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UPDATE: The official number of cases for the past 24 hours in Thailand has now reached 576.

After the fishing town of Samut Sakhon erupted in over 500 new Covid-19 cases,Bangkok hospitals are now on high alert in preparation for a possible surge in cases and patients.

Samut Sakhon, neighbouring Greater Bangkok, is now going into a partial lockdown which is set to last until at least January 3. Such lockdown measures include a 10pm – 5am curfew, police checkpoints along with hospitals increasing covid tests on those patients who appear to have symptoms. Hospital wards are now also preparing for a surge in Covid infections according to an unnamed doctor at Bangkok’s Sriraj Hospital.

“We have been told to prepare as if a second outbreak was imminent, so hospital heads are assigning shifts and emergency response units.”

“Because the province is so close to us and because of the large number of cases they found, there is a high possibility that we will see some cases in Bangkok.”

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The recent surge in Covid infections has been partly attributed to Thai workers sneaking across the borderfrom Myanmar undetected in Chiang Rai and other provinces. It was only after returning from Myanmar, who has seen a surge in cases, that the workers developed symptoms.

Those Thais, who skirted quarantine requirements, were arrested and charged. Such a breach has worried officials as the recent news of 548 cases in Samut Sakhon significantly counts for a large portion of the only 4,000 plus cases reported in the kingdom since the virus outbreak began. The new surge in cases makes up the largest amount of cases reported per day since the pandemic started.

Thailand has recorded little to no locally transmitted cases for months, due to its robust healthcare system, lockdowns, and its volunteer medical community, who have taken it upon themselves to vigorously test and monitor those in remote communities.

Now, it seems that Covid may be back in the kingdom to kick off the new year, as such a surge in daily cases has officials concerned.

At this stage there has been no announcements about neighbouring Bangkok imposing any additional restrictions. The Thaiger will keep an eye on all the latest news as the situation develops.

SOURCE: Thai Enquirer

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    Gosport

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Good luck. wish all well.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 10:50 am

    The Wuhan virus unfortunately is not disappearing anytime soon. One fifth of the global population will not have access to a vaccine until another year or more. But then there’s the Travel Stimulus, so maybe everything will be ok!

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 2:22 pm

      “One fifth” ?

      If the UK keeps up its vaccinations at the present rate, it’ll be another ten years until the UK population’s been vaccinated, once.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Yep One Fifth….

    Even if the drug makers all produce effective, safe vaccines and meet their maximum global manufacturing targets, the study said “at least a fifth of the world’s population would not have access to vaccines until 2022”.

    BMJ Medical Journal

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    Leo Z

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    No, no, “it’s the dirty farangs who are bringing COVID to Thailand”.

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    Johnny Dee

    Monday, December 21, 2020 at 9:57 am

    As Iv said many months ago this China virus is going to be around for quite sometime we have to live with it be safe be careful and shelter the elderly. Life has to go on. Stay safe guys and wish everyone well

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