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Thailand’s Covid hotspot of Samut Sakhon is adding 541 more Covid cases to the total amount of infections reported today. On the province’s Facebook page, it says 455 migrant workers and 86 Thais were found this afternoon to be infected with Covid-19, raising the total amount of cases in the province to 2,401 since the 2nd wave broke out in mid-December.

Now, a shrimp vendors’ group has announced today an indefinite postponement of the resumption of trade at the Thalay Thai fresh market, due to the outbreak of Covid infections that are thought to have originated from the market.

A Royal Thai Army spokesman, Santipong Thampiya, is also reporting that today a retired army officer who visited the Office of the Secretariat of the Army on December 29 has tested positive for Covid in the 1st screening and is now isolating at home pending a 2nd test.

Santipong says the retiree travelled to Rayong province on December 20 with friends and they ate lunch at a restaurant in Map Ta Phut district. The retiree developed a cough on December 27 and went to be tested at a private hospital the next day. Santipong says he ordered the tracing of the retiree’s close contacts for health screenings and observations, but has not signaled a need to close the Secretariat’s office as it had already been disinfected.

Earlier today there were 294 new, locally transmitted infections of Covid-19 reported with 21 new imported cases, which brought the total to 7,694 cases since the pandemic began. But then Chon Buri added 62 more cases to that total, and now Samut Sakhon has added even more.

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    gosport

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Hard to hold on now. Sad

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    Frank Leboeuf

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 6:33 pm

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    Jason

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    So the second wave, that would surely come, has come. I only hope that all the scare mongering of the past hasn’t frightened the Thai people. This outbreak can be controlled through strategic lockdowns according to province. To lockdown the whole country, would not be a good decision.” Ring Fencing” the outbreaks seems to work best. It is not a time for panic. It is a time for rationally encircling the virus. Testing is the best defence. Learn from those countries that have successfully constrained the virus. A vaccine (in fact three vaccines) are ready for emergency approval. They have been approved in a number of countries already. The Thai Government will fast track their approval in an emergency…and this is an emergency. My greatest concerned is for the Thai people. I know you have as a country been through hardships and so has my country. But strategic lockdowns do work. I look forward to the day when i can come to reunite with my friends there.

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    gigi

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    I like TAG #FRUTTI DI MARE 🙂

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    Rasputin

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    This is the worst possible news IMO, if covid is not brought under control, while it’s still containable, Thailand need only look to the West to see the disaster that’s heading their way.

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      Ipaddressfunnycolors

      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 9:55 pm

      As in total deaths not increasing year over year. Every day being relabled a covid death. Got it.

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    Issan John

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    The solution’s simple and unavoidable. A national lockdown with limits on inter-provincial travel NOW – a week too late, but better late than never.

    The world-wide lessons of the last nine months should have been clear to anyone, and it’s either minor inconvenience now or major issues later.

    It’s not a hard choice.

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    Ian

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 2:10 am

    Issan john you taking my message on another post I said exactly the same but I would eat your straw hat if no lockdown in 14 days lol,but seriously it must happen look at my country UK we have messed around with zones 1,2,3,4 part lockdown it doesn’t work a full lockdown is the only solution the river banks have burst Thailand the flood is coming to a home near you but wait hats that on the horizon its the magical farang cure to save you again lol
    Long live the Farang

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While the number of daily new Covid-19 cases continues to drop, health officials are still scrambling to contain the virus in the prime hotspot: Samut Sakhon. The outbreak in the coastal fishing province is “worrying,” according to Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin.

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