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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…

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

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

    Saturday, 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

      Saturday, 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

      Saturday, 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

      Sunday, 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

      Thursday, 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

        Thursday, 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

    Saturday, 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

      Sunday, 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

      Sunday, 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

    Sunday, 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?
    —–

    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

      Thursday, 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

        Thursday, 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

          Thursday, 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

          Thursday, 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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Covid UPDATE: 9,635 new infections, provincial totals

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Thailand reported a record high of 9,635 new Covid-19 infections. There are now 43,268 active Covid-19 cases in Thailand, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun said at the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Out of the new cases reported today, 6,853 were detected at prisons in Thailand.

“Of course this is a new high that we have never seen before in Thailand, but the majority have been detected in prisons.”

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has confirmed a total of 111,082 Covid-19 infections and 614 coronavirus-related deaths, with the vast majority of infections and virus-related fatalities in the recent wave of infections over the past 6 weeks. Bangkok remains the epicentre of infections and continues to have high daily Covid-19 counts.

The CCSA also reported 25 new Covid-related fatalities today, primarily in Bangkok. Most of the patients who died had high blood pressure for other underlying health conditions.

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Covid-19 spreads to 12 Thailand prisons infecting 9,789 people

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Over the past week, 12 prisons in Thailand have reported Covid-19 infections infecting thousands of inmates. Out of the 9,789 Covid-19 infections reported by the Department of Corrections, nearly 4,000 cases were reported at the Chiang Mai Central Prison.

Outbreaks at the Bangkok Remand Prison and Central Women’s Correctional Institution were first reported last week after a pro-democracy protest leader announced that she tested positive for Covid-19 a week after she was released from the women’s prison. She had been held in detention for 8 weeks awaiting trial for lese majeste charges which carry an up to 15 year prison sentence for insulting or defaming the Thai Monarchy.

At the Central Women’s Correctional Institution, where 1,039 people are infected, the outbreak started from a new inmate who was infected with the coronavirus, the department’s director general said in an earlier statement. At the Bangkok Remand Prison, where 1,960 people are infected, a department official who was infected with Covid-19 apparently caused the outbreak infecting more than half the prison population.

Following the news of the Covid-19 outbreaks at 2 Bangkok prisons, human rights activists have called on Thai authorities to reduce overcrowding in the prisons, a longstanding problem in Thailand, by releasing inmates who are incarcerated on minor charges or who are being held in court detention for non-violent offences.

In an earlier statement, the Human Rights Watch said that Thai authorities need to act immediately to make sure inmates who are infected with Covid-19 get equal and adequate health care, which is required under international law.

Most of the infected inmates are being treated at field hospitals set up outside the prison, or at the Department of Corrections hospital, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun said during today’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration meeting. Those in serious condition have been admitted to hospitals, he said.

Natapanu added that the Thai government is providing adequate health care for the infected inmates in line with legal standards.

Prison Covid-19 cases
Chiang Mai Central Prison 3,929
Bangkok Remand Prison 1,960
Central Women’s Correctional Institution 1,039
Khlong Prem Central Prison 1,016
Thon Buri Remand Prison 1,725
Nonthaburi Central Prison 59
Chachoengsao Central Prison 43
Central Special Treatment Centre 12
Min Buri Prison 2
Narathawit Prison 2
Mae Sot Prison 1
Samut Prakan Central Prison 1

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Thailand to get Moderna vaccine by this October

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Thailand is expecting to get the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine by this October as an alternative to AstraZeneca and Sinovac. The secretary-general of the Private Hospital Association, says 5 to 6 million doses will be shipped to Thailand in the second half of this year.

Last week, the Moderna vaccine was approved for emergency use in Thailand by the Food and Drug Administration. It is the fourth vaccine approved by the FDA, after the AstraZeneca, Sinovac and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The price of the vaccine will be set by the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation, but private hospitals allegedly won’t seek profits from administering the vaccine. Officials say private hospitals will offer the 2 shots of the vaccine for a maximum of 3,000 baht total.

The chairman of Ramkhamhaeng Hospital, says private hospitals are monitoring the demand for an alternative vaccine and will inform the GPO. The chairman says, so far, demand ranges from 10,000 doses to 1 million doses, but advises people to get vaccinated regardless of the brand in order to achieve a herd immunity. He also said research has found that after people are fully vaccinated, the booster shot or 3rd jab can be from any brand of vaccine, comparing it to the yearly influenza jabs.

Meanwhile, GPO deputy director Sirinuch Cheewanpisalnukul, recently said that a total of 4.5 million doses of Sinovac’s vaccine have been delivered to Thailand, including 500,000 doses donated by China that arrived last Friday. She says the GPO received another 500,000 doses of the Chinese-made vaccine last Saturday, with another 1.5 million doses to be delivered later this month.

The first batch of 200,000 doses of Sinovac’s vaccine was delivered in February, with 800,000 more doses arriving in March, and 1.5 million more doses arriving in April, and 2 million doses arriving this month so far. As of last Friday, a total of 2,218,420 doses of Covid vaccines have been administered to people nationwide.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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