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CCSA Update: 249 new Covid-19 cases, outbreak expected to subside by the end of the month

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249 new Covid-19 cases were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Thailand now has 3,914 active cases and has reported a total of 10,547 cases with 67 fatalities since last year.

The number of daily new cases is expected to decrease and significantly slow down by the end of the month, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun, who gives the CCSA’s daily report in English. While health officials predict the outbreak will subside in the next few weeks, Natapanu says the numbers could increase with proactive testing.

“We still have a lot of work to do.”

More than 3,000 cases have been reported in Samut Sakhon since the outbreak at the Central Shrimp Market. Many cases have been detected through the province’s proactive Covid-19 testing campaign and Natapanu says hundreds of factory workers in the area still need to be tested.

Out of the 249 new cases reported today, Natapanu says 176 cases are local transmissions, 48 cases were found in proactive testing, 11 cases were detected in state quarantine and 14 cases are those who just arrived in Thailand from abroad.

Globally, cases have surpassed 90 million and deaths are nearly at 2 million. Natapanu says the global numbers are “quite alarming.”

Thailand is currently 128th in the world when ranked by total number of Covid-19 cases, Natapanu says, adding that more than half of Thailand’s Covid-19 patients since last year have recovered. He says the number of recoveries “speaks to the strength of the public health system.”

CCSA Update: 249 new Covid-19 cases, outbreak expected to subside by the end of the month | News by The Thaiger

CCSA Update: 249 new Covid-19 cases, outbreak expected to subside by the end of the month | News by The Thaiger

CCSA Update: 249 new Covid-19 cases, outbreak expected to subside by the end of the month | News by The Thaiger

Active Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of January 10, according to Worldometers.

SOURCES: CCSA | Nation News Bureau

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    Kristof

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    Its possible 2nd wave will break end of month, tho we haven’t seen the full effects of New Years events. This is also contingent on maintaining diligence thru the end of the month or beyond. Most important things were an early clampdown on the outbreak and a unified public response. We need the unified response to continue.

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      J West

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:00 pm

      We were all expecting everything would go back to normal last April . Optimism is sounding somewhat desperate.

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        Rasputin

        Monday, January 11, 2021 at 6:54 pm

        You might have been expecting it to end in April, I certainly was not, and I don’t think for a minute it’s over yet, by a long way. In the immortal words of Winston Churchill: “It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

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      John Brown

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      It wasn’t early, it should have been a month earlier for BKK clusters and even earlier than that for SS. Things could be worse, yes, but they still *must* get better than this.

      From a public health perspective (as opposed to a public health public relations perspective) the larger concern remains the long-term effects of widespread asymptomatic or subclinical transmission. Past containing visible outbreaks, which can only be legitimately determined by a reduction in cases *without a reduction in testing*, random sampling with transparent reporting is the next necessary step; not only because this is what tells us the extent to which we have successfully contained the problem, but additionally because it is the only harm-reductive way to determine the extent to which asymptomatic transmission will present ongoing public health burdens, i.e. both from future outbreaks and from the various manifestations of long covid, which are not yet well-understood enough to rule out viral reservoirs as causative factors.

      We need to get to visible zero, and we also need to not forget that epidemiology gold standards include things like random sampling, sero testing, and sewage testing. Otherwise zero isn’t really zero, it’s wishful thinking, and willful ignorance of future costs.

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        Kristof

        Monday, January 11, 2021 at 4:24 pm

        Agreed; tho response was faster than most other countries it still should have been much earlier. Also agree random sampling is needed to help determine actual extent of outbreak. My sense is that the most important next step is actually ongoing unified diligence and keeping up preventive measures. To me, i tend to weigh on the assumption that (especially with a virus as deceptive as this one) we may still be experiencing an outbreak regardless of positive media reports. And any measures that help diminish the spread take some precedence over those to examine details of actual containment levels. Both are essential and should be done together, but in the immediate here-and-now, i hope the Thai people continue to recognize the importance of keeping running past the perceived finish line. Thanks for the cruicial and well explained points.

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    Maag

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    More you will test people , more you will find positive cases……ready for the 3rd wave ?

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    Peter

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    Fairytales. Cases hit 200 per day and stop.
    Does any right thinking person believe this nonsense?

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    Fred glue

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    I told my doctor I broke my arm in two places. He told me to stop going to those places.. ha, ha. ??

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    markmywords

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    The change in reporting will come when biden is inaugurated. The change will be that a new testing standard will be implemented. To be precise, test reporting will include cycle thresholds. I don’t know the specifics, but it will likely be something like any thing over 15 cycles will not count. And like magic, the global PANDEMIC will end. And many of the deaths supposedly cause by covid will change to the flu or something similar. So the death toll will drop and so will the amount of “new cases”

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      Peter

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:03 pm

      No it won’t

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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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Thailand State Railway governor says that cancellations will affect 13 local services on the northern line, 18 on the northeastern routes, 12 in the southern region and 14 eastern trains.

“Most of the cancelled trains will start at Hua Lamphong station, including trains that are popular with tourists, including services to Kanchanaburi and Hua Hin.”

Niruj Maneepun says the move is to support the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s effort to curb the virus’ spread by maintaining travel restrictions.

“Already all sightseeing and most long-haul trains have been temporarily cancelled due to Covid-19.”

Thailand has logged 13,500 confirmed infections and 73 deaths since the start of the pandemic in January 2020. The current outbreak that began on December 20, with the epicentre centred around seafood markets in coastal Samut Sakhon, has spread to 63 Thai provinces.

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  • Spas, Thai massage shops, excluding massage parlours
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  • Dancing academies
  • Martial art schools, but no tournaments or audiences allowed
  • Amulet shops and markets

Other provinces in Thailand, such as Chonburi, are waiting for the green light to reopen businesses and travel. Chonburi has reported 0 cases of Covid for 3 days in a row, prompting locals to become frustrated with the strict measures that won’t ease up until at least the end of the month.

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“General post-vaccination symptoms include a mild fever, headache, muscle pain and shivering.”

A Thai post-doctorate researcher at the University of Chicago is detailing her Covid-19 vaccination experience and offering insight into its effects. Siriruk Changrob has received 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine but says just the vaccine won’t immunise people from getting Covid.

Siriruk says a person who is inoculated with the vaccine can still become infected and should continue to practice social distancing and wearing a mask until a herd immunity is developed by 60% of the population, or the virus dissipates. She says she received the first vaccine about 20 days ago and upon arriving for the 2nd dose, a nurse asked her about any side effects and whether she had tested positive for the virus in the past 90 days.

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50,000 to be tested for Covid-19 in Samut Sakhon, 198 new infections reported in Thailand today

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50,000 people are lining up to be tested for Covid-19 in the hotspot of Samut Sakhon over the next 5 days as health officials step up pro-active testing in the hard-hit Thai province. The target of 10,000 people to be tested per day will focus on factory workers, communities and dormitories in an effort to change Krathum Ban and Muang districts from red to yellow and then green zones.

Apisamai Srirangsun, the CCSA deputy spokesperson, says they expect to find 2,000-3,000 new cases as a result of the increased tracking, tracing and testing. She says health officials are trying to track down and free Samut Sakhon of new infections.

“Officials are optimistic that that the pandemic will ease during the 2nd week of February.”

Samut Sakhon is the centre of the 2nd core wave of Covid in Thailand as a cluster of infections broke out late last year in the provincial seafood markets along the coast, just south west of Bangkok. She also said that educational institutes, in some areas of Samut Sakhon, may be allowed to reopen during the next month, if the situation improves.

“But many businesses may have to wait to reopen.”

So far, 70,000 people in the province have been tested for the virus with 5,332 found to be infected. Most of those infected are migrant workers from Myanmar, with the infection rate around 7%.

According to the CCSA, 198 new Covid-19 cases were recorded today, including 191 locally-transmitted infections and 7 imported. 1 more fatality was reported, bringing the national total death toll to 73.

The latest victim was a 73 year old woman from Samut Sakhon, who also suffered from dementia, high blood pressure and epilepsy. She was found to have been infected by family members on January 9 and was admitted to the hospital suffering from fatigue and a severe lung inflammation. The woman was placed on a respirator and was transferred to Thaksin Hospital, but she passed away yesterday after her condition worsened.

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