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Top doctors say Thong Lor cluster might be the UK Covid-19 variant

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Yong Poovorawan

The UK variant of Covid-19 might be the strain of the virus that broke out at nightclubs and bars in Bangkok’s Thong Lor area, according to 2 top doctors in Thailand. The B117 variant is said to be faster-spreading – about 1.7 times more contagious than the original strain.

Doctors suspect the mutated strain led to the outbreak at the nightlife venues, but more tests need to be done to confirm. Thailand’s top virologist Yong Poovorawan, from Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine, says preliminary genetic testing appeared to show that the strain was the UK variant.

In preliminary tests, samples from the Thong Lor were compared to strains from the market clusters in the Bang Khae area. A top researcher in virology and biotech, Anan Chongkaewwatana, says that the data also supports the theory that the B117 strain spread in Thong Lor.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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    John_2

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    And the next roll-out to prepare for is the “Brazilian Mutation” the most deadly so far…

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    Glenn

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    you are being setup for a new lock down and all that goes with it. There never was a pandemic, an epidemic, or even a deadly magic virus. 95 deaths over a 14 month period is one per every 4 days. There are more traffic deaths, cancer, heart disease, and dozens of other causes of death than there are CV fatalities. Plus considering at least half those 95 people were at or past the average life expectancy and had numerous comorbidity ailments (meaning CV was not the cause of death).

    Of course there has to a revision to the fear porn propaganda, a ‘variant’, more aptly quoted, “might be” a variant.

    Again, you are being setup, played, and scammed again.

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    GeorgeA

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    So Thailand has “variants”. Does that mean people there will be required to quarantine for 14 days like those from African countries?

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    James R

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Glenn

    “There never was a pandemic…..” (ps, that means it is world wide).

    I know what you mean, the pandemic has been made up, the 125,000 people who died here in the UK all committed suicide, nothing to do with a virus, the 35 million cases were all actors and never had the virus, they were just paid to pretend they had it.

    It has all been a big trick to keep us in places and control us, all the doctors around the world have lied about the cases and have all been in the South Of France drinking champagne and caviar pretending they were at work.

    We have all been cheated, …… I have just woken up from the same mad dream you must be having at the moment.

    Go and see a doctor now before you lose all of your mind.

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    mj

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Idiot not understand the Situation only look localy is stupid

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    David Mann

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 3:01 am

    James R. I share your pain and frustration with the comments from Glenn. I simply can not bring myself to believe there are people so ridiculously stupid, who can live and operate in normal society who actually believe in what he writes. It’s has to be either a total wind up (scam), or an act of denial beyond comprehension for normal people. There is no logic to the comments at all and I’d suggest we have already graced it far to much by our words.

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    Geoff

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:12 am

    My daughter has a friend who believes JFK and Diana are alive and married to each other. Totally stupid, because everybody knows she’s married to Elvis.

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    Ben

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:28 am

    There are millions like him in America. Examples are those that believe in QAnon. I’m not sure why they waste time on such rubbish. Life is to short to spend time thinking about these obviously fake theories.

    People like Glenn are so desperate to find theories that fit their narrative. Glenn must be a very lonely person. Sad really. He’s obviously not lost anyone close to him to this pandemic.

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    Stan

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Does the UK variant have a work permit?

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    No but a UK deviant needs one Stan.

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    James R

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Toby

    And they need a visa, the ones who are refused an extension to their Thai visa have to go and live in Cambodia, sit outside a 7/11 supping cheap read wine and listening to UB40.

    I bet you love it there.

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    Rick

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Well Ben, if life is too short for obviously fake theories then please stop posting about the bogus virus and the fake pandemic. Glenn is correct, and while you and others are so smug as to laugh at crazy theories you are falling for them yourselves. The theory of infectious viruses and contagion are based on the Germ Theory. Why is it called the Germ Theory you might ask? Because it has NEVER BEEN PROVEN, although it has be disproven in a number of experiments. The actual fact is that no infectious virus has ever been scientifically proven to exist and contagion is just an unproven theory. Yet you and others run around scared out of your wits by some invisible particle that has never even been proven to exist because someone told you so. So tell me what makes YOU any different form some fool who thinks JFK Junior and Princess Di are still alive? Just like them you just blindly believe what you are told without doing any research for yourself. You are no different yet what you believe and the fallicies that you are proping up are so much more dangerous and are destroying freedom all over the world due to a fake theory.

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    James R

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Rick

    So you could save the world from billions of pounds wasted on vaccines etc.

    All you have to do is offer to be paid $10,000,000 have an injection with all the viruses known to man, we can wait a week and see if you survive being killed by a fake ‘virus’

    How about it?

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Investigations of Covid-19 infected elite rule-breakers demanded

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FILE PHOTO: VIP clubs and their wealthy customers may have violated rules and led to Covid-19 outbreaks

Investigations are being demanded by a corruption watchdog into Thai politicians infected with Covid-19 after allegedly attending venues in the Thong Lor entertainment venues in Bangkok that have now emerged as the ground zero for the Coronavirus third wave in the Kingdom.

The Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand are being asked to investigate the latest Covid-19 outbreak, noting in a Facebook post that the second wave was also linked to illegal activities, spreading through illegal migrants and other visiting gambling dens. This third wave is also angering those who see the wealthy elite and powerful politicians frequenting high-end bars and not following Covid-19 safety protocols.

Mana Nimitmongkol, secretary-general of ACT argues that the ministers visiting these clubs did not behave “ethically”, and it’s part of a larger problem. He is pushing for legal action against not only club owners, but against police, public health officials, and even the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration for failing to enforce laws to protect against Covid-19.

Investigations into whether the code of ethics had been violated were requested to be carried out by the National Anti-Corruption Commission, the Ombudsman and the committee on ethical standards.

As entertainment venues have been ordered closed for at least 2 weeks, Mana proposes that along with restrictions, a hotline to report rule-breakers should be set up, and all people should be held to the same standard without exception.

The president of the Rural Doctors Society agreed, saying that especially important is the need for Covid-19 infected public officials to disclose their personal timelines to reassure the public and assist in contract tracing. It is feared that little or no action will be taken to investigate and punish powerful rulebreakers.

One controversial infection was that of Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, rumoured to be infected from Thong Lor nightclubs, but later shown to be in another province at the time. The entertainment venue outbreak was not completely innocent though, as details emerged that the minister’s infection was in fact passed to him via an aide who had frequented clubs in Thong Lor.

Chuvit Kamolvisit, a former massage parlour owner turned activist, has been outspoken on the issue, calling for investigations into high-society VIP clubs like Krystal Club and Emerald Club, who allegedly flaunted restrictions and ended up with dozens of Covid-19 infected staff members.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau chief had said that legal action was pending against these clubs for the virus spreading.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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The TAT, ever the optimists regarding anything tourism related, even domestic tourism, predict that the Bangkok clusters that have emerged in the week before the Songkran break could reduce traffic and spending by up to half.

Today the CCSA is reporting 789 new infections and one additional death. 522 were local infections, mostly walk-ins to Bangkok hospitals, 259 were discovered through track and tracing. The remaining 8 were found in quarantine from overseas arrivals. In Phuket, another 17 cases have been reported today, taking the island’s week total to 43.

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A 68 year old man from Nakhon Pathom province died on April 4 but wasn’t reported until today. The CCSA report that he died from Covid and “complications”. 33 other former patients have recovered and been discharged.

Last week the TAT estimated 3.2 million domestic trips would circulate 12 billion baht for the Thai economy. But the Tourism Authority has now slashed their estimates by half after hotels, airlines and bus companies reported mass cancellations in the last few days. Other provinces are reporting less than 20% cancellations. Although this weekend will see a lot of travel, Songkran doesn’t formally start until next Tuesday and the TAT expect there could be additional fallout as travellers decide to have a staycation for Songkran instead heading home.

Bangkok Post reports that 70% of travellers to Prachuap Khiri Khan and Hua Hin have already cancelled hotel bookings. Similar cancellations have been reported in Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Many other provinces, particularly in the north east and north, are also enforcing quarantine on arrivals or additional paperwork to try and protect their provinces from any of the Bangkok clusters.

8 north eastern provinces rare now requiring 10 or 14 day quarantine periods for anyone arriving from areas where new clusters have been reported. Chiang Mai provincial officials say that tourists from Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi – basically Bangkok and surrounding provinces – must complete a 14 day mandatory quarantine or conduct a test for Covid when they arrive.

The reality is that the travel and quarantine changes are outstripping the ability to communicate them all. Anyone crossing into other provinces in the next few day, especially if you’re travelling from Bangkok and surrounding provincial ‘red zones’ can expect some additional paperwork or a Covid test. Or even quarantine.

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PHOTO: Demonstration attendance has been falling in the face of Covid-19, coups and crackdowns.

While protesters against the Thai government are continuing as they have for endless months, attendance is lessening in the face of crackdowns, coups and Covid-19. The throngs of 10,000 plus protesters, mostly energetic youth, that waved The Hunger Games 3 finger salute and demanded change in Thailand last summer have thinned to a few thousand or less these days.

The government isn’t in the clear yet though, as the protester’s calls to replace the current government, lessen the power of the Thai monarchy, and draw up a new constitution are still popular ideas. But a number of factors are causing protester size and vigour to wane.

The second wave of Covid in December quickly curbed the daily demonstrations for fear of spreading the virus. After that, the coup in Myanmar on February 1 has brought massive protests with international attention shifting to the growing humanitarian crisis just across the border. On top of the pandemic and the Burmese coup, the Thai government has taken a much more hardline approach to protesters in recent months.

Police began fighting back against mass demonstrations, dispersing crowds with water cannons, tear gas, and rubber bullets. And after 2 years of leniency, the government has begun prosecuting people under the strict lèse-majesté laws, where offending the monarchy can carry harsh punishment including a jail sentence of up to 15 years.

Anon Nampa, a human-rights lawyer, and Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, a student activist, have already been arrested under this law and held without bail. Arrests like these have been demoralising for the pro-democracy movement, and have scared away a lot of Thai protesters. Many have shifted focus to more immediate efforts to demand the release of the detained protest leaders.

Even with the crowds shrinking, the protests have already brought about change, bringing once unspeakable conversations into the national conversation, and keeping pressure on Thailand’s leaders. Opposition is growing, with efforts to push no-confidence votes and amendments to the constitution being constantly proposed and advocated.

SOURCE: The Economist

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