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Covid UPDATE Friday: 3,481 new infections and 32 Covid-related deaths

There have been 3,481 new infections announced today and 32 Covid-related deaths in the past 24 hours. 951 of today’s new cases come from Thailand’s prisons. There will be more detailed announced in our daily afternoon Covid UPDATE.

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• The Thai government are going to push ahead with the Covid-19 vaccination roll out through online registration rather than pursuing more walk-in locations.

Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has re-focussed the country’s vaccine program implementation from June 1 will be through three channels… the Mor Prom (Doctors Ready) app, onsite registration and other localised groups. About 7.4 million people, mostly elderly or with underlying health conditions, have registered with the Mor Prom platform. 800,000 in Bangkok also registered at this stage. The general Thai public, under 60 years of age, can register from May 31.

• Bangkok public bus drivers and travelling staff are to be vaccinated at the new Bang Sue Grand Station from next Monday for a week. According to Nation Thailand… “the move is part of efforts to vaccinate all frontline transport workers to boost confidence among commuters and contain the surge of infections in the capital.”

• Japan has temporarily banned the entry of foreign nationals who have visited Thailand or six other countries… Cambodia, East Timor, Mongolia, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Saint Lucia. There are now 159 lites countries and regions covered under the Japanese entry ban.

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  1. Can Thaiger have a follow up to their article of two days ago, Monks, police, health dept help Chon Buri Covid-19 success.
    Would be interested in the monks take on things now.

  2. @John_2 – I guess it depends on how many locally vaccinated people that are infected, end up admitted to hospital or die v the 40% that are not vaccinated. If those numbers for vaccinated people are very low or non existent then I guess that’s how the new normal is going to look. Just like other vaccine protected infections. It will certainly be years before Covid disappears, if ever.

  3. Its just sad to see the current covid management. I think, people should stick with their strength and competence.. if thats not health management, just dont make any decision in that area but let competent people do this for you.. – Its great you want to vaccinate locals and Chinese first and the rest of those farangs and can wait to get their turn or just “piss off” and seek vaccination elsewhere or wish them “good luck”… I guess the true light is coming to surface here! What will happen if all those farangs do have enough of this being treated like “3rd class people” and actually do leave and never come back?

  4. Spot on @Bobby. That is how vaccines work and that is why the world will continue to see Covid spikes for years and years and years to come. This is the new normal the world of 24 hour news media and social media will struggle to deal with. Even a couple of infections is now a “Cluster” and a “Spike”. Such emotive words spread fear, not only in the population but also decision makers. For some reason, the basic logic of how vaccines work, probability of infection and why some people catch it and die and others don’t, seems to elude so many people. Many of these people seem educated and intelligent, but fear and over exposure to sensationalist journalism confuses people.

  5. In the UK the government tells us there is a surge of people in hospital in Bolton with the so-called Indian variant. What they aren’t telling you is that a third of them have already been vaccinated, many with two doses. Following the roll out of the Pfizer vaccine around the world, there has been an uptick In cases after it was initially administered in Israel, Gibraltar, Brazil South Africa and India. Gibraltar is an interesting case. They went from having the least number of cases and deaths in the world to the most per capita. This can be traced to 352 nurses from Spain they’ve got inoculated because they were working in Gibraltar in the care home environment and this corresponded with a massive surge in cases. The whole vaccination thing is a red herring. The push to vaccinate those not at risk, or have had it and recovered with naturally immunity is a scandal. Look at all the different booster shots being prepared. Do some proper checking and you will find that practically nobody, except those with compromised immune systems, have been infected twice. New variants do not vary by more than 0.3% from the original that came out of Wuhan

  6. @Clive G. Where are you getting your data from. On the 3rd May is see 3 new cases and since then, up to and including yesterday, the number is zero for Gibraltar??? Equally your comment about Bolton in the U.K. is simply untrue. What is trie is that up to a third of people who are in hospital with the Indian variant are people who could have had the vaccine but chose not to. The rest are people who were not previously eligible to get vaccinated. As far as I can see, few of any people who have contracted the virus (Indian or any variant) have been vaccinated.

  7. “If those numbers for vaccinated people are very low or non existent then I guess that’s how the new normal is going to look.”

    They’re not, @Bobby.

    37% of the new / active cases have had both doses of the vaccine.

    So have 20% of the hospitalised cases.

    All very easily verified and widely reported (France 24, DW, CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC, etc) although some people have somehow missed it.

    “Spot on @Bobby. That is how vaccines work …”

    Only if the vaccines used DON’T work, as @luca pointed out!

    “For some reason, the basic logic of how vaccines work …seems to elude so many people. Many of these people seem educated and intelligent …”

    Don’t worry, @Nigel – nobody would assume that of you …

  8. @Simon Small – just checked the BBC as per your recommendation and it seems to differ Simon. The below is extracted from the BBC report.

    “We do know that about two-thirds of those who tested positive largely had mild or no symptoms, according to the country’s health commissioner, Dr Jude Gedeon.
    Of those who needed admission to hospital, 80% were people who hadn’t been vaccinated, and a majority of these also had other health conditions”.

    Looks to me that the vaccine is doing it’s job.

    It’s never going to prevent the infection, and sadly that’s not going to happen for years. No vaccine does it’s job until you are inflected. Then if it’s working, which it surely seems to be. it will prevent most from becoming seriously ill and as is confirmed in the BBC report, you mentioned, 80% of those hospitalised had not been vaccinated.

    Seems a fairly clear message to me.

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