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Travellers from Thailand positive for Covid-19 in new saliva test at Japan airport

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Over the past few weeks, 15 people who travelled to Japan from Thailand tested positive for Covid-19 in a new preliminary screening method, according to Thailand’s Department of Disease Control, or DDC. Laboratory testing was done to confirm the cases. Half of the cases came back negative in laboratory testing while 2 people tested positive in laboratory tests and 5 others are waiting for results.

DDC acting director general Opas Karnkawinpong says the infections were detected by collecting saliva samples in a method called CLEIA, or chemiluminescent immunoassay. Japan started using the method on August 1 as a preliminary screening test for those entering the country. Opas says the World Health Organisation does not recommend this method as the standard.

From August 1 to October 8, the saliva test came back positive for 15 people travelling from Thailand. The travellers were taken to hospitals and were tested using the RT-PCR which looks at genetic material for traces of the virus. 2 young Japanese girls, 2 years old and 9 months old, tested positive in both the saliva test and the laboratory test after arriving in Japan from Thailand. Their mother and brother tested negative in the saliva test.

8 people were negative in the laboratory testing. Thai health officials say 49 close contacts tested negative for Covid-19. 5 others are still waiting for laboratory test results. Thai health officials are investigating.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Frank Leboeuf

    October 9, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Interesting stuff – wondering why there have been so many positive tests in travellers flying from Covid-free Thailand to Japan.
    Either Narita testing facilities are doing something weird, or the opposite…

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      Maag

      October 9, 2020 at 6:25 pm

      If you dont test population = covid zero , covid free… ….bla bla bla

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    Jonathan

    October 9, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    All it proves is what we already know ! There is widespread covid in Thailand as in everywhere else in the world ! The gov figures are meaningless and it should let people get on with their lives without unnecessary rules and regs

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    James Scott

    October 9, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Thailand is not testing many of its citizens, which is the only reason the country has ‘no cases’.

    A ‘fact’ nobody outside Thailand believes.

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    Prof. JPD

    October 9, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Amazing but not really unexpected! This throws all statistics about non-existing local transmissions overboard.

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    John C.

    October 9, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    The official lie about Thailand having close to no cases is falling apart. It’s about as believable as the (even bigger) Chinese lie.

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    Anil

    October 9, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    🤔🤔🤔🤔RT PCR test kit problem .some of country doesn’t follow WHO guideline and they don’t even use test kit .they don’t have nothing cases there.And the country who follow WHO guideline that coundry have so many cases because they test a lot.more test more cases .its like magic coundry who don’t follow WHO Guideline no corona cases .

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    Issan John

    October 9, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Interesting and worrying – particularly considering the positive lab tests. It just confirms, if any confirmation was necessary, how impoprtant developing an accurate test is in controlling the spread of the virus..

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    Zigler

    October 9, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    The truth in Thailand is on the brink of being exposed

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    Adam

    October 9, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Anyone who lives or lived in Thailand and understand even little bit culture knows that they often pretend that something doesn’t exists (police never take bribes, people come to Pattaya for beaches etc)

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    EdwardV

    October 10, 2020 at 12:56 am

    The result of continuing to pretend there is no local transmission is likely a wrecked tourist sector.

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    RR

    October 10, 2020 at 6:47 am

    CLIA (not CLEIA) methods are more sensible than ELISA in detecting antibodies, this is known from years, just read the literature mr. Opas. Luckily WHO does not have authority to recommend or impose this or that test (just suggestion, which are not so different from opinions). US FDA has approved tens of rapid tests, almost 1/3 of those are CLIA-based, others relies on ELISA and other on Lateral Flow. All are very good, nothing to say, although CLIAs have the highest % of sensitivity and specificity (of course). Japan has chosen wisely, as usual. And those positives are expected, as in Thailand testing of SARS-CoV-2 is almost unheard of outside the quarantined ones. Countries should expect more and more positives from Thai travelers in the months to come.

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      Issan John

      October 10, 2020 at 11:48 am

      “Japan has chosen wisely, as usual”

      Well, I’d agree with that part – do a basic, simple test first then test again with a better test as necessary.

      Rather like Thailand’s widespread temperature testing – it’s a basis to start from.

      I’d also agree with those saying that claims of “no local transmissions” and that tests don’t reflect infections, however many are tested – they can’t, unless you test the whole population every week which is clearly impossible. The WHO and other authorities agree that the “real” infection rate is very probably ten or twenty times higher than the figures show.

      Until there are better tests, the only answer seems to be border controls and quarantine – again: WHAT BETTER SOLUTION IS THERE?

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        RR

        October 10, 2020 at 4:29 pm

        Thailand has an extremely low test/population ratio. The average in Europe is 25 every 100, in Thailand is perhaps 25 every 10.000 if not lower. Some small countries have a test/population ratio above 1 (that is, on average everybody has been tested at least once), so it is not impossible, although certain cases can be an exception rather than a rule. Temperature testing is nonsense if done with a temperature gun, as one can have other diseases, and surface temperature is seriously biased by environmental conditions. Read more, check data, and write less nonsense.

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      Fabian

      October 10, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      I wonder if this is just a ‘lucky’ coincidence that it got picked up by Thai media. In other words, maybe Thai people leaving to other countries perhaps more often test positive but it never becomes news.

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        Frank Leboeuf

        October 13, 2020 at 3:20 pm

        Well it’s definitely a trend in Japan – let’s not forget Japanese nationals, not farangs, are currently the biggest expat community in Thailand….

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    EdwardV

    October 10, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    There really is no way to spin this that makes thailand look good. It’s one of those “The emperor has no clothes” situations.

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    Hazel

    October 10, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    It’s been discovered that Degues antibodies can result in false-positive COVID test. Is it possible that Dengue exposure is responsible for these positives? Very interested to see future explanations unfold.

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    spanky

    October 10, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    It’s those dirty thais! Bringing the virus to Japan. Stay out of japan! we don’t need your dirty baht…..oh wait, that’s those dirty farang with their dirty habits and dirty money brining it to clean, CV free thailand? I’m confused. I thought Thais had a kind of God-like immunity?

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      Issan John

      October 12, 2020 at 5:12 pm

      “The average in Europe is 25 every 100”

      Sorry, that’s not correct and I suggest that before you tell others to “read more, check data and write less nonsense” you at least get the figures you’ve dreamt up vaguely correct.

      So far*, the UK has done more than 19.7m tests, Germany 15.5m, italy 10m and France 10.6m. Many of those tests will be repeats – reportedly as many as one third, and far from testing on average “25 in every 100” in Europe, the average isn’t half that** even without repeats.

      Thailand has done 65 tests per 10,000**, not “perhaps 25 per 10,000 if not lower.” Nothing special, but about average for ASEAN.

      I’m not suggesting that there is no Covid locally in Thailand – far from it. What I’m saying is that those bleating that Thailand is fudging the figures have nothing to substantiate that, and the mortality rates don’t back it up.

      It’s pure speculation, based on nothing more than “well, we’ve done badly so the third world in SEA must have done even worse.”

      *: https://www.bbc.com/news/54181291
      **: https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-testing

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      Issan John

      October 12, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      They were actually Japanese returning home, not Thais.

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        barry

        October 13, 2020 at 3:27 pm

        Yep – Japanese nationals currently making up 18% of expatriates in the country.

        There were 72,754 official Japanese expats in Thailand in 2017, but the actual population number may be several times higher than these official figures, since many transient residents, especially those on long-term tourist visas, fail to register with Japanese consulates.

        There is a lot of movement between Thailand and Japan (despite the strict Japanese 14 day home quarantine part)

        I hope we get updates on this!

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      Frank Leboeuf

      October 13, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      Japanese nationals, not farangs, currently constitute the biggest expat community in Thailand, so it’s not just Thais, you’re bound to have Japanese returning to Japan

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    Al

    October 12, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Let’s take a good look at all this hocus – pocus/fear mongering going on around the world.

    https://www.visualcapitalist.com/how-many-people-die-each-day/ At least check the graphs!!

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    Issan John

    October 13, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    “Thailand is not testing many of its citizens, which is the only reason the country has ‘no cases’.

    A ‘fact’ nobody outside Thailand believes.”

    Well, the first (that “Thailand is not testing many”) is a “fact”.

    But the second, that it’s “the reason the country has ‘no cases’ “, is a baseless assumption that is completely untrue.

    It’s now widely accepted that 80% of Covid-19 cases are asymptomatic, so unless you test widely the majority of cases will go undetected.

    Fair enough, but even in the West very few countries have tested even a quarter of the population, and then only once, not regularly, so by that measure at least three quarters of Covid cases will be undetected.

    On the other hand, 80% asympotomatic means that 20% of cases are symptomatic and, however mild, they’d show at least some symptoms including a high temperature.

    If Thailand’s Covid numbers were comparable to the West’s, even with only 20% showing symptoms there’d be thousands of new, symptomatic cases every day. Thousands would be turned away from Lotus, Big ‘C’ or 7-11 – or the local markets when restrictions were mandatory.

    But they weren’t.

    … and if Thais were as paranoid about Covid-19 as supposed here, which to be fair they probably are, there’d be tens of thousands with symptoms outside the hospitals demanding tests.

    But there weren’t.

    … and there aren’t.

    The West has gone for voluntary mass testing, as far as it can (up to 25% of the population in even the ‘top’ Western countries), and for voluntary, hardly used “track and trace” apps, with no mandatory temperature testing or mass tracking, and for opening borders as much as possible.

    Thailand (and, to be fair, other ASEAN countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam) has gone down a very different route and gone for mass temperature testing and widespread (but voluntary) tracking, with carefully targeted testing for less than 1% of the population, and for opening borders as little as possible.

    Both (Thailand and the West) have seen their foreign tourism industries collapse, with inevitable economic damage.

    But in Thailand, apart from a very brief lockdown and a relatively brief period of school closure, and 59 deaths from Covid, life continues as normal, unchanged.

    While in the West the death rate has been one thousand times worse, schools and unis have been closed and are still unable to work normally, factories and offices are unable to operate as before, and gyms, swimming pools, restaurants, bars and even hair dressers are restricted or closed and life is anything but “normal”.

    … and, despite that, some here just can’t accept that the West has got it so badly wrong while Thailand (and other “third world” countries) has got it so right, so they’re grasping at ” mass testing” as a supposed failure even when the alternatives mean it’s not an issue …

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    Frank Leboeuf

    October 13, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Any updates on this?

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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9 new Covid-19 cases in Thai quarantine, with a possible reinfection

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9 new Covid-19 cases were detected in Thai quarantine facilities, including a patient who may have been infected with the virus a second time, or never fully recovered, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Most of the cases were army engineers travelling from South Sudan.

Thailand’s total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is now at 3,700 with 3,491 recoveries and 59 deaths. 150 people are still receiving medical treatment.

  • 6 army engineers, ages 25 to 49, travelling from South Sudan tested positive for Covid-19. They arrived on October 12 and they tested positive 3 days later while in quarantine in Chon Buri. They were admitted to Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok.
  • 2 people travelling from the United Arab Emirates tested positive for Covid-19. They both arrived in Thailand on October 9 and tested positive 7 days later. A 25 year old masseuse was first diagnosed with Covid-19 on September 1. After arriving in Thailand, she reported symptoms of a cough and headache. She was quarantined in Bangkok and admitted to the Central Chest Institute in the Nonthaburi province, just outside Bangkok, for treatment. A 22 year old student tested positive while quarantined in Bangkok. He was also admitted to the Central Chest Institute.
  • A 26 year old woman travelling from Oman tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on October 14 and tested positive for the virus 4 days later. She was quarantined in Chon Buri and then admitted to a hospital in Samut Prakan.

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50% of Thailand’s population to get Covid-19 vaccine when available – Health Minister

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Half the population in Thailand will be injected with the Covid-19 vaccine once it’s released and available to the public, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says. Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca are conducting trails of the new vaccine. Thailand is planned to be the Southeast Asia production site for the new vaccine.

The health minister says the vaccine will be first used on Thai nationals who are in their mid-60s and then the ministry will work to make sure at least 50% of the population is injected with the vaccine.

The Public Health Ministry is also going through the World Health Organisation’s COVAX facility to make sure there is a sufficient supply of a vaccine. The ministry’s deputy permanent secretary Supakit Sirilak says about 65 million doses will be needed for Thailand, adding that 40% will be reserved with COVAX, 40% will go to AstraZeneca and 20% will go to other sources.

Siam Bioscience will be producing the vaccine in Thailand. Director of the National Vaccine Institute Nakorn Premsri says they have the potential to produce up to 200 million doses. Production is expected to start in mid-2021.

“Once the technology transfer agreement is signed, the Thai side will have to be trained on production processes. AstraZeneca’s vaccine is expected to pass Phase 3 testing and production should start in December. After that it needs to register with the FDA in the UK and Thailand, before we can start producing the vaccine mid next year.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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“We were really hoping to crater the cases in preparation for a bad winter. We’ve done basically the opposite.”

New Covid-19 cases are again surging in many countries. Globally, the number of infected people exceeded 40 million as of last night with new infections starting to accelerate again. Today the total number of confirmed cases around the world is 40,323,461. The number of total deaths remains at 1,118,826 and recovered patients at 30,135,040 (as of 4pm Thai time).

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Notably, the death rate from Covid-19 is not rising as treatment for complicated cases continues to rapidly improve. The US, India, Russia, Brazil, the rest of South America, and parts of Europe and the UK, are the current ‘hot spots’ (below).

Regionally, the surge of cases in Myanmar is causing headaches for Thai border officials in the north west of the country. The Governor of Tak decided to close the border checkpoints this morning. But the 2,000 kilometre long land border between Thailand and Myanmar has many unofficial “Natural” crossing points.

In the US, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says following public health measures is the way out of the crisis that has hobbled the economy, claimed thousands of lives and sickened millions.

“The predicted fall surge is here, and rising cases across the US appear to bear that out.”

The US is averaging more than 55,000 new cases a day, and 10 states reported their highest single-day cases counts last Friday. As of this morning, US time, there were more than 8.5 million cases and 219,674 coronavirus deaths, according to Worldometers.info

“The Covid-19 crisis would have to be ‘really, really bad’ to implement a national lockdown. Despite the climbing totals, a nationwide lockdown is not the way forward unless the pandemic gets “really, really bad.”

Tara Smith, a professor of epidemiology at Kent State University says the worst fears of rising cases, leading into winter, are being realised.

“We were really hoping to crater the cases in preparation for a bad winter. We’ve done basically the opposite.”

After hitting an all-time high in July, cases did drop significantly, but the US never reached a level where the public health system could truly get a handle on the outbreak or describe it as ‘contained’.

Now infections are on the rise again, driven by ballooning outbreaks across the country’s interior, especially in the Midwest, the Great Plains and the West.

Contributing to the rise is the return of students to schools and campuses across the country, puzzling resistance to social distancing and mask wearing recommendations, and more people spending time in restaurants and other indoor settings as the weather starts to cool down.

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