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CCSA: New Covid-19 wave “more serious” than the first

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Thailand’s new wave of coronavirus infections is more serious than the first, according to the spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Taweesilp Visanuyothin. The number of active Covid-19 cases has spiked to 1,920 cases, a record high for Thailand since the start of the pandemic.

Health officials are urging the public to follow coronavirus prevention measures like wearing a face mask. Taweesilp says that if the public abides by health safety practices, then there will be no lockdown.

“So whether or not the disease control measures will be intensified will depend on how much the public cooperates. If we cooperate, there will be no need to enforce the law, impose lockdowns or a curfew. The government doesn’t want to impose restrictions.”

The majority of recent Covid-19 cases are linked to the outbreak at the Samut Sakhon seafood market Talad Klang Kung. Since the spike in cases 10 days ago, the virus has spread to 38 other provinces.

A new cluster of Covid-19 cases was detected in Rayong, 40 kilometres south of Pattaya, known to be linked to a casino in the Muang district.

In Bangkok, more than 70 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past week.

CCSA: New Covid-19 wave

Active Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of December 27, according to Worldometers.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Dm

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Another Lockdown and other draconian measures always been in the planning .. This will not end till the complete livelyhoods of most nations middle class has been completely destroyed, the leaders will give people a universal income and pretend to be the world saviors and start doing there great reset other wise known as the new world order.

    Some very reliable journos and investigators already start coming out and finding that the virus is a man made bio weapon that most likely has been released on purpose for obvious reasons, and the vaccines are dangerous with many side effects that are more worse the younger you are… Don’t believe me just look at the already released papers of the company’s that create them

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      Frank Leboeuf

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 2:03 pm

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      Issan John

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 2:10 pm

      Ummm …. can you name any of those “very reliable journos and investigators” who’ve found that it’s a “man made bio weapon”?

      … and could you elaborate on the “many side effects that are more worse the younger you are”, as I’ve looked at what I can and couldn’t actually find any, although I’m far from happy about other aspects such as the unknowns over length of efficacy and prevention of transmission?

      I know you can’t give a link, but a direct quote from the “already released papers” will find the paper with a search.

      Not saying I “don’t believe [you]”, just asking …

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        ipfunnyJohns

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:38 pm

        cycle thresholds, never reported for all these “positive cases” hmmmm. I’m skeptical. Isn’t this an important little detail in determining a scientifically valid result?

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      John

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      I said from the start that this was a Bio-Weapon.
      looks like multiple versions of different strengths.
      Deep State and their agenda are about the only ones benefiting from it.

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      Peter

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 4:13 pm

      Some very reliable journos and investigators, please give us names. I would like to know your standard of reliable.

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        Dm

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 4:51 pm

        That’s the problem I guess, we all have different measures of reiable and what’s good and who can be trusted

        There are so many Dr’s, scienctist, experts you name it.. Who is reliable and talks true and who’s not and especially in this time is not easy, remember For many years many Dr’s and experts had people believe smoking sigarets was healthy and make you look young and there’s are tons of examples out there still today

        I usually really go by gut feeling and as programmer and love for mathematics I look for patterns and I just see to much shit happening right now that point all at the same outcome

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          Issan John

          Monday, December 28, 2020 at 5:26 pm

          But your claim that the ones you named (Dr. Mark Kortepeter and Alex Bereson) said “the virus is a man made bio weapon” is COMPLETELY UNTRUE!!! 🙂

          Both said that it COULD have been, but that they don’t know of any evidence to support that, and that if it was it would be a bad one!!!

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            Ynwaps

            Monday, December 28, 2020 at 5:34 pm

            Time to take a step back from your patterns and resort to the old greeks.
            They knew how to swallow the crumbs without suffocating.

            Good job on this one Issan John lol

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        Issan John

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 5:19 pm

        Beat you to it!

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      Ynwaps

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 5:16 pm

      The vaccine looks great. Especially the RNA vaccine is state of the art bio-hacking. If I can choose, I’ll get the RNA treatment or no vaccine at all. It’s the great reset for all kind of previously thought incurable diseases. Too bad some won’t be part of the new world order because their brain can’t comprehend the complexity of the world. But don’t worry we’ll provide a universal income after we’ve bought the middle class.

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        Issan John

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 5:34 pm

        I doubt I’ll have a choice in Thailand, but if I did I’d go for the ‘traditional’ AstraZeneca jab anyway. The latest results look at least as good as the mRNA vaccines, possibly better for those in the older, vulnerable bracket, and it may (emphasis on “may”) be more effective at reducing transmission and last longer. More of a known quantity, and a lot more trialled and tested (at least by the time it’s available).

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    Jason

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Ok….Thailand has had low Covid numbers. Now there is a significant outbreak. Look around the world! Every second wave is more extensive than the first wave. I hope you don’t have a third wave!

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    RP

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 10:14 am

    It was coming. Just madness that in the face of far higher numbers of cases worldwide, Thailand chose that moment to open borders.

    The hard work has been ruined and its here now. Without the health infrastructure required and the cost of healthcare here, most will ignore symptoms.

    If it aint broke, dont fix it. Thailand tried to fix the economy over the wellbeing of the nation and here we are.

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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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Wuhan remembers lockdown on 1 year anniversary

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Wuhan is remembering the Covid-19 lockdown that 11 million residents endured on today’s 1 year anniversary. The 76 day lockdown on January 23, 2020 saw public transportation shut down by 10am and a ban on anyone exiting the city, unless they were given special permission. In a city the size of London, locking down painted an eerily quiet landscape.

But such an anniversary today has been met with silence by Beijing as no lockdown commemorations have been planned, almost as though the lockdown never happened.

A commentary in the Beijing News professed “mixed feelings,” praising the aggressive lockdown as a model for the world, while noting Wuhan’s sacrifices and the looming virus threat.

“We must not lose the hard-won results of the epidemic to negligence, and must not let the epidemic rebound. Pay tribute to Wuhan. Pay tribute to the strong and fearless Chinese people!”

Despite the government’s reluctance to acknowledge the anniversary, Wuhan’s ordeal remain fresh the memories of Chinese people, especially as localised Covid-19 clusters have spread across China. Such popups in Covid cases have prompted Beijing to implement mass testing and lockdowns in other areas.

76 year old Huang Genben, is one of those who remembers. He says he spent over 2 months in a hospital last year fighting the virus as he spit up blood, expecting to die, but agrees that such a lockdown was necessary.

“When I closed my eyes at night I didn’t know if I would open them again.”

“We can tell from the results that the policy of the government was correct, the cooperation of (Wuhan) citizens was correct. I feel pain seeing the epidemic all over the world.”

Today, the streets of Wuhan seem to be the stark opposite of what it was 1 year ago, with elderly dancers spinning in parks and crowded bars selling “Wuhan Stay Strong” craft beer, while the rest of the world is still dealing with the fallout of the pandemic.

But 58 year old street vendor Xu Jiajun, contradicts the somewhat merry street scenes as he says things have changed since the pandemic began.

“The situation is not good. I don’t have a stable income like I did before.”

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has still refused to release information about the virus’ exact origins, triggering western countries to criticise its lack of transparency. As the Covid-19 virus is generally believed to have spread from a Wuhan wet market where exotic animals were sold as food, World Health Organisation experts are almost finished with a 2 week quarantine in Wuhan where they plan to investigate the coronavirus’ origins.

Worldwide, the virus has killed at least 2 million people, but in China authorities have reported fewer than 5,000 deaths, with the vast majority coming from Wuhan when the pandemic first began.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Patong, Phuket Town to fund residents’ vaccines

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Patong and Phuket Town are planning to fund registered residents’ Covid-19 vaccines, Thai and foreign, with the hope to speed up the inoculation process without waiting for the national government. The mayors of both cities say they have already allocated the funds to move forward with purchasing the vaccines after the government approves which ones may be used.

Like any other municipality in Thailand, the Covid-19 vaccine must be acquired from the Ministry of Public Health. Thanit Sermkaew, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office, says his office had yet to receive the news on how many doses of the vaccine Phuket could receive or in which order to vaccinate people.

“I don’t want to wait in the queue to get the vaccine budget. Chalong people deserve to receive vaccines. They do not need to pay.”

Mayor Samran of Chalong confirmed that the Covid vaccines will be freely available to all people registered as living in Chalong Subdistrict, regardless whether the resident is Thai or foreign.

“There are about 20,000 to 30,000 people in Chalong. This includes everyone: Thais, migrant workers and other foreigners registered as living in Chalong, such as retirees and foreigners staying here for other reasons. They will all receive the vaccine.”

Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana has also confirmed that Phuket City Municipality will also administer free vaccines to the over 79,000 people living in Phuket Town. But he says only people who were registered as living in the city limits at the end of December would be eligible to receive the free vaccines. Chalermluck Kebsup, Mayor of Patong, is also following suit by offering free vaccines to registered residents.

“We deserve to get the vaccine quickly because Phuket is a tourism province, our people depend on tourism.”

It has been 26 days since Phuket had any positive cases of Covid-19, but Chalermluck says a vaccine will curb worries of Covid spreading.

“The vaccine is our hope in stopping this fear. If local residents receive the vaccine as quickly as possible, I think people will be more confident in receiving domestic tourists. Then businesses can run.”

Phuket Chamber of Commerce President Thanusak Phungdet is praising the move by local municipalities to plan free vaccinations.

“Provinces that rely on tourism should receive the vaccine before other provinces. For Phuket, it will create more confidence among tourists wanting to travel here. Then businesses can start operating again, and that will help local people earn incomes that they can live on.”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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ASQ + Vaccine in Thailand proposal gets the thumbs down

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A spokesperson from a Thai tourism association came up with the “cunning idea” yesterday to propose a ASQ + Vaccine package to travellers and tourists. So not only do you get your 14 day mandatory quarantine at an expensive hotel in Bangkok, the opportunity to submit copious amounts of paperwork and drill through the red tape. NOW you get a jab of Covid-19 vaccine included. All for the all time low starting price of 150,000 baht. Read the original story HERE.

Bargain!

Of course The Thaiger readers and viewers raced to congratulate the rocket scientist who came up with this brilliant piece of tourist marketing. Suffice to say, it’s dead in the water even before the ambulance arrives…

Ron Rossington
Until the ditch the 14 day quarantine and end the ineffective lockdowns, Thailand will not get the tourist numbers they are in dire need of to stabilize the economy.

k tara
Another brilliant idea for tourists which will be dead on arrival. Do these people live in reality.

rickdangr
Tourism will NOT return until the 14 day quarantine is gone! Get the vaccine out to the Thai people, then start with allowing tourists in without quarantine, that have been vaccinated. This would be a smart way to open, and to get it done by April 1st, before the Songkran holiday.

Paul D
Hello Thaiger Team, the story with regards to vaccinations tagging on with the STV, seems to me as another of Thailands false hope stories. But I am sure the Government powers may have overlooked the strong suggestions many Airlines have voiced, “that no traveller will be allowed on the flight unless they have proof of vaccinations”. Even this is not 100% at this point. Some countries will not even allow their citizens to leave right now. I think the Thai government, even though are doing as much as they can right now, needs to not provide false hope to travellers at this point.

Energy3
another gimmick by thai officials – free vaccine with STV – sounds like you’re getting a happy meal with a free toy
Sai Sai
This is ridiculous!

Tyler Durden
These Thai officials need to wake up. The reason us tourists aren’t coming to Thailand is because of the 2 week quarantine, adding extra vaccination costs on top of an already expensive STV visa ain’t gonna get me over there that’s for sure. If these officials don’t drop the 2 week quarantine, there once popular visitors are going to be popular visitors elsewhere, as already I know many people traveling to South America.

And this gentlemen, J German, who went to all the trouble for little return…

I went to Bangkok in Dec. for the holidays. I did my 2 weeks of ASQ during which the shrimp market outbreak started. By the time I got out of quarantine, I had 4 nights of fun, but it was far from what the scene once was. I had a fun NYE, then it all got shut down. I went there to be in a country that was “safer” and not on lockdown. I lost that bet. Then Taiwan closed to international flights, cancelling my trip home. I got on the next plane to the US, leaving several weeks early so as not to get stuck there with nothing to do. My advice is, don’t waste your money or your time (like I did) until vaccinations are widely distributed and quarantines are over.

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