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17 medical staff isolated due to dishonest Covid-19 patient

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PHOTO: Samut Prakan Hospital is busy with Covid-19 and now short-staffed.

The already-strained Samut Prakan provincial hospital isolated 17 medical staff members today after a patient was dishonest about interaction with a Covid-19 infected patient. The patient was not forthcoming with details about coming in contact with a person that had been diagnosed with the Coronavirus. As a result, the hospital announced the mandatory quarantine of 17 medical staff members who had come in close proximity with the patient. In total, 2 doctors, 6 medics, and 9 nurses had to be relegated to self-isolation and removed from the hospitals already thinly spread staff roster.

In a Facebook post just 2 days ago, the hospital announced a sweeping reduction in services to handle the increase in Covid-19 infections. They announced they will no longer take customers from outside of the Samut Prakan province, nor are they doing any surgical procedures that are not urgent. They are advising only the sickest patients come to the hospital in person, offering a mail service with the post office to send medications and fill prescriptions.

Losing 17 medical staff members – doctors, nurses and medics – at such a crucial time will put a heavy strain on the hospital, especially if Covid-19 infections continue to spread. Samut Prakan province reported 27 local Covid-19 infections plus 13 more who transferred to Samut from other provinces, for a total of 40 new Coronavirus cases today alone.

The hospital reminded everyone that failure to disclose information about your Covid-19 infection or contact with any infected people or high-risk location can be prosecuted. Violators may be punished by up to 20,000 baht in fines and possible further legal action. The provincial hospital issued several requests for truthfulness on their Facebook page, stressing that dishonesty harms your own medical care, along with the much-needed medical staff, and only helps proliferate the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic’s third wave in Thailand.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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    Matthieu

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Seems the world is doomed if even medical personnel don’t protect themself from patient. According to new media, we are in apocalyptic pandemics, difficult to not know. So if a patient say, “That’s ok I have nothing”, all medical staff eat, dance and party together without protection? That’s a non sense, whatever a patient say medical staff should be protected ? If a joy respectable lady tell you she doesn’t have aids, you just took off your protection to enjoy the service ?

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    toby andrews

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    WHY are medical staff working that are not vaccinated yet?
    There is no hope for these Thai clowns to open to tourists for the next year.
    Their intelligence is not capable of achieving this.
    They have to invite Western NGOs in to manage this pandemic for them.
    Thais cannot.

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    J West

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Bring ‘ caning’ into the equation for such dishonest reckless endangerment.

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    chupapi

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Somebody here does not understand the utmost difference between not knowing to be positive vs being positive but not disclosing.

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    Editor

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Hi, I love the Thaiger. Could please can you justify the text alignment before you post articles? I have autism

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    Erik

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    If you’re the sole provider for your average working class family in Thailand, they are all fucked if you and your spouse and kids have to go in to mandatory quarantine. This shouldn’t be too hard to understand unless you’re old school military junta breed.

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    BJoe

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Can it be true that medical staff in Thailand were not the first group to receive vaccine shots ?

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    Peter Nielsen

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 3:12 am

    What is the corona’s infection mortality rate? Isn’t it 40,000 cases and 97 deaths in Thailand, so far? Is that something that should cause such attention? Isn’t it an IFR just around 0.3%? Shoyld the common flu then not cause such attention?

    • Thaiger

      Thaiger

      Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7:23 am

      The seasonal flu is endemic and already has a vaccine. The issue here is trying to stop Covid from becoming endemic, which is now looking increasingly unlikely.

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    funny coz its true

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 6:17 am

    The generals and HiSo will have got their jabs 1st BJoe, national security and the economy are the most important, remember

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    gordon

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Calm down people, it’s a silly SARs virus that your immune system is well capable of dealing with.

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    gordon

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 9:05 am

    @Thaiger Why unlikely – because of all the ‘cases’ or ‘infections’ as you like to call them?

    Why don’t you write something about how these infections are actually come by? Do the good journalist thing and tell people why the tests are not fit for purpose. People need to know that even a remnant leftover of a SARs virus that you had as a kid can be found with this PCR test and with the right amplification give a positive result. It is not a diagnostic tool and we know this because the man who created it said so. He was very clear about it. Not telling folk this info that they need just leaves them with the impression that all is above board when it certainly isn’t.

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    toby andrews

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Latest news here in Phnom Penh. They are vaccinating foreigners free. And they do not need to have work permits.
    I talked to someone last night that had had the first jab.
    Problem is there is a partial lockdown at the moment and the hospital that provides the vaccinations will not open properly until May.

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    Slugger

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Western NGO’s? Hahahahahah. Get real.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Very few “average working class families in Thailand” have a “sole provider”, @Erik, where its usually extended families and both parents working, where a fortnight without work isn’t that unusual.

    The quarantine / test avoiders in the West may be predominantly “working class” / low-income but in Thailand they’re more likely to be self-employed / small business owners.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    “Western NGO’s? Hahahahahah. Get real”

    Yes, @Slugger, rather absurd given the shambles that “Western NGOs” and Western governments, with the exception of New Zealand and Australia, have made managing the pandemic in their own countries.

    The stupidity isn’t an inability to open to tourism this year, it’s trying and planning to open to tourism when the efficacy and supply of vaccines make that an impossibility.

    Thailand “managed” the pandemic very well last year, following the science. Now that’s been replaced by greed, led by a few Thais and some wealthy and so influential farangs who have put their own interests above Thailand’s, diverting the limited vaccines available away from the medical staff who should obviously have been the first priority to Phuket and the tourist industry.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    No surprise “foreigners” are being vaccinated in Cambodia, @toby andrews, as most of Cambodia that isn’t owned by Hun Sen and his family is owned by Chinese and Malays, many of whom live there.

    The problem Cambodia has is the same as any other countries that signed up to Covax.

    Cambodia gets the vaccines free (Thailand would have had to pay) but they can’t buy any extra vaccines themselves except through Covax, and Covax can’t give away or sell what it doesn’t have.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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Phuket red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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BMA admits Covid virus spreading fast in Bangkok, speeds up testing and jabs

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says it is speeding up mass Covid-19 testing and inoculations in communities hit strongly by the virus, after admitting the virus is spreading fast in Thailand’s capital.

The city clerk says the administration, along with the Public Health Ministry and other agencies, are speeding up the collection of nasal swabs for Covid-19 tests, with a plan to test 3,000 people in high-risk groups per day. Those people deemed to be at an increased risk of the virus have been clustered by districts, with testing units in each of the 6 districts…

Laksi district, 70 Pansa Min Buri park in Min Buri district, Huai Khwang stadium in Huai Khwang district, under the Rama III expressway in Yannawa district, a public park under Rama VIII bridge in Bang Phlad district and The Mall Bangkae shopping centre in Bang Kae district.

The virus has been found in densely populated, low-income areas such as the Klong Toey community in Klong Toey district, Bon Kai community in Pathumwan district and Ban Khing community and The Mall Bangkae in Bang Kae district. In an effort to help those residents stay at home to prevent the possible spreading of the coronavirus, community-level organisations are teaming up to provide food, water, and supplements to those in the areas.

But stay at home orders are a problem for many as starvation is more frightening than the virus and 90% of residents in the slum communities still need to leave for work each day to keep food on the table. The daily average income for those in the slums is around 120 to 150 baht. The CCSA yesterday declared that is is focusing on containing major Covid clusters in 3 key Bangkok communities – the Klong Toey ‘slums’, Bon Kai in Pathumwan and Ban Khing in the Bang Kae district, on the west side of the Chao Phraya.

Today’s nationwide Covid update includes compiling the regional totals from yesterday, with a total of 27 new Covid-related deaths and 2,044 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. The numbers continue a statistically consistent rise in the number of Covid infections over the past 2 weeks.

Meanwhile, talking about Phuket’s plans to open in July, the Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, said yesterday that the number of new cases on the island must reach zero before the government can contemplate the ‘Sandbox’ plan for no-quarantine travel.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Phuket visitor Covid-19 rapid antigen testing may end May 15

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PHOTO: Covid-19 rapid tests may be discontinued in Phuket. (via Wikimedia)

In a live broadcast, Phuket’s Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong said officials will consider discontinuing Covid-19 rapid antigen testing for people arriving into Phuket after May 15. The interview from the Phuket Check Point at Tha Chatchai yesterday seems to contradict a recent statement from the governor launching additional rapid testing from today.

Entry to Phuket since April 22 has been limited for travellers from red zone provinces, requiring proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within the last 72 hours. Anyone arriving without either of these would be screened on the spot with rapid antigen tests. Though originally offered for 300 baht per person, controversy arose over Thailand’s 2-tier pricing as it was announced that testing would be free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

The National Health Security Office provided 40 billion baht for testing in Phuket, allowing free testing for nationals, but as that funding is used up, Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew announced that the testing will no longer be free for Thai people after May 15. Phuket does not have the budget for free rapid antigen testing so they will likely be forced to require payment after that date.

The current testing has seen a decline in positive Covid-19 infections, not finding any new cases for several days, prompting the government to rethink whether the current system of rapid testing those who are not vaccinated or holding a recent negative test certificate is worth the money spent.

Over 40,000 people have been tested since the program began April 22 until the current figures on May 5, with only 22 covid infections identified. Furthermore, 5 of those infections turned out to be false positives.

The vice-governor conceded that Phuket has Covid-19 outbreak problems with growing infections every day, but explains that the infections are from within the community and not from outside visitors. The latest infections stem in large part from gambling get-togethers without proper Covid-19 safety.

As of now, the rapid antigen testing will continue until the May 15 cut off, but government officials are still debating whether to continue testing and whether funding will exist for it after that date.

The NHSO has recently hinted that they will approve more funds to continue testing, a signal that had not been received before the governor’s announcement on Wednesday about the rapid antigen testing.

The vice-governor stressed that the situation is constantly evolving and that new information it’s shared frequently, and often out of local control. He urges everyone to pay attention to forthcoming announcements.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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