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Thai PM orders Foreign Ministry to conduct vaccine passport study

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The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, says the government will look into the possibility of a vaccine passport policy, with discussions set to take place on Monday. The PM has asked the Foreign Ministry to carry out a study on the use of vaccine passports, but adds that there is no guarantee such a system would work at international level.

“So, at this point, I have ordered a study to be conducted around this idea in preparation for (a future use of it) so that Thailand will be able to keep up with other countries. Opinions about the Covid-19 vaccine passport system still vary, even in Thailand.”

Meanwhile, Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control says Monday’s meeting of the National Communicable Diseases Council will include a discussion on vaccine passports and the possibility of reducing the mandatory quarantine period. It’s understood the Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, has asked that everybody vaccinated in Thailand be provided with a certification of vaccination to help with any overseas travel plans.

Opas says he’s unsure about vaccinated people who want to come to Thailand, pointing out that the World Health Organisation has not yet outlined any criteria for vaccine passports. He adds that international talks and mutual agreements may need to be put in place first.

“The mandatory quarantine measures in Thailand will be based on the incubation period of the virus, which cannot be determined yet as nobody knows how the vaccine will affect it. The incubation period can be longer or shorter, as vaccines currently do not provide 100% protection. This will also be discussed at the meeting.”

Some countries, such as the US, the UK, and EU member states are understood to be considering a digital vaccine passport, although others have voiced objection to such a plan, questioning the efficacy of vaccines and whether they offer total protection.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | Nation Thailand

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    Brian

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 8:43 am

    This was a ridiculous conspiracy theory not long ago.

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    B.T.

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Yup study is okay.Vaccine passport without vaccine.Oh maybe next year.

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    Fred glue

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 9:27 am

    I hope they do it right, this passport (document) it could save lives & stop c-19 in its tracks.
    Stop the spread of c-19, the Thai government, like all governments around the world, this is our chance too
    be 100% truthful on this. I myself have had enough of this virus, like everyone else.
    We don’t need B-S,, on this. Wouldn’t it be nice too hug your love one’s & say it’s over… the score- card should now read, human beings (1) C-19 nil,,,,, 🍺 We will win…

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    Richard Barker

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Well, at least they are thinking about it so got to be a plus

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    patnou

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Keep quarantine and in 9 months country back 50 years at least, millions of jobless added to millions, additional 100 thousands + biz closed for ever due no more funds,credits & hopes.Then,surely not adverted thousands of suicides. What a pity when health system ca’ handle thousands which would be hardly found and may be very few hundred casualties of weak & elderly patients !!

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    dave

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 11:51 am

    It’s certainly promising that the PM is being somewhat open minded about considering the possibility of reducing or eliminating the two week jail sentence, paid for by the inmate. At some point he and his advisors will have to face the necessity of reducing the difficulty and expense of traveling to Thailand, for the good of the Thai people. Some kind of screening will be necessary, and people who have been vaccinated would be a good start.

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    Andy W

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    If they haven’t had an outline process in place iro vaccine passports then they’re at least 3 months behind most other tourist destination countries…
    Sure details about any quarantine etc must be flexible until the transmission data is analysed but the basic system should all ready to be rolled out by now.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Whose “health system ca’ handle thousands” of hospitalized cases, if they happened, patnou?

    … and why would Thailand only have “very few hundred casualties of weak & elderly patients !!” when all other countries that have opened their borders to unquarantined visitors have had rather more than that?

    Just asking …..

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    Vaccine will kill all of us

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    sounds like you believe in that conspiracy theory that there is a virus which is killing the whole population on earth?

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    Fred glue

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    IJ , (Webster Dictionary) you have written in a hundred times about C-19. What has changed your tune on this.
    I know what you do, you (copy cat) of other newspapers. Twist it and write in. So what you write , it’s not coming from you. Why do you do that….. cast your own judgement, your better than that. Just asking you say.
    Write what you know in English for me please, and write something funny too…🤪🏄‍♂️🤓 P.S. I did not go too school, I am learning as I go, and don’t use them percentage things either . Them things are a knock out for me…. 🎆🎆🎆

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    Jorma

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    and still people believe everythin. How many have had died or lost their livelyhoods because of this nonsense? UK and USA puts all as covid deaths if had positive result within 30days of death. I have been licking my fingers and not used mask for 6 months, no one has had covid near to me. All normal influenza gone?! and thats because of measures? then why covid is spreading? its not a novel miracle virus, similar than many other corona viruses that spread always, and that pcr test cannot smell is it cv19 or other strain, also it can show just strain, not live virus or tell if you are infected.

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    Alavan

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Since 1967 I have a yellow WHO “International certificates of vaccination” book.
    I showed and used it everywhere, I see vaccinations against smallpox,yellow fever,cholera, tetanus given to me in Antwerp, Iran, Dubai, New York,…
    So why can’t that be used? Now every country wants to make his own passport.

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    James R

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 2:30 am

    We in the UK are going to have such a passport, the difference is I, my son and wife have already had the vaccine so we can have a vaccine passport along with 21 million other British people.

    Maybe in a years time Thailand will have vaccinated a few more of their citizens.

    Until then most farangs will stay away just in case the virus mutates in Thailand due to the long slow approach they are taking to even receive a vaccine as they ordered them far too late.

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    James R

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 2:40 am

    Issan John

    The virus is spread by the the locals in any country due to not having a lockdown forced onto the general population as you only need a few locals to have it before passing it on as the rate of infection becomes exponential, it has not much to do with keeping borders shut re the overall number of cases.

    We in the UK found out that once we locked people down the numbers went down drastically very quickly, oneve a let up then the numbers grew again, since the last very hard lockdown since before Christmas the numbers are now relatively very small and will be almost zero in a few weeks time.

    In Thailand you continue to go to pubs, restaurants and all other crowded events, it has been going on for most of the last year and you have very few reported numbers.

    Are you so naive you believe the figures published by this dictatorial military government, if so you must have lost you marbles in this respect.

    Your free vaccine is still waiting for you in your home country, you will have to wait a year or two to get one there, the tourists will stay away until Thailand en masse have been vaccinated.

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    Dreqo

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Too bad they’ve already given themselves an out and stated that the vaccine doesnt actually prevent transmission of “the virus.” Best stay in the UK and out of Thailand forever, mates.

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Grim milestone: 3 million Covid-19 deaths worldwide

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Today marks a grim milestone as the Covid-19 pandemic officially crosses 3 million deaths around the world, with outbreaks still surging in various parts of the world. Over a year into the pandemic, and we are currently seeing over 700,000 new infections and 12,000 deaths per day, with Brazil, India, and France facing growing crises.

The 3 million figure reflects official numbers, though many suspect that real totals could be much higher, pointing at government conspiracies and early deaths that were not attributed to Covid-19 when little was known about the novel coronavirus in the early days.

Still, the official number is overwhelming enough – equal to the population of Kyiv, Ukraine, or the state of Arkansas in the US, and larger than world cities like Lisbon, Caracas, Dubai, Manchester or Chicago. Imagine nearly one-third of the people in Bangkok wiped out, or the entire nation of Armenia or Jamaica.

Following a steep decline in both new infections and deaths at the start of this year, the graph is again in an upward trajectory, both in terms of new cases and deaths from Covid.

Grim milestone: 3 million Covid-19 deaths worldwide | News by ThaigerThe World Health Organisation laments the dire condition of the world dealing with the pandemic after 16 months and so many opportunities to prevent the spread with basic safety precautions. Brazil has spiralled out of control, racking up 3,000 deaths a day, nearly 25% of all the Covid-19 deaths in the world in the past few weeks. New variants have been spreading like wildfire throughout Brazil as more dangerous strains have wriggled their way into countries around the world.

In India, the distribution of vaccines has been thwarted by swelling Covid-19 outbreaks and deaths. In New Dehli, 13,000 infections were reported in a day amongst the 29 million residents, but the city only has 178 ventilators available as of Wednesday.

Only 1.1% of the Indian populations has been vaccinated, and officials faced criticism of their vaccine exports while so many need jabs domestically. In Thailand, the percentage of people vaccinated is even lower.

700 million vaccines have been distributed worldwide, but they have been shipped disproportionately to the wealthier populations throughout the world. In rich countries, 1 in 4 people have been vaccinated, while in poor countries that number is less than 1 in 500. In fact, 87% of the vaccines distributed worldwide have been to wealthy nations, and the delays in India due to increasing Covid-19 deaths will not help close that gap for many months to come.

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With the third wave of Covid-19 ripping through Thailand, hospitals are rapidly filling up and the Thai Hotels Association has proposed “hospitels” as a creative solution. The portmanteau of “hospital” and “hotel” is the THA’s brainchild for creating more space for the growing number of Covid-19 infections that require treatment or at least observation as Thailand hits record daily case numbers. The idea of turning hotels into temporary hospitals was promoted by association president Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi this week.

“The move aims to reduce crowdedness at hospitals and promote continuous care for Covid-19 patients after new cases increased rapidly since late March.”

23 hotels have already registered to be hospitals, with 2,000 patients currently receiving treatment in the 4,900 available beds. The Ministry of Public Health laid out guidelines for hotels interested in participating. Hotels must have a minimum of 30 rooms and pass the alternative state quarantine evaluation. The ASQ-approved properties must have evidence of acknowledgement by the surrounding community to confirm their validity and eligibility. The hotel must be able and willing to take care of hospitalised patients for 5 to 7 days, even with no signs of symptom progression. Conversely, patients checking in must agree to stay in the hotel and be relatively self-sufficient.

Strict medical requirements must be met as well. Each patient must be provided with their own digital thermometer and pulse oximeter, and a portable x-ray machine must be available. The hotels must be staffed like hospitals, with at least one doctor, a clinical psychologist, a pharmacist, a radiologist, and an infection control nurse. There must also be one nurse per every 20 patients staying at the property.

This proposed solution might provide a welcomed supplement to the rudimentary field hospitals the Thai army has been hastily building to accommodate the influx of newly infected patients. While the quick work is commendable, some have hypothesized that at-risk foreigners may be ignoring calls to come forward for Covid-19 testing in part because being diagnosed may land them in these less-than-posh field hospitals for days on end. A more comfortable “hospitel” would allow infected foreigners to be treated in more pleasant surroundings thus encouraging them to come forward for testing.

SOURCE: National News Bureau and Nation Thailand

 

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Bangkok is now a red zone. Government gives people today to get back from Songkran break.

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…. before the next round of restrictions come into force at midnight tonight.

Bangkok and 17 other Thai provinces (there are 77 in total) are now declared maximum control areas. These “red zones” are the feature of the Thai Government’s new restrictions to get a grip on its rising Covid infection numbers since the start of April. The restrictions will last for at least 14 days.

From tonight, at midnight, some new restrictions are in force, not only in the red zones but every where else.

Think nightlife, think gatherings of more than 50 people, think restaurants. These are the area the government has generally targeted. The CCSA spokesperson yesterday, and the Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, went out of their way to portray the new restrictions as NOT curfews and NOT lockdowns. But, if you live in a red zone province, including Bangkok, then the new set of restrictions are a lockdown in just about every sense without outright telling people to stay at home.

Everything will have to be closed from 11pm – 4am in the morning, including all convenience stores. Hope you’ve paid your Netflix subscription!

The government is also advising businesses in Bangkok, and other red zone provinces, to allow employees to work from home, or have adequate precautions in place if they need to work in the offices.

Unlike the last two outbreaks of Covid within Thailand, this cluster has emerged from the indulgences of Bangkok’s hi-sos, celebrity and look-at-me culture. The trendy clubs around Thong Lor and Ekkamai are the destination for people that want, or need, to be seen, including some politicians who have either ended up infected or knew someone in the club and pub scene and have had to self-isolate.

The late evening sojourns, with nary a care for masks or social distancing, small spaces, lots of people… it has proven the perfect breeding ground for a new Covid cluster.

Bangkok’s legendary shopping centres and community malls will have to shut their doors by 9pm, a situation now across the board for all Thai shopping centres including places like your local Tesco mall.

But convenience stores, supermarkets, community markets can stay open until 11pm.

At this stage people are being advised not to travel to Bangkok, or any other red zone province, for the next 2 week (after midnight tonight). The travel advisory isn’t an order at this stage, more of a hurry-up-and-get-back-from-your-holidays request.

Last weekend saw the mass exodus out of the city. The same return from the provinces is happening today and tomorrow. Even though the official Songkran holiday ran from Tuesday to Thursday this week, plenty of people have take the Mondays and Friday off last week to end up with an extended 9 day holiday. The government was hoping the longer Songkran break would be a boon for the shattered hospitality and tourism businesses. But last weekends sudden climb of new Covid infections caused some people to cancel or postpone their bookings.

The annual Songkran road toll, usually a national disgrace, was cut by over 50% this year due to the lack of traffic and people deciding to wait it out and catch up with their families later.

Thailand recorded 1,547 new infections around Thailand today, a slight drop from yesterdays’ 1,585 reported new cases. But the last 4 days have revealed the largest list of daily infections since the first case was detected in Thailand on January 13 last year, a 61 year old Chinese passenger on a flight from Wuhan to Suvarnabhumi – the first known case of the novel coronavirus outside of China.

2 leading police from the Thong Lor police station have already been sidelined into inactive posts, a face-saving measure to show the government were being pro-active in reacting to the sloppy enforcement (or non-existent enforcement) of Covid precautions in the district’s active nightlife. Officials are also tracking down the owners of the nightclubs and bars for potential prosecution, principally around Bangkok and in Phuket where parties, promoted and run by a group called ‘Kolour’ ended up becoming Covid spreader events.

Here’s a list of the red zone provinces.

1. Bangkok
2. Chiang Mai
3. Chon Buri
4. Samut Prakan
5. Prachuap Khiri Kan
6. Samut Sakhon
7. Pathum Thani
8. Nakhon Pathom
9. Phuket
10. Nakhon Ratchasima
11. Nonthaburi
12. Songkhla
13. Tak
14. Udon Thani
15. Suphanburi
16. Sa Kaeo
17. Rayong
18. Khon Kaen

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