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

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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

 

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    Slugger

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Good job Thailand, keep it up.

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    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.

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      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

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      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.

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    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.

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    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

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