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Thailand Covid case report for the last day of the year

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The year stared off with no cases at all in Thailand although the country was the first outside China to announce a local infection on January 8…

“A first case of ‘New Coronavirus Pneumonia’ has been identified in Thailand, but the Public Health Ministry is assuring the public there is no wider outbreak of the virus. The mystery virus has now been identified by Chinese scientists and was earlier nicknamed as the mystery Wuhan Pneumonia.”

Today, the last day of 2020, the CCSA has reported 194 new Covid-19 cases today. That’s 181 new local infections… 13 among quarantined arrivees. Thailand’s total infections over the year is now 6,884. 2 weeks ago the total was at 4,281. The latest outbreak of Covid-19 in Thailand had spread to 51 provinces, with Nong Khai, Maha Sarakham and Kanchanaburi now added to the list.

Of the total, 4,240 people have recovered, including 28 discharged in the past 24 hours, and 2,583 are currently receiving treatment related to their Covid infections.

Bangkok, Chon Buri (which includes Pattaya) and Rayong (just south of Pattaya), have all added more than 51 cases each today. 9 Burmese migrants are among the new Covid-19 infections.

Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin announced the overall total included 4,869 local infections and 1,392 infected migrant workers. The cluster amongst, mostly, Burmese migrant workers, broke out 2 weeks ago around the fishing and seafood market community on the coast at Samut Sakhon, just south west of Bangkok.

He noted that the new case number had dropped from 250 yesterday to 194 today, but warned the media that there is still more to come….

“…because there is still a substantial number of new cases pending verification. More new cases will be added on and on.”

Of the 194 newly confirmed cases, 11 are linked to the fishing community cluster in Samut Sakhon.

There’s also 128 new cases “under investigation”… 77 in Rayong, 20 in Samut Sakhon, 16 in Chon Buri, 6 in Samut Prakan, 5 in Chanthaburi, 3 in Trat and 1 in Chachoengsao, just east of Bangkok.

The infections, detected in quarantine had arrived from Turkey (2), Hong Kong (1), Canada (1), the United Kingdom (1), the United Arab Emirates (2), Malaysia (1), Indonesia (1), South Korea (1), Japan (1), Kuwait (1) and Russia (1), according to Bangkok Post.

Details of Thailand’s Covid history HERE.

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    Slugger

    Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Good luck Thailand, you can beat it like we have in China.

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    Peter

    Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Happy New Year to all the Thaiger staff and all contributors on the board, whether in Thailand or elsewhere on the globe.
    On a more serious note, i cannot see things changing much through 2021.
    Developed countries should have the worse behind them by the end of the first half of 2021.
    However, we live in an interconnected world and it is essential that developing countries get vaccine immunity as soon as possible.
    I doubt Thailand will have vaccinated any of their citizens by the end of the first half of 2021.
    Personally, i think it will take at least a year for SE Asia to get mass vaccination campaigns going. In the meantime, borders will basically stayed closed.
    Europe has the willingness to organise and reboot inter country tourism and i think that is what will happen for a number of years to come.
    2021 will be even more frustrating for those of us wishing to return to Thailand. We will be vaccinated and ready to go.
    I, like 99.9% of people, will not be doing quarantine to return, for a number of reasons.
    This pandemic has more twists and turns to come, i hope i am wrong.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      “Willingness” suggests that Thailand and SE asia are unwilling to start vaccination programmes, which isn’t correct.

      It’s simply about what’s possible, nothing more. Not only are there no vaccines currently available as all available stocks have been pre-bought by the West, but even if they were Thailand and most of SE Asia don’t have the infrastructure to store and distribute vaccines that have to be kept at -70 or -20c until ready for use.

      That may be as “frustrating” for those in Thailand, whether farang or Thai, as it is for those “wishing to return to Thailand”, but it is what is and there’s no way of changing that.

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        Peter

        Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 10:03 pm

        You can’t even get your facts right on the last day of the year.
        Anutin has announced that Thailand has purchased 2 million doses of an unnamed vaccine for February.
        Now doubt it will be a Chinese vaccine. This will be enough for front line workers etc. Although very important, it barely scratches the surface.
        Comes a day after a scientist told them to get their fingers out.
        Thailand thought it could stand back, close the borders and act in isolation.
        I doubt it can. Now they are panicking. As usual too little, too late.
        I hope it doesn’t run riot in Los.

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          Issan John

          Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 11:50 pm

          What “facts” are you talking about that I “can’t get right”?

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        Stephen Westrip

        Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 11:37 pm

        Issan John is factually incorrect again.

        Thailand has already secured the manufacturing license for all SE Asia for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. This was announced months ago and long before the vaccine had finished any trials. It has now been approved by the UK. This vaccine is stored at -3 degrees (normal fridge temperatures) unlike the Pfizer vaccine. It’s cost is only $2-3 per shot which is a magnitude less than the Pfizer vaccine.

        Like any country the rolling out of a vaccine the whole population will not be easy but the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine apparently has 70% after the first injection with the second injection needed within 12 weeks. I have some confidence that Thailand has the organisational skills to roll this out relatively quickly. It is scenarios like this that the Government appears to do well at. More mundane and routine tasks – not always!!

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          Issan John

          Friday, January 1, 2021 at 12:44 am

          Ummm … where, exactly, am I “factually incorrect again”?

          The unnamed 2 million doses of vaccine aren’t “currently available”, as they’re not available for at least two or three months, probably four, (in April), subject to approval.

          You’ve simply repeated, almost verbatim, something I’ve said about the AstraZeneca vaccine countless times when someone says Thailand’s “unwilling” to do anything, is at the “back of the queue”, or is “reliant” on the West, etc ….

          … with the only differences being that

          i) you “doubt Thailand will have vaccinated any of their citizens by the end of the first half of 2021”, although the “unknown” vaccine is due in April (possibly before) and the AZ vaccine is due in May,

          ii) you “think it will take at least a year for SE Asia to get mass vaccination campaigns going” while I’m confident some will be well before that, and

          iii) Thailand already has a well tried and tested vaccination programme for the
          “whole population” which is “mundane and routine”, which works extremely well, which I’ve also commented on before, which you seem completely unaware of.

          Bizarre, and that’s putting it mildly …

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    Jeff

    Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Who’s proofreading your publications?

    “The year stared off”

    And I’ve seen consistent errors in the girl’s (Katlin?) work too.

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      indis77

      Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 7:48 pm

      They focus most of their resources on censorship.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    To clarify the position on quarantine for returning Thais, since it’s been the subject of some heated debate here and I’ve just had it clarified and confirmed by some who have recently been through the process.

    Thais who fly back by Thai Airways (and only by Thai Airways) are entitled to free quarantine in a number of approved hotels in Bangkok, at government / Thai Airways expense. Those wanting to quarantine at an ASQ or ALSQ hotel of their choice can do so, but at their own expense and at the same rates as anyone else.

    Thais who return by any other airline or across land borders are entitled to free quarantine courtesy of the RTA, in an Army barracks, but those wanting to quarantine at an ASQ or ALSQ hotel of their choice can do so at their own expense and at the same rates as anyone else.

    That strikes me as not only very fair but eminently sensible, and a great improvement on “self-quarantine” which relies on honesty and which, at least in the UK, is ignored by some 80% of those supposed to do it (according to SAGE).

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    Gianluca

    Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Honestly they can’t do lockdown only for this small number of cases.
    In London we still have 50,000 a day.
    Anyway I love Thailand and I can’t wait to come back.

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 1, 2021 at 12:56 am

      … and according to some reports, testing in London indicates that up to 40% of Londoners may have Covid – that’s just what Thailand wants to / has to avoid, and if you know how to do that other than by some form of lockdown I’m sure a lot of people would want to know what it is.

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    paul

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    The only way out of this mess is through herd immunity so the high infection rates in the UK, although hideous, will ultimately defeat the virus.

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      Peter

      Friday, January 1, 2021 at 10:17 pm

      Heard immunity has already been dismissed as not a viable option as second infections have been discovered. Many research establishments have raised concerns over the short term protection it appears to provide.

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    Bigsleazypappa

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:04 am

    I fear the worst for the Thai people and economy now as COVID is coming and it could cause carnage in the communities. Iv said this for months it’s a flu that’s going to be around for years and we have to live with it. You can’t just close the economy down and keep having curfews because it just doesn’t work. I fear the worst stay safe guys

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