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Officials say woman who tested positive after vaccination was infected beforehand

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The Disease Control Department says a vaccinated seafood vendor in Bangkok who tested positive for Covid-19 was infected with the virus prior to receiving the jab. Sophon Iamsirsithavorn from the DCD says the 29 year old market trader was tested for the virus on March 13, with that test coming back negative. At the time, she was not showing any symptoms of infection, but Sophon says she lives in a high-risk area and a second test confirmed she had Covid-19.

Thai PBS World reports that the vendor works at the Kitti Market in the Bang Khae district of the capital. Bang Khae is the latest area to report a cluster of infections, primarily affecting market traders and workers.

According to Sophon, 150,107 vaccine doses have now been administered in Thailand, with only 2 people developing serious side effects. They were treated and both have now recovered. Sophon has issued a reminder that, according to top Thai virologist, Yong Poovorawan, the best vaccine is prevention and says people should continue to protect themselves against infection. He adds that organisers of Songkran festivities next month must be mindful of the risks, calling on event organisers to exercise caution.

Meanwhile, DCD director, Opas Karnkawinpong says that, while permission was granted for a paint-splashing event held in Chiang Mai last week, the organisers had been lax about enforcing safety measures.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    funny coz its true

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 11:01 am

    So they don’t do any health checks before giving that vaccine? Sh1t even dogs get that before their jabs.

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    While it’s not clear here or in the source article, the timeline is as follows:

    March 13: rapid (saliva) test at Kitti Market – not informed of the result, by mistake. REPORTEDLY negative.

    March 14 – 17: self-isolated at home in case.

    March 18: vaccinated at Kitti Market, then continued to self-isolate at home.

    March 20: told that she should have been quarantined in hospital in Ratchburi.

    March 21: moved to the hospital, with 14 day quarantine from March 13 (the original test date) due to end on March 28.

    March 26: tested positive with the pre-discharge test.

    The one thing that makes NO sense at all in these reports is WHY, if after the 13 March test “with that test coming back negative” she was moved to and quarantined in the hospital in Ratchaburi?

    SOMETHING DOESN’T ADD UP here, and while it may be entirely innocent that’s why a lot of Thais have very little faith in what they’re being told.

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    luca

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    anyone really thinks that a dictatorial regime could be interested in the truth?
    For example, both the Russian dictator Putin and the Thai dictator Prayut said they had taken the vaccine, but nobody can know which one, the Russian Sputnik and the Chinese one? probably neither.

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    “…nobody can know which one, the Russian Sputnik and the Chinese one? probably neither.”

    Well, Prayut DEFINITELY didn’t take “the Chinese one”, luca … do keep up 😂

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At-risk members of Thailand’s Social Security scheme can get free Covid-19 tests in Bangkok starting tomorrow. The Ministry of Labour will provide the tests, covering members under Sections 33, 39, and 40 of the Social Security Act. The programme will be held at the Bangkok Youth Centre (Thai-Japan) in Bangkok’s Din Daeng district.
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Meanwhile, Thailand’s army is getting ready to deal with the influx of Covid-19 infections as its deputy spokeswoman says 2 more field hospitals are now in place. The hospitals are in Bangkok and Prachuap Khiri Khan to help ease the burden of hospitals.

Already, an army field hospital has been set up at the Thanarat military camp, in conjunction with the Fort Thanarat Hospital, to accommodate 69 Covid-19 patients from the Hua Hin Hospital and Rajamangala University of Technology’s field hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

The Army Welfare Department and Phramongkutklao Hospital have also set up a field hospital in Bangkok’s Dusit district to help treat 86 additional Covid patients. And, in Songkhla province, the Rattanapol military camp is preparing to set up a 100 bed field hospital. Soldiers in PPE suits were also instructed to disinfect the Hat Yai International Airport.

Today, the CCSA announced 1,582 new Covid infections across Thailand in the past 24 hours. The small increase on yesterdays total will provide the CCSA with the information they need for this afternoon’s scheduled meeting, chaired by the Thai PM. It is expected that they will announce new restrictions but are unlikely to go for total lockdowns of provinces or ‘at risk’ districts. The Thaiger will bring this information to you ASAP after it is announced.

Here is the list of the current 18 red zone provinces which could have their restrictions raised at this afternoon’s meeting of the CCSA. Read more HERE.

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Thailand’s army is getting ready to deal with the influx of Covid-19 infections as its deputy spokeswoman says 2 more field hospitals are now in place. The hospitals are in Bangkok and Prachuap Khiri Khan to help ease the burden of hospitals in 2 of the hardest hit areas.

Already, an army field hospital has been set up at the Thanarat military camp, in conjunction with the Fort Thanarat Hospital, to accommodate 69 Covid patients from the Hua Hin Hospital and Rajamangala University of Technology’s field hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

The Army Welfare Department and Phramongkutklao Hospital have also set up a field hospital in Bangkok’s Dusit district to help treat 86 additional Covid patients. And, in Songkhla province, the Rattanapol military camp is preparing to set up a 100 bed field hospital. Soldiers in PPE suits were also instructed to disinfect the Hat Yai International Airport.

The move to help accommodate hospitals was due to the army chief’s concerns over the recent 3rd wave, which has seen daily infections increase to the thousands. The chief instructed each army unit to provide extra beds and facilities to patients in each hospital after teaming with public health agencies.

Today, the CCSA announced 1,582 new Covid infections across Thailand in the past 24 hours. The small increase on yesterdays total will provide the CCSA with the information they need for this afternoon’s scheduled meeting, chaired by the Thai PM. It is expected that they will announce new restrictions but are unlikely to go for total lockdowns of provinces or ‘at risk’ districts. The Thaiger will bring this information to you ASAP after it is announced.

Here is the list of the current 18 red zone provinces which could have their restrictions raised at this afternoon’s meeting of the CCSA. Read more HERE.

Since April 1 there has been a steady growth of new infections, described as the third wave in Thai media – much higher than the number of daily infections in the first and second waves.

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FILE PHOTO: Millions traveled for Songkran, but not nearly as many as usual, like this 2013 Songkran photo.

Covid-19 and its third wave be damned, close to 8 million vehicles travelled in and out of Bangkok so far during this year’s Songkran festival holiday period. Thailand’s Ministry of Transport released figures yesterday on the yearly holiday and revealed that more than 7.87 million cars, trucks, buses and motorbikes hit the roads and travelled into and out of Bangkok during the festival period, despite almost all official celebrations, events and gatherings being cancelled nationwide again this year.

The figures, calculating incoming and outgoing traffic between April 10 – 14, show that travel is much lower than originally predicted but massively higher than last year’s travel. The drop makes sense as many predictions may have been made before the last minute closures of entertainment venues and cancellation of Songkran events due to the recent third wave outbreak of the B117 strain of Covid-19.

The 7.87 million vehicles figure is about 30% lower than predicted. There were also an estimated 4.52 million people using public transportation such as buses over the holiday period, again lower than predicted, this time by about 36 per cent.

On the other hand, in what may be a bad sign for Thailand’s health, at a time when new daily records are being set for Covid-19 infections, many more people are ignoring the pandemic and travelling anyway.

The nearly 8 million vehicles on the roads to Bangkok during Songkran represent a nearly 35% increase over last years Coronavirus-muted figures. And when social distancing is of utmost importance, the 4 and a half million people travelling by public transport is a startling 74% increase over the nearly completely locked-down figures of 2020’s Songkran holiday period.

One final note for the “if Covid-19 doesn’t get you, climate change will” crowd: Of the 7.87 million cars, buses, trucks, and motorbikes on the road, a very non-eco-friendly 7.4 million of them were private vehicles.

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