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More than 2,000 stranded on cruise liner in Phuket over Italian “risk” tourists

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Over 2,000 passengers and crew on board the Costa Fortuna cruise liner, which arrived in Patong yesterday, have been denied permission to disembark. The ban comes after official confirmation that 64 Italians onboard left Italy in the past 14 days. The move follows the Thai government’s institution of a 14 day self-quarantine on all people arriving from China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao, Iran and Italy. (See story here.)

The cruise ship arrived in Patong yesterday morning on a scheduled overnight stop, with 1,631 passengers, 984 crew and ship staff on board.

Genoa-based cruise operator Costa Crociere says the passengers are ‘all healthy’ and there are no suspected cases on board, according to Sky Italia.

“The health situation on board is clear and there is no suspected case on the ship among Italian or other nationalities.”

‘In a constantly changing situation, we confirm that the safety of our guests and crew members is a top priority.’

But according to Phuket immigration police:

“On board are three Chinese, two Singaporeans, 151 French nationals, 230 Germans and 282 Italians.”

The decision to forbid persons to disembark in Phuket follows confirmation that 64 of the Italians on the ship are suspected (not confirmed) of carrying Covid-19 coronavirus.

“While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the ship, all people on board are a health risk and they must remain in quarantine for 14 days.”

“They must stay on the ship, and the ship must remain about two nautical miles from shore.”

“Next we will have to discuss what is to be done with other cruise ships scheduled to come to Phuket. We need to talk with the Phuket Governor before we can make any decisions regarding those.”

SOURCE: Mail Online | The Phuket News

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Thailand to start Covid-19 vaccinations in May 2021

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A possible end to the pandemic is in sight. Thailand will start Covid-19 vaccinations in May 2021, according to the Department of Disease Control. The department released a plan on administering the vaccine produced by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

Thailand recently signed a 6 billion baht deal to buy 26 million doses of the vaccine which would be enough to vaccinate 13 million people. The company Siam Bioscience lined up to receive technology developed by Oxford University to produce the vaccine in Thailand. Siam Bioscience has the capacity to produce 180 million to 200 million doses per year, enough to distribute throughout Southeast Asia.

Vaccination centres are planned to be set up in more than 10,000 sub districts which will prevent overcrowding at hospitals. Medical staff, young children, elderly people and vulnerable groups will be first in line for the injections. The vaccinations will be free of charge at government facilities while private hospitals can purchase their own supply, according to DDC director-general Opas Karnkawinpong.

Opas says the vaccine will go through safety and quality checks by the Thai Food and Drug Administration as well as the Public Health Ministry’s Department of Medical Sciences before it’s administered.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Health officials say hundreds came into contact with Covid-19 infected women

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Health officials are trying to track down hundreds of people who may have come in contact with any of the 10 Thai women who tested positive for Covid-19 after returning to Thailand from Myanmar’s border town Tachileik. The women evaded the mandatory 14 day quarantine for returnees and media reports claim they “sneaked” back in the country.

More than 600 people may have been in contact with the women, according to the Disease Control Department’s director general Opas Karnkawinpong. The women all entered the country over the past week, crossing the border to Chiang Rai. Some then travelled to Chiang Mai, Phayao, Phichit, Ratchaburi and Bangkok before testing positive for the coronavirus.

The women worked at entertainment venues and hotels in the Tachileik border town before returning to Thailand. Some of the woman are linked to the 1G1 hotel and entertainment venue. Opas says authorities are investigating to see if anyone else crossed the border illegally.

The original patient, a 29 year old woman, put 108 people at high risk and 224 at low risk after she travelled from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai on November 25.

A 25 year old put 9 people at high risk and 11 people at low risk after she entered Chiang Rai on November 26 and checked in to a hotel in the Mae Sai district.

2 of the women, ages 26 and 23, put 4 people at high risk and 24 people at low risk after they entered Chiang Rai on November 28.

3 of the women, ages 28, 25 and 23, put 14 people at high risk and 7 people at low risk after they entered Chiang Rai and travelled to Phayao around November 27 to 30.

3 other women, ages 21, 25 and 36, put 298 people at risk with 40 of them at a very high risk after they entered Thailand and travelled to Bangkok, Phichit and Ratchaburi.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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7 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine

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7 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Thailand’s total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is raised to 4,039 with 3,882 recoveries and 60 deaths. 147 people are currently receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus.

  • A 35 year old Indian man tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on November 11 and tested positive 12 days later at a quarantine hotel in Bangkok.
  • A 31 year old Thai woman travelling from the United States with a layover in South Korea tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on November 19 and tested positive 11 days later while at a quarantine hotel in Bangkok.
  • A 46 year old woman travelling from Mexico with a layover in the Netherlands tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on November 28 and tested positive 3 days later while at a state quarantine hotel in Chon Buri.
  • A 32 year old Egyptian woman travelling from Sweden with a layover in Dubai tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on November 29 and tested positive the next day while at a quarantine hotel in Bangkok.
  • A 37 year old Pakistani man tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on November 26 and tested positive for 5 days later while at an alternative state quarantine facility in Samut Prakan.
  • 2 Thai women travelling from the Netherlands tested positive for Covid-19. The women, ages 42 and 49, arrived on November 28 and tested positive 3 days later while at alternative state quarantine hotels in Bangkok and Chon Buri.
7 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine | News by The Thaiger

Daily new Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of December 2, according to Worldometers.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post| Nation Thailand

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