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In their latest proposal, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health will request the CCSA to defer the entry of British visitors to the country after evidence of the faster-spreading B117 strain (aka. the “G strain”) of Covid-19 was found in 4 British travellers arriving in Thailand on December 21.

Over 30 countries have reported cases of the highly-transmissible UK variant of the novel coronavirus, raising fears of increased global spread of the virus, even as countries begin to unroll vaccination programs in the new year, including Singapore and Taiwan. Up to recently, Taiwan has had very few Covid-19 infections.

Vietnam is the latest nation to report a B117 case, which authorities detected in a woman quarantined after recent travel from the UK. Vietnam has banned nearly all international travel, but it is providing repatriation flights for citizens stranded in the UK.

Department of Disease Control announced that all passengers who were on board the same flight as the 4, or anyone who had come into contact with them, has now been located, tested and found to be clear of infection.

The 4 English patients were all from the same family travelling from Kent. The family are now confined to a hospital “and will not be released until medical officials test and clear them of Covid-19 risk”, according to the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine.

The Centre’s Dr Yong Poovorawan says they’ve been collecting samples from Covid-19 patients for research and reported that the Covid-19 detected in the 4 British patients are of the B117 strain which is spreading quickly through the UK.

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    Social Observer

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 7:59 am

    “Over 30 countries have reported cases of the highly-transmissible UK variant of the novel coronavirus.” So why only restrict arrivals from Britain ? What about the other 29 countries where the variant has been reported ? Thailand, you are not making any sense…

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      Willem

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 10:37 am

      Because in the other countries the cases of the new UK variant are just individual cases. No wide spreading. The risk from these countries at this time to bring the new variant to Thailand remains very low. In the UK more than 50% of covid cases are of the new variant. Thus: high risk!!

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      Kris

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 3:59 am

      In those 29 countries , new virus detected in managed quarantine, whereas in UK , its in the community, so its sensible to defer uk visitors

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      Ian

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:59 am

      Sad to see this new strain being labelled ‘the UK variant’. It might not have begun in the UK, only first identified as a new, dangerous strain by the excellent UK scientific community who now have done the whole world a favour. Maybe they shouldn’t reveal if they identify another one.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:32 am

        Very true, Ian – rather like labelling it “the China virus” or “the UK vaccine”.

        Few countries test for other variants – Wales does more testing for type in a week than France did in the entire year, and similar if not near identical variants have been found elsewhere with no indication they originated in the UK.

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    Fred glue

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 8:24 am

    This is painful, been going too Thailand since New Years eve 1988, twice a year I go..
    The next trip for me will be a good one. Back then in 1988, the return airfare was more expensive then my whole stay in Thailand. X-3 weeks. (Economy) Sydney-Bangkok.. just sitting here bored…???

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    Issan John

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Too little too late.

    As Social O pointed out it’s now spreading elsewhere, and it appears from a number of reports that the same or a very similar strain is mutating elsewhere, which I would have thought shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

    IF the correct rules are in place and adhered to, and IF quarantine is carried out correctly then this shouldn’t be any reason to panic or add additional restrictions.

    IF.

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      preesy chepuce

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:42 pm

      IF you had a prison planet lockdown, it wouldn’t stop it at all. It was always going to mutate and spread. Lockdowns are futile. Banging on about particular countries doing better lockdowning when in fact they may have been dealing with different mutations is specious rubbish, the data is starting to point to an ever-mutating virus that can’t be contained. Viruses don’t have passports, and the Spanish Flu wasn’t something you caught from too much paella and sangria.

      This whole lockdown thing smacks of opportunism by tuppeny cryptofascists, only too eager to hold people and economies hostage to media hysteria and selective science that touts cover-your-arse worst-case-scenario flapping.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:35 am

        Could you detail any of that “data”, Preesy?

        Otherwise it’s not “data” but fantasy. Again.

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    Roger

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 10:53 am

    Too late now but all international travel should have been stopped if serious about stopping this virus
    Now too late
    If a vaccine is not on the move soon world death rates will be so high it will be hard to dispose of the bodies
    And Thailand still buys subs and wants to explore space while your poor starve
    God help you

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      Maverick

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:08 am

      Nonsense – check Worldometer in most countries death rates are declining despite massive increase in infections due to increased testing – especially if you look at 7 day rolling average – the only bodies you will see on the side of the road in Thailand are dead motorcyclists

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:44 am

        “in most countries death rates are declining …”?

        Having just checked Worldometer as you advised, that’s patently untrue.

        Death rates are only declining in comparison to the number of infections found “due to increased testing”, as more infections are found which are asymptomatic.

        Far from the same thing.

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    Learus

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    British people should have the intelligence to isolate themselves vs contaminating the rest of us .

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      Mr cynic

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 8:35 pm

      One Saturday night out in any british town or city should put any thoughts along that line to bed.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:52 am

        Sadly, very true – and it’s clearly far from just the selfish Saturday night revellers, as evidenced by the number of walkers who called out mountain rescue and the police reports of tourists crowding national parks.

        While the majority are playing by the rules and respecting others they’re being badly let down by weak leadership and selfish individuals.

        The UK has let itself down badly here, both as a government and as a nation, in full public view. All a bit sad.

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      James R

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 1:47 am

      Learus

      The vast majority of us are isolating ourselves from the virus.

      We know we have rising infections because we are testing for it, Thailand is not.

      Burying your heads in the sand does not mean you are virus-free.

      We do have the intelligence to create a vaccine that rolled out 500,000 doses today, within three weeks we will be inoculating two million people a week, all for free.

      We might sell you a few doses after we have used up our 100 million which have been ordered.

      Of course, you farangs will be at the back of the queue in Thailand.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:14 am

        Totally untrue, however much you indulge yourself in throwing mud without justification and claiming credit you haven’t earnt.

        As the UK’s own experts agree, the UK’s mass testing programme is useless as it doesn’t test enough people enough times and never will, and to have a comprehensive “world beating” track ‘n’ trace system.

        It needs to test 10,000,000 per day to be effective, as planned and promised. Instead it’s testing 300,000 and the assorted track ‘n’ trace systems are equally useless.

        It’s simply money wasted for political gain.

        Thailand, on the other hand, has a highly effective targeted and tiered testing system, supported by an excellent and comprehensive track ‘n’ trace system.

        You’re comparing chalk and cheese – but Thailand has an excellent piece of chalk, while the UK has an expensive but rancid piece of cheese.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:38 am

        As for having the intelligence to create a vaccine, etc, there is little lower than claiming credit for something you haven’t done.

        Astra Zeneca is a British-Swedish multi national which received minimal funding to develop the vaccine from the UK, with their main funding being $1 billion from the US and $750 million from the Gates Foundation.

        … and although the Oxford Vaccine Group who developed the vaccine with Astra Zeneca is based at Oxford University, they’re multi national and independently funded.

        … and they’ve joined up with the Russian Gamaleya Institute to develop the vaccine further …

        … and Thailand has no need to be sold the vaccine by “the UK”, as Astra Zeneca are already to produce the vaccine here, along with Siam Bioscience.

        How are the mighty fallen …..

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          James R

          Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 12:04 am

          Issan John

          Yes true, international money and the brains of Oxford scientists, we Oxford graduates are quite clever people.

          Good luck with the planned production of our virus in Thailand, time for all you farangs to do a runner before you are forced to take it.

          You might have produced enough for half a dozen people in a year’s time.

          Still, you live in a nice part of Thailand regarding brains is concerned, the biggest export from Issan are bar girls who seem to have ill mothers and fathers and buffaloes as their excuse for working in girly bars.

          Many farangs seem to fall for their money-grabbing schemes and buy houses up there in the girl’s name.

          “How the mighty have fallen”, you said.

          How the unmighty who never stood up in the first place eh?

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      B

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:01 pm

      Same should of been said about China at the very start instead of trying to cover it up

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    gosport

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    It is too late for the new variant. It is up to local people to take care. I wonder where are the three fingers?

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      preesy chepuce

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:43 pm

      halfway up your bum?

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    chupapi

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Good move.

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    Ian

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Square face is quiet alately I wonder if covid found him or has he hid himself away till this nightmare ends

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    Ian

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Sorry guys he’s overturned the Bangkok governors decision to close restaurants at 7pm he says 9pm so much for letting governers make thier own decisions he just has to get involved and cause more chaos he needs to isolate for a year hopefully Thailand will be reborn and his corruption abolished along with him and his minions well walt Disney says dreams and wishes do come true lol

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    MYstiQue

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Preesy chepuce… Great comment ???

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    Mr cynic

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 1:39 am

    Is that a blanket ban on UK passport holders visiting or is it a ban on people visiting who’s journey starts in the UK?
    Big difference.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:43 am

      Apparently both, including those who’ve been in the UK recently, although British passport holders who could prove they’ve been in a low risk country for some time rather than just passing through one to get round the regs might have a case.

      Might.

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    Geoff

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 4:55 am

    The virus will mutate independently in various countries. It would be strange if it didn’t and the vaccs. may have to be modified yearly in the same way as the flu vacc. Thailand’s corruption and lack of effective law enforcement could well turn it into a disaster area. Let’s hope not.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Apparently both, including those who’ve been in the UK recently, although British passport holders who could prove they’ve been in a low risk country for some time rather than just passing through one to get round the regs might have a case.

    Might.

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