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New rapid Covid-19 tests await FDA approval

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A new rapid Covid-19 test made in Thailand is expected to cut coronavirus screening costs and provide results within a day. The tests, developed by the Medical Sciences Department in collaboration with Siam Bioscience, are waiting to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The approval process could take around a month.

The test, once proven and rolled out, could provide another path to shortening, or eliminating, the quarantine period, currently set at 14 days in Thailand.

The antibody rapid tests read serum samples taken from plasma and blood in fingertips, according to the department’s acting director general. It’s more than 90% accurate. The tests could cost around 100 baht each. At the moment, the department has the capacity to produce 3,000 tests per week, but says they are ready to transfer technology to commercial producers to make more tests.

Thailand has 236 Covid-19 laboratories that check more than 20,000 samples per day, with 10,000 of those samples in Bangkok, according to Nation Thailand.

Once the test is approved and registered by the FDA, Nation Thailand says the test will be used in a random screening of 60,000 people to review the prevalence of Covid-19 in Thailand.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Jack Sombra

    November 6, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    ‘antibody’ So useless as can only tell where virus has been not where it is. Antibody tests are April’s tech, world has mainly moved on from them. They are only used for research now.

    ‘more than 20,000 samples per day’ That would be theoretical capacity, actual amount of tests has been 2000 to 3000 per day for months, never has gone much beyond 9000 in a day since the start. This is publicly advaible information

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    Fabian

    November 6, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    A rapid covid test that provides results within a day…. Is that what they call rapid? There are reliable tests worldwide now that can reliably and cost-efficiently provide results withing an hour.

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    Issan John

    November 6, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    “more than 90% accurate” … in laboratory conditions?

    So 10% INaccurate?

    That’s hardly confidence inspiring.

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      Al

      November 7, 2020 at 2:16 am

      And what percentage are the PCR tests?

      PS – Cannot reply to the questions you attempted to answer. I notice many of them were passed over due to you stating that they ‘make no sense’. Now that was expected! 55!

      How about an easy one, can you provide some proof that convid actually exists? Fanx 😉

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    Patrick Jacquemyn

    November 6, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Antibdy test? So if one got Covid he will test positive??

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    Edy

    November 6, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Ne vous inquiétez pas, le virus n’existe pas. Le retour des touristes est pour bientôt. Souriez..

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    Don R

    November 6, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    This whole covid hysteria is just a massive bonanza for big pharma and big business. Testing is utterly meaningless at this point. We’re well beyond containing the virus.

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    Peter

    November 7, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Perhaps the Thiager can explain to your readers how you can test for a “virus” that has not been purified, isolated or scientifically identified? Just wondering.

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    Robbert

    November 7, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Here in the Netherlands there already is a breathtest being rolled out this month. It can detect with higly accuracy over 90% that you don’t have Covid. It only takes 2 min for a result.

    However if it detects that you do have Covid there is a 75% accuracy.

    So if you test Negative you are free to go.
    If you test positvie you have to take the normal PCR test to be sure.

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      Issan John

      November 8, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      So, like the Thai tests, 10% inaccurate …

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    Malc Thai

    November 8, 2020 at 11:55 am

    They are training dog’s to sniff out covid in peoples sweat. so far 100% accuracy.. look on the net for dogs sniff out covid.. just a thought everyone at the airport must be “sniffed” before a test or quarantine

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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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Tokyo Olympics may cost almost US$2 billion more due to Covid delay

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The Tokyo Olympics may cost almost US$2 billion more than its original budget of US$13 billion, after it has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Olympic organisers say they will decide on the increased budget for the Games after communicating with Japan’s government and Tokyo. The Games were postponed by 1 year after Covid-19 spread worldwide, with its opening date set to July 23, 2021. Of all the events postposed because of Covid-19, the Olympics was the biggest and most complex to postpone.

Such a delay has yielded new costs, from retaining the organising staff, rebooking venues and transportation. Not to mention, the question of if the event can actually proceed safely. But Olympic officials are reaffirming that the Games can, indeed, be held following safety measures.

Such covid safety measures are reportedly another reason why the price of the event has increased, although the new estimated cost doesn’t include such measures. Officials say they are expecting the additional costs to be paid for by the Japanese government. Organisers and officials are reportedly considering a long list of possible virus countermeasures that they hope will make the Games possible, even if a vaccine is not yet available.

A dialed-down, lower-cost Olympics plan was announced in September, with banners, mascots, meals, and athlete welcome ceremonies being scrapped along with fewer free tickets to be offered. A senior official has said that Tokyo Olympics test events will resume in March with a decision on fan attendance to be made in the spring season.

Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee Chief says he is very confident that the Games will have attending fans. However, fan enthusiasm has decreased inside of Japan, with summer polls indicating only 1 in 4 Japanese people wanting the Games to happen, with most wanting them to be postponed or even fully cancelled.

So far, Tokyo has reported just over 40,000 cases of Covid, with Japan reporting 145,000 cases since the pandemic began.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Singaporean woman gives birth to baby with Covid antibodies in system

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A Singaporean woman has given birth to a baby with Covid antibodies in its system, giving new clues into whether Covid can be transferred from mother to child. The woman, Celine Ng-Chan, was infected with the virus in March during her pregnancy, and gave birth this month to her Covid-free baby.

“My doctor suspects I have transferred my Covid-19 antibodies to him during my pregnancy.”

The World Health Organisation says it is not yet known whether a pregnant woman with Covid-19 can pass the virus to her foetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery.

Ng-Chan became mildly sick from the virus, but was discharged from the National University Hospital after 2.5 weeks. So far, the World Health Organisation says it is not yet known whether a pregnant woman can pass the virus to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery, but this new finding helps researchers with new information. The active virus has not been found in samples of fluid around the fetus in the womb or in breast milk as of now, with Chinese doctors reporting such detection of antibodies in babies born to women, who have been infected with the virus, has been shown to decline over time.

New York Presbyterian/Columia University Irving Medical Centre has also reported in October, in JAMA Pediatrics, that the transmission of the virus from mothers to babies is rare, further pointing towards the risks being minimal of the possible transmission from mother to baby either in the womb, during delivery, or in breastfeeding.

Meanwhile, a 29 year old female Thai returnee from Myanmar has tested positive for Covid in Chiang Mai, after visiting the hospital with flu-like symptoms. She was the only local case reported, out of 5 other positive tests, with officials saying she is believed to have contracted the virus in Myanmar.

The positive test on November 27, came after she was out and about, with authorities saying 326 people are suspected of coming in contact with the woman. The woman reportedly visited a mall to eat Japanese shabu, watched a movie, visited a karaoke bar, and used public transportation before her positive diagnosis.

SOURCE: NDTV.com

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Thai woman tests positive for Covid in Chiang Mai, 72 people found to be in close contact

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A 29 year old female Thai returnee from Myanmar has tested positive for Covid in Chiang Mai, after visiting the hospital with flu-like symptoms. She was the only local case reported, out of 5 other positive tests, with officials saying she is believed to have contracted the virus in Myanmar. The positive test on November 27, came after she was out and about, with authorities saying 326 people are suspected of coming in contact with the woman. The woman reportedly visited a mall to eat Japanese shabu, watched a movie, visited a karaoke bar, and used public transportation before her positive diagnosis.

Of those suspected 326 people who came in contact with the woman, 105 were deemed at high risk of infection with 149 deemed at low risk. Officials said 72 people were in close contact with her. The mall operator says those who were found to be in contact with the woman will proceed to a 14 day quarantine period.

The woman reportedly came down with symptoms on November 23 and went to the Nakornping Hospital the next day to be checked out. Now, the Chiang Mai governor has ordered all affected venues to be disinfected, including the Central Festival Chiangmai mall, which closed at 4 pm for a “big cleaning” yesterday.

Officials from the Disease Control Department have provided the woman’s whereabouts at a briefing on Saturday as part of the contact-tracing exercise. Sopon Liamsirithavorn, director of the Communicable Diseases Division, has presented a timeline of her movements:

  • From October 24 to November 23, the woman was in Myanmar. On November 23, she developed a fever, watery diarrhea, and lost her sense of smell.
  • On November 24, she still had a fever and developed a cough and a headache. Around 5 am on that day, she travelled from Myanmar to the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai by public van.
  • Around 11 am on November 24, she left Chiang Rai for Chiang Mai by bus.
  • At 2.51 pm the same day, the woman arrived at her condominium in a Grab car. That night, she used another Grab car to visit a karaoke bar in the Santitham area with two friends. They smoked a cigarette and shared it.
  • On November 25, she stayed overnight at a condominium with one of the friends who had returned from the entertainment venue around 2 am. Two other friends who lived in the room opposite came to the room to drink alcohol.
  • About noon on November 25, the woman left the condominium in another Grab car. She arrived at her condo building at around 1 pm.
  • Between 3.30 pm and 8.30 pm, she used another Grab car to visit a shopping mall and watched a movie there, had meals, and went shopping. She wore a face mask most of the time. She later used another Grab car to return to her condominium.
  • On November 26, the woman took a Grab car to a private hospital in Chiang Mai for a medical check-up around 3.30 pm after she lost her sense of smell, had watery diarrhea, and a body temperature of 36.9 celsius. She underwent a Covid-19 test.
  • Around 10pm, she was sent to Nakornping Hospital for another Covid-19 test. On November 27, the tests turned out positive.

A full announcement is set to be made by the Chiang Mai governor and Thai public health authorities when more information has been confirmed.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | Reuters

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