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Thailand’s Public Health Ministry is being criticised over its border screening measures after an Indian man, who stayed in Thailand for 3 months, tested positive for Covid-19 in Krabi province while remaining asymptomatic.

Walairat Chaifoo, director of the Epidemiology Bureau, has defended the screening measures by saying the Department of Disease Control has initiated mass tests for those “at-risk” at their workplaces in June, with the results showing no infections. Furthermore, all hospitals per the DDC, are required to monitor those patients with lung infections or respiratory issues, as they are known to be symptoms of Covid.

“We have never lowered our guard for the surveillance system. Mass testing is still going on to detect the deadly virus.”

“But what we have seen more often is many cases of people who don’t show signs of illness or long-time infection. It means the virus still exists in the country and people must not ignore self-preventive measures.”

The 37 year old Indian patient has joined 95% of those who have been diagnosed with Covid without displaying symptoms. Such a finding makes it apparent that a local infection can still occur through an asymptomatic patient. But despite such findings, Thailand remains one of the countries deemed successful in containing the virus. Currently, Thailand has less than 4,000 cases reported with 60 deaths – a number that is far below most other countries. Globally, the cases have soared to 50 million with another projected spike in infections coming in the next 2 months.

The National Vaccine Institute says the kingdom could get vaccinations 6 months after the Pfizer vaccine is launched, in which the government says it hopes to vaccinate half of the population by the first half of next year. No vaccine has yet passed the Phase 3 trials, the final trials before cleared by national health agencies.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Don R

    November 15, 2020 at 10:58 am

    In other words, they’re desperate to distract from the obvious reality that low levels of covid exist within Thailand but are going undetected.

    But if that’s true, then that sorta undermines the official message that this is a “deadly disease”. Never mind that. Next step, plant a delusion in the public’s mind: He had covid all along… for three months… now everyone line up to have your temp checked for the 10th time today. It’s for your own safety.

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      Issan John

      November 15, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      Actually, it sorta doesn’t.

      A “deadly disease” doesn’t have to kill EVERYONE infected to be “deadly”.

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    Michael

    November 15, 2020 at 11:28 am

    “to vaccinate half of the population by the first half of next year”

    That is not going to happen. Most European countries expect to receive only about 100k vaccines a month in the beginning. And every person needs 2 of them. And I don’t believe that Thailand will get priority.

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    Maverick

    November 15, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Which is good news because there are no cases being detected in hospitals where they test anyone being admitted……and it can’t be the case that everyone infected is asymptomatic so clearly we are successfully living with the virus already and no dead bodies piling up. According to Worldometer over 100,000 tested in Thailand only only 4000 detected – well done !

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    Toby Andrews

    November 15, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    They want to maintain their emergency powers by the excuse, that the virus is in Thailand even though nobody suffers from it, asymptomatic, and there are no deaths.
    They create an false threat to control the peasants, like the Khmer Rouge in 1975 evacuating Phnom Penh because the Americans were going to bomb. – they did not bomb.

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    Manu

    November 15, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Does anyone actually know how sensitive are the PCR tests done in Thailand? Cause over 35 cycles (some scientists say over 30, and even 25), these tests detect residu of dead viruses for months, meaning the people tested got the virus ages ago… This would explain maybe this Indian Guy (he arrived from India 3 months ago) and the few others tested positive the last couple of months (as well as the vast majority of “asymptomatics” tested positive on arrival in Thailand)??

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      Issan John

      November 15, 2020 at 8:54 pm

      Indeed it could – a very fair and valid point.

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    AI

    November 15, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Whoa! Some freethinkers around and obviously good people who have done some research!
    Very nice to see and please carry on.
    Hats off to you all 😉
    PS – And for goodness sake, don’t ask anyone for proof of the dreaded con-vid virus actually existing! Expect a blank on that one or distractions otherwise. 55!

    Kudos to the Thaiger for allowing some freedom of speech during such times.

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      Issan John

      November 15, 2020 at 9:01 pm

      So you’re suggesting that the several million doctors around the world who think that they’re treating people with Covid-19 are all wrong?

      That they’re hospitalizing millions of people who they think have Covid-19, at the expense of millions of others who need hospital treatment, because they’re all wrong and Covid-19 doesn’t exist?

      I see …..

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      John Brown

      November 15, 2020 at 9:27 pm

      The headline should be “Govt official at Thai CDC publicly admits that SARS2 virus spreading undetected in Thailand”.

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    Issan John

    November 15, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Some of the figures in the original article seem to have no scientific basis:

    “95%” are asymptomatic? All other accepted sources suggest 80%.

    100 out of 10 million Chinese visitors will be infected? That’s 1 in 100,000 or 0.001%. Really?

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    Paul

    November 15, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    What’s with these idiots criticizing officials for not being even more authoritarian in what is already one of the world’s most authoritarian responses to this “virus”? Why is no one asking questions about the tests? The ones that pick up on old viruses from previous colds, the ones which we don’t know how many cycles they are multiplying the. material through to get results? I wonder what these people will say if an army truck comes to their house and force vaccinates them? Because that seems to be the dystopian path we’re heading towards.

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    Steven Gutenberg

    November 15, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Honestly the headline should have read “MOPH official publicly admits that SARS2 virus spreading undetected in Thailand”

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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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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.

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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.

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