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Rapidly-spreading UK variant proving more deadly in Thailand

Maya Taylor



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Thailand’s Covid-19 death toll has risen dramatically in the third wave of the virus, with an additional 15 deaths reported today. The surging death toll is being attributed to the so-called UK variant, or B.1.1.7, which health experts say is far more contagious and is now proving far more deadly too.

Thailand’s death toll to date now stands at 203. Prior to the recent Songkran holiday, during which the government allowed inter-provincial travel to go ahead, Thailand had recorded just 79 deaths since the start of the pandemic in early 2020. Since the beginning of April, 109 people have died from the B.1.1.7 variant of Covid-19.

Thailand has recorded a total of 65,570 infections since the start of the pandemic. According to a report in the Chiang Rai Times, 35,394 of those have recovered and 27,988 are receiving hospital treatment, with 786 patients seriously ill. 230 are on ventilators. Taweesilp Visanuyothin from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration says the UK variant brings with it far more severe symptoms and a higher and faster death rate.

Yesterday, Thailand reported 1,871 new infections, of which 1,864 were cases of community transmission. 1,830 were detected through hospital testing, while 34 were found through mass testing. Only 2% of people checked through proactive testing were found to be infected.

In the last 24 hours, cases around the world have also skyrocketed, with 885,604 new infections creating a global total of over 150 million. India is still reporting the highest number of new cases, with 379,459 in the last 24 hours. Total infections in the South Asian nation now standing at more than 18.75 million, with 208,313 deaths.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times


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    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:48 am

    ‘Only 2% of people checked through proactive testing were found to be infected.’

    A waste of time and resources. An American idea, and look at their mess.

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    Isaan farang

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Notice how we don’t call the whole thing the Chinese variant or more to the point trump got hounded for calling it the China virus. But it’s okay to name the UK variant, Brazillian variant.

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    Simon Small

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    79 dead in over a year, but 124 dead in less than a month.

    9 on ventilators a month ago, now 230 on ventilators.

    All, literally ALL, perfectly avoidable if only they’d done the same as last year for Songkran instead of listening to the stupid, the short-sighted and the greedy trying to boost tourism.

    Now look at the state these people have got the rest of the country in – one step forward for short term profit, followed by twenty long term steps back.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.

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    David Mann

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    @Isaan Farang. Spot on comment. I think the answer is that it seems you can’t be racist to a white ethnic group. So a negative comment about anyone other than a white person is racist (China virus for example). U.K. variant is brushed off as an accurate technical tag as that’s where this strain was identified first. The fact that the U.K. is a world leader in this type of virus mutation analysis, and hence very likely to be the first country to find it in it’s population, is also overlooked

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    David Mann

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Can anyone give a sensible answer as to why, if Covid cases are falling (almost by 50%) in the past few days, are Thailand going in to deeper lockdown? The curve isn’t just flattening, it’s falling (how this has happened without a lockdown and without a vaccine is another question and obviously a miracle !). The reason given for the tighter lockdown is that there are many people in hospital sick and dying. But they are in hospital. They are not spreading it to the population. So my basic question is – Why if case numbers are falling must you toughen lockdown. Hold it as it is now. Clearly doing something miraculous so keep doing it. I’m baffled!!!

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    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    Songkran wasn’t happening but people got complacent.
    98% of asymptomatic people in hospitals wasting resources just like the mass testing in my opinion.

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    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    In the end of the day they will not have a choice and lock down again everything, just do it now where they waiting for.. hope it goes less?? I guess they did not learn anything over the past year

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    @Simon Small – yeap, just about enough to kill lives of all these healthy young people out there. Selfish old man, if you are so scared than stat home, vaccinate yourself as many tome as you wish with a mask on your face and let everyone one else young and healthy live!

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