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Millions of people are now being tested in China, with new lockdowns and some districts shutting down schools. On Sunday there were 11 new cases, yesterday another 22 across the country. After a relatively low number of local transmissions for several months now, locally transmitted Covid-19 cases are popping up in 3 cities across the country – Tianjin, Shanghai and Manzhouli.

Even though the number of new cases remains minuscule compared to the US, parts of Europe and the UK, Chinese health officials are warning that the chance of the virus spreading is now greater in the cooler weather. Despite the virus being largely contained in China, the authorities are taking no chances and are taking direct local actions to control any further spread. Chinese officials say that the swift local lockdowns has allowed communities, cities and industry to re-open quicker – around China manufacturing and industry is reported to be back to around 93% of pre-covid activity.

The National Health Commission reported 2 new locally transmitted cases in Shanghai over the past day – a total of 7 since Friday. China has recorded 86,442 cases overall and 4,634 deaths since the virus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019.

• The 2 latest cases confirmed in Shanghai were close contacts of another airport worker who was diagnosed with Covid-19 earlier this month. Now the city’s Pudong International airport is testing all of its workers, collecting 17,719 samples for testing. Airport workers were given last-minute orders to get tested and there were some chaotic videos (below) posted on social media with workers arguing with officials in hazmat suits.

• In Tianjin, an industrial seaport just south east of Beijing, health workers have collected more than 2.2 million samples for testing from residents, after 5 locally transmitted cases were discovered there last week. Tianjin officials shut down a pre-school and moved all the teachers, families and students to a quarantine space.

• In Manzhouli, a city of more than 200,000 people, local health authorities are testing all residents after 2 cases were reported on Saturday.

China has been able to control any minor outbreaks with its top-down community lockdowns which restrict people to their homes across entire neighbourhoods, shutting down shopping precincts, schools and hospitals.

Earlier this year, in February, Chinese officials locked down the city of Wuhan, where cases were first reported, for more than 2 months to contain the virus, with the local government shutting down all traffic and confining residents to their homes.

Zeng Guang, the chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, says that the policy of ‘Clearing to Zero’ is swift and effective.

“Clearing to zero is actually the most economically effective way to do epidemic prevention. If you don’t do that, then this problem will get more troublesome. Use a heavier hand, and get to zero, then people will feel reassured.”

SOURCE: Associate Press | Reuters

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    Don R

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 10:52 am

    “Use a heavier hand, and get to zero, then people will feel reassured.”

    So China’s chief epidemiological admits it’s about “feelings”.

    Great show, guys. And the Emmy award for best drama goes to…

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      preesy chepuce

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 10:15 pm

      Any government that can generate absolute values of either zero (e.g.: COVID) or 100% (e.g.: support), and get it pumped out by the media, is bound to make some people “feel” reassured. Like with the constant anti-Brexit news, making middle-class lefties “feel” like their view has support.

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    Leo Z

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    First of all, if anyone believes the China numbers, I’ve got a nice bridge somewhere to sell them. Second, “China manufacturing and industry is reported to be back to around 93% of pre-covid activity”, BUT ask them where CONSUMPTION of that manufacturing and industry activity is at.

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    preesy chepuce

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    I heard about this a couple of weeks ago from a contact in China. They also told me that their contacts in government say the real rate of COVID is more like 350,000 than the low numbers the CCP is reporting. I mean, ask yourself, what could the CCP tell you that you would believe? lol

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AstraZeneca vaccine could be approved for emergency use in Thailand this week

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Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration is likely to approve a Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca in partnership with Oxford University as early as this week. The vaccine, already given the go-ahead in the US and UK, would be approved for emergency use, with administration likely to begin next month. Healthcare workers and those with underlying conditions will be prioritised.

Opas Karnkawinpong from the Disease Control Department says the FDA’s review of the vaccine’s efficacy and safety is going well. Thailand has fallen behind its neighbours in terms of vaccine administration, with a number of countries in the region already starting their roll-out. Indonesia kicked things off last week, with President Joko Widodo the first to receive China’s Sinovac jab.

Thailand is expected to take delivery of 200,000 doses of the Chinese vaccine next month, but questions linger over its efficacy, which was recently revised downwards by researchers in Brazil. The vaccine has not yet completed phase 3 trials and Thailand’s health officials say it may not gain FDA approval until February 14, as the manufacturer has no representation in the Kingdom.

Thailand has signed a technology-transfer agreement with AstraZeneca to produce that vaccine locally. The jab will be manufactured by Siam Bioscience, a pharmaceutical company owned by the Monarchy. Surachok Tangwiwat from the FDA says the doses currently subject to approval have been produced by other countries, but did not specify which ones, how many doses have been imported, or at what cost.

The AstraZeneca vaccine has completed phase 3 trials and has been shown to be 70% effective, less than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. However, the World Health Organisation has previously stated that a vaccine only needs to be over 50% effective to meet the global threshold for regulatory approval.

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Covid-19 test NOT required for visa extensions (at least not today)

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No, you don’t, yes, you do… Expats are scratching their heads over the mixed messages circulating in relation to the latest Thailand immigration requirements, not to mention the announcements (and retractions) published in the nation’s English-language media outlets.

It all began over the weekend, when the nation’s favourite blogger, and Bangkok Post fanboy, Richard Barrow, shared the news that foreigners who wished to remain in the Kingdom would need a negative Covid-19 test. According to his post, this update to the country’s immigration law was published in the Royal Gazette on December 25, taking effect from January 25. Needless to say, Richard’s post attracted hundreds of comments from the bewildered, the despairing, and the angry, not to mention the usual slew of social media keyboardologists.

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Yesterday, an article published by Khaosod English also stated that Covid-19 testing would be required for all visa extensions. The story has since been removed and replaced with a retraction, following a statement issued by Archayon Kraithong from the Immigration Bureau.

The story was also picked up by The Phuket News, who spoke to the deputy chief of Phuket Immigration, Nareuwat Putthawiro. He confirmed that his office had received NO such order from the powers-that-be in Bangkok or from regional headquarters in Songkhla. The immigration chief in Chon Buri said something similar.

Archayon’s original statement had claimed a negative Covid-19 test would be a requirement for all types of visa extensions. Within an hour, he was forced to backpedal and apologise for the… well, you guessed it.

“I apologise for the misunderstanding. It will only apply to certain types of visa, most likely the permanent resident visa.”

Archayon says his office is now waiting for the Council of State to provide an interpretation of the update published in the Royal Gazette last month, which saw Covid-19 added to the list of diseases foreigners must be clear of in order to take up residency in the Kingdom. The virus now joins other prohibited ailments such as elephantiasis, leprosy, and syphilis.

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The Thai government threw a tourist party (sound of crickets) | VIDEO

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The Thai Government, flushed with the success of their containment of Covid-19, decided to market the Land of Smiles to the world as the safe place to travel. With the annual wet season starting to weaken the tourists would flock back to the S E Asian country that had such a remarkable success containing, then almost eradicating itself, of the coronavirus.

Then they came up with the STV – the special tourist visa which would have the world’s eager travellers packing their sun cream for up to 270 days of Thai tourism.

There were promises of plane loads of tourists and even published flights and carriers. A few flights arrived, most didn’t.

In fact, since the start of the STV, the Special Tourist Visa, with its long list of restrictions and requirements, was floated, along with a re-vamped Tourist Visa, less than 400 people have arrived per month, on average, since the end of October. In the October and November of the year before more than 3 million people arrived in Thailand. Even the government’s limit of 1,200 new tourist arrivals per month was even slightly tested.

The government had bought all the streamers and a pretty new dress for the party but no one came.

What went wrong?

Where was the much-anticipated pent-up demand and people banging on the doors of the world’s Thai embassies?

It was the European winter and the ‘snowbirds’ would surely be back to soak in some Thai sun rays. But no.

The first problem was there wasn’t much for them to come back to. They would have the beaches of the islands all to themselves, they wouldn’t have to wait in line for anything, the domestic airlines were still selling low fares to Tavel anywhere around the country.

But otherwise there wasn’t a lot for them to do. The tourism magnets were a shadow of their former selves. Walking Street, Bangla Road, tours and tour boats, all the tourist strip restaurants. The buzz of the crowds was gone and more than 90% of the tourist-related business had closed up.

Their staff, their families, their bank loans, their stock and investments – all on hold and forced to find come other means to make ends meet. 931 of some of the larger official tourism operators have now gone out of business, according to Bloomberg News. There would be thousands of the smaller family operations that have also been swept aside by the Thai government’s responses to the world pandemic.

 

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