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New Covid-19 cases in 17 provinces, CCSA spokesperson says to view migrants as “family”

Caitlin Ashworth

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With Covid-19 cases spreading in Thailand and many concerned with the migrant population after the outbreak at a Samut Sakhon seafood market, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesperson Taweesin Visanuyothin says to view the migrant workers as family.

“When family members are sick, we have to take care of them.”

46 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed today in the CCSA’s daily report. 39 were local transmissions in 17 provinces while the other 7 were detected in quarantine for people travelling from overseas. Many of the local cases are Thai fishermen and other workers in the seafood industry. There are now 1,607 people in Thailand currently receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus.

Out of the 39 local cases in today’s official count from the CCSA, 11 cases were detected in Bangkok, 5 in Chachoengsao, 3 in Nakhon Pathom, 2 in Kamphaeng Phet, 2 in Tak, 2 in Prachin Buri, 2 in Ayutthaya, 2 in Samut Prakan and 2 in Saraburi. Cases were also detected in each of the following: Phetchabun, Krabi, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phuket and Suphan Buri.

Fingers are pointing at Burmese migrants after hundreds of mostly migrant workers near a seafood market in Samut Sakhon tested positive for the virus over the weekend. Taweesin says he wants the Thai community to view and treat the migrants like family.

“I want everyone to view them (migrant workers) as family. They have been helping us in driving our economy for a very long time. When family members are sick, we have to take care of them. Don’t hesitate to help by donating or providing necessities since they are living in hard times.”

New Covid-19 cases in 17 provinces, CCSA spokesperson says to view migrants as "family" | News by Thaiger

New Covid-19 cases in 17 provinces, CCSA spokesperson says to view migrants as "family" | News by Thaiger

Daily new Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of December 22, according to Worldometers.

New Covid-19 cases in 17 provinces, CCSA spokesperson says to view migrants as "family" | News by Thaiger

Active Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of December 22, according to Worldometers.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Bangkok Post

 

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24 Comments

24 Comments

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Respect. But this statement should come from Pinoccio or at least from Bob the Builder

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    Stefan Svensson

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    There are many who have helped the Thai economy for decades … or am I wrong when I mean the farangs? Have never felt that they are treated as a family, perhaps due to racism against the white population, what do I know. Merry Christmas and such a happy new year it is only possible to wish you all wherever you are

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      Ynwaps

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      Have you tried cognitive behavioral therapy yet? Might help :/

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      Mick

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 5:43 pm

      Don’t know where you live in Thailand, however in the area l live l do not see racism, l see genuine nice people who had always treated me with respect.

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:26 pm

        Sorry to say it Mick, but in my experience sadly racism is no less rife here than it is in the West, particularly where those from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia are concerned.

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    Wijnschenk

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Again.
    When Thailand was hit by a tsunami the world (farangs) helped Thailand.
    When 12 children needed help in a cave
    The world (farangs) helped Thailand.
    NOW Thailand can do something back……
    Help stramded people get back to their loved ones.
    All theydo is steal more money….
    Thank you Thailand!!

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      Jake barlow

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 6:21 pm

      Sawadee kap!

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 6:24 pm

      “Again”. For crissake …..

      You’re not “stranded”, you’re just not able to come here.

      Why should Thailand put people’s lives at risk here just so you can see your girlfriend?

      If you’re that desperate you could pay for her to come to see you, but I doubt she wants to.

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        Bob Hasbig Balls

        Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 6:45 pm

        Chin meet nutsack!

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    Isan Sucker

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    All the trouble from dirty farangs is obvious

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    John Brown

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    What strain was the cluster found around the BNH nurse who was infected working in an ASQ?

    Honestly, over-focusing on the Myanmar G clade, and the migrant workers, right now is a very very bad idea.

    Blokes: please warn everyone you know to stay home for the next 2 weeks till it gets bad enough that there’s no choice but transparency. You’re not out of the fire just because you’re here. That is all I am able to say directly.

    Please everyone take care of yourselves.

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      The Thaiger

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      Is there a translation available for your comment?

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        John Brown

        Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 3:11 am

        That is not a good idea and I strongly advise you do not produce one. If you would like to pursue the matter further, make your inquiries discreetly to the relevant authorities or their knowledgeable contacts, off-the-record, and then use your best judgment with the information.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    JB, I don’t know but I doubt the strains are being sequenced for every case – I was surprised to see recently that Wales has sequenced more cases in the last week than France has since the pandemic began!

    I don’t understand why you think the Bkk / ASQ cluster is so important when there’s no indication of any ongoing transmission, and there were plenty of tests done, but not the Samut Sakhon outbreak with hundreds of positive tests (IIRC 44% of those tested who worked in / around the market) and spreaders are known in other provinces.

    I’m not sure that ‘nudge, nudge, wink, wink’ really adds much …..

    How can this not be by far the most serious outbreak here so far, by a country mile?

    FWIW, I think people are taking this very seriously and reacting far more quickly here than they are, even now, in the West. Already, even though AFAIK there are still no cases in “my” province, everyone in the town’s back to wearing masks and the market’s been cordoned off again with temperature testing at the one permitted entrance. All pretty basic, but it all helps.

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      John Brown

      Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 10:14 am

      It appears TT has decided to not publish my reply publicly, which is much to my relief. Not a problem at all TT.

      Wherever you are in the country, it’s best to treat the situation as red zone-serious until at least 2 weeks pass without any local transmission, as that is the only indicator we have that the outbreaks have been contained, and even then understand that this is not a guarantee, not even a practical guarantee, until the testing kits have been re-updated to account for all possible known circulating global strains, particularly those circulating anywhere with international flights. If you must venture out, keep your wits fully about you. Be safe everyone.

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      John Brown

      Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 2:24 pm

      IJ, just a note; I had requested the moderators forward it to you privately (and liability-free) if they weren’t going to publish (which I am glad they did not). So I hope that you have received my answers to your questions. Take care regardless.

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    John

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    We all have to mask up again guys, just for a bit more, and for all those disbelievers who were saying that there never will be vaccine for it, where are you now and what kind of stupid theories will you come up with now?

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    Mike

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    The fact this needs to e said highlights how backward-looking Thailand is in terms of race relations and racial equality in its society.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 10:39 am

      If you’re referring to the authorities saying that migrants should be treated as family, etc, I think you should look closer to home for countries that are considerably more “backward-looking … in terms of race relations and racial equality”.

      Much of the West, all too evidently, but particularly those whose elected governments still openly support a “hostile environment” and isolation, build a wall, “me first” policies.

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    Leo Z

    Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 12:15 am

    Many/most people (including the government) don’t view “farangs” who live, work, invest and pay taxes in Thailand as “family”. They’ll view seasonal Burmese migrant workers as “family”? I think the next investigative report by Thaiger should be on what some CCSA people are smoking.

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    Bigsleazypappa

    Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 4:08 am

    I’m missing my candy in soi 6 hopefully the borders will be open next year even if you have to show you’ve had the vaccine!! 2021 moving forward can’t be any worse let’s open up and party again,and if all the boring expats haveanything to say jog on

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    Keith

    Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 7:20 am

    Do you put your family in crowded tin shacks with little or no sanitation, pay them less than minimum wage, then you don’t treat you family very well

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    Issan John

    Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 11:02 am

    You hardly need to look further than some of the comments made here to see why.

    As for the Burmese (and Lao and Khmer), like “families” they have a shared background, ethnicity, religion and culture with Thais, but however much we farangs may “live, work, invest and pay taxes” here, and even marry, we don’t.

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    babble

    Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Is there a website with the zone map?

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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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