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CCSA Update: ASQ cook causes Covid-19 cluster

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CCSA spokesperson Apisamai Srirangson / Photo courtesy of the Thai government

Health officials say a cook at an Alternative State Quarantine hotel in Bangkok is the source of a new Covid-19 cluster of infections in Samut Prakan, just southeast of the capital. The Bangkok Post called the 28 year old cook “careless.”

The woman, who worked as for the catering department of an ASQ hotel, sometimes did not wear gloves and didn’t wash her hands after she served meals and collected trash from the guests, according to assistant spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Apisamai Srirangson.

On March 17, the woman lost her sense of smell and taste. She also had a fever. 5 days later, she tested positive for Covid-19. So far, 9 cases are linked to the cook. Most people have reported symptoms of a fever, coughing, runny nose, sore throat and headache.

CCSA daily report

42 new Covid-19 cases were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Thailand now has 1,343 active Covid-19 cases. Since the start of the pandemic, the CCSA has reported a total of 28,868 coronavirus infections and 94 deaths.

Out of the 42 new cases, 19 were local transmissions in Bangkok, Samut Sakhon and Samut Prakan. 5 cases were detected in proactive testing in Bangkok and Samut Sakhon. The other 18 cases were detected in quarantine for those arriving to Thailand from overseas.

CCSA Update: ASQ cook causes Covid-19 cluster | News by Thaiger

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Nation Thailand

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    Why, under current quarantine regs, were any guests in quarantine being “served meals”?

    Stand-by for a LOT more similar cases when the quarantine restrictions are reduced and “quarantined” guests allowed to use more hotel and local facilities whilst in “quarantine” and allowed to “mingle”, use dining rooms, etc.

    It’s simply inevitable that staff and other guests will catch and pass on the virus once “quarantined” guests are allowed to “mingle” – the guests will simply not be “quarantined” any more, either by international standards or by any recognised definition.

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    Andy W

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    The back story of how she caught it sounds a bit “Thai TV drama” convenient.

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    Paul

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 6:28 am

    @ Andy W .
    I totally agree with you regarding the drama , they need to point the finger or blame on something which is not them then they will come up that the cook she is illegal immigrants and they do not know how she got in ….

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    Bart Smarstard

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 8:09 am

    Hey Matt Miran, I’m after one of those Tin Foil Hats, where did you get yours buddy?

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    Glenn

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Matt, the few at the top are the plan and know, many in the middle go with the flow and do as they are told, and the street level officials are dumb as a rock.

    NEVER attribute stupidity to the high exec level people. They PLAY dumb, they PLAY stupid, because most people believe it. NEVER believe that.

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    Glenn

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 10:28 am

    “Most people have reported symptoms of a fever, coughing, runny nose, sore throat and headache”

    Oh the horror, the carnage, the human misery. Quick, the leaders must prepare a color coded plan to save everyone from everyone. Fever – red, cough – orange, sniffles – pink, sore throat – yellow, and headache – purple. There, the ‘authorities have solved the common cold.

    When will the public ever wake up enough to realize they’ve been through a year of obedience training and a govt/big corp fear propaganda campaign !

    woof woof, puppies, take of your face diapers.

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17 medical staff isolated due to dishonest Covid-19 patient

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PHOTO: Samut Prakan Hospital is busy with Covid-19 and now short-staffed.

The already-strained Samut Prakan provincial hospital isolated 17 medical staff members today after a patient was dishonest about interaction with a Covid-19 infected patient. The patient was not forthcoming with details about coming in contact with a person that had been diagnosed with the Coronavirus. As a result, the hospital announced the mandatory quarantine of 17 medical staff members who had come in close proximity with the patient. In total, 2 doctors, 6 medics, and 9 nurses had to be relegated to self-isolation and removed from the hospitals already thinly spread staff roster.

In a Facebook post just 2 days ago, the hospital announced a sweeping reduction in services to handle the increase in Covid-19 infections. They announced they will no longer take customers from outside of the Samut Prakan province, nor are they doing any surgical procedures that are not urgent. They are advising only the sickest patients come to the hospital in person, offering a mail service with the post office to send medications and fill prescriptions.

Losing 17 medical staff members – doctors, nurses and medics – at such a crucial time will put a heavy strain on the hospital, especially if Covid-19 infections continue to spread. Samut Prakan province reported 27 local Covid-19 infections plus 13 more who transferred to Samut from other provinces, for a total of 40 new Coronavirus cases today alone.

The hospital reminded everyone that failure to disclose information about your Covid-19 infection or contact with any infected people or high-risk location can be prosecuted. Violators may be punished by up to 20,000 baht in fines and possible further legal action. The provincial hospital issued several requests for truthfulness on their Facebook page, stressing that dishonesty harms your own medical care, along with the much-needed medical staff, and only helps proliferate the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic’s third wave in Thailand.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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The CCSA has announced its updated restrictions for the 18 ‘red zone’ provinces this afternoon. The new measures start on Sunday, April 18, and will be in place for at least 2 weeks. The restrictions are basically as we published earlier today. There are no ‘lockdowns’ or curfews despite a popular blogger jumping the gun and posting that there were curfews announced.

There’s also no specific travel restrictions imposed although the PM ‘discouraged’ travel to Red Zone provinces. Provincial governors are still able to add their own local restrictions if they deem necessary.

Here are the key points as announced by the CCSA late this afternoon…

Across all provinces…

• Closures of schools, all nightlife venues, pubs and clubs, karaoke bars and massage parlours

(except for international schools running exams)

• No events can have more than 50 people

Provincial red zones (listed below)…

• Dining-in allowed until 9pm (but can do takeaway until 11pm)

• Serving of alcohol banned

• Shopping centres and fitness centres to be closed by 9pm

(Sporting fields, exercise places, gyms and fitness clubs must close at 9pm)

• Convenience stores, markets, supermarkets must be closed by 11pm

Everywhere else…

• Dining-in allowed until 11pm

• Serving of alcohol banned

• Shopping centres to be closed by 9pm

Additionally, people are being discouraged from traveling to “Red Zone” provinces. Businesses are also being ‘asked’ to allow staff to work from home or introduce other measures to minimise risk of infection at the workplace.

The Red Zone provinces are, in no apparent order…

1. Bangkok
2. Chiang Mai
3. Chon Buri
4. Samut Prakan
5. Prachuap Khiri Kan
6. Samut Sakhon
7. Pathum Thani
8. Nakhon Pathom
9. Phuket
10. Nakhon Ratchasima
11. Nonthaburi
12. Songkhla
13. Tak
14. Udon Thani
15. Suphanburi
16. Sa Kaeo
17. Rayong
18. Khon Kaen

Earlier today Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul said that the government is “confident it can overcome the current Covid-19 crisis without needing to impose a nationwide lockdown”.

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FILE PHOTO: Kolour in the park was more pleasant in 2018 before Covid-19.

Health officials in Phuket put out a public statement this week compelling all foreigners who attended clubs and Kolour events to report for Covid-19 testing. As many might expect, the response has been lacklustre at best. Spreading the message around the foreigner and expat community in Phuket, the message is aimed at the multitudes of people, mostly foreign who attended Kolour and related events that turned into a Covid-19 superspreader event. Many foreigners have not come forward, much to health officials chagrin.

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Cost is the other factor that likely is preventing foreigners from turning themselves in to be tested for Covid-19. While Phuket health officials may test people for free, anyone found infected with Covid-19 will be financially responsible for all the costs of their treatment and quarantine. Foreigners with limited financial resources, especially after a year of holing up in Thailand to ride out the Coronavirus, may resist reporting to authorities when they cannot afford the mandatory quarantine and medical treatment.

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