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Covid-19 case: 600 people facing quarantine

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Hundreds may need to go into quarantine after they came in contact with a Bangkok DJ who recently tested positive for Covid-19. Health officials say around 600 people have been in close contact with the man and 78 people have been classified as “high risk” of being infected.

Thailand went 100 days without a local transmission of the coronavirus. The 37 year old DJ was arrested last week on drug charges and tested positive for virus during a routine check at a Bangkok prison. All of the other recent cases of the coronavirus have been imported and detected during the mandated 2-week quarantine for people entering the country.

Health officials are tracing the man’s steps back to August 12 and have identified 589 people who they say are at a low risk of catching the virus and 78 people who they consider at high risk. 3 pubs were the DJ recently worked have closed down. The staff from all 3 bars are in quarantine.

The man reportedly worked as a DJ at 2 different locations of the 3 Day 2 Night pub in Rama III and on Rama V. He also worked a night at First Cafe on Khao San Road on August 18. All 3 have been closed for cleaning. A restaurant in Nonthaburi where the man reportedly worked has also been closed.

The DJ ended up at a drug correction centre at the Klong Prem prison near Chatuchak. More than 30 people at the centre are classified as high risk. The first round of tests came out negative, but the inmates will be tested again in a few days and they are isolated from the main prison population.

The man was sentenced to prison by the Criminal Court on August 26 on drug charges and sent to the Central Special Correction Institution. 8 inmates at the prison have been classified as high risk and their results are still pending. About 150 officials who came in contact with the DJ have tested negative for the virus.

Thailand has reported 3,431 cases of the coronavirus with 3,277 recoveries and 58 coronavirus related deaths. 96 people are being treated for the virus in hospitals.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

 

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    Jase

    September 4, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Most of the world has seen a second wave. Why should Thailand be any different. A second wave is inevitable. What’s important is hi well you cope and deal with it. Perhaps more time should be working on that likely scenario rather than shutting yourself off from the rest of the world in a bubble. The bubble will pop one day. Even the best countries has a second wave ie New Zealand and Australia. Key is how the second and third waves are deallt with.

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    Ryan

    September 4, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Awesome! Let’s see how true to the words of the Health Minister saying Thailand can handle outbreak. 100 days without a local transmission but this local DJ came from where? Does this mean all the numbers reported by Thai health authorities are fake and fabricated to look good?

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    Glenn

    September 4, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    and was said DJ sick and showing flu symptoms (fever, breathing difficulty, etc etc), or was the test positive but asymptomatic (this non-contagious)?

    and being stuck in an iso-ward and watched certainly does not presume sick with symptoms, it could simply be asymptomatic and observed.

    some kind of truth in reporting would be nice to read some day !

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    Dirty Farang

    September 4, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    the 50 baht question is, how he could get covid, as Thailand is closed since March and officials say, Thailand is covid free?

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    Steve

    September 4, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Fear porn for a virus no worse than the flu..

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    Yuri Saveliev

    September 4, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    It was expected. Luckily, Thailand has a very low infection rate but is not zero, so be very careful. Last month, Myanmar online newspaper mizzima.com reported two Covid-19 infected migrant workers repatriated from Thailand. They were tested positive in a mandatory quarantine facility. Unfortunately, I see many Thais in shops who stopped wearing face masks and using hand sanitizers (do not leave home without them!). Being too relaxed and losing the vigilance is dangerous. The battle against the virus is far from over.

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    Manneken pis

    September 4, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    The fact is that this government would be very happy to see covid19 come back. Keep protests under control

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    Gary

    September 5, 2020 at 10:54 am

    It is time governments around the world admit that quarantine does not work and is not recommended by experts for this situation.

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    Toby Andrews

    September 5, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Yes how did he catch the virus, Dirty?
    Anyway, if the Thais have to quarantine I hope they will include the 150 person of the authorities that were in contact have to quarantine.
    Naw, I doubt it . . .

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    Peter

    September 6, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    There is a very simple way to end this “pandemic” right now. That is to stop testing, open all borders and go back to normal life. The only reason anyone can be said to have “Covid-19” is because they have “tested positive”. The fact is that the tests do not work and cannot detect “Covid-19”. The RT-PCR “test” is nothing but a manufacturing process to detect and duplicate a string of DNA through cycles of duplication. Since you need a primer to start with, which in this case would mean genetic material identified as “Covid-19”, there cannot be a test for it as, to date, no “Covid-19” virus has been scientifically identified. This has recently been admitted by the US FDA and the British government as well as thousands of Doctors and other PHD’s worldwide. This pandemic is a scam to completely change our way of life which we would not otherwise accept without the fear-mongering of a fake disease that cannot be proven to have sickened or killed a single person!! Wake up people!!

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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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Teen near the Thai-Myanmar border tests positive for Covid-19

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A Burmese teenager who lives near the Thai-Myanmar border tested positive for Covid-19. Now, Thai border patrol officers are tightening security even more to make sure Myanmar’s outbreak doesn’t cross the border and cause a second wave in Thailand.

The 17 year old Burmese boy tested positive for Covid-19 last week. Reports say the teen was in Myanmar’s Payatongsu district, about 5 kilometres from the Three Pagodas Pass checkpoint bordering Kanchanaburi. The teen started having symptoms on September 11 and tested positive on September 17.

Only around 13 people were reportedly in close contact with the teen and they are now in quarantine at a district school. Health officials suspect the teen was exposed to the virus from his uncle who had travelled to Moulmein, a large city near Yangon which had a spike in coronavirus cases. The uncle has been tested and is in quarantine, but his test results are still pending.

In another case, a 2 year old Burmese child tested positive for Covid-19 after leaving Thailand. A report from Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health Disease Control Department says the child most likely contracted the virus while travelling from Thailand to Myanmar around September 4 to September 10. The family travelled to Mae Sot and entered Myanmar through natural passageways. 2,635 people in Mae Sot tested negative for Covid-19.

Since Myanmar reported a surge in cases, starting mostly in the country’s Rakhine state on the western coast, Thailand has been increasing border patrol to make sure people are not entering Thailand illegally and potentially spreading the virus. Now that there are cases in some Myanmar border towns, Thailand checkpoints are on high alert.

The daily number of Covid-19 cases in Myanmar continues to rise. The country reported a total of 6,471 cases with 100 deaths and 1,445 recoveries, according to Worldometer.

In some border districts, police have placed barbed wire along the border to prevent people from entering illegally. Security has increased and dozens of migrants have been arrested in the past month for allegedly entering Thailand illegally. Even volunteers have stepped up to patrol the borders. No migrants arrested for allegedly crossing the border have tested positive for the virus.

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Struggling airlines to get reprieve through small loans, extension to fuel tax cut

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Airlines in Thailand are being offered a financial lifeline, as the Government Savings Bank announces soft loans for carriers left struggling as a result of the current Covid-19 ‘disruption’. Nation Thailand reports that the GSB is offering the loans over a 60 month period, with an annual interest rate of 2%. Chairman Patchara Anuntasilpa says the proposal will shortly be put to Cabinet for approval.

Airlines have been left financially devastated by the fallout from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, with countries closing their borders, passenger numbers plummeting, and carriers forced to slash the number of flights on offer. The services available, including the food services, were also curtailed early on as a preventative measure but that restriction has since been lifted. The effect is being keenly felt by all the airlines in Thailand, with the Kingdom’s borders closed to nearly all international traffic since March.

In a further effort to ease the financial crisis faced by Thai airlines, the Excise Department says it will extend the fuel tax cut for low-cost carriers by another 6 months from the end of this month. Patchara, who also serves as director-general of the Excise Department, says the tax may end up being abolished completely. In normal times, taxation on aviation fuel generates around 1 billion baht a year.

Air Asia has also cut some of its ground costs by using airport buses to ferry passengers from a cheaper aircraft parking area, back to the terminals, foregoing the costs of the airport airbridges. Flights from Phuket to Don Mueang, for example, are now a full ‘bus’ service, sometimes adding an additional 15 minutes at either end for the loading up of the buses and the trip to the planes or the terminal.

It’s understood the excise tax collected since October 2019 totals 503 billion baht, down more than 6.5% on last year’s figure. Most of the income comes from oil or oil products, cars, alcohol, and cigarettes.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Phuket’s governor calls for help in restoring island’s economy

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Shuttered businesses along Bangla Road in Patong yesterday

The governor of Phuket has likened the southern province to a “patient in a coma”, as he pleads for help to restore its devastated economy. According to a report in the Bangkok Post, Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew was addressing a Public Health Association forum, where he highlighted the economic crisis caused by the ongoing ban on international tourists. The island’s international airport closed in April, shutting off the supply of international tourists, and cutting off the flow of international money flowing into the island’s tourist economy.

The latest figures show that Phuket has lost over 400 billion baht since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The island’s economy is, either directly or indirectly, 90% reliant on a steady flow of international tourists, and has seen a massive tourist infrastructure boom over the past 20 years, including accommodation, tours, tour boats, tours buses and passenger vans, international shows, new roads, restaurants and rentals – all aimed at the many levels of traveller budgets.

Governor Narong predicts the province will face similar hardship next year, and is calling on the government to organise conferences and other events that will attract more visitors to the province.

“So far, the province has invited 15,000 village health volunteers in the south to travel and spend time in the province while today’s seminar is bringing in 10,000 attendees and followers and will relieve some of the hardship.”

Meanwhile, PHA president Prapat Thamwongsa, says the forum gives those attending the opportunity to share knowledge and advice on tackling the spread of disease, with presentations and competitions addressing all public health activities.

Phuket usually receives around 14 million visitors every year, with around 10-11 million arriving from outside Thailand. The airport usually welcomes up to 300 international flights a day but is now only receiving around 80 flights a day, since the ban on foreign flights started in April. Narong says an estimated 40,000 of the island’s workers are now unemployed, while those still employed have taken hefty pay cuts of anything from 20% to a hefty 90%. Less than 30% of the province’s hotels are currently open.

“Phuket is like a patient in a coma in ICU. So, it is necessary for all stakeholders to help restore Phuket as quickly as possible.”

The Cabinet recently approved a long-stay visa (the Special Tourist Visa) for tourists who wish to visit the Kingdom, although critics say the strict requirements, coupled with the extortionate cost of the mandatory 14 day quarantine, make it unworkable. The new visa is also insisting that travellers will have to arrive on restricted charter or private jet flights, adding further cost and restrictions.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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