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Thai health officials investigate South Korean military officer Covid-19 case

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Thai health officials are trying to determine how the South Korean military officer, who tested positive for Covid-19 after returning home from Thailand’s annual Cobra Gold training, became infected with the virus. So far, it’s a mystery.

Local health authorities investigating the case are asking South Korean authorities for more information about the officers whereabouts to figure where exactly the officer came in contact with the virus, according to the Department of Disease Control’s chief of the epidemiology division, Walairat Chaifoo.

“We have three assumptions that firstly he might have been infected with the disease in his country. He might also have been infected in alternative state quarantine or at the meeting place. We do need to have additional information from South Korea in order to verify those assumptions.”

Here’s the timeline:

October 17: The 32 year old South Korean military officer arrived in Thailand and checked in at an alternative state quarantine (ASQ) hotel in Bangkok.

November 1: The military officer was released from the ASQ after 2 tests came out negative for Covid-19. He checked out and stayed at a hotel for a night in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit area.

November 3: He travelled to Rayong’s Ban Chang district and participated in the Cobra Gold military training exercise.

November 6: He travelled back to Bangkok and stayed at a hotel for 2 nights.

November 8: The military officer departed from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport and landed at the Incheon Airport in South Korea where he tested positive for Covid-19.

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry is requiring that those who came in close contact with the infected officer to quarantine for 14 days. Those who participated in Cobra Gold’s 5-day training exercise, but did not come in close contact with the officer are advised to self-quarantine at home and look out for symptoms over the next 2 weeks.

The vast majority of recent Covid-19 cases have been detected in the mandatory 14 day quarantine for those entering the country. Thailand went a record of 100 days without a reported local transmission until September when a Bangkok DJ tested positive for Covid-19 after his arrest on drug charges.

The DJ was infected with the G strain of the virus which is a less severe, but more contagious. The G strain is also typically detected in quarantine from those entering Thailand from overseas rather than local transmissions, health officials say. That case is also still a mystery.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    zero

    November 12, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    It is not a mystery in a country following a zero-test, zero-cases policy (aside from those who arrive from abroad and are mandated to quarantine, of course). Sars-CoV-2 is circulating throughout all Thailand without knowledge from health officers.

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      Issan John

      November 13, 2020 at 2:40 pm

      Except that’s RUBBISH as far as Thailand is concerned – it’s simply completely untrue.

      Thailand has never claimed to have “zero-cases” – this is nonsense.

      Thailand has a very effective and very successful policy of targeted testing – 1,000 tests for a single case is nothing unusual.

      There is no evidence whatsoever that “Sars-CoV-2 is circulating throughout all Thailand without knowledge from health officers” and massive evidence that it is NOT. Where are the Covid-related deaths? Where are the 20% of those with Covid-19 who would be symptomatiC if it were? Where are the excess deaths? THERE AREN’T ANY.

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    AI

    November 13, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    And yet sir, you still have absolutely NO proof at all of con-vid actually existing. 55 😉

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      Issan John

      November 15, 2020 at 9:15 pm

      Why would “I” have “proof” that Covid-19 exists, any more than “I” have proof that the moon isn’t made of cheese or the world isn’t flat and carried around the universe by a giant turtle?

      Several million doctors around the world are clearly satisfied that there’s adequate “proof” of Covid-19, so that’s good enough for me.

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    Issan John

    November 15, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    … and FWIW he wasn’t here to participate in Cobra Gold, which took place in February / March earlier this year, but was here for a meeting about NEXT YEAR’S Cobra Gold.

    Why that had to be done in person, and why planning is going ahead for an exercise which is obviously not going to happen, is beyond me.

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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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97 police officers investigated for fiddling Covid-19 payments

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97 police officers, from 41 police stations, are currently being investigated for an alleged scam involving Covid-19 payments meant for officers who worked extra shifts during the crisis. The case was assigned by national police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk in November, when it came to light that some officers may have fraudulently claimed allowances meant for others.

In one incident, an officer responsible for transferring extra payments to police on the southern island of Phuket transferred the money to his own accountant instead. At the time, the transfer was dismissed as a mistake (in his favour), with the officer in question receiving a warning, and payments then made to the qualifying officers.

Wissanu Prasatthong-Osot from the National Internal Affairs Police says the investigation should reach a conclusion within the next 10 days.

“The result of the investigation should be ready in 10 days. Currently, 97 officers in 41 police stations ranging from non-commissioned to generals are under investigation for being involved in the swindle. The bureau aims to provide justice to all policemen involved. After the investigation concludes, the victims will receive their full allowance, while the offending officers will be punished under the law and disciplinary standards.”

Nation Thailand reports that a full list of alleged offenders has been sent to Suwat, with Wissanu promising that none will escape prosecution.

“The National Police chief had also ordered the transfer of offending officers at the commander and sub-commander levels out of their areas as per the investigation procedures.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Fourth local Covid-19 case reported in Chiang Rai, Thai returnee evaded quarantine

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A fourth local Covid-19 case was reported in Chiang Rai today. The patient is a 25 year old Thai woman who recently returned to Thailand from Myanmar by using an unofficial land crossing to avoid quarantine.

The woman travelled to Myanmar’s Tachileik district earlier this month to work at a hotel, she told officials. 3 other infected Thai women also tested positive in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai after working at a bar in Tachileik. Those women also allegedly entered Thailand illegally, dodging the mandatory 14 day quarantine period.

The women could face charges for entering Thailand illegally and violating the Emergency Decree. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says he’s asked authorities to press charges “to the fullest extent of the law.”

When the 25 year old heard the news of other returnees testing positive, she got tested. She has not reported any symptoms. The woman claims she stayed in a hotel room in the Mae Sai district from November 24 to 27 and ordered food to the room. She moved to another hotel in the Muang district. The woman claims she wore a mask and did not go to public places.

The Chiang Rai Disease Control is investigating and is urging the public not to panic.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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Health minister pushes to press charges on Covid-19 infected women who dodged quarantine

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The 3 Thai women who tested positive for Covid-19 after crossing the Thai-Myanmar border without being screened or undergoing the mandatory 14 day quarantine might face charges. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says he has asked authorities to prosecute “to the fullest extent of the law.”

Not only could the women face charges for illegal entry, they could also be charged for endangering public health as well as breaking the Communicable Disease Control Act and the Emergency Decree, according to Anutin. He says he’s working with the Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai governors to press charges against the women.

The infected women all worked at the same bar in Myanmar. One of them, a 29 year old, entered Thailand last Thursday in a public van, but was somehow able to evade the quarantine process. She then took a bus from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai. She had flu-like symptoms during her travels and checked in to a hospital a few days later where she tested positive.

The other women, ages 23 and 26, illegally crossed the border into Chiang Rai at night. After hearing about her friend’s positive result, the 26 year old went to a local hospital to get tested.

The health minister says Thais are welcome to come home, but they need to go through the official entry process to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Those who enter the country without going through the mandatory quarantine period could face harsh penalties, such as imprisonment, for violating the Emergency Decree.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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