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130 new Covid infections today while first group of foreign tourists arrive tonight

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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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