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Thai government urges the public to comply with contact-tracing system

Maya Taylor



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The spokesman for Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Taweeslip Wisanuyothin, says it’s vital the public complies with the government’s tracking and tracing system if the virus is to be suppressed. The country is currently recording daily new cases in single digits, most of them returnees and already in state quarantine. One of the 3 new cases today was a 25 year old female student who recently returned from the Philippines. She entered state quarantine on May 13 and was found to be infected on Tuesday, though she remains asymptomatic.

However, a report in Coconuts says the government remains concerned that, should the general public fail to comply with contact-tracing requirements, the country could see a second wave. Dr. Taweeslip says that although more than 3 million people “checked in” at various businesses at the weekend, over 700,000 of them had not “checked out” again, causing discrepancies in the numbers.

“If one infection happens, we can trace back precisely where that person has gone. It can reduce the number of people that must be tested, as shopping centres can have thousands of visitors each day.”

When questioned as to why the data is being kept for 60 days when the virus typically has an incubation period of just 14 days, Dr. Taweeslip cited the Lumphini Boxing Stadium ‘cluster’ as an example. The cluster of cases that arose there in March went on to infect four generations, each with an incubation period of 14 days.

Contact-tracing apps are increasingly being deployed around the world in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. In South Korea, very early adoption of tracking and tracing meant the country avoided going into lock-down at all.

SOURCE: Coconuts


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    Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    So smart to share the same pen with every person entering a mall…
    What sounds obviously stupid to me seems to sound like a good idea to others…

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    Ian Bromley

    Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    If the system was not so clumsy it might be used more. First you register which requires you to turn on the QR code reader on your phone which takes time, then you attempt to get the English version but are directed to your browser which takes more time, then you enter the store to have your temperature taken and sanitise your hands which is more time, after completing your purchases you pay at the checkout, take your phone out of your pocket and activate it, turn on the QR code reader and point it at the code to check out, then you have questions to answer while the person behind you wants to pay and at last you leave the store. Exhausting, clunky and irritating. To get compliance you need an automated system, not this hot mess of bad design!

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    George Orwell

    Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    Yes and after the pandemic is gone the tracking system will not! They will use it to control every one’s movements!

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