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Covid UPDATE: 2,112 new infections and 15 Covid-related deaths

Tim Newton

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There has been 2,112 new Covid-19 infections announced for Wednesday, according to the Thai health ministry. 15 people have also been reported as dying from Covid-related symptoms in the past 24 hours.

30,222 people are still under state care and observation in hospitals or field hospitals. 1,886 were discharged from care yesterday. 10.042 patients are listed as in serious condition and 343 are currently on ventilators.

Meanwhile CP, the Charoen Pokphand Group, is stepping in to assist with the Bangkok cluster in Klong Toey, sandwiched between Sukhumvit Road and the Chao Phraya.

They’ve launched a mass vaccination scheme to support the BMA’s efforts with a mass vaccination facility at Lotus Rama IV with the aim of vaccinating 1,000 people per day. The huge agribusiness conglomerate is also providing food supplies for up to 200 households and helping co-ordinate better communications and internet amongst the community. The high-density living conditions are home to some 90,000 people.

A spokesperson for the Thai Public Health Ministry has also confirmed that expats will not be included in the next round of vaccination and they will be for “Thais only”. More about that HERE.

Covid UPDATE: 2,112 new infections and 15 Covid-related deaths | News by Thaiger

GRAPH: (does not include today’s figures) Worldometers.info

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    Werner

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:17 am

    How do they know the numbers for Wednesday 8:00am on Wednesday morning?

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      Thaiger

      Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:25 am

      These are the Tuesday totals reported from Bangkok and the provinces.

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    Frank

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Western countries should not help Thailand with any vaccines if the Thai government take that attitude towards expats.

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    Ian Bromley

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Wow, CP donates food to 200 households. In a community of 90 000 people that is an insult & represents the food wastage in their executive dining room for one day. This company lays waste to huge tracts of northern Thailand annually thanks to biomass burning which puts at least 30 000 in hospital. But it makes not one donation nor takes not one initiative to remedy the pollution. Any media outlet that gives coverage to CP so called social investment initiatives is being duped into giving free publicity to one of this country’s most cynical companies.

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    p

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Covid related symptoms?
    Using the UK model of dumping every person that dies into the same Covid pile? of those 15 how many had underlying health issues?
    Smokers?
    Obese?

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    Ben

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:34 am

    @Frank – your country is not going to base their policy towards or snub the Thai government for you or any other expat. You have chosen to come here and you know the situation. If you stay then that’s your choice. Nobody is forcing you. Stop whining and grow up. Put your big boy pants on!

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    Nigel

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    @Ben. Do you think black Caribbean’s who “chose” to move to the U.K. in the 1950’s would have had all of the full benefits and be accepted to the level they are now if had stoped “whining”. I accept not everyone wishes to express their frustrations and simply want to keep their heads down. If that’s the case then at least keep quiet and let others speak out against wrong doings.

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    luca

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    this swing of numbers is quite a host, in addition to the number of positives they should also release the number of tests carried out to try to understand the percentage of infected, in my country which has a population slightly lower than Thailand, more than 350,000 tests are done per day and it is the percentage of positives that determines the type of restrictive measures adopted.
    Probably the positives are many more than those who declare, even when China was first hit it hid the real situation from the world, it will be a characteristic of dictatorships.

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    Nigel

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Totally correct @luca. The number of positive tests means little unless you also publish number of tests. It drives me to frustration when I read headline such as “slight fall in Covid cases”. What they mean is a slight fall due possibly to a fall in the number of tests. I don’t know the daily test numbers but probably no more than a few tens of thousands? In developed countries this is often several hundred thousand a day. A vital missing number which I feel is deliberately missing.

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for nearly 40 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented 3,900 radio news bulletins in Thailand alone, hosted 450 daily TV news programs, produced 1,800 videos, TV commercials and documentaries and is now the General Manager and writer for The Thaiger. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue.

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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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Stock photo via Bumrungrad Hospital

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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Chiang Mai prison / Photo via Department of Corrections ประชาสัมพันธ์ กรมราชทัณฑ์

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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