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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

    Friday, 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

    Friday, 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

    Friday, 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

    Friday, 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

    Friday, September 4, 2020 at 10:22 pm

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

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    Yuri Saveliev

    Friday, 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

    Friday, 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

    Saturday, 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

    Saturday, 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

    Sunday, 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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Covid UPDATE: New cases rise to 1,543, DDC recommends work from home in red zone areas

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Thailand’s Covid-19 infections are still on the rise, with the Kingdom reporting 1,543 new infections in the last 24 hours. Only 3 of those are imported with 1,540 being cases of community transmission. Thailand has now recorded 37,453 infections. 8,973 patients are receiving hospital treatment, 41 of whom have pneumonia.

11 people are currently in a serious condition on ventilators.

1,540 were community cases, most from the hot zone of Bangkok with 409 new infections. Chiang Mai had 278 new cases, Prachuap Khiri Khan 98 and Chon Buri (including Pattaya) 98.

UPDATE: Dr Chawetsan Namwat, the acting director for emergency health at the Department of Disease Control, says that people will need to consider working from home for 2 weeks if they live in a red zone area.

He said that it may be necessary to increase restrictions further to mitigate the upward trajectory of Covid-19 that is expected to rise after Songkran. Those red zone areas include Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Samut Prakan, Narathiwat, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Samut Sakhon, Pathum Thani and Sa Kaeo.

“To reduce risks, people should work from home after the Songkran festival.”

Covid UPDATE: New cases rise to 1,543, DDC recommends work from home in red zone areas | News by ThaigerHere’s the trajectory of the outbreak since April 1…

April 1 – 26 infections
April 2 – 58 infections
April 3 – 84 infections
April 4 – 96 infections
April 5 – 194 infections
April 6 – 250 infections
April 7 – 334 infections
April 8 – 405 infections
April 9 – 559 infections
April 10 – 789 infections
April 11 – 967 infections
April 12 – 985 infections
April 13 – 965 infections
April 14 – 1,335 infections
April 15 – 1,543 infections

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Bangkok officials issue advice for Covid contacts required to self-isolate

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The governor of Bangkok says anyone who has had contact with a Covid-19 patient must self-isolate for 10 days, the incubation period for the virus. Nation Thailand reports that Governor Aswin Kwanmuang has issued advice for those self-isolating, saying they must adhere to the following 4 steps.

1. Sleep in a separate room to other residents
2. Do not eat with other people living in the house
3. Separate trash, as garbage used by a potentially infected person can be a source of transmission
4. Use a separate bathroom where possible. If not possible, the potentially infected person should be last to use the bathroom, washing sinks and the toilet seat after each use

The governor says people who live alone in a house or condo can use a food delivery service, but must wear a mask while in the presence of food delivery workers, as well as washing their hands regularly. Condominium residents must advise the building manager that they are self-isolating and avoid using common areas such as elevators.

Masks should be worn at all times indoors and all residents should observe social distancing while in common areas. Building managers are responsible for instructing residents to observe disease prevention measures and should also undertake regular disinfection of common areas and manage potentially infectious waste appropriately.

Nation Thailand lists the following numbers for those who need further medical advice.

Covid-19 situation at the Bangkok Health Office Hotline (02) 203 2393 or (02) 203 2396 or (02) 203 2883 and (02) 245 4964 (24 Hours)

BKK COVID-19 website hotline (02) 203 2393 and (02) 203 2396 (service hours 8am-10pm)

People with Covid-19 symptoms should contact the Erawan Centre, Bangkok 1646. People at risk of exposure to infectious cases can call the Emergency Operation Centre at 097 046 7549 and the Department of Disease Control at 1422.

Infected patients can get more advice on self-isolation at the Medical Department Hotline 1668, the National Institute of Emergency Medicine 1669 or the NHSO 1330 hotline, 24 hours a day.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Officials in Pattaya and Koh Larn say there are currently no plans to close the island to visitors despite a man who worked briefly at a local restaurant testing positive for Covid-19. It’s understood the worker was employed from April 3 to April 6, before quitting. During his short employment stint, he visited a number of nightlife venues in Pattaya during the course of one evening, before returning to the island. The name of the restaurant where he worked has not been released.

The man was later contacted by contact-tracers and subsequently tested positive for the virus. The Pattaya News reports that the restaurant on Koh Larn was closed for 3 days, with officials testing several people the man had come into contact with. It’s understood all have tested negative but are self-isolating for 14 days.

No other infections have been recorded on the island, with officials confirming it can remain open to domestic tourists, with strict disease prevention measures in place, including mandatory use of the contact-tracing MorChana app. Officials have also urged people to comply with mask-wearing regulations, saying a small minority – mostly foreigners – are failing to do so.

There is currently no planned lockdown for the island, with high-risk venues such as bars and clubs already temporarily closed. Restaurants and hotels remain open to domestic tourists and outdoor activities such as boat tours and diving can still go ahead until such time as the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration deems otherwise. The province of Chon Buri currently does not have any restrictions in place for those entering or leaving.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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