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The CCSA’s daily briefing today started with an update about a NBT news presenter who has attended the daily briefings at the CCSA studio and testing positive for Covid-19. The CCSA spokesman then announced that all people working in the CCSA studio, including himself, are defined as a “low risk” group for infections.

The CCSA spokesman says he, together with all those involved with any risk, will take a swab test this afternoon and will report the test results to the public later on. The infected NBT newscaster has been sent to the hospital already.

Today, 309 new Covid-19 cases were announced from the last 24 hours. The majority of the infections were detected from active case testing, accounting for 217 cases. Most of them were migrant workers. 80 were local transmission, while 12 cases were detected in state quarantine.

According to the CCSA spokesman, key measures to be rolled out next week will be the acceleration on proactive testing in Samut Sakhon and the outer western areas of Bangkok where the infection rate is still high. Numbers and reports from the active findings are expected to be complete by the end of next week will serve as key factors for a review of the current restrictions in place.

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    David Beckman

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    So we’ve gone from 50 to 150 to 300 ,does this not sound strange to others? Funny how it is 200 nearly everyday then drops to 50 and shops start to open now where back to 300 ,do they close again?? Seems coincidental, what you think IJ?

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 3:50 pm

      I think you’re full of it.

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        David Beckman

        Friday, January 22, 2021 at 6:42 pm

        Hahaha I knew you be trolling the post lol.

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    Jason

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    I think if the figures are being “fudged”, then the only one to lose out is Thailand! Sooner or later the truth comes out. You can’t hide Covid 19. In fact to do so only enables it to spread further and faster. Vaccines are on the way and it is hoped they can make a way out. BUt wouldn’t vaccinating those who test positive be the top priority?

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      Peter

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:16 pm

      Why would you want to vaccinate those who have Covid?
      I don’t think you know what a vaccine is.

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        Issan John

        Friday, January 22, 2021 at 6:03 pm

        You clearly don’t, Peter.

        As I’ve already commented, below, there IS a vaccine being developed called Storm Chaser which is for exactly this scenario, to vaccinate those who are asymptomatic but test positive, to stop the Corona Virus developing into Covid-19, but it’s still in Phase 1 trials.

        Jason’s absolutely right, but it can’t be done YET, with CURRENT vaccines.

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    Issan John

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    The idea the figures are “fudged” is absurd as they’re confirmed by so many other figures that are readily available, easily accessed, and widely reported not just in news media but on social media too.

    Unsurprisingly, the same people that say they’re being “fudged” to produce false high numbers by overdoing the number of PCR cycles, also say they’re being “fudged” to produce false low numbers, as well as to produce false positive test results to put arriving farangs in hospital, even though the tests aren’t done by the hospitals they’re paying for!

    I’m not sure why “vaccinating those who test positive” would be “the top priority” or any priority at all as the vaccination is NOT a cure. That’s a very DIFFERENT vaccine, called Storm Chaser, which stops the Corona Virus detected in tests going on to become Covid-19. It’s being trialled now, but nothing’s expected for a few months as so far it’s only been tested on ten people.

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    Issan John

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    You clearly don’t, Peter.

    As I’ve already commented, below, there IS a vaccine being developed called Storm Chaser which is for exactly this scenario, to vaccinate those who are asymptomatic but test positive, to stop the Corona Virus developing into Covid-19, but it’s still in Phase 1 trials.

    Jason’s absolutely right, but it can’t be done YET, with CURRENT vaccines.

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    Rasputin

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Strictly speaking the ‘Storm Chaser’ study led by UCLH virologist Dr Houlihan is a treatment not a vaccine. It is primarily designed to provide protection to immune compromised patients who have been exposed to covid 19 from developing full blown covid. Antibodies from previously infected/recovered patients are being utilised by AstraZeneca to develop this treatment

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:39 am

      Thanks, Ras, but if UCLH call it a vaccine, and they’re developing it at their Vaccine Research Centre, and they say that its not only to treat the immune compromised but specifically to treat those vulnerable to Covid-19 such as the elderly and those with other medical conditions as well as the immune compromised, as they do, and the US CDC also call it a vaccine, as they also do, I think I’ll take their word for it.

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    Udon Man

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Priority right now is to vaccinate as many people as possible all over the world. No point talking about things that are not yet available and are only being tested.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:43 am

      If the vaccines currently available aren’t as effective as they’re claimed to be, I’d suggest that there’s rather a lot of point instead of continuing to rely on something once it’s realised it doesn’t / may not work.

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    Sam Charles

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:02 am

    So does every Amphurs hospital throughout Thailand have Covid testing capabilities? I’m betting not.
    So when people in the poorer rural parts get sick they are treated for non Covid symptoms then sent home to get better, the stronger ones do so eventually and then sit down with the family for the next communal meal. The bottom line is that many of the old and frail are dying but never being diagnosed as Covid infected. To know if this is the case we would need to see hospital records and I’m betting that the Govt. have put a serious ban on that info getting out.
    Bottom line…Covid is most likely rampant in Thailand, so stay safe folks

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 12:10 pm

      No, the bottom line is that you’re talking nonsense based on nothing more than your ignorance and prejudice.

      Thailand has 250 Covid testing stations, including 20 which are mobile so able to go to any outbreak such as Samut Sakhon. That compares very well with most Western countries and is considerably better than most in the region – Cambodia, for example, has only one testing station, in Phnom Penh.

      Tests can be taken at any of the over 1,000 district hospitals here and then sent to the nearest testing station, which is what happens.

      So if “people in the poorer rural parts get sick they are treated” at the district hospital just as they would be in any other part of the country, and isolated and quarantined if they show any symptoms of Covid-19.

      Every district hospital has either a purpose built isolation unit for suspected Covid patients or has adapted one – in my local hospital, for example, it’s the physiotherapy centre which is in a different wing.

      If “many of the old and frail are dying but never being diagnosed as Covid infected” then you wouldn’t “need to see [THEIR] hospital records” but you’d need to see the “hospital records” for the numbers dying to identify any excess deaths.

      Contrary to your supposition, there has NOT been “a serious ban on that info getting out” but it’s published and readily available on the ‘net, I’ve referenced it before, and it clearly shows that the number of deaths not only remained steady last year compared to previous years but that it actually went down, by about 8%, during the lockdown last year.

      Yes, people here need to “stay safe”, since compared to the West we already ARE relatively safe, but unlike the West Covid is very clearly and very easily verifiably NOT “rampant”, however much you would like it to be.

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      Doi Saket Farang

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 4:10 pm

      Given the nature of Thai funerals and the impossibility of keeping secrets in rural Thailand, I would go with Isaan John and say “poppycock”.

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    dispensed

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    How many hours a day does IJ spend reading about coronavirus?

    700,000 people have died of hunger already in the first 22 days of 2021. NGOs estimate that it would cost less than half a trillion dollars to end hunger. Meanwhile, the CV19 response has cost over $40 trillion so far…

    *slow sarcastic applause*

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      David Beckman

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:31 pm

      I usually just read the first 2 lines of IJ post that’s about when the babbling starts and I move to the next post for a more readable response ,I agree it’s funny how the world comes together to fight a virus that’s on there front door but only a few care about the millions starving everyday all over the world ,I agree

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    Udon Man

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 3:02 am

    I repeat, no point talking about something which is still being tested and is not readily available. Priority now is to vaccinate as many people as possible with the vaccines which are out now. When another treatment or vaccine comes out in future, then we can reconsider the priorities if needs be.

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Various groups, including Amnesty International and the UN Human Rights Committee, have criticised the government’s use of the country’s lèse majesté law, with Amnesty International describing it as an attempt to silence dissent.

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Ignoring a police warning not to violate the emergency decree, pro-democracy activists gathered in their hundreds at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument yesterday. Although the anti-government protests have kicked off again after a 2 month hiatus, the numbers are well down on last years crowds, now measuring more in the hundreds than the thousands.

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