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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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10 Comments

  1. 3,000 tests per day? Am I reading that right? Surely they mean per hour? 3,000 a day is bordering on pointless. Of Thailand is going to take until at least September before really getting vaccinations fully underway where they inoculate 300,000-500,000 a day, then Covid restrictions and MASS testing is needed urgently. I reckon I could do 3,000 a day with a couple of people to help out. 3,000? Must be a misprint surely?

  2. Tests are pointless unless they’re testing the right people.

    In Phuket they’ve tested 40,000 arrivals with only 22 positives and of those 5 were false positives, so despite the known numbers they found only 17 out of 40,000.

    That’s a success rate of 0.04%.

    Thailand’s targeted testing of low risk groups had a success rate of 4 – 9%, medium risk 12 – 15%, and high risk 18 – 24 %.

    That’s nearly 600 times that, so to achieve that with mass testing with the same success rate as mass testing in Phuket you’d have to test over 1,500,000 per day!

    Mass testing, unless targeted, achieves nothing and is just a massive waste of time, money and resources as all the experts who’ve opined about it agree without exception – but still the amateur experts ignore the facts and the experts and know better.

    1. Yes, that was my point. They are doing targeting mass testing but only 3,000 a day. There are hundreds of thousands living in the so called slums of Bangkok. They need to ramp up targeted testing. You really need to learn to read people’s comments before you jump in with your arrogant tone @Issan John. I bet you are a real bud me of laughs ??

  3. yep …..not a surprise ……. it s just the beginning i reckon. it seems the reaction was too latte. once again in meantime in Australia, 1 case detected and we scramble all the countermeasure. nothing more to say.

  4. That’s what I thought when I read it too. Here in Australia when there’s an outbreak, there can be up to 30,000 tests in one day. They are analysed within 48 hours or less. Until vaccines are widely available, mass testing is the only way to ringfence the virus.

  5. It’s clear for the world to see just to what extent the BMA has literally asked for this pandemic hot-spot. We saw visuals the other day of the Klong Toey slum, with hundreds of the poorer Bangkokians living in wooden sheds, little more than dog kennels, crammed together under the concrete arch of an overpass.
    And therein lies a big chunk of the blame that BMA must now admit to. The mad-rush after 1980, when the tourist-attractiveness of Bangkok’s vivid night life and sex tourism became an irresistible money maker, to build the world’s tallest hotel and many others since then, as well as the network of massive concrete viaducts, under which the poorer folk were being squeezed, as their former shanty villages were being torn down.
    That was the best that the BMA provided as housing for the less well-off, but now that narrow-minded local governance, with its focus on rich tourists and the hi-so big spenders, is threatening to bite them where it hurts, not to mention the many hundred thousands of slum dwellers who are now queuing for tests and jabs. It’s a sad mess of humanity that the skyscraper hotel guests now look across, as they dress for dinner and prepare for another night on the town.

  6. If they need to test 1 million people, at 3,000 a day, it would take “only” 333 days. Surely they mean in addition to existing test levels? Which is still among the lowest in SE Asia. Good luck BMA and Public Health/Misery Ministry.

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