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Thai authorities set up centre to investigate fake news surrounding Covid-19

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Thai authorities are setting up a centre to investigate fake news surrounding Covid-19. The Department of Special Investigation says such misguidances could hamper the government’s efforts in containing the current pandemic.

The task force to combat so-called “false information” started last Saturday and is headed by deputy director-general Supat Thamthanarak. The move falls in line with Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin’s policy in supporting the investigations being conducted under the DSI law.

Supat says fake news has been circulating throughout the Covid pandemic, with such misleading information ranging from the promotion of herbs as a virus cure to certain drug recommendations by so-called senior doctors.

The anti-fake news centre says it will investigate attempts to spread such news to mislead the public about the Covid-19 situation, focusing on online and social media platforms. The task force will be required to submit reports to the Justice Ministry and others overseeing it.

Back in February, however, Thai police arrested 35 people for allegedly spreading false information about the coronavirus. Some posts shared online claimed that migrant workers had broken out of a quarantine facility, another claimed that the coronavirus is actually not a virus, but a bacteria somehow connected to 5G spectrum radio frequencies.

Only 4 people actually wrote posts online with false information while the other 31 people shared fake news posts. Digital Economy and Society Ministry’s Anti-Fake News Centre and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission teamed up with police for the crackdown on fake news regarding the pandemic.

Even earlier this year, COFACT Thailand published a list of the top 5 fake news stories and myths, relating Covid-19, that was circulating among Thai netizens at that time:

  • All Thais must enter lockdown
  • Drinking lemonade can kill coronavirus
  • Those who adopt an alkaline and vegan diets will lower their chance of becoming infected
  • Mailing parcels can pass on the coronavirus
  • Standing in direct sunlight can kill the coronavirus (something most Thais would NEVER do)

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Sydney B

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Perhaps they should investigate the Thai ‘fake’ PM. Military man yes but politician never in a million years.

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    Manu

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Sending an idiot to prison because he said that “Drinking lemonade can kill coronavirus”, believed by another bunch of idiots (if you believe this, you believe anything else), all this supervised by a general. I am speechless.

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    Leppard

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Just another distraction by an inept government!

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    Craig

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Amazing. I’m guessing some have nothing better else to do than come up with conspiracy theories. If one can’t accept or adapt, then a conspiracy theory is the next best thing.

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    Dynamo Dave

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    The DSI says ‘such misguidances could hamper the government’s efforts in containing the current pandemic.’

    Yes, got it. Another watertight, unquestionable ‘thing’ on which to blame the government’s utter ineptitude in containing the pandemic. Wouldn’t Deputy Director-General Supat Thamthanarak be better spending his time – and justifying his DDG ranking – overseeing (as in OVERSEEING) his forces, making extra efforts to police and ensure containment within the country’s city streets?

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    In that case I retract my statement that the P.M. Pratmut would have a more effective vaccination if he chose to be vaccinated in the buttocks.
    I really do not know that it would be, and for that reason could be judged as fake news.
    I apologise profusely and hope that if the P.M. took my advice, he was able to continue his administration while standing – until the pain wore off.

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    Slugger

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    No-one who has commented here has to tolerate the Government or accept its advice/comments. Go home if you dont like or accept it. Dont sit there and bleat about how useless or inept they are. No-one cares what you think.

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    Craig

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    2 friends here passed on misleading info like the above after Covid started. I learned a lot about how others really think.

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    Silbers

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    ‘Curiouser and curiouser!’ Alice said.

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    TS

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    you brilliant thai authorities nevermind investigating this stupid background noise. look in a mirror, you’ll see the fake news. Just investigate and concentrate on securing enough vaccine, ineffective as the sinoshite is, and test kits to at least try, TRY! as other countries are, to get a lid on this thing for your people. You know -like you’ve been going on and on about for months, along with your silly schemes.

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    ynwaps

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    I trust you censor all comments that would fall under these guidelines as we don’t have experience in dealing with government propaganda.
    RIP free speech.

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    Rick

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    So they will be investigating themselves?? Its about time!

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    Dreqo

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Irony so thick, it’d barely spread on bread.

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    Andrew

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    @Sydney B – 😄

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    Claude

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Oh my God. They will shut down this fake-news-paper…

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    David

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12:33 am

    1. who will check, news from news, from tv and newspaper ?

    2. seems as another try, to scare people to not stand up and say no, to corona-story.
    better is, focus on your ( new ) life, then the old establishment will dissolve.

    3. pay more for military, as in west, could seen as, defend government from millions.
    but true, millions who think, are losing freedom, will be a angry amount of people.

    4. the same statements in every country, gets uninterested. what now ?
    Maybe go back to climate story.

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    David

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Who will check, news from news, from tv and newspaper ?

    Seems as another try, to scare people to not stand up and say no, to corona-story.
    better is, focus on your ( new ) life, then the old establishment will dissolve.

    Pay more for military, as in west, could seen as, defend government from millions.
    but true, millions who think, are losing freedom, will be a angry amount of people.

    The same statements in every country, gets uninterested. what now ?
    Maybe go back to climate story.

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    MichaelBKK

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 2:07 am

    @Slugger – by writing that you clearly do you Moron ?

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    Amy Sukwan

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Hmmm fake news…1. That there is a new virus, isolated and sequenced using Koch’s postulates, which emerged inexplicably from people eating bats in China, which 2. Has a very high fatality rate, and lots of long term side effects in those recovered, from which there are no effective treatments for, and they have no long term immunity, which is also 3. Spread primarily by asymptomatic transmission, necessitating 4. Non pharmaceutical interventions including masks, social distancing, banning of mass gatherings and the quarantine of asymptomatic healthy people until they are cleared of the pre crime of carrying Covid-19 by 5. PCR tests run at different cycles which 6. Is used to add case numbers, even among non sick people, which is why 7. The only way out of this mess is expirimental treatments called vaccines, which are totally safe and effective. Did I miss anything?

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    Dreqo

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    @Slugger – Yeah, NAH. Instead, GFYS.

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    James

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Anything that goes against the narrative they want you to hear is considered misinformation and eligible for investigation.

    1984??

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Phuket red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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BMA admits Covid virus spreading fast in Bangkok, speeds up testing and jabs

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says it is speeding up mass Covid-19 testing and inoculations in communities hit strongly by the virus, after admitting the virus is spreading fast in Thailand’s capital.

The city clerk says the administration, along with the Public Health Ministry and other agencies, are speeding up the collection of nasal swabs for Covid-19 tests, with a plan to test 3,000 people in high-risk groups per day. Those people deemed to be at an increased risk of the virus have been clustered by districts, with testing units in each of the 6 districts…

Laksi district, 70 Pansa Min Buri park in Min Buri district, Huai Khwang stadium in Huai Khwang district, under the Rama III expressway in Yannawa district, a public park under Rama VIII bridge in Bang Phlad district and The Mall Bangkae shopping centre in Bang Kae district.

The virus has been found in densely populated, low-income areas such as the Klong Toey community in Klong Toey district, Bon Kai community in Pathumwan district and Ban Khing community and The Mall Bangkae in Bang Kae district. In an effort to help those residents stay at home to prevent the possible spreading of the coronavirus, community-level organisations are teaming up to provide food, water, and supplements to those in the areas.

But stay at home orders are a problem for many as starvation is more frightening than the virus and 90% of residents in the slum communities still need to leave for work each day to keep food on the table. The daily average income for those in the slums is around 120 to 150 baht. The CCSA yesterday declared that is is focusing on containing major Covid clusters in 3 key Bangkok communities – the Klong Toey ‘slums’, Bon Kai in Pathumwan and Ban Khing in the Bang Kae district, on the west side of the Chao Phraya.

Today’s nationwide Covid update includes compiling the regional totals from yesterday, with a total of 27 new Covid-related deaths and 2,044 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. The numbers continue a statistically consistent rise in the number of Covid infections over the past 2 weeks.

Meanwhile, talking about Phuket’s plans to open in July, the Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, said yesterday that the number of new cases on the island must reach zero before the government can contemplate the ‘Sandbox’ plan for no-quarantine travel.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Phuket visitor Covid-19 rapid antigen testing may end May 15

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PHOTO: Covid-19 rapid tests may be discontinued in Phuket. (via Wikimedia)

In a live broadcast, Phuket’s Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong said officials will consider discontinuing Covid-19 rapid antigen testing for people arriving into Phuket after May 15. The interview from the Phuket Check Point at Tha Chatchai yesterday seems to contradict a recent statement from the governor launching additional rapid testing from today.

Entry to Phuket since April 22 has been limited for travellers from red zone provinces, requiring proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within the last 72 hours. Anyone arriving without either of these would be screened on the spot with rapid antigen tests. Though originally offered for 300 baht per person, controversy arose over Thailand’s 2-tier pricing as it was announced that testing would be free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

The National Health Security Office provided 40 billion baht for testing in Phuket, allowing free testing for nationals, but as that funding is used up, Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew announced that the testing will no longer be free for Thai people after May 15. Phuket does not have the budget for free rapid antigen testing so they will likely be forced to require payment after that date.

The current testing has seen a decline in positive Covid-19 infections, not finding any new cases for several days, prompting the government to rethink whether the current system of rapid testing those who are not vaccinated or holding a recent negative test certificate is worth the money spent.

Over 40,000 people have been tested since the program began April 22 until the current figures on May 5, with only 22 covid infections identified. Furthermore, 5 of those infections turned out to be false positives.

The vice-governor conceded that Phuket has Covid-19 outbreak problems with growing infections every day, but explains that the infections are from within the community and not from outside visitors. The latest infections stem in large part from gambling get-togethers without proper Covid-19 safety.

As of now, the rapid antigen testing will continue until the May 15 cut off, but government officials are still debating whether to continue testing and whether funding will exist for it after that date.

The NHSO has recently hinted that they will approve more funds to continue testing, a signal that had not been received before the governor’s announcement on Wednesday about the rapid antigen testing.

The vice-governor stressed that the situation is constantly evolving and that new information it’s shared frequently, and often out of local control. He urges everyone to pay attention to forthcoming announcements.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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