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Covid UPDATE Saturday: 4,803 cases and 34 deaths, provincial totals

Tim Newton



This morning Thailand’s public health department has announced another 34 deaths and 4,803 new Covid infections in the past 24 hours. A staggering 2,702 of the new cases have emerged from Thailand’s overcrowded prisons. More than 30 people have died each day from Covid-related causes over the past 4 days.

Bangkok had 1,054 cases reported in the past 24 hours and is showing a growing trend, whilst most of the provinces are dropping in new cases numbers over the past week.

Here are the provincial totals, more new below…

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• Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has given further assurances that all Thais will receive Covid-19 vaccinations.

He said the government is initially working to manage supplies, so that those most in need can be inoculated first. There are several prioritised groups who need urgent vaccination, particularly those who have to work closely together. The prime minister pledged that anyone who registered for vaccination with the “Mor Prom” app, before it was revamped, or other new applications introduced by the government, will receive their inoculation as arranged.
He said there are 25 locations for vaccination in Bangkok, and supplies will be allotted month to month, to ensure more effective and targeted distribution. If a new surge occurs in a particular area, the vaccine allocation plan may have to be adjusted. – NBT
• Thailand added the Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use, after the Thai FDA’s approval yesterday. Biogenetech submitted a registration application that has been under consideration by the FDA until receiving approval yesterday. Chinese-developed Sinopharm joins Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna to be officially approved for use in Thailand.

The approval was announced shortly after it was revealed that Princess Chulabhorn had negotiated a private batch of 1 million Sinopharm vaccines for the Chulabhorn Royal Acadamy that she sponsors, set to arrive next month. Princess Chulabhorn is one of HM The King’s sisters.

The declaration appeared to catch government officials off guard, as they were seemingly unaware of the deal until the announcement. The academy was not registered with the FDA to import Covid-19 vaccines, nor did it have any permits for importing medication. 20 million Sinopharm vaccines in total were arranged to be sold from Accap Assets to the Royal Academy.

• Malaysia is going back into a full lockdown for 2 weeks, starting this Tuesday. The Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin announced the nationwide “total lockdown” as the country battles with a new surge of Covid-19.

The lockdown will run from June 1 – 14 and only essential and emergency services would remain in operation.

• A new cluster of 800 infections has been detected in Samut Prakan, directly south east of Bangkok, after speculation that Covid spread to a high-density complex of 8,000 residents.

The district chief led a team of public health and immigration officers to test over 8,000 Thai and foreign workers, mostly Burmese, living at the Sin Charoen Thani housing complex. Some of the residents work at the Bang Pu industrial estate where hundreds have already tested positive.

Covid UPDATE Saturday: 4,803 cases and 34 deaths, provincial totals | News by ThaigerSOURCES: FRB | Bangkok Post | NBT


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    Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    They are talking and worrying about a foreigner who drove his bike alone without a mask and on the other hand we see total overcrowded prisons without social distancing and masks. These double standards shows how rotten to the core everything is now.

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    Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Now that testing is readily available and being used we see the real numbers. I have zero doubt the reported numbers are lower than what’s really out in the wild. Time will tell if my assumptions are true. Judging by the increase total it looks like it.

    With all the corruption around covid activities I wouldn’t be surprise if Thailand gets worse instead of better. As Stardust stated in his/her comment above the double standard will be a part of Thailands downfall. But then there’s…

    1. companies ignoring everything
    2. Prisons left to rot, infected possibly getting out
    3. large secret gatherings to party, do drugs, have sex and all combien
    4. people not caring like Thaiger’s Thai guests. Pathetic and ignorant guests IMO.
    5. poor not getting the same treatment and thus is able to continue the spread
    6. people/companies/hospitals charging for the vaccines

    And on and on….GL in recovering

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    Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    It has been 15 months of double standards. I think people are realising this more and more and aren’t happy about it. Politicians, wealthy people, sports stars, movie and TV stars all seem to have an exemption from the restrictions placed on everyone else. They get to move freely between countries and yet the ordinary citizen must abide by restrictions on their freedom. I hope this makes us all question the worth of these things when compared to our freedoms.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    “Now that testing is readily available …”

    The same amount of testing facilities were available last year – 250 testing centres, including mobile (vans).

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    Farang in Canada

    Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 6:21 am

    I sure won’t be coming for a holiday anytime soon…

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    Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 9:01 am

    New cluster in Samut Prakan of 800 infections, yet in the table shown it says 215 new infections. Thai mathematics?

    Btw, i was told by a Thai that would a person go to a hospital to be tested, and tests positively, that hospital MUST accept that person. As most are overfull and have no facilities for more Covid patients, some hospitals refuse to test. Is this correct? Shows how testing is “readily available” and how trustworthy the numbers are.

    • Thaiger


      Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 11:01 am

      The official figures are usually published the day after by the CCSA. We assume the figures will be published in today’s provincial totals.

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    Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 10:18 am

    @Robin Banks – so off you go then, you lead the way or is it only others you want to face the bullets ? Talk is cheap

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    Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 10:21 am

    @Stardust – the vast majority of people I see without masks are entitled foreigners – I would give everyone not wearing one 6 months in jail and a year for those that wear them below their nose for sheer stupidity!

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    Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    I think some of us will agree that we foreigners here in Thailand are grateful to the Thai government and it’s people for being here and it’s generous offer to include us in their vaccination program, very kind..but, to some extent, the responsibility lies with our own individual countries embassy to vaccinate it’s citizens..The embassies should STEP UP and assume responsible for its citizens overseas and the Thai government maybe should consider urging that and have countries showing more diplomacy in this matter.

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    Phil Corbin

    Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Thaiger: Regarding vaccine rollout, please change TIT to FUBAR.

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    David lam.kiap Tan

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 5:39 am

    The Delphi Nasal self sampler recently approved by Thai FDA is a much pleasant, easier n faster way to collect nasal samples for covid19 tests. V goodfor younger children n can be self collected. Available at most hospitals now. No more swabs. Artbiotech is the distributor. This is the address
    ART Biotech Co., Ltd.
    162/7 Soi Prasertmanukitch 29, Prasertmanukith Rd., Chorake Bua, Ladphrao, Bangkok, Thailand 10230

    Not an ad but good for those who fear or dread the swab like me.

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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 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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