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Returning Thais tested for Indian variant of Covid-19

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PHOTO: Old Siam Shopping Plaza denies Covid-19 rumour. via WIkimedia

A group of Thais just back from India who tested positive for Covid-19 are feared to have the very dangerous Indian variant. Health officials are rushing to confirm what strain of Covid-19 the returning travellers have. The Public Health Ministry already had labs analyzing samples to identify if it is indeed the Indian variant. India is currently deep in a pandemic crisis, with 385,000 infections yesterday and nearly 3,500 dead from the mutated variant of Covid-19 battering the country now.

Lab results are expected in the next day or two and will be released as soon as they are conclusive. A spokesman for the Public Health Ministry said that Thailand has already enacted the strictest safety measures to curb transmission, and they want to avoid a public panic. Rumours had already been spread on social media that eight Thai students had contracted the new variant and now returned from India to Thailand.

More online rumours were spreading that the students had visited the Old Siam Shopping Plaza in central Bangkok creating the need to disinfect the mall and close facilities for 3 days. The shopping plaza denied rumours that a Covid-19 infected Indian person visited their location. They have reviewed video footage with health officials as well as the timelines of all known infected people and found nobody with Covid-19 had been seen entering the mall.

The director for the Institute for Urban Disease Control and Prevention gave partial support in dispelling the rumour, confirming that there were no credible reports of the Indian variant in Thailand so far, and therefore none at the mall. On the other hand, he said the plaza did have infected visitors from Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.

The Old Siam Shopping Plaza is threatening legal action against people spreading rumours online using Thailand’s strict defamation laws.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    John_2

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Congratulations – have they just woken up?

    How about a blanked ban on travel from India and Brazil – or does that happen AFTER it lands here?

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    If quarantined, as required, how could they have visited the Plaza when infected / contagious?

    Or did they visit the Plaza after quarantine?

    The source Bangkok Post report is unclear, but the re-written report here seems to suggest they may have gone to the Plaza when still infected.

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    James R

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Sim Small aks Issan John

    You will soon find out, if they did go to the mall then infections will shoot up exponentially in unrestricted Thailand as the Indian version of the virus is so virulent.

    Oops sorry, you do have to wear a mask while you bump shoulders with each by the tens of millions daily in malls, restaurants etc, that might help a tiny bit.

    The hospitals are full as patients have to use the field hospitals yet the number of reported infections do not reflect that, I suspect porky pies (lies) again.

    Superman is not from Krypton, he is from Thailand.

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    Ben

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Thailand, for all its strict adherence to anti-COVID measures like masks and closing down cities, has a blind spot totally of its own making. They allow Thai nationals to enter the country without a negative COVID test! My guess is 98+% of the imported cases are Thai nationals coming home. This also potentially exposes tourists (who they want to come and spend money) to the virus on flights with Thai nationals. There’s some kind of Thai logic that it’s wrong to prevent Thai’s from coming back to Thailand for any reason. During a world-wide pandemic, isn’t it logical to wait until Thai nationals test negative like everyone else?

    I arrived in Bangkok in early March and because of quarantine and lockdowns I personally have only spent about one-third of what I planned to spend here. In my opinion Thailand shot themselves in the foot by 1) Allowing Thais to enter illegally (Thais working at Myanmar casinos sneaking back and forth across the border) and legally without testing (see above) which spread to the general population which included Hi-So’s and Farangs that partied like there was no COVID. This is not happening in China, Vietnam, Singapore or Hong Kong. Now Thailand has to shut everything down to stop the spread and bend the curve. Add to that the slow vaccination roll out, also of its own making, and you have a big hit to the economy.

    I understand it’s a tough job but they managed to do it most of last year through April. They got complacent and didn’t understand they’re now dealing with a much more contagious strain. Now the Thais are human like everyone else in containing this diabolical virus.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha seeks looser restrictions in ‘red’ zones

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Covid-19 infections are still high, but PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he wants restrictions to loosen up and businesses to reopen as soon as possible in provinces classified as “red” zones under tight control to combat Covid-19.

The prime minister says he has ordered governors of red zone provinces to look into easing disease control measures. Looking into each province’s Covid-19 situation and the restrictions’ impact on the local economy, governors are told to find a good balance that works well for both the economy and public health.

Spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Taweesilp Visanuyothin, says restrictions at restaurants in red zone provinces can be lifted if the situation improves.

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An American man, who tested positive for Covid-19, is back in the hospital after fleeing when he was denied a shared room with this Thai wife-who was also undergoing Covid treatment. The 51 year old man left the northeastern Amnat Charoen province Chanuman hospital on May 9th after doctors declined to move his bed to that of his wife’s room. The man angrily went home without permission.

He was spotted walking on the road by local residents before being found by police at his home. The medical team convinced him to return to the hospital. But the incident has invoked stress among locals as they fear he could have spread the virus when he left the hospital. Thai social media was flooded with angry posts about the incident, with some calling for his arrest or deportation. In response, the Chanuman district chief has announced they will tighten security at the hospital to prevent any future incidents that are similar in nature.

The man’s name was not given, due to his Covid-19 status, and it has not been announced whether he will face any consequences after his actions.

Meanwhile, Thailand is reporting 1,630 new Covid-19 cases and 22 coronavirus-related deaths over the past 24 hours. There are now 29,376 active Covid-19 cases. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported 85,005 Covid-19 cases and 421 Covid-related deaths.

Out of the 22 deaths, most of the patients had chronic illnesses. Many contracted the virus from family members or close friends.

Most of the new cases were detected in Bangkok, particularly in districts with crowded communities and markets. While cases in Bangkok continue to be high, CCSA spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun says the number of new cases in most other provinces in Thailand is decreasing.

Health officials are rolling out proactive case finding campaigns in several high-risk communities, testing 9,000 to 10,000 per day, Nopakun says, adding that officials are working to provide the appropriate treatment as quickly as possible.

Those who test positive for Covid-19 and are asymptomatic must stay at an official field hospital for 14 days and then self-isolate at home for another 14 days.

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Covid UPDATE: 1,919 new cases and 31 deaths, provincial totals

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1,919 new Covid-19 cases and 31 coronavirus-related deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Thailand now has 29,435 active cases. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 86,924 infections and 452 Covid-related deaths.

At today’s CCSA briefing, Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun said that while the Covid-19 situation in Thailand may seem like it is stable, with cases decreasing or at zero in many provinces, the number of new infections reported each day is not declining.

“Infections are still concentrated in the hotspot which is Bangkok and the vicinity where several new cases were detected in active case finding.”

Out of the 1,919 new infections reported today, 885 were in Bangkok. Since April 1, more than 20,000 Covid-19 infections have been reported in the capital, first with clusters in the swanky Thong Lor nightlife district and now in the Khlong Toey slum.

Natapanu says that, fortunately, no new clusters were reported in Bangkok over the past day. He says a minor cluster was reported at a wet market in Nonthaburi, a suburb just outside Bangkok.

Out of the recent deaths, many had pre-existing conditions of high blood pressure and diabetes. Many contracted the virus from infected family members.

To prevent the emergence of the Covid-19 variant that was first detected in India, Natapanu says foreign nationals travelling from countries with the widespread transmission of the mutated strain are temporarily barred from entering Thailand. Thai embassies in Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, where the Indian variant is spreading, have suspended the issuing of the required Certificate of Entry, or COE.

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