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First cases of Covid-19 announced in Phuket

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News sources in Phuket are widely reporting 5 cases of Covid-19 in Phuket. The ‘confirmation’ has been reported by The Southern News, Phuket People’s Voice, Phuket Andaman News and Newshawk Phuket. Before today the Phuket Governor has not confirmed any cases on the island.

In a meeting at the Centres of Disease Control in Bangkok (below), officials tried to avoid a full confirmation when asked about the new cases on the southern island. They merely mentioned, without denying the story, that they are awaiting full reports from the local doctors and re-iterated, as they did when another Phuket cases was reported in February, that “they didn’t want to panic people”. They also cited issues of patient privacy as part of their explanation for not disclosing all the details at this stage.

The reports have not confirmed where the patients are currently being treated, or their nationality. Phuket’s Governor is currently addressing the media on the matter. When asked by a reporter if one of the cases was at the Bangkok Hospital Phuket, the Governor would neither confirm or deny the report. He also took the opportunity to take a swipe at the Phuket media pack attacking them for publishing the information without awaiting a formal announcement from the Governor.

The Thaiger will provide more details when they become available.

เครดิต The Southern TH? พบผู้ป่วยโควิด-19 เข้า รพ.วชิระภูเก็ต 1 ราย สธ.ยืนยันเอกสารจริง .จากที่มีเอกสารรายงานสถานการณ์โควิด-19 ของกรมควบคุมโรค เผยแพร่ผ่านทางเว็บไซต์ราชการของกรุงเทพมหานคร ระบุว่ามีผู้ป่วยติดเชื้อยืนยันรายหนึ่ง เป็นชาวจีนอายุ 35 ปี เข้ารักษาที่ รพ.วชิระภูเก็ต ในวันที่ 3 ก.พ..สร้างความสงสัยกับประชาชนว่าเป็นเอกสารจริงหรือไม่ เนื่องจาก จ.ภูเก็ต ยังคงแถลงว่าไม่พบผู้ป่วยติดเชื้อ.ขณะที่ทางประชาสัมพันธ์ จ.ภูเก็ต ตอบข้อสงสัยของผู้สื่อข่าวผ่านทางไลน์กลุ่ม เมื่อวันที่ 3 มี.ค. ว่าเป็นข้อมูลเก่าและต้องให้ส่วนกลาง หรือ กระทรวงสาธารณสุข (สธ.) เป็นผู้แถลง.ล่าสุดวันนี้ (5 มี.ค.) นพ. สุวรรณชัย วัฒนายิ่งเจริญชัย อธิบดีกรมควบคุมโรค กล่าวในงานแถลงข่าวสถานการณ์โควิด-19 ว่าเอกสารดังกล่าวเป็นเอกสารจริง แต่เป็นเอกสารภายในสำหรับบุคลากรทางการแพทย์ ไม่ได้มีเจตนาปกปิด และไม่ต้องการให้ประชาชนตื่นตระหนก.โดยไม่ได้ระบุเพิ่มเติมถึงผู้ป่วยชาวจีนรายนี้ว่ามีอาการอย่างไร แต่ได้ระบุว่าในจำนวนผู้ป่วยยืนยันทั้งหมด รักษาหายแล้ว 31 ราย ยังรักษาตัวอยู่ในโรงพยาบาล 15 ราย และเสียชีวิต 1 รายเป็นชาวไทย.สำหรับปัจจุบันประเทศไทยมีผู้ป่วยเข้าเกณฑ์สะสม 3,895 ราย โดยในจำนวนนี้มีรายงานผู้ป่วยต้องสงสัยเข้าเกณฑ์ (อาจติดเชื้อหรือไม่ก็ได้) ที่ถูกคัดกรองจากสนามบินนานาชาติภูเก็ตจำนวน 8 รายข้อมูลจาก :-กระทรวงสาธารณสุข https://bit.ly/2TCW7Da-กรมควบคุมโรค https://bit.ly/2wsJD98 -บีบีซีไทย https://bbc.in/3avWu9m และ https://bbc.in/2In3j0M

Posted by เสียงประชาชน คนภูเก็ต Phuket People’s Voice on Thursday, March 5, 2020

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The Thai government threw a tourist party (sound of crickets) | VIDEO

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The Thai Government, flushed with the success of their containment of Covid-19, decided to market the Land of Smiles to the world as the safe place to travel. With the annual wet season starting to weaken the tourists would flock back to the S E Asian country that had such a remarkable success containing, then almost eradicating itself, of the coronavirus.

Then they came up with the STV – the special tourist visa which would have the world’s eager travellers packing their sun cream for up to 270 days of Thai tourism.

There were promises of plane loads of tourists and even published flights and carriers. A few flights arrived, most didn’t.

In fact, since the start of the STV, the Special Tourist Visa, with its long list of restrictions and requirements, was floated, along with a re-vamped Tourist Visa, less than 400 people have arrived per month, on average, since the end of October. In the October and November of the year before more than 3 million people arrived in Thailand. Even the government’s limit of 1,200 new tourist arrivals per month was even slightly tested.

The government had bought all the streamers and a pretty new dress for the party but no one came.

What went wrong?

Where was the much-anticipated pent-up demand and people banging on the doors of the world’s Thai embassies?

It was the European winter and the ‘snowbirds’ would surely be back to soak in some Thai sun rays. But no.

The first problem was there wasn’t much for them to come back to. They would have the beaches of the islands all to themselves, they wouldn’t have to wait in line for anything, the domestic airlines were still selling low fares to Tavel anywhere around the country.

But otherwise there wasn’t a lot for them to do. The tourism magnets were a shadow of their former selves. Walking Street, Bangla Road, tours and tour boats, all the tourist strip restaurants. The buzz of the crowds was gone and more than 90% of the tourist-related business had closed up.

Their staff, their families, their bank loans, their stock and investments – all on hold and forced to find come other means to make ends meet. 931 of some of the larger official tourism operators have now gone out of business, according to Bloomberg News. There would be thousands of the smaller family operations that have also been swept aside by the Thai government’s responses to the world pandemic.

 

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Covid-19 travel pass to pilot on Etihad and Emirates Airways flights

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A travel pass for passengers inoculated against Covid-19 or who have tested negative will be piloted on flights for Dubai’s Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways. With the travel pass issued by the International Air Transport Association, passengers can keep control of their data and share their test results with airlines and authorities for travel.

The travel pass will be offered on selected flights from Abu Dhabi in the first quarter, and will expand the pass to other destinations of the trail is successful. Emirates is going to implement phase 1 of the travel pass in April for flights departing from Dubai.

Recently, the IATA travel pass programme has been also tested in International Airlines Group and Singapore Airlines.

SOURCE: Reuters

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Outbreak in Samut Sakhon is “worrying,” CCSA spokesperson says

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While the number of daily new Covid-19 cases continues to drop, health officials are still scrambling to contain the virus in the prime hotspot: Samut Sakhon. The outbreak in the coastal fishing province is “worrying,” according to Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin.

Health officials rolled out a proactive mass testing campaign after a spike of Covid-19 cases in mid-December. The vast majority of cases were concentrated around the Central Shrimp Market in the Mahachai fishing hub, which affected a large migrant population. The virus has since spread to 61 of Thailand’s 77 provinces.

With the help of proactive testing, more than 4,000 cases were reported in Samut Sakhon. Field hospitals have been set up on the fly to treat and quarantine those that are infected.

But public health officials are still racing to test as many people in the province as possible with plans to inspect 600 factories and test 50 factory workers per day. There are 12,000 factories in Samut Sakhon and Taweeslip says health officials are speeding up testing to “isolate infected people as soon as possible.”

“The outbreak in Samut Sakhon is worrying. It is difficult to conduct active case-finding there. There are many obstacles, including the number of factories… Meanwhile, factory owners and workers must cooperate. There are more than 10,000 small factories where 1-200 people are employed.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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