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UK battles big spike in new Covid-19 cases, but deaths remain low

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The UK has reported 12,872 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, and 7,070 this morning. The Saturday report of Friday’s new cases were a record daily addition of new cases for the country, taking the overall total since the start of the pandemic to 480,017. The British government is blaming the jump on a “reporting delay” and saying the numbers in coming days would include additional cases.

The UK’s current 2nd wave of Covid-19 cases exceeds the daily reported cases from the 1st wave. On a positive note, the number of deaths remains relatively low – between 35 and 60 per day over the past week – in comparison to the 1,000+ deaths per day at the heat of the 1st wave back in April this year. The UK appears to be in the middle of a 2nd wave although the number of daily new cases may be starting to level off.

The government’s website had been having problems. A “technical issue” caused a delay in the release of the numbers. But it means extra cases in England from the previous period between September 24 and October 1 will be added to the coming days’ tallies. The issue has since been resolved.

But the technical issue is being seized on by critics who say the government has “lost control of the virus amid a shortage of testing capacity”. The British government is now processing more than 200,000 Covid-19 tests a day compared with fewer than 100,000 at the start of the pandemic.

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At 12,872, the number of daily cases reported from Friday’s 24 hour period almost doubled from the 6,968 reported on Thursday.

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    Jason V Goodwin

    Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Yes deaths remain low mostly because there is a time lag of roughly 5 weeks on average for covid to kill. We will know after one month.

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    Issan John

    Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 11:30 am

    “On a positive note, the number of deaths remains extremely low – between 35 and 60 per day over the past week”

    Wow. That is good. “extremely low” – at only 60 a day that’s on a par with Thailand.

    … Oh … Thailand’s 59 deaths, from a similar-sized population, are for the entire year so far, with one since June … oh dear …

    Still, at least “in comparison to the 1,000+ deaths per day at the heat of the 1st wave back in April this year” it’s a resounding success …

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    James

    Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    I wish the uneducated people from the Northern parts of England would follow the rules like the rest of us and stay away from large house parties and large groups as they are spoiling it for the rest of us.

    We should do a Donald Trump and build high walls around their cities in order to keep them away from the rest of us and so if they wish to die of the virus they could do so without affecting us.

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      Issan John

      Monday, October 5, 2020 at 1:20 pm

      !!!???

      Even if true, wouldn’t a better answer be to educate the “uneducated”?

      … and if 60 deaths a day is “low”, thank God I’m here where it’s 59 so far this year, with only one since June.

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        James

        Monday, October 5, 2020 at 9:58 pm

        Issan (Laos) John

        Who said 60 deaths a day is low?

        I was in Phuket from January until the end of August this year, there is no way there are only 59 deaths in Thailand so far this year. Only a fool would believe that.

        I saw how busy the shops were, the supermarkets too and how people did wear masks but were crowded together and bumping into each other as happens there.

        Still, sixty people a day are dying in Thailand on the roads, simple education there regarding crash helmets and perhaps having a higher level driving test for cars and motorbikes instead of the current driving test a five-year-old kid could pass might help.

        The road deaths are every year not just once as with the virus.

        Road deaths UK are 5 per day and our roads are a lot busier than Thai roads.

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:03 am

          “I was in Phuket from January until the end of August this year, there is no way there are only 59 deaths in Thailand so far this year. Only a fool would believe that.”

          What evidence do you have to support that?

          Did you see significantly higher numbers dying of Covid-19 in Phuket?

          Or are you just assuming that because the UK has done so appallingly badly handling the Covid crisis that it’s inconceivable that Thailand could do so much better?

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:11 am

          I couldn’t agree with you more about the state of driving in Thailand, but that hardly either excuses the UK’s poor performance with Covid or detracts from Thailand (and many Asean countries’) far better performance.

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            James

            Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 10:26 pm

            Laos John

            If you are stupid enough to believe the statistics a military-run government is giving you then you are indeed in the right country.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 9:52 am

    “Who said 60 deaths a day is low?”

    The article, although it’s been changed from “extremely low” to “relatively low”:

    “On a positive note, the number of deaths remains relatively low – between 35 and 60 per day over the past week …”

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Investigations of Covid-19 infected elite rule-breakers demanded

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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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Thailand Covid UPDATE: 967 new infections announced Sunday

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Thailand’s CCSA have announced 967 new Covid-19 infections today during their daily briefings. The number is another day of gradual increases that has grown. Thailand’s national total has now reached 32,625 total infections, of which 28,214 people have fully recovered. 4,314 people are currently under hospital supervision in Thailand following positive Covid tests.

9 new cases were revealed in Phuket today, but aren’t included in today’s national tally.

The CCSA also reported that 485,957 people have now received their first vaccine – 69,439 are now fully vaccinated. The daily average of new people being vaccinated over the past month has grown from around 10,000 people each day to 15,556 yesterday.

Around the world, both the daily infection rates and death rates from Covid-19 are increasing again after dipping at the start of 2021.

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Following the closure of entertainment venues in 41 provinces for 2 weeks, Pattaya police warn that bars acting as restaurants and restaurants acting as bars would be punished. In Pattaya, police patrolled heavily to check in on venues and remind them of the penalties and fines for breaking shut-down rules. The current outbreak of Covid-19 throughout Thailand has been disproportionately spread by nightclubs and bars, including many pubs in Chon Buri and Bangkok. While the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has called for a 2-week closure, the Chon Buri edict is open-dated, expected to be in effect until conditions improve. One warning Pattaya police stressed was that, while restaurants are allowed to stay open and sell alcohol, abusing that exception will be punished.

In previous entertainment venue shutdowns during the pandemic, many businesses took advantage of the restaurant loophole. As there’s no exact wording in the law saying people have to order food and not only drinks, many restaurants served drinks and allowed dancing and socializing without any social distancing. Some bars were even seen hastily adding a quick food menu of easy snacks in an attempt to skirt the rules and operate as a restaurant serving alcohol. But this time Pattaya police warn that restaurants using these sneaky tricks won’t be tolerated. Even businesses with multi licenses will need to take measures to make it clear they are not operating more like a bar as police will have the discretion to make judgement calls on venues.

The 2-week closure of entertainment venues went into effect yesterday and banquet halls, movie theatres, saunas and soapies are all closed. Restaurants are allowed to stay open, but with a 10 pm curfew on dine-in services. Takeaway food is allowed after 10 pm until 5 in the morning. Officials hope this shutdown on Covid-19 spreading entertainment venues will slow the outbreak enough to avoid the dreaded full lockdowns, travel restrictions, and domestic quarantines.

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