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US Covid-19 deaths push past 200,000 people

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New Covid-19 cases in the US increase continue to drop slightly as the nation pushes over 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Meanwhile, Pfizer’s CEO predicts it’s likely the US will deploy an effective vaccine before the end of the year, despite scientists saying the forecasts are ‘optimistic’ at best.

CEO Albert Bourla maintained that it’s “likely” the US will have a Covid-19 vaccine to the public before year-end and that the company is prepared for that scenario, pushing back against more tepid expectations shared by health authorities.

Bourla says he’s “quite comfortable” that the vaccine the company is developing in partnership with BioNTech SE is safe and that it could be available to Americans before 2021, contingent on an approval from US regulators.

“I cannot say what the FDA will do. But I think it’s a likely scenario, and we are preparing for it.”

The 11,015 deaths recorded in the US between August 30 and September 13 were 17% fewer than the previous two weeks’ total of 13,244, according to figures from Worldometers.info.

Dr. Sadiya Khan, an epidemiologist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said that most of the dead in recent weeks have been the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions, but hundreds of new cases in recent weeks have been students who contracted the virus after returning to classes on college campuses.

“It may be a statistical blip, it may be because the treatment is getting better, or it may be because the patients have been getting younger.”

“Currently, some 20% of the cases in hospital ICUs are people between the ages of 18 and 34 whose chances of survival are better than those for the elderly or already ill people.”

7 months after US President Donald Trump privately told The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward that the coronavirus was “deadly stuff,” the US continued to lead the world with 200,197 deaths and 6.8 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 (as of 11am Thai time).

Right now, the US accounts for over a 5th of the world’s 939,918 fatalities and a fifth of the more than 29 million cases, according to theWorldometers.info dashboard. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, a research facility the Trump administration has quoted with its Covid-19 predictions in the past, is projecting there could be over 400,000 deaths in the US by the end of the year.

President Trump has denied lying about the severity of the pandemic to the American public following revelations over his interviews with Bob Woodard back in February. And despite the increasingly grim numbers, he has repeatedly praised his administration’s response to the crisis that has wrecked the US economy and continues to claim at least 800-1,200 lives each day across the country.

Although there has been a drop in new cases in Arizona, Florida and Texas – earlier ‘hotspots’ for the 2nd wave of cases across the US, South Dakota and neighbouring Midwest states are seeing big increases in new cases. Public health officials point the finger at the massive ‘Sturgis motorcycle rally’ last month, where there was little or no mask-wearing or social distancing, plus the resumption of children returning to school.

While US policy-makers and police grapple with how to enforce mask-wearing, the Jakarta Post is reporting that in Indonesia local authorities have come up with a jarring punishment for people caught not wearing a face mask. They’re making them dig the graves of Covid-19 victims. So far 8 people have been sentenced to the role of grave diggers.

“There are only three gravediggers at the moment, so I thought I might as put these people to work with them.”

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    Glenn

    September 16, 2020 at 11:47 am

    This is the typical cut and paste reporting that most newspapers do.

    Why no reference to the recent deaths revision from the CDC in which they attributed only 6% of the previously stated CV deaths to CV only. The remaining 94% were in very old people who had 2.6 co-morbidities (ie they were on deaths doorstep already).

    No mention of the hundreds of news articles that found many Florida hospitals showing testing 95, 97, and 100% positive results – a statistical impossibility. New reports then followed that those hospitals admitted giving incorrect numbers and should have been around 4% (instead of 96%+). A pretty big mistake eh?

    Austin Texas testing “presumed” that anyone tested positive had contact with 15 other people so they showed 16 positive cases – even if the tested person was asymptomatic…

    And there are reports of people going to get tested, signing up or signing in, but then going home and not getting tested. Few days later they receive an official letter stating that they tested positive. Made up from nothing.

    I could write pages and pages of similar, but you get the idea. “A virus to deadly that you need to be tested to know if you are sick.” “A virus that can have no symptoms and the person appears perfectly healthy.”

    I sure would like to read good reporting rather than cut and paste propaganda.

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      Don R

      September 16, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      Because the media is deeply committed the narrative that the virus is a serious threat. If they back down now and admit that the whole thing is was a massive overreaction, then they’ll lose credibility.

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        justin

        September 16, 2020 at 2:49 pm

        The media has no real credibility these days as is. They should be taken to account for causing this chaos.

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    Issan John

    September 16, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    “Why no reference to the recent deaths revision from the CDC in which they attributed only 6% of the previously stated CV deaths to CV only. The remaining 94% were in very old people who had 2.6 co-morbidities (ie they were on deaths doorstep already).”

    Because that’s not what the CDC said – it’s, quite simply, a complete lie. What the CDC said was that 94% had “co-morbundities” (other factors were involved) varying from obesity to high blood pressure. That applies to around a third of the US population, hardly all of whom are “on death’s doorstep”.

    “No mention of the hundreds of news articles that found many Florida hospitals showing testing 95, 97, and 100% positive results – a statistical impossibility.”

    Because they don’t exist as described. It’s yet another complete lie. There weren’t “many”, there were three (3).

    “Austin Texas testing “presumed” that anyone tested positive had contact with 15 other people so they showed 16 positive cases – even if the tested person was asymptomatic…”

    No, they showed one (1) tested positive case with 15 presumed contacts, which is the widely accepted norm.

    The term “asymptomatic”, which you clearly either don’t understand or have your own definition of, means not showing any symptoms. Crucially, though, someone who’s asymptomatic is still a carrier so at least as likely to pass on a virus as someone who’s ill; generally more likely, since neither they nor anyone around them will take any extra precautions.

    “And there are reports of people going to get tested, signing up or signing in, but then going home and not getting tested. Few days later they receive an official letter stating that they tested positive. Made up from nothing.”

    Yes, “reports”, based on an inevitable one or two mistakes in nearly one hundred million tests.

    “I could write pages and pages of similar, but you get the idea.”

    About the only valid point made – I’m sure you could.

    “A virus to deadly that you need to be tested to know if you are sick.”

    No, you don’t “need to be tested to know if you are sick”. You “need to be tested” to know if you’re asymptomatic and going to make other people sick (and dead). Hardly the same thing, as it applies to up to 80% of those with Covid-19 which is exactly why it’s so dangerous.

    “A virus that can have no symptoms and the person appears perfectly healthy.”

    That’s what “asymptomatic” means. Many viruses are asymptomatic for some people, from typhoid to cholera, polio, Hepatitis B and C, TB, even HIV; that doesn’t make them or those they pass the virus on to immune.

    “I sure would like to read good reporting rather than cut and paste propaganda.”

    Then maybe you should stick to QAnon.

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      Glenn

      September 17, 2020 at 9:17 am

      Isaan John,

      – ah I see, the CDC admitted to huge misstatements of deaths because of CV and it doesn’t fit your frame of thinking, so oh now they are now telling a lie.

      – a co-morbidity is a very serious condition, not a common cold or sniffles. It classifies an affliction that one is very likely to die from. 1/3 of americans do NOT have 2.6 average co-morbidities.

      – 1 positive test = 15 presumed contacts (infected) is the widely accepted norm ?? maybe in the world of propaganda and fear mongering, not in the real world, unless those counting WANT to stoke fear, or are *paid* based upon ‘cases’.

      – asymptomatic means no symptoms. so a perfectly healthy person, asymptomatic, can be a deadly carrier? that is what you believe? So sick and infected that you need a test to tell you if you are sick…That sort of thinking allows the fear mongers to point at EVERYONE as a deadly carrier. nope- another propaganda point.

      John, take your fear-porn and hide in your room. If you must go outside wear a hazmat suit. The statistics do NOT show CV to be a deadly virus, your fear mongering does. As per worldometers, 945 thousand deaths (so they report) and a world pop of 7.8 billion equals a 0.012% death rate. That is NOT a deadly pandemic virus. Discount the 945K at some reasonable ratio similar to what the CDC said, and you have a giant nothing burger.

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      Jim

      September 17, 2020 at 9:12 pm

      ISSAN JOHN. You are a little to quick to dismiss the evidence. I have personally known 3 people who went to Jacksonville,Fl to get tested. They filled out the forms but the line was very long, so they left. 4 days later, they were notified that they had tested positive!
      The Orlando Sentinel ran an expose about how certain labs were finding a 100% Covid positive rate!
      There have been many doctors testifying that they were told to list Covid as the “cause of death” when their clinical judgement indicated that the people had died of other causes..like a motorcycle crash!
      The Charlotte Observer reported:
      More than 6,700 people in Mecklenburg County received text messages from the county Health Department on Friday that they had tested positive for COVID-19. And more than 500 people were told the same news via a county email.
      But it was a “mistake”!
      It is clear that there is an organized effort to inflate both the # of cases and the death rate. Who would do such a thing? It’s common knowledge that the Democratic Party is the party of government. They occupy a majority of the senior positions in Health depts. at both the state and federal level.They also control 80% of mainstream media. They do not have any problem committing a little fraud in the interest of defeating the hated Trump.

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    Don R

    September 16, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Less than objective little tidbit about Indonesia at the end there.

    It would make more sense to force journalists who promoted mass hysteria to dig graves of anyone who dies under the age of 50.

    Imagine if the media had given proportionate coverage to tobacco, a product that kills about 7 million people every year.

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Things have changed. In some cases they’ve changed a lot and may never be the same again. Many people are suffering as a result of the impacts of lockdowns and the border closures. Entire industries, like aviation and entertainment, have been profoundly affected. Some people are being forced to re-invent their lives as a result. Fears over Covid-19 are causing people to change their habits and re-evaluate their lives. Here are some of the main things we believe have changed since January this year.

Face Masks

The now ever-present face mask will be with us for a long time. In Asia, it was never uncommon to see people wearing face masks for traffic, air pollution, fears of disease or just as a fashion statement.

In the Covid-era, mask wearing will now just become part of what we wear when in public spaces. When we leave home we’ll check if we have our keys, our wallet AND our face mask. Even when the government relaxes the current laws about the wearing of face masks, most people, we predict, will continue to wear them anyway, at least in the medium to long term.

Taking Your Temperature

It’s everywhere, it doesn’t appear to be very effective or reliable, but it’s not uncommon to have your temperature taken by someone pointing an infra-red thermometer at your head numerous times a day. The only people that appear to have benefitted from these temperature checks are the manufacturers of infra-red temperature check machines. But in the Covid-era they remain an ever-present reassurance that at least businesses are trying and want to be seen as contributing to the broader public health safety.

Flying in the Covid-era

While the domestic carriers are all flying again, they’re doing it tough. Planes are sometimes half-empty and there’s certainly less choice of times and destinations, compared to before the Covid travel restrictions set in.

But it hasn’t stopped the budget airlines from making the situation extremely competitive with the fares still very low. The aviation industry will certainly re-emerge with fewer airlines as some will be unable to weather the Covid storm. Even the Thai government’s announcement of soft-loans to airlines, with 2% interest, will do little to help and simply kicks the bankruptcy can down the road a few more months.

Confidence

Many business had to close during the lockdown. Some have re-opened. Others tried to re-open but have since closed again. Some are struggling along as best they can, tweaking their business models to cope. But people, through fear or simply being unable to afford it, are going out less and spending less. People are rediscovering the values of close communities, family or the joys of Netflix and at-home entertainment.

The impacts of recessions across the region will have long-lasting, profound effects on consumer confidence and behaviour. People’s renewed confidence will lag behind any eventual economic recoveries.

Eating Out

There’s been few clear winners in all this Covid mess. But delivery companies are one of them and the local motorcycle delivery services in particular. Grab Food and Food Panda are just two examples of the new way we eat and many restaurants are changing their table service model, and even their take away services, to suit the new normal of food-on-demand. Some restaurants have even closed their doors forever and turned into virtual restaurants, delivering food exclusively through the convenience of app ordering and delivery.

Even as the situation has eased to a large degree in Thailand where a lot of daily living is back to ‘normal’, people simply aren’t going out as much, have pivoted to the delivery services for some shopping and eating, and finding new ways of running their lives, closer to home and with less household outlay.

The Travel Industry

Apart from the obvious lack of international tourism, there’s no doubt we’re simply going to be travelling less in the short to medium term. Many people will be unable to afford the long holidays of the pastand may travel less, or not at all. For business we’ve found efficient ways to keep in contact without meeting face to face. Had anyone ever heard of “zoom’ video conferencing software before Covid?

For the communities that relied on tourism, the changes in their situation has been profound. Businesses are having to reinvent their model to cater for domestic tourism or simply find other ways to diversify their business plan, or just wait out the situation. That wait will eventually kill off a large chunk of local and foreign businesses.

The Economy

Thailand is in recession. So is everywhere else, and the situation, sadly, is likely to get worse as the Covid-era stretches out beyond 2020 and restrictions hold back investment. Some previously good businesses are now out of business. Businesses that were struggling before have been proven unsustainable and closed, probably never to re-open.

Globally, the government stimulus poured into local economies has caused artificial spikes in some stock markets. All this debt will need to be repaid at some stage. In other countries, where the government paid salaries for companies that were forced to close up or sack staff, are finding it hard to ween people off the grants and get them back to work.

In Thailand the economy has been hit hard, particularly in the export , tourism and hospitality industries. The downstream effects of all the staff losing their work, will have an effect on the local economy for many years.

Thailand, reliant on international tourism, has found itself exposed once the borders were closed. As the situation extends way past the ‘few months’ people were expecting, the full impact is starting to hit hard, particularly in places like Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Their reliance on tourism has exposed their economies and left thousands wondering what else they can do to sustain themselves.

Whilst Thailand has recovered quickly from past political unrest, tsunamis and past pandemic threats, this time there will be a much longer path to recovery and will force many businesses to re-evaluate their businesses.

Work from home

Both Thailand’s commercial property market and businesses that have previously had centralised offices, have seen a big shift in behaviour. Driven by the need to work from home during the lockdown in April and May, many businesses magically discovered that they can actually function perfectly well with their employees working from home. The flow-on effects of all this is reducing traffic on the roads, lighter peak traffic loads, flexible hours and, of course, larger businesses wondering why they’ve been renting all this expensive commercial building space. Freelance work is a boom industry as company’s work forces move online instead of in-office.

The red light industries

The reality has certainly hit home for tens of thousands of Thailand’s sex workers. Although not officially recognised in Thailand, prostitution has been a huge local underground (and not-so-underground) industry in the past, creating its own micro-economy involving locals and international tourists.

Without official government acknowledgment, the jobs of Thai sex workers are not recognised and their salaries vanish once the bars and borders close. No rights, no unemployment pay. The number of prostitutes in Thailand is upwards of 100,000, and these workers have had to head home, many back to the northern and northeast provinces. Thailand’s red light districts were locked down for almost 3 months and bars and clubs, and the bar girls and boys, have been struggling ever since.

The pause button

There are few people that have not been profoundly affected by the impact of the coronavirus. Whilst some have been confronted directly with health issues, and even the deaths caused by Covid-19, of friends or relatives, others have had to put their lives and businesses on hold.

People have been unable to travel, business doors have been closed, many people have lost their job and thousands of events have had to be cancelled or postponed.

Even though many parts of the economy are being to grind back into action, there will be a lingering hang-over for just about everyone as they re-orient their lives to suit the new situation. In some cases, the pause button may have to be hit again, as the world continues to battle Covid-19, and find new ways to live with it.

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Thailand’s Department of Disease Control remains on alert, and patrols increased along the Thai/Myanmar border, as Thailand’s western neighbour continues to register a spike in new Covid 19 cases – between 430 and 670 people each day, over the past 4 days. The DDC director-general Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai told Bangkok Post that Thai “business operators should stop hiring foreign workers, especially Myanmar people, to help prevent a second wave of Covid-19 infections in Thailand.”

Myanmar’s number of confirmed cases has now reached 7,177 with 129 Burmese succumbing to the virus at this stage. Yesterday the four national papers suspended circulation, waiting out the sudden surge of cases.

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Further west, in Bangladesh, the country is registering 1,600 – 1,800 new cases per day, but falling, and India, which is still registering 75,000 – 97,000 cases per day (over the past week), is likely to surpass the US total in the next few months if the present case trends continue.

The fluid borders in the region continue to worry Thai officials who are scrambling to better secure the long border between Thailand and Myanmar, which runs from Chiang Rai in the north to Ranong in the south. Even Malaysia, to the south of Thailand, has had a recent spike of new cases, some of the outbreaks in the northern Malay state of Kedah which shares Thailand’s southernmost border.

Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, is now in a deep lockdown, including directing people to stay home, except for emergencies or to buy food, most schools around the city are now closed and residents are not allowed to visit neighbour’s homes and 2 people outside is considered a ‘gathering’.

Meanwhile the border checkpoints have become busy where Burmese are trying to cross into Thailand as fears sweep their country about the rise of the cases. The DDC chief says that “tough legal action will be implemented against those found to be involved in human smuggling gangs”.

Yesterday a Burmese teenager, living near the Thai-Myanmar border tested positive for Covid-19. The 17 year old boy tested positive for Covid-19 last week in Myanmar’s Payatongsu district, about 5 kilometres from the Three Pagodas Pass checkpoint bordering Kanchanaburi. The Pass, and the border zones around it, are a fluid mix of Thai and Burmese locals doing day-to-day trade. The teen started having symptoms on September 11 and tested positive a week later.

In another case, a 2 year old Burmese child tested positive for Covid-19 after leaving Thailand. A report from Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health Disease Control Department says the child most likely contracted the virus while travelling from Thailand to Myanmar around September 4 to September 10. The family travelled to Mae Sot and entered Myanmar through natural passageways. 2,635 people in Mae Sot tested negative for Covid-19.

In some border districts, police have placed barbed wire along the leaky jungle border to deter people from crossing the 2,000 kilometre-long border illegally. Security has increased and dozens of migrants have been arrested in the past month for trying to cross into Thailand illegally. Even volunteers have stepped up to patrol the borders. No migrants arrested for allegedly crossing the border have tested positive for the virus at this stage.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Reuters | Chiang Rai Times

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Teen near the Thai-Myanmar border tests positive for Covid-19

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A Burmese teenager who lives near the Thai-Myanmar border tested positive for Covid-19. Now, Thai border patrol officers are tightening security even more to make sure Myanmar’s outbreak doesn’t cross the border and cause a second wave in Thailand.

The 17 year old Burmese boy tested positive for Covid-19 last week. Reports say the teen was in Myanmar’s Payatongsu district, about 5 kilometres from the Three Pagodas Pass checkpoint bordering Kanchanaburi. The teen started having symptoms on September 11 and tested positive on September 17.

Only around 13 people were reportedly in close contact with the teen and they are now in quarantine at a district school. Health officials suspect the teen was exposed to the virus from his uncle who had travelled to Moulmein, a large city near Yangon which had a spike in coronavirus cases. The uncle has been tested and is in quarantine, but his test results are still pending.

In another case, a 2 year old Burmese child tested positive for Covid-19 after leaving Thailand. A report from Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health Disease Control Department says the child most likely contracted the virus while travelling from Thailand to Myanmar around September 4 to September 10. The family travelled to Mae Sot and entered Myanmar through natural passageways. 2,635 people in Mae Sot tested negative for Covid-19.

Since Myanmar reported a surge in cases, starting mostly in the country’s Rakhine state on the western coast, Thailand has been increasing border patrol to make sure people are not entering Thailand illegally and potentially spreading the virus. Now that there are cases in some Myanmar border towns, Thailand checkpoints are on high alert.

The daily number of Covid-19 cases in Myanmar continues to rise. The country reported a total of 6,471 cases with 100 deaths and 1,445 recoveries, according to Worldometer.

In some border districts, police have placed barbed wire along the border to prevent people from entering illegally. Security has increased and dozens of migrants have been arrested in the past month for allegedly entering Thailand illegally. Even volunteers have stepped up to patrol the borders. No migrants arrested for allegedly crossing the border have tested positive for the virus.

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The daily number of Covid-19 cases in Myanmar continues to rise. As of September 22, the country reported 6,471 cases with 100 deaths and 1,445 recoveries, according to Worldometer.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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