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Rayong illegal gambling employee dies after testing positive for Covid-19

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A man who worked at a gambling den in Rayong died after testing positive for Covid-19, the Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pituthecha announced this evening. The 45 year old man, who also had underlying conditions related to asthma and diabetes, became sick and died on the way to the hospital, according to Satit. No other details have been released.

Nearly 100 people in Rayong, many linked to the illegal gambling den, have tested positive for Covid-19. Thailand currently has a record high of 2,045 active Covid-19 cases with more than 1,000 cases involving migrants working in Samut Sakhon.

Thailand now has 61 Covid-19 related deaths. The last Covid-19 related death was on November 6. A 66 year old retired government worker who returned to Thailand from the United Kingdom died after testing positive while in quarantine.

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    Graham Smith

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    Sad story but its what it is. Coming closer to a 100% lockdown is what I think. See you Thailand 2023!

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      Issan John

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:53 pm

      A lot of people have become over-complacent, so with increased numbers going “home” for the New Year and not masking up and respecting others, a lot of Thais wouldn’t be that upset by a lockdown – there were very few complaints last time, and those breaching the rules were far from popular.

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        Kenneth Ojamae

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:55 pm

        I think that a “smooth lockdown” will be respected of most people, we must stop this outbreak..only to coop,,and do the best we can!!

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          Manu

          Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 12:18 am

          The mask not so much if you make sense: if it is not used… -1 you dp not touch it at all (Unsless you just washed your hands properly) for 4 hours and then wash it at 90% ALONE in a washing machines. 2. It is not washable then you throw it away in a special bin for it. Now you all understand it is not happening this way so surely you can understand that it does more harm than good in that matter, no???

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            Issan John

            Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 9:30 am

            No.

            Masks are not to protect the wearer from others, but others from the wearer.

            That you still can’t grasp this shows just how deep some have their heads stuck in the sand after nearly a year.

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        ipfunnyjohns

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:27 pm

        how come you never criticize the lack of reporting on cycle thresholds for positive covid test reported in the media?

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    LV

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Any further info would be appreciated. Struggling to see how person died of covid 19 on way to hospital ..was it diagnosed post death because would have been hospitalized if covid positive after?

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      Slugger

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:27 pm

      Read up on it then. Dont show your ignorance.

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    jerry

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    61 deaths with a population far exceeding 61 million people….?? Is this an avalanche of death, the apocalypse..?? Easy to see that Klaus Schwab, George Soros and Dr. Bill Gates have had their way with Thailand. The economy has been destroyed. Millions will die of starvation, suicide and depression. IT WAS ALL A HOAX…..POLITICAL HOAX….WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM….A DISASTER FOR HUMANITY….SPREAD THE WORD…!!

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      Tony

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      Oh wow, cap locks! It MUST BE TRUE

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      Ron

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 7:06 am

      The low numbers in Thailand are due to the lock-down, mask usage, contact tracing and hand washing. The things the US should be doing. the U.S. has 4.3% of the world population and 23.6% of the infections, with 18.9% of those infected dying. The 3,000+ that are dying per day in the U.S. may have a different opinion about this being a “hoax”.

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      Ben

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 7:40 am

      Jerry I’ll spread the word you’re an idiot. Where do people like you come from? You should be ashamed of yourself.

      334,000 people or 1 in 1,000 Americans have died so far and thousands more per day will die until vaccination kicks in. In WW2 America lost 407,316 killed in action and COVID-19 will eclipse that total sometime in January. These are brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, etc. A lot of grief and pain endured by these deaths. Obviously no one you care about has died.

      Thailand has done a good job so far in keeping deaths down and saving the part of the economy that isn’t foreign tourism related. If COVID-19 was everywhere in Thailand like it is in the USA and UK the economy would be much worse off. These recent outbreaks are due to human behavior lapses just like in America and the UK except they’re very isolated one-off situations.

      Thailand should consider restrictions if the situation is out of control. If they have control then shutting down is unnecessary. It should engage the public in helping police these behavior lapses. Play wack a mole until they get the public vaccinated.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 9:36 am

        Well said, Ben.

        The lack of consideration for others shown all too often here by some is matched only by the fingers-in-ears-I-can’t-hear-you denial of reality by others.

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      Keith

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 7:56 am

      The earth is flat and the moon is made of green cheese, Have you stopped taking your meds Jerry?

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Very convenient for the false emgergency. He died, but he had asthma and diabetics.
    Was he so fat he had to walk down stairs sideways?
    I do not believe covid killed, it might have helped . . .
    But that does not matter to the Thais they can scream, see, another died of Covid!

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 9:43 am

      “Very convenient” for who, Toby?

      You have nothing to support your unpleasant and completely unnecessary comments about someone who has just died, but you do so anyway.

      Thrown out of Thailand so anti-Thai ever since, you really do epitomise the absolute dregs of humanity.

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    Maag

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Thailand is a great country , the King will protect us !

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    ipfnunycolors

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    I fail to see what a positive Covid test has to do with an asthmatic diabetic dying. diabetes is a major killer. How many cycle thresholds were needed to get that test to return a positive result.

    The Flu is caused by a coronavirus and the flu virus mutates. As someone else just posted, 61 deaths supposedly from covid, but cycle threshold never ever ever ever reported.

    They really do think most of us are stupid enough to believe this fear mongering crap that omits some of the most important info.

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    Patrick Nouvel

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 12:14 am

    Suddenly died after suddenly being tested positive, so what is it exacrly ? Heart attack, stroke ? every newspaper and media think we are all deeply stupid ? Who like that much to play with groups paranoia

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 10:05 am

      Not “all”, Patrick N, but clearly a considerable number.

      Cause if death? Based on the reports, very probably heart failure brought on by Covid 19.

      It may not suit your twisted agenda, but had it not been for the Corona Virus he and well over a million others would very probably still be alive and enjoying life.

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    Bobby B

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 7:29 am

    Interesting media focus. Yesterday 68 people died in the traffic in Thailand.

    http://www.thairsc.com/

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      RA

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 8:23 am

      Traffic deaths may be a tragic fact here in Thailand, but accidents aren’t contagious like Covid.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 10:37 am

    You have twisted agenda Patrick. I’ve been thrown out of Thailand.
    Anyone that opposes this idiot’s opinion is subjected to the same illogical, and ridiculous abuse.
    When his argument fails he resorts to this business.
    The man died of covid finishing him off because he had asthma and was a diabetic. I am guessing he was also fat.
    it is rare healthy slim persons in Thailand die of covid. But Isaan John wants everyone locked in their homes. Unable to work, unable to go to a restaurant, unable to see their relations. starving and broke.
    By the way I was not thrown out of Thailand. I left just in time to avoid this present BS.

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      RA

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 8:20 am

      Show me the evidence of “it is rare healthy slim persons in Thailand die of covid”. I would love to see where you got this B.S.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    No, Toby, the last thing I want is “everyone locked in their homes. Unable to work, unable to go to a restaurant, unable to see their relations. starving and broke.”

    That’s exactly the scenario I want to avoid, which will be inevitable unless sensible, simple precautions are taken now including social distancing, mask wearing, and limited travel.

    Nothing more.

    Your “guess” that he was “fat” has as much validity as your claim that you “left just in time to avoid this present BS” and had had enough of the “corruption” and the “dictator”. You left Thailand just before your visa expired as you couldn’t extend it, and you scuttled across the border to Cambodia.

    Since then you’ve been like the fox and the grapes, the little boy locked out of the schoolyard.

    The constant trashing of anything and everything Thais do regardless of whether it’s good, bad or indifferent is tedious, but deliberately and unnecessarily trashing someone for no reason at all other than that he was Thai, who’s just died, is despicable even by your standards.

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      Toby Andrews

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      I am not trashing anyone. I am simply pointing out that he may have been fat, and that may have contributed to his death.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Health Minister volunteering to receive first Covid jab, as effectiveness rate questioned

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Thailand’s Public Health Minister has repeated his pledge to be the first person to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, in a bid to allay people’s concerns. Questions have been raised about the Chinese-manufactured Sinovac Biotech jab after its effectiveness rating was revised downwards by researchers in Brazil.

Anutin Charnvirakul says the vaccine process will be overseen by Sophon Mekthon from the Ministry of Public Health and all safety criteria will be met. The Pattaya News reports that the minister says he has confidence in the safety of the vaccine and is willing to prove it by being the first person to get the jab. It’s not the first time he has made this suggestion but there has been no official confirmation that the Health Minister will be first in line.

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“Currently, house registration of Pattaya City has reached a total population of 120,000 people, then we would need about 240,000 shots of the vaccine. If the price of the supplied vaccine was approximately 300 baht, Pattaya would need a budget of at least 72 million baht in order to cover all the residents in the city.”

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“After tracing the migrant workers’ route into Samut Sakhon and then jobs at its shrimp market, we found that most received direct assistance from more than 20 police officials and eight civilians. They smuggled the workers across the border in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi and then provided transport to get them to Samut Sakhon.”

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