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US surpasses China with most coronavirus cases

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The United States has overtaken China and now has the highest number of cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the world, with 85,505 at 9:10am (Thai time). That number is expected to spike. China has 81,782 cases, and Italy 80,589.

But the death toll in the US lags behind China’s 3,291 and Italy’s 8,215.

The turning point comes as US President Donald Trump predicted the US would “get back to work pretty quickly.” Asked about the latest figures at a press briefing yesterday, Trump said they were “a tribute to the amount of testing that we’re doing”.

He also cast doubt on the figures coming out of Beijing, telling reporters: “You don’t know what the numbers are in China.”

Trump said he would speak to President Xi Jinping Thursday night US time, but denied the Chinese leader had asked him to “calm down” the language he uses to refer to the pandemic, which Trumps still calls “the Chinese virus”.

Trump has set a goal of Easter Sunday, April 12, for reopening the US for business. Yesterday it was revealed that an unprecedented 3.3 million Americans have been laid off work due to the virus.

The plan emerged as new research emerged yesterday estimating Covid-19-related deaths in the US could top 80,000 over the coming four months. As many as 2,300 patients could die every day during the epidemic peak, set for some point in April, even if people observe strict social distancing, according to the study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine.

“A lot of people misinterpret when I say go back – they’re going to be practising as much as you can social distancing, and washing your hands and not shaking hands and all of the things we talked about,” said the US President.

In a letter to state governors Trump said his team plans to release federal social distancing guidelines that may advise some regions to loosen restrictions. Warning of “a long battle ahead” the letter said “robust” testing protocols might allow some counties to lift their safeguards against the coronavirus.

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In other developments…

  • Canada has rejected a US proposal to deploy troops along their joint border to help fight the spread of the virus, with the deputy prime minister calling it an “entirely unnecessary step which we would view as damaging to our relationship”
  • A supermarket in Pennsylvania had to destroy more than $35,000 worth of food after a woman intentionally coughed all over it in a coronavirus prank. The local prosecutor said it would decide whether or not to press charges once the suspect had been tested for the disease.
  • Coyotes are roaming the empty streets of San Francisco, where residents have withdrawn behind closed doors to limit the spread of the virus.

SOURCE: BBC

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Thai army puts off military purchases until coronavirus outbreak passes

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The Royal Thai Army says Thailand “needs to heal” after the Coronavirus pandemic is over in the country so plans to delay purchases of military equipment in the 2020 defence budget. They say the change is in order to prioritise national recovery efforts in the wake of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

A Defence Ministry spokesman says cuts to the 2020 budget for military hardware and projects are being considered. The Ministry says they’re well aware of what needs to be prioritised for future situations.

“The military’s mission is to protect and help the people, and support the government in solving national problems while maintaining the availability of troops and equipment to protect the nation.”

A spokesperson says that any procurement project that is able to be delayed, without affecting foreign contracts, must be delayed.

“The Army is currently considering which projects will come under the 2020 budget, and will continue to discuss the projects in the 2021 budget.”

The spokesperson clarified that some 2020 budget funds have already spent and military contracts under the budget may have binding contracts.

Speaking about the upcoming controversial purchase of Chinese made submarines under the 2021 budget, the spokesperson said that the Royal Thai Navy is considering the matter and “related legal consequences carefully”, realising that budget “must be used to restore the nation and economy”.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Policeman nabbed with 7,500 masks and for breaking national curfew in the north-east

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Police were checking cars along the Phon Thong-Kuchinarai road in Roi Et, far north-east Thailand, when a dark grey Honda sedan approached. Stopping the car for a routine inspection they found that the driver was a fellow police officer, 33 year old Police Sergeant Pitak, along with a passenger. But when officials searched the car they found 3 boxes full of medical face masks branded ‘Tpro Mask’ – a total of 7,500 masks. It was 11.40pm when the car was pulled over, long after the 10pm curfew.

So why does a 33 year old policeman need 7,500 masks?

He told that police from the Phon Thong Police Station that he was taking the masks from Mukdahan to Phon Thong district in Roi Et. But the license plate on the Honda didn’t match the vehicle information and the exhaust pipe had been modified. The policeman claimed that he planned to give the masks to a relative for a funeral.

Police Sergeant Pitak has now been charged with breaking the national curfew ‘without exemption’ and other charges relating to the hoarding of medical face masks. Oh, and the issue of the fake license plate registered to the vehicle.

It was later discovered that the 7,500 masks were made in Vietnam and the Department of Internal Trade is now investigating if the suspect had the proper permissions to distribute medical face masks, or whether he holds a license to import medical products from Vietnam.

Somewhere in Roi Et there’s a funeral that may have to cope without the delivery of 7,500 face masks.

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Did an Issan woman get coronavirus for a second time?

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A 38 year old woman from Thailand’s northeastern Chaiyaphum province in the Issan region appears to have contracted the Covid-19 coronavirus for a second time, after she was ‘cured’ of the virus in Bangkok in the middle of March.

The woman, who in March had only recently returned from overseas, was found to be infected with the virus and was admitted to Phyathai 2 Hospital in Bangkok. She apparently made a full recovery and was discharged, and soon returned to her hometown.

But somewhere around April 3-5, she became sick again and went for a test. The result showed that her throat was infected with Covid-19.

A similar case involved a 42 year old construction worker who returned from Qatar on April 2.

Both cases are now under treatment in local hospitals, and authorities are trying to trace people who might have been in close contact with them. Doctors in New York now believe its possible for the virus to lie dormant in patients who’ve been treated

A report yesterday showed that Chaiyaphum currently has 109 Covid-19 patients. 8 were new cases. The local government has asked its residents to strictly follow curfew directives to limit the spread of the virus.

Testing remains the core of identifying patients with Covid-19 but there have been cases of false positives that may lead to apparent re-infections.

SOURCE: The Nation

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  • Total Cases: 2423
  • Active Cases: 1451
  • Recovered: 940
  • Deaths: 32
  • Last Updated: 2020-04-10 at 08:15
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