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Athletes bearing Thailand’s Olympic flag reach half-way point but uncertainty hangs over Games

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Thailand’s Olympic Flag relay has reached the half-way stage, with runners crossing from the central province of Chai Nat into Nakhon Sawan on Monday. The flag’s journey, which began on March 21 will take in 35 provinces, over 61 days, comprising a total of 4,606 kilometres, or the approximate distance between Bangkok and Tokyo.

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According to a Nation Thailand report, Monday’s leg ended at the 2,303 kilometre mark, while yesterday’s leg travelled from Nakhon Sawan Central Stadium to Chumchon Pracha Samakkhi school, in the northern province of Kamphaeng Phet. The journey involves a distance of over 68 kilometres.

In total, the flag is being carried by 4,568 people, including athletes, celebrities and members of the public. It will end its journey at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, from where it’s expected to depart for Tokyo on May 27, accompanied by Thailand’s Olympic athletes.

The Tokyo Olympic Games are scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8. However, doubt still hangs over the games, with Japanese officials warning they could end up cancelled if the country experiences a further outbreak of Covid-19. The games have already been postponed from last year as a result of the pandemic.

Toshihiro Nikai, chief of Japan’s governing party, says there is no point pressing ahead with the Games if it means spreading the virus.

“If the situation comes to the point where we cannot take it anymore, we should call off the Games without hesitation. What’s the point of holding the Olympics if it boosts the spread of infection?”

According to a recent poll carried out by the Kyodo News agency, 72% of Japanese people do not want the Olympic to go ahead at this time.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 10:52 am

    not wearing masks I see.
    Boys in brown, slap the cuffs on them.

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    Ted

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    I hope I japan have had a talk with the Dutch, as they did a [c19] test on a football game, and gave different groups different “jobs” some wore masks others didn’t, some drank beer while others didn’t and so on. Sure they learned a lot, not only about spectator sports but also how this and other viruses work.

    So might be a good idea for you also Thai PM for taking on the job by yourself.

    (and to Thaiger, please post this, as all my posts are quite neutral but you still only make about 1 in 5 public)

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    Peter V.

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Not wearing mask.
    Terrible example.

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No, your friends can’t come over. No parties. No drinking with friends. No large gatherings. As part of Phuket’s efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19, local authorities have tightened restrictions and say friends are not allowed to gather at private homes.

“No parties of any kind allowed… No house party, no friends gathering in the residence.”

Along with temporary closures of some businesses and venues, the order says, parties involving alcohol are banned and gatherings of more than 30 people are banned. The only gatherings allowed are religious ceremonies like weddings and funerals.

Foreigners who violate any of Phuket’s disease control measures could be deported and lose their permission to stay in Thailand. On Sunday, 2 British men in Phuket were each fined 6,000 baht for having a “party.” Only 6 people were gathered at the home. Police from the Cherng Talay station came by the home after a call from a neighbour.

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Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure have the highest risk of death followed by patients infected with the coronavirus who underlying conditions of diabetes or high cholesterol, according to data from Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported 486 coronavirus-related deaths. Out of those fatalities, 392 were reported after April 1. Using data from the recent wave of infections, the CCSA found that those infected with Covid-19 who also have high blood pressure are at the most at risk of death, followed by those who are diabetic and those who have high cholesterol.

Others who are at risk of severe infection or death if infected with Covid-19 include those with chronic kidney disease, heart disease, obesity or lung disease.

Most of the deaths since April 1 have been in Bangkok, making up 46% of the death count in the recent wave, followed and provinces just outside the capital. Most patients who died while infected with Covid-19 have been over 60 years old with underlying health conditions. Several young adults, in their 20s and 30s, who died while infected with Covid-19, had underlying conditions of diabetes and obesity.

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