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New case numbers have jumped alarmingly again today, even though the growth curve was starting to flatten a bit this week. Thailand is reporting 374 new cases of Covid-19 today over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to over 12,000 infections since the pandemic began. Only 10 of those cases were non-local infections as they were found in state quarantine. 43 cases were found in the public and 321 cases were found within the migrant worker areas. 10 cases were found in Bangkok, and 24 cases were found in Samut Sakhon, where the initial cluster that kicked off the second wave began.

61 provinces are now reporting Covid cases with Patthalung province being the latest. Dr. Thaweesin Visanuyothin, from the CCSA, says the situation in surrounding countries is also concerning as he fears they may have a “knock-on” effect.

Samut Sakhon, Rayong, and Chon Buri provinces are still under almost full lockdowns due to the amount of cases found in migrant workers and from people frequenting illegal gambling dens. Thaweesin says entertainment venues are exposing the country to risks, as they are still open past curfew hours. He is urging the public to cooperate with the government in order to help curb further transmissions of the virus.

PM Prayut is also requesting people to stop holding public gatherings, (code for anti-government protests), in order to help prevent the spread of the virus. A spokesman says Prayut is “concerned” for the public’s health after recent weather has seen a drop in temperatures, only adding to the worries of contracting the coronavirus. Prayut has also asked the public to be careful when trying to stay warm, as starting bonfires could be dangerous.

The cold pass coming from China is expected to blanket Thailand starting today and lasting through January 19, causing a drop in temperatures of up to 8 degrees Celsius in northern areas.

The government spokesman also reiterated the need for the emergency decree to be enforced as well as the measures under Thailand’s Communicable Disease Act in order to help contain the virus. For their part, protest spokespersons have said they are delaying any new protests for the time being.

SOURCE: Thai Enquirer

 

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    luca

    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    if the numbers are correct I think that in the time of a month it will return close to zero, obviously it will be necessary to continue the blockade in those more infected provinces but when the numbers remain below a thousand per day you can be successful, I do not think it is possible to open the borders until at least 70% of the Thai population is vaccinated, then international tourism can be revised.

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    Issan John

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Fingers crossed. It’s very much down to how seriously people take it – here, all the lottery sellers who’ve gone outside the province have to self-isolate outside their towns and villages when they come back, wherever they’ve been selling, and no-one’s complaining.

    Contrast that to some countries …

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    Jake Pattaya

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Not sure if in Pattaya people take it seriously anymore. I have a feeling that what’s happening here is similar to other parts of the world where half lockdowns never worked. All shopping malls are open in Pattaya and you see truck after truck with 50 people on them, body to body, some not wearing masks, so..

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:16 pm

      Pattaya has always been a little … well … different.

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