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PM asks reporters to “ease off” on new Covid-19 stories

Jack Burton

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With the nation rattled by news of 2 new Covid-19 infections among “VIPs” who were exempted from testing when they arrived in the country – one an Egyptian soldier, the other the 9 year old daughter of a Sudanese diplomat – PM Prayut Chan-o-cha asked reporters today to make their reports on the new cases “less scary”. He said the latest case, in Rayong province, is the government’s fault and anybody affected by it will be provided with help.

When the PM was asked “what scares people into not leaving home”, his reply was “the press”.

“You should ease off on spreading news about recent cases. Tell people to shop as usual as the situation is not severe.”

“What’s more, Thailand has suffered through the Covid-19 crisis and effectively brought it to an end.”

“We can deal with these new cases as well. We don’t know if there will be more new infections or whether they’ll come from local people.”

The premier is reportedly planning to visit Rayong in the near future following .

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Sam Thompson

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Well at least there is honesty in the dishonesty

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Ease of or else right P.M.
    you are the one scaring everyone.
    If the virus is under control and you can handle new cases, ease off on the unneeded restrictions.
    Open the borders. Open the airports and if you do not let people arrive let them leave.

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    Elmer

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Shameful!
    And yes #openthailandagain, extend visas, the country’s economy is dying.
    Indonesia is doing so. Why couldn’t you?

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    Anh Lam

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Its the same story over and over. The rich and famous get whst they want, and the lower class get nothing but the stuff that is produced every day in governmental trash. VIP’s or not, Diplomats or the plain citizen should all be put in the same line. Who knows were these diplomats have been or carrying… IS OK SIR, GO AHEAD AND STEP RIGHT THROUGH! I hear it and see it every day in some sort of daily activity.. I stand in line like a cow lined up for the slaughter, these so called diplomats need to stsnd and feel the humiliation of what the general public feels.. Maybe then they would do something for the midfle and lower class.

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    Phil

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    Easing off the reporting of covid case stories is also a great way of ensuring nothing showing official bungling is made public! The hysteria around covid is government driven, so maybe that should be what is eased off first! At least the PM could then say he is leading by example!

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    Edy F.

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Who can trust this people ? And why American army came to Thailand a few days ago ?

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    Kai

    Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 2:13 am

    It seems for me that thai government do not know how to deal with corona. They need to look to countries like Germany norway and so on. You can open up. Not be affraid about corona. But i think thailand do not need tourist.

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    Peter

    Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 3:52 am

    I fully agree with what the PM is saying here. I get upset by this drama reporting on front pages because of just a few infected individuals. There are thousands of infected every day in the US so come on….
    If Thailand want tourist back then there is a need to calm down and accept that people get COVID-19 from time to time. Those unfortunate isolate and contact tracing will be done to quarantine people who have had direct contact but in my opinion it is a huge overkill to shut down schools and shopping centers etc.
    We need to adapt to a lifestyle accepting COVID-19 is here or there will never be an end to this crisis.

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    Zeke

    Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 7:51 am

    These people never had covid when they left their home countries, nor did they have it upon arrival. Where did they catch it from?

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Active Covid-19 clusters reported in 16 Bangkok districts

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Bangkok residents living in any of the 16 districts in the capital with active Covid-19 clusters are being advised to strictly follow disease control measures. Spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin made the warning during today’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration briefing.

In the latest wave of Covid-19 infections, more than 28,000 cases have been reported in Bangkok. Taweeslip says there have been 29 clusters. 8 of those outbreaks have been controlled while the other 21 clusters are still active.

Some of the clusters include…

  • Construction workers’ camps in Khlong Toey, Laksi and Watthana
  • Khlong Toey slum communities
  • Huai Khwang market
  • Prisons in the Chatuchak district

The outbreak at a construction site in Laksi is one of the largest clusters with 885 cases reported yesterday and another 1,107 cases were confirmed today.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Public Health Minister says no need for lockdown in Bangkok

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While Bangkok remains the epicentre of the latest wave of Covid-19, with more than 28,000 coronavirus cases in the capital since April 1, Thailand’s public health minister says there’s no need to impose a lockdown. Restrictions are already tight in Bangkok, which is classified as a “dark red” zone under maximum control to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says there’s no need for a strict lockdown since most patients only experience minor symptoms and can be treated at field hospitals. Anutin says 70% of Covid-19 patients in Thailand have mild symptoms while 10% of patients have severe symptoms. He adds that most of the recent outbreaks in the capital are contained at prisons or construction sites.

So far, more than 10,000 people at Thailand prisons have tested positive for Covid-19, most at prisons in Bangkok. Health officials have also reported 29 Covid-19 clusters in 19 districts in Bangkok. Several sites are now being used for proactive case finding to help identify infections and contain the virus.

Vaccines will be used in high risk areas to help slow the spread of the virus. Another 1.7 million doses of the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines are expected to arrive at the end of the month. People in high-risk areas and inmates in prison where Covid-19 is spreading will receive the vaccine as soon as possible, Anutin says.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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Covid UPDATE: 2,473 new infections and 35 deaths, provincial totals

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2,473 new Covid-19 cases and 35 coronavirus-related deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. The majority of the new cases are local transmissions, primarily in Bangkok. 680 of the new cases were detected in prisons.

Thailand now has 42,988 active Covid-19 cases, a record high for the country. Out of those cases, more than 10,000 are linked to outbreaks at prisons. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 113,555 Covid-19 infections.

35 deaths involving Covid-19 patients were reported today, raising the pandemic’s death toll in Thailand to 649. Most of the new fatalities were reported in Bangkok.

Bangkok remains the epicentre in the latest wave of infections. The capital reported 873, raising the total since April 1 to 28,658.

There are now 29 Covid-19 clusters in 19 districts in Bangkok. The government has set up several locations for active case finding to contain the spread of the virus.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun, who gives the CCSA report in English, adds that Thai authorities are taking border breaches very seriously and security has tightened at land and sea borders as there have been a number of illegal entries involving those coming from neighbouring countries. Heightened border patrol has been an effort to prevent Covid-19 from being imported into Thailand.

Provinces with the highest number of new Covid-19 infections…

Province New cases Total since April 1
Bangkok 873 28,658
Nonthaburi 155 4,757
Samut Prakan 121 4,329
Pathum Thani 117 2,467
Samut Sakhon 63 1,930
Phetchaburi 43 645
Chon Buri 33 3,768
Nakhon Si Thammarat 30 757
Songkhla 29 1,041
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 28 936

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