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Officials say no cause for alarm as 2 Thai women test positive for Covid

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Health officials are downplaying any risks following reports that 2 Thai women have tested positive for Covid-19. It’s understood both women were sent home after completing 14 days’ quarantine following their repatriation from the United Arab Emirates.

One woman, a 34 year old from the north-eastern province of Chaiyaphum, was tested on June 5 and returned an “inconclusive” result, indicating there was a residual amount of the virus in her system. A second test showed a negative result, after which she was allowed to return home. However, on August 13, she visited Ramathibodi Hospital in Bangkok to get a fit-to-fly certificate in order to return overseas. On this occasion, she tested positive for the virus.

Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai from the Department of Disease Control says the woman had been sent home as there were only residual traces of Covid-19 in her system, meaning she could not infect others.

“We found that the virus in her system was decaying and she couldn’t transmit the disease. It is normal to find a case like this because the dead or inactive virus cells can stay in the body for around 3 months, according to many international studies.”

He adds that the patient did not contract the virus in Thailand.

“She got the virus while living abroad. Moreover, people living close to her house should not panic because the chance of disease transmission is zero.”

The second woman, a 35 year old from Loei province, also in the north-east of the country, returned to Thailand on June 24 and spent 14 days in state quarantine. After testing negative for Covid-19 twice, she was sent home. She returned to Bangkok to obtain a fit-to-fly certificate at Ramathibodi Hospital, where she too tested positive.

She has been admitted for monitoring at the hospital but is currently asymptomatic. Suwannachai says the DDC is still trying to confirm where this patient contracted the virus, with officials being sent to her home to check for any further infections.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Perceville Smithers

    Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Glad to hear they’re recovering with no appearant complications.

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    Smilemax

    Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    As a newspaper l think you should bring up the question
    Why are 2 woman going back after successful repatriation most probably with a cost for the government?
    Especially into a country from where still new Thais are repatriatod…

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      Perceville Smithers

      Friday, August 21, 2020 at 1:14 pm

      Probably to do whatever she has to to collect her salary.

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    Yuri Saveliev

    Monday, August 24, 2020 at 10:14 am

    There is a growing body of scientific evidence that small evaporation residues of Covid-carrying droplets produced by coughing, sneezing, and toilet flushing may stay in the air for hours. Poorly designed air conditioning systems, especially on ducted air, may promote spreading the virus like it happened in heavily populated apartments in Melbourne, thus starting the second wave of Covid-19. Some quarantine facilities and hotels may have this problem as well. While no building inspection protocols are established yet (in Australia, some scientists urge to develop them ASAP), I would recommend to wear a face mask even inside the building, especially where the windows cannot be opened. I am working on an apparatus that removes pathogens and allergens from the enclosed air.

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    Yuri Saveliev

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    I would highly recommend to avoid hotel rooms with permanently closed windows. You can google “Lidia Morawska Australia” and read. More than 200 scientists wrote a petition to very slow and bureaucratic WHO. Finally, WHO agreed to save their face. Another Covid-19 disaster happened in Germany, where more than thousand workers in not ventilated refrigerating meet processing rooms got infected. The social distancing rules did not work in this environment. Be careful, the so-called zero local infection in Thailand may be a political fake. It is apparently low, thanks to the Thai government policies, but at huge costs to the economy. During one month, Myanmar reported two Covid-19 cases from their citizens coming back home from Thailand (mizzima.com). I am not a politician, I am aerosol scientist. My humble advice is to be very vigilant, do not trust people with high positions and uniforms. They know almost nothing.

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The situation continues to be quite fluid. But if you need to travel at this time, here are the latest restrictions in the red and orange zone provinces. If you planning on travelling, you need to get acquainted with the latest restrictions in your destination province, and you should check if you need additional travel documents.

The could change at any time, so if you are going to be doing any travelling (the government are advising against it), you should get your paperwork ready in advance.

Provincial governors are also being given latitude by the central government to upscale any of the restrictions to meet local situations.

The infographic was compiled by the NBT.

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Today’s drop in newly reported infections by the CCSA has dampened Thai’s desire for a Covid test in and around Bangkok. Now, many hospitals around the city are restricting the numbers of patients tested. And if you want to be tested, Thai or foreigner, you better be ready to pay for it.

Thai Enquirer is reporting that at least 3 private hospitals are not accepting new Covid patients, including BNH Hospital, Praram 9 Hospital and Paolo Hospital in Phaholyotin. But even the latter, who had received a new batch of test kits, said they will take walk-ins but only from 0800 – 1700. The cost at Paolo Hospital is 4,500 baht.

According to Thai Enquirer, the city’s public hospitals are also limiting the number of new Covid tests. Thammasat University Hospital and King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital are doing tests but only on who they consider ‘at-risk’ communities, and only 100 tests per day. Taksin Hospital, on the west side of the Chao Phraya, is providing free Covid testing but, again, only people they consider ‘at-risk’ patients. None of them are providing the popular drive-through services. For the majority of the hospitals charging, costs for the tests are between 4,000 – 6,000 baht, depending on the patients and their perceived risk levels.

293 new infections were detected in Bangkok over the past 24 reporting period. 210 more cases were reported from provinces directly adjacent to Bangkok. Around the country there were 1,390 new cases reported this morning, down on yesterday and Saturday’s numbers but still well in excess of the numbers being reported in Thailand’s first and second waves.

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The NBT has published an infographic including all the provincial data on new Covid infections over the past 24 hours in Thailand. Note that some of the data is released by the provinces one day but not reported by the CCSA as a national tally until the following day.

Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chon Buri, again, lead the way with the latest report. The provinces around Bangkok also feature heavily with today’s numbers. 63 of the country’s 77 provinces have all reported additional cases in the past 24 hours.

The CCSA earlier reported a total of 1,390 new Covid infections today. The tally is a welcome drop in new case reports after the last 5 days’ record levels of new infections. Yesterday there were 1,767 new infections reported.

3 more people have died of Covid-related illnesses, 14,851 people remain under state supervision.

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