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CCSA Update: 836 new Covid-19 cases and 2 deaths

Caitlin Ashworth

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836 new Covid-19 cases and 2 deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Thailand now has 7,158 active Covid-19 cases. Since the start of the pandemic, Thailand has reported a total of 20,454 Covid-19 cases and 79 coronavirus-related deaths.

Most of the cases were detected in proactive case finding in Samut Sakhon and Bangkok, according to deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Nopakun, who also represents the CCSA.

“Active case finding will continue. We can expect the daily number of Covid cases to remain relatively high.”

688 cases were detected in active case finding in Samut Sakhon. Most of the mass testing has been done in factories in the province and many migrant workers have tested positive for the virus. Another 22 cases were detected in active case finding in Bangkok.

The active case finding, primarily rolled out in Samut Sakhon, has led to an uptick in cases. Most of the cases detected though mass testing are asymptomatic.

“No cause for alarm. It reflects the efficiency of Thailand’s public health system in curbing the spread of the virus.”

109 cases were exposed to the virus when visiting high risk areas and were tested positive at a hospital or healthcare facility. 99 of those cases were in Samut Sakhon, including a 26 day old baby. 7 cases were in Bangkok and 2 in Samut Songkhram.

The other 17 cases were detected in quarantine for those arriving in Thailand from overseas.

A 75 year old Thai woman in Samut Sakhon died after testing positive for Covid-19. She had underlying health conditions of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. She tested positive for Covid-19 on January 28 and soon developed fatigue and difficulty breathing. She died at Samut Sakhon Hospital on January 30.

A 68 year old Thai man in Samut Sakhon, who was in the end stage of kidney failure, died after testing positive for Covid-19. The man also had underlying conditions of diabetes. He developed a cough, runny nose and muscle ache on December 30 and tested positive for Covid-19 on January 7. He died yesterday.

The elderly with underlying health conditions are most at risk of dying from Covid-19, Natapanu says.

CCSA Update: 836 new Covid-19 cases and 2 deaths | News by Thaiger

SOURCES: CCSA | Nation Thailand

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22 Comments

22 Comments

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    I see the UK is now also carrying out targeted testing, “door-to-door”, on a similar scale.

    Unfortunate that it’s taken a year to do so.

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      Glenn

      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      I’m not from the UK, but “Unfortunate that it’s taken a year to do so.”
      Are you F’n kidding?!?!

      Hell, just send the British version Gestapo or the SS to all houses, bust in their doors and be done with it.

      That’s as nice as I can possibly type. My mouth drops open at your ignorance John

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        Sean

        Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 3:04 pm

        Thanks – saves me saying it.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 4:37 pm

        Sorry, I can’t follow you, Glenn.

        Are you saying that they (British or Thai) shouldn’t be going “door to door” to inform people and to offer tests locally if there’s a major outbreak identified in the area?

        Seriously?

        If so, what would you suggest as an alternative?

        Someone walking down the road pushing a handcart, ringing a bell, crying “bring out yer dead!”?

        “Ignorant” isn’t quite the word I’d have chosen if that’s the case, Glenn, as mind-numbingly moronic seems more appropriate.

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      David Mann

      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 7:18 pm

      Agreed IJ. I’m currently in the U.K. and remain totally perplexed by the U.K. response. I don’t need a politician to help me to stay safe by telling me to wear a mask, wash my hands and keep my distance from others. It’s common sense to me and anyone over the age of 10. But having done those good things? I do need politicians to close down airports and introduce quarantine when the need arises. I need them to enforce lockdown rules. I can’t do these things but governments can and should. The U.K. government led by Johnston is as ridiculous as some of the nonsense coming out of Thailand. I’m not for a blanket closure as Thailand has adopted but I do think when you decide to do it then it needs to be 100% quarantine until the immediate threat of the new strain is contained.
      When they say they are going door to door testing, what they are actually doing is going door to door posting self test kits. A fair percentage won’t use them. Another percentage will use them incorrectly. All a waste of half baked time in my opinion

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        dispensed

        Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 8:47 pm

        What needs to happen is people need to grow up and accept the small risk. All of the measures you described are utterly pointless. It has to run its course like all cold/flu bugs. A few isolated islands might manage to avoid the minor threat of Covid.

        The media has exaggerated this thing from the beginning. People like IJ are arguing to save face more than save lives. Psychologically they’re heavily invested in continuing the hysteria. It’s amazing.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 8:58 pm

        David M, I couldn’t agree more.

        It’s a partnership, where governments and everybody (and I mean “everybody”, not just the vast majority) have to play their part.

        I suppose putting a self-test through the letter box is better than just putting one in the mail and claiming that as a “test”, but … God Almighty.

        It doesn’t matter how many you “test” if the people who need to be tested most are the ones who are being tested least – as you say, “a waste of half baked time”.

        I’m not saying Thailand’s got it all right, either at governmental or individual level, far from it despite what some say (praise where it’s due as well as criticism, carrot and stick) but it’s all comparative.

        I know what happens here because I’ve seen it as there was a minor outbreak a few kms from me, centred around a lottery seller and her kids at school, which was reported here (Thaiger) and in the BP.

        I know the lottery seller (a friend of a friend), her kids, the lottery market, the school, and her contacts (friends and friends of friends).

        Nobody kicked in anyone’s doors, but everyone considered a contact (high, medium and low risk) was tested.

        Nobody forced them to be tested at gunpoint, holding them down and shoving a swab up their nose (or some other orifice) but everyone was happy for a test to be made. It just didn’t cross anyone’s mind not to be tested, whether they had symptoms or not.

        As you say, it’s “common sense”.

        Unfortunately, the higher up the food chain you go the less common sense seems to be common.

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    Tony

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    What is the strategy ?

    Since many days the news report around 800 new cases with no decline.
    Now schools re-open, business re-open, check points are removed – I do not understand how this strategy should work. Should we not get less cases before start to opening up ?

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 4:48 pm

      As far as I’m aware the areas that have been “opened up” are those where there has been “less cases”, while those where there are still cases are still restricted. Is that not the case?

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    Pierre

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    “WHO praises Thailand for being successful model of Covid containment”

    Published 3 months ago on Sunday, November 15, 2020 By The Thaiger.

    Damn, after we started testing more people it shows that we have more infected.

    SearcherSunday, November 15, 2020 at 5:47 pm
    It’s not difficult to have low numbers with a low amount of testing being done, countries with high reported numbers are doing high amount of testing, testing as and when required will always produce low numbers, if they were to Screen test cities even provinces then the numbers would tell a much different story

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    Issan JohnTuesday, November 17, 2020 at 12:11 am
    Actually it’s not so much “difficult” as impossible.

    If the number of cases were higher then the number of excess deaths would also be higher. But they’re not. Actually they’re lower.

    If the number of cases were higher then the number of symptomatic cases would also be higher. But they’re not. Mass temperature testing, basic though it is, hasn’t identified any cases.

    If the number of cases were higher there’d be queues outside the hospitals as treatment is free, sick leave for the salaried is paid, and harvest time has only just started. But there aren’t any queues.

    If the number of cases were higher they’d show up when anyone who applies for or renews a work permit or who gets admitted to hospital for any reason gets tested. But they haven’t, as despite all the tests that’s only happened once.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 4:43 pm

      Thank you for saving me repeating what I said previously, saving me having to do so and proving my point now that there have been more outbreaks.

      I’m not sure what point you were making, though?

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    Glenn

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    All this data is virtually worthless.
    Why?

    79 deaths in a one year period is statistically insignificant. Even if it was 7900 it would only be 0.01% of the population.

    Of the 20,000 ‘cases’ over the year, how many were asymptomatic? How many had only mild symptoms? How many were sent to ICU/Critical care in hospital?
    I don’t know, you don’t know… The govt and the medical industry knows but neither will say.

    The one sentence in this copy paste article says “Most of the cases detected though mass testing are asymptomatic.”
    That in itself is good news for the worriers, but it doesn’t say what percentage ‘most’ is.

    According to the WHO, 99.6% of all current ‘cases’ worldwide have only mild conditions. What you want to bet that it’s virtually the same in Thailand?

    THAT is why this data, and this copy paste article is worthless. What it DOES do is maintain the fear porn govt propaganda, Thanks Caitlin and Thaiger for your journalistic excellence…

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      dispensed

      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 3:13 pm

      In a year of covid hysteria, I have never seen any media outlet accurately publish the actual fatality rate (approximately 0.2%) to provide context to the true risk to the general public. I can only assume that the media and medical “experts” don’t want people to know the truth; Fauci even admitted to misleading the public. They WANT people to believe it’s more dangerous than it really is under the misguided notion that, if people overreact, it will save lives. However, as they sit in their smug little suburban palaces collecting 6-figure govt salaries, they refuse to consider the possibility that more people will die due to the economic downturn they have caused.

      Install Ad block and together we can rid the world of journalism.

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        Slugger

        Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 3:53 pm

        But you have no problem participating?

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          dispensed

          Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 8:48 pm

          Participating in what?

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 5:08 pm

      Glenn, just because “you don’t know” doesn’t mean the data isn’t published and freely available.

      It just means you haven’t checked. Look at Thaiger or the BP or other news media and you can find the data on a daily basis. It may not be exactly the data YOU want, breaking it down into the categories YOU want, but it’s pretty clear.

      Why do you think “neither will say”?

      Have you asked?

      It’s not “fear porn govt propaganda”, it’s simply presenting basic facts, which is what most people want.

      If you want more, why not ask?

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        dispensed

        Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 8:53 pm

        Just because some data is available does not me we “know” everything. The data we have are merely samples, subject to biases. Nobody knows the true extent of infections, but it’s estimated for every case there are 5-10 more infections that go unreported.

        As much time as you spend howling about this issue, who could you not know this by now?

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    David Beckman

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    IJ YOUR full off it ,fact they test between 5k and 10 k and get 20% infected fact they only test certain areas and do not do random testing in other areas ,fact they don’t test everyone who dies for covid most hospitals in issan don’t have the facilities ,fact the 15000 plus new infections have definitely spread the virus far and wide across Thailand due to poor lockdown and poor understanding , Fact if they tested as in other countries and had mobile testing throughout the country the numbers would be in 100s off thousand if not millions,Final fact IJ has no idea.

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      David Mann

      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 7:33 pm

      Agreed. The number of tests is so small that it’s not possible to ascertain accurate numbers of infected, with symptoms or without, In hospital or dead through Covid. Looking at how this virus has spread through other countries with infections I would estimate, that if Thailand tested and reported as the US or European countries do, then the number of cases per day would be around 5,000-10,000
      The number of people hospitalised will be relatively low for two reasons:
      1)Many people in Thailand are relatively fit and thin. Obesity, while on the increase in Thailand is saving many people needing hospital care.
      2) I don’t believe Thailand has an NHS help line to call and ask for advice when you have heavy flu symptoms and they don’t have the concept of local GP’s, hence all of the data if people sick but recovered without hospital care is lost.
      Finally the hospitals are not overwhelmed and the mortality rate is low given a healthier population. Those that do die will possibly die in the village and never fully tested for Covid later. As this affects the elderly, the concept or notion of dying from old age is still accepted in Thailand.

      In summary it is the healthier thinner population, the heat and UV from sunlight killing the virus more readily and the living outdoors lifestyle of most people that is keeping the numbers relatively low. It certainly has nothing to do with locking down airports and quarantining people. The virus is already well established in the country and so closing airports is just damaging the economy.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    I’m afraid your “facts”, while amusing, are either pure conjecture, completely wrong, or just plain absurd, David B.

    Some even all three.

    “fact they test between 5k and 10 k and get 20% infected”

    Wrong. As widely reported here and elsewhere, the numbers tested can be a few hundred or tens of thousands – it’s targeted and tiered and depends entirely on the outbreak. Infection rates, again widely reported, are generally over 40% in the high risk target, 20-30% in the medium, and 5-10% in the low.

    “fact they only test certain areas and do not do random testing in other areas”

    Wrong. They don’t test just “certain areas”, but those areas wherever there’s any sign of an outbreak. Random testing is done in all other areas with hospital admissions, work permit applications, etc.

    “fact they don’t test everyone who dies for covid most hospitals in issan don’t have the facilities”

    Absurd. What would be the point in testing “everyone who dies for covid” unless they had Covid symptoms? Do you think there’s some new undiscovered strain of Covid that kills people without them showing any Covid symptoms?

    “fact the 15000 plus new infections have definitely spread the virus far and wide across Thailand due to poor lockdown and poor understanding”

    Wrong AND absurd! Infections may well have been spread “far and wide”, but it certainly wasn’t due to “poor lockdown and poor understanding”. Nobody’s perfect by any means, but given the known numbers here, supported by all the evidence rather than a crystal ball, it would have been completely unjustifiable to impose a stricter lockdown earlier. … and if there’s a lack of “understanding”, as there is everywhere, here it errs on the side of caution.

    “Fact if they tested as in other countries and had mobile testing throughout the country the numbers would be in 100s off thousand if not millions”

    Wrong. Pure conjecture and absurdly wrong, not just unsupported by any facts but directly contradicted by them.
    Thailand has over 250 testing facilities, and equally importantly, mobile testing stations which are at any outbreak within less than 24 hrs.
    That compares very well with not just most Western countries but others in the region (Cambodia, for example, has one testing station, in PP).
    The PRINC hospital chain even sets up free testing for high risk categories such as taxi drivers at its hospitals across the country.

    The level of cases is confirmed by all other available and easily verifiable evidence, from excess deaths to hospital admissions.

    Countries have three options for testing:

    1. Mass testing (genuine). According to the experts this would mean testing everyone, every fortnight. Even the most tested countries fail to manage to test much more than 5% a fortnight.

    2. Mass testing (supposed). Test at random, including posting out millions of tests, and test those who are the most likely to want to be tested and go out of their way to do so, while ignoring that the least likely to want to be tested ( and to be tested) are among the most likely to test positive. A massive waste of time, effort and resources however impressive it may look on the surface.

    3. Targeted testing. Target testing based on need and risk. Very successful, efficient, and the best use of resources with minimum waste.

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      David Beckman

      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 11:27 pm

      Please revert back to my final fact

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    Bill

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 9:34 am

    IJ is such a pu**y (among other things)

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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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