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Thai PM extends Emergency Decree to January next year

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The government will extend a nationwide emergency decree until at least January 15 next year. The PM has cited the need to prevent a resurgence in coronavirus infections during the peak New Year’s travel period. The impasse with protesters was not brought up as a reason to extend the current Emergency Decree.

The CCSA chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has officially approved the extension f the decree “to help authorities enforce mandatory quarantines”. The proposed extension will require official endorsement by the Thai Cabinet next week. It will be the 8th extension to the Emergency Decree which was first invoked in March this year. Most of the restrictions imposed after the original Emergency Decree have since been lifted.

After discussions, a decision to reduce the current 14 day mandatory quarantine has been deferred. The decision would allow arrives from low-risk countries to leave quarantine after only 10 days. But the CCSA did approve the use of golf resorts as quarantine centres. Thailand’s Public Health Minister is the owner of a golf course in Nakhon Ratchasima.

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    Andres

    November 18, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Why only January 2021? Extend until 2031. Kill the country.

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    Ryan Lih

    November 18, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Abusing his power to suppress the protestors. Quite evidently so while other issues are ignored.

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      Issan John

      November 19, 2020 at 8:45 am

      Yes, water’s wet.

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    Denis

    November 18, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Very good news

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    Nipral

    November 18, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    keep going moron !

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    brb

    November 18, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    “…the CCSA did approve the use of golf resorts as quarantine centres. Thailand’s Public Health Minister is the owner of a golf course in Nakhon Ratchasima.”

    Of course there is always a second reason.

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      Jim

      November 22, 2020 at 9:09 am

      Yep…no conflict of interest there from the Public Health Minister who, btw, has zero professional background in public health.

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    zig

    November 18, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    This guy sugar coats everything…what a load of bullocks…uses covid as an excuse to extend his attempt to suppress the country even more…its ok as physics will teach that everything balances out in the end….his days are numbered

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    Mike Frenchie

    November 18, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    14 days golfing ‘in quarantine’ – what a joke… Conflict of interests size XXL

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    Don R

    November 18, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    LOL @ the photo of the family in hazmat suits. It really saddens me that the Western world is now following the East, specifically this sort of irrational hypochondriac clown behavior.

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    Preesy Chepuce

    November 18, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Personally, and selfishly speaking… the Thai government has given me so much more than any other government ever has, for which I am truly grateful. Keep it coming. I’m loving every minute of it… and what’s more, every minute of it, I’m helping Thailand in return, it’s the perfect storm.

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    Ray W.

    November 19, 2020 at 6:13 am

    And with that there is no longer any hope that they won’t continue to keep the boarders closed in perpetuity. The last of our foreign financial backer are already going elsewhere and taking thier capital with them. In our case that will be long term, maybe permanent, lost employment for over 225 skilled people. That’s not unskilled labor its skilled perfessionals who will be lucky to not lose everything themselves in this insane drive to burn everything to ash. I hope you feel safe in your pile of unemployed, crime infested, drug addicted, suicidal cinders that used to be our future opportunities.

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    Issan John

    November 19, 2020 at 8:43 am

    So why, exactly, would opening the “boarders” persuade your “foreign financial backers” to keep investing in anything other than the tourism sector?

    What would your “225 skilled perfessionals” be producing for the export market with the “boarder” open that they can’t be producing with “the boarders closed”?

    Unless you’re the mama-san and your “225 skilled perfessionals” are skilled at horizontal jogging, and your “foreign financial backers” are sex tourists who are hoping the Philippines or Cambodia are going to lift their border restrictions soon, which there’s no sign of, I can’t think of any other business this would make any difference to.

    SO, PLEASE, HELP ME OUT HERE.

    HOW, EXACTLY, WOULD OPENING THE “BOARDERS” MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR BUSINESS AND YOUR “225 SKILLED PERFESSIONALS”?

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The Tokyo Olympics may cost almost US$2 billion more than its original budget of US$13 billion, after it has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Olympic organisers say they will decide on the increased budget for the Games after communicating with Japan’s government and Tokyo. The Games were postponed by 1 year after Covid-19 spread worldwide, with its opening date set to July 23, 2021. Of all the events postposed because of Covid-19, the Olympics was the biggest and most complex to postpone.

Such a delay has yielded new costs, from retaining the organising staff, rebooking venues and transportation. Not to mention, the question of if the event can actually proceed safely. But Olympic officials are reaffirming that the Games can, indeed, be held following safety measures.

Such covid safety measures are reportedly another reason why the price of the event has increased, although the new estimated cost doesn’t include such measures. Officials say they are expecting the additional costs to be paid for by the Japanese government. Organisers and officials are reportedly considering a long list of possible virus countermeasures that they hope will make the Games possible, even if a vaccine is not yet available.

A dialed-down, lower-cost Olympics plan was announced in September, with banners, mascots, meals, and athlete welcome ceremonies being scrapped along with fewer free tickets to be offered. A senior official has said that Tokyo Olympics test events will resume in March with a decision on fan attendance to be made in the spring season.

Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee Chief says he is very confident that the Games will have attending fans. However, fan enthusiasm has decreased inside of Japan, with summer polls indicating only 1 in 4 Japanese people wanting the Games to happen, with most wanting them to be postponed or even fully cancelled.

So far, Tokyo has reported just over 40,000 cases of Covid, with Japan reporting 145,000 cases since the pandemic began.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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A Singaporean woman has given birth to a baby with Covid antibodies in its system, giving new clues into whether Covid can be transferred from mother to child. The woman, Celine Ng-Chan, was infected with the virus in March during her pregnancy, and gave birth this month to her Covid-free baby.

“My doctor suspects I have transferred my Covid-19 antibodies to him during my pregnancy.”

The World Health Organisation says it is not yet known whether a pregnant woman with Covid-19 can pass the virus to her foetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery.

Ng-Chan became mildly sick from the virus, but was discharged from the National University Hospital after 2.5 weeks. So far, the World Health Organisation says it is not yet known whether a pregnant woman can pass the virus to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery, but this new finding helps researchers with new information. The active virus has not been found in samples of fluid around the fetus in the womb or in breast milk as of now, with Chinese doctors reporting such detection of antibodies in babies born to women, who have been infected with the virus, has been shown to decline over time.

New York Presbyterian/Columia University Irving Medical Centre has also reported in October, in JAMA Pediatrics, that the transmission of the virus from mothers to babies is rare, further pointing towards the risks being minimal of the possible transmission from mother to baby either in the womb, during delivery, or in breastfeeding.

Meanwhile, a 29 year old female Thai returnee from Myanmar has tested positive for Covid in Chiang Mai, after visiting the hospital with flu-like symptoms. She was the only local case reported, out of 5 other positive tests, with officials saying she is believed to have contracted the virus in Myanmar.

The positive test on November 27, came after she was out and about, with authorities saying 326 people are suspected of coming in contact with the woman. The woman reportedly visited a mall to eat Japanese shabu, watched a movie, visited a karaoke bar, and used public transportation before her positive diagnosis.

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Thai woman tests positive for Covid in Chiang Mai, 72 people found to be in close contact

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A 29 year old female Thai returnee from Myanmar has tested positive for Covid in Chiang Mai, after visiting the hospital with flu-like symptoms. She was the only local case reported, out of 5 other positive tests, with officials saying she is believed to have contracted the virus in Myanmar. The positive test on November 27, came after she was out and about, with authorities saying 326 people are suspected of coming in contact with the woman. The woman reportedly visited a mall to eat Japanese shabu, watched a movie, visited a karaoke bar, and used public transportation before her positive diagnosis.

Of those suspected 326 people who came in contact with the woman, 105 were deemed at high risk of infection with 149 deemed at low risk. Officials said 72 people were in close contact with her. The mall operator says those who were found to be in contact with the woman will proceed to a 14 day quarantine period.

The woman reportedly came down with symptoms on November 23 and went to the Nakornping Hospital the next day to be checked out. Now, the Chiang Mai governor has ordered all affected venues to be disinfected, including the Central Festival Chiangmai mall, which closed at 4 pm for a “big cleaning” yesterday.

Officials from the Disease Control Department have provided the woman’s whereabouts at a briefing on Saturday as part of the contact-tracing exercise. Sopon Liamsirithavorn, director of the Communicable Diseases Division, has presented a timeline of her movements:

  • From October 24 to November 23, the woman was in Myanmar. On November 23, she developed a fever, watery diarrhea, and lost her sense of smell.
  • On November 24, she still had a fever and developed a cough and a headache. Around 5 am on that day, she travelled from Myanmar to the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai by public van.
  • Around 11 am on November 24, she left Chiang Rai for Chiang Mai by bus.
  • At 2.51 pm the same day, the woman arrived at her condominium in a Grab car. That night, she used another Grab car to visit a karaoke bar in the Santitham area with two friends. They smoked a cigarette and shared it.
  • On November 25, she stayed overnight at a condominium with one of the friends who had returned from the entertainment venue around 2 am. Two other friends who lived in the room opposite came to the room to drink alcohol.
  • About noon on November 25, the woman left the condominium in another Grab car. She arrived at her condo building at around 1 pm.
  • Between 3.30 pm and 8.30 pm, she used another Grab car to visit a shopping mall and watched a movie there, had meals, and went shopping. She wore a face mask most of the time. She later used another Grab car to return to her condominium.
  • On November 26, the woman took a Grab car to a private hospital in Chiang Mai for a medical check-up around 3.30 pm after she lost her sense of smell, had watery diarrhea, and a body temperature of 36.9 celsius. She underwent a Covid-19 test.
  • Around 10pm, she was sent to Nakornping Hospital for another Covid-19 test. On November 27, the tests turned out positive.

A full announcement is set to be made by the Chiang Mai governor and Thai public health authorities when more information has been confirmed.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | Reuters

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