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Covid-19 UPDATE: All the latest news from the world – July 12

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PHOTO: The US President finally wore a face mask in public during a visit to Maryland yesterday - Associated Press

Today the total number of Covid-19 patients in the world has reached 12,847,288 with 567,734 people dying due to the effects of the virus. 7,483,246 people are registered as ‘recovered’ from their bout of Covid-19. The numbers of new cases, worldwide, is accelerating. The current hotspots are the US, Brazil, India, South Africa and Mexico – presenting with the highest numbers of new cases in the past 24 hours. (As of 11am Thai time)

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* Data listing Top 5 countries with highest number of cases in past 24 hours – worldometers.com

Here is a sample of news snippets related to Covid-19 around the world in the past 24 hours…

• At least 33 of the US’s 50 states experienced an increase in new Covid-19 cases compared to last week.

• Cases keep arising in the southern Australian state of Victoria, more specifically in the northern suburbs of its capital, Melbourne. State Premier Daniel Andrews says another 273 infections have been recorded in the past 24 hours. The state has now recorded 1,184 active cases. 57 of those are in hospital, with 16 patients in intensive care.

Victoria is battling a worrying spike in cases following months of virtual containment. Last week, the state closed its borders with New South Wales and South Australia.

• Infections in Latin America and the Caribbean areas have now surpassed 3 million this week. Another 1,071 people have died from Covid-19 in Brazil. The South American country’s death toll now stands at 71,469, the second-highest in the world.

Among those who have tested positive is the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Following his diagnosis, Bolsonaro finally acknowledged the grave risk posed by the virus, which he has in the past dismissed as just a “little flu.” He says he has been suffering “fever, aches and malaise”.

• South Africa’s Health minister Zweli Mkhize is warning of a Covid-19 “storm”. 13,497 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the past 24 hours, a total of 264,184 infections including 3,971 deaths. More than a third of cases are in new hot spot of Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg and capital, Pretoria.

• US President Donald Trump wore a face mask in public yesterday after refusing to wear a face mask in public for many months. The President visited a wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Bethesda, Maryland.

Mr. Trump was seen briefly while walking with staff, who also were wearing masks, at the medical centre. The President made no remarks to the attending media while wearing one. He later remarked that wearing a mask while visiting the hospital is “a very appropriate thing.”

“I think when you’re in the hospital you should definitely wear a mask. That wouldn’t be difficult at all for me.”

• Taiwan has wrapped up an annual film festival with an awards ceremony as it stages more public events after emerging from it small Covid-19 outbreak of only a few hundred cases. Actors and local glitterati lined up for photo shoots with no social distancing last night. No one was wearing face masks in historic Zhongshan Hall in the capital of the self-governing island off China’s east coast. A baseball game in the city of Taichung drew more than 10,000 fans for the first time this season. There has been only 451 confirmed coronavirus cases and 7 deaths on the island, which has a population of about 23 million.

• The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 248 to 198,804 in the past 24 hours.

• The number of New Yorkers hospitalised with Covid-19 has fallen to the lowest point in nearly 4 months. State officials reported 799 hospitalisations yesterday, the lowest number of Covid-19 patient admissions since March 18.

• Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has announced he has been hospitalised after testing positive for Covid-19. The popular 77 year old actor sent a Tweet yesterday saying that he tested positive and asked that anyone who has “been in close proximity in the last 10 days to “please get themselves tested”.

Bachchan is a living legend in Hindi-language cinema and many consider him to be India’s greatest living actor. Bachchan has made has made more than 180 films in a career spanning five decades.

• Venezuela has now recorded 9,178 cases of Covid-19, after another 375 infections were registered in the past 24 hours. At least 85 people have now died from the virus in the country. Two deaths were reported on Saturday. South America is now one of the world’s emerging hotspots for new Covid-19 cases.

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SOURCES: Reuters | CNN | USA Today | Al Jazeera | Worldometers.com

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“Sawadee Thailand” travel insurance covers Covid-19 medical expenses

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The following is a press release submitted by AXA Thailand on its “Sawasdee Thailand” travel insurance which covers the required Covid-19 medical insurance for those travelling to Thailand.

AXA Thailand General Insurance is offering “Sawasdee Thailand”, a comprehensive travel insurance that includes health coverage for foreigners traveling to Thailand, offering up to 3.5-million-baht of medical expenses including COVID-19 which meets the Thai government’s strict insurance requirements for Certificate of Entry (COE). The coverage starts immediately after clearing immigration in Thailand and includes the 14-day quarantine period.

AXA Sawasdee Thailand is tailor-made to make travel preparations seamless and the trip worry-free. The policy has no waiting period and no deductible with a 24-hour hotline service. Cashless service is available if the customer is admitted as inpatient in AXA network hospital throughout Thailand. AXA Sawasdee Thailand is available for 30, 60, 90, 180, 270 and 365 days.

Ms. Paweena Khemarangsan, Chief Customer Officer, AXA Thailand General Insurance, explains, “AXA is ready to support visitors who would like their trip to Thailand to go smoothly and be totally worry-free from beginning to end, whether they travel for work, study, family visiting or other purposes. AXA Sawasdee was created for travelers who need a reliable, comprehensive coverage that will give them a feeling of security, as we transition to the new normal. It’s the perfect travel companion that fulfills all government’s insurance requirements (COE) to enter Thailand with confidence.”

In addition, customers will receive a 10% discount when purchasing the “Sawasdee Thailand” travel insurance with “AXA SmartCare Executive Long Stay Visa” health insurance package. The Long Stay Visa plan is designed specifically to comply with the requirements for retirement visa O-A and O-X type, and also the Special Tourist Visa (STV). The promotion runs until 30 June 2021.

For more information about AXA Sawasdee Thailand, customers can visit and apply online at https://www.axa.co.th/en/axa-sawasdee-thailand-travel-insurance or contact AXA Customer Service Center at 02-118-8111 press 4.

There is also a range of AXA health insurance offers available to travelers who would like to obtain continuous insurance coverage if they decide to extend their stay in Thailand beyond the original plan.

In addition, for Thais planning to travel domestically and/or abroad, more AXA travel insurance products are available at https://www.axa.co.th/travel-accident-protection.

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Cabinet approves budget of over 6.3 billion baht for 35 million more vaccine doses

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The Thai government has approved a budget of 6.387 billion baht to procure an additional 35 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines. The budget was approved at a Cabinet meeting yesterday, according to a government spokesperson.

Nation Thailand reports that the budget will be divided into 5.6 billion baht, which will be spent on AstraZeneca vaccines, with 700 million baht going on preparation and rollout at a local level. It’s understood officials expect to take delivery of the new consignment at the same time as it receives the 26 million AstraZeneca doses and 2 million Sinovac doses already on order.

In total, this will give Thailand 63 million doses. In PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s “PM Podcast,” he said 63 million doses will cover approximately 31.5 million people. It’s understood the Public Health Ministry is also in talks with other vaccine manufacturers. Johnson & Johnson has already begun the process of applying to register its single-dose vaccine in the Kingdom. Thailand currently has a limited number of vaccine doses, with high-risk provinces and groups being given priority. The government plans to open vaccine registration to general members of the public in May.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Governor of Samut Sakhon recovering from Covid-19 after more than 40 days on ventilator

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The governor of the central province of Samut Sakhon is slowly recovering after more than 2 months battling Covid-19. Weerasak Wichitsangsri tested positive for the virus in late December and subsequently ended up on a ventilator for over 40 days. It’s understood Weerasak’s time on the ventilator was a record for the hospital and at times, medics were unsure if he would recover.

Prasit Watanapa from the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital says Weerasak is now off the ventilator and able to breathe normally, as well as talking, walking, and eating unaided. The Pattaya News reports that the governor’s symptoms improved over the last week, but he remains under close medical supervision. Prasit says he will be tested for antibodies, to determine if he should receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

“Only his muscle functions still need to be treated. The medical team is considering if the governor could have his rehabilitation at home or at Siriraj Hospital. It all depends on his further recovery.”

Weerasak has now been in hospital for more than 2 months, after testing positive for the virus on December 28, after attending a meeting at Samut Sakhon hospital. The central province is seen as the epicentre of the second wave of the virus, which emerged late last year. Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, who was also at the meeting, had to self-isolate following Weerasak’s diagnosis.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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