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Cabinet members eat seafood lunch to prove it’s not contaminated with Covid-19

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After the Laos government banned seafood imports from Thailand due to the Covid-19 outbreak at a Samut Sakhon fishing hub, Thai officials are assuring the neighbouring country that Thai seafood is not contaminated with the coronavirus. In what seems like a publicity stunt, members of the Thai Cabinet ate 7 seafood dishes for lunch yesterday to prove that Covid-19 cannot be transmitted through the cooked seafood.

The lawmakers posed for photos in front of the lunch buffet which included barbeque prawn, spicy prawn soup, stir-fried squid with shrimp paste, deep-fried sea bass with fish sauce, stir-fried shrimp with holy basil leaves, stir-fried squid with salted eggs and crab fried rice. Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam says if seafood is properly cooked, there is no risk of Covid-19.

Last week, the Laos authorities immediately halted all imports of both fresh and frozen seafood from Thailand due to fears that the seafood could be contaminated with the virus. The ban is temporary and the Laos government says they will lift the ban once Thailand and Laos reach a mutual agreement regarding safety measures. The Thai government recently issued a statement saying officials have been screening the seafood products and they have found no traces of Covid-19.

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    B.T.

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 11:22 am

    What they can prove by eating free food? Typical idiotic propaganda.Anything can be contaminated when contacted with virus.The question is how long it will survive without host.The most personal hygiene and self distancing .Seafood safe If people who have contact with are free from virus .Very simple.

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      John

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 11:40 am

      First of all viruses are NOT ALIVE. There is no survival time for viruses. They become inept when exposed to UV light and high/low temp. Typically a virus that replicates inside human cells needs a consistent 98.6 F degree temp to maintain it’s structure. You can not contract a virus from cooked food. That’s why we cook food to begin with. Everyone is going insane with this covid thing.

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:46 pm

        “They become inept when exposed to UV light and high/low temp.”

        “Inept” ?

        Ummm … I don’t think they do 🙂

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        Maestro

        Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 3:42 pm

        @john, this is the meaning of the word Inept: “having or showing no skill, clumsy”. Ineptitude: “the quality of being inept” (incompetence).

        Similar words: Incompetent, unskilful, unskilled, inexpert, amateurish.

        I give you some slack as I think, that someway or somehow, you meant one of the above (I hope). But viruses definitely do not become inept.

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      bil

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      it’s like officials taking vaccin in front of cameras on tv ! are you sure this is real vaccin !

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    Galaxy

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Hé guys, your demonstration is absolutely idiot. Wait some days before to mention that you are not COVID thick!

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      John

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 11:41 am

      Ignorance is bliss

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    Mr cynic

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Cabinet ministers enjoy a free lunch.news?

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    James Pate

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Yeah, my mother-in-law can’t be persuaded to let us have seafood on New Year’s Eve. If we can’t persuade her, the government can’t either. Killing bacteria and viruses by cooking is something I learned in 3rd grade science class. Yes, there is some risk of getting infected from the seafood vendor. Home delivery. Leave it on the porch and disinfect the parcel. Oh well.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      “They become inept when exposed to UV light and high/low temp.”

      “Inept” ?

      Ummm … I don’t think they do 🙂

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        Toby Andrews

        Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 10:57 pm

        OK the guy used the wrong word.
        He means UV can kill the virus. Look it up I see in many sites that it can.
        You know alls trying to display your great knowledge.
        Look carefully he might have put in a spelling mistake .. .

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    Ian

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Seafood should be cooked and not eaten raw trout salmon cod shrimp all my favourites all delicious when cooked sushi ain’t for me

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    Issan John's Mentor

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Whether or not the seafood is infected, eating doesn’t prove anything.

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    Observer of Society

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 11:33 am

    I have not seen a single report that Covid-19 can be transmitted by food.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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The birthday party of Techin Ploypetch, better known as “DJ Matoom”, is now considered a super-spreader source of Covid-19, with 19 people already found infected after attending the event. According the CCSA spokesperson during the daily briefing today, “Transmissions in Bangkok should be highlighted. They show the possibility of a person becoming a super-spreader”.

The birth of the super spreader birthday party started with a guest to the DJ’s party who had visited a well-known entertainment venue in Chiang Mai between January 1 and 4. He sought a Covid-19 test on January 5 following news that infected people had visited the pub, but tested negative. He should have self quarantined for 14 days, but he still flew to Bangkok and then attended the DJ celebrity’s birthday party on January 9.

DJ Matoom says he met the guest, one of his friend, on January 9, but that friend didn’t know he was infected until January 19 in which he told Matoom.

According to Dr Tanarak Plipat, now acting inspector-general of the Public Health Ministry, an infected person can transmit disease to two others on average, while a “super spreader” will transmit to multiple people.

DJ Matoom and the party’s guest were criticised of violating the disease control measures.

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Thailand’s tourism officials have a new idea to draw in visitors: film production. The Tourism and Sports Ministry is aiming to generate around 3 billion baht from foreign film crews and is targeting projects with an investment over 100 million baht, hoping to compensate for the loss of revenue due to the lack of international tourists during the coronavirus pandemic.

Foreign tourism revenue drastically dropped nearly 83% in 2020, going from nearly 40 million tourists in 2019 to only 6.7 million tourists in 2020.

The tourism department’s director-general Anant Wongbenjarat says that Thailand welcomed 176 international film productions to the country last year, generating 1.73 billion baht for the local economy. But this is a sharp decrease compared to the previous year where the 740 foreign film crews generated 4.86 billion baht.

In August, the CCSA decided to grant special entry permission to film productions. 53 film production projects were based in Thailand during August and December, contributing 1.14 billion baht to the economy. Those entering Thailand must still undergo a 14 day quarantine.

“International productions can proceed and generate income for locals despite the tourism slowdown.”

Anant also says there are 4 more film production projects underway, and it is forecasted to generate 186 million baht, bringing the total to 57 projects. In the first half of this year, there will be nine more productions expected to come in and help create at least 800 jobs for locals.

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Bangkok restaurants may soon be allowed to stay open a little later. Health officials are considering easing up Covid-19 prevention measures by extending restaurant dine-in closing times to 11pm. If the proposal gets the green light, it may lead to the lifting of the alcohol ban.

After the order of shutting entertainment venues and banning alcohol sales in Bangkok, Samut Prakan, and Chonburi, the revenues in the alcohol beverage business plummeted. Under disease control measures, restaurants in Bangkok were ordered to stop dine-in services at 9pm and all alcohol sales banned at restaurants to limit gatherings.

According to the president of the Thai Alcohol Business Association, the current ban on alcohol is estimated to cost about 90 billion baht in revenue for businesses.

The Thai Chamber of Commerce says the Cabinet might review the proposal on closing hours tomorrow and act immediately to provide relief to restaurant operators as well as those in the alcohol beverage business.

At least 19 Covid-19 cases have been tracked back to 2 parties – a 5-day New Years celebration in Chiang Mai and a birthday party in Bangkok for a famous TV and radio host Techin Ployphet, aka DJ Matoom, on January 9.

A senior police officer in Bangkok is the latest case possibly linked to the Bangkok “party cluster.” The officer tested positive for Covid-19 after coming in contact with someone who attended the celebrity’s birthday at the Vertigo restaurant and bar on top of the Banyan Tree Hotel.

After the party, the actor, as well as other attendees, later tested positive for Covid-19. DJ Matoom also attended a New Year’s celebration in Chiang Mai from January 1 to 5, which is also linked to a number of cases.

In the ongoing investigation into the k-based drug cocktail linked to 11 deaths in Bangkok, police have arrested a man who allegedly mixed large amounts of narcotics to make the drug cocktail known as “K powdered milk.” Police say the cocktail includes ketamine mixed with methamphetamine, heroin and over-the-counter pills for anxiety and sleeping.

A 38 year old Taiwan national was arrested yesterday after police raided his condominium in Bangkok’s Ratchathewi district. Chou allegedly admitted to mixing the drugs to make “K powdered milk” and police say the formulas for the drug mixture were found on his mobile phone.

Earlier this month, 11 people died after taking the drug cocktail and dozens of people are still in hospital after consuming the illegal concoction. Police have arrested numerous suspected drug dealers who ran small scale and large scale operations.

The government plans to begin Thailand’s 3-phase vaccination plan on February 14, starting with healthcare and frontline workers as well as vulnerable groups.

The Public Health Minister says the first phase of inoculations starting next month will target 19 million Thai people in 4 priority groups…

– health workers in both public and private sectors.

– 6 million people with underlying conditions.

– 11 million people aged over 60.

– Covid-19 task force who are in close contact with infected patients.

The vaccine’s availability remains limited at this stage and only target groups who are at high risk of infection will be vaccinated during the first phase of the vaccination plan. Importantly, the vaccines will be free and are not compulsory.

The AstraZeneca vaccine, developed in partnership with Oxford University, was approved by the Thai government for emergency last week. The first batch of 50,000 doses are expected to arrive next month. Thailand also expects 200,000 doses of China’s Sinovac Biotech vaccine to arrive next month.

In a landmark decision, the Thai Senate has approved amendments to Thailand’s abortion laws allowing women to terminate their pregnancy during the first trimester and also lessening the punishment for women who have an abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

The amendments will go into effect on February 12.

Abortion – during any stage of pregnancy – has been illegal under Thailand’s Criminal Code, with the exception that the pregnancy poses a health risk for the mother or if the woman was raped.

Yesterday, the Senate approved to amend the Criminal Code to allow abortions performed by a qualified doctor during the first trimester, which is the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Women would not need to give a reason for the abortion.

The Senate also approved to lessen the punishment for women who terminated their pregnancy illegally.

Breaking Thailand’s record for highest daily spike in coronavirus cases, 959 new Covid-19 cases were reported today at the daily briefing.

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