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CCSA starts study to determine if quarantine should be shortened

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Covid-19 testing during the mandatory quarantine period for arrivals has been increased from twice to thrice in an effort to determine if quarantine can be shortened from 14 to 10 days. The study will last until January 15, according to spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Thaweesilp Visanuyothin.

Travellers were typically tested around 3 to 5 days after arrival and then again on the last few days of the 14 day quarantine. Now travellers will be tested on arrival, again on day 9 or 10 and then a third time on day 13 or 14.

After the study ends in mid-January, health officials will review the results and determine if the quarantine period should be reduced to 10 days. In past interviews, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said a shortened quarantine would be likely for those from countries classified as a “low risk” for spreading the coronavirus.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    jesus monroe

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Yes its gonna take a very detailed study to say the word “YES”

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      Issan John

      Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      A study of very limited numbers over a three week period is hardly going to be “detailed”, particularly if quarantine conditions are, at best, questionable.

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        Jesus Monroe

        Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:20 pm

        Please don’t take me at face value Issan. Sarcasm my friend, sarcasm

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    alice

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    I rather go to mexico or or somewhere else…and spend my money there.. no imprisonment required
    I wont be a prisoner of thailands authority.. youve got to be be insane…

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      RA

      Friday, December 18, 2020 at 11:23 am

      Mexico has a 1% infection rate and a 9% death rate. Death rate is one of the highest in the world.

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    Jason

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Why do I get the feeling they are just shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic?? By the time the results are known….. the tourism industry will be dead…. oh….that’s right….it’s already dead! But I suppose they have to do something to justify their existence….

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      Glenn

      Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 5:56 pm

      exactly

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Well here in Cambodia they have now started a 14 day quarantine requirement for travellers arriving on the 12 December onwards.
    Previously only one day quarantine was required while the tests for covid were evaluated.
    There were not many foreigners here before, there will be very few now . . .
    So far not one death from covid has been recorded in Cambodia, however Hun Sen, big chief, caught and recovered from the virus.
    Maybe that changed matters.

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      Glenn

      Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      perhaps you recall back in early September the Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko told the news that the IMF and Worldbank offered him a $940 Million USD bribe if he would impose the covid country shutdown measures (that were typical of so many other countries). Didn’t get big coverage for obvious reasons.

      Suppose a number of SEA country leaders did accept bribes (oh no, a bribe in SEA!?) in return for following the WEF/UN Agenda21/2030 covid agenda…

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    Peter

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Dancing on the head of a pin. Waste of time and more tedious playing to the gallery.
    WHO have said that SE Asia will be very late getting vaccines.
    Fauci has just said that the US should have herd immunity by Q4 2021, if there is a take up of approx 80% of the US population.
    People are jumping up and down thinking that by summer 2021, everything will be back to normal.
    Thailand will be closed to mass tourism to 2022 at the earliest.
    Unless necessary, anyone travelling during this pandemic needs their heads examined.
    Go to Thailand for what?

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    EdwardV

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    They can study it, keep it the same or reduce it to 10 days won’t matter. Tourists won’t do a 10 day quarantine just as they won’t do a 14 day quarantine. Might as well leave it alone and wait until the vaccine is widely available. It’s not worth whatever extra risk is involved.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 12:24 am

    The government has the economic statistics first…it’s not a pretty sight I assume. This sounds like desperation is starting to occupy the Kingdom. In reality I can’t blame them one iota.

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    EdwardV

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Wow the BP is reporting Thailand is offering visa free travel for 56 countries. I’m assuming that actually means visa upon arrival. Those countries will include Australia, France and the USA, among others. Yes the USA! You still need to have a COVID free test 72 hours before, do a 14 day quarantine (for now) and pass three tests.

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      Rasputin

      Friday, December 18, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      Visa free, maybe, quarantine free? absolutely not! You are completely delusional, the Thai government are not that stupid, however much you wish they were. Open boarders with visa on arrival, as it used to be in 2019, will likely not happen until 2022/2023 (if ever) and assuming you are lucky. I’ve made many posts over the last 10/11 months regarding the covid 19 situation, to date, I have not made a single ‘substantially’ inaccurate post. Regarding this one, I DO hope I’m wrong, but I doubt very much that’s the case with this one.

      EDWARDV Who are you hearing from? Is it the people who actually make these decisions, or is it the people who WISH they could make them?

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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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Sumut Sakhon’s Central Prawn Market to reopen at the end of January

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Samut Sakhon Central Shrimp Market, the epicentre of the latest wave of Covid-19, is ready to reopen by the end of January after a big clean up. The reopening is considered “important” to the province’s economy, according to the province’s deputy governor. It will also be a new beginning for the workers, mostly migrant workers, who have been so profoundly affected by the cluster.

The Market has been shut since December 20 after more than 500 cases of Covid-19 were detected, following nearly 7 months of single digit daily infection reports.

The Samut Sakhon deputy governor says all infected persons from the market have been sent to the field hospital for treatment and 14 day quarantine and since been released after tests showed they are free of the virus. He added that 1,200 people living near the market will have to undergo another test although previously testing negative.

“This is to make sure that the market is completely free of the virus.”

The market manager also says that he urges vendors to follow the disease preventive measures strictly when the market opens back up again.

Samut Sakhon has 4,921 accumulative cases… 1,045 are Thais and 3,876 are migrant workers, mostly from Myanmar. Some 331 are currently in hospital. 1,332 are in quarantine. 3,257 have either been cured or have tested negative after quarantine. Only 1 death was reported.

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PM vows action against ‘not factual’ information on vaccine plan

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha will order legal action against anyone who “distorts information” about the government’s Covid-19 vaccination plan after the banned opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit had raised the topic of “Royal Vaccine: Who Benefits and Who Doesn’t?” on his Facebook Live feed on Monday.

On the Facebook Live, Thanathorn criticised the government’s vaccine procurement and production, commenting that the government is too slow in securing sufficient inoculations.

“Thailand pinned its hopes only on AstraZeneca which allowed local pharmaceutical manufacturer, Siam Bioscience, to produce its vaccine. The government had not held talks with other countries until Jan 3 when it announced it will buy 2 million doses of vaccines from Sinovac which is a very small quantity… enough for only 1.5% of the population.”

Siam Bioscience is a royally-sponsored company that has partnered AstraZeneca to produce the vaccines for Thailand and other countries in the region.

According to Dr Nakorn Premsiri, director of the National Vaccine Institute, Siam Bioscience invited the British-Swedish pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca to visit its plant to see whether it met the criteria required to produce the vaccine at a minimum of 200 million doses per year. The government approved 600 million baht to improve the plant’s facilities to produce the Covid-19 vaccine according to the requirements of AstraZeneca.

Responding to Thanathorn’s comment, the PM says he will order prosecution for anything “that is distorted and not factual” that gets published, whether in media or on social media and that he has to protect the government’s credibility from those who are “irresponsible” with their remarks.

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CCSA Update: 59 new Covid-19 cases and 1 death

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The new wave of cases has been on a downward slope in recent weeks. Today’s count of 59 new Covid-19 cases is the lowest daily count since mid-December. A coronavirus-related death was also reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing.

A 48 year old Thai woman died after testing positive for Covid-19. The woman worked as a driver for migrant workers. No other information was released about her in the CCSA’s English-language report. It’s unclear if she had pre-existing conditions.

Out of the 59 new Covid-19 cases, 28 are local transmissions, 23 cases were detected in proactive testing and 8 cases detected in quarantine for those entering Thailand from abroad.

Since the start of the pandemic, Thailand has reported a total of 12,653 Covid-19 cases and 71 deaths. The new wave of Covid-19 cases has spread to 62 of Thailand’s 77 provinces.

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

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