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Covid-19 update: 3 new imported cases, no new deaths (August 8)

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The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported 3 new Covid-19 cases today. All are Thai nationals, 2 recently repatriated from Saudi Arabia and 1 from Indonesia, bringing the total to 3,348. The death toll remained unchanged at 58. Today marks 75 days without a locally transmitted case being identified in Thailand.

2 of the new cases are students, both 24, who arrived in Thailand on July 25 on the same flight as 12 previously confirmed cases. They’re at a state quarantine facility in Chon Buri province. Yesterday they tested positive for Covid-19, although they showed no symptoms.

The returnee from Indonesia is a 32 year old employee of a construction firm. He arrived in Thailand on Monday and was taken to a state quarantine facility in Samut Prakan province. He tested positive on Wednesday, and was also asymptomatic.

The new infections bring the country’s total cases to 3,348 since the beginning of the outbreak, of whom 3,150 have recovered, including 2 new recovered cases, or 94%. 140 patients remain in hospital.

A total of 1,815 cases were reported in Bangkok and Nonthaburi province, 744 in the South, 582 in the Central Plains, 112 in the Northeast and 95 in the North.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 284,567 over the past 24 hours to 19.5 million and the death toll was up by 6,370 to 724,050. The United States has the most cases at 5 million, up by 63,345.

Brazil ranks second with 2.9 million cases, up by 49,502. India is third with 2 million cases, up by 61,455. Thailand currently ranks 112th by the number of confirmed cases, the CCSA reports.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Nation Thailand

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Well then keep the Thais OUT.
    Are they paying for the state quarantine as the felangs are?
    I doubt it.

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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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Health officials race to vaccinate 70% of Khlong Toey slum residents

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Health officials are racing to vaccinate 70% of residents in Bangkok’s Khlong Toey neighbourhood, the largest slum in the city where hundreds have tested positive for Covid-19 since April. With people living in crowded conditions and many unable to take off work to self-isolate, Thai authorities have been rolling out proactive Covid-19 testing and a mass vaccination campaign in an effort to contain the virus.

A third vaccination unit has been set up in the district at the Port Authority Stadium, adding to the units at Tesco Lotus Rama IV and Wat Khlong Toey School. Around 50,000 of the 80,000 residents in the Khlong Toey slum need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to reach herd immunity, according to Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang.

As of Sunday, 11,211 people had been vaccinated at the mobile units and each vaccination unit has been handing out 1,000 queue cards each day. With the third vaccination unit, city officials plan to inoculate 2,500 to 3,000 people per day until May 19.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration launched a proactive testing campaign on April 27 in the Khlong Toey district. Since then, 19,983 people have been tested with 654 people positive for Covid-19. 5,700 people are waiting for the results to come back and the others are negative.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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ICU beds for Covid-19 patients in Phuket are close to a “critical” low

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Covid-19 patients in severe condition may have to been transferred from a government hospital in Phuket to a private hospital as the number of available hospital beds at public intensive care units in Phuket is close to a “critical” low, according to Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Chalermpong Sukontapol.

There are 9 ICU rooms at the Vachira Phuket Hospital. 5 are being used for Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms while the other 4 rooms are for those with mild symptoms and are under observation before being moved to another bed.

“If the 9 rooms are full of severe symptom cases, that will be a big critical stage. We may need to transfer our patients to other provinces or private hospitals, which may involve additional costs.”

He says 50% of the Covid-19 patients in Phuket are asymptomatic while 30% have mild symptoms and 10% have severe symptoms. For most of those with severe symptoms, the virus has moved to their lungs and they are in need of special equipment, like ventilators, to help them breathe and Charlempong says those patients need to be under close observation.

SOURCE: Phuket News

 

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Covid-19 variant first detected in India reported in Thailand state quarantine

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The mutated strain of Covid-19 that was first reported in India has been detected in Thailand. Health officials say a Thai woman and her young son tested positive for the variant while in quarantine for those arriving in Thailand from overseas.

The mother and her sons, ages 4, 6, and 8, had arrived in Thailand from Pakistan on April 24, according to a spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Just the mother and her 4 year old son tested positive for the B.1.617.1 strain, a variant first reported in India, while they were in a state-arranged quarantine facility.

“These were the first detections of the Indian variant in the country…There is concern about this variant and about the possibility that it could mutate in Thailand.”

The Thai government had banned flights from India, with the expectation of repatriation flights for returning Thais, due to the new variant of the virus. With the new variant found in people travelling from Pakistan, authorities are now mulling over whether to extend the ban on international arrivals from other countries.

The variant was first detected in India in October and has been reported in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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