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UPDATE: World Covid cases surge again, US reports 81,000+ cases in past 24 hours

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Both the rate of new infections and deaths from the coronavirus has begun to spike in the worldwide totals again with some countries and locations having to go back into lockdowns for a second or third time. In the US and parts of Europe a major new surge of cases is concerning health authorities, especially as these countries are now heading into cooler weather, and people gathering indoors.

As of Saturday morning, Thai time, a total of 42,462,925 people have been infected worldwide with Covid-19, 1,148,698 have died and 31,417,499 have recovered.

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The following graph shows today’s top ten countries with the most new infections in the past 24 hours…

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SOURCE: worldometers.info

Here’s a summary of some of the main world Covid-19 headlines…

ITALY

Italy has recorded another record with 19,143 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. That’s up from Thursday’s record of 16,079 new coronavirus cases. 91 coronavirus deaths were also reported on Friday. The governor of Campania in Vincenzo De Luca has made a formal request for a national lockdown and says he will close his region “for 30 to 40 days” to try and control the recent surge.

The governor of Lombardy lamented that it is a “dramatic situation.” Lombardy was the epicentre of one of the first, and most dangerous. clusters in the world after the virus first spread out of China.

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GRAPH: New cases surging across Italy – worldometers.info

US

A study from the Covid-19 forecasting team at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reports that… if 95% of Americans wore masks in public, more than 100,000 lives could be saved from Covid-19 over the next 4 months.

In a survey done in September, only about 49% of US residents reported that they “always” wear a mask in public.

The study calculated that, if the current extent of mask-wearing were to continue, and states continue with removing social distancing mandates, the death toll across the US from Covid-19 could reach about 1 million deaths by the end of February.

“The study had some limitations, including that the findings are only forecast projections from models and not definitive of what the future holds.”

The IHME Director Dr. Chris Murray maintains that the study still helps offer insight into how mask-wearing can make a difference.

URUGUAY

Uruguay is closing its borders during the summer season as a program to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Uraguay’s President Luis Lacalle Pou says that it will be “a restricted summer”.

“The borders will be basically closed, with exceptions that are already known and perhaps some more.

“Because today there are many cases, or several cases, in the education sector, we have decided to suspend face-to-face classes for two weeks.”

“Public safety measures will be enforced… avoid large gatherings and parties. We will be very strict when it comes to the topic of parties.”

Uruguay, with a total population of 3.5 million, has reported at least 2,701 confirmed new cases of Covid-19 and 53 deaths as of Friday morning and shares borders with Argentina and Brazil, both heavily impacted with a rise of Covid cases.

FRANCE

The head of infectious diseases at Tenon Hospital in Paris, Gilles Pialoux, says France is paying the price for ending the coronavirus lockdown too quickly.

On Thursday, France announced 41,622 new cases, and on Friday 42,032.

It will be “really difficult to avoid a second lockdown given the circulation of the virus.”

Gilles says local lockdowns or lockdowns “by population group” could be the solution. The doctor added the circulation of the virus among the “20-30 year old age group was far beyond the rest of the population”.

EUROPE

5 countries with the highest rate of new Covid infections, when measured against population, are all in Europe.

They are the Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Belgium and The Netherlands. The number of new infections has risen sharply since the start of October, and continues to surge as the European autumn sets in.

As of last Thursday, the Czech Republic had a rolling daily average (across five days) of 10,579 new cases, meaning 988 new infections a day per 1 million population, a four-fold increase since the start of October. Belgium, was in the same situation with an average of 891 new infections per million residents as of last Thursday. The two countries have by far the highest rate of new Covid-19 infections.

UK

The UK has seen a sharp increase in its rolling averages during October, from 9,729 new cases to 19,290 per day. And the situation in Spain is less dramatic “but the daily average remains stubbornly high”. Infections per million are lower in other European countries, but they are still rising.

In comparison, the rolling averages of new cases in India and Brazil continue to fall, while the US is seeing a gradual but persistent rise. Its rolling average has risen from 43,089 at the start of October to 59,387 this week, representing 179 new cases a day per million population.

The UK’s economic recovery after the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has now flattened out and threatens to reverse and trigger a double-dip recession. The government has announced new restrictions to tackle the second wave which are expected to stifle business activity.

A new survey of business activity indicates private sector growth in the UK falling back as hospitality and transport companies struggled to cope with regional lockdown measures.

US

As autumn spreads across North American, 25 states in the US are reporting rising Covid-19 infections. White House Coronavirus Taskforce officials say there are “early signs of deterioration in the Sun Belt and continued deterioration in the Midwest and across the Northern States”.

Last Wednesday, at least 14 states had recorded their highest seven-day average of new daily cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Including Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Meanwhile, more than 41,000 people are currently hospitalised with the coronavirus across the country, according to the CovidTracking Project. Missouri and Idaho health officials say they’ll “soon be facing a crisis if hospitalisations continue to surge”.

The US reported the highest daily death toll in more than a month, with more than 1,100 new deaths.

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    42nd Battalion

    October 24, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    What is going on in the media?… Millions of people get the flu every year! And chicken pox, and cholera and malaria. And a small percent will be hospitalized or die – so what!! A tiny fraction of these “positive covid cases” will ever even have symptoms!! The media is just going to keep repeating themselves ad infinitum. They are just in bully mode ATM. When will the thaiger run a story expressing covid skepticism. Clearly many readers are skeptic. Do our opinions not matter??

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      Al

      October 24, 2020 at 3:31 pm

      42nd? Whoa! Somebody with logic and clear sanity! It’s NOW the flu season, and up goes all the numbers which are normally (in a sane world) affected by…….the flu! 1 + 1 = 2

      And yes, the fearmongering is indeed working on so many good people’s minds! 1 + 2 = 3……

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      Don R

      October 24, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      They’re fully invested in the narrative that covid is a catastrophic disease. If they back down now, they’ll suffer a tremendous loss of credibility.

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      Glenn

      October 25, 2020 at 11:14 am

      bingo – what passes for News here is just propaganda. It’s copy past fear mongering.

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      Ben

      October 29, 2020 at 8:45 am

      They’re trying to put out real news and not fake news. You have your opinion and you’ve expressed it. Thailand policy makers will make policy for Thailand and your opinion doesn’t matter to them or has been considered and rejected.

      A: Should we open up the country and just treat this like the flu? We’re going to have to live with it forever anyway.

      T: America has and they have now have 229,000 deaths and we have around 600.

      A: Oh it’s ok, those that die from COVID are either old, fat or have co-morbidities and will probably die sometime in the next 20 years anyway.

      T: I think we’ll avoid those tens of thousands of deaths for now and let nature take it’s course without COVID. It’ll piss off a lot of people if we kill their grandparents.

      A: OK but we’re going to lose a lot of tourists.

      T: We’ll just bring in more Chinese tourists who think like us.

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        Don R

        October 29, 2020 at 3:23 pm

        Rational people: Poor people die younger, much younger than the age of your average covid victim.

        Irrational people: Yeah, but that’ll be years from now, and, since we can’t stamp a clean “COVID-19” label on their death certs, no one will even notice that died. Deaths don’t matter if I don’t read about them in our *outstanding* news media!

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    Eva Brooks

    October 24, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    where’s the figures from China? (world’s most populous nation)

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      The Thaiger & The Nation

      October 25, 2020 at 10:41 am

      They were not in the top 10 countries for new infections in the graph we posted.

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      Brian

      October 25, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      China would just make it up anyway. There’s no credibility to their reporting.

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    Glenn

    October 25, 2020 at 11:13 am

    When the ‘news’ is telling you about all the ‘cases’ and deaths and then the CDC quietly lets this stuff out, why would anyone continue to believe the news?
    As far as ‘cases’, PCR tests have been shown to yield a very high percentage of false positives, and anyways, WHO CARES if the fatality rate is tiny and on par with a flu?
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    Tennessee River Valley News · August 30
    New CDC report shows 94% of COVID-19 deaths in US had underlying medical conditions

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data last week that depicts how many Americans who have died from COVID-19 also had underlying medical conditions.
    According to the report, only 6% of deaths have COVID-19 as the only cause mentioned, revealing that 94% of patients who died from corona virus also had underlying health conditions.
    The report reads in part:

    Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.

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      Ben

      October 29, 2020 at 12:15 pm

      So what’s your point? That 229,000 COVID deaths in the USA weren’t caused by COVID?

      COVID negatively affects the old, overweight and those with medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems and asthma. These are things people live with in America for years or decades without dying. COVID absolutely sped up their demise and is what killed them. It’s analogous to a car hitting someone and putting them in the hospital and while in the hospital they have a heart attack so that’s what killed them and not the car hitting them. Cmon man!

      The CDC is a very conflicted organization now-a-days. Lots of good people doing good work and a few Trump operatives trying to force them to tell the public COVID is ok and not killing them. You must have drank the kool aid they’re serving.

      Sorry to call you out Glenn but this type of thinking is going to lead to America having 500,000+ dead before it’s over that could have lived a lot longer. I hope one of them isn’t your loved one. Thailand isn’t going to drink this kool aid.

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        Don R

        October 29, 2020 at 3:30 pm

        Sorry to call you out on this, but fewer people would’ve died if you had just let it run its course.

        Our greatest weapon in fighting the virus by far and away has been the immune system. This weapon has cleared the virus from hundreds of millions of bodies, most without only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Those with immunity form a buffer for the vulnerable.

        But covid panic warriors continue to act as if the immune system is a conspiracy theory, basically arguing that we should disarm ourselves in face of the enemy. And all the while pretending to have a monopoly on science. In reality, none of your ideas are supported by science; in fact they’re complete at odds with science.

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          The Thaiger & The Nation

          October 29, 2020 at 6:08 pm

          “fewer people would’ve died if you had just let it run its course”. That’s an absurd and misleading comment.

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          Ben

          October 29, 2020 at 11:49 pm

          You’re obviously not Asian. Your approach is the Swedish/right leaning western approach.

          Asians understand COVID-19, without a vaccine or treatments, will kill more people than the flu because it’s more infectious than the flu (mainly because when you catch the flu you take yourself out of circulation whereas COVID-19 is asymptomatically spread) and kills those under 50 years of age at about the same rate (.1%). Those over 50 and/or have certain health conditions die at a much higher rate than those under 50 (greater than 10X).

          So no Asian country is going to open up and let herd immunity be their solution to COVID-19 because they’re culturally not willing to let a large swath of their population die prematurely when there might be a potential solution or mitigative measure around the corner. They think they’ve chosen the lesser of two evils (temporary economic hardship) and don’t envy the west who appears to have taken on both evils (plus a lot of deaths).

          You’re entitled to your opinion but be careful to think your solution is universally correct for everyone. If you’re going to live in or visit Asia I’d suggest you try to understand their thinking.

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No vaccine, no entry – the world’s next travel challenge

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UPDATE: Australia’s national airline has already said it will impose “proof of vaccine” on all inbound and outbound international flights, a situation that IATA says they are likely to follow. Read more HERE.

ORIGINAL POST: With the announcements this week about several vaccine candidate trials, either being completed or at the end of their Phase 3 testings, and the applications to government bodies for ‘emergency approval’, we now have to face the next question.

What restrictions will be imposed on those people who don’t have the vaccine, or even actively choose not to have the vaccine?

And more locally…

Will Thailand allow people to enter Thailand without first having the Covid-19 vaccine?

Given the Thai Government’s low-risk strategy, well almost zero-risk strategy, and reluctance to take any chances with a second wave of Covid 19, it is highly likely there will be a stipulation that anyone entering Thailand will need a vaccine certificate or stamp in their passports.

Couple this with the Thai population’s continued fear of allowing foreigners back into the country at this time, in poll after poll, and it’s a safe bet there will be a “no vaccine, no entry” restriction imposed.

On a positive note, the Thai government may drop the 14 day quarantine for people that have had the vaccine (but not in the early days).

At this stage we know that most of the vaccine trials have had a 95% efficacy. We also know that the leading BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine needs an original jab plus a booster and has to be transported at extremely low temperature.

To complicate matters, there is not yet sufficient evidence that having had a bout of Covid-19, whether asymptomatic or not, guarantees you immunity. Or, if it does, for how long?

All these factors will mean that some level of quarantine will probably be in force as the Thai government slowly re-opens its borders to a wider groups of vaccinated travellers. This would remain in force until the world has a better knowledge of both the proven efficacy of the vaccine, or vaccines, and the re-infection rates.

So, even if we start getting groups of the world’s populations vaccinated before the end of the year, and that’s still a very big IF, there’s a lot more water to pass under the bridge until a coherent, reliable vaccine strategy can be understood and implemented.

Then there will be a rump of people, either hard core anti-vaxxers, or others who are at least skeptical of a new vaccine, who will want to wait or not want the vaccine at all. Public education, some strong science and a successful roll out of the early vaccines will be a key to winning over a lot of the world’s population.

Somehow governments and health authorities are going to have to wind back much of the disinformation floating around the internet about vaccines that is so factually out of whack with reality, it’s going to be one of the greatest public health challenges of all time, to reassure people about the science of vaccines and vaccination.

All this, in the middle of a pandemic that, for now, is still on the ascendency as far as new cases and deaths are concerned.

But there is little doubt rejoining the world of international travel, even local travel, could become restricted to only those who are vaccinated. The rest will be stuck roaming around their own countries, or states, for… years with a raft of restrictions on their lives. Who knows.

Will shopping centres or public buildings also impose a “no vaccine, no entry” policy? Hotels? Public buildings? Job applications?

On top of the economic stress which has fallen on a lot of the world, with so many governments now facing the headwinds of deep recession, the vaccine ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ will add even more public disquiet.

At this stage nobody is sure how the vaccine will be rolled out in Thailand. The Thai government has already signed up for several of the leading vaccine candidates and will most likely provide the vaccine for free to citizens under its public health system.

What does that mean for foreigners living here? If you are covered, with a work permit, under the country’s public health, are you able to get the vaccine for free too? Will the thousands of foreigners on private health insurance be covered?

Surely the insurers will want its customers to be vaccinated. Sick customers cost them money. So, will insurance renewals be limited to only people who have been vaccinated? Will visas be renewed only if you have been vaccinated?

At this stage there are no firm answers to any of these questions.

And then there is the SARS Cov2 virus (Covid-19) itself, a living virus which has the ability to mutate and adapt. Will these new vaccines be effective against all mutations? Again, this is all ahead of us.

We’re certainly now entering a new phase of this pandemic. New challenges, new questions. The rising numbers of cases throughout 2020 is only the first chapter of a book that will be many more years in the making.

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Thailand may have to wait for US vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna

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As news that US may acquire its first shipment of Covid vaccines in mid-December, Thailand may have to wait to share the vaccines as they will likely be made available to the US and Japan first, before the rest of the world. Pfizer and Moderna recently announced their vaccines were about 95% effective, with some countries starting to preorder the vaccines despite shipment challenges that include maintaining a low temperature during transport.

Already, the US and Japan have preordered 300 and 120 million doses respectively, according to Kiat Ruxrungtham, the director of Covid-19 vaccine research and development project of the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University. But Thailand may have other options as Kiat said 11 other pharmaceutical companies are developing the vaccine that could be distributed on a large scale. Out of Thailand’s 7 potential Covid-19 vaccines, 2 have successfully completed the animal testing stage and will proceed to human testing starting in April 2021.

However, Kiat says BioNet-Asia Co’s vaccine may be lagging behind due to the short supply of vaccine precursors, as many have been bought by bigger companies. He adds that a team has been testing Cu-Cov19, an mRNA vaccine, on macaques at Chulalongkorn University’s National Primate Research Centre in Saraburi with BioNet-Asia being the centre’s partner.

He said the project does not had sufficient funding from the government, but the state is finding ways to preorder vaccines from Covax, a company working with the World Health Organization and cooperating with AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

Today, Thailand’s CCSA reports 2 new imported cases of Covid, 1 of which is a 5 month old Indian baby girl, bringing the total number of cases to 3,922 with 0 new deaths. The Centre for Covid Situation Administration reported that the girl arrived on November 11 on the same flight as 2 previously confirmed cases. The baby tested positive 5 days later, while displaying symptoms such as a fever and vomitting.

 

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Pandemic has washed away Pattaya’s “soapy” massage parlours

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While the Covid pandemic has hit Thailand’s businesses hard, it has also washed away its not-so-legal soapy massage parlours after tourism has dried up its clientele. Such places, known as glorified brothels, have left many masseuses out of work as boards have barricaded the once booming establishments.

Soapy Massage (àap-òp-nûat, อาบอบนวด, literally bath, steam, massage)…
These are the bigger massage parlours where girls are presented in the fishbowl and you get the full program (including sex) for a fixed price, depending on the girl starting from 1,500 and up to 5,000 Baht.

Only a few of the soapy services have survived the pandemic in Pattaya, with Honey Massage Parlour being one of them, according to The Pattaya Mail. After adjusting to the new requirements for social distancing, the business has re-opened on November 19. However, its largest shop has closed, once known as Honey 1 on Soi Honey, or Soi 11, the windows are dark and barricaded. Honey Inn is also up for sale.

25 year old masseuse Maywadee, says she used to work in such parlours where she would get a cut of the 1,500 to 2,500 baht fee. She says she used to see up to 7 clients a day, but now that number has been cut in half as Chinese and Japanese tourists, who were her largest group of customers have dwindled. Now, she is thinking about heading back to her home city of Chiang Mai, to sell handicrafts, as her Pattaya income has dried up.

Such parlours feature masseuses that are usually not native to the area, as many come from lower socio-economic areas such as Thailands northeastern provinces, otherwise known as Isaan. Many make the trip to tourist-driven cities like Pattaya, Koh Samui, Bangkok and others, in an attempt to make a higher salary than they would if they were back in Isaan.

SOURCE: The Pattaya Mail

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