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CCSA warns daily Covid-19 cases could exceed 4 digits if public is not careful

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The government seems to be warning Thais of a worse case scenario if the public doesn’t abide by disease control measures. If people aren’t careful, especially in high risk provinces, daily new Covid-19 cases could rise to thousands or even tens of thousands by mid-January, according to the spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Taweesilp Visanuyothin.

While no nationwide lockdown has been imposed, Taweesilp is advising the public to refrain from socialising to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and flatten the curve.

“If nothing is done, daily new cases could soar to four or five digits this month or by the middle of next month… But if we cooperate with one another, the curve will be 45 degrees and new daily new cases will be at three digits. The best solution is to refrain from socialising, and then the graph will run flat.”

The chair of the CCSA and secretary general of the National Security Council, Nathapol Nakpanit, says provinces that have been declared as “maximum control zones” and “control zones” need to implement Covid-19 prevention measures to keep daily cases low. The measures depend on the cooperation from government officials, business operators and residents.

In “maximum control zones” with a high number of Covid-19 cases, infections must be quickly traced to identify people and businesses that are considered “at risk.” People who are “at risk” must quarantine and businesses linked to an infection must close or limit their operating hours.

Those in high risk areas are also encouraged to work from home and schools are advised to hold classes online.

SOURCE:Bangkok Post

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    Peter

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Beyond parody.
    Welcome to the real world Thailand. Been waiting for this all year.
    Now the table’s are turned. Expats and quarantining idiots are in for a rude awakening.
    Meanwhile, the rest of the developed world has started vaccination. Meanwhile, Thailand spends its money on going to the moon or submarines, instead of buying available vaccines.
    Yes, Poverty John, i know Thailand is due to produce the AstraZeneca vaccine, but when and for how many?
    Someone tell these Thai f1ckwits that it’s an expotentially growing virus.
    4 figures is an understatement.

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      John Dory

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 6:10 pm

      Expotentially? Something to do with the potency of your Ex.

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      Issan John

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:25 pm

      So you’re celebrating that Thailand now has Covid cases?

      People like you really are a disgrace to humanity.

      FWIW, Thailand has made an initial purchase of sufficient AstraZeneca vaccine for 20 million, IIRC.

      The “available vaccines”, even if they were available which they’re not, are useless to Thailand as Thailand doesn’t have the infrastructure to store and transport them. I don’t know what part of that you’re incapable of understanding.

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        Peter

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:43 pm

        Touchy, touchy Johnny Boy.
        I, like many on this board, have had to listen too many saying ‘you can stay where you are in dirty farangland, we are safe in Thailand. Keep the borders closed.’
        Now the tables are turning.
        Enough vaccine for 20 million? What about the rest?
        3700 ‘tourists’ put themselves through prison quarantine to come in November.
        It would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious.
        Answer? Let’s have more public holidays so impoverished Thai’s can get further into debt.
        Lucky you live on 100 baht a day.

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          Mister Stretch

          Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:53 pm

          @Peter, regardless of John’s position, I would have to agree that being here, in Thailand, is superior to being in ‘dirty farangland’ because in an epidemic, the Thai people actually do mask, social distance and stay home when told to.

          There’s none of this “making me wear a mask is attacking my liberty” bullshit. There is none of this “it’s a hoax, a hoax, I tell you” because we can see the 1.77million dead out there.

          There’s none of this “…it’s all a conspiracy. Where are all the deaths?” Thais may be many things, but one thing they are for sure is rightfully afraid of this virus.

          As to more “public holidays”…spreading money around, in a closed economy is better than hoarding it. I was one of those that took advantage of the last government travel stimulus and was pleasantly surprised to speak to business, hotel and restaurant owners who were hanging on because of the prorams.

          We’ll sit here and live on our 100 baht a day (God, you really have no clue on living here, do you?) and bid you a good day and hope you stay where you are.

          PS There are more vaccines in the pipeline and I believe we’ll do just fine without any of the big three you are speaking of now.

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            Alte Ledertasche

            Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:32 pm

            The thai people wear mask ? Where are you living ? In a bubble in a village close to Issan John ?

            Here in the south of Phuket around 50% of Thai people do not wear a mask. They do so when they enter Macro or 7/11 yes. And even there some of them remove it when they are in the shop.

            I have recently visited 2 big events in Bangkok sanctioned by the Government and not even the officials were wearing masks or lets say maybe 10% of them ?

            By the way. I personally also not wear a mask, because I am not afraid of the virus.

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            ipfunnyjohns

            Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:31 pm

            they also are not questioning the fact cycle threshold are never reported. why is that, is that not an important factor when determining a positive covid case. I thought it was.

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            babble

            Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:36 am

            I live in Bangkok. Never saw anybody NOT wearing a mask, even at open. But, coincidentally, a farang not wearing it was promptly asked to wear it at Ploen Chit BTS yesterday. Don’t say bs.

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        preesy chepuce

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:01 pm

        Don’t be so idiotic. New COVID cases can mean new immunity, and and to the futile self-destructive Orwellian idiocy of “lockdowns”. Earth is not a prison planet, and destroying liberty and prosperity for a bug that kills less than 0.1% of people is unjustifiable.

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          Mister Stretch

          Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:20 pm

          And when that 0.1% (interesting number, where did you come up with that one?) is your family; mother and father with health issues, a long ill sister, your child who was born with respiratory problems, your boss – whose death leaves you unemployed and without income…then, then is that justifiable to require wearing face masks, social distancing and temporarily avoiding those types of businesses that are known to enhance virus spread?

          It’s all fine if someone else is doing the dying, preesy, but what if it’s your loved ones or even you?

          I’m at high risk and I’ll gladly stay at home, mask when I’m out, limit my outings and socially distance, to keep me save, and you safe, as well.

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            Alte Ledertasche

            Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:48 pm

            Its actually less than 0.02% of the world population if you believe worldometer for example.

            Another study in Europe showed that around 80% oc cocid death are above 75 years old and have underlying conditions.

            This in my opinion not justifies the shut down of whole economies.

            By the way my mother with 77 agrees on that though she enjoys walking – without a mask by the way ‘ now more as there are not soo much idiots on the streets as she rightly said.

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            Mr. Terry

            Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 6:40 am

            Well said, and I agree with you Mister Stretch! But it sounds like Alte Ledertasche and his mother, could be part of the problem.

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            babble

            Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:38 am

            you don’t understand. go back to your short time bargirl.

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          Jake Pattaya

          Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:04 pm

          What liberty do they have in the farangland we don’t have in Thailand?

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            Farang from farangland

            Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 1:14 am

            We have liberty not to be killed at the road;)
            We have liberty not to be cheated at every corner
            We have liberty have the same prices for everyone
            We have liberty not to be poisoned by pesticides food with toons of glutamat
            We have liberty breathe fresh air.
            We have liberty for criminal investigations if you be killed i am sure thai cops say – suicide even if your hands are tied behind your back, and there is a bag in your head.
            We have the right to choose politicians
            Keep? Or enough?

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            Stefan Svensson

            Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 1:38 am

            Have you heard of freedom of speech ?? Apparently that information has not reached under your stone …… Now you can close your mouth!

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          babble

          Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:39 am

          lol, there are so many epidemiologists nowadays.

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        Kevin

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:16 pm

        Bangkok sure has the infrastructure to store and distribute any of the cold-chain vaccines. Pattaya, Phuket, and Chiang Mai do too.

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      Jake Pattaya

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:10 pm

      Wow, you Peter and your developed world. Are you trying to give us an example how to do what as we were doing just fine in here while your farangland is upside down for the last 10 months. Few cases now makes you happy and you want to spread the virus around as you are not afraid of it and you won’t wear a mask? Just f…ng put it on your mouth when you around people and don’t make a big story about your liberty before we all loose it because of idiots like you

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    Rip255

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    If the testing was on par with other nations, they’d have 1000+ cases daily already. A couple more weeks of the spread will show this.

    They are chasing their tail. The best message they can send to the public is to protect old people. Young people have nothing to fear.

    You only need to vaccinate the oldest 20% of the population urgently. Under 65’s have a very low mortality rate.

    So vaccinate the oldies and healthcare workers, and get back to business.

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      London Al

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm

      And those with underlying health problems, of which there are a lot, I see this poor chap who just died in Thailand had diabetes and asthma

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        rip255

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:40 pm

        Vaccinate them too!

        But this idea that you need to vaccinate 80% of the population to have an effect is garbage.

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          John

          Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:21 pm

          The ICUs are empty, that means Thai figures are accurate. My wife works in ICU and has friends in many hospitals and they have those ICU group chats, none of them had any covid cases where the directors of the hospitals are begging for it as bot many customers.

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      Issan John

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:33 pm

      “… they’d have 1000+ cases daily already”

      Based on what?

      Your expert insight, from a crystal ball from afar?

      The targeted tests of those at high, medium and low risk show very clearly that Thailand’s figures are accurate and correct.

      That may not suit the bizarre, twisted agenda of “We stuffed up, we’re in the shit and we’re smart Westerners so you must be in the shit too as you’re Thai f1ckwits”, but that’s verifiable while this petty bigotry isn’t.

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        Alte Ledertasche

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:12 pm

        You are a lunatic. Target tests. Never heard such BS except from you.

        Only FYI on Phuket they just coducted Mass testing of immigrant workers. Thats what the authorities called it. In fact they were taking their temperature. This way they tested around 7000 workers and declared they not found the virus.

        Knowing that the majority of cases around the world are asymptomatic this shows how pathetic the system works here. Its all about lying and denying which is part of thai ostrich face saving mentality.

        We will see in 2-3 weeks time.

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      babble

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:42 am

      You don’t realize that most Thais cannot afford the price of a PCR test (about 6000 baht).

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    Issan John

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    He was 45.

    Relatively few people have no “underlying health issues”, and the increased risk of dying from Covid (Rip255’s “mortality rate”) increases with Covid regardless of age, so if someone aged 75 is twice as likely to die now due to Covid than before, so is someone aged 65, 55, 45, 35, etc.

    Still, people like Peter have been “waiting for this all year”, so another death from Covid here will make some people happy.

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      preesy chepuce

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:04 pm

      That’s completely false John, and if you want a source, go and visit the CDC, the ONS, or Johns Hopkins, and stop pumping out your ill-informed rhetoric as if it’s fact, it’s not fact. Across the vast majority of countries (excluding microstates) in the world, <0.1% die, and most have UCs.

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      babble

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:45 am

      It’s not like this. Many aspects still have to be known about this coronavirus. There is no linear relationship as you describe that may be accurate at an acceptable level.

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    John Dory

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Issan John, just shut up for once, will you?

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      Mister Stretch

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:58 pm

      Oi, mate,

      Just because John likes to respond, point by point, and effectively, doesn’t mean he needs to shut up.

      The fact is, many of the people here are blowing shit – at Thailand’s handling of the crisis, at Thais in general, at the government’s stimulus…et al. You name it.

      John has the time, the intelligence and the logic to express his opinion well, with good supporting data, which for many others just isn’t the case.

      I like reading his stuff…and after this childish, petty comment of yours, have decided yours isn’t probably worth reading.

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        ipfnnyjohnstench

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:36 pm

        what about the lack of cycle threshold reporting. I thought this was an important factor in determining viral load. until cycle thresholds are reported, this is fake news. They leave out the one very very important detail… why is that. It would blow this whole reporting nonsense wide open.

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          babble

          Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 12:05 pm

          You are not even able to read an electricity bill, and now wants to know the cycle threshold… lol.

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      preesy chepuce

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      I think it’s time we had a poll on Issan John, his constant pseudo-intellectual prattle is becoming more than tedious, and there’s a growing chorus on here for him to take his drum and bang it elsewhere.

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        Mister Stretch

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:23 pm

        I vote keep John and 86 you, mate.

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          Rip255

          Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 12:11 pm

          Issan John is annoying but hes still right half the time, and wrong half the time.

          But cancel culture is for dorks.

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        William

        Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 12:10 am

        lmao, I agree. Tell the blowhard IJ to take a hike.

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    Roy Bowey

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    I’ve never had such enthralling entertainment as reading the opinions of the forum experts whilst sitting in the sidelines.
    I assume that you all are all “lucky long stays”
    I’m living in Germany where we have different covid problems, but that’s another sad story.
    By whatI have Learned reading your comments is that thankfully only a small fraction believe the
    governments propaganda.
    Thailands Elite, Military and you know who can be compared to criminal shepherds and are only interested in their own future if the flock sickens and dies.
    I recommend Thailand John to cease posting because he’s upsetting “dirty Farangs”

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    Roy Bowey

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Agree with Preesy but the poll should include all brainwashed expats and not only Issan John.

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    Al

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Wake up!
    Rob Oswald:
    “I have a PhD in virology and immunology. I’m a clinical lab scientist and have tested 1500 “supposed” positive Covid 19 samples collected here in S. California. When my lab team and I did the testing through Koch’s postulates and observation under a SEM (scanning electron microscope), we found NO Covid in any of the 1500 samples.
    What we found was that all of the 1500 samples were mostly Influenza A and some were influenza B, but not a single case of Covid, and we did not use the B.S. PCR test. We then sent the remainder of the samples to Stanford, Cornell, and a few of the University of California labs and they found the same results as we did, NO COVID. They found influenza A and B. All of us then spoke to the CDC and asked for viable samples of COVID, which CDC said they could not provide as they did not have any samples.
    We have now come to the firm conclusion through all our research and lab work, that the COVID 19 was imaginary and fictitious. The flu was called Covid and most of the 225,000 dead were dead through co-morbidities such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, emphysema etc. and they then got the flu which further weakened their immune system and they died. I have yet to find a single viable sample of Covid 19 to work with.
    We at the 7 universities that did the lab tests on these 1500 samples are now suing the CDC for Covid 19 fraud. the CDC has yet to send us a single viable, isolated and purifed sample of Covid 19. If they can’t or won’t send us a viable sample, I say there is no Covid 19, it is fictitious.
    The four research papers that do describe the genomic extracts of the Covid 19 virus never were successful in isolating and purifying the samples. All the four papers written on Covid 19 only describe small bits of RNA which were only 37 to 40 base pairs long which is NOT A VIRUS. A viral genome is typically 30,000 to 40,000 base pairs. With as bad as Covid is supposed to be all over the place, how come no one in any lab world wide has ever isolated and purified this virus in its entirety? That’s because they’ve never really found the virus, all they’ve ever found was small pieces of RNA which were never identified as the virus anyway.
    So what we’re dealing with is just another flu strain like every year, COVID 19 does not exist and is fictitious. I believe China and the globalists orchestrated this COVID hoax (the flu disguised as a novel virus) to bring in global tyranny and a worldwide police totalitarian surveillance state, and this plot included massive election fraud.”
    -Rob Oswald

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      luca

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 3:13 am

      hahahaha the orange clown did far more damage than anyone could imagine

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      babble

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:52 am

      Which SEM did they use? SARS-CoV-2’s diameter is 100 nanometers, hard to clearly be detected for most common SEM machines, and even harder to discriminate vs any kind of Flu viruses, which happen to have about the same size (and a PhD in virology should already know that).

      A FESEM or, even better, just any TEM would be required for a clear morphological identification.

      Funny to read they consider a PCR a bs, given that a PhD in virology should routinely use it, as it is at the foundation of any nucleic acid-related research.

      This is a fake letter.

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    indisPC

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Malaysia has been reporting over 1000 cases a day for several months. People have learned to live with it. There are actually fewer restrictions now than ever.

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    Kristof

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Hate to say this but i recommend Thailand post-pone New Years. No reason we can’t party later at a safer time like they did for Songkran. All the data i’m analyzing is pointing toward celebrating at this time as too big a risk to bring Thailand into a similar state as Myanmar. Remember the incubation period of the virus 2-14 days. The figures we’re seeing now happened on avg a week ago or more. We won’t see what’s really happening right now for two more weeks. No need to argue here among anyone; the virus doesn’t care, and the implications are bigger than any of our individual sentiments. Stay united Thailand.

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      babble

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:40 am

      Thailand’s new year is songkran indeed… should we also postpone songkran?

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        Kristof

        Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 2:48 pm

        I hope not. If the situation is under control again then no reason to postpone Songkran. But you bring up a very good point: not controlling it now during New Years might lead to a situation where we cannot hold Songkran in April, especially if we are seeing figures similar to Myanmar then because we did not take precautions now.

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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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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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The project head, Gustav Hotovy, says the study is designed to verify dogs’ ability to detect the virus and generate a method enabling the use of training dogs in combatting the pandemic.

“The method should also work with other diseases, even more lethal than Covid-19. In the end, we should be able to detect a huge number of people in a very short time with a trained dog.”

Hotovy, who is a retired cynologist, whose team started training the dogs last August, says the first study confirming that dogs are able to detect tissue attacked by a virus was conducted in the United States about 10 years ago.

“The virus changes the human tissue, affecting the scent signature of the person.”

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A Finnish team has also been using dogs to detect the virus at Helsinki airport, reporting its dogs can detect the virus with close to 100% accuracy.

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The area, which features many deteriorating buildings and 150 stacked housing blocks, has confirmed 162 confirmed cases of Covid-19 this month, with the ratio of virus detected in sewage samples from buildings there was higher than that of other areas.

Over the last 2 months the city has been hit by a 4th wave of infections with authorities struggling to bring the daily numbers down. Such clusters have hit the low-income neighbourhoods the most, which are notorious for cramped conditions in districts such as Yau Tsim Mong.

In recent days, health officials began mandatory testing in some 70 buildings in the area but the government has now decided to test everyone much to the confusion of local residents. As rumours of a lockdown were leaked to the local media, the government didn’t officially announce the measure until this morning. The area is also home to many ethnic minorities, mainly South Asian Hong Kongers, a community that often faces discrimination and poverty.

Earlier in the week a senior health official was criticised when he suggested ethnic minority residents might be spreading the virus more readily because “they like to share food, smoke, drink alcohol and chat together.”

The health official’s comments also came as a video was released of predominantly white migrants dancing at a packed brunch on the more affluent Hong Kong Island. But those who agreed with the health official pointed to cramped conditions, not race or culture, as being the cause of the virus spreading more easily.

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