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More local Covid-19 cases linked to women who worked in Myanmar border town

Caitlin Ashworth

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Health officials report 3 more Covid-19 cases linked to the 10 Thai women who tested positive after working in Myanmar’s border town Tachileik. The women allegedly crossed the border illegally, evading immigration screening and the mandatory 14 day quarantine. Some travelled using public transportation to Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Phichit and Ratchaburi.

A 51 year old businesswoman from Sing Buri tested positive after travelling on the same flight as 2 of the now confirmed cases, according to director general of communicable diseases Sophon Iamsirithaworn. The flight was Nok Air flight DD8717 from Chiang Rai to Bangkok on November 28.

The businesswoman got an influenza vaccine on Monday. A few days later, she started getting body aches and other symptoms she assumed were related to the flu shot. The next day, she found out that 2 women with Covid-19 were on the same flight as her. She then got tested for the virus.

The 2 other new cases are Thai women returning from Tachileik.

The first confirmed local transmission linked to the women was announced yesterday. The 28 year old Chiang Rai man tested positive after coming in contact with 3 of the women.

Many of the women say they worked at entertainment venues and hotels in the border town. Some confirmed that they worked at the 1G1 Hotel. A Tachileik resident told Coconuts Bangkok that the coronavirus spread at the venue through commercial sex.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Mister Stretch

    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Remember when they blamed all the Covid cases in Thailand on the farang?

    Hmmm…

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      Dirty Farang

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 7:26 pm

      yes, and the farangs will never forget this bashing.

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      John

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 8:31 pm

      Don’t worry they will find a way to work foreigners into the story “fat military generals” from Yangon is a start.

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    Jeff

    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Anutin is trying to figure out how to blame it on dirty Farangs while it’s his own dirty citizens committing illegal acts and jeopardizing everyone.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 12:41 am

    The locals only tolerate our visits. Money talks BS walks. Same as always. Eventually the Thai government will subsidize my trips. Indirectly , but will be a nice incentive to return where I am only tolerated.

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    William

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 2:26 am

    Can it get any more convoluted than this???

    The businesswoman got an influenza vaccine on Monday. A few days later, she started getting body aches and other symptoms she assumed were related to the flu shot. The next day, she found out that 2 women with Covid-19 were on the same flight as her. She then got tested for the virus.

    Let’s get the punctuation here correct.
    The flu is a CORONA VIRUS. PCR testing tests for CORONA virusES and sometimes not even that. To the point who knows what the tests actually test for. And then the reporting of the tests in a contextual vacuum.

    Then you have the scared people policing the the not scared. Even when the numerical data suggest this is a non issue virus for 99.9% of the population.

    Everything is covid this covid that, to the point the repetition of it, it becomes a brainwashing monotonous inescapable world view pushed by those who pay attention to their screens in their hands… as if it all were true.

    I digress

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      RA

      Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 9:41 am

      Also your gibberish becomes brainwashing, monotonous and inescapable. Try being part of a solution instead of being part of the problem.

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      Rasputin

      Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 9:59 am

      You really should refrain from publishing GARBAGE, there are 4 strains of the Influenza viruses, all of which belong to the Orthomyxoviridae family of viruses, they are NOT CORONA VIRUSES, the most widely spread corona virus in circulation is in fact the Common Cold virus, which is a CORONA virus.

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      Kevin

      Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1:34 pm

      This is false on so many levels. Educate yourself, citizen!

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    William

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 2:28 am

    jp sears on YouTube just published possibly his best video yet, titled: control.

    Go check it out. It’s relevant.

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      Rasputin

      Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 10:07 am

      JP Sears is an American life coach and Internet Comedian, a bit like yourself, I think you should change your name, richard head would be an appropriate choice IMO.

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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.

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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.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Chiang Mai night markets reopening tomorrow

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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.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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