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Covid UPDATE: 2,112 new infections and 15 deaths, provincial totals

Tanutam Thawan



Photo via Surat Thani Health Department

2,112 new Covid-19 cases and 15 coronavirus-related deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Since April 1, there have been 46,037 confirmed Covid-19 infections in Thailand, making up more than half of Thailand’s cumulative count of 74,900 infections since the start of the pandemic last year.

There are 30,222 active Covid-19 cases in Thailand. Currently, there are 1,042 Covid patients are in critical condition including 343 on ventilators. Hospitals in Bangkok are crowded with patients and the city has now opened its first ICU field hospital for patients with severe symptoms. Field hospitals have typically been used for Covid-19 patients who are asymptomatic, or who have mild symptoms.

Out of the 2,112 new Covid-19 cases, 789 were reported in Bangkok while 597 cases were reported in provinces right outside the capital. There have been 318 coronavirus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic last year, with the majority of Covid patient fatalities reported during the recent wave of infections. Out of the 15 new fatalities, patients were ages 50 to 86.

The daily Covid-related death count has been 10 or more for the past week. The highest daily death count was 31 fatalities reported on May 1. Most deaths have been those over 60 years old with pre-existing conditions, but several young adults in their 20s and 30s, who suffered from obesity or diabetes, died after contracting Covid-19.

Province New Covid-19 cases Total since April 1
Bangkok 789 15,309
Nonthaburi 249 2,558
Samut Prakan 226 2,594
Chon Buri 110 2,963
Surat Thani 65 922
Samut Sakhon 51 1,165
Pathum Thani 50 1,029
Chiang Mai 40 3,754
Songkhla 36 760
Nakhon Si Thammarat 32 467
Pattani 32 157

Infections in Bangkok and surrounding areas, such as Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon, remain high. To tackle the ongoing Covid situation in Bangkok, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the formation of a committee focused on the outbreak in the capital. Spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun says the committee will have 5 subcommittees to focus on general management, Covid-19 testing, management of people infected with Covid-19, area management, and Covid-19 vaccine management.

Natapanu also reports that the Covid-19 variant that was first detected in Brazil has been found in a patient in quarantine for those arriving in Thailand from overseas.

Covid UPDATE: 2,112 new infections and 15 deaths, provincial totals | News by ThaigerSOURCE: CCSA


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    James R

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Where is Issan John aka Simon Small and the rest of the gang today blindly praising Thailand and its great approach to the growing virus numbers there.

    I have been saying for months there will be a price to pay for not having a lockdown and that has been proven over the last few weeks and will get worse before it gets better there.

    And yes, according to the news today you are a second class citizen in Thailand as you can not register to get the vaccine, funny as you said I was wrong about my predictions and the fact you are a second class citizen as you are a farang.

    Now it is all clear?

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    Things in Bangkok are not looking too good but I think it should be under control in 2-3 weeks. RIP to all those that have passed away.

    I hope the new committee with 5 subcommittees (which should have been in place since the Thong Lor fiasco + Songkran free for all go spread it everywhere) get it right.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    “… Simon Small and the rest of the gang today blindly praising Thailand and its great approach to the growing virus numbers there.”

    Still criticising the vaccine purchase and the roll-out as being beyond appalling, as I always have, @James R.

    What you said “for months” about not having a mass lockdown was garbage then and its garbage now.

    The mistake very clearly wasn’t not having a lockdown when it wasn’t necessary but was first encouraging people to travel over New Year, even subsidising their travels, then not locking down specific areas such as Samut Sakhon, relaxing controls over clubbing and nightlife, all capped off with no restrictions over Songkran travel.

    All directly traceable, all easily avoided if only short term greed hadn’t won over common sense, and nothing to do with not having a mass lockdown.

    Claiming you were “right” about your “predictions” is as justified as someone claiming the Berlin Wall came down because they’d said it would as long as they always put their trousers on back to front.

    … and no one around me has had access to any vaccines, even hospital staff, so their absence doesn’t make me “second class”, just the same as everyone else around me.

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    James R

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Simon Small aka Issan John, you are also saying a lockdown was needed but just going around the houses with it as usual.

    The Thais around you have the right to a vaccine when it arrives, you don’t though!

    And funnily that does make you realise you are a second class citizen on a visa at the behest of the Thai government?

    I can’t stop laughing.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Where are the provinical totals referenced in the title of this piece? There is only a list of the (top?) 11 provinces…

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

Tanutam Thawan



Photo via Facebook/กรุงเทพมหานคร โดยสำนักงานประชาสัมพันธ์

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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Monday Covid UPDATE: 1,630 new cases and 22 deaths

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Monday’s totals have been announced for Covid-19 infections and new deaths over the past 24 hours. The Thai public health ministry reports 22 deaths and 1,630 infections.

• The only 5 imported Covid-19 cases yesterday were from neighbouring countries, Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar. Authorities say that patrols will have to be stepped up at this time to control the illegal border crossings.

All 5 people caught were Thais who were were trying to cross back into Thailand without going through the border checkpoints. They’ve all been admitted to state hospitals.

• 100+ African gemstone traders have tested positive for Covid-19 over the last 4 days in Chanthaburi, east of Bangkok. Authorities have confirmed that none were detected with the African or Indian variants of Covid-19.

The 109 traders tested positive between May 6 – 9.

• 63 new cases of Covid-19 have been announced in Chon Buri today (including Pattaya), a drop from totals reported over the past week. There’s also been 1 additional death reported. 1,507 people remain in medical care for the virus in the province.

• Meanwhile all public service and government offices, including Thai immigration, are closed for Monday. But it’s not a public holiday. Today is the Royal Ploughing Ceremony which is a traditional ceremony to forecast the season’s rice and wet season crops. His Majesty the King usually presides over the annual event at the royal parade grounds of Sanam Luang.


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9 student nurses experience side effects from Sinovac vaccine

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: Side effects were felt by 9 nursing students after receiving the Sinovac vaccine. (via Jernej Furman / Flickr)

After receiving the Sinovac vaccine, 9 student nurses at Thammasat University have complained of side effect according to the Facebook page of the Student Organization of Thammasat University. After 88 student nurses received the Chinese-made vaccine on April 23 and May 5, 2 experienced minor side effects of a little pain in the arm they were vaccinated in, while 7 felt substantial reactions including chest pain, muscle pain, dizziness, fatigue, breathing problems, numbness, and facial tics.

One case of severe side effects was a female nursing student with an underlying allergy who felt fatigued immediately after receiving the jab. she felt better an hour later, but was placed under observation. 2 days later she briefly felt that her legs and hands were numb but soon felt better. Later that evening, symptoms strengthened, with eye and facial spasms, dizziness, fatigue, and weakness in her hands.

She visited a doctor twice for the side effects and the first time was given sleeping pills and vitamin B, but the second time after a blood test, doctors concluded that the symptoms were unrelated to the Sinovac vaccine. She had been previously prescribed Clonazepam, and that prescription was changed to Pyridostigmine.

The remaining more severe side effect sufferers were as follows:

  1. One male nursing student found he had difficulty breathing and dizziness for 3 days after receiving his jab.
  1. A female nursing student reported that just 30 minutes after receiving the injection she felt shortness of breath and the next day had some numbness in her body.
  1. 14 hours after receiving the jab, a female nursing student said that she felt side effects of fatigued and had trouble breathing and had to use pillows to help her breathing difficulties.
  1. Another female student felt muscle pain and dizziness the next day after receiving the vaccine.
  1. A female student ended up receiving Vitamin B and Amitriptyline from a doctor for her side effects. She reported to initially feel something in her arm and hand where she was injected, and then numbness in her left leg and in her fingertips on both hands.
  1. For the 3 days following her inoculation, the last female nursing student had side effects of chest pains and shortness of breath.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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