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

Caitlin Ashworth

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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 Thaiger

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

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

    Markmywords

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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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