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Today, Thailand has reported 201 new Covid-19cases, with 185 being locally-transmitted. 16 of those cases were imported, raising the total number of cases in the country to 24,104 since the outbreak began.

An assistant spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, says 96 new cases were confirmed at hospitals and 89 others through active case finding.

Samut Sakhon, the epicentre of the 2nd wave of Covid in Thailand, recorded the most cases at 129. 73 of those cases were found in communities (62 Myanmar and 11 Thais) and 56 at hospitals (30 Thais and 26 Myanmar).

Bangkok recorded 17 new cases with 14 being linked to the cluster at Chulalongkorn University. Tak province reported 37 new cases with 23 being confirmed at hospitals (22 Myanmar and 1 Thai) and 14 other cases in communities, all working Myanmar nationals.

The 16 imported cases were quarantined arrivals from Pakistan, Sudan, Japan, the United States, Russia, Turkey, Sweden and the United Kingdom.201 new cases, 185 locally transmitted- Covid-19 Update | News by The Thaiger

Of the 24,104 total cases, 19,799 (82.14%) had recovered, including 885 discharged over the past 24 hours. 4,225 were still receiving treatment, with 1,531 undergoing treatment at field hospitals. The death toll has remained the same at 80.

Covid-19 cases worldwide have increased by 437,780 in 24 hours to 107.85 million. The worldwide death toll rose by 14,018 to 2.36 million. The US had the most cases at 27.90 million, up 96,806, and the most deaths at 483,200, up 3,432.

Thailand’s Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, says the first stage of human trials of a locally-produced vaccinewill get underway next month. The jab is a joint collaboration between the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation and the Faculty of Tropical Medicine of Mahidol University. It’s understood the vaccine has performed satisfactorily in animal testing, showing an ability to stimulate immunity.

According to a Thai PBS World report, Kiatipoom Wongrachit from the Public Health Ministry, says the GPO is very experienced in the production of flu vaccines and is collaborating with Mahidol University’s Faculty of Tropical Medicine, with support from the US-based Program for Appropriate Technology in Health.

 

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Glenn

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Cases and more cases and more infections, and lions and tigers and bears OH MY!

    Are these basket cases? Cases of baskets? Just in Cases?

    They can’t be cases of sick people because nobody is dying. They can’t be cases of viruses because the WHO said 99.6% of cases have only mild symptoms.

    What is a case? Some body please give me a good answer and tell me why anyone should be concerned about cases.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    A “case” is someone who tests positive for Covid 19.

    Again.

    Simples.

    Again.

    You should be “concerned” about “cases” if / when they’re the result of targeted testing because they indicate the spread of the virus and the sources.

    … and FWIW plenty of people who are “sick” – the vast majority – aren’t “dying”.

    … and the WHO have never “said 99.6% of cases have only mild symptoms” – even Trump claimed (wrongly) that it was 99%.

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      Molly

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:46 am

      When the PCR tests can detect a positive result in fruit, how reliable are they on humans?
      The test is looking for SARS CoV-2 which it does by searching for a specific sequence in the person’s DNA.
      The sequence is CTCCCTTTGTTGTGTTGT
      The problem with that is, the sequence of SARS-CoV-2 is identical to a genetic sequence we all already have: Chromosome 8

      Human Chromosome 8 is closely affiliated with development of the intellect and some other health related issues, resistance to things like respiratory problems but also it’s associated with the development of the intellect and our ability to resist cancer.

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        Issan John

        Friday, February 12, 2021 at 9:06 am

        Molly, your chromosome 8 must be on the undeveloped side otherwise you’d have wondered why since “we all” have it, “we all” don’t test positive 😮 😮 😮

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      Manu

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 7:06 am

      A “case” is someone who tests positive for…Sars-cov-2, not Covid 19.

      Covid 19 is the disease you can get when you are infected with the virus Sars-cov-2, most people are not sick so therefore they do not have covid 19.

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    Issan John

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 9:27 am

    “most people are not sick so therefore they do not have covid 19.”

    Ummm ….. no.

    Most people don’t have ingrowing toenails so therefore they do not have toenails …..?

    Most people don’t have a headache so therefore they do not have a head?

    I don’t think so, Manu ….. 😮 😮 😮

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      Manu

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:47 pm

      Simply unbelievable… I give up.

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Phuket holds vaccine administration rehearsal as it waits for green light

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Phuket is rehearsing procedures to ready themselves for the Covid‐19 vaccine administration green light. A rehearsal at Vachira Hospital’s Lan Muang Khao open area was held late yesterday to iron out any kinks in the administration process. Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong watched over the procedures along with other health officials.

Pichet says the first vaccine round of 4,000 doses should arrive early in March, with the 2nd and 3rd set of doses, 16,000 and 48,000 respectively, to arrive in April and May.

“The government recognises the importance of the affected areas of the economy where the epidemic situation of COVID-19 must be stopped and has allocated the COVID-19 vaccine to Phuket Province to build herd immunity, restore the economy, return a smile to Thailand.”

“We are preparing to COVID-19 mass vaccination to build confidence among the people that they will receive a quality, safe vaccine and to receive follow-up care after it has been administered.”

Pichet says Phuket’s first target groups to receive the vaccine include medical and public health personnel, with others on the frontlines to come next.

Then, workers aged 18-59 years old, people with underlying diseases including chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity will follow.

“People with severe neurological conditions and pregnant women should be wary of taking the vaccine, as well as women who are breastfeeding and people with immunodeficiency.”

The procedure to get vaccinated starts by recipients undergoing screening by having their temperatures taken, and then sanitising their hands before entering the administration area. Then, they will move their way through a series of steps, detailed below:

Step 1: Register

Step 2: Record weight and blood pressure

Step 3: Pass the screening process by have their medical history and risk assessment recorded and then signing a consent to receive the vaccine

Step 4: Wait for vaccination

Step 5: Vaccination

Step 6: Rest for 30 minutes, while being observed for symptoms. Then scan the official Line account “หมอพร้อม” (“Doctor Ready”)

Step 7: Pass a final check before receiving a document confirming vaccination

Pichet says health workers will follow up with vaccine recipients after 1,7, and 30 days from being vaccinated to monitor any adverse reactions.

Those who are set to receive their second jab will have appointments made for them. Those who receive the Sinovac vaccine will be scheduled to have their second doses 2 to 4 weeks after the first. AstraZeneca vaccine receivers will be scheduled for their second doses 10 to 12 weeks after the first.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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PM to receive AstraZeneca vaccine on Sunday

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The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha will receive the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on Sunday, while Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul will receive the Chinese jab. According to a Bangkok Post report, Sopon Mekthon from the sub-committee on vaccine management says both politicians will receive their vaccines at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute. On Monday, the vaccination of priority groups in specific provinces will get underway.

Speaking about the arrival of the long-awaited vaccines yesterday, Anutin said the first batch would be distributed free of charge, with costs covered by the government.

“The vaccines are for Thais and those living in the country. Anyone who charges for the vaccine will face legal action.”

Thailand has taken delivery of 200,000 doses of the Chinese Sinovac jab and 117,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The arrival of the AstraZeneca jab took many by surprise, with no mention of its imminent arrival, unlike the PR hoopla surrounding the arrival of its Chinese counterpart. Another 800,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine are expected next month, followed by a further 1 million in April. After that, the rest of Thailand’s vaccines will be from AstraZeneca, with 26 million locally-manufactured doses expected to be available from May to June and another 35 million after that.

Nakorn Premsri from the National Vaccine Institute says the AstraZeneca vaccines arrived this week as a result of a commitment by the pharmaceutical giant to ensure equal access to Covid-19 vaccines.

“The AstraZeneca vaccines that arrived in Thailand must receive a lot release certificate from the Department of Medical Sciences before distribution to priority groups designated by the Department of Disease Control.”

Meanwhile, Thares Karasnairaviwong from the Department of Health Service Support says over 1.5 million village health volunteers are educating local residents about the importance of vaccination and establishing how many people fall into the priority groups who will be first to be inoculated.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Foreign tourists must use Covid-19 tracking app when travelling to Thailand

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Foreign tourists travelling to Thailand will need to download the Covid-19 contact tracking mobile application “ThailandPlus” before arriving in Thailand and use it throughout their stay. The app will notify travellers if they have been in close contact with any confirmed cases.

Throughout their trip to Thailand, tourists will need to keep the app “on” and check in and out of various locations by scanning QR codes. The app requires access to the smartphone’s GPS , but the Tourism Authority of Thailand says the information collected will only be used for public health purposes and will not infringe on the tourists’ right to privacy.

Travellers will also need to upload a recent headshot as well as supply their Certificate of Entry number and reference ID from the Royal Thai Embassy.

The app is a spinoff to the “Thai Chana” and “Mor Chana” apps. All use GPS and Bluetooth as well as QR code scanning to detect the users’ locations. The apps sparked controversy and many Thais expressed concerns about their privacy, but the government has assured the public that information will be kept private.

The development of the app is a collaboration between the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Digital Government Development Agency.

Click HERE to download the ThailandPlus.

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