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Thailand ranks #1 for handling Covid-19 crisis

Jack Burton



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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

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    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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