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Today, authorities at the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, are reporting 294 new, locally transmitted infections of Covid-19 with 21 new imported cases, bringing the total to 7,694 cases since the pandemic began.

38 more have been discharged from the hospital, with the overall death toll remaining at 64. Currently, there are 3,293 Covid active patients in the hospital or migrant workers accommodations.

Those imported infections, were those arriving from abroad from the countries of Bahrain (1 case), Pakistan (3 cases), Kuwait (1 case), USA (4 cases), Russia (2 cases), Italy (1 case), Indonesia (1 case), Egypt (3 cases), Qatar (2 cases), India (1 case), Ethiopia (1 case), United Kingdom (1 case).

Yesterday, the CCSA reported 216 locally transmitted cases, with 11 people in ICU.

SOURCE: PR Thai Government

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    Roger

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    So sad and the 14 days after new year contacts not even in the equation yet

    Good Luck Thailand

    You were told this would happen after all your bragging about no virus in Thailand

    Let the Chineses back need the money

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    Slugger

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Time to sanction the US. Too many imported cases.

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      gosport

      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 3:23 pm

      Yesterday, the CCSA reported 216 locally transmitted cases, with 11 people in ICU.

      It is not imported.

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    Rip255

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Even Issan John couldn’t claim this to be anything other than a nationwide, full blown outbreak of covid.

    Just as I stated was the case last week when many were still in major denial of the extent of the outbreak.

    Probabilities would suggest that many people presently reading this article already have covid.

    Danger signs for the old and vunerable. They need to isolate immediately because I wouldnt rely on a covid-fatigued and largely asymptomatic population to adhere to a long strict lockdown.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 9:11 pm

      Contrary to rumour, I don’t try to put a positive spin on everything but to give credit where it’s due rather than just bash everything for bashing’s sake.

      In this case, I think that after the administration and the country as a whole had done a great job for 8 or 9 months, “following the science” at every stage so that Thailand was among the best in the world at minimising Covid, both had got over-confident and complacent and screwed up badly.

      The people stopped taking it seriously, encouraged by the TAT’s unbelievably badly timed and frankly stupid scheme to “travel together”, heading all over the country for New Year family reunions, and the administration gave at best mixed messages from the TAT on one side and the CCSA on the other.

      At the same time, just when strong, decisive national leadership was needed most, even if unpopular (and I doubt it would have been unpopular except with a few, and then only briefly), there was simply none at all.

      Decision making was delegated to provincial and city governors, not just passing the buck but downplaying the seriousness of the situation compared to March / April last year – when the situation’s very clearly already far worse.

      Hopefully, somehow, it will be controlled, if so more by luck than judgement – but if not, the responsibility for the reversal couldn’t be clearer.

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        Roger

        Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:05 am

        Issan John
        WELL SAID, BRO

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    Mister Stretch

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    I’ve been curious about these cases arriving from abroad.

    To board a flight to Thailand, you need to have – as a foreigner – a “Fit to Fly” certificate, a coronavirus test, showing a negative result for the virus, within 72 hours of your departure.

    That would mean that a vast majority of those discovered “on arrival” would be Thai nationals, no?

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      Rasputin

      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 4:34 pm

      Mr Stretch,you could catch the virus virtually immediately after having taken the test, there are NO tests currently available to prevent this from happening, it takes time to build up a DETECTABLE viral load in the body. This is the reason for needing to quarantine all passengers traveling from infected countries, if you are serious about keeping covid out, and very few countries, if any, are still genuinely virus free. It’s science and actions that will defeat this pandemic, not wishful thinking, and the false information spread by idiots and conspiracy theorists.

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      Willem

      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 4:55 pm

      A negative result indicates that either a person has not been infected with SARS-CoV-2 or there is not a detectable level of antibody present. Explanations for this may include a very recent exposure such that not enough time has elapsed to generate an immune response, or the immune response has decreased below the detectable level. A negative result does not rule out current or past infection with SARS-CoV-2.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 8:27 pm

      As Rasputin and Willem said – the test 72 hours before is better than nothing, but realistically you could still get on the plane having caught Covid anytime in the week before the flight.

      With estimates of anything from a tenth to a third of those in London having Covid, that’s not good news.

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    Aboy

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 3:55 am

    Multiply the rate of infection per number of tests conducted to the population here, and you will find that in all probability there exists some 300,000 cases here in Thailand. A staggering number? NO. Just plain common sense. If Thailand was testing at rates upwards of 40 percent of population, like, say, Australia, we would know the facts.

    A testing rate here of 1.5 percent of population but with a high infection rate spells trouble.

    I was in isolation in Oz for 9 months, 111 days in lockdown – had three tests to jump through the hoops to get here, fifteen days quarantine, two more tests. Now going into lockdown again?

    Am I complaining? Yes!! Bloody oath! I’ve just spent the past 10 years planning my retirement years so I can live the dream, moving between homes in Thailand, Oz and my business home. Now what? A life of uncertainty. Will I ever see those Greek Islands and my buddies in Europe? My road trip around the States?

    A three month journey anywhere in the world now involves at least 3 or 4 sets of quarantines.

    Look at the debacle of State Governments being given responsibility to control their areas within Australia! Pathetic and zero foresight. It’s unworkable and inhumane.

    So, my best option is here in Thailand for as long as it lasts. Pray the provincial borders don’t close completely. Then it’s over folks. Dread the new conditions on one year Visa renewals. For those that can afford it, get an Elite Card (but Why? ….. no flights anywhere). No wonder we wake each day frightened. Officialdom here read these comments. Let’s hope they don’t make policy on the run like Australia did.

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The new wave of cases has been on a downward slope in recent weeks. Today’s count of 59 new Covid-19 cases is the lowest daily count since mid-December. A coronavirus-related death was also reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing.

A 48 year old Thai woman died after testing positive for Covid-19. The woman worked as a driver for migrant workers. No other information was released about her in the CCSA’s English-language report. It’s unclear if she had pre-existing conditions.

Out of the 59 new Covid-19 cases, 28 are local transmissions, 23 cases were detected in proactive testing and 8 cases detected in quarantine for those entering Thailand from abroad.

Since the start of the pandemic, Thailand has reported a total of 12,653 Covid-19 cases and 71 deaths. The new wave of Covid-19 cases has spread to 62 of Thailand’s 77 provinces.

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