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Covid-19 testing increased, CCSA blames household spread



PHOTO: Covid-19 testing expands, targeting spread in the household (via The Daily Vox)
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After a month of the worst Covid-19 outbreak ever in Thailand stemming from the nightlife and entertainment venue scene in Bangkok and around Thailand, authorities have set their sight on another treacherous virus spreader: your household. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration worries that while the number of infections being spread in the community and gathering places seems to be waning, infected people have now brought Covid-19 home with them and are spreading the virus in their household, in Bangkok and throughout the country.

New infections had spent a week falling steadily, though critical cases and deaths are increasing, but yesterday and today saw a jump in new cases again. The fluctuation and instability of statistics concern the CCSA. Over the weekend so far, 20 more patients went on ventilators and 12 had their condition moved to critical. But of the 67,044 recorded cases of Covid-19 through yesterday, a disproportionate majority of them were spread from family members within the household.

The Department of Disease Control met with the CCSA yesterday and set a new strategy to rein in outbreaks. With 44% of new infections occurring in Bangkok and its surrounding provinces, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is concentrating on the greater Bangkok area to reduce Covid-19 spread. The goal is to reduce daily infections in Bangkok to under 400 per day, an average of 8 cases for each of the 50 districts.

They will also set out to administer more active case-finding tests, with a plan to test 8,200 people this week: 1,800 tomorrow, 1,400 Tuesday, 2,000 Wednesday, 1,600 Thursday, and 1,400 Friday. In April 30,000 tests were conducted by City Hall in Bangkok while the Labour Ministry tested 45,000 workers registered for social security in provinces such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Pathum Thani and Nontha Buri in the second half of last month.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. Steven

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    I think it’s more that the government allowed people to travel all over Thailand throughout Songkran and now people are developing symptoms at home.

  2. CNM

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    Pathetic and laughable lack of testing.

  3. Davidn Robertson

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Testing rate is far too slow

    Please test passengers BEFORE they get on aircraft!

  4. ynwaps

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    We are allowed to gather with 20 people. What do you expect?

  5. Dynamo Dave

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    ‘ . . . another treacherous virus spreader: your household.’

    Yes, maybe, but only after the causal member of the household had contracted the CV virus, begging the question, ‘where did he/she collect it?’ And that leads me to my primary suspicions that these are, to a significant extent, coming from virus-spreading night life gatherings, especially in BKK.

    I further suspect that Prayut and the CCSA are loath to acknowledge this likelihood, it being on their very doorstep.

  6. Jason

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Test…trace…ringfence….learn the lessons that so many other countries have been forced to learn.

  7. pascal

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    health system in Thailand is certainly one of the most expensive for peoples who don t have enough money to afford medical support. i believe it is the main risk for Thailand, country side peoples won’t go get tested or even worse, will disregards any advice due to lack of knowledge. Once again i will take as example Australia scheme, especially in NT where the aborigine community is the most important. Government knows these peoples are roaming everywhere, they may spread and may surfer of the most casualty toll even if they have access to medical support as anybody else in this Country. Of course the virus will be bring home, it s not going to stay on the front door. This said i m surprised authority does insist to say the spread is mainly due to the night life venue. Is the outbreak in fish market due to the Burmese worker should not be the beginning of all of this?????????? shall we understand that this outbreak was at 200% under control?????

  8. TS

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    yeah, mr. pm dolittle & co. don’t take responsibility for not securing any vaccines except for yourselves. Point your fingers at the average Thais you pompous shameless %#@&@s

  9. Leo Z

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    In any self-respecting country you get one positive –> you test the entire household, and you publish the numbers, without concern for “but how do we look on the all-important infection case chart?”
    In short, how is it possible that for over a year Thailand has been testing at 1/5 of Malaysia?

  10. YNBAW

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Well all else fails, blame something random and innocuous. You’ll have them lined up with their sleeves already rolled.

  11. Ben

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8:44 am

    This has always been the big fear in Thailand and why COVID had to be taken more seriously by the young. Multi-generational households put the elderly more at risk than in western countries where mom and dad, and grandma and grandpa, have their own place.

    Tracking and tracing is much more difficult now because the virus is more widespread. If you don’t increase testing you won’t find most of the cases so you can isolate, and it’ll continue to spread.

    Thai culture centers around the extended family more than western culture so everyone is now more extra careful about the virus in Bangkok. This will allow the virus to come under control. Thais are more like minded about these things than westerners.

  12. Digby Strong

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Money talks…
    so, in March, the Gov (themselves under pressure from business) encouraged domestic tourism over Songkran and the holiday gaps either side, as well as travel for family reunions, and that’s why the numbers now seen are more widespread across the provinces. The virus planted within households (particularly the traditional large family households) has only subsequently spread to various family members. So, shouldn’t we look at the root cause?

    Of course, there’s also the chance that the virus was already hiding in asymptomatic cases far and wide, and one of the lowest testing rates in the world just didn’t detect it, but why would you see so few REPORTED cases, and deaths, country-wide, before April?

  13. J West

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    What an unpleasant result for the HiSo who crossed the border to sample the exotic and unknowingly brought home the death nexus of his family. And…how arbitrary, that after a night of revellery at Government House 2 that the ladyboy entertainer who rode a mighty minister cowboy style till the early hours might have passed a deadly disease on to a wife and kids or maybe they to her/im. Boo hoo. Karma’s a bitch as they say.

  14. LV-Jody

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 5:23 am

    The lack of testing is very troublesome indeed. I’m confused on why testing is so limited. Not everybody who is positive needs to be hospitalized. Mild symptoms can be treated outpatient except in scenarios of high density areas like Klong Tuey. Why can’t Government negotiate with AQS hotels for the less sever cases if the patient cannot isolate at home?

  15. Kim

    Friday, May 7, 2021 at 5:30 am

    Once again no mention of their vaccination strategy. They have numerous way’s of informing people if they are after your vote but when it comes to informing the people of where and when you go to be vaccinated zero.

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