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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.

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    James R

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    60,000?

    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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Thai police officer gets slap down after trying to marry mistress

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A Thai policeman is making headlines after getting a slap down from his own mother after he attempted to marry his mistress. The man went as far as scheduling a wedding, with monks present to bless the union, but his mom and real wife of 16 years, along with their kids, aged 5 and 15, crashed the party.

Nipapan Peuchpen, his legal wife, brought her marriage license to the nuptuals that took place in Chai Nat province, arguing that her husband had no right to marry another woman.

“This is our marriage license. I don’t know how they can go through with this.”

The policeman told his wife that the monks were already here, and that she wasn’t a guest and to go home. Then the man’s mother showed up and slapped him in the head. According to Khaosod English, the mother issued a statement to Amarin TV.

“I always taught him to not mess around with adultery. I warned him so many times. Now he has to reap what he sowed. At first, I understood that being adulterous to some extent was normal for men. But I didn’t think he would go this far.”

“I want this to be a lesson to all women! If you know a man already has a family, don’t be a homewrecker. I don’t understand why the bride got married to him, knowing that he was already married.”

Nipapan and her lawyer filed a legal complaint to the Chai Nai Juvenile and Family Court against the policeman’s girlfriend, asking for compensation for trying to marry her husband when he was already married.

Thailand has always been a culture where adultery has somewhat been tolerated, as many Thai men have lovers on the side, called a Mia Noi. But, legally, only 1 marriage can be registered at a time.

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Traders at 2 Pathum Thani markets unhappy with extended closure order

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Traders at 2 wet markets in the central province of Pathum Thani have expressed their frustration at the decision to keep the markets closed until next Thursday. The Pornpat and Suchart markets, in the Thanyaburi district, have been closed since last Friday and were supposed to re-open yesterday. However, officials have extended the closure in response to a number of new Covid-19 infections.

However, vendors say the new cases are not linked to the markets and the ongoing closure is having a significant impact on traders who are struggling to put food on the table and pay their bills. Noodle seller Pannee Paophan from Pornpat market says they haven’t received any discount on rent or any other assistance from the market owners. She adds that every vendor in the market has already been tested for the virus, but officials are now testing people who live nearby and wrongly attributing positive cases to the market.

The Bangkok Post reports that Pannee was speaking to the media while Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul was visiting the market. Another vendor at Suchart market echoes Pannee’s comments. The fishball seller, named only as Onn, says factory workers who live near the market are being tested for Covid-19 and new infections are being reported as having come from the market. He says all workers at the market have already been tested, pointing out that while the market only has about 1,000 workers, officials say they have tested over 3,000. Onn says the extra cases are not from the market and is worried that more positive cases will lead to the closure being extended even further.

“The authorities initially told us that the markets would be closed for 5 days, but now the closure has been extended for 9 more days. I want to ask what the vendors will eat. We are suffering now.”

Meanwhile, the governor of Pathum Thani, Chaiwat Chuenkosum, says that when vaccines become available, vendors at both markets will be vaccinated.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Samut Sakhon to re-open 22 fresh markets from Monday

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The central province of Samut Sakhon, where the Covid-19 virus first re-surfaced in December, is to re-open 22 wet markets from Monday. However, the seafood market where the outbreak began is not one of them, and it is not yet known when that might re-open. The 22 markets have been closed since December 19 as a result of the virus outbreak.

Officials in Samut Sakhon have begun a 3-day clean-up operation across all 22 markets, aimed at boosting public confidence. Chingchai Bunprakhong, the mayor of Samut Sakhon municipality, says all areas are being sprayed with concentrated chlorine mixed with water. The Bangkok Post reports that yesterday, 3 water tanks containing the mixture were sent to Mahachai Market, as part of a deep cleaning operation.

Chingchai says the decision to re-open the markets comes amid a downward trend in Covid-19 infection rates. Officials have now tested 3,772 workers from the 22 markets and only 0.56% (21 people) have tested positive. Of the 95 new cases reported in the province on Thursday, 60 were found as a result of proactive tracing. It’s understood 35 of those are receiving hospital treatment.

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