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Sydney Covid outbreak sparks border clampdowns in other Australian states

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A spate of Covid-19 cases on Sydney’s northern beaches has prompted other Australian states to impose strict restrictions on arrivals from the region. With 28 new cases confirmed along the city’s northern beaches, and fears that number will grow, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian is calling for vigilance.

“Everyone in greater Sydney needs to be on high alert.”

Thai PBS World reports that officials are concerned cases may have spread to other parts of the city. New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says authorities are still trying to determine the source of the outbreak, as she urged around a quarter of a million residents in the affected areas to remain at home for 3 days.

“My anxiety is we have not found the direct transmission route and we cannot be sure we have blocked the transmission line.”

Holiday travel plans have been upended for countless people, with many rushing to Sydney airport in an attempt to flee the state. But the states of Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory now require arrivals who have been on Sydney’s northern beaches to quarantine for 14 days, while Western Australia requires this of anyone arriving from any part of NSW.

Meanwhile, the island state of Tasmania has shut its borders to anyone who has been on Sydney’s northern beaches since December 11, while Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk advises them not to try coming to the Sunshine State.

“My message very clearly is that if people are from the northern beaches of New South Wales, it would be well advised for them to stay in the northern beaches and not travel to Queensland.”

Australia has been here before, with the southern state of Victoria entering a state of emergency in August and Melbourne residents enduring a 112-day lockdown after a spike in Covid-19 cases. Last month, South Australia also found itself in a strict lockdown in an attempt to contain a cluster of infections. That lockdown ended early when it was revealed an infected pizza parlour worker lied about how he contracted the virus.

The latest developments in New South Wales cast doubt on Australian hopes of a quick economic recovery, as well as coming as a blow to domestic carriers such as Qantas and Virgin Australia. Australia has now recorded over 28,000 Covid-19 cases, with 908 deaths.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    Jason

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    I am happy to see the decisive action of our state authorities in Australia have taken. I also know the numbers are accurate. The testing is reliable and determined. New South Wales will contain this outbreak, just as Victoria and South Australia did.

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    Ameila Leary

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    What a coincidence of a sort!! Day after day, the unrest caused in China leads to the entire world and makes their misery venerable. But China is now too far away from them. As well as the Chinese presence in the maritime industry in scrubbing the sovereignty of other nations, this is an old tradition of China, attempting to spy on databases of foreign companies and banks. China wants to bow down the strongest leaders , with its biological weapons, & and even strive to grow its economy.

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      Geoff

      Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 9:31 am

      What?

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    David Barket

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    Sooner or later Australia must realise it will have to open its borders and when it does there will be new infections.
    Seems a bit of an overreaction for 24 cases but they have form in this area

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      indisPC

      Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:10 pm

      Don’t hold your breath. I’m not expecting any rational policies from Australia. They mandate bicycle helmets down there. I’ve never been to a place where people were more vindictive about public safety.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 12:06 am

    I know one thing today….Amelia is not wrong. China has already wiped their hands of the Wuhan Flu.

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    andrel

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Economic revovery in Australia? There will be no recovery – China has already signaled it, Australia need to step up their game and get out of the coal industry.

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Health Minister volunteering to receive first Covid jab, as effectiveness rate questioned

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“I’ll go first!”

Thailand’s Public Health Minister has repeated his pledge to be the first person to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, in a bid to allay people’s concerns. Questions have been raised about the Chinese-manufactured Sinovac Biotech jab after its effectiveness rating was revised downwards by researchers in Brazil.

Anutin Charnvirakul says the vaccine process will be overseen by Sophon Mekthon from the Ministry of Public Health and all safety criteria will be met. The Pattaya News reports that the minister says he has confidence in the safety of the vaccine and is willing to prove it by being the first person to get the jab. It’s not the first time he has made this suggestion but there has been no official confirmation that the Health Minister will be first in line.

Thailand has ordered 2 million doses of the vaccine, with the first 200,000 expected to arrive next month. The government has also ordered 26 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca in partnership with Oxford University but is not expected to take delivery of that vaccine until the middle of the year.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Pattaya City mayor planning local rollout of Covid-19 vaccine

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The mayor of Pattaya city says officials hope to be able to buy 240,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for administration to local residents. Sonthaya Khunpluem is reviewing finances and plans to set aside approximately 80 million baht for vaccine procurement, subject to government approval.

“Currently, house registration of Pattaya City has reached a total population of 120,000 people, then we would need about 240,000 shots of the vaccine. If the price of the supplied vaccine was approximately 300 baht, Pattaya would need a budget of at least 72 million baht in order to cover all the residents in the city.”

The move comes following confirmation from the government that local authorities could purchase their own vaccines in order to speed up the process. A number of other local authorities have also said they intend to do the same. The government has stipulated that only vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration can be purchased.

Sonthaya hopes that by vaccinating Pattaya residents, tourism in the area could get a boost and the economic recovery could begin. The Pattaya News reports that officials from the Pattaya City Finance Office and other relevant agencies have met to review projects planned for the year ahead, to determine Pattaya’s spending power for buying vaccines.

It’s understood the vaccine would be offered to local residents for free, but what is not known is if that includes foreign residents. Officials have also not confirmed when the rollout is expected to begin, or which vaccine would be used.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Arrest warrants sought for 8 civilians suspected of smuggling migrant workers

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Deputy national police chief Damrongsak Kittiprapas has confirmed that arrest warrants are being sought for 8 civilians implicated in the illegal smuggling of migrant workers. The Bangkok Post reports that the 8 face charges of aiding and abetting illegal immigration. The workers were trafficked from Myanmar to the central Thai province of Samut Sakhon, where the latest outbreak of Covid-19 began last month. 20 police officers are also being investigated for their role in the smuggling operation. They have been suspended from duty pending a full investigation. It’s thought there are up to 25 police officers suspected of involvement.

“After tracing the migrant workers’ route into Samut Sakhon and then jobs at its shrimp market, we found that most received direct assistance from more than 20 police officials and eight civilians. They smuggled the workers across the border in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi and then provided transport to get them to Samut Sakhon.”

Damrongsak says an investigative committee is being set up prior to criminal prosecution and disciplinary action being taken against the police officers involved.

“A formal fact-finding procedure will be carried out before both disciplinary and legal action is pursued against them.”

The committee, which is being chaired by the assistant national police chief, will work with a separate panel set up by the government to investigate the role of police officers in people smuggling. The committee is mostly made up of police officers. Damrongsak says PM Prayut Chan-o-cha insists that investigating officers carry out their duties in an honest and transparent manner.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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