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Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin has announced 279 new infections of Covid-19 from the past 24 hours at this morning’s media briefing in Bangkok. There’s also been 2 new deaths. 16 of today’s new infections are Burmese migrant workers, 5 are imported cases from arrivees returning to Thailand.

The first of the 2 deaths was a 44 year old Thai man who had existing health issues in Bangkok, whose case was traced to a Bangkok bar. The other case was a 70 year old Thai man from Tak in north-west Thailand, who had illegally crossed the border from Myanmar on November 29. He had been treated and was confirmed with Covid-19 on December 4, reportedly recovered, but died last night.

The new reported Covid infections today are…

• Samut Sakhon 90
• Chon Buri 51
• Rayong 37
• Chanthaburi 29
• Bangkok 20
• Samut Prakan 13
• Trat 7
• Pathum Thani 2
• Sa Kaeo 2
• Nakhon Pathom 1
• Chachoengsao 1
• Ubon Ratchathani 1
• Nakhon Si Thammarat 1
• Surin 1
• Lamphun 1
• 16 foreign migrant workers (Samut Sakhon 15 and Ang Thong 1)

Thailand now has had a total of 7,163 infections since the start of 2020. 4,273 people are now considered as recovered. 2,827 people remain in treatment/under observation. The Thai death toll has now reached 63 deaths.

The provinces with high numbers of cases, specifically Rayong and Chonburi, are being recommended to offer only take-away dining. The governor of Chonburi yesterday reversed an order banning in-person dining which allows restaurants to re-open. H said the situation will remain under review over the next few weeks.

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  1. Avatar

    Maag

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Our beloved king will save the country from pandemy….god bless @

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      Robert Elliott

      Friday, January 1, 2021 at 6:18 pm

      First time I have ever seen a Thai use the term God Bless.

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        Toby Andrews

        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 9:54 am

        He should be writing Buddha Bless.
        I doubt he is a Thai. I think he is a troll.
        “Work out your own salvation do not depend on others” Buddha.

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          Maag

          Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 11:57 am

          Troll yourself idiot….I am a catholic , and pround to be !

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        Kitty 65

        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:57 am

        Thailand doesn’t appear to have many covid cases but more likely if people travel to Thailand they may bring it. People don’t need to travel unless for work. People really should just stay home

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    ipfunnyjohns

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Give me a break. This isn’t news and we don’t know the cause of death as covid 19. With cycle thresholds reports, its possible than everyone would test positive for covid. Which allows the media to report a motorcycle crash with a massive head trauma to be ruled a “covid 19 death” if you cycle the test enough time.

    Talk about fake news. This is getting so old.

    What are your thoughts about cycle thresholds povertyjohn?

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      Roger

      Friday, January 1, 2021 at 4:56 pm

      God help Thailand if this Virus does take hold
      Your Country is perfect for Pandemic…crowded ..polluted…Dirty (Serious slums 20 klm from Bangkok)
      I hope you never see the real Pandemic … my wife is there
      But to say it is all a scam not a fact is so far from reality my bro ( look at UK..USA.Europoe)
      Look at the world deaths …… all from fake news and motorbike crashes??
      For God sake grow up
      Good Luck Thailand

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        indisPC

        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:17 am

        UK USA Europe have large elderly populations in nursing homes.

        Malaysia has reported over 1000 new cases a day for months. They continue to see only single digit deaths.

        S Korea, similar case load, 40 deaths a day. Perhaps older population and the cold weather?

        But I don’t expect it to blow up in Thailand.

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      Russell Gore

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 9:20 am

      I agree the PCR test at 45 magnifications above the max recomended by the makers of 30 magnifications gives almost nothing but false positive results.

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        Issan John

        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12:15 pm

        … and the reason for thinking that’s happening, and that the tests are being carried out incorrectly by the labs is what, exactly?

        1. Because the lab technicians are incapable of operating lab equipment where, for that particular part, all they have to do is dial in and set the number of cycles for each test? … or …

        2. Because it’s all part of a big, world-wide conspiracy by the deep state / illuminati / satan-worshipping, baby-eating billionaires, who’ve convinced all the lab technicians to deliberately set the cycle level incorrectly high to get false positives …

        … and they’ve also convinced all the testers to infect those tested with “Covid-19” so that hundreds of millions are symptomatic and millions die? … or …

        3 Because it’s all part of a big, world-wide conspiracy by the deep state / illuminati / satan-worshipping, baby-eating billionaires, who’ve convinced all the lab technicians to deliberately set the cycle level incorrectly high to get false pisitives …

        … and they’ve also convinced hundreds of thousands of hospitals and millions of doctors, nursing staff and scientists that there’s an imaginary virus called “Covid-19”, so they should stop treating those dying of cancer and with other issues and treat those with an imaginary virus instead?

        SO WHICH IS IT?

        Of all the conspiracy theories around this has to be one of the most stupid and most dangerous.

        One of the most stupid because while it’s based on a truth (that the more you go over 30 cycles the more false positives you get), everything else about it isn’t just implausible but completely impossible.

        … and particularly stupid here, where some supporting it, saying that the “real figures” are much lower and being falsely inflated, are also the same ones complaining that Thailand’s not doing enough testing so the “real figures” are much higher and being hidden.

        … and one of the most dangerous because while it’s easy to dismiss a half-wit saying that the virus genome or a photo of the isolated virus have never been published by showing that they have, many times, it’s more difficult and lengthy with this as while the fact itself is true it’s the implications which are totally false.

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        Issan John

        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12:40 pm

        For anyone who doesn’t understand the talk about “cycles” or “magnifications” and thinks it may be user error or to save costs, it’s neither.

        The PCR tests simply increase the viral load in a test sample so it can be identified by putting it through a number of “cycles”, heating it up then cooling it down – rather like distilling alcohol.

        Once you get over a certain number / “threshold”, in this case 30 cycles, the number of false positives increases in line with the number of cycles.

        It’s difficult to do by mistake as all the lab tech has to do for that part of the test is dial in the number, and it doesn’t save time or cost as doing more cycles obviously takes longer and is more expensive.

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    Jayce

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    280 per day….if it doesn’t stagnate soon and no measures are taken to stabilize or drive down the new daily caseload soon, it will be too late and the genie will be out of the bottle (for as much that it’s not already a lost cause due to insufficient testing/underreporting).

    If it escalates beyond this the cost of trying to drive it back down becomes too high (4 months of very strict, almost inhumane lockdown in Melbourne for example to turn around a daily caseload of 700). If they’re not willing to act now, at that point you may as well decide to open the border and let it run…

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      Slugger

      Friday, January 1, 2021 at 5:07 pm

      Melbourne inhmane? You should have been in Wuhan, yet nobody complained there and not because they didn’t dare. Aussie whiners.

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        Leo Z

        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:52 am

        Yes, as if one can “complain” in China. You can’t even post “I want to complain” in any Chinese social media.

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    Dreamon

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Quick quick, close everything, ban everything, blame migrants, blame tourists, solve nothing.

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    David Beckman

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Thailand’s test per 1000 people 0.06 so if test were carried out like other countries say like Australia 2.6 per thousand you could probably add a couple off zeroes to that total.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 3:44 am

      Tests in Thailand based on what group?

      The results vary enormously, depending on if it’s from a targeted high, medium or low risk group, to hospital admissions, from 44% to zero.

      What set of tests are you talking about?

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        David Beckman

        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 8:52 am

        John go to our world in data covid ,mate Go do some gardening or get a hobby ,your life must be so dormit that you have to comment on every post here ,happy New year all

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          Jake Pattaya

          Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 11:58 am

          David, John asked you a simple question to , but looks like it was to complicated and you had to start personally attacking him not to look like an idiot.
          Well, it didn’t work, you just proved you are one.

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            Issan John

            Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12:28 pm

            Thanks, Jake, but obviously David simply doesn’t know and hasn’t realised you can’t cherry pick stats from any one source such as worldindata and compare them when the data’s collected in very different ways (in this case targeted testing vs mass testing).

            Thanks for the thought, but I gave up being worried about abuse long ago. 🙂

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          Issan John

          Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12:49 pm

          FWIW, David, I have plenty of hobbies, from gardening to cycling in the stunning hills here for 3 or 4 hours a day, but it’s difficult to do them at times when I’m laid up due to an old injury so commenting here passes the time. 🙂

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            David Beckman

            Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12:58 pm

            Yeah agree John its a beautiful country to enjoy stay safe mate.

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    Mike Frenchie

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Next week is key… If it goes exponential (my guess) – we are in for a hard lockdown…

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    One with illness already. One 70 years old.
    One might not have had covid . . .
    But they will do to maintain the government’s emergency powers.

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      Jake Pattaya

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12:02 pm

      One with ilnes means he might had a cardiovascular problem and still enjoy life for next 30 years.
      Are you sure Toby you are 100% healthy? Did you check your sugar, cholesterol etc..? Don’t bother checking your brain, for that it’s too late already

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    ipfunnyjohns

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Happy new years! Welcome to covid 21 safetyland. It’s like Disney land but safer.

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    Hungry Farang

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:18 am

    yeah, I wish they will get it under control quickly. And i guess they will do ery well, as the go no long debates and endless talkings about closing bars or not like in Germany.

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    disgusted `

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 8:15 am

    There are more cases than is reported because not everyone goes to hospital when sick and that is fact. Not everyone can afford a 3000thb covid test and this is just going to get worse.
    We have had more infections in the past two months than he whole of last year but they will not isolate like last time. No closures means more spreading and this time it is faster.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 9:29 am

      While I agree 100% with your general sentiment that there should be stricter measures NOW to control and contain the spread of the virus, it’s not possible to “have had more infections in the past two months than he whole of last year”.

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        David Beckman

        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 9:46 am

        Incorrect John ,as proven immediate lockdown and stricter quarantine measures are very successful in controlling the virus, Victoria 700 cases a day lockdown now zero and they were testing 270k per week ,the reason numbers are going up is because it’s still free to do wat u want here in Thailand,sure it’s going to hurt but better 2 months now than 6 months later because the whole nations infected.

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          Jake Pattaya

          Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12:05 pm

          What is incorrect in what John said? You just said exactly the same thing as he did.

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            Issan John

            Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12:54 pm

            I thought too. Wierd!

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          David Beckman

          Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12:37 pm

          Jake incorrect it is possible to have more in 2 months then the whole year. I think you 2 the same person as for the personal attack ,incorrect again ,I actually like the banter with John I was simply saying he needs spend less time on here. Jake/John same same

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    Issan John

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Not when “the past two months” are part of “the whole of last year” it isn’t!

    Maybe you didn’t notice, but on this planet the “whole of last year” ended less than two days ago!

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    Ian

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 6:13 am

    Maag you are a fool where was your king when the first pandemic broke he was In Germany counting his gold and enjoying himself while the country suffered at the hands of the clowns in charge but your a lost cause your beyond help whatever you are troll Catholic alien or just idiot

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      Tony Grace

      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 1:59 pm

      John , Take no notice of other people’s opinion, as you do contribute some very interesting facts on issues that are covered on this paper,

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