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US Air Force lands in India with much-needed Covid-19 supplies, other foreign aid on the way

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As India has recently requested foreign aid to help with its severe Covid-19 situation, a US Air Force aircraft has landed in the South Asian country, answering that call with Covid-19 relief supplies. The aircraft departed from California and, according to a statement by the US Department of Defense, was packed with cargo pallets containing more than 400 oxygen cylinders and regulators, 1 million N-95 medical masks, and 1 million Covid-19 rapid test kits.

As India deals with 379,257 new daily infections, and over 18.3 million cases since the pandemic began, it has taken the second seat next to the US in terms of the highest number of cases reported since the outbreak began. Just in the last 24 hours, the nation reported 3,645 deaths, bringing the total to 204,832. And, experts say those numbers that are being reported are lower than the actual numbers.

Multiple countries, including Germany, France, the EU, the UK, the US, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, have pledged to help India, with the US also sending vaccines, despite India being one of the world’s biggest vaccine producers. Crates of ventilators and oxygen concentrators from the UK arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday, making it the first aid to arrive in India from abroad. Although the UK is sending medical supplies to India, a spokesperson for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK could not give away its vaccine doses at this time.

Tarik Jasarevic, spokesman for the World Health Organization, has also noted that the Covid variant, found in India, is more transmissible. Yet the government is continually being criticised for its slow rollout of Covid vaccines.

“It seems that this variant has the potential to attach to human cells more easily. Obviously that would lead to more people being infected and more hospitalisations.”

The recent surge in infections has been largely blamed on public complacency with officials joining in the mindset. The government allowed hundreds of thousands of Hindu worshippers to participate in the country’s religious event, even noting how large the gatherings were. Political rallies during state elections were also still held, with mask wearing seemingly off the table.

The Indian government said it will open up its vaccination drive to all adults on May 1.

SOURCE: VOA News

 

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    Slugger

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Careful they dont bomb anything on the way out. Obviously in the name of ‘dimocracy.’

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    Ian Bromley

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    So after actively denying India access to vaccine components, vaccine production materials and even things like factory equipment the wonderful US of A is now sending aid. A bit late Mr Biden, as millions have been infected and hundreds of thousands have died because of your hoarding policies. You are no saviour in my eyes.

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    Mr cynic

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    They have the technology and manpower to build space rockets,satellites,aircraft and nuclear weapons,why can they not produce enough pharmaceutical products for their own people?

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    nick

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Seriously?….. how’s that gonna help?

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    Leo Z

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    @ Slugger: cha ching. You fulfilled your patriotic duty today with your wumao comments.

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    RA

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    @Slugger – How childish can you get?

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    RA

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    @Ian Bromley – So, let me get this straight, you’re saying that in the last 100 or so days that and I quote, “millions have been infected and hundreds of thousands have died” because of Biden’s hoarding policy. Can you expand on that? Support your position? May I ask where you’re from and what your country has sent or refused to send and hoard?

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Expat vaccination likely to be delayed

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An official from the Bangkok Metropolitan Association says foreigners may face a slight delay in receiving their Covid-19 vaccines. Panruedee Manomaipiboon, director of the BMA’s health department says while the Health Ministry aims to vaccinate everyone living in Thailand, foreigners may have to wait until August.

“As I have said before, the Health Ministry plans to vaccinate Thais first. We will try our best to vaccinate Thais within 2 months, namely June and July, and then try to open foreign resident registration in August.”

Panruedee stresses that the government still intends to vaccinate everyone living in the Kingdom, regardless of nationality, and urges everyone to use the Mor Phom mobile app to register to minimise the risk of disease transmission. She says the first people to be vaccinated in the government rollout will be healthcare workers and other frontline staff, as well as people with underlying conditions and the elderly, before moving on to the rest of the population, including foreigners.

“We need to build herd immunity, which means we cannot segregate Thais and foreigners. The government has prepared enough vaccines for everyone in Thailand.”

There have been mixed reports from foreigners who have tried to use the Mor Phom app, with most unable to do so, while some with a social security number have managed it. In Phuket, expats working in the tourism sector can have their employer register them through the Phuket Must Win website effective immediately.

The Bangkok Post reports that the BMA has now confirmed 8 clusters of infection in the capital. However, BMA spokesman Phongsakorn Kwanmuang says some areas are seeing a reduction in new cases, but districts like Din Daeng, Dusit, Klong Toey and Suan Luang need to be kept under close observation. He says most infections are reported in crowded spaces such as company offices, worker camps, markets and stores, due to people having close contact.

“They share the same dishes. They share the same space for activities which leads to further infections within communities. In some clusters, it is being spread among family members.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Friday Covid Update: 2,256 new infections and 30 deaths

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Thailand’s public health department has reported its tally for the past 24 hours from around the country. There has been 30 new Covid-related deaths and 2,256 new cases. Out of today’s new infection total, 183 of those were from the prison system. Yesterday the numbers jumped substantially because of the release of case numbers from two highly infected prisons – Bangkok Remand Prison and the Central Women’s Correctional Institution.

• Thailand’s Volleyball Association is still hopeful of sending a team to compete in the Nations League in Italy, despite a Custer of cases in the team’s training camp. The TVA has withdrawn the women’s team from the tournament after 22 players and officials tested positive earlier this week. The head of the team announced results of further tests were expected before next Monday.

“We will try to send a team to compete in this event. We hope our athletes are healthy and ready for this competition. If necessary, we may call up some more players.”

• A worker’s camp in Bangkok’s north has been closed by officials after 196 people tested positive for Covid. The new cluster was discovered during proactive testing at the Italian-Thai workers’ camp on Soi Yai Phol, Chalermprakiat Chulabhorn Road in Lak Si, just south of the Don Mueang Airport area.

• After pumping up its numbers for domestic travel for the last quarter of 2021 yesterday, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has now downgraded its outlook for domestic trips and revenues for the rest of this year “because of the economic downturn”.

The TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said last year’s 90.5 million domestic trips, supported by the Thai government’s stimulus measures, such as “We Travel Together” and “Tour Teaw Thai” (Travel Around Thailand), have set the bar for expectations this year. But last year’s receipts also include the first 3 months of 2020 which were largely unaffected by the approaching pandemic response and border closures.

Mr. Yuthasak says that the measures could start by the end of June or early July, when the current wave of infections “is hopefully under control”.

SOURCES: FRB | Bangkok Post

 

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3 organisers of Phuket’s Kolour superspreader event charged

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FILE PHOTO: 3 managers involved in the Kolour superspreader event have been charged.

As Thailand still wrestles to control the third wave of Covid-19, much of which stems from entertainment venues in Bangkok and a massive party in Phuket, Patong police announced that the managers of the Phuket venues that hosted the Kolour superspreader event will be charged under the Emergency Decree. The case report was filed with the public prosecutor yesterday according to the Patong police chief, confirming that 3 people will be prosecuted for the event.

The Kolour Beachside Festival was held April 2 and 3 with events at Café Del Mar Phuket in Kamala, and Shelter Phuket Dance and Night Club and Illuzion Nightclub, both in Patong. Before the festival, Phuket had gone more than a hundred days without any new Covid-19 infections, but by April 7 the Phuket provincial Public Health office announced 8 new infections, half of which had been at the Kolour parties. In the following weeks, officials plead for attendees to be tested as infections spread.

Charges were delayed in being filed to the Phuket Public Prosecutor’s office as a special investigation committee was ordered to be created to oversee the investigation at the request of Region 8’s Police Commander. That committee brought together officials from various law enforcement in the area including the Patong Police, Kamala Police, Phuket Provincial Police, and the Region 8 Police to investigate the Kolour event before anyone was charged.

The manager of Café Del Mar, along with the managing director and the manager of Shelter and Illuzion, which are under the same management team, will be charged for the Kolour festival violating Thailand’s Emergency Decree that was declared to help protect the country from Covid-19 outbreaks. A breach of the Emergency Decree can be held liable for up to 40,000 Baht and 2 years in jail under Section 9 of the Decree.

The latter 2 are also facing charges of operating an unlicensed entertainment venue. This carries the possibility of another year in prison and a fine of up to 60,000 baht, in accordance with Thai Law under Section 26 of the Entertainment Place Act.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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