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Rise of Covid-19 cases is not a “second wave,” PM says

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The rise of Covid-19 cases in Northern Thailand is not a second wave of infections, according to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. With an outbreak in the Myanmar border town Tachileik, many Thais are crossing back to Chiang Rai, some legally and some illegally. With a number of returnees testing positive for Covid-19, Chiang Rai officials are preparing a second hospital to treat coronavirus patients.

“It is not a second wave of infections or super-spreaders. It is individual infections. We have asked the neighbouring country to screen and prevent them from entering via natural passages along the border.”

While the prime minister says it’s not a second wave, the number of Covid-19 infections keeps going up with some cases detected in quarantine and some outside of quarantine. As of yesterday, a total of 32 people tested positive for the virus after returning from Myanmar illegally, dodging the mandatory 14 day quarantine, according to the director general of the Department of Disease Control, Opas Karnkawinpong. He says there has already been 2 confirmed local transmissions from those who came in contact with the returnees.

The prime minister says the people who crossed the border illegally will face legal action. Prayut has ordered authorities to block natural borders with barricades and tighten border patrol to prevent people from illegally entering the country, potentially bringing the disease with them. Locals have also been told to be on the lookout.

The Thai/Burmese border is 2,400 kilometres long and has hundreds of natural land crossings that have existed for hundreds of years for local village trade.

“Those who sneak back will face legal punishment because they are irresponsible towards others and society as a whole… I told security agencies to use aerial photography or drones to survey any new natural crossings that might be used by illegal border crossers so additional barricades and patrols can be deployed there.”

With security around the border tightening, Thais are going through the official checkpoints and many cases are being detected in quarantine. Opas says they have the situation “under control.”

“The situations in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and other provinces where infections were found have been brought under control. So far, no additional cases from Tachileik have been found. Don’t worry. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are safe for travel.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Rocco Whalberg

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:21 am

    What did happen to the DJ in Bangkok…..how was he infected again?!

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      The Thaiger

      Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:26 am

      Different DJ. There are more than 2 DJs in Thailand

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        Rocco Whalberg

        Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 8:53 am

        Not sure you understood the question…belated…..the DJ in the nightclub that was infected in Bangkok…how was he infected again ?!How many did he infect?

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 1:07 pm

      Asymptomatic, infection source unknown AFAIK.

      FWIW, when I’ve referred to the ongoing checks carried out in Thailand which support the figure of only 60 deaths, his is the one I referred to as beng the only case I know of where someone admitted to hospital (rather than an outpatient) has been given a mandatory covid-19 test which tested positive, as he was reportedly tested on admission to the prison hospital.

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        Toby Andrews

        Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 5:04 pm

        WTFAUTA.
        As I cannot understand what your abbreviations mean, you try to understand mine.
        It is just lazy writing . . .

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          Issan John

          Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:23 pm

          AFAIK: as far as I know.

          FWIW: for what it’s worth

          Both recognised on-line acronyms. GIYF.

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          Peter N

          Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 8:08 pm

          What the f**k are you talking about 🙂

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    14cycles

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    PCR testing is unreliable. It either spreads really fast to a lot of people and is not dangerous, or it spread really slow and is dangerous. Can’t have it both ways.

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    Peter N

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    FWIW I think he is correct and I very much doubt it is the second wave, they have not really had the first wave yet. If you want to know what a second wave looks like look at the USA, France, Italy, UK, Argentina and many others. That’s what a resurgence of covid looks like, and it will only get worse in the coming months IMO.

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    Maag

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Keep calm , and drink beer !

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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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Phuket eases restrictions, bars back to late-night hours

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Things are getting back to normal in Phuket. The provincial government eased disease control restrictions, allowing restaurants, bars and entertainment venues to go back to their normal operating hours – no more midnight closure order – and lifting the late-night alcohol ban.

While bars can now stay open late and serve alcohol after midnight, dancing is prohibited and venues cannot serve alcohol in containers that will be shared among groups of people.

The Phuket Communicable Disease Committee agreed to ease the restrictions yesterday and an order allowing late-night hours and alcohol sales was posted today by the Phuket’s Public Relations Department.

“As the Covid-19 situation in Phuket has improved that there are no more Covid-19 infections found, the committee agreed to cancel the late-night alcohol ban in order to revive the economy of Phuket.”

All businesses related to gathering activities are warned to follow the Covid-19 preventive measures.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Covid-19 death toll exceeds 100,000 in the UK, government mulls quarantine for travellers

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With the Covid-19 death toll exceeding 100,000 in the United Kingdom, the British government is considering a mandatory hotel quarantine for visitors entering the country. A quarantine system is considered to be an effective way to limit virus transmission and stop new coronavirus variants from spreading into the country.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with senior officials in a meeting yesterday, saying that the government will consider tighter border measures. UK citizens and residents arriving from most of southern Africa and South America, as well as Portugal, will have to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days at their own expense.

Currently, people arriving in the UK from abroad must show the Covid-19 test results, while direct flights from South Africa, Brazil, and Portugal are banned to prevent the spreading of new variants in the Kingdom.

Hotel quarantine measures have been used in Australia, New Zealand, China, India, and Singapore, but the disease control practice has not been widely used in Europe.

In Thailand, those who enter the country from abroad must quarantine for 14 days at either a state quarantine facility or at an alternative quarantine hotel. Travellers must also be tested for Covid-19 before their flight to Thailand and tested at least another 2 times before they are released from quarantine.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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CCSA Update: 819 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death

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819 new Covid-19 cases and 1 new death were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Thailand has reported a total of 15,465 cases and 76 deaths since the start of the pandemic last year.

There are now 4,335 active Covid-19 cases and many patients are asymptomatic, according to deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Nopakun, who also represents the CCSA.

More than 700 of the new 819 cases were detected in active case finding in Samut Sakhon, a Covid-19 hotspot, according to Natapanu. Most of the cases involve migrants, many who work in factories.

“The high numbers are from active case finding, so please don’t be alarmed by the high numbers that we had for yesterday and today.”

Thailand went from less than 200 daily new cases to over 900 new cases, but Natapanu says this is an “expected scenario” due to the accelerated case finding campaign over the next 3 weeks in Samut Sakhon to “break the chain of transmission as soon as possible.”

“Most of these confirmed cases are asymptomatic… Patients do not require the same treatment as those who are symptomatic.”

Those who test positive and are asymptomatic are taken to a state quarantine facility. Natapanu says this keeps the hospitals from becoming overcrowded.

Thailand reported 1 new coronavirus-related death today. A 56 year old Thai man in Samut Sakhon died after testing positive for Covid-19. The man also suffered from an ischemic stroke.

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