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Border schools close for cleaning, thousands test for Covid-19 after Burmese truck drivers test positive

Caitlin Ashworth



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Nearly a dozen schools in Tak’s Mae Sot district closed today to be disinfected and around 4,000 people in the community are expected to be tested for Covid-19 after 3 Burmese cargo truck drivers tested positive for the virus after crossing through a border checkpoint.

Those in communities deemed at high-risk have been told not to leave their home, unless it’s essential. They’re also told to abide by coronavirus prevention rules like wearing a face masks, social distancing and sanitising their hands. Reports do not say how long the 11 municipal schools will be closed for.

Thai PBS says the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge is open today and many cargo trucks arrived from Myanmar’s Myawaddy town to unload goods and go back to Myanmar. New restrictions only allow drivers to stay on Thai soil for up to 7 hours and they are not allowed to enter the town.



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      Monday, October 12, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      And they want tourists to return?
      The sooner parts of the globe realise that this virus is now endemic, the better.
      This constant running round like a terrified headless chicken when cases arrive is totally unsustainable. Just like the Thai economy.
      When the scientists, do gooders and PC brigade realise a vaccine is a useless fiction, i want to know, what’s plan B?

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        Health Economist

        Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 1:06 pm

        Given that COVID19 is a highly infectious (r0=>3) airborne disease with a significant mortality rate (IFR=~0.5-1%) and serious long-term health effects for the majority of even asymptomatic survivors (e.g. >70% myocarditis), Plan B is what should have been Plan A all along: scientifically targeting elimination using a red-yellow-green zoning system for enforcing mobility restrictions and quarantines, and widespread deployment of rapid antigen tests, serological testing, wastewater testing, and contact tracing, as well as physical distancing and prophylactic measures appropriate to each color zone.

        This isn’t rocket science, and the coordination failure is claiming countless lives *and* costing trillions.

        Which is honestly still less than what considering the disease to be “endemic” and allowing it to proliferate further would cost.

        Only people who don’t understand complexity and second-order effects believe that there is a public health vs. economy trade-off. The reality is that the two are positively correlated.

        Pathogenic diseases aren’t magic, we know where they come from and we know how to get rid of them if the cost is high enough that we need to. The situation we’re in is akin to a very high-interest loan with a substantial but still relatively small principal. We sooner we start paying it down correctly, the sooner we can start rebuilding, and the less rubble we will need to clean up. There is no long-term solution other than getting to zero.

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      Don R

      Monday, October 12, 2020 at 10:13 pm

      I guess there’s no longer any point in searching for logic behind any of these policies… after seeing workers shampooing the street back in April…

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      Toby Andrews

      Monday, October 12, 2020 at 10:26 pm

      Trucks are allowed in for 7 hours.
      Seems as if when big money is at stake all the hysteria about the virus is ignored.
      However a dozen schools closed and disinfected. Big pay days for the officials and their pals.
      Can they invent some more testing, for instance what about contamination for the goods delivered?
      surely they can test another 500 who were in contact with the goods.
      4000 in the community tested so far – more money earned, or scammed.

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        Johnny Rambo

        Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 2:28 am

        If 3 hillbilly truck drivers from Burma, who have Covid, lead to a mass closure of schools in Thailand, then dont hope anymore: Hysteria ridden Thailand WONT reopen its borders for years and become again a backward third-world-country where people will compete with monkeys for bananas they find on trees.

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 1:39 am

          The article I read said “nearly a dozen schools in Tak’s Mae Sot district” were to be closed while being disinfected.

          No mention of “a mass closure of schools in Thailand”.

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        Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 6:31 am

        I could not agree more… There was an article recently, I think it was on TheTaiger (??), saying that Thailand has invested hundreds of millions BTH for the “future” vaccin, and that authorities were planning to vaccin half the population of Thailand… 33 millions of people. It will cost 740 BTH for one shot, and 2 shots per peron were needed (some seem already to know quite a lot aldready about that very improbable vaccin!!??). I leave you to do the maths. Covid-19 is and will not be a financial loss for everyone.

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      Monday, October 12, 2020 at 11:30 pm

      Don’t worry chances are Thailand will test everyone and not find any virus transmission. You know just like the DJ in Bangkok where to this day and after hundreds of tests they can’t seem to figure out where he got infected. All they know is there is no transmission in Thailand so no one needs to worry.

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      Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 5:49 am

      This will be the same Myanmar truck drivers who caught Covid in THAILAND months ago, went home positive, spread it to their their countrymen and are now bringing it back. What goes around comes around……lies, damned lies and statistics….

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 4:17 pm

      Allowing trucks and truck drivers in for seven hours when others are quarantined for 14 days is beyond absurd – any policy has to be consistent.

      Thailand’s got so much right in both the government’s and the Thai people’s reaction to Covid in comparison to the West, as have other “third world” countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam, that it’s tragic that it’s being thrown away by stupid incidents such as this and some equally stupid proposals on “relaxed” quarantine.

      Thailand’s got the wearing of masks right, when the WHO and the West were bleating about them not providing protection for the wearer. It took 6 months until they realised that they weren’t about protecting the wearer from other people, but about protecting other people from the wearer – and some in the West still don’t get it, or are just too selfish to do it.

      Thailand’s got the testing right, with targeted testing for the right people and the right areas, while the West (and many commenting here) are bleating about how many tests they’re doing and how Thailand and ASEAN must be “cheating” because they’re only testing less than 1% of the population while the West’s testing 25% (actually closer to 10%)and 80% are asymptomatic so Thailand’s figures must be wrong.
      Well, if 80% are asymptomatic that means that 20% are symptomatic; so if Thailand’s “cheating” and no better than the West there’d be thousands who are symptomatic every day being turned away from Lotus, Big ‘C’ or 7-11, or the local markets when restrictions were mandatory, with the temperature checks that the Western whingers here say are pointless – as there would be tens of thousands of paranoid Thais with symptoms outside the hospitals demanding tests.

      But there aren’t.

      Thailand and its fellow “third world” neighbours in Cambodia, Vietnam and Bali have got it right, while the West’s got it badly wrong.

      All it needs to do until there are better tests and / or a vaccine and / or cure is keep it simple, apply a rigid 14 day quarantine at the borders with testing on arrival and at the 7 and 14 day point, and apply targeted testing and quarantining whenever and wherever there’s an outbreak.

      What it doesn’t need to do is either allow any local “relaxations” of the rules for truck drivers or those with private jets, or to listen to the Western whingers and try to keep them happy.

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      Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 11:45 pm

      Professor scientist Issan John again (where in Isaan)???, I am pretty sure, like I did not, absolutely nobody read your long based on everything but rational scientific based logical minded “comment”?? Am I right? If you are so scared, just go and live alone in the middle of the jungle,stop the paranoia nobody can stand anymore…, we are going to die crazy like you before covid gives us a mild cough or… nothing – (I am under 80)..!!), covid will not get you there. You want numbers, there … Thailand has invested hundreds of millions BTH for the “future” vaccin, and authorities are planning to vaccin half the population of Thailand… 33 millions of people. It will cost 740 BTH for one shot, and 2 shots per peron are needed !!??). I leave you to do the maths. Covid-19 is and will not be a financial loss for everyone. Wear your mask in your jungle, alone but “safe” but stop give us an analysis of your scared and malable brain. Thank you in advance.

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 1:30 am

        If you didn’t read it, how do you know if it’s “rational”, etc, or not!!!

        … but if you think that “covid gives us a mild cough or… nothing – (I am under 80)..!!)” maybe you need to do a little more research next time you visit the planet.

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