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Total of 81 new Thai Covid infections in past 24 hours, including from Samut Sakhon




Thailand’s CCSA has reported 81 new Covid-19 infection – 37 are local Thais, 35 are migrant workers and 9 that were detected in quarantine after arriving from outside the country. The total in Thailand is now 5,910, 1,613 new infections detected in the past 7 days. The 9 quarantined arrival cases are from the US, Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Myanmar and the UAE. 4,130 people have fully had recovered, 21 have been discharged in the past 24 hour reporting period, and 1,713 patients remain in hospital.

26 of the 37 local infection cases are linked to the Covid-19 cluster in Samut Sakhon province, primarily relating to Burmese migrant workers working in the country’s seafood and shrimp industry and markets. 11 more cases remain under investigation.

Yesterday the CCSA announced there will be no national lockdown but the government has set up a colour coding for provinces, separating them in high risk, medium risk, low risk and no risk…

Red (high risk for Covid-19)

Samut Sakhon

Orange (medium risk for Covid-19)

Bangkok, Samut Songkram, Ratchaburi and Nakhon Pathom

Yellow (low risk for Covid-19)

Saraburi, Samut Prakan, Suphan Buri, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Uttaradit, Chachoengsao, Kamphaeng Phet, Phetchabun, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phuket, Phetchaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachinburi, Krabi, Khon Kaen, Chainat, Udon Thani, Phichit, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Sawan, Ang Thong

Provinces that have zero Covid-19 infections at the moment are classified as green.

The other local infections included street vendors, public servants, seafood transport workers and bank staff.

“Most were of working age and showed symptoms of the disease”.

The Covid-19 outbreak that was first detected at the Mahachai Shrimp Market in Samut Sakhon, just south west of Bangkok, has now spread to 31 provinces. Thailand has 73 provinces, including Bangkok.

So far, 8,810 people have been tested in Samut Sakhon. About 15% have tested positive. The plan remains to test a total of 10,300 people considered at ‘high risk’ in the current outbreak. Provincial officials have locked down the province, placed a curfew on residents and sealed off access to and from the migrant worker camps.

500 of the tested people have been admitted to hospital… “there are a few cases of serious illness and others showing mild symptoms. The others were quarantined only.”

SOURCE: Reuters


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    Patrick Nouvel

    Friday, December 25, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Ok, let us know, how many cases covid have been put in hospital with mild sympthoms, how many with deep sympthoms, hom many in ICU.. Meanwhile, wearing masks instead of helmets on bikes must have caused hundreds of damaged bodies in hospitals & probably a hundred deaths in few days !!!

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    Issan John

    Friday, December 25, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Ummm …, Patrick N, it’s not an either / or with a helmet and a face mask …

    … and you don’t seem to have read the last paragraph …

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      J West

      Friday, December 25, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      At last, Thai “Good Girls” and prominent casino players sneaking across northern borders have vanished from media and we’re back to blaming foreigners for everything .

      I was heartened to read that racism alone barred a long residing expat professional and he was refused entry into a bank to access his account services. Likely the farang takes solace in this ridiculous act of a bank branch manager who makes a fifth or less of the farangs salary.

      Normalcy has returned to Thailand thanks to the low status Myanmar workers vs thier high stays Thai employers. A return of doubled pricing will hopefully follow and all the entertainment of residence will have returned.

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        Issan John

        Friday, December 25, 2020 at 7:27 pm

        Do you have a verifiable source for that?

        Presumably you were also “heartened to read” of the verifiable cases of Asians being assaulted in the UK and USA because they were thought to be spreading Covid, even when they’d been born in the UK or US?

        Being vilified or assaulted just for wearing a face mask?

        Racism is an ugly trait, and sadly no country has a monopoly on it nor is any country free of it.

        … and FWIW Thai news and social media are holding the Thai employers far more to blame than the Burmese employees, but that doesn’t suit your narrative.

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          Friday, December 25, 2020 at 8:47 pm

          There is that classic John deflection again. The old “yeah but what about you guys” line. Yes there is racism in every country by every race. You will never stamp it out, but it’s what the country and society does about it that’s the real difference. Yes there was racism against Asian Americans in the US. However it was never accepted behavior by officials, or society in general. The same can’t be said about many Asian counties. As a person of color, I’ve seen racism in the US up close and personal. However it wasn’t until I started traveling to Asia did I really see racism as accepted society wide behavior at a national level.

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            John Brown

            Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 4:15 pm

            Racism against Asian Americans was “never accepted” in America? Wow, you might need to go read the history books! Only 50-100 odd years ago, there were specific laws that targeted Asians and Asian Americans… ban on Asian immigrants lasting for decades, laws against intermarrying, over 100,000 had their property seized and families broken up and were put into interment camps for 4 years even though their families had been there for generations and they were citizens…

            Now, I know what you meant is that *these days* there are policies against racism in Western countries, but not Thailand. Yes, I agree, we are behind. And that needs to be fixed. But I don’t think we can fix racism until we fix the widespread use of racially-based slave labor that exists and which, as Isaan John pointed out in his reply, we are actually making some progress on. What do you think of that?

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          Issan John

          Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 3:05 am

          I subsequently read the report in Khaosod, but there may have been different details in another.

          No mention there that he was a “long residing expat professional” or that he makes five times the bank managers salary or more.

          According to Khaosod he was a Russian who doesn’t speak any Thai, couldn’t understand what anyone said to him, and who assumed there was a problem connected with Covid as that’s what he thought the manager was trying to show him on his mobile, so he tried another branch where there wasn’t a problem.

          Reportedly that was confirmed by the bank who said they had no such policy so they couldn’t explain what had happened.

          I had what could have been a similar incident recently, at a branch of Kasikorn where they were trying to minimise numbers in the bank and encourage people to use the ATM / CDM / outside machines, as I needed to update my passbook and the machine outside wasn’t working; the security guard called an assistant to the door and I explained (in Thai) why I needed counter service and I was ushered in with the normal smile, and my book was updated straightaway, jumping the queue (of Thais).

          It may simply have been a misunderstanding as the Russian couldn’t understand them and vice-versa, or the individual bank staff may have been wrong.

          Nobody knows, but either way there’s no clear indication that it was “racism alone” since a succession of staff evidently tried to help but couldn’t make themselves understood. Nobody knows.

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    Friday, December 25, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    the strain will of course mutate and Covid 19 reporting will cease, and covid 21 will take over in a week or 2. Me wonders if “they” will release a truly dangerous virus that will actually need to be taken seriously. Agenda 21 in full force coming to town, whether or not you have been naughty or nice.

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    Terrence Boyle

    Friday, December 25, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Get up to date THAIGER .. Ubon Ratchathani has a case but not in your lists .. Other media are showing the Ubon case since earlier today ..

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    Issan John

    Friday, December 25, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Actually, Ed V, if you go back to when this whole business about Thai racism started here recently, you’ll find that I was the first (literally the first) to highlight Thai racism, particularly towards Burmese, Lao and Khmer, and to correct someone who said he’d never seen racism here.

    Sorry that doesn’t suit your agenda about my “deflection” and “the old “yeah but what about you guys” line”, but there it is.

    I’m not attempting to excuse Thai racism, but simply to put it into perspective, particularly locally (in Asean).

    I couldn’t agree with you more, 100 %, that it’s not “until [you] start traveling to Asia [that you] really see racism as accepted society wide behavior at a national level” which was why I was so gob-smacked when someone insisted that Hong Kong Chinese treat “everyone” the same whether they’re “Indian, Nepalese, Filipino, Thai”, etc.

    It’s way, way beyond absurd as while the Chinese (in China) are racist beyond what you may have seen “up close and personal” in the US, the Hong Kong Chinese take it to a whole different level (in Hong Kong) with how they see and treat “Indian, Nepalese, Filipino, Thai”. etc.

    … and if you think it’s bad “society wide at a national level” in Thailand (which it is), then you need to see it country wide at an official level in somewhere like Brunei where if you’re not Brunei Malay you’re discriminated against officially, not just within society – until the mid-80s their military were even called the Royal Brunei Malay Regiment!

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      Friday, December 25, 2020 at 11:48 pm

      I’ve been to China, no one is as bad as them. Heck they don’t even like each other. Hahaha

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    Issan John

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 2:27 am

    Glad we’re in agreement over that at least, Ed V. If you think the Chinese are racist on their own turf, they’re mild compared to the HK Chinese on theirs.

    Again, I’m not trying to excuse Thai racism as I don’t think there is any excuse, but just to put it into perspective as I think it’s very much an Asian trait rather than a Thai one.

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    albert zweistein

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 5:07 am

    The oracle from Issan has spoken.

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    Kenneth Ojamae

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 8:22 am

    If u have family and loved ones in Thailand,, Do as I do,, u have your family visa, do quarantine for 15 nights. And go home to your family….
    Thai goverment give u COE whithout any problem,,if u have family here.
    People talk to much….If u have family, ONLY thing u must do is quarantine,I payed 30 000Thb for quarantine hotel,thats not expensive to keep thailand safe!!!!

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 9:52 am

      There are lockdowns and travel restrictions in place, being observed and enforced, but don’t let the facts put you off,

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 10:36 am

      Well said, Ken O.

      I don’t see anyone with a Thai family complaining here, nor do I see any Thais complaining and protesting about Covid restrictions anywhere else, despite all the protests about everything else here; even the Thais in the hotel and tourism industry who are worst hit aren’t complaining – just the whingeing farang hoteliers who’ve exploited cheap Thai labour while overcharging farang tourists, and whingeing farang tourists who want some cheap sun, sand and sex regardless of the risks to Thais and the Thai economy.

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    David Beckman

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 9:30 am

    No lockdown and color code the areas, that’s brilliant why havnt the rest off the world thought of this brilliant method to contain a pandemic?? I’m getting some paint and color coding my house that should protect us.????

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 9:49 am

      There are lockdowns and travel restrictions in place, being observed and enforced, but don’t let the facts put you off,

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        Kenneth Ojamae

        Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 10:27 am

        Only thing i have to do when I com home was to report to obotoe that I was home.
        I live in Buriram,,maybe different in other provinces.

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          Issan John

          Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 10:46 am

          It varies from province to province, Ken.

          Those from Loei selling lottery tickets in other provinces, for example, now have to quarantine outside the villages when they come back, as they did a few months ago; the market in the town’s been cordoned off again with temperature checks and mask controls, and the local concerts have all been cancelled although school sports are still going on.

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            Kenneth Ojamae

            Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 10:59 am

            I am ofcourse careful,and use mask and try to do”social distance”
            Not easy when all village want to wish u welcome home,haha!

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        Kenneth Ojamae

        Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 10:46 am

        I agree in most things u write..
        I dont like when people write that thai goverment make problem for us falangs that have our homes and familys here..
        Its NOT true,,I get my COE in 1 day!!!
        And the embassy send me email “welcome home”

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          Issan John

          Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 5:13 pm

          Thank you. Maybe I should point out that my comment about “don’t let the facts put you off” was aimed at David Beckman, not you, but for some reason it appeared twice, including under you.

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        David Beckman

        Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 9:12 pm

        I’m sorry John please explain the facts? Last score I saw was 1 provincial lockdown 26 provinces infected ,I’m a bit confused by your commit. I’m easy to accept facts don’t be shy.

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    Ray 2

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Regarding the masks, has anyone heard of Byssinosis? Check it out for some enlightenment!

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 5:17 pm


      Just as well that the approved masks (and even most unapproved variants) aren’t made of hemp, flax, cotton or jute. 🙂

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        David Beckman

        Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 9:14 pm

        I’m sorry John please explain the facts? Last score I saw was 1 provincial lockdown 26 provinces infected ,I’m a bit confused by your commit. I’m easy to accept facts don’t be shy.

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          Issan John

          Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 4:55 pm

          The “fact” that you said “no lockdowns”.

          It’s wrong. Fact.

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            David Beckman

            Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 5:04 pm

            John read the article ,no national lockdown, my comment was a response to the to the article ,prob good idea you read it too before commenting.

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    Issan John

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    I read the article, David B, and your comment “no lockdowns” was wrong. “Fact”.

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    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:39 am

    Issan John you will never be a we in Thailand with this dictatorship you are a foriegner on a very dodgy visa marriage or retirement never forget that

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