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Samut Sakhon speeds up proactive Covid-19 screening to test at least 60,000 people this week




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Proactive Covid-19 testing in Samut Sakhon is increasing and health officials now aim to test at least 60,000 people this week. Medical officials from several hospitals are also coming together to help accelerate the screening at different venues in the province.

The active case finding in Samut Sakhon, the primary “Covid-19 hotspot” in the new wave of infections, health officials will test migrant workers who work at various factories as well as residents in 15 communities, market vendors and other people in high risk groups.

According to the CCSA, with the proactive screening, the number of new infections is expected to be high. And with the current proactive plan to be complete this week, it is expected to find 4,400 new infections or about 7% of those being screened.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    James R

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:58 pm


    That is why the figures showing the number of people who have caught the virus is so low, Thailand is testing very few people.

    The UK for instance has carried out 65 million tests so far (some duplicated of course) and that is why they have found so many positive cases.

    If you don’t test then you won’t find.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Absolute, utter cock.

    The UK is carrying out mass testing, while Thailand is carrying out targeted, tiered testing.

    The two systems are completely different so can’t be compared.

    It’s about as rational as saying that Thais only look as if they’re bad drivers because Thai police stop and check drivers more often “and that is why they have found so many” while the UK “don’t” so they don’t “find” any.

    … or that Thais are better drivers because fewer fail the driving test, even though they’re re-tested every five years, while the UK never find any bad drivers because “if you don’t test then you won’t find”.

    Obviously, absolute rubbish.

    If you want to compare “the figures showing the number of people who have caught the virus” you need to compare figures that are directly (and very easily) comparable, such as excess deaths, deaths within 28 days of a positive test, hospitalizations, numbers needing ICU, etc.

    It’s hardly rocket science – you use the same “figures” as you would for any other cause of death, with road accidents being the most obvious (and most quoted) example.

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      James R

      Friday, January 29, 2021 at 12:08 am

      Issan John

      The vast majority of tests done here are by request, for example I have had two tests which were bookable within two hours, I know many people who have had such tests.

      The other tests are done at death.

      You can not compare people at ICU etc as I can imagine very many old people in the villages scattered around Thailand have died of ‘old age’, no coroner or tests are being carried out.

      Unless of course you are trying to say Thais have a free NHS type of service equivalent to the high standard here.

      And you believe all the nonsense news you are given there by the dictatorial military government re the virus level, that makes me laugh.

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