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Government bans gatherings that “risk” Covid-19 transmission

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Some may need to count down the year at home. The Thai government has banned gatherings in provinces with high numbers of Covid-19 cases. The gatherings banned are only those that pose “risk of disease transmission” in provinces classified as “red: maximum control zone” and “orange: control zone.”

In Bangkok, New Year countdown events need to be approved by the Public Health Ministry. Venues must follow “new normal” policies and close by midnight. That means no dancing together and people must practice social distancing.

Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesperson says household gatherings and government meetings in “red” and “orange” zones are still allowed.

Gatherings in “yellow: close surveillance zones” and “green: surveillance zones” can be held if there is prior approval from provincial governors. Household gatherings and government activities are also accepted.

Red (high risk for Covid-19): Samut Sakhon, Rayong, Bangkok, Chon Buri’s Banglamung district which includes Pattaya

Orange (medium risk for Covid-19): Nonthaburi, Samut Songkram, Ratchaburi and Nakhon Pathom, Phetchaburi, Chachoengsao, Samut Prakan

Yellow (low risk for Covid-19): Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Pathum Thani, Uttaradit, Kamphaeng Phet, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phuket, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachinburi, Krabi, Khon Kaen, Chainat, Udon Thani, Phichit, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Sawan, Ang Thong, Tak, Nakhon Nayok, Songkhla, Satun, Chiang Mai, Phetachabun, Sukhothai, Lop Buri, Loei, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani, Trang, Narathiwat, Chanthaburi, Amnat Charoen and Trat.

Provinces that have zero Covid-19 infections are classified as green.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Especially protests right?

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    Gosport

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    On Tuesday, it recorded more than 3,700 new deaths linked to the virus, a chilling new high. The US also reported the most Covid-19 hospitalizations, with more than 124,600 patients nationwide, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

    Apparently, Thailand has been doing excellent job in the containment of Covid. Great thanks for all officials and any one involved.

    Obviously, Thailand appreciates humanity, with it, comes true democracy.

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      preesy chepuce

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 9:12 pm

      What are you whittering on about?!

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      indisPC

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 10:47 pm

      For every CV death, the US gains 12 people.

      What’s really disturbing is that the population growth rate in the US is actually below the global average.

      In other words, CV won’t even put a dent in the global population explosion, and we’ll continue a headlong rush into a rat-slum world by mid-century.

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    Roy Bowey

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Any highly militarised country can do the same by trampling over human rights by ordering bans, states of emergency and lockdowns, which would not be possible in Europe countries.
    Gosport you’re off the track if you think „true democracy“ will ever come to Thailand. As for „appreciating humanity“ all the military and elite is interested in is losing their golden egg-laying goose.
    Get real!

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      Gosport

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 8:23 pm

      The gone goose number is much much higher in so self claimed democratic nations. Maybe, appreciating humanity is not a part of their tradition.

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        preesy chepuce

        Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 9:14 pm

        How is goose-stepping all over liberty and wrecking livelihoods and businesses, tearing loved ones apart for the sake a bug that on average kills less than 0.1% of the population count as “appreciating humanity”?! It’s the complete opposite. There’s no data to support your claim.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    Well Thais can either hide in a cave, or go to work, to support their families and take the tiny risk that they will catch this infection and die.
    They are more likely to die from going to work on a motorcycle.

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    Ian

    Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 3:21 am

    Gosport you are an idiot you are brainwashed your government lies to you daily yet you believe you fool covid never left Thailand it’s just now they have to admit it if I was you batton up the hatches in your wood house and hibernate lol until the west comes to rescue you again as we always do lol as ba baracuss would say FOOL

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      gosport

      Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 5:45 am

      Apparently, history is not your strong point, since when west rescued any single country. If you equalize colonization to rescue, obviously, you liken Covid to big flu.

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    Ian

    Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 3:28 am

    Does this include this inept government as then they cant come up with anymore absurd and ridiculous ideas

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    Ian

    Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 6:07 am

    I advise you his post and all farang to watch movie no escape I remind you your only as goid as your visa take care live you long time lol x

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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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CCSA Update: 187 new Covid-19 cases and 2 deaths

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187 new Covid-19 cases and 2 deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. There are currently 2,950 active cases in Thailand. Since the start of the pandemic, the CCSA has reported a total of 13,687 Covid-19 cases and 75 coronavirus-related deaths.

A 61 year old British man died after testing positive for Covid-19. The man recently travelled to Thailand from abroad. While in an alternative state quarantine hotel, he reported coronavirus-like symptoms. He tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted to a hospital in Bangkok. Health officials say he had shortness of breath and died yesterday. It’s unclear if the man had any pre-existing conditions.

A 56 year old Thai woman died after testing positive for Covid-19. Health officials say the woman’s family members had come in close contact with someone infected with Covid-19. The woman had pre-existing conditions of epilepsy and stroke.

Out of the 187 new Covid-19 cases, 116 were detected through a proactive testing campaign primarily in Samut Sakhon, 61 cases are local transmissions and 10 cases involve those who recently entered Thailand.

Bangkok, Chon Buri and Samut Sakhon have the highest number of Covid-19 patients.

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Active Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of January 24, according to Worldometers.

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Thai people hope Covid-19 vaccine will help end pandemic – survey

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A Bangkok University poll indicates that around half of the Thai population are holding out hope that the Covid-19 vaccine will help end the pandemic. But the same respondents fear the vaccines’ side effects.

The poll was conducted on January 18-20 on 1,186 people nationwide, aged 18 and over. A bare majority, 50.1% say their jobs and incomes would be affected if the pandemic continues without the masses being inoculated. About 27% said the most worrisome effect of the continued pandemic would be getting infected by the virus. 15% said they would be most worried about travelling. The rest of respondents said the availability of necessities and food, expenses for protective gear, children’s education topped their lists of worries.

Asked if vaccines would help curb or end the pandemic in the country, 51.3% said they are moderately hopeful, with a smaller percentage, 32.8%, very hopeful, and almost 16% had little or no hope. When asked about their concerns surrounding vaccines, almost 40% chose side effects.

Almost 13% said they were concerned about new vaccines being needed to fight new Covid-19 variants, with the same amount worried they wouldn’t receive free vaccines. About 8% worried about receiving smuggled vaccines without the Food and Drugs Administration’s approval.

The biggest lessons Thais say they learned from the Covid-19 outbreak during the past year focused on the illegal entry of migrants – 40.2%. About 20% say they learned that hiding information could put other people at risk, while about 18% said recklessness on the part of some people could put the majority at risk.

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State Railway of Thailand furloughs 57 locals trains from Tuesday

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Thailand State Railway governor says that cancellations will affect 13 local services on the northern line, 18 on the northeastern routes, 12 in the southern region and 14 eastern trains.

“Most of the cancelled trains will start at Hua Lamphong station, including trains that are popular with tourists, including services to Kanchanaburi and Hua Hin.”

Niruj Maneepun says the move is to support the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s effort to curb the virus’ spread by maintaining travel restrictions.

“Already all sightseeing and most long-haul trains have been temporarily cancelled due to Covid-19.”

Thailand has logged 13,500 confirmed infections and 73 deaths since the start of the pandemic in January 2020. The current outbreak that began on December 20, with the epicentre centred around seafood markets in coastal Samut Sakhon, has spread to 63 Thai provinces.

Recently, Bangkok has allowed the reopening of 13 types of businesses as long as they follow strict guidelines surrounding safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Businesses allowed to reopen under these measures…

  • Banquet venues, which will need authorisation from BMA for events with over 300 participants
  • Beauty salons, tattoo and piercing shops
  • Fitness centers, but personal trainers and communal steam rooms are not allowed
  • Game Arcades; but all points of contact must be regularly disinfected and facemasks worn at all times.
  • Internet cafés
  • Senior nursing homes, but with limited activities
  • Sports venues, except for boxing rings and race tracks, but no audiences allowed
  • Spas, Thai massage shops, excluding massage parlours
  • Gymnasia and boxing venues for training only
  • Bowling alleys and ice skating rinks, but no competitions or audiences allowed
  • Dancing academies
  • Martial art schools, but no tournaments or audiences allowed
  • Amulet shops and markets

Other provinces in Thailand, such as Chonburi, are waiting for the green light to reopen businesses and travel. Chonburi has reported 0 cases of Covid for 3 days in a row, prompting locals to become frustrated with the strict measures that won’t ease up until at least the end of the month.

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