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Hundreds recover from Covid-19, released from Samut Sakhon field hospital

Caitlin Ashworth

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Nearly 300 Burmese migrants in Samut Sakhon have recovered from Covid-19 and have been released from a field hospital set up at a sports stadium while another 300 people are expected to be discharged from the field hospital today. The released migrants were sent back to the Central Shrimp Market in the Mahachai area fishing hub where they live and work.

The market, which is expected to reopen next month, was shut down on December 19 due to a large cluster of Covid-19 infections. The market has been the prime hotspot in the new wave of the coronavirus infections, spreading to more than 55 of Thailand’s 77 provinces in just a few weeks. At least 3,441 confirmed cases are linked to the Samut Sakhon cluster, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

The group of 292 Burmese migrant workers is the first large group of migrants to be released from the field hospital which was set up on the fly to treat hundreds of infected migrants in the area. The province’s deputy governor Thiraphat Khatchamat says the workers have been treated and given a health certificate declaring that they are “Covid-free.”

The provincial public health chief Naretrit Khatthasima says the recovered workers have immunity against the virus and it is very unlikely that they will get infected by the same strain again.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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16 Comments

16 Comments

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    Marco

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:54 am

    Recovered from Covid? Hundreds of without symptoms?! They’re not positive anymore, not recovered…

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 12:28 pm

      Umm … why not “recovered”?

      … and who said they’d all been “without symptoms”?

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      Marco

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 3:02 pm

      who said with symptoms ?

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 12:52 am

        Nobody here or elsewhere, as far as I can see, said anything either way hence my question asking what you’d based your statement on.

        Thank you for making it clear.

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    dispensed

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    After almost 12 months of unhinged hysteria, the news media is actually acknowledging the role of the immune system.

    *slow clap*

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    Monir

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    This is the real fact. People with good immunity will recover soon and this rate will increase day by day. So media should make report wisely and teach people how to maintain healthy life without scaring about covid 19. Health ministry should prepare support for those people who has other diseas problems those could become major issue if have covid 19 infection.
    All the best, Thailand will recover soon.

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      If only it was that easy …

      … maybe you could tell “the media” and the “health ministry” how to stop people aging, and how to cure diabetes, heart disease and cardio vascular issues, and cancer as well as the myriad of other issues that put them at increased risk from the Corona virus …..

      … and how to isolate all those people, who make up around 20% of the population, from those fortunate enough to have “good immunity” who will “recover soon” from those who won’t.

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        dispensed

        Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:50 pm

        Well, the current restrictions you’ve argued tooth and nail for certainly are not improving the public’s health. They make us all less healthy, poorer, and dumber.

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          Issan John

          Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 12:56 am

          “all”?

          A fair number certainly appear to be the latter.

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    Issan John

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    … and I’m glad to know that “provincial public health chief Naretrit Khatthasima says the recovered workers have immunity against the virus and it is very unlikely that they will get infected by the same strain again.”

    Hopefully he’ll pass his data on to the other experts, aa while I’ve seen some saying that being infected probably gives some immunity I’ve never seen any suggest it stops anyone getting infected or being infectious.

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      dispensed

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      There in lies the problem with the language in which you people have used to address this entire crisis. “Some immunity” could mean anything between 1% and 99%. In this case, it’s much closer to 99%. Reinfection is rare.

      Of course, when you consider that CV is here to stay, it’s a moot point.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 1:01 am

        … and hopefully you’ll pass your data showing that immunity to re-infection is “much closer to 99%” on to the experts too.

        … any reliable source for that?

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    They want this cheap labour back at work, that is what it is about.
    How many of them are illegal immigrants, or is that an inconvenient truth?
    I doubt a lot of them had the virus in the first place, but certain Thais make money out of Quarantine.
    As I John writes, they could still be infectious, but the Thai money makers ignore that.
    I would not believe a Thai if they told me water was wet.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 1:20 am

      Whether they’re “illegal immigrants” or not isn’t an “inconvenient truth”, Toby, but a completely moot point since they’re all subject to an amnesty anyway.

      But you’re right that many may not have had the virus, hence my question before to Marco but evidently he has no idea either.
      Far from all those quarantined had tested positive or were symptomatic, as all the migrant workers were quarantined to be on the safe side, then quarantined again into negative / positive, asymptomtic / positive symptomatic, and there doesn’t seem to be any clarity over which group (groups?) these 300 came from.

      … and FWIW I didn’t say “they could still be infectious’, but that they could BECOME infectious.

      How could “certain Thais make money out of Quarantine”???

      They’re quarantined for free in an Army run field hospital! How can anyone make money from that???

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    gosport

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    It shows how sophisticated thai medical treatment is. USA better import the medicines.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 1:32 am

    See above. There’s nothing in any of the reports on this to show which group they came from, but since they’re the first to finish quarantine that suggests they were probably the group who’ve tested negative (who, if so, would have no immunity at all) with the next (similarly sized) group due to be released tomorrow probably the group who were positive but asymptomatic.

    I can’t help wondering how long the “health certificate[s] declaring that they are “Covid-free” they’ve been given are valid for …

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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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