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Reduction in mandatory quarantine back on the table again

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After initially saying a plan to reduce the mandatory quarantine period was being shelved due to public concerns, Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has announced it’s back on. A proposal to reduce quarantine for foreign arrivals from 14 days to 10 is being submitted to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration next week.

A report in the Bangkok Post says Anutin was speaking at a “Smart Living with Covid-19” seminar, where he was addressing concerns over the government’s policy on re-opening the country. He says the proposed reduction in quarantine was made based on a full assessment of the capacity of public health officials. Anutin says Thailand is now in a better position to fight the virus, with increased knowledge, experience, manpower, medical supplies, and facilities, including more hospital beds and testing laboratories.

The Health Minster says he’s confident that the health control measures already in place are sufficient and that the proposed 10-day quarantine would only be applied to those arriving from “low-risk” countries.

Opas Kankawinphong from the Department of Disease Control, is also supportive of the reduction, pointing out that in most cases, the virus is detected in the first 10 days. Most infections found after that period are either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, with a lower risk of transmission.

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    Jesus Monroe

    November 14, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Hey Steve it’s not that I disagree with some of the things you are saying but can you see how calling Thais openly racist and then using the term Thai dogs makes you look not so good yourself. Rise above this my friend so your arguments pack the punch they deserve.

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    Roland Nystad

    November 14, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Most have already a negative convid 19 test befor entering Thailand, if you add that onto 10 days , then you are close to 14 days, That will be in my case,

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    Wijnschenk

    November 14, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Be carefull what you say on any medium….
    Anything you write can!! And will be used against you……

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      Stone Cold Steve Austin

      November 14, 2020 at 2:57 pm

      Ahahaha really ? You cant intimidate me with your stupid threats you Thai laughingstock. Here in Europe we have freedom of speech. Do you even know what this is ? Has starvation already reduced your brain mass ? Get a life and never ever threaten Stone Cold Steve Austin again.

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        The Thaiger & The Nation

        November 14, 2020 at 3:13 pm

        You just got yourself blocked.

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    Mike Frenchie

    November 14, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    The Minister has probably got the – flashing red – profit and loss statement of his golf course (lol)! Anyway, 10 or 14 will change nothing since China and Korea will demand 14 days quarantine on the way back (forget NZ and Australia whose citizens cannot travel) because Thailand is not testing! For the Nordic countries, they have now thousands of cases daily…
    Tourism is dead… best time to buy a biz (in Thailand) will be next Summer/Fall – will be the discount of a lifetime…

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    AI

    November 14, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    The thing is, that who would suffer a 2 week in a hotel for an unproven “virus” even exists. And then on return to their countries, will further again suffer even more quarantine for an unproven “virus”?!
    Obviously, there is something else behind all of this going down and keeping people away from travelling, n’est ce pas?.

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    DK

    November 14, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    If tourists are coming from less impacted area plus Covid clearance before starting is enough imo. Govt. can require the wrist band and a frequent check up. Provided people in authority are wishing well for the people who are suffering for lack of business. Test of reasonability must be considered.

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    Tom

    November 14, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    10 days – 14 days really desn’t make a difference to be honest because I wouldn’t be entering Thailand under either scheme, EVEN if it is 10 days you then have to have a specified amount in your bank, ANOTHER (Thai) insureance policy which I think is just a money grab, There’s just too many hurdles to make people want to come.
    I mean how many tourist actual tourist have taken part in the STV and not people returning to families and businesses?? Yes I would love to see Thailand again soon but there’s no way I could take a further 2 weeks of work stretching it to 9 weeks.

    Sorry to say BUT normal tourist just WON’T jump through the hoops that TAT want…

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      nick

      November 14, 2020 at 7:43 pm

      the quarantine not so bad just the cost .

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    Happy Tourist

    November 14, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    By now Thailand is out of pandemy. Look the pictures from Italy, Spain or US. So who of you would open the gates to let the virus demolish your country? Not an easy decision, so don’t bash Thailand for their strategy.

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    Wayno

    November 14, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    10 days or 14 days, it makes no difference. Very few will come because of all the other crazy requirements put in place.

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    Leo Z

    November 14, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    “Low risk” or “high political gain”?

    I was just reading that in the US, CVS alone (the pharmacy chain) has conducted 7 million tests! Plus the other pharmacies, plus the hospitals, plus the test centers. How many tests has Thailand conducted??

    And even though S. Korea has tested about 10% of its population, I don’t think China has tested 140 million people. But as all know, “China has recovered, low-risk country”. I guess that’s why they’re packing the movie theaters over there. A friend of mine sent me a Wechat photo last week, 5 people in the cinema.

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    AI

    November 15, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    May I be so bold as to ask a question to those mentioning the so called “virus” as if it is real.
    Can one, just one of you provide any evidence that the dastardly virus actually exists?

    As to the childish CGI graphics thrown around of this thing, don’t you think it looks like a WW 1 and 2 type of mine used to sink ships? Where’s all the REAL photographs?

    Over and Out – Fanx 😉

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    Paul

    November 15, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Steve,ermm, no, Europe doesn’t have free speech. Only the USA does. Thais aren’t starving either (gosh I loathe the word “starving”). Don’t be so ignorant. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. A reduction of the quarantine period is a small step in the right direction. Stop flip flopping and just do it. If you don’t want to, then just declare the country closed forever.

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6 more Thai women test positive for Covid-19 after returning from Myanmar, skipping quarantine

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6 more Thai women, who crossed the Myanmar border into Chiang Rai, have tested positive for Covid-19, according to the Public Health Ministry. 4 other Thai women in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai recently tested positive after returning from Myanmar’s Tachileik district. All 10 women evaded the mandatory 14 quarantine.

Some cases trace back to the 1G1 hotel and entertainment venue in Tachileik where some of the women confirm that they worked, stayed or visited. Some women said they worked at hotels or bars in Tachileik, but reports do not name the establishments.

Case 1

A 28 year old woman went to work at the 1G1 venue in early November and returned on November 27. A motorbike driver picked her up at the border and took her to the Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district bus station. She then took a bus back to her home in Phayao.

She went grocery shopping, out to restaurants and to a beer garden. She drove to Chiang Mai and tested positive for Covid-19 on November 30 at a private hospital. She returned to her hometown to be treated at the Phayao Hospital.

Case 2 & 3

After crossing the Thai-Myanmar border on November 28, a 21 year old and 25 year old flew from Chiang Rai to Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport. The 25 year old then flew to Phichit to visit a friend where she went to local bars. The 21 year old tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday.

Following her friend’s positive result, the 25 year old was “caught” an taken to a quarantine facility where she tested positive, according to Nation Thailand.

Case 4

A 36 year old travelled to Tachileik on November 3 and visited the 1G1 entertainment venue on November 23 and 24. A couple days later, she developed symptoms of a cough, runny nose and body ache. She treated her symptoms with over the counter drugs and crossed the natural border into Thailand on November 30 with help from a Myanmar national.

The woman travelled to Chiang Mai and then took a flight to Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport. She took a taxi form the airport to the Mo Chit Bus Terminal and then took a bus to Ratchaburi.

After hearing about a friend tested positive for Covid-19, the woman went to a local hospital and tested positive for the virus today.

Cases 5 & 6

A 23 year old and a 35 year old worked in Tachileik and returned to Thailand on November 24. They travelled to Chiang Mai and then went to their home in Tak’s Mae Sot district.

After hearing about a friend testing positive, the women got tested and the results came out positive for Covid-19.

Previous local Covid-19 cases

A woman in Chiang Mai and 3 other women in Chiang Rai tested positive for Covid-19 after working in Tachileik. They allegedly entered Thailand illegally, dodging the mandatory 14 day quarantine.

The women could face charges for entering Thailand illegally and violating the Emergency Decree. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says he’s asked authorities to press charges “to the fullest extent of the law.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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17 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine

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17 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is raised to 4,026 with 3,822 recoveries and 60 deaths. 144 people are currently receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus.

  • A 56 year old Thai woman travelling from Turkey tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on November 17 and tested positive 5 days later while at an alternative state quarantine facility.
  • A 53 year old Thai man travelling from Kuwait tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on November 17 and tested positive 3 days later while at a Chon Buri quarantine hotel.
  • A 24 year old Thai woman travelling from Germany tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on November 19 and tested positive 11 days later while at a Bangkok quarantine hotel.
  • A 44 year old Egyptian man tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on November 24 and tested positive 5 days later at a quarantine hotel in Samut Prakan.
  • A 31 year old Thai man travelling from Israel tested positive for Covid-19. He returned on November 25 and tested positive 5 days later at a Bangkok quarantine hotel.
  • 2 Thai nationals travelling from Japan tested positive for Covid-19. The 24 year old man and 29 year old woman arrived on November 25 and tested positive 4 days later at a Chon Buri quarantine hotel.
  • A 32 year old Thai woman travelling from Sweden tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on November 26 and tested positive 4 days later while at Bangkok quarantine hotel.
  • A 57 year old Sudanese woman tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on November 30 and tested positive the same day after checking in to a alternative hospital quarantine in Bangkok.
  • 5 Thai nationals, ages 26, 31 and 56, travelling from Switzerland tested positive for Covid-19. They arrived on November 25 and tested positive 4 days later while at a state quarantine facility in Chon Buri.
  • A 69 year old Thai man travelling from the United States tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on November 29 and tested positive the same day after checking in to a hotel quarantine in Bangkok.
  • 2 Thai nationals, ages 43 and 33, travelling from Myanmar tested positive for Covid-19. They arrived on November 24 and tested positive 4 and 5 days later while at a hotel quarantine in Bangkok.
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Daily new Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of December 1, according to Worldometers.

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97 police officers investigated for fiddling Covid-19 payments

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97 police officers, from 41 police stations, are currently being investigated for an alleged scam involving Covid-19 payments meant for officers who worked extra shifts during the crisis. The case was assigned by national police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk in November, when it came to light that some officers may have fraudulently claimed allowances meant for others.

In one incident, an officer responsible for transferring extra payments to police on the southern island of Phuket transferred the money to his own accountant instead. At the time, the transfer was dismissed as a mistake (in his favour), with the officer in question receiving a warning, and payments then made to the qualifying officers.

Wissanu Prasatthong-Osot from the National Internal Affairs Police says the investigation should reach a conclusion within the next 10 days.

“The result of the investigation should be ready in 10 days. Currently, 97 officers in 41 police stations ranging from non-commissioned to generals are under investigation for being involved in the swindle. The bureau aims to provide justice to all policemen involved. After the investigation concludes, the victims will receive their full allowance, while the offending officers will be punished under the law and disciplinary standards.”

Nation Thailand reports that a full list of alleged offenders has been sent to Suwat, with Wissanu promising that none will escape prosecution.

“The National Police chief had also ordered the transfer of offending officers at the commander and sub-commander levels out of their areas as per the investigation procedures.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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