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Covid19 – US infections “balloon”, world case total surpasses 40 million

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“We were really hoping to crater the cases in preparation for a bad winter. We’ve done basically the opposite.”

New Covid-19 cases are again surging in many countries. Globally, the number of infected people exceeded 40 million as of last night with new infections starting to accelerate again. Today the total number of confirmed cases around the world is 40,323,461. The number of total deaths remains at 1,118,826 and recovered patients at 30,135,040 (as of 4pm Thai time).

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Notably, the death rate from Covid-19 is not rising as treatment for complicated cases continues to rapidly improve. The US, India, Russia, Brazil, the rest of South America, and parts of Europe and the UK, are the current ‘hot spots’ (below).

Regionally, the surge of cases in Myanmar is causing headaches for Thai border officials in the north west of the country. The Governor of Tak decided to close the border checkpoints this morning. But the 2,000 kilometre long land border between Thailand and Myanmar has many unofficial “Natural” crossing points.

In the US, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says following public health measures is the way out of the crisis that has hobbled the economy, claimed thousands of lives and sickened millions.

“The predicted fall surge is here, and rising cases across the US appear to bear that out.”

The US is averaging more than 55,000 new cases a day, and 10 states reported their highest single-day cases counts last Friday. As of this morning, US time, there were more than 8.5 million cases and 219,674 coronavirus deaths, according to Worldometers.info

“The Covid-19 crisis would have to be ‘really, really bad’ to implement a national lockdown. Despite the climbing totals, a nationwide lockdown is not the way forward unless the pandemic gets “really, really bad.”

Tara Smith, a professor of epidemiology at Kent State University says the worst fears of rising cases, leading into winter, are being realised.

“We were really hoping to crater the cases in preparation for a bad winter. We’ve done basically the opposite.”

After hitting an all-time high in July, cases did drop significantly, but the US never reached a level where the public health system could truly get a handle on the outbreak or describe it as ‘contained’.

Now infections are on the rise again, driven by ballooning outbreaks across the country’s interior, especially in the Midwest, the Great Plains and the West.

Contributing to the rise is the return of students to schools and campuses across the country, puzzling resistance to social distancing and mask wearing recommendations, and more people spending time in restaurants and other indoor settings as the weather starts to cool down.

SOURCE: worldometers.info | nor.org

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    Balloon is a good word for the it.
    The virus is killing overweight persons.

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      john brig

      Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm

      Trump is overweight but he didn’t die.
      Thank you for exposing yourself as a worthless fraud, Troll Toby.

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        Toby Andrews

        Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12:34 am

        Yes well I guess you are a lard ass which is why you do not want to read the truth.

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        Suzanne

        Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11:25 am

        Trump received most expensive experimental new treatments – which he failed to make available to the mass of Americans. Anyway, he seems less morbidly obese than many in US.

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      James

      Monday, October 19, 2020 at 9:39 pm

      Toby

      My mother-in-law was slim yet she died from the virus, so just stop being stupid, please.

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        Toby Andrews

        Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12:37 am

        There are always exceptions – was our mother in bad health?
        The thing is the western world will not admit that being fat is bad. The want to believe being fat is normal.
        It is not.

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    Don R

    Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 11:49 am

    The relevant variables would be deaths and infections. Cases are an artifact of increased testing. The news media is scientifically illiterate.

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    James

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    I was in Phuket from January this year to August.

    The supermarkets etc were crowded with people, there was no social distancing, people wore masks but were close to each other, yet they say they only have around 60 deaths due to the virus which I can not believe.

    Europe and the USA for example then opened their pubs/bars and other public places as did Thailand and now we can see the number of cases has grown everywhere except for Thailand, which I can not believe.

    The figures in Thailand are controlled by an unelected government so why is anyone believing the death statistics they publish?

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      Don R

      Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:47 am

      Yeah, I also don’t believe it. I suspect there are many other factors at play. Differences in immune systems is probably a big one.

      A retired American who lives in the suburbs only has to leave the house once a month for a trip to Costco to fill up the freezer chest.

      A retired person in Asia likely lives in a flat, possibly without a kitchen, and must go out at least twice a day to interact with the unwashed masses. As a result, Asians develop and maintain stronger immune systems.

      Just my theory. There are probably other factors too…

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        James

        Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:58 pm

        Don R

        Indians, Pakistani, etc are Asians and they do not have any special protection, Thais are protected by pretending there are hardly any virus deaths which is no protection at all, they die but no one knows why as there are hardly any virus tests available.

        Life expectancy, in general, is lower in Asia than in the West.

        If I do not look out onto my garden I can pretend the grass does not need cutting which means I can avoid cutting it but it does not mean the grass is now overgrown.

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    Vic Alborn

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 5:13 am

    Once again you (Thaiger) distort the reality with misleading headlines. The total number of infections is irrelevant. What matters is the death rate and the number of cases where long term consequences to one’s health is a factor. The death RATE in the USA is, according to Statista, 688.84 per million putting it in 9th place world wide; just ahead of the UK at 655 per million.

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      The Thaiger & The Nation

      Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11:09 am

      The report was about total Covid-19 infections. The article didn’t allude to the death rate. Sorry we forgot to consult you first about what you believe to be be important or irrelevant.

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 1:03 am

    Being fat seems to have become some sort of divine right.
    I hear some are trying to claim that accusing someone of being fat is fattism, and they should be treated as special and should not be described as fat.
    They want the same privileges as people that claim racism, or sexism, or being homosexuals.
    Well as aids did to homosexuals, nature is not politically correct.
    If a person has to walk down stairs sideways, this virus is more likely to kill them.
    Now you can rant and rave and call me names, but being fat makes a person more likely to die from this virus.

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    Jack

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Total annual deaths from any cause… are they up from the year prior? If not, then this virus is not a threat outside of normal circumstances. Thethaiger, do us all a favor and write a comprehensive article, looking at the big picture of annual deaths and do some balanced reporting. Cut this fear mongering bs unless of course the big picture is really saying this a danger to every man woman and child.

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Investigations of Covid-19 infected elite rule-breakers demanded

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FILE PHOTO: VIP clubs and their wealthy customers may have violated rules and led to Covid-19 outbreaks

Investigations are being demanded by a corruption watchdog into Thai politicians infected with Covid-19 after allegedly attending venues in the Thong Lor entertainment venues in Bangkok that have now emerged as the ground zero for the Coronavirus third wave in the Kingdom.

The Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand are being asked to investigate the latest Covid-19 outbreak, noting in a Facebook post that the second wave was also linked to illegal activities, spreading through illegal migrants and other visiting gambling dens. This third wave is also angering those who see the wealthy elite and powerful politicians frequenting high-end bars and not following Covid-19 safety protocols.

Mana Nimitmongkol, secretary-general of ACT argues that the ministers visiting these clubs did not behave “ethically”, and it’s part of a larger problem. He is pushing for legal action against not only club owners, but against police, public health officials, and even the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration for failing to enforce laws to protect against Covid-19.

Investigations into whether the code of ethics had been violated were requested to be carried out by the National Anti-Corruption Commission, the Ombudsman and the committee on ethical standards.

As entertainment venues have been ordered closed for at least 2 weeks, Mana proposes that along with restrictions, a hotline to report rule-breakers should be set up, and all people should be held to the same standard without exception.

The president of the Rural Doctors Society agreed, saying that especially important is the need for Covid-19 infected public officials to disclose their personal timelines to reassure the public and assist in contract tracing. It is feared that little or no action will be taken to investigate and punish powerful rulebreakers.

One controversial infection was that of Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, rumoured to be infected from Thong Lor nightclubs, but later shown to be in another province at the time. The entertainment venue outbreak was not completely innocent though, as details emerged that the minister’s infection was in fact passed to him via an aide who had frequented clubs in Thong Lor.

Chuvit Kamolvisit, a former massage parlour owner turned activist, has been outspoken on the issue, calling for investigations into high-society VIP clubs like Krystal Club and Emerald Club, who allegedly flaunted restrictions and ended up with dozens of Covid-19 infected staff members.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau chief had said that legal action was pending against these clubs for the virus spreading.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Thailand Covid UPDATE: 967 new infections announced Sunday

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Thailand’s CCSA have announced 967 new Covid-19 infections today during their daily briefings. The number is another day of gradual increases that has grown. Thailand’s national total has now reached 32,625 total infections, of which 28,214 people have fully recovered. 4,314 people are currently under hospital supervision in Thailand following positive Covid tests.

9 new cases were revealed in Phuket today, but aren’t included in today’s national tally.

The CCSA also reported that 485,957 people have now received their first vaccine – 69,439 are now fully vaccinated. The daily average of new people being vaccinated over the past month has grown from around 10,000 people each day to 15,556 yesterday.

Around the world, both the daily infection rates and death rates from Covid-19 are increasing again after dipping at the start of 2021.

All the latest news from Thailand related to Covid-19 HERE.

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Pattaya police warn restaurants not to act like bars

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PHOTO: Police warn selling chips at your bar doesn't make you a restaurant

Following the closure of entertainment venues in 41 provinces for 2 weeks, Pattaya police warn that bars acting as restaurants and restaurants acting as bars would be punished. In Pattaya, police patrolled heavily to check in on venues and remind them of the penalties and fines for breaking shut-down rules. The current outbreak of Covid-19 throughout Thailand has been disproportionately spread by nightclubs and bars, including many pubs in Chon Buri and Bangkok. While the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has called for a 2-week closure, the Chon Buri edict is open-dated, expected to be in effect until conditions improve. One warning Pattaya police stressed was that, while restaurants are allowed to stay open and sell alcohol, abusing that exception will be punished.

In previous entertainment venue shutdowns during the pandemic, many businesses took advantage of the restaurant loophole. As there’s no exact wording in the law saying people have to order food and not only drinks, many restaurants served drinks and allowed dancing and socializing without any social distancing. Some bars were even seen hastily adding a quick food menu of easy snacks in an attempt to skirt the rules and operate as a restaurant serving alcohol. But this time Pattaya police warn that restaurants using these sneaky tricks won’t be tolerated. Even businesses with multi licenses will need to take measures to make it clear they are not operating more like a bar as police will have the discretion to make judgement calls on venues.

The 2-week closure of entertainment venues went into effect yesterday and banquet halls, movie theatres, saunas and soapies are all closed. Restaurants are allowed to stay open, but with a 10 pm curfew on dine-in services. Takeaway food is allowed after 10 pm until 5 in the morning. Officials hope this shutdown on Covid-19 spreading entertainment venues will slow the outbreak enough to avoid the dreaded full lockdowns, travel restrictions, and domestic quarantines.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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