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Thursday Covid UPDATE: 18 deaths and 1,911 new infections

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The Thai ministry of health has announced the Wednesday tally from Bangkok and the provinces. There has been 18 new Covid-related deaths and 1,911 new infections in the past 24 hours.

The oddly consistent daily tally suggests that the infection rate is steady and not running “out of control”. (The Thaiger is not suggesting anything ‘sinister’ about the numbers but notes, statistically, that there is little variance in the daily figures despite a highly dynamic situation)

29,680 patients are still under state-controlled care. 2,435 people were discharged from care yesterday.

Here are the provinces with the highest number of new infections reported in the past 24 hours…

Bangkok – 739

Nonthaburi – 273

Samut Prakan – 143

Chonburi – 76

Samut Sakhon – 65

Surat Thani – 53

Nakhon Pathom – 47

Ayutthaya – 35

Chachoengsao – 35

Pathum Thani – 31

Nakhon Si Thammarat – 31

The worsening situation in the Klong Toey ‘slum’ area, a community of some 100,000, is the BMA and government’s most pressing issue. There’s been a surge of resources and mass testing in recent days. After recently testing, 1,336 Klong Toey residents over a period of 3 days, results showed 1 in 14 people testing positive. This could produce a new spike in the daily infection total in the next few days.

Meanwhile, a spokesman from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that, following discussions with Thailand’s Centre of Disease Control relating to foreigners, expats and access to Covid vaccines, a further briefing on the matter will be made today.

On Tuesday, a ministry spokesperson Rungrueng Kitphati rolled back some of the earlier commitments to vaccinate “everyone”, including foreigners with a free Covid vaccine…

“The vaccines right now are only reserved for Thai people who are now at a high-risk level or living in the severe outbreak areas. Expats should wait for a clear policy from the government.”

He flatly denied reports of expats living in Thailand being allowed to register for free vaccines. But did offer a glimmer of hope…

“In the future, the country will provide more alternatives for vaccines so they could have a chance of getting it.”

Hopefully there will be some clarification of those comments. The Thaiger tips there will be another back-flip and foreigners will be offered some access to the next vaccine roll out (pure speculation on our part). We will report the results of that media conference as soon as it’s available.

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    Ian Bromley

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Yes the virtual flat line is fascinating in view of the situation in Bkk. But who are we to question the powers that be. And as for foreigners being offered the vaccine, free or not, by the state I have never and will never accept that I cannot select which vaccine is used. Only I have the right to determine what is injected into my body. So my vaccination will take place at my expense after many moons, if ever.

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    J West

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9:50 am

    I was also wondering how the case number all last year remained at 89?

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    Nigel

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    As someone rightly said yesterday, unless you publish the number of tests conducted, then positive case numbers are near meaningless.

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    Silbers

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    The PCR test is a scam. It can produce false-positive results with ease and as each false-positive result is reported as an ‘infection’ the supposedly infected person is whisked off to hospital to fill up the beds giving the impression the situation is more serious than it actually is. That’s the story which should be being investigated.

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    Nigel

    Friday, May 7, 2021 at 4:49 am

    @Silbers. The assertion that PCR testing can give false positives is not entirely correct and is a misleading comment. While it is true that PCR tests are very sensitive and can detect very small amounts of the virus, this doesn’t mean they are false positives. They may well be detecting a viral load which is too small to present a threat to others, but it does prove the tested person is carrying the SARS Cov-2 virus. Tier continues to be a debate over how many cycles should be used in the PCR process before it is deemed of sufficient viral load to be regarded as a risk. But rest assured, if you test positive with a PCR test, you have been exposed to the virus and are carrying a certain viral load. Just to be clear.

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    Simon Small

    Friday, May 7, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    “As someone rightly said yesterday, unless you publish the number of tests conducted, then positive case numbers are near meaningless.”

    The number of tests conducted is equally “meaningless” if you’re testing people who are unlikely to have the virus but not testing those who are likely to!

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    Simon Small

    Friday, May 7, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    “Tier continues to be a debate over how many cycles should be used in the PCR process before it is deemed of sufficient viral load to be regarded as a risk”

    No there doesn’t!

    What absolute rubbish! Each manufacturer specifies the number of cycles for their own equipment, and that’s never been questioned by anyone with any training or knowledge of their use.

    The only “debate” is by a few half-wits demanding to know how many cycles were used without realising that as long as it’s in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions it’s as relevant as demanding to know when a thermometer, set of scales or tape measure was last checked.

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    James R

    Friday, May 7, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    “The Thaiger is not suggesting anything ‘sinister’ about the numbers but notes, statistically, that there is little variance in the daily figures despite a highly dynamic situation)”

    But many of us are suggesting it is sinister, it is not possible statistically to have such flat numbers.

    In comparison to many other courtesies it is all talk-talk anyway re the vaccine rollout, Thailand has relatively few vaccines to hand out and as far as farangs are concerned they are at the end of the queue.

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