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Thailand is reporting 130 new cases today of Covid-19 with 116 of those cases being locally-transmitted. 61 cases were confirmed at hospitals and 55 were found in communities, bringing the current total of cases to 25,241 since the pandemic began with 83 deaths.

The most recent death marked the first physician in Thailand to succumb from the virus, in central Maha Sarakham province. The doctor allegedly caught the virus from patients who visited his clinic and subsequently tested positive for the virus after arriving.

Samut Sakhon reported 71 cases out of the 130, with Pathum Thani reporting 22, Bangkok (7), Nonthaburi (2), Nakhon Pathom (10), and Ayutthaya (4).

The 14 imported cases were quarantined arrivals from abroad. The number of Covid-19 cases worldwide rose by 397,806 to 110.82 million. The global death toll rose to 2.45 million. The US still has the most cases of Covid at 28.52 million and the most deaths at 505,309.

Meanwhile, the first group of foreign tourists to Thailand is set to arrive tonight under a golf quarantine campaign. The group of 41 people is from South Korea and will land at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 11:20pm. The TAT Deputy Director Jiranee Poonnayom says the TAT was working with the Arirang Tourist Agency that specialises in golf tourism.

“……. Many South Koreans found the campaign very interesting and applied for the golf quarantine.”

The golfers will enter a 14 day quarantine at the Athitaya Golf Course in Nakhon Nayok Province before moving on to another golf course at the Athitaya Golf Course in Chiang Mai. The tourists plan to stay for 2 months in which the TAT says Thailand will generate a substantial amount of income from the group.

If the group is successful, the TAT says more will follow by entering Thailand under the golf quarantine. The TAT says for those interested in golf quarantine, to visit and apply at their local embassy or consulate.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News/Bangkok Post

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    Gosport

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    Just right time for Chinese vaccine. Smart Koreans

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      Issan John

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:08 pm

      I see S Korea is yet to start their vaccine roll out, so the 41 should be home just in time.

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    just curious

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    while in quarantine your food is left at the door to your room. when you outside to use hotel facilities you are almost alone. my question is how are the caddies protected??

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    just curious

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    how are the caddies being protected? are they in quarantine also?

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      Jan-Frederic Czatorisky

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 6:07 pm

      If 41 tourists provide a substantial contribution towards tourism in 2 months. The costs must be enormous. I feel sorry for them.

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      Buttaxe

      Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 6:55 pm

      Only in Thailand Caddies are obligatory – as are their ‘tips’ – doubling the cost. So golf will be caddie-less under quarantine.

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    Galaxy

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    I don’t know about Thailand but in France, you can play with or without a caddy. You pay or not.

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      London Al

      Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 2:05 am

      You can play without a caddie in Thailand too but it’s bad form on a number of levels, nothing more annoying than a ferang holding up the field because they’re too tight to shell out for a buggy and a caddie, I should also say the caddies are first class, highly professional and well worth the pittance they charge compared to western prices.

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        Issan John

        Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 3:36 pm

        As the “41” will be the only ones on the course for a fortnight, with or without caddies, I doubt there’s too much chance of them holding anyone up.

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        Buttaxe

        Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 6:59 pm

        The world does not revolve around what the West does. Caddies are not obligatory in other Asian countries, but are equally competent, if not much better than Thai caddies – moreover they do not expect a tip. You may be slow when playing without a caddie, most people can handle it without problem, and are only annoying to entitled assholes thinking they own the course – ring a bell?

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        Wayno

        Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 5:28 pm

        Only the lazy, overweight or crippled hire a buggy to play an exercise sport, which are you ? IMHO 50% of Thai caddies are useless, too worried about what’s happening on their phone rather than what’s happening on the course

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    bill

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 5:43 am

    not covid!!

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    Jason

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    WOW….41 people! Amazing Thailand……

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    Ben

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Looked into this about a month ago. At that time only golfers from “low infection” countries could apply. Haven’t we seen this movie before? They did this with regular tourist visas and then the STV before opening it up to anyone. Why can’t a golfer from the west do this?

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    14cycles

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Thank the lord the vaccine isn’t mandatory. Only those who are scared of covid can get it.

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      Ben

      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 8:45 pm

      14cycles, you look at this as having fear or no fear of COVID for yourself and mock people as scared that want the vaccine. I look at it differently. To me it’s a matter of courtesy towards others. If you’re young you’ll likely not get sick and die from the virus. But do you really want to kill your mom, dad, grandmother and grandfather? Or your neighbor? 500,000 real people have died from COVID and I’m guessing nobody you know, so far.

      People like you just care about yourselves and have no regard for others. You don’t have to take the vaccine. That’s your choice. But don’t mock those that do and stay out of their way if they want it. Have some courtesy and humanity in that way.

      Same with mask wearing. It’s a courtesy to others that don’t want your infectious droplets. Be a caring human being and hopefully not a piece of shit that just cares about yourself.

      Same message to Al Burn, Glenn and many others that feel similarly. BTW, in the USA, the more you fight it the longer it’s going to take to get back to normal. By the fall when cold weather comes back only the unvaccinated will be vulnerable and they will reap what they sow.

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        John R Strohm

        Monday, February 22, 2021 at 5:15 pm

        Ben, I refer you to the New York Times COVID-19 coverage, at

        https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html

        I invite you to observe that the US new case rate is in free fall, and has been in free fall since about January 9. I further invite you to notice that the US COVID-19 death rate was holding steady until about a week ago; it is now also dropping like the proverbial rock. I finally invite you to scroll down, and notice that similar patterns are showing IN ALL FIFTY STATES.

        In short, your last-paragraph tirade against the US is, at best, misplaced and erroneous.

        If the trend continues, the US will hit ZERO new cases per day in about two weeks, and ZERO new deaths per day not long after that. Taking the known number of US vaccinations to date, and projecting with the rate at which people are being vaccinated, it is immediately obvious to even the most casual observer that it is NOT vaccination that is driving the decline. Nor is it masking or social distancing: people have been doing that for quite some time, with no visible effect.

        The Usual Suspects are in total denial that this is happening, as it will ruin their plans to keep everyone locked down and enslaved for at least another year.

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79 new cases today-COVID-19 Update

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Today, the Thai government is reporting 79 new cases of Covid-19, with 65 locally-transmitted, and 14 imported, raising the total to 26,241 since the pandemic began. 1 new death has been reported, raising the total amount of deaths to 85. The new infections, which are now in the double-digits, shows Thailand’s Covid situation as improving according to the assistant spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Panprapa Yongtrakul.

“The two-digit level of new cases found at hospitals and communities shows that the local Covid-19 situation is under control.”

The CCSA reports that 43 of the 65 local infections were found in communities with 22 of the 65 found in hospitals across 4 provinces.

Samut Sakhon province, the source of the second wave of Covid in the Kingdom, reported 77% of the new cases. Of the 50 cases found in the province, 38 were found in communities and 12 were found at hospitals.

Pathum Thani reported 8 new cases, with 3 being found at hospitals, and 5 in the community. Bangkok reported 6 new cases at hospitals and Chon Buri reported 1 infection found at a hospital. 12 of the 14 imported infections were quarantined arrivals from Russia, The United Arab Emirates, The United States, Slovenia, South Africa, Germany, Libya and Italy.

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The other 2 imported cases were that of Thai women, who ellegedly returned from Myanmar illegally through a natural border crossing in Tak province, despite the government closing off natural border crossings after the February coup by the military in Myanmar.

Covid-19 cases rose worldwide by 446,747 over the past 24 hours to 116.21 million. The worldwide death toll rose by 9,955 to 2.58 million. The US still has the most cases at 29.53 million, rising by 68,321 over the past 24 hours, and the most deaths at 533,636, rising by 1,993 over the last 24 hours.

In light of the recent downturn in reported cases, Samut Sakhon has recently reopened 22 of its wet markets. However, the seafood market where the second wave of the Covid outbreak began, is not one of them, and it is not yet known when that might reopen.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, will chair a meeting on Monday, in which a vaccine passport scheme and potential travel bubbles will be discussed. Anutin says those who’ve been inoculated against Covid-19 will be issued with a book to confirm their vaccination. It’s hoped this will make international travel easier, as well as boosting the public’s confidence and helping life return to some kind of normality.

“The Public Health Ministry is making preparations to bring life back to normal, restore businesses and revive the Thai economy.”

A number of groups and industry representatives have added their voices to growing calls for a vaccine passport policy. The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking is urging the government to implement the scheme without further delay, while also calling for private companies in Thailand to be allowed purchase and distribute vaccines.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is also pushing for a vaccine passport policy, while the Tourism Ministry has urged the Health Ministry to approve one. Meanwhile the PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked the Foreign Ministry to carry out a study on vaccine passports, adding that the jury is still out as to their effectiveness. They also have their critics, primarily among rights’ groups and doctors, who argue that there is not yet enough evidence that vaccination prevents transmission.

At Monday’s meeting of the National Communicable Diseases Committee, the Anutin-led panel will also discuss the idea of travel bubbles. Thailand has been considering entering into reciprocal travel arrangements with countries with a high take-up of Covid-19 vaccines.

Meanwhile, Anutin says the public must continue with the practice of mask-wearing, noting that the number of Thais doing so has recently slipped. He says that recent data shows the number of people wearing masks has dropped below 80%, compared to 90% last month.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Hospital in northern Thailand closes to visitors after 2 patients test positive for Covid-19

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A hospital in the northern province of Tak has had to shut its doors to visitors after 2 patients treated at the facility subsequently tested positive for Covid-19. Nation Thailand reports that Mae Sot Hospital is now closed to visitors until Monday.

It’s understood that 19 staff members have had contact with 2 patients who tested positive for the virus. Hospital director Thawatchai Setsuppana says the closure is to facilitate a deep clean of the facility and confirmed that a number of medical workers are self-isolating.

“3 doctors, 11 nurses and 5 patient assistants have been ordered to undergo 14-day quarantine.”

Officials are now questioning both patients, in an effort to trace others who may have had contact with them. Tak province is on the border with Myanmar, which has had 142,000 cases of the virus, with 3,200 deaths.

Meanwhile, in the northern province of Sukothai, the provincial Public Health Office has confirmed that a Thai national who returned from working at a casino in Myanmar has also tested positive for Covid-19. It’s understood the woman developed symptoms prior to entering Thailand at the border town of Mae Sot on March 1, before taking a bus to her home in order to attend her grandfather’s funeral.

The provincial health office has issued a statement to confirm the timeline of the woman’s movements. It’s understood 17 people had contact with the woman, with 7 of those considered “high-risk”.

“On March 2, she took a Covid-19 test at Sukhothai Hospital and went shopping in Muang district before heading home. She was admitted to Ban Dan Lan Hoi Hospital on March 3 after her test came back positive.”

It is unclear how the woman managed to evade the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Border officials have stepped up patrols in recent weeks, amid fears that Burmese nationals fleeing the violence in Myanmar may attempt to cross illegally into Thailand, bypassing health checks and quarantine.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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