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Sixth Bangkok nurse tests positive for Covid-19, 17 new cases in quarantine

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A sixth Bangkok nurse tested positive for Covid-19. The nurse works at BNH Hospital in Bangkok were at least 4 other staff members tested positive for the virus.

Health officials suspect the first infected nurse contracted the virus while working at an alternative state quarantine facility. They say she failed to wear her protective gear properly while screening arrivals. Health officials believe she transmitted the virus to other nurses while out to eat after work.

The first patient started experiencing symptoms of a runny nose and excessive phlegm on November 29, according to director general of communicable diseases Sophon Iamsirithaworn. On December 2, she travelled on the MRT train around 10am to Thon Buri for an interview at a hospital. She took the BTS Skytrain to Silom around 2pm. Sophon says those on the trains are at low risk of infection because the nurse wore a face mask.

Meanwhile, 17 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The total number of Covid-19 is raised to 4,169 with 3,888 recoveries and 60 deaths. 221 people are currently receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus.

  • 4 people travelling from Switzerland tested positive for Covid-19. The 2 Thai women, ages 53 and 56, and the 2 Swiss men, ages 53 and 64, were on the same flight as 11 previously confirmed cases.
  • 2 Thai nationals, ages 16 and 63, travelling from Sweden tested positive for Covid-19. They were on the same flight as 3 previously confirmed cases.
  • A 65 year old American man and a 28 year old Filipino woman travelling from the Philippines tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 23 year old Italian woman and a 23 year old American man travelling from the United Kingdom tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 22 year old Thai man and a 30 year old Thai woman travelling from Italy tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 35 year old Kenyan man travelling from Kenya tested positive for Covid-19. He was on the same flight as 2 previously confirmed cases.
  • A 53 year old Thai national travelling from Russia tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 56 year old American man travelling from the United States tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 52 year old Thai man travelling from Libya tested positive for Covid-19.

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    14cycles

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    How many are critical or even have a runny nose…. no one i know cares. They’re just annoyed at those enforce covid this and covid that

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    Mister Stretch

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    “They say she failed to wear her protective gear properly while screening arrivals.”

    Yesterday they said it was because “taking body temperature” was dangerous.

    Wear your mask…keep distant. Protect yourself.

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      14cycles

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 7:06 pm

      If you are old and weak.

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        Issan John

        Friday, December 11, 2020 at 12:37 pm

        “I you are old and weak” OR you have no interest in protecting others – mask wearing is not for your own protection, but to protect others from you.

        It’s for mutual protection, not self-protection.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    “They say she failed to wear her protective gear properly while screening arrivals.”

    Familiarity breeds contempt, and she’d probably become over-confident as she hadn’t seen anyone who was “critical” or with more than “a runny nose”.

    Unlike the half-wits who think that’s all it is, she should have known better.

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    Sky

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    Oh no. There is a 99.6% survival rate.

    It’s been almost a year, the bodies are not piling up, so not credit masks if it is not a not it is worthless. So.e countries writing o. The box when you buy a mask says.. it will not filter the covid virus.

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      Andrew Lorimer

      Friday, December 11, 2020 at 6:49 am

      I agree. Many deaths are manipulated. One of my work colleagues relatives died of dengue fever in Sarawak. Cause of death was covid 19 until the family contested it. How come the thai DJ who had a virulent form of covid did not infect all the people he had contact with.

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        Issan John

        Friday, December 11, 2020 at 12:41 pm

        “How come?”

        Any number of possible reasons, the most likely being that it was found in the early stages before he became contagious.

        Hardly rocket science.

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      Issan John

      Friday, December 11, 2020 at 12:38 pm

      See above.

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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.

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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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