ones that need to be punished.

      I don’t know where you are from but we definitely cannot blame the migrants for the outbreak. This is a disaster made by Thais (companies that paid smugglers and other well-known people wearing brown clothes, border security,, casino den owners and their friends, etc, etc, etc).

      Remember that many migrant workers here and abroad live by the thousands in close quarters and with little hygienic protocols. All it took was a number of them to get here thanks to the help of Thai smugglers and others and move into their quarters for the new outbreak to start.

      Actually, we really don’t even know how long has the virus been amongst us because of so many asymptomatic people and low testing.

      Now we have to be smart and just deal with the outbreak, get it under control, and definitely avoid blaming the migrants. They are people just like us at the end of the day.

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    Biggest scam

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    PM is doing his best to stay in the lead. Fear is the best tool for him at the moment, but how long people will believe that virus crap?

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    gosport

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    It is time to travel less travelled road. This province is down already. 900 is too too much for them to handle.

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    Keith

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    If these migrants are kept their normal crowded condition it will spread like wildfire. Send the migrants how until the pamdemic is over

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    Mike Jones

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    I would advise the Thai government to lock-down the whole country if these reports are true. I am in the UK at the moment and right now, as I speak, 1 person in 50 has covid-19.1 person in 30 in London. We are all waiting to be vaccinated. Thailand should be trying to secure as many vaccines as possible and then how to immunise every person as quickly as possible.

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    Maverick

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Migrant dorms are the problem best they talk to Singapore about how they managed their outbreak before it’s too late for rest of country – if not already – best they start ramping up the vaccines

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    Leo Z

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    “Proactive testing”(!) said the Disease Control Department. Proactive testing is NOT when you test 3 weeks into an outbreak. Proactive testing is when you test people at the border and then again 3-4 days later.

    But I see that the Thai government is more and more taking a page from its “idol” government, the one in China, i.e. it assumes, and expects, that people within the country and outside of it have an IQ of 80.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 2:48 am

    China Blocks Team of Researchers From Entering the Country to Investigate Coronavirus Origins

    This is who you are in bed with……despicable.

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    LV

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Please retract this story. I always depended on you giys for unbiased accurate reporting but simple fact check could have told you this was wrong. Dismissed on youtube comments even after facts presented.

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2046691/tuna-factory-cases-old-news

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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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