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Fourth local Covid-19 case reported in Chiang Rai, Thai returnee evaded quarantine

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A fourth local Covid-19 case was reported in Chiang Rai today. The patient is a 25 year old Thai woman who recently returned to Thailand from Myanmar by using an unofficial land crossing to avoid quarantine.

The woman travelled to Myanmar’s Tachileik district earlier this month to work at a hotel, she told officials. 3 other infected Thai women also tested positive in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai after working at a bar in Tachileik. Those women also allegedly entered Thailand illegally, dodging the mandatory 14 day quarantine period.

The women could face charges for entering Thailand illegally and violating the Emergency Decree. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says he’s asked authorities to press charges “to the fullest extent of the law.”

When the 25 year old heard the news of other returnees testing positive, she got tested. She has not reported any symptoms. The woman claims she stayed in a hotel room in the Mae Sai district from November 24 to 27 and ordered food to the room. She moved to another hotel in the Muang district. The woman claims she wore a mask and did not go to public places.

The Chiang Rai Disease Control is investigating and is urging the public not to panic.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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    Peter

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    And some people think Thailand will open sooner rather than later.
    Vaccine or not, covid 19 will be around for a long time to come.
    What happens if you book to travel to Thailand and they close borders at the first sign of infections?

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 6:32 pm

      Ummm ….. you’ll have to get a refund?

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        Dee V Ious

        Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 10:08 pm

        If had spent any time in Thailand, you should know by now that there is no Thai word for “refund”. The usual response is, ” You so stupid, Farang, you must pay again!”
        Refund, rarely enters the vocabulary.

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:32 am

          In the nearly 30 years I’ve been living here, I’ve had my fair share – the last time was last month.

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    Mister Stretch

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    FFS! What is the government up there doing? They assured us when the strung razor wire in the jungle over the paths that no one could sneak in and out…and here a veritable party of bar girls blithely trip back and forth over the border, endangering the health of an entire nation.

    Throw the book at the transgressors and toss the incompetent local officials in the trash and find someone who can secure the border and people’s health.

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      Dee V Ious

      Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 10:15 pm

      I strongly urge you to demand the Thai PM build a 20 meter high steel and concrete wall around Thailand, then put razor wire at the top.
      Demand the wall be built solid with no gates for people to slip thru, cut-off rail and sea traffic, stop airlines from landing…secure yourselves!!
      The rest of the world will go on as normal, see you in a thousand years! Rest well!

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    Patrick Kelly

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    Border will be in flux for many years. Anybody thinks a vaccine is going to move swiftly and efficiently through millions of people worldwide has another thing coming.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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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.

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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.”

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Night markets in Chiang Mai will be reopened tomorrow after the province went 6 consecutive days with no new Covid-19 cases.

According to Chiang Mai Governor, Charoenrit Sanguansat, the province and the provincial disease control committee agreed to ease up restrictions on social and business activities after the number of infections continually dropped and no new infections were reported during the past week.

As a result, flea markets, night markets, and walking streets across the province will be reopened tomorrow onwards.

However, the governor still reiterates that marketplaces and visitors must follow the disease control measures strictly.

Since the start of the second wave of Covid-19 in mid-December, Chiang Mai has tightened restrictions to prevent the virus spread in the province, with the order to close all markets and social activities for 14 days on January 6.

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