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South Korea confirms Covid-19 outbreak in 32 Thai workers, 28 others awaiting results

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South Korean officials have announced a Covid-19 outbreak in 32 Thai workers, with a further 28 waiting for test results. Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the development, with spokesman Tanee Sangrat saying the Royal Thai Embassy in Seoul has been in touch with the affected workers and is ready to help if needed.

The Bangkok Post reports that the first case was detected in a Thai worker employed at a food business. It’s understood the worker visited a restaurant frequented by other Thai workers in the city of Cheonan, about 80 kilometres outside Seoul. That person reportedly came into contact with 90 other Thai nationals, all of whom have been tested. 32 are infected, including the original patient, with a further 28 waiting for their results.

Tanee says the authorities in South Korea are offering Covid-19 tests to all migrant workers from Thailand and is calling on all Thais in the country, including undocumented migrants, to get tested. A Facebook page called Thaikuk News, which is followed by the Thai population in South Korea says officials are offering to test illegal Thai workers without revealing their status, in the hope it will encourage everyone to come forward for health screening.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration says it’s in touch with the embassy in Seoul and ready to assist Thais living and working in the country.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Peter

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    Oh dear Thailand caught telling porky pies.
    This virus is in every corner of Thailand.
    If Thailand won’t admit it, other countries will find it in Thai citizens.

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    Gino

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Meanwhile Thailand is blaming the Myanmar people for the current outbreak and threatening to cause bodily harm to those working in THEIR country, it’s irony at best here. When will we all learn we all are susceptible to all this misinformation being played out in our media outlets? I for one hope our LEADERS start to act like leaders in hope that they will show us a better direction, this current path we’re on is a path of destruction in our society and our economy.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Maybe you could explain the “porky pie” you say Thailand’s told …

    … or maybe not.

    In case you’re unaware of it, South Korea has a 14 day quarantine period so all the Thai illegal workers there either went through quarantine or were in S Korea before the pandemic started.

    If geography isn’t your forte, S Korea doesn’t have a land border with Thailand for them to cross illegally, so any Covid they have now was caught there, not here.

    Asinine is hardly the word …

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      Pete

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 11:41 am

      They may not be symptomatic when they arrive and even with quarantine the virus can survive 28 days on surfaces, clothes, utensils etc.. there’s no evidence to suggest or prove they acquired virus in S. Korea.

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        Issan John

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 12:28 am

        The “evidence” is that there’s literally nowhere else they could have caught since the only surface the virus can survive on for “28 days” is your imagination, as the authoritative studies, published in the Lancet and the NEJM, show an absolute maximum of 7 days.

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    Ray 2

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Actually, there were a small number of Thais who tested positive at the airport in Japan, some months back.

    Plus, lack of testing didn’t help keep the numbers low.

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    indisPC

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Disregard the immune system at your own peril. You can’t stay home forever. Sooner or later you’ll have to go out, and if your immune system hasn’t been exposed to what’s out there, then you’re in for a tough time.

    Asia’s containment strategy could backfire. Though, they’ll likely have it much easier than the West since, IMO, East Asians have stronger immune systems and may even be partially resistant to CV. This would sorta explain how they managed to “contain” the virus.

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    Mike

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Looks like another migrant worker outbreak in the Thai migrant worker “community”.

    This would never happen in Hong Kong – it hasn’t yet 🙂

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      Have you ever actually been to Hong Kong?

      Given this and your comments elsewhere about how the Hong Kong Chinese treat all foreigners in Hong Kong as they do themselves, I’m beginning to doubt you’ve ever left home at all, apart from in your dreams.

      There are some 400,000 migrant workers in Hong Kong, with all but around 5,000 employed as Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDH), from the Philppines, Indonesia and Thailand.

      The FDH are all employed, without exception, under Hong Kong’s “Standard Employment Contract”, which requires them, by law, to live in their employers’ accomodation. They’re not allowed to live together as a “community” and the laws on that are rigidly enforced. It simply doesn’t and can’t happen.

      At the moment they’re not even able to meet as a “community” in the way they have done in the past as on 30 January the HK Labour department told “FDHs to stay home for rest on their rest day as far as possible, and to stay away from crowds on public transport or at public places.”

      An outbreak in the migrant worker community in Hong Kong is unlikely not because Hong Kong treats migrant workers there any better than they’re treated in Thailand, Malaysia, or South Korea, but because 99% aren’t allowed to live in a community because they’re required by law to live with their employers, like a piece of property. Prior to Covid they were at least able to meet freely on their one alloted day off a week, Sunday, but since 30 January they can’t even do that.

      The only foreign “migrant workers” who aren’t FDH are the one percent who are construction workers from Nepal, who you seem somehow completely unaware of. The other ethnic Nepalese in Hong Kong aren’t “migrant workers”, but are Nepalese citizens with full right of abode in Hong Kong post 1997.

      Their working and living conditions are very similar to those of Burmese in Thailand, albeit with very little integration / inter-action with the local community, which is what makes your comment that “this would never happen in Hong Kong” all the more mis-informed since while they’re less likely to catch Covid from the local (HK Chinese) community, once one did and it was in the close confines of the Nepalese migrant worker community the effect would be considerably worse because of the different demographic to the migrant worker communities in Thailand.

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        Mike

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:43 pm

        TL:DR

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        Mike

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:51 pm

        “At the moment they’re not even able to meet as a “community” in the way they have done in the past as on 30 January the HK Labour department told “FDHs to stay home for rest on their rest day as far as possible, and to stay away from crowds on public transport or at public places.”

        Total crap. As I’ve already said – They are meeting as usual. How do i know? Because i walk through Victoria Park every single day and this is where they meet.

        “An outbreak in the migrant worker community in Hong Kong is unlikely not because Hong Kong treats migrant workers there any better than they’re treated in Thailand, Malaysia, or South Korea, but because 99% aren’t allowed to live in a community because they’re required by law to live with their employers, like a piece of property. Prior to Covid they were at least able to meet freely on their one alloted day off a week, Sunday, but since 30 January they can’t even do that.”

        Waffle

        “The only foreign “migrant workers” who aren’t FDH are the one percent who are construction workers from Nepal, who you seem somehow completely unaware of. The other ethnic Nepalese in Hong Kong aren’t “migrant workers”, but are Nepalese citizens with full right of abode in Hong Kong post 1997.”

        Waffle

        “Their working and living conditions are very similar to those of Burmese in Thailand, albeit with very little integration / inter-action with the local community, which is what makes your comment that “this would never happen in Hong Kong” all the more mis-informed since while they’re less likely to catch Covid from the local (HK Chinese) community, once one did and it was in the close confines of the Nepalese migrant worker community the effect would be considerably worse because of the different demographic to the migrant worker communities in Thailand.”

        Waffle

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      … and your idea elsewhere that ““Immigrant communities” doesn’t refer to people all living in the same place” of one ethnicity but just to “people from the same country of origin” in general would be genuinely amusing if it wasn’t quite so unbelievably asinine.

      “People all living in the same place”, from the same ethnic group, is EXACTLY what’s meant by “immigrant communities” in this context, both in the article and by the WHO whom you quoted.

      Far from it being “because [I’m] a racist [I] probably think of brown people living in ghettos”, I think of “brown people living in ghettos” when I read a report about immigrant communities such as the Burmese in Samhut Sakhon because that’s EXACTLY WHAT’S BEING REPORTED ON and EXACTLY what the WHO referred to.

      What’s clearly NOT being reported on, and NOT referenced by the WHO, are “people from the same country of origin” in general.

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        Mike

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:42 pm

        Guys, just ignore him.

        this bubble-dweller is a lunatic and a racist

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    Ray 2

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    BTW – any of you heard of Byssinosis? And don’t forget all the breathed out bacteria, which are then breathed back in – wear a mask at your peril!
    Then you’ll more than likely to get a dose of the covids!

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 5:05 pm

      Didn’t you mention Byssinosis before?

      I see it’s a lung disease, caused by inhaling cotton, flax, hemp and jute dust. Maybe you should look up what the approved face masks are made from before suggesting that they can cause Byssinosis 🙂

      … and if it’s “your” bacteria that you’re breathing back in, where’s the problem as long as you’re observing the guidelines?

      … and unless you’ve already got “a dose of the covids”, how can you give yourself “a dose of the covids”?

      … just asking …

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    Mike

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Everything “Isaan John” wrote is incorrect.

    The reason is because everything he thinks he “knows” he read online and has zero life experience because he’s a bubble-dweller.

    Please take everything he writes with a pinch of salt.

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