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New Covid-19 restrictions imposed to tackle Europe’s second wave

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Countries across Europe are imposing new restrictions as they grapple with a second major wave of Covid-19. Worldwide, the coronavirus has now infected more than 40 million people and been responsible for the deaths of more than 1 million. In Europe, Covid-19 deaths have surpassed 250,000, making up nearly a quarter of the coronavirus deaths in the world.

Whilst there has been a sharp uptick in new cases in parts of Europe, the death rate has remained relatively low, when compared with the first wave in April and May. But even the death rate has started creeping up over the past week.

Belgium has reported a sharp spike in cases. Just today, the country reported 9,138 new confirmed cases and 21 new Covid-19 related deaths. Cafes and restaurants have been closed for the past 4 weeks and there’s now a nightly curfew. But some restaurant and business owners criticise the government’s order.

“We don’t feel considered, and it hurt my heart… Everyone is in pain. It’s horrible.”

Switzerland was able to control the virus at the start of the outbreak, but has recently had a spike of Covid-19 cases. In the past week, coronavirus infections have doubled in the Alpine nation. The government imposed new restrictions, like a ban on public gatherings of more than 15 people. It’s also now mandatory to wear a face mask while at any indoor public spaces. In a statement, the government said the spike in cases is “worrying” and a concern for all age groups.

France ranks in the top 10 highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases. On Saturday, the country announced it had 32,400 new infections. Over the weekend, the government imposed a nightly curfew on 9 cities, including Paris.

Italy, which had the first major Covid-19 outbreak, is now experiencing a second wave and has imposed restrictions again like bans on public gatherings. The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says “We cannot waste time.”

Active Covid-19 Cases in Switzerland

New Covid-19 restrictions imposed to tackle Europe's second wave | News by The Thaiger

Active Covid-19 Cases in Belgium

New Covid-19 restrictions imposed to tackle Europe's second wave | News by The Thaiger

Active Covid-19 Cases in France

New Covid-19 restrictions imposed to tackle Europe's second wave | News by The Thaiger

Active Covid-19 Cases in Italy

New Covid-19 restrictions imposed to tackle Europe's second wave | News by The Thaiger

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    Gosport

    October 19, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Good job, Boris

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    seb

    October 19, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    the amnesty visa this ends on October 31, our embassies no longer want to provide a letter, where is the logic when we see what is happening in Europe, to force us to perhaps look for the virus while we are safe in Thailand.

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    Don R

    October 19, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Dumb question here: What ever happened with that 1918 pandemic? It seems like it just went away after people acquired immunity and/or the virus weakened. Asking for a friend.

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      The Thaiger & The Nation

      October 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm

      Sort of. But Google it.

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      TS

      October 20, 2020 at 9:52 pm

      Just read a great book on that:”Pale Rider”

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    Remo

    October 19, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    European countries and the US do a massive number of tests, so they manage to find lots and lots of cases.

    Most other countries in the world do very ,very limited number of tests, so they dont find so many cases.

    This is the major difference .

    The nr of covid tests per 1 million population is 380 000 in the US, and only 13 000 in Thailand, according to worldometer.

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      Don R

      October 20, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Yes, and the media’s consistent failure to provide context to the numbers is just killing the West and its traditions. Sad times.

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        Manu

        October 20, 2020 at 11:21 am

        Don R, I could not agree more. It takes now some research to get the real data rationally explained by scientists that all of us are not cause the rational scientists are not invited in the mainstream media anymore (in many european countries). One number strikes me in perticular, and it should be the number everyone should focus on, is that the mortality rate in Europe in 2020 is pratically the same as in 2019 and 2018 (this numbers are public and available to anyone who bothers to do little research). There are also the (huge) number of “false positive” tests, and finally comparing to the rate mortality each year with the flu (influenza) in Europe, it is matching the covid one so far (worrying question now: will we from now on every winter in Europe go through the same madness because of the flu pandemic that we will get as we do every year?? Or for some weird reason this madness applies only for covid-19???). There are in France 300 times less deaths caused by covid currently than back in March/April (the % comparing with all the tested positive is so low I cannot even be bothered to mention it). In the UK, the deaths caused by covid is the 21st cause at the moment… 20 other causes of death are surpassing the one from covid but nobody seems to be interested!!. I am not even talking about the (very near) future of mental and physical impact (and of course financially but then it is all linked) the MAD restrictions on human lives that are currently on place will cause.

        One thing I do not agree with you Don R is that you say “sad times”. I would say “scary and dangerously worrying times”!!

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

SOURCES: Bangkok Post| Nation Thailand

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2 infected Thai women took domestic flights after illegal crossing from Myanmar

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2 Thai women, both infected with Covid-19, took domestic flights after entering the Kingdom illegally from Myanmar and bypassing health checks and quarantine. It’s understood that a total of 10 Thai women have now crossed illegally from Myanmar, without undergoing any health checks or carrying out mandatory quarantine. All 10 have tested positive for Covid-19, with several having worked in the same hotel and entertainment establishment in the Burmese border town of Tachileik.

Nation Thailand reports that a 21 year old woman and her friend travelled to Myanmar between November 17 and 27. Both then both crossed back into Thailand at a natural border in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai, in the early hours of November 28, avoiding health checks. At the time, both were experiencing symptoms that included a fever, runny nose, and cough.

They checked into a hotel and later that day, booked a Grab taxi to Chiang Rai airport. The 21 year old woman flew to Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, while the second took a flight to the neighbouring province of Phitsanulok. Some media reports say the woman who flew to Bangkok was not wearing her mask properly during a taxi journey to her condo in the suburb of Udomsuk. When she reported her symptoms at a clinic the following day, in the company of her boyfriend, she was told to go to hospital. She subsequently tested positive at a private hospital in the Bang Na district of the capital. Her boyfriend is considered high risk.

There is currently no information on her friend who flew to Phitsanulok, whom it’s understood had plans to travel to the neighbouring province of Phichit. Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is pushing to have the women prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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