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Covid-19 case detected outside state quarantine, first in weeks

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Medical authorities in Samut Prakan, just southeast of Bangkok, say a Thai man tested positive for Covid-19 at a hospital there today. The man, whose name was not released, was diagnosed at Ramathibodi Hospital and is currently being treated there, according to Piyamit Sitra, dean of the medical faculty at Chakri Naruebodindra Medical Institute, an agency specifically charged with treating coronavirus patients.

The alarm was raised by a Facebook post claiming that a positive case was found at Ramathibodi. Walairat Chaiyafu, director of the bureau of epidemiology at the Department of Disease Control, said the man, a returnee from abroad, had completed his mandatory 14 day quarantine and was considered healthy at the time he was released.

If confirmed, it would be the first case of the virus outside state quarantine in nearly 3 months. Thailand has officially detected no local transmission for 86 days as of today.

It’s unclear how many people have come into contact with the patient.

This is a developing story, and The Thaiger will bring you updates as they become available.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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    Rion

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Every outbreak around the world started initially from one person passing it to others. Stay strong, savvy, and above all smart Thailand. Stop the flame before it becomes a fire.

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      Kai Petzke

      Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 11:43 pm

      Yes, Thailand, please stay smart, don’t let this case (and the case in Bangkok from the woman, who wanted to travel back to UAE) be the beginning of a new wave.

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    Vern

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Why is this not top story? Anything else, including Richard Barrow’s v1sa would lead the way. Part 0f the plan Tha1ger??

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    Vern

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Where my comment??? Screening???

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    Edy F.

    Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    They must find excuse to vaccine people. Because, if no deads and no virus, why vaccine ? And why masks ?
    And, if no vaccine, no money and no control of population.

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    Pitt

    Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    you have to write all people want say ,or it is not a opinionis only what thai shit government want the people readwhat opinion is thisthe serious news paper let write all opinions is not your responsability but of the writers…so let my opinion originally is the way to change something

    who want to go thai??
    place can not be freedom to talk
    if fighihg with thais and go police or court for sure foreigner lose all
    no guaranty
    none of the property guarantees. you can’t own the land, so why invest? only a retard buys land not in his name.
    visa all the time,also when married,
    any plces in the wolrd after married no one ask me visa ,i have right to stay with my wife forever without government ask me money account ,visa and bla bla .
    incredible, i want be freedom to live and feeling home ,in thai is not possible ,SO don’t ask to go invest there is not change as i said.
    dictator and comunist country

    coz is comunist country only
    don’t let foregners free to move ,buy land ,live there without problems
    so non one invest there ,easy

    I have company in thai with more than 20 employers
    i’m in oversea in europe now and i asked embassy to prepare my visa…. Useless for me but anyway follow story ,well they said:
    They said I have to stay in quaranteene at my arrive to bkk in a structure chosen by the government under my expenses!!
    But if government forces me a lookdown in the quanrantena where you say , it is the government that has to pay. NOT THE PEOPLE….,or i do quarantene in my owner house in bangkok.
    This strategy of government is only for still money to foregner ,cos is not normal cost of hotel .This is military country now.I invite thai to do civil war and kick out prayut and is submitted staff.Group of retarders-
    anyway :
    I said ,well I don’t go!! then I fire 30 Thai families working into my owner company ,let see what they eat next months and I go holiday in other place then i reopen new business in other country ,for me nothing change but for them, hahahahahah,this coz thai government is manager by military…..
    many country welcome my company and not stupid visa like a smart,non b ,non a ,non o ,
    only stupid make complicate without knowledges as thais.
    there are country give me citizenship just if move there company or invest in real estate.
    but thais are closed into them ignorance.

    the thais has to admit without foreigner they are nothing and can not surviver
    hahahah

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Bangkok sees 7.87 million vehicles over Songkran holiday

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FILE PHOTO: Millions traveled for Songkran, but not nearly as many as usual, like this 2013 Songkran photo.

Covid-19 and its third wave be damned, close to 8 million vehicles travelled in and out of Bangkok so far during this year’s Songkran festival holiday period. Thailand’s Ministry of Transport released figures yesterday on the yearly holiday and revealed that more than 7.87 million cars, trucks, buses and motorbikes hit the roads and travelled into and out of Bangkok during the festival period, despite almost all official celebrations, events and gatherings being cancelled nationwide again this year.

The figures, calculating incoming and outgoing traffic between April 10 – 14, show that travel is much lower than originally predicted but massively higher than last year’s travel. The drop makes sense as many predictions may have been made before the last minute closures of entertainment venues and cancellation of Songkran events due to the recent third wave outbreak of the B117 strain of Covid-19.

The 7.87 million vehicles figure is about 30% lower than predicted. There were also an estimated 4.52 million people using public transportation such as buses over the holiday period, again lower than predicted, this time by about 36 per cent.

On the other hand, in what may be a bad sign for Thailand’s health, at a time when new daily records are being set for Covid-19 infections, many more people are ignoring the pandemic and travelling anyway.

The nearly 8 million vehicles on the roads to Bangkok during Songkran represent a nearly 35% increase over last years Coronavirus-muted figures. And when social distancing is of utmost importance, the 4 and a half million people travelling by public transport is a startling 74% increase over the nearly completely locked-down figures of 2020’s Songkran holiday period.

One final note for the “if Covid-19 doesn’t get you, climate change will” crowd: Of the 7.87 million cars, buses, trucks, and motorbikes on the road, a very non-eco-friendly 7.4 million of them were private vehicles.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Covid UPDATE: Wednesday’s new infections rise to 1,335 people, 36 people in “serious condition”

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Thailand’s CCSA has announced 1,335 new infections today, after a slight dip in the 10 day surge yesterday. 1,326 of those new infections are local, not imported, and mostly from Bangkok. Today’s tally takes the national total to 35,910 since January 2020 when the first case outside China was detected in Thailand on January 13.

The new infections have mostly emerged in Bangkok with 351 cases. Surrounding provinces report an additional 115 infections today. In other provinces, 877 people.

It’s also been reported today that 36 people are currently in a serious condition and 9 people are on ventilators. Here’s the number of cases reported each day since the start of April…

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

Meanwhile, Prachuap Khiri Khan officials have ordered the closure of “high risk venues” such as pubs, bars, water parks, children’s playgrounds, gyms, cinemas, game shops. The Governor says restaurants can open “but no alcohol can be served”. This includes the seaside town of Hua Hin.

In Krabi there is now a total of 11 infections, 6 new ones yesterday.

In Chon Buri, which includes Pattaya, there were 99 new confirmed infections of Covid today … a similar number to the past few days.

Total number of infections being treated in provinces…

• Bangkok: 1,689
• Chiang Mai: 880
• Chonburi: 594
• Samut Prakan: 416
• Narathiwat: 304
• Prachuap Khiri Khan: 265
• Samut Sakhon: 166
• Pathum Thani: 124
• Sa Kaeo 105
Covid UPDATE: Wednesday's new infections rise to 1,335 people, 36 people in 

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Bangkok police tracking down owners of Thong Lor clubs where virus resurfaced

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PHOTO: Facebook / Krystal Club

Police in Bangkok are on the hunt for the owners of 2 nightclubs considered ground zero for a third wave of Covid-19 currently spreading around the country. The Krystal Club and Emerald Thonglor 13, in the capital’s fashionable Thonglor district, are currently closed, with the managers of both sentenced to 2 months’ imprisonment. However, officials are now attempting to track down the real owners of both establishments.

Nation Thailand reports that the authorities are examining ownership and shareholding documentation related to the 2 venues, after police chief Piya Tawichai confirmed a cluster of Covid-19 infections is believed to have spread from the clubs. The managers of both venues have been charged with violating the emergency decree and disease prevention regulations, with the Bangkok Municipal Court sentencing them to 2 months’ imprisonment on April 9.

The head of Metropolitan Police Division 5, Sophon Saraphat, has also transferred 2 Thonglor police officers, including the superintendent of Thonglor police station, while an investigation into the Covid-19 cluster continues.

Sophon says authorities are also examining the operating licences of both clubs, which have been closed for 30 days, while officials determine if they should be shut down for a period of 5 years.

3 nightlife venues in Phuket, thought to be behind a resurgence of Covid-19 in the southern province have been closed as part of a wider temporary shutdown of nightlife on the island. It is not yet known if the owners will face prosecution.

The Illuzion and Shelter nightclubs in Patong, along with the Café del Mar beach club in Kamala each held mass parties during the weekend of April 2- 4, with invited guests travelling from as far as Bangkok. Media reports put attendance at each party at over 3,000.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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