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Buriram reports first Covid-19 case in 9 months

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After going around 9 months without a Covid-19 case, the Isaan province Buriram reported a local coronavirus infection, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The new wave of infections is far exceeding the first with now 5,048 active cases compared to April’s peak of 1,451.

In the new wave of infections, the coronavirus has spread to more than 55 of Thailand’s 77 provinces, and now to Buriram, which went 280 days without a case.

The Buriram patient worked delivering food to people who frequented an illegal gambling den in Chon Buri which is a so-called “red zone” and under tight restrictions due to the high number of Covid-19 infections.

Here’s the Buriram patient’s travel timeline:

  • December 26 – The woman returned to Buriram from Pattaya. She rode in a private car with 3 relatives.
  • December 28 – She brought her father, who was sick, to the Nang Rong district hospital.
  • December 29 – The woman went to a market in the Nang Rong municipal area.
  • December 30 – She developed symptoms of a headache and a sore throat. Despite feeling ill, the woman attended a funeral in the Chumsaeng sub-district.
  • January 2 to 4 – She lost her sense of smell. She went to the district office and had lunch at a restaurant in the Non Dindaeng district.
  • January 5 – She went to the hospital for a medical check and tested positive for Covid-19.

Local health officials are advising those who attended the funeral to monitor their health for the next 2 weeks and to continue practicing Covid-19 prevention measures like wearing a face mask and social distancing.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    Peter

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    No testing, no cases, how convenient.
    The thai alice in wonderland fairytale is beginning to fall apart for all those expats who thought being on thai soil would make them immune.
    Fools.

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      Rasputin

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 6:15 pm

      It certainly wouldn’t make them immune, but they would be far less at risk of contracting covid in Thailand than they would be in their homeland in the West. (At the moment!)

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    Ipissonjohn

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    The media has already covered every detail in regards to covid…. why are we still choosing to read this endless stream of garbage?

    They have already explained pcr tests are bs. So they’re technically a very honest group of people, but yes they also keep reporting cases and tests, but that story is empty of meaning since they already also explained testing is useless. Now do you see how the goal is to keep you tuned in, on a treadmill consuming their garbage media. Its endless until you choose to stop reading it.

    We’re pretty much at rock bottom. You really have nothing to lose if you put the bottle down and stop consuming media.

    Media has its purposes, but you’re not supposed to binge drink it all day. And that’s what everyone is doing.

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      Slugger

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8:18 pm

      No-one is forcing you to read this stuff, or in your case, look at the pictures.

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      George Verbeec

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 12:19 pm

      Looks like it is you who read too much unfounded fake news actually.
      Pcr test are not useless. Covid is real, and is not just a flu.
      You are about to find out yourself perhaps in the near future.
      You will see it around you and what it causes.
      The truth is about to catch up with all the deniers and downplayers.

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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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40 arrested in a suspected gambling house in Nonthaburi

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Last night, police raided a house in Nonthaburi and arrested 40 people for allegedly gambling.

According to the deputy chief of the Central Investigation Bureau, 33 are Thais and 7 are migrant workers of the casino. The officials also confiscated decks of cards of the Dragon-Tiger game, plastic chips and some cash as evidence.

During the raid, the migrant workers allegedly revealed that the gambling operations at the home had only been going on for 2 days and that the owner planned to move it to other locations.

Police have been cracking down on gambling after the Covid-19 outbreak at a Rayong gambling den in line with the PM’s order made last week to shut down the illegal venues and tracking down “influential figures.”

SOURCE: National Thailand

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With Covid-19 cases linked to some illegal gambling dens, causing a headache for health officials trying to track down elusive gamblers to contain the virus, the former Finance Minister floated the idea to legalise gambling.

The former Finance Minister and current leader of the Kla Party, Korn Chaitkavanich, claims legalising gambling will help contain the spread of Covid-19. He also hinted that it will gain more tax revenue. If it’s legalised, gamblers will spend their money in legal casinos that pay taxes, drawing in more money the government can use for public improvements, he says.

The Royal Thai Police spokesperson insists police are pursuing legal action against owners of the illegal gambling dens. Interior Minister Anuphong Paojinda has also told provincial governors to suppress illegal gambling dens and take responsibility if more gambling dens are found.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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For people travelling around Thailand at the moment there is still quite a lot of confusion and misinformation about where you can travel to and additional restrictions on travel. We’ll continue to publish any updates to this information at thethaiger.com

For people travelling out of Red Zones… that includes Bangkok…. to other parts of the country that are lower-risk zones – organge, yellow and green – there are a number of precautions in place.

How these precautions are applied in practice is sometimes up to the local governors and officials and also sometime up to you with advisories about your behaviour when you arrive at your destinations

In Phuket, for example, if you want to travel from Bangkok to the island, officially there are restrictions on your travel, documented in a 3 page announcement last weekend. There was talk of a 14 day self quarantine being in place.

This week the Tourism Authority of Thailand has announced that travellers will not have to do a 14 day quarantine if they travel from Bangkok, except from four high risk areas in the capital

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