Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Health officials say all Covid patients in Thailand have been accounted for

Maya Taylor

Published 

 on 

Health officials say all Covid patients in Thailand have been accounted for | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Wikimedia
  • follow us in feedly

The head of Thailand’s Disease Control Department says all Covid-19 cases across 7 provinces where infected returnees from Myanmar travelled, have now been accounted for. Opas Karnkawinpong says Thailand now has a total of 49 cases linked to Thai nationals who crossed illegally from Myanmar, bypassing health checks and quarantine.

“So far, 49 cases have been found to be related to the people who crossed the border illegally from Myanmar. Of them, 30 have tested positive for Covid-19 in local state quarantine facilities, while the 17 who travelled to 7 provinces before testing positive have infected 2 others so far.”

He goes on to say that in the affected provinces of Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phayao, Phichit, Ratcahburi, Singburi and Tak, over 6,000 people who had close contact with the infected returnees have been tracked and tested for Covid-19. Officials are satisfied that, with the exception of 2 people who tested positive following close contact with arrivals from the Burmese border town of Tachilek, there are no further unaccounted for infections.

Tachilek hit the headlines recently when it was revealed that a hotel and entertainment complex operating as a centre for prostitution had become a Covid-19 hotbed. It’s understood the facility employs around 180 Thai nationals, several of whom were caught after they fled Myanmar to avoid the outbreak, crossing into Thailand through illegal channels.

Opas adds that, while the Disease Control Department is confident the situation is under control, the responsibility still lies with individuals to keep themselves safe.

“This means that the 7 provinces are safe. No areas have been classified as risky, so people can travel locally without having to quarantine themselves when returning to their home province. However, people still need to protect themselves by wearing face masks, washing their hands regularly, avoiding crowded areas, and using the Thai Chana platform to record their movements.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.

Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Slugger

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Good job Thailand, keep it up.

  2. Avatar

    Fabian

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 11:46 am

    How can one make a statement so certain? I’m not of those who believes there are massive outbreaks in Thailand with covering up massive number of deaths. Yet, the lady who illegally crossed the border with Myanmar is not an exception. Covid must spread in many places under the radar of the Thai medics. Also, the system to manage Covid is Thailand is far from perfect. And the rules to spread Covid are hardly followed these days in Thailand. I’m seriously puzzled how Thailand can maintain such low numbers.

    • Avatar

      Fabian

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 11:51 am

      Typo: And the rules to spread Covid are hardly followed = And the rules to stop the spread of the Covid are hardly followed

    • Avatar

      Issan John

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 3:51 pm

      I’d suggest that while attention to the rules to stop the spread of Covid in Thailand has tapered off recently this may well be a wake-up call to a lot of people, as with the spike in Bangkok due to carelessness by medical staff, and the “rules” are probably still followed a lot more than they are in the West – partly because they’re enforced more rigidly, but in no small way because Thais are considerably less “selfish” about their behaviour.

      Even where Thais don’t have to wear masks, many do – not to protect themselves, as that’s not the point, but to protect each other. Plenty of Westerners still don’t get that.

      When the lockdown was briefly similar to the West, with restaurants and bars closed or limited, Thais observed the rules with very few exceptions and with no protests. The West … rather less so, with some really glaring violations and some seriously pathetic excuses and half-hearted apologies.

      While some may “sneak across” under the radar many do observe quarantine – either according to the rules in ASQ, or by “self-quarantine”. In the UK, just for example, the Scientific Advisory Group (SAGE) estimated that no more than 20% of those legally obliged to self-quarantine when returning from overseas actually did so and most returned to work, with the full knowledge of their work-mates and peers, and the numbers observing self-quarantine when tracked and traced (via a useless system that cost billions) are even less.

      It’s arguable whether Thailand’s “low numbers” are down to the government or the people, but it’s almost certainly a bit of both – just it’s almost certainly just as true in the West where the “numbers”, such as 63,000 deaths in the UK vs 60 in Thailand, are down to a massive series of SNAFUs by the government and people who’ve shown an unbelievable lack of consideration for others from day 1 and still do.

  3. Avatar

    Issan John

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    It’s an outstanding job, and tracking, tracing and testing 6,000 from the original returnees is seriously impressive even if I do agree with Fabian that I think the claim that “there are no unaccounted for cases or infections resulting from an unknown origin” has to be over-confident.

  4. Avatar

    Ian

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    I can so sleep at night now knowing no covid in Thailand, how can this fool make such a,statement oh yes he’s a fool with power the worst of all fools God bless Thailand with these idiots in charge

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Thailand. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Chinese state-backed film released praising Wuhan

The Thaiger

Published

on

Chinese state-backed film released praising Wuhan | The Thaiger

A new, state-backed film marking the anniversary of the Covid-19 Wuhan lockdown, is using propaganda to praise the central Chinese city. The documentary “Days and Nights in Wuhan” chronicles the suffering that the city’s 11 million residents endured during the 76 day lockdown. 30 filmmakers contributed to the film which included footage of medical staff and front-line workers.

The film joins other documentaries centered on the Wuhan lockdown, including one that was produced by an activist artist that led to him fleeing the country after being harrassed by China’s Communist Party. “Coronation” was rejected by festivals, theatres, and streaming services in which the creator attributes to fears over the offending government which tightly controls what films can be shown inside the nation and abroad.

The new film was directed by Cao Jinling and has already debuted in Wuhan but the audience was thin. The film is set to be released to other cities today. But it is not clear if the government will allow it to be shown overseas.

“We wanted to record the journey of battling against the COVID-19 epidemic via motion picture. Some of the details, including the intense care, anxious waiting, heartbreaking farewells and hopeful rebirths, might strike a chord with viewers.”

The lockdown imposed on January 23 of last year, was eventually extended to surrounding areas in Hubei province, seeing some 56 million people unable to leave their homes. Hospitals and morgues became overwhelmed at the height of the crisis as Wuhan accounted for most of China’s 4,635 death toll.

Meanwhile, China has finally gave permission for the World Health Organisation to send a team of international experts to begin investigating the virus’ origins. Experts mostly agree that the coronavirus emerged from a Wuhan food market where live wild animals that carry the virus were sold. But China’s government has all but refuted the claim by insinuating that the virus was possibly brought into the country by US soldiers.

Other conspiracy theories are abound, but the notion that the virus was not from Wuhan has done well with many residents, who maintain the virus came from somewhere else. Such beliefs by those residents have also propelled them to view themselves as victims.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.

Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.

Continue Reading

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Chon Buri province reports 0 cases of Covid today

The Thaiger

Published

on

Chon Buri province reports 0 cases of Covid today | The Thaiger
FILE PHOTO

Chon Buri province is reporting 0 new cases of Covid-19, marking 3 out of 4 days with no new infections. Despite the good news, The Chonburi Department of Public Health is warning residents to “stay vigilant”.

A migrant worker tested positive for the virus yesterday but all close contacts, 93 people, to the person have tested negative and went into quarantine. The Provincial Employment Office in Mueang Chon Buri also closed, out of precaution.

The Chon Buri Department of Public Health says they will test 35 more who live around the same camp as the migrant worker, but those people are not considered close contacts. Banglamung and Pattaya has not had any cases of Covid for the past 7 days. Officials have said many times that the closure measures and provincial travel restrictions, that have left thousands out of work, will be lifted as soon as it is safe to do so, but it looks like any reviews of the measures will take place at the end of this month.

Currently, Chon Buri province is categorised as a “highly controlled” area which essentially deems all travel to be stopped. Those who do wish to travel, to or from the area, must have written permission by a district official in order to enter or leave.

Such strict measures have left many formal workers desperate as hotels have asked many times for the government to issue a forced lockdown which would help these workers collect social security to aid their lost salaries. But those requests have so far been denied as the government says they are mulling other ways in which to help.

In the meantime, hotels have taken their restaurants to the streets by offering food stalls and delivery with most of the owners saying they are trying to support their remaining staff. Chinese businessmen handed out food packages last night in a goodwill gesture to help those in need.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.

Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.

Continue Reading

Thailand

CCSA Update: 309 new Covid-19 infections in Thailand

Avatar

Published

on

CCSA Update: 309 new Covid-19 infections in Thailand | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Post Today

The CCSA’s daily briefing today started with an update about a NBT news presenter who has attended the daily briefings at the CCSA studio and testing positive for Covid-19. The CCSA spokesman then announced that all people working in the CCSA studio, including himself, are defined as a “low risk” group for infections.

The CCSA spokesman says he, together with all those involved with any risk, will take a swab test this afternoon and will report the test results to the public later on. The infected NBT newscaster has been sent to the hospital already.

Today, 309 new Covid-19 cases were announced from the last 24 hours. The majority of the infections were detected from active case testing, accounting for 217 cases. Most of them were migrant workers. 80 were local transmission, while 12 cases were detected in state quarantine.

According to the CCSA spokesman, key measures to be rolled out next week will be the acceleration on proactive testing in Samut Sakhon and the outer western areas of Bangkok where the infection rate is still high. Numbers and reports from the active findings are expected to be complete by the end of next week will serve as key factors for a review of the current restrictions in place.

CCSA Update: 309 new Covid-19 infections in Thailand | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: CCSA Daily Briefing

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.

Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.

Continue Reading
Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 day ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19 | The Thaiger
Thailand3 days ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18 | The Thaiger
Thailand4 days ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15 | The Thaiger
Thailand7 days ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Thailand News Today | 305 infections, No happy ending for massages, Phuket quarantine mooted | Jan 7 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | 305 infections, No happy ending for massages, Phuket quarantine mooted | Jan 7

Thailand News Today | 10,000 schools closed, 900 new migrant infections, Gambling crackdown | January 6 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | 10,000 schools closed, 900 new migrant infections, Gambling crackdown | January 6

Thailand News Today | PM reverses lockdown, Southern P.D.A. crackdown, Covid update | Jan 5 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | PM reverses lockdown, Southern P.D.A. crackdown, Covid update | Jan 5

Thailand News Today | Record daily infections, Covid restrictions, British arrivals ‘on hold’ | Jan 4 | The Thaiger
Thailand3 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Record daily infections, Covid restrictions, British arrivals ‘on hold’ | Jan 4

Thailand News Today | Pattaya restrictions, 2021’s extra holidays, Covid update | December 30 | The Thaiger
Thailand3 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Pattaya restrictions, 2021’s extra holidays, Covid update | December 30

Thailand News Today | Covid update, Bangkok restrictions, Gold rush | December 29 | The Thaiger
Thailand3 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Covid update, Bangkok restrictions, Gold rush | December 29

Follow The Thaiger by email:

Trending