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Covid UPDATE: 1,470 new Covid-19 infections, 7 deaths, provincial totals

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1,470 new Covid-19 infections and 7 deaths were reported today by the CCSA. 446 new cases are in Bangkok which remains the hotzone of new infections, although the latest outbreak has now spread to most Thai provinces. Out of the 7 deaths, one was a 24 year old Thai woman with a history of visiting an entertainment venue in the southern province Surat Thani where other Covid-19 infections were reported.

The young woman’s death is a rare case as the vast majority of Covid-related deaths in Thailand are the elderly or older adults with pre-existing conditions. Health officials say the woman suffered from obesity and died 3 days after testing positive for the virus. At present, there are 18,148 patients in state care… 14,555 in hospitals and 3,593 in field hospitals.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 48,113 Covid-19 infections and 117 coronavirus-related deaths.

The other Covid-related fatalities include…

  • 68 year old Thai woman with pre-existing conditions of asthma
  • 83 year old man from Bangkok with pre-existing conditions of high blood pressure
  • 80 year old woman with pre-existing conditions of diabetes
  • 45 year old woman in Bangkok with high blood pressure
  • 59 year old man in Bangkok with pre-existing conditions of diabetes
  • 86 year old man in Bangkok with pre-existing conditions of heart disease

Here are the provincial totals for today, as published by the NBT…

Covid UPDATE: 1,470 new Covid-19 infections, 7 deaths, provincial totals | News by Thaiger

Covid UPDATE: 1,470 new Covid-19 infections, 7 deaths, provincial totals | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: CCSA | Pattaya News | Nation Thailand

 

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    Daflute

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Ya the flu can make a few people very sick. The flu can even kill a few people. Now someone tell me how this coronavirus is so much different that the flu coronavirus?

    Speaking of which, what ever happened to the flu. Is it gone? How many people in 2020 died from the flu?

    • Thaiger

      Thaiger

      Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      The seasonal flu has not gone. This is another one of the mythological narratives of the Covid-denier crowd. And, for the LAST time, the seasonal flu IS NOT a coronavirus.

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    Mark m

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Sad. This all could’ve been prevented with magic

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    David Ambrosia

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks The Thaiger for the great news report. This app is nice too, makes it easier to check the news.

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    Silbers

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    @Thaiger ‘The entire case for WHO-mandated emergency lockdown of businesses, schools, churches and other social arenas worldwide is based on a test introduced, amazingly early on, in the Wuhan, China coronavirus saga.

    On January 23, 2020, in the scientific journal Eurosurveillance, of the EU Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Dr. Christian Drosten, along with several colleagues from the Berlin Virology Institute at Charite Hospital, along with the head of a small Berlin biotech company, TIB Molbiol Syntheselabor GmbH, published a study claiming to have developed the first effective test for detecting whether someone is infected with the novel coronavirus identified first only days before in Wuhan. The Drosten article was titled, “Detection of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by real-time RT-PCR” (Eurosurveillance 25(8) 2020).

    The news was greeted with immediate endorsement by the corrupt Director General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom, the first non-medical doctor to head WHO. Since then the Drosten-backed test for the virus, called a real-time or RT-PCR test, has spread via WHO worldwide, as the most used test protocol to determine if a person might have COVID-19, the illness.

    On November 27 a highly-respected group of 23 international virologists, microbiologists and related scientists published a call for Eurosurveillance to retract the January 23, 2020 Drosten article. Their careful analysis of the original piece is damning. Theirs is a genuine “peer review.”

    They accuse Drosten and cohorts of “fatal” scientific incompetence and flaws in promoting their test.

    To begin with, as the critical scientists reveal, the paper that established the Drosten PCR test for the Wuhan strain of coronavirus that has subsequently been adopted with indecent haste by the Merkel government along with WHO for worldwide use–resulting in severe lockdowns globally and an economic and social catastrophe–was never peer-reviewed before its publication by Eurosurveillance journal. The critics point out that…’

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/coronavirus-scandal-breaking-merkel-germany/5731891

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    Rick

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    No Thaiger, it is not a myth, and from your misuse of the word its obvious that you do not even understand what a myth is. Not to mention the fact that “Covid” has not been proven to be a coronavirus either. Its true that the Flu has not gone away but Flu cases are now being covered up or wrongly called “Covid”. Why else have Flu cases in countries like the UK and the US dwindled almost to zero when there were tens of thousands of Flu cases reported every year pre “Covid”? You at the Thaiger need to get your facts straight and mind your incorrect use of terms like mythology and stop presenting straw-man argumants to muddy the waters.

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      Thaiger

      Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:49 am

      We used the term “myth”ological narratives… as an adjective and not as a noun. Stop twisting our words. It has been identified as a coronavirus. If you continue to post inaccurate nonsense you’ll be blocked. There are plenty of other forums you can spread your words on. We won’t have people posting propaganda and lies here.

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    Silbers

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    @Rick Do you think the Thaigers will start to get it one day or are they too invested in pushing the agenda (whether wittingly or unwittingly)?

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    Kristof

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 3:49 am

    @Rick – Is there genuine data to show flu cases going to zero? I haven’t heard this; hope to learn more. Many thanks.

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    Amy Sukwan

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Flu cases haven’t gone down to zero. But in the US they were down like 98% from pre covid numbers. I think the CDC stopped tallying it for 2020-2021 season.

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    Ben

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8:31 am

    The flu is way down because people are wearing masks, social distancing and hand washing. When someone contracts the flu they get sick in all cases and most stay home to get better which minimizes spreading it. COVID in many cases is asymptomatic so people can spread it without feeling sick. It’s diabolical in that way. It’s also three to five times more deadly than the flu. Young people that contract COVID are usually asymptomatic whereas if they contract the flu they get sick. That’s why COVID is not the flu.

    The similarities are that you can get sick from both, you can die from both and you’ll likely recover from both. That doesn’t make them the same.

    Thailand has majority multi-generational households unlike western nations. Anybody that gets sick in the household will spread it to the rest of the household including vulnerable elders. This cultural difference plus extreme loyalty to the family means Thai people will be more afraid of it than people in western nations.

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    Silbers

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 9:38 am

    @Kristof 34,200 deaths during the 2018–2019 influenza season in the U.S. according to the CDC website:

    “April 4, 2020, was the last week in-season preliminary burden estimates were provided,” the CDC wrote on its 2019-2020 U.S. flu season webpage.1 The reason the estimates stopped in April is because flu cases plummeted so low that they’re hardly worth tracking. In an update posted December 3, 2020, the CDC stated:

    _“The model used to generate influenza in-season preliminary burden estimates uses current season flu hospitalization data. Reported flu hospitalizations are too low at this time to generate an estimate.”_

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    John

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 9:40 am

    The World Health Organization has current flu statistics available along with comments about how covid may affect reduced flu cases…

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    IJTF

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    The flu dropped to near 0 because everyone was wearing masks, washing hands etc… but covid cases are exploding because people have got comfortable and stop wearing masks and washing hands… pick one. It can’t be both.

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    Silbers

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    @IJTF If you believe that you might be interested in a bridge I’m selling. Flu is simply being called Covid that’s all. It’s just a change of name. Wearing masks has been shown to make no difference at all in the transmission of the virus by asymptomatic patients and the W.H.O says we don’t have to wear them if we don’t have symptoms. If they had proof masks for all was a good idea, they would say so. This is just part of the fearmongering that’s happening I reckon.

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Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam says that the debate is over regarding Thammanat Prompow, the controversial Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives and influential Palang Pracharath Party ‘fixer’.

The Constitutional court has already ruled that he is qualified to hold office under Thai law and will keep his position, though a huge backlash followed the ruling, and the public wondered how his 1993 heroin trafficking conviction in Australia. Then using the name ‘Manat Bophlom’, he was convicted of conspiring to import a traffic able amount of heroin, serving 4 years of a 6 year sentence.

According to Wikipedia, Thammanat parliamentary declaration of assets in August 2019 listed “2 wives, 7 children, and a net worth of about $42 million, including a Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Tesla, and Mercedes-Benz along with 12 Hermès and 13 Chanel handbags, luxury watches, and Thai Buddha amulets.”

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He says that a conviction by Australia’s New South Wales Court is not legally binding in Thailand and therefore does not disqualify Thammanat. Only a jail sentence from a Thai court would be considered a roadblock to a candidate being confirmed to hold government office.

Thai immigration law, however, determines that convictions in home countries will bar people from entry into Thailand. The decision also calls into question the legitimacy of the Australian/Thailand extradition treaty which saw Thammanat deported back to Thailand after serving 4 years of his 6 year sentence.

But the Council of State had declared that someone in jail for 2 years cannot hold office within 5 years of release, regardless of whether the jailing was in Thailand or in another country. The 4 year jail term Thammanat served in Australia ended in 1997 so the 5-year grace period has already passed.

The Deputy PM says that this ruling by the Constitutional Court does set a new precedent for future issues of possible MP candidates that may have been in trouble with the law outside of Thailand. But he stopped short of supporting Thammanat’s prior conduct unconditionally, declining to comment.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission has been under pressure to investigate Thammanat and whether his conduct has been ethical. The Deputy PM said that the Constitutional Court ruling does not whitewash any other issues Thammanat may face.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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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.

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Friday Covid UPDATE: 27 more deaths, 2,044 new infections

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The Friday report, compiling the regional totals from Thursday, indicates that has been 27 new Covid-related deaths and 2,044 new Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours. The numbers continue a statistically consistent rise in the number of Covid infections over the past 2 weeks.

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.

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.

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