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Covid-19 in Thailand not a cause for concern – WHO, John Hopkins University



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A top medic in Thailand says data from the World Health Organisation and John Hopkins University indicates that the Covid-19 situation in the Kingdom is not currently a cause for concern. Mondej Sookpranee, a specialist in infectious diseases at MedPark Hospital in Bangkok, says both the WHO and John Hopkins have evaluated the situation in Thailand.

“Both organisations have evaluated Thailand in ‘not high burden and not growing’ countries, thanks to people’s co-operation to contain the spread of the virus.” He adds that everyone in the country should continue to adhere to Covid-19 safety measures.

Thailand recorded 7,025 cases of Covid-19 between December 14 and January 14, with the average number over 24 hours being 271, according to WHO data. This equates to an infection rate of 10.2% or 0.4% over 24 hours, per 100,000 people.

John Hopkins has recorded the number of cases in the last 30 days as 7,189, with a 24 hour average of 459. This equates to an infection rate of 10.4% per 100,000 people, or 0.7% over 24 hours.

28 Thai provinces remain under “highly controlled” restrictions after the virus resurfaced in the Kingdom last month, with the first outbreak recorded at a seafood market in the central province of Samut Sakhon. The outbreak is thought to have been caused by the illegal smuggling of migrant workers, who were trafficked into the country without undergoing mandatory quarantine. The outbreak has since spread to more than 60 provinces. Clusters of cases have also been linked to illegal gambling dens.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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  1. Jason

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    The initial reaction to the virus was the right one, but almost inevitably, an outbreak occurred and now the numbers are going up. It will be a scramble to contain the outbreak. One advantage I do see in Thailand’s many provinces is the chance to isolate the virus within a province. Thailand would fit many times into the area of my home state. Testing really needs to be ramped up if Thailand’s provinces are to have any chance to contain and control. I hope vaccine approval and distribution will see a decline in the overall numbers. The pattern in the world of vaccine reception seems to be: Front line health workers…the elderly and vulnerable…. essential service personnel….the general public. Hopefully Thailand will follow this convention that has emerged.

    • Slugger

      Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      Testing is a waste of time and resources. Is, was and always has been.

      • Toby Andrews

        Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 4:16 pm

        As is reading your posts.

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