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Thailand ranks #1 for handling Covid-19 crisis

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A global survey released yesterday gave Thailand top marks for its effective handling of Covid-19 and its recovery from the coronavirus crisis. The nation scored 82 on the Global Covid-19 Index, putting it on top of the global chart as an example of best practices in tackling the virus sweeping the globe. In the previous ranking published June 14, Thailand came second among 184 nations.

South Korea came in second this time, with a score of 81, followed by Latvia (80.8), Malaysia (79.4), Taiwan (78.9) and New Zealand (78.5). Australia, which topped the chart in previous months, now ranks 6th, with a recovery index of 77.2.

The GCI bases 70% of its calculation on big data and daily analysis from 184 countries, with the other 30% coming from the Global Health Security Index, an assessment of global health security in 195 countries prepared by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

As of today, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand stands at 3,298 (including 360 found in state quarantine). Of these, 128 are still being treated, and 3,111 have recovered and been discharged from hospital. 58 have died from the virus.

Globally, the number of confirmed cases has surpassed 16.6 million, up by 31,363 in 24 hours, with 10.2 million patients having recovered and 656,000 dying.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    rinky stingpiece

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    But of course! So many countries are number 1 now, it’s amazing the advances in modern statistics. The best way to keep those numbers down is to not test anyone, or to keep them far away from hospitals to avoid infecting the healthy.

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    Patty

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Yeehaa …… Lol we won the prize …… soon many people will die for hunger the THB worth nothing, 7/11 will close every where and a lot’s of cheaper young prostitute for our soldiers !

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    Tony

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    yes that’s incredible,considering the world total today stands at 16,900.000 an increase of 7 million in 29 days…. at this rate in fifteen months 7.4 billion total cases would have been recorded.

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    Sam

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Or to name the cause of death anything but Covid 19. Odd how the stats for Influenza, Pneumonia, Stroke mortality rates have risen so much in 2020. Ssshhhhh!!!!

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Can we now have a global survey on Thai deaths on the road?
    This will reveal a comparison of what, 260 deaths for five of the virus.

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    Mike

    Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Actually the survey said nothing about the actual handling of the crisis. The data only ranks by infection/death rate. Thaiger inferred that it was due to the handling of the crisis. While that is a logical conclusion, other factors can have a dramatic effect as well. Inferring facts or jumping to conclusions is poor journalism.

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    David

    Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Just a shame that this #1 Covid performance was at the cost of Thailand being #1 for Covid’s crippling effects on industry, employment and the economy. Prayuth clearly mistook ‘lockdown’ for ‘paralysis’.

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    Alex

    Friday, July 31, 2020 at 2:08 am

    Sweden ranks number one without a lockdown, not Thailand. Don’t be fooled!

    The World Health Organization suddenly changed course and praised Sweden as a model for battling the coronavirus as the countries started gradually lifting their lockdowns.

    https://www.neweurope.eu/article/who-reverses-course-praises-lockdown-ignoring-sweden/

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    JJ

    Friday, July 31, 2020 at 8:46 am

    The writer of this actually has a journalism degree?
    1. These numbers don’t reflect “handling” of the disease. There was nothing easier in the world than sealing New Zealand borders. Also many of the countries reported and listed “covid” death rates do NOT reflect excess death rate, while most of Europe and the US are reporting excess deaths (a higher and more accurate number).
    2. Also genetics are for certain a MAJOR factor. Human evolution in the last 10,000 years probably hasn’t moved much in almost every facet, EXCEPT is well understood to have had major changes: immune system evolutionary pressure. This would be expected to cause differences in countries regardless of policy.
    3. ALL wide testing of archival blood samples, stored for a year or more, are showing significant numbers of samples with T-cells from PRIORr exposure to a very similar and likely low symptom/asymptomatic corona type virus in EAST ASIA and Oceana.
    July 17 Science mag, citing journal “Nature” peer reviewed paper: “And turning to patients who have never been exposed to either SARS or the latest SARS CoV-2, this new work confirms that there are people who nonetheless have T cells that are reactive to protein antigens from the new virus. …That would argue that there has been past zoonotic coronavirus transmission in humans, unknown viruses that apparently did not lead to serious disease, which have provided some people with a level of T-cell based protection to the current pandemic.”
    WE will not know for five years how any country “handled it.”

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Chon Buri adds 99 new Covid-19 infections today

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FILE PHOTO: Covid-19 cases continue to be identified from entertainment venues across Thailand.

The Chon Buri Covid-19 cluster is spreading with the Chon Buri Provincial Public Health Office confirming 99 new cases today. The province, which contains Pattaya, seems to be following a growing infection trend. The Pattaya area saw 47 new cases, and Mueang Chon Buri had 41 cases, with other districts having less than 5 each. 2 people infected with Covid-19 were brought from outside Chon Buri for treatment locally. The new cases bring the total number of Covid-19 infections in the province up to 710 people.

While infections are on the rise, officials advise that the numbers are not showing a severe or exponential increase and are in line with daily averages. They say the growing numbers are more likely due to “diligent testing throughout the community”, especially in nightlife venues and popular entertainment districts. 984 cautionary tests were administered today along with 342 people suspected to have been in close contact with Covid-19 infected people.

Within the new infections, 41 people are still being investigated to find the source of the virus, while 29 people were family members or close contacts of other infected people.

The sources of new infections are…

  • PATTAYA
    • 3 infections at The Box 69 Pattaya
    • 3 infections at Cetus Pattaya
    • 3 infections at Garden 168
    • 1 infection at Bone Pattaya
    • 1 infection at Insomnia Pattaya
  • OTHER AREAS IN CHON BURI
    • 5 infections at Flintstone’s Pub in Meung Chon Buri, the source of 137 cases total.
    • 4 infections at Infinity Siracha
    • 3 infections at 2.7 Replay Bang Saen
  • FROM OUTSIDE CHON BURI
    • 4 infections at Entertainment venues in Bangkok

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Thailand’s northern provinces are starting to impose more self-quarantines or travel restrictions to combat the recent Covid-19 outbreak that has spread quickly throughout northern Thailand. Phichit and Lampang provinces are the latest in northern Thailand to impose a variety of covid-19 restrictions on people entering.

A Thailand Interior Ministry told Chiang Rai Times that the longer list emphasises the seriousness of the 3rd wave of the coronavirus. The new wave originated in nightlife venues in Bangkok and has spread to 74 out of Thailand’s 77 provinces, as of yesterday. Health inspectors believe the new and more contagious UK strain of Covid-19, named B117, arrived in Thailand from Cambodia through migrants.

But as the CCSA has largely placed restrictions in the hands of each provincial government, many are confused about what guidelines they must follow upon entering certain provinces. Northern Thailand’s Lampang province, for example, orders visitors from Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom and Chiang Mai to report immediately to local health authorities or officials, but it does not require them to undergo quarantine for 2 weeks if test results are negative.

Visitors are advised to check updated information at moicovid.com as the rules are different in each province. So far, 42 provinces have imposed self-quarantine. Phichit, Lampang and Ubon Ratchathani were the latest to join 39 other provinces imposing a variety of restrictions on people entering their provinces.

Visitors to the website posted multiple questions, mostly on whether they needed to be quarantined.

Provinces that impose self-quarantine or other requirements on travellers:

NORTH

  • Chiang Mai
  • Kamphaeng Phet
  • Lampang
  • Lamphun
  • Nan
  • Phayao
  • Phetchabun
  • Phichit
  • Phitsanulok
  • Phrae
  • Tak
  • Uttaradit

NORTHEAST

  • Amnat Charoen
  • Bung Kan
  • Buri Ram
  • Chaiyaphum
  • Khon Kaen
  • Maha Sarakham
  • Mukdahan
  • Nakhon Phanom
  • Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Nong Bua Lam Phu
  • Nong Khai
  • Sakon Nakhon
  • Ubon Ratchathani
  • Udon Thani
  • Yasothon

CENTAL AND EAST

  • Chai Nat
  • Lop Buri
  • Nakhon Sawan
  • Sa Kaeo
  • Saraburi
  • Sing Buri
  • Uthai Thani

SOUTH

  • Chumphon
  • Narathiwat
  • Pattani
  • Phangnga
  • Ranong
  • Satun
  • Songkhla
  • Trang

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Covid UPDATE: Wednesday’s new infections rise to 1,335 people, 36 people in “serious condition”

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Thailand’s CCSA has announced 1,335 new infections today, after a slight dip in the 10 day surge yesterday. 1,326 of those new infections are local, not imported, and mostly from Bangkok. Today’s tally takes the national total to 35,910 since January 2020 when the first case outside China was detected in Thailand on January 13.

The new infections have mostly emerged in Bangkok with 351 cases. Surrounding provinces report an additional 115 infections today. In other provinces, 877 people.

It’s also been reported today that 36 people are currently in a serious condition and 9 people are on ventilators. Here’s the number of cases reported each day since the start of April…

April 1 – 26 infections

April 2 – 58 infections

April 3 – 84 infections

April 4 – 96 infections

April 5 – 194 infections

April 6 – 250 infections

April 7 – 334 infections

April 8 – 405 infections

April 9 – 559 infections

April 10 – 789 infections

April 11 – 967 infections

April 12 – 985 infections

April 13 – 965 infections

April 14 – 1,335 infections

Meanwhile, Prachuap Khiri Khan officials have ordered the closure of “high risk venues” such as pubs, bars, water parks, children’s playgrounds, gyms, cinemas, game shops. The Governor says restaurants can open “but no alcohol can be served”. This includes the seaside town of Hua Hin.

In Krabi there is now a total of 11 infections, 6 new ones yesterday.

In Chon Buri, which includes Pattaya, there were 99 new confirmed infections of Covid today … a similar number to the past few days.

Total number of infections being treated in provinces…

• Bangkok: 1,689
• Chiang Mai: 880
• Chonburi: 594
• Samut Prakan: 416
• Narathiwat: 304
• Prachuap Khiri Khan: 265
• Samut Sakhon: 166
• Pathum Thani: 124
• Sa Kaeo 105
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