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Rayong identifies 49 new local Covid cases today

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Rayong, south of Chon Buri province, has declared 49 new local cases of Covid-19 today, bringing today’s total number of new cases nationwide to 170 for the day. Channa Iamsaeng, the Governor of Rayong province, has told AP that the new cases were recently confirmed by local authorities and have not yet been reported to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Earlier today, there was news of the possibility of 49 more cases being confirmed, with that news now being confirmed. All patients are being reportedly transferred to the provincial medical centre where they will be quarantined and tested again, to rule out any first time false-positive tests.

Health officials say they are providing about 400 people daily with Covid screening tests. So far, all the new cases are in the main city area of Rayong sub-district which has entered a ‘highly-controlled’ status, or red zone, which has forced the closure of some non-essential businesses as of tomorrow. The closures are set to extend through to January 10 with the option of more extensions dependent upon the amount of virus cases to be reported.

Beaches, however, are still open and the sub-district is not on a lockdown in terms of travel with people still allowed to enter and leave the area.

Regarding the news of a gambling den, which saw a group testing positive for the virus, Police Major General Paphatdet says it was only a place where illegal gambling activities were taking place, and not an actual ‘den’.

“Only 7 people from a domestic gambling place, not den, were found positive for Covid-19, not 36 as claimed by several media channels yesterday but the number has reached 36 patients from transmission of the seven patients.”

Provincial police say they will also help public health officials in facilitating the screening process for Covid-19. They also say they will keep monitoring and take legal actions against illegal gambling activities in the province.

Rayong’s main city centre is about 40 kilometres south east of Pattaya.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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    Peter

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Close to Pattaya as well. January will see another round of businesses closing when rent etc is due.
    No sign of the borders opening and no seeming urgency to get their hands on available vaccines.
    AstraZeneca should hopefully get UK approval this week and its CEO said they have got the dosage right.
    Wrexham, in Wales, will be able to produce 300 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine per year.
    The UK should be swimming in vaccine from next
    month.
    Brits will be ready to travel but Thailand won’t have even started.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 11:10 pm

      The full details of Thailand’s vaccination programme, purchase, and production have been reported here and explained several times – it would seem pointless to repeat them yet again for those who choose to deliberately ignore them.

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      S2K

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 1:22 am

      I shouldn’t bother writing this, because you clearly don’t read much.

      Thais will start getting vaccinated middle of 2021. Every Thai media publication has written about this.

      Thailand is partnering with at least one manufacturer, to build a manufacturing facility in Thailand, to manufacture their own doses and later provide doses to the world.

      About available vaccines…. Many countries pre-ordered millions of doses. Now, Thailand has to get in the back of the line, just like everybody else.

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        Issan John

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:18 am

        AstraZeneca’s factory was actually already up and running, S2K, and as you say the details have been plastered across Thai media for months.

        The West (UK, US,EU) has rushed into rolling out vaccines that are at best still experimental in a desperate bid to make political capital out of it before the New Year, in a disgraceful attempt to make up for their terrible handling of Covid and the hundreds of thousands who’ve already died.

        It will make little difference to Thailand and Thais if the roll out here starts before the New Year or in two or three months, but at least when it starts the vaccine will be the best available, easily distributed, and a relatively known and properly trialled and tested one.

        As you say, though, it’s pointless telling some people …

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    I would not give them any vaccine. Let them handle the pandemic their way.
    The Thais have been parasites on western technology, investment, and cheap export tariffs for years.
    Enough. They think they know best. Let them starve with their unreasonable restrictions to support a government that want emergency powers to keep ruling as dictators.
    They think there are so great, let them make their own vaccine.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 11:12 pm

      They are, and distributing it to Asean.

      See above.

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      Richard

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:24 am

      You sure tall alot, were you fleeced by a ladyboy 555

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        Issan John

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:33 am

        Maybe he was “fleeced by a ladyboy” along the way, Richard, but the bitterness is from not being allowed to extend his visa in Thailand and having to leave …

        … alternatively, according to Toby A, he left because he’d had enough of the corruption in Thailand and having a “dictator” so he moved to Cambodia instead … 🙂

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    Leo Z

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 12:30 am

    “…but the number has reached 36 patients from transmission of the seven patients.”

    And inadvertently he admitted that 1 infected person can infect 5 others, at least in close quarters.

    You can do the math for the rest of Thailand….if only of course they were doing some serious testing, not the kind of testing that aims to keep a number on a chart low.

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      Issan John

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:21 am

      They ARE doing “serious testing” – but it’s targeted rather than mass, random testing which the experts acknowledge achieves nothing other than to waste a vast amount of money for no purpose.

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    Ian

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 6:58 am

    Issan John and S2K dream on Thailand to make and sell vaccines abroad I think they won’t even provide for Thailand the west will be swimming in the stuff in 6 months I’m sure we will give you some as we always come to the aid of Thailand so sad they don’t look after the farang as well

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      Issan John

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:23 am

      Maybe you should get out a little more …

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    Issan John

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Face masks are now mandatory in Rayong for a while, BTW.

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    Cachau Bant

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 1:52 am

    can you point to the official announcement as it was obvious to me this evening that there isn’t a mandatory requirement unless you mean just the city.

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CCSA Update: 187 new Covid-19 cases and 2 deaths

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187 new Covid-19 cases and 2 deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. There are currently 2,950 active cases in Thailand. Since the start of the pandemic, the CCSA has reported a total of 13,687 Covid-19 cases and 75 coronavirus-related deaths.

A 61 year old British man died after testing positive for Covid-19. The man recently travelled to Thailand from abroad. While in an alternative state quarantine hotel, he reported coronavirus-like symptoms. He tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted to a hospital in Bangkok. Health officials say he had shortness of breath and died yesterday. It’s unclear if the man had any pre-existing conditions.

A 56 year old Thai woman died after testing positive for Covid-19. Health officials say the woman’s family members had come in close contact with someone infected with Covid-19. The woman had pre-existing conditions of epilepsy and stroke.

Out of the 187 new Covid-19 cases, 116 were detected through a proactive testing campaign primarily in Samut Sakhon, 61 cases are local transmissions and 10 cases involve those who recently entered Thailand.

Bangkok, Chon Buri and Samut Sakhon have the highest number of Covid-19 patients.

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Active Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of January 24, according to Worldometers.

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Thai people hope Covid-19 vaccine will help end pandemic – survey

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A Bangkok University poll indicates that around half of the Thai population are holding out hope that the Covid-19 vaccine will help end the pandemic. But the same respondents fear the vaccines’ side effects.

The poll was conducted on January 18-20 on 1,186 people nationwide, aged 18 and over. A bare majority, 50.1% say their jobs and incomes would be affected if the pandemic continues without the masses being inoculated. About 27% said the most worrisome effect of the continued pandemic would be getting infected by the virus. 15% said they would be most worried about travelling. The rest of respondents said the availability of necessities and food, expenses for protective gear, children’s education topped their lists of worries.

Asked if vaccines would help curb or end the pandemic in the country, 51.3% said they are moderately hopeful, with a smaller percentage, 32.8%, very hopeful, and almost 16% had little or no hope. When asked about their concerns surrounding vaccines, almost 40% chose side effects.

Almost 13% said they were concerned about new vaccines being needed to fight new Covid-19 variants, with the same amount worried they wouldn’t receive free vaccines. About 8% worried about receiving smuggled vaccines without the Food and Drugs Administration’s approval.

The biggest lessons Thais say they learned from the Covid-19 outbreak during the past year focused on the illegal entry of migrants – 40.2%. About 20% say they learned that hiding information could put other people at risk, while about 18% said recklessness on the part of some people could put the majority at risk.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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State Railway of Thailand furloughs 57 locals trains from Tuesday

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Thailand State Railway governor says that cancellations will affect 13 local services on the northern line, 18 on the northeastern routes, 12 in the southern region and 14 eastern trains.

“Most of the cancelled trains will start at Hua Lamphong station, including trains that are popular with tourists, including services to Kanchanaburi and Hua Hin.”

Niruj Maneepun says the move is to support the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s effort to curb the virus’ spread by maintaining travel restrictions.

“Already all sightseeing and most long-haul trains have been temporarily cancelled due to Covid-19.”

Thailand has logged 13,500 confirmed infections and 73 deaths since the start of the pandemic in January 2020. The current outbreak that began on December 20, with the epicentre centred around seafood markets in coastal Samut Sakhon, has spread to 63 Thai provinces.

Recently, Bangkok has allowed the reopening of 13 types of businesses as long as they follow strict guidelines surrounding safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Businesses allowed to reopen under these measures…

  • Banquet venues, which will need authorisation from BMA for events with over 300 participants
  • Beauty salons, tattoo and piercing shops
  • Fitness centers, but personal trainers and communal steam rooms are not allowed
  • Game Arcades; but all points of contact must be regularly disinfected and facemasks worn at all times.
  • Internet cafés
  • Senior nursing homes, but with limited activities
  • Sports venues, except for boxing rings and race tracks, but no audiences allowed
  • Spas, Thai massage shops, excluding massage parlours
  • Gymnasia and boxing venues for training only
  • Bowling alleys and ice skating rinks, but no competitions or audiences allowed
  • Dancing academies
  • Martial art schools, but no tournaments or audiences allowed
  • Amulet shops and markets

Other provinces in Thailand, such as Chonburi, are waiting for the green light to reopen businesses and travel. Chonburi has reported 0 cases of Covid for 3 days in a row, prompting locals to become frustrated with the strict measures that won’t ease up until at least the end of the month.

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