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Covid UPDATE: 1,583 new cases and 15 deaths, provincial totals

Tanutam Thawan

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1,583 new Covid-19 cases and 15 deaths were reported today by the Public Health Ministry’s Department of Disease Control. Since the start of the pandemic last year, a total of 65,153 Covid-19 infections and 203 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Thailand.

The number of daily reported infections continues to drop steadily as the government’s restrictions appear to be having the desired effect. Although the daily case count is on a downward slope, people must remain vigilant at combating the spread of the virus, according to deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Natapanu Nopakun, who gives the daily Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration report in English.

“While the number of new cases is lower than the past few days, we must remain vigilant while there are still new clusters of infections found in Bangkok and other provinces.”

There are now 28,696 active Covid-19 cases in Thailand. Of these 871 are in critical condition including 250 patients on ventilators. Most of the new infections were reported in Bangkok, the epicentre in the new wave of the coronavirus. A cluster of 50 cases was reported in Bangkok’s Khlong Toey district. In Rayong province, 36 new cases related to a snooker club and illegal gambling den, Natapnau says.

Province New infections Total since April 1
Bangkok 417 12,005
Samut Prakan 138 1,719
Chon Buri 131 2,394
Chiang Mai 66 3,502
Nonthaburi 50 1,544
Samut Sakhon 48 916
Rayong 36 159
Pathum Thani 35 777
Surat Thani 34 653
Nakhon Pathom 34 522

In the new wave of infections over the past month, 109 Covid-related patients have died, many with pre-existing conditions of diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, or other chronic illnesses. The daily Covid-19 death toll has been 10 or more over the past several days. Out of the 15 deaths reported today, 9 were in Bangkok. The patients were ages 29 to 93, most were older adults with pre-existing conditions.

While the number of new daily cases in Bangkok has decreased, the number of Covid-related fatalities in the capital remains high, Natapanu says.

Zoning

Yesterday, the CCSA announced new colour-coded zones with restrictions to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The new restrictions will go into effect at midnight on Saturday and are planned to be in effect for 14 days.

Nationwide, alcohol sales are prohibited at restaurants while bars and other nightlife venues are ordered to close. Face masks are also now required in public places in all provinces. Violators face a fine of up to 20,000 baht.

Covid UPDATE: 1,583 new cases and 15 deaths, provincial totals | News by Thaiger

Vaccines

So far, 1.4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been inoculated in Thailand. Natapanu says that while it’s not a high number compared to Thailand’s population of 70 million people, the number of inoculations will be growing “exponentially.”

Yesterday, Natapanu said the Thai government plans to vaccinate all people living in Thailand including expats. More information on a vaccination plan for foreigners living in Thailand will be released at a later date.

Quarantine

With the rise of Covid-19 infections in Thailand, along with the spread of mutated strains in other countries, the quarantine period for international arrivals goes back to the initial 14 days, which ends up being 15 to 16 days at a designated facility or hotel.

Covid UPDATE: 1,583 new cases and 15 deaths, provincial totals | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: CCSA

 

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    Maurice

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    What is the point of having “zoning” when there are no travel nor quarantine measure implemented nationwide?

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    john ivory

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    not enough info on all the providences. just the worst 10

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    John Flynn

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Why do they not tell us on what basis a positive PCR test is deemed an infection?
    The number of cycles used in the lab has a critical influence on whether the test detects a virus or just virus particles, which are harmless.
    Nobody should be diagnosed as infectious unless they display overt symptoms.
    I suspect many people are spending weeks in quarantine for no reason other than they had a false positive PCR test based on a high cycle rate.
    They also never mention the age of those people who have died or whether they had comorbid conditions.
    It appears the daily tallies are designed to incite fear rather than inform us of the truth.

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Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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3 organisers of Phuket’s Kolour superspreader event charged

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FILE PHOTO: 3 managers involved in the Kolour superspreader event have been charged.

As Thailand still wrestles to control the third wave of Covid-19, much of which stems from entertainment venues in Bangkok and a massive party in Phuket, Patong police announced that the managers of the Phuket venues that hosted the Kolour superspreader event will be charged under the Emergency Decree. The case report was filed with the public prosecutor yesterday according to the Patong police chief, confirming that 3 people will be prosecuted for the event.

The Kolour Beachside Festival was held April 2 and 3 with events at Café Del Mar Phuket in Kamala, and Shelter Phuket Dance and Night Club and Illuzion Nightclub, both in Patong. Before the festival, Phuket had gone more than a hundred days without any new Covid-19 infections, but by April 7 the Phuket provincial Public Health office announced 8 new infections, half of which had been at the Kolour parties. In the following weeks, officials plead for attendees to be tested as infections spread.

Charges were delayed in being filed to the Phuket Public Prosecutor’s office as a special investigation committee was ordered to be created to oversee the investigation at the request of Region 8’s Police Commander. That committee brought together officials from various law enforcement in the area including the Patong Police, Kamala Police, Phuket Provincial Police, and the Region 8 Police to investigate the Kolour event before anyone was charged.

The manager of Café Del Mar, along with the managing director and the manager of Shelter and Illuzion, which are under the same management team, will be charged for the Kolour festival violating Thailand’s Emergency Decree that was declared to help protect the country from Covid-19 outbreaks. A breach of the Emergency Decree can be held liable for up to 40,000 Baht and 2 years in jail under Section 9 of the Decree.

The latter 2 are also facing charges of operating an unlicensed entertainment venue. This carries the possibility of another year in prison and a fine of up to 60,000 baht, in accordance with Thai Law under Section 26 of the Entertainment Place Act.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure at high risk of death -CCSA

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Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure have the highest risk of death followed by patients infected with the coronavirus who underlying conditions of diabetes or high cholesterol, according to data from Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported 486 coronavirus-related deaths. Out of those fatalities, 392 were reported after April 1. Using data from the recent wave of infections, the CCSA found that those infected with Covid-19 who also have high blood pressure are at the most at risk of death, followed by those who are diabetic and those who have high cholesterol.

Others who are at risk of severe infection or death if infected with Covid-19 include those with chronic kidney disease, heart disease, obesity or lung disease.

Most of the deaths since April 1 have been in Bangkok, making up 46% of the death count in the recent wave, followed and provinces just outside the capital. Most patients who died while infected with Covid-19 have been over 60 years old with underlying health conditions. Several young adults, in their 20s and 30s, who died while infected with Covid-19, had underlying conditions of diabetes and obesity.

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SOURCE: PR Thai Government

 

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Human Right Watch calls for Thailand to immediately act on Covid-19 outbreaks at prisons

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In response to the recent Covid-19 outbreaks in Thailand prisons, the Human Rights Watch issued a statement saying Thai authorities need to take immediate steps to tackle overcrowding in prisons and release inmates that do not pose a serious risk to the public. The organisation also notes that under international human rights law, the government must provide equal and accessible health care to the inmates, adding that Thailand must act quickly to ensure the infected prisoners are properly treated.

Yesterday, Thailand’s Department of Corrections reported 2,835 inmates at 2 Bangkok prisons tested positive for Covid-19, adding to the hundreds of cases at prisons in Chiang Mai and in the southern province Narathiwat by the Malaysia border. Out of the new cases, 1,795 at Bangkok Remand Prison, making up more than half the prison population. The other 1,040 infections are inmates at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution.

HRW says those held in Thailand’s overcrowded prisons are at “grave risk” of Covid-19. After the outbreak in Narathiwat in early April, prison visits were suspended to prevent the spread of Covid-19. HRW Asia director Brad Adams says authorities had been warned about the situation.

“Many people warned the Thai authorities that they needed to act proactively to avoid such a situation, but it seems they got caught sleeping at the switch.”

Under international law, the Thai government is obligated to provide adequate healthcare to prisoners, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, Brad says. He adds that to prevent the spread of Covid-19, some prisoners should be released to reduce overcrowding and congestion.

“Besides providing health care and virus testing, the authorities should reduce the detainee population through the supervised release of those held on politically motivated charges or for minor offences, or who face greater risk from underlying health conditions.”

HRW says Thailand should take immediate steps to tackle the longstanding problem of overcrowding in prisons and consider the supervised release of inmates who at a high risk of severe infection if they were to contract Covid-19. Those charged with minor offences or who are in pre-trial detention for minor, nonviolent crimes should also be considered for release, HRW says.

SOURCE: HRW

 

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