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Samut Sakhon vendor tests positive for Covid-19 in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Caitlin Ashworth

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A new Covid-19 case confirmed in the Southern province Nakhon Si Thammarat, the provincial governor announced today. The 42 year old woman sold curry in Samut Sakhon, a province just southwest of Bangkok where more than 1,000 people have tested positive for the virus. Most cases are concentrated around a seafood market in tambon Mahachai in the Muang district.

The woman tested positive for the virus in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Tha Sala district. She travelled by car with her family down to Tha Sala, which is around 700 kilometres away from Samut Sakhon. They arrived on Sunday and the woman’s husband drove back to Samut Sakhon.

The woman tested positive for Covid-19. Her 2 family members who rode in the car with her tested negative for the virus.

The Public Health Ministry and Tha Sala Hospital released an urgent notice advising those who visited the seafood market in Samut Sakhon anytime after December 1 to get tested for Covid-19.

SOURCE: Facebook

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24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Ted

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    This is not a complaint to The Thaiger, but raise your hands all who are tired of this 24 hour focusing on the s.c. pandemic that mostly doesn’t do anything to those who catches it.

    All people loosing their jobs, due to C19 fear, that for me is of more interest to me and how we can help them get back to a decent life, would be future news that I would appreciate.

    To those who’d argue with me, start with asking yourself this; how many has fallen –seriously– ill or has died, from the “outbreak” in Samut Sakhon?

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      s2k

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      Raise your hands, if you’re tired of hearing conspiracy theorists pretend that the virus doesn’t pose a real threat to health.

      ——
      “how many has fallen –seriously– ill or has died, from the “outbreak” in Samut Sakhon?

      -You also can’t answer that question accurately”

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      John Brown

      Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 3:42 am

      Conversely, how many people do you know who thought much during the first years of the biggest immunodeficiency viral pandemic this past century, which raged mostly silently for *decades* until the long-term effects were undeniable and the correct diagnostics were found to explain them? Extend your Buxton index a little, friend. It may not be evident without immunology study, but the protracted public health burden we are facing is immense and unprecedented in modern times. Let’s hope that’s the worst it gets.

      Regarding jobs and the economics in general: the actual dichotomy is not public health vs. the economy – it’s between public health *and* the economy, vs. neither. Maybe a journalist or journalistic essayist could take this up for The Thaiger? It would certainly balance out the occasional pleas from tourism industrialists and their cohort.

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    Maverick

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Panic and hysteria being created by the media it’s what sells – will undoubtedly lead to panicked responses from the authorities with more lockdowns and economic devastation for even more business’’s rather report in deaths and serious illness as you rightly point out

    • The Thaiger

      The Thaiger

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      Your bizarre accusation about the media profiting from the current Covid pandemic is unfounded. Most advertisers avoid putting ads on Covid stories “like the plague”. Whilst traffic numbers may go up (that’s not really the case any more anyway), the advertising revenue from a story about Covid (or car accidents or suicides) is down or non-existent. Our job, hopefully as a responsible media, is to report the news, as accurately as possible. Covid remains one of the most searched-for terms in Google so deserves to be reported properly. We will continue to do so.

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        Maverick

        Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 2:46 pm

        So why not report about a virus so deadly you need to be tested to know you have it in a majority of cases – check the death versus infection rate in Singapore and it’s now accepted that the infection rate in Singapore is grossly understated

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          s2k

          Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 3:19 pm

          Mav, death rate from covid is 25 times higher than the flu. And many more are left with life-long health impact, failing organs, etc.

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            Maverick

            Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 3:55 pm

            Source please -millions of Covid cases have gone undetected so exact death rate will not be known Singapore is best guess as one assumes they are not hiding the bodies and their death rate is no higher than flu

        • The Thaiger

          The Thaiger

          Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 4:01 pm

          Accepted by whom?

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 4:16 pm

          Why take Singapore as “best guess”?

          In Singapore it’s 29 deaths out of 58,000 cases, so one in 2,000.
          In the USA it’s 323,000 deaths out of 18 million cases, so one in 55.
          Cherry-picking one set of stats to suit your agenda is a bit disingenuous at best.

          I think it’s reasonable to assume that the USA isn’t “hiding the bodies” either and they had 34,200 deaths from flu last year with 500,000 hospitalized out of 16.5 million cases.

          Even my schoolboy maths tells me that 323,000 deaths so far, in nine months, is rather a lot more than 34,200 deaths in twelve.

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            Peter N

            Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 6:23 pm

            UK population 66,000,000
            Average deaths from the Flu (12 months) 11,000
            Deaths attributed to covid (9 months) 69,000 (100,000 deaths likely in a 12 month period)
            Covid is almost 10x more deadly.

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    Peter

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Where’s all the cases?
    This virus is now seeded all over Thailand and yet cases aren’t being reported. Happens all over the world but Thailand makes sure it doesn’t lose face.

    • The Thaiger

      The Thaiger

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      Where is you evidence about your claim that “the virus is now seeded all over Thailand”?

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        Peter

        Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 3:28 pm

        The shrimp market served large parts of Thailand.
        How can it not be seeded?
        Are Thai citizens the only people in the world that do not spread covid?
        Have they a force field of immunity around them?
        As a journalist, i would have thought you would have been following what’s been going on around the rest of the globe.
        It may come as a shock to those farangs in Thailand, that being on Thai soil won’t make you immune from the virus.
        Now where’s todays increases in cases from an exponentially increasing virus?

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          Peter

          Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 3:34 pm

          46 new local cases have been reported but details of cases amongst immigrant labour are not being disclosed.
          See my previous remark about Thai’s not losing face.
          This virus will be everywhere in Thailand within weeks.

          • The Thaiger

            The Thaiger

            Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 4:02 pm

            Let’s hope you’re wrong.

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            Issan John

            Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 6:12 pm

            What do you mean “details of cases amongst immigrant labour are not being disclosed”?

            They’re even being disclosed HERE, in the Thaiger!

            What part of “hundreds of mostly migrant workers near a seafood market in Samut Sakhon tested positive for the virus over the weekend” don’t you understand?.

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 6:04 pm

          Rather ironic that you suggest the Thaiger hasn’t been “following what’s been going on around the rest of the globe” when you seem to be under the illusion that Thailand’s in a league of its own when it comes to Covid.

          Taiwan has done far better, and even if you take out the likes of North Korea and Laos, Thailand doesn’t even get in the medals – but theyre still in a very different league to the West.

          Whether that’s from following the science, good governance, common sense, demographics or pure good fortune is debatable but you’d have to be seriously delusional to believe otherwise.

          Exponential increases? Only when left to its own devices, as it was in the West.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 2:38 pm

      Or any evidence that “cases aren’t being reported”?

  4. Avatar

    contempt

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    what a joke. no one is ill. lockdowns for what? A virus that can’t make people sick? Real scary!!!! If 1 out of 10000 fall ill and 1 out of 100 people who fall ill die, that would lead to a maximum death toll for all of thailand of less than 3,000 people. Thethaiger why will you not do responsible reporting. Why do you only try to spread fear. balanced reporting, ya right. you guys are a joke. im done reading any media. They all have contempt for us.

    • The Thaiger

      The Thaiger

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      Farewell Contempt. Thanks for reading. We’ll miss you.

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        s2k

        Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 3:17 pm

        Thank you, Thaiger

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        Peter N

        Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 4:55 pm

        Thanks for getting rid of the idiot

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    Dig Dug

    Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 2:55 am

    In Thailand and across the global there are covid deniers who refuse to acknowledge the the writing on the wall regarding the facts and serious concequences of the virus. They prefer to seek out and accept the unsubstantiated misinformation and blatant lies as a basis for their beliefs.

    Rather than waste your time arguing with a brick wall, put your energy into doing all you can to protect your self, your family and your community.

    Thanks Thaiger for continuing to responsibly report the news and promoting a safer Thailand.

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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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