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Covid UPDATE Tuesday: 2,473 new cases, 35 deaths

Tim Newton



In Tuesday’s report of Covid cases in Thailand, the public health ministry has announced 2,473 new infections and 35 Covid-related deaths. The number of active cases continues to rise. Yesterday the state recorded 35,055 people still under care in hospitals or field hospitals. Most of these people remain asymptomatic.

Around the world there are now 164,262,554 reported infections since the start of the pandemic and 3,403,995. After peaking in mid-April, the world infection rate has started to fall again, along with the death rate.

• 28 clusters are now under observation in Bangkok across 19 districts.

Yesterday 1,843 new cases were detected in the Capital, out of yesterday’s record-high 9,635 infections reported across the country’s 77 provinces. 6,853 of those cases were detected in the Thai prison system.

In all, there are 28 clusters in 19 Bangkok district… Din Daeng, Watthana, Klong Toey, Laksi, Lat Phrao, Ratchathewi, Phra Nakhon, Pomprap Sattruphai, Suan Luang, Pathumwan, Sathon, Samphanthawong, Chatuchak, Bang Rak, Prawet, Wang Thonglang, Ramkhamhaeng, Bangkok Noi and Huai Khwang.

• Covid-sniffing dogs will soon be roaming Bangkok’s streets, along with their volunteer aides. The dogs, and volunteers, are being trained at the sniffer-dog project at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Veterinary Science. So far, the project has trained six Labradors to sniff out Covid-19 in human sweat.

Chula’s deputy dean for research and innovation, says that the dogs’ sense of smell is 50 times better than that of humans. According to Nation Thailand, the dogs were successfully trained to sit when they detected Covid-19 in sweat on the fabric.

“The Labradors were found to have an accuracy of 94.8% in detecting asymptomatic patients.”

SOURCES: FRB | Nation Thailand


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    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Almost a year and a half into the pandemic and here’s where the world is right now:

    After being pounded by Covid for over a year, the USA and UK may finally have things under control due to the vaccine rollout, whereas India and Brazil continue to be devastated with no end in sight.

    After seeming to keep Covid under control, Australia and New Zealand are still under control but could experience new surges and lockdowns any time until they get the vaccine out which could be many months. Thailand and Singapore are now experiencing new surges and due to poor vaccine rollout, are again under hard lockdown with no end in sight.

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    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 9:53 am

    What a good idea – the dogs are probably more accurate than the PCR tests.
    Which throw false positives and can’t sometimes detect Covid if its hidden deep in the lungs.
    Lets hope they have the dogs on patrol at the airport arrivals.

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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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