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Face masks now required in 54 provinces in Thailand

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So far, 54 of Thailand’s 77 provinces have imposed orders requiring the public to wear face masks while in public in an effort intended to slow the spread of Covid-19 which hit a record high this month. Violators face a fine of up to 20,000 baht.

Since April 1, there have been 30,824 Covid-19 infections reported in Thailand, making up more than half of the country’s cumulative count since the start of the pandemic last year.

In Phuket, the vice governor warned that Section 51 of the Communicable Diseases Act stipulates a fine of up to 20,000 baht, and Section 18 of the same act states that mask violators are subject to jail sentences of up to 2 years plus up to 40,000 baht in fines.

The Phuket government also came up with a plan to deal with what the vice governor calls “problem foreigners” who refuse to wear a mask. The local government plans to make the rules very clear to foreigners living in Phuket. The vice governor says officials will “strictly enforce” the mask laws.

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    Luck101

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    I must have missed something from a while ago but from pretty much the beginning of this it was made mandatory to wear masks outside and while driving the car!! No where did I read this was ever not the case!! Over a year now!!!

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    Craig

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    I consider myself a guest here. I’m a farang and if they say “wear a mask”, I can do that. I can adjust to those rules. If there was something I couldn’t do or wouldn’t do, I’d find another place. Maybe it’s simple for me.

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    Frank

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Should just be everywhere required… and people should do it by themselves not because they have to… if you not wearing it you pretty selfish in my opinion…

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    Ron

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Why is it not 77? Don’t scrimp on a few provinces. Make it mandatory. If you mean business do it, forget mulling over.

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    Wonderer

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    A violation to basic human rights.

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    tan

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Now I can be SURE nobody will want to go there even if there is no quarantine. Goodbye Thailand, see you when no mask require..

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    Simon Small

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Inevitably I passed a farang not wearing a mask today, unbelievably going into the local hospital – only the second time I’ve ever seen another farang at the hospital.

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    TSmith

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Cdc statistics: over 28 days masks 0.5% reduction, over 90 days 1.8% effective, they say this is statisticaly significant, it isnt, they have a 1 to 2% margin of error. So a 1% reduction of catching a virus with a 0.15% chance of killing me, i feel like i should wear a mask that may give me bacterial infections and high carbon dioxide in my blood. I must obey. F ing brainwashed cowards

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    Michael

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Wearing a mask on the street is pretty useless. And also useless when sitting in a car with your family.

    It would be nice if the government would focus on the only solution: Getting vaccines. These kinds of useless measures and pointing to foreigners only serve one purpose: to hide their own corruption and incapacity.

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    Sanuk

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Wearing of masks outdoors serves no purpose, this is ridiculous. Stanford and MIT just came out with studies debunking the efficacy of outdoor mask wearing.

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    Mister Stretch

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    @ Wonderer

    Highly disagree with you.

    Wearing a mask isn’t taking away any of your rights.

    Man up and Mask up

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    Concerned Father

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:00 am

    @ Mister Stretch

    Highly disagree with you.
    Being forced to wear a mask is a violation of human rights.

    I tried to link a study here several times, but ODDLY it was never approved by The Thaiger. They constantly complain about the lack of freedom in Thailand, but on the same hand they censor my comments. So lets try it again, maybe it was because I linked it and links are not allowed here? Come on Thaiger, show you do not have double standards and really want freedom of speech 🙂

    You can find the study via googling ” Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis “

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    Concerned Father

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:01 am

    @ Mister Stretch
    Highly disagree with you.
    Being forced to wear a mask is a violation of human rights.

    I tried to link a study here several times, but ODDLY it was never approved by The Thaiger. They constantly complain about the lack of freedom in Thailand, but on the same hand they censor my comments. So lets try it again, maybe it was because I linked it and links are not allowed here? Come on Thaiger, show you do not have double standards and really want freedom of speech 🙂

    You can find the study via googling ” Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis “

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      Thaiger

      Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:17 am

      Links are not allowed in the comment section – that’s in our published guidelines. Secondly, The Thaiger “constantly complain about the lack of freedom in Thailand” is a false statement. We have done a few articles about the freedom of speech issue in Thailand and SE Asia, we’ve reported ‘fairly’ about last year’s protests in Bangkok (probably the only local media to do so), and we’ve pointed out a few ‘popular’ inequities in a few editorials.

      But we will now campaign for being forced to wear seat belts in cars, helmets on bikes and the closure of the front doors on aeroplanes before they take off. These are clear violations of our human rights!!!

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    YNBAW

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:47 am

    I’ll play along, err I mean comply when inside crowded stores and the like.

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    ispenst

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Westerners tried your mask thing, they wear masks now more than Asians ever did, but it hasn’t worked. Wearing a rag over your face is no substitute for soap and water. Sorry, Asia. The West knows Best.

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    Clive G

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    I haven’t found one documented case in the whole world of anyone catching Covid in the open air. You’re more likely to contract it in the home environment. Canada imported millions of masks from China, blue and grey ones, that contained grapheme oxide which helps cause lung cancer as readily as asbestos. Always best to be like the politicians and wear cloth ones. You can breathe through them okay. Tokenism at its best!

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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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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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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.

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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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