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Thailand is reporting 175 new cases of Covid-19 today with 167 of those cases being locally-transmitted. Of those local infections, 120 were found via pro-active testing and 47 were found through tests at medical facilities. The pro-active testing cases were mostly found in Samut Sakhon (95 cases) where the 2nd wave of the virus initially broke out. Such cases were found in high-risk factories and communities featuring migrant workers.

Today’s new cases bring Thailand’s total amount to 24, 279 overall since the pandemic began. 20,210 people have reportedly recovered from the disease, with 3,989 patients still undergoing treatment. The death toll remains unchanged at 80 people.

The 2nd wave of the outbreak has led to 20,042 confirmed cases and 20 deaths since it began December 15 with 80% found in Samut Sakhon alone. So far, the province has reported 15,411 confirmed cases between December 18 and February 12.

Bangkok followed Samut Sakhon at 905 cases, with Chonburi, Rayong, Samut Prakan, Chanthaburi, Nonthaburi, Pathumthani, Ang Thong and Nakhon Pathom rounding up the list.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is to discuss the easing of restrictions in the central province of Samut Sakhon next week, as new cases continue to fall. Health officials recently introduced a “seal and bubble” strategy to contain the spread of the virus at the epicentre of its resurgence late last year. Yesterday, the province reported 129 new cases, continuing a downward trend.

Officials say they have now screened 1,880 factories, markets, and communities. CCSA spokesperson Apisamai Srirangsan says “seal and bubble” restrictions currently cover 9 factories and over 42,000 people, amid a 10% infection rate. Around 8,000 people a day are now being tested to determine if they have a level of immunity that would permit them to leave the “bubble” and return home.

Thailand’s Health Ministry says it hopes to have vaccinated over 960,000people across 10 provinces come April. The Covid-19 vaccine task force says the initial rollout will target high-risk groups, such as those over the age of 60, those with underlying conditions, as well as frontline healthcare workers and disease control officials.

SOURCE: Thai Enquirer

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    Glenn

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    “The 2nd wave of the outbreak has led to 20,042 confirmed cases and 20 deaths since it began December 15”

    Hey, you forgot to print that at least 10 of those 20 deaths were in very ill old people with numerous co-morbitities, and NOT caused by CV.

    You also forgot to define what “confirmed cases” means. How many were sent to the ICU/critical care in hospital? How many had sniffles and felt tired and kept for ‘observation’? How may were asymptomatic (not sick)?

    Oh yea, you can’t push fear porn propaganda if you give out the details. Just make it sound like everyone was severely strickened and could have died died died.

    The Thaiger also neglects to print basic percentages of (supposed) cases to total population, and of fatalities to population. Oh yea, if you did people would realize they are being scammed and lied to.

    But keep wearing your face diaper and being in fear of others near you, your obedience training is coming along well puppy.

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      Issan John

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 5:04 pm

      Yawn.

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        Slugger

        Friday, February 12, 2021 at 6:35 pm

        Double yawn. Havent you got a dog you can kick?

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      Fred Johnson

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 6:47 pm

      Zzzzz!

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      Issan John

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:37 pm

      Even I’m bored of it … 😮

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    Paul

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 12:03 am

    We had plenty of covid sceptics in the UK last year. There are not many left now. Some are dead, but most have seen friends, family or loved ones die or become severely ill with it.

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    Frank

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Better wear the mask then not like in Europe where people do not listen and hell breaking lose 🙂

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    Ben

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Glenn, people like you just prolong this. Don’t you have anything new or constructive to spew?

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    Jim kelly

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    oh, is it worth mentioning…25 people died on thailand’s roads today with 2500 injured!!!Is that NEWS??? nAAaaahhhhh! No-one is interested!Perpetuating the COVID FEAR is far more exciting. Help Chan o cha’s JUNTA GOVERNMENT keep a strangle-hold on Thai society!!

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AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is also set to arrive in Thailand today

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While news has been focused on today’s arrival of China’s Sinovac vaccine, it’s now being reported that 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will also arrive in Thailand today. The vaccines will be distributed to 13 provinces, including 9 that are considered the “highest risk” of Covid-19 infection as well as 4 popular tourist destinations that are of “economic significance” such as Phuket and Chiang Mai.

The delivery of the Sinovac vaccine was widely publicised in Thailand. The public health minister posted photos of the packages throughout the delivery process. The government even held a special event called “Covid vaccines, restoring the Thai smile” where they formally accepted the first delivery of Covid-19 vaccines in Thailand. The Bangkok Post says officials did not specify how many Sinovac doses were shipped, but in earlier reports, the government said they planned for 200,000 doses in the first round.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha will be injected with the AstraZeneca vaccine rather than the Sinovac vaccine due to his age. A doctor recently warned that the Sinovac vaccine’s efficacy and safety has not been tested in those over 60. Prayut says the 200,000 doses from Sinovac will be given to priority groups within the next 3 days. In previous reports, people over 60 years old in high risk areas were included in the first phase of injections.

Prayut will be the first in the country to get injected with the Covid-19 vaccine, according to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

“It’s important that Gen Prayut takes the first Covid-19 vaccine shot because he is the country’s leader. There will naturally be a risk assessment process by the Department of Disease Control, which is an internationally accepted standard procedure.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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4 top tourist destinations to be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccine distribution

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The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration says 4 of Thailand’s major tourism destinations are to be prioritised in the distribution of vaccines. They are Phuket, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai and Surat Thani. In addition, a further 9 provinces with significant infection numbers are being prioritised in the rollout of the first vaccine doses arriving in the Kingdom today.

Taweesin Visanuyothin from the CCSA says 70,000 doses will go to the hard-hit “highest control” area of Samut Sakhon, where Thailand’s second outbreak began late last year. 8,000 doses are being set aside for medical officials in the central province, along with 6,000 for frontline healthcare workers, 46,000 doses for seriously ill patients, and 10,000 doses for migrant workers and local residents.

Another 105,000 doses will be distributed to similar groups in Bangkok, in the central provinces of Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Songkram and Samut Prakan, and in the western province of Ratchaburi and the Mae Sot district of Tak.

The Pattaya News reports that 14,700 doses will be sent to 4 major tourist destinations, with 4,700 going to the eastern province of Chon Buri, 4,000 to the southern island of Phuket, 3,500 to the northern province of Chiang Mai, and 2,500 going to the island of Samui in the southern province of Surat Thani.

In the case of the vaccines going to tourism spots, it is not yet known which groups will be vaccinated first, with that decision being left to the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee and other related authorities.

Meanwhile, the CCSA says other plans for the 4 tourism destinations are being considered, including the possibility of “area quarantine”, which would allow vaccinated foreign arrivals to remain within certain boundaries during their quarantine period. The Tourism Authority of Thailand has been pushing for a vaccine passport policy for vaccinated visitors, while PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says the government may consider lifting quarantine restrictions for vaccinated tourists.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Health Minister says PM will get AstraZeneca vaccine, too old for Sinovac

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha was initially first in line for China’s Sinovac vaccine, which just arrived in Thailand today, but Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul now says the the prime minister will be getting the AstraZeneca vaccine. Apparently, 66 year old Prayut is too old to get the Chinese-made vaccine.

“It’s important that General Prayut take the first Covid-19 vaccine shot because he is the country’s leader. There will naturally be a risk-assessment process by the Disease Control Department, which is an internationally accepted standard procedure. But it’s not discrimination.”

Prayut had been expected to take the Chinese Sinovac vaccine, but it has only been tested on people in the 18 – 59 age group. The vaccine’s efficacy and safety have not been tested in those over 60. Anutin says Prayut is too old and will instead be inoculated with the AstraZeneca jab.

“Prayut will receive the vaccine with no age restrictions – AstraZeneca. The director of the National Vaccine Institute has procured them. The date has not been set yet for the shot, but the prime minister will be able to perform his duty normally after taking it.”

According to a Bangkok Post report, Anutin confirmed yesterday that 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive in the Kingdom today, alongside an unknown number of Sinovac doses. It had been thought that only the Chinese vaccine was on its way.

Anutin says the dosage intervals for the Sinovac vaccine are 14 – 28 days and 6 weeks for AstraZeneca. It’s understood inoculation will be carried out at medical facilities, with recipients having to wait 30 minutes to ensure there are no adverse side-effects.

Siam Bioscience has signed a technology transfer agreement with AstraZeneca to produce the vaccine locally. 26 million doses are expected to be available between June and August, with a further 35 million made available between September and December.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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