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Thailand’s Covid-19 task force to debate quarantine reduction proposal tomorrow, again

Maya Taylor

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After deciding in last week’s meeting to continue on with the mandatory 14 day quarantine, the issue of a reduction from 14 days to 10, is back on the table.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration will meet tomorrow to discuss a proposal, again, to reduce mandatory quarantine from 14 days to 10, for arrivals from low-risk countries. But, again, a number of leading Thai medics are warning against the move, saying it could cause an uncontrollable spike in virus numbers.

Despite the Department of Disease Control and the Ministry of Public Health backing the proposal, some doctors say it could potentially result in up to 700 cases a day. They are urging officials to wait until an effective vaccine is available, which it’s hoped could be within the next 6 months.

The Pattaya News reports that Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, says that he understands the doctors’ concerns, but believes them to be unfounded, reminding them that the reduction would only apply to people coming from countries considered low-risk.

Addressing the proposal from Thai travel agents that the country be re-opened to Chinese tourists from 22 low-risk provinces, the Health Ministry says the matter is still under discussion and a final decision is yet to be made.

While China currently has a ban on organised tour groups travelling overseas, this does not apply to individual Chinese travellers, who are allowed to leave the country.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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    Roland Nystad

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    When I am arriving Thailand, I have already 72 h negative convid 19 test,and 16 hour of travel, then I have to take 2 more test (hopefully) negative,then 15 night i quaranten hotel, that makes nearly 19 days,,,,,,, I am from a very low risk country,What is the point,,,,, If Thai goverment test 100 000 persons in Bangkok , they will be supriced of al the corona they will find,,,,, the Fahrang is not the risk, the risk is that it is no mandatary test of the population in general ..

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      Timothy L Smith

      Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 11:37 pm

      It is not that difficult to figure this out. The Thai government can come up with any plan they want and foolishly count on domestic tourism to cover some of the international tourism. From what I hear from most I talk to about this, is forget going to Thailand. I would think NO one is going to Thailand as long as you have to waste the majority of your stay in Thailand on quarantine. 14 days or 10 days is not going to matter. Even 4 days for some is too much to waste time with Thailand right now. If anyone in the Thai government would wake up and realize, sure if you open tourism the Covid 19 infections would rise, but what is the alternative? No businesses, no food, no home, no livelihood. With chances of getting over the virus at 95%, protect yourself, stay clear of large crowds, wear your mask and wash you hands frequently, let the virus run it’s course instead of letting your country collapse. what is worse?

      Also, this high risk, low risk country rating! Every country in the world is high risk if you are standing next to some one that has the virus. No one is fooled by your Thai government initiatives. The Chinese started all this and they are all of a sudden given special considerations for entering Thailand. Sounds like money and a method to control the population to me and not concern for the Thai people. I don’t know if there is any country without the virus. So if China is not considered a high risk country, how can any other country be considered high risk. Is there anyone in the Thai government that can see past their wallet?

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      Issan John

      Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 8:47 pm

      RN, it’s a nice thought, but it’s impossible to do a “mandatary test of the population in general”.

      The UK can’t even manage a test of one small city or its university students.

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    AI

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Yes, Roland. But don’t expect that to occur anywhere in Siam.

    Reality is something you can rely on and that just might expose a few of them.

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      Paul

      Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 3:48 pm

      I imagine before Covid that Thai people can enter your country without visa as easy as you can enter Thailand? However there are not many thai people who like to establish themself or work abroad. What is the risk? What is doing your superior country?
      Just think that they have practically no cases. Not enough tests? Sure but do you really think that there is a comparable epidemic here as in the US or in Europe? If yes WHO is wrong but fortunately you are not.

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    Nipral

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Don’t waste your time kids ! 10 days is as bad as 14 !. None will come.
    Keep starving, despite the gigantic flow of money spent by your 41 Chinese tourists ???
    So funny to read your news !

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      Paul

      Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Not a lot will come as before even with no quarantaine and that is a good thing.
      But tenths of thousands of retired people will come to see their family after waiting almost a year!

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      Patrick Kelly

      Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 9:49 pm

      Truer words have never been spoken !

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        Tony

        Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 8:11 am

        You cannot say covid free forever , thailand needs tourists to survive. 2021 will be worse to all hotels and the red light district. Open borders with rapid covid tests etc

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    Jason

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    What happened to the “Public Concern” that shelved this idea in a Thaiger article two days ago? The point I made two days ago is now proven.

    No plan by the Thai Government or any other government will ever work if it is not formulated in concert with other countries. Here’s an idea with no pride of authorship. Get on a zoom meeting with other low risk countries that can fly to each other without the need to transit in a high risk country. PCR test 72 hours prior to departure. Rapid test on arrival if negative, free to stay and explore. Positive test on arrival. Quarantine for 14 days or return to country of origin.

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    Mike Frenchie

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Nobody will come with either 10 or 14 days… Chinese and Korean will keep the two weeks quarantine on the way back!
    Chinese have between 7-10 holidays/year… Lol – these guys will NEVER come!

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    billy

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    PCR tests are faulty and doesn’t work..
    and also you got to be a complete fool to take the RNA vaccine which will give you MS.

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    Alex

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 2:17 am

    So, the Thaiger refuses to publish my articles (evidence) and comments about the entire sham of lockdowns, social distancing, testing, quarantines, facemasks, and what not. Goes to show which side you people are on. I’m not surprised though. No backbone at all, merely sheep walking in line.

    Goodbye and good riddance!

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      Issan John

      Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      Goodbye.

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    Ron

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    This is all about hotels at the moment.The only way most of them will make any money is through ASQ. I have no doubt they have influence in high places.

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Family sues prime minister, CCSA after Covid-infected relative dies

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The family of a man who died while infected with Covid-19 is demanding the prime minister, as well as other government officials, pay millions of baht in compensation, citing “negligence” after calls to Covid-19 hotlines went unanswered or were not of help.

35 year old Kunlasub Watthanaphon died on April 23. Kunlasub is said to have contracted the virus from a cluster in Bangkok. Many of the clusters of infections early in the recent outbreak were concentrated in nightlife districts in Bangkok including Thong Lor and Ekkamai.

When Kunlasub developed Covid-19 symptoms, he called the hotline numbers for those who think they make have contracted the virus. If he had received proper treatment quicker, the family says he might still be alive.

“The CCSA announced telephone helplines – 1330, 1422, 1668, 1669 and 1323 – for people who suspected they had contracted Covid-19. When my brother developed Covid-like symptoms he called these numbers. However, they were either busy or someone picked up but did not send help right away.”

Kunlasub had documented his illness on Facebook, posting updates, as well as photos and videos, up until the day of his death.

The death of the 35 year old man, who is well known in the esport, or video competition industry, sparked controversy. One person wrote on Facebook after Kunlasub’s death “My friend didn’t die because of a congenital disease. He died because he wasn’t treated in the early days.”

The case was filed at the Administrative Court today. It demands compensation of 4.53 million baht from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration as well as PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, his secretary and the prime minister’s office.

The family is also suing Thong Lor entertainment venues, where the first clusters were reported in the recent outbreak, for negligence.

β€œHad the CCSA imposed a strict lockdown on entertainment venues and banned travel during the Songkran holiday, the latest wave of Covid-19 with over 2,000 new infections daily would never have happened.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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Inmates in Thai prisons to get vaccinated against Covid-19 next month

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All inmates in Thai prisons will be vaccinated against Covid-19 starting next month. The announcement of the nationwide prison vaccination campaign follows this week’s outbreaks infecting nearly 3,000 inmates at 2 Bangkok prisons. There have also been outbreaks at prisons in Chiang Mai and the southern province of Narathiwat.

At the Central Women’s Correctional Institution in Bangkok, more than 1,000 inmates are infected with Covid-19. The outbreak started from a new inmate who was infected with the virus, according to the Department of Corrections director-general. At the Bangkok Remand Prison, where more than half of the prison population has tested positive for Covid-19, the virus was brought into the prison by a department official who was infected.

With Covid-19 spreading and infecting inmates at Thai prisons, human rights activists have called on Thai authorities to tackle the longstanding problem of overcrowded prisons and release inmates that are in court detention for minor or nonviolent crimes.

To prevent the spread of Covid-19 at Thai prisons, the Department of Corrections also plans to conduct rapid Covid-19 tests on new inmates before they are placed in the general prison population. The tests results come back in 20 minutes and inmates will no longer need to quarantine for long periods waiting for a result.

Many officials who work for the Department of Corrections, like guards who are in close contact with inmates, have already been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The department will start vaccinating inmates once another order of Covid-19 vaccines arrives in June. Those who are at high risk of a severe infection will be vaccinated first.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

 

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Thailand urged to join in reducing global prisoners for Covid-19

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PHOTO: Overcrowding plagues the Thai prison system and has created a Covid-19 crisis. (via Youtube)

After it was revealed that nearly 3,000 inmates in Thailand’s prison system have Covid-19, criticism and calls are mounting to follow the global trend of reducing the total number of prisoners in the country. Human rights groups are calling for the release of inmates held on minor charges, with Amnesty International Thailand requesting those in “unnecessary custody to be minimised” in an open letter sent to the Supreme Court president and Justice Ministry on Tuesday.

Covid-19 outbreaks in prison have been a problem for many countries, with the United Kingdom identifying 12,000 infections and considering plans to prioritise vaccinations for those incarceration facilities. The United States, a country with one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks and the largest prison population in the world, saw 612,000 prisoner infections.

Amnesty International argued that over 600,000 inmates had been scheduled for release in 100 countries to minimise Covid-19 risk by reducing overcrowded prisoners. In New South Wales, Australia 14,000 non-felony inmates are scheduled for release, and in New Jersey in the US 1,000 releases are being considered. Even in Iran, prison populations were thinned with the March release of 85,000 prisoners.

In Thailand, plans for reducing the number of incarcerated prisoners by freeing more than 50,000 inmates are being enacted. Suspending sentences, requesting Royal pardons, and even amending laws to free those serving on drug offences are avenues being pursued, according to Thailand’s Justice Minister. He also denied rumours of a Covid-19 cover-up, saying that the Department of Corrections just received complete data on Wednesday and released it then.

Only six staff members of Thai prisons have been infected while 1,795 prisoners at Bangkok Remand Prison and 1,040 prisoners at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution now have Covid-19. Inmates have reported dire conditions, with symptomatic prisoners found in nearly every holding cell. Field hospitals have been set up within prisons to treat mild infections and those more seriously afflicted have been moved to hospitals.

Overcrowding is a major problem for prisons in Thailand, a country with one of the highest incarceration rates worldwide. The maximum capacity for Thailand’s 143 incarceration centres is 217,000 people but the World Prison Brief reports that Thailand’s prison system now houses over 377,000 inmates, highlighting the need for reducing the number of prisoners in the country.

Authorities at these institutions say that prisoners returning from attending court hearings are responsible for bringing in infections. But prisoners have reported that all inmates returning on any given day are held together for their 14 day isolation period instead of separated to avoid Covid-19 spread.

Vaccines are expected to arrive in prisons next month where, just like the general population, they will first be given to those with chronic diseases and other high-risk inmates. The Department of Corrections expects to receive enough jabs for the entire prison population.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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