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Covid UPDATE: 1,443 new infections, provincial totals

Tim Newton

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After a 20% drop in new infections reported yesterday by the CCSA, Thailand has today recorded 1,443 cases.

4 more deaths have also been recorded. 55 people are now on ventilators under state care. The government claims there are 10,000 ventilators available. 666,210 people in Thailand have now received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. Only 2 of today’s reported cases were imported.

Here are the provincial totals reported today by the CCSA…

Covid UPDATE: 1,443 new infections, provincial totals | News by ThaigerIn other news…

• Dr. Yong Poovorawan, the virologist from Chulalongkorn University, says it’s likely that people vaccinated against Covid-19 will still require boosters in order to remain protected. He shared his views after a study of recovered patients showed that their immunity to the virus started to drop between 3 and 6 months after infection.

“It is highly likely that a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will be needed and it is possible that people will need to get vaccinated against the coronavirus periodically.”

• Thailand’s Public Health Minister says asymptomatic Covid-19 patients ‘may’ be allowed to recover at home, in order to ensure hospital beds can be kept for seriously ill patients. The ministry is preparing a “recover at home” plan, but insists it is not being implemented for the time being as there are currently enough beds available. Just over a week ago, health officials confirmed there was no plan to change its mandatory hospitalisation policy for anyone testing positive for the virus.

• From tomorrow, Phuket will join other provinces after additional entry restrictions were announced on Monday by the Phuket Governor.

If you’re flying into Phuket you’ll need either a certificate of proof that you’ve had both doses of an approved Covid-19 vaccine, a Covid-19-free certificate, not older than 72 hours, or you’ll have to do a Rapid Covid Test at a cost of 300 baht at the airport. More information about the new travel restrictions HERE.

• Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered security agencies to repatriate Thais stranded in Malaysia after Malaysia required all foreigners who had overstayed their visas to leave the country by April 21 due to the Covid-19 situation.
Thai repatriates are being allowed to return to Thailand through 4 southern border checkpoints – Narathiwat, Yala, Songkhla and Satun. But only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Returnees with a fever were immediately transferred to hospital. Those without symptoms were driven to state quarantine facilities, according to the NBT.

 

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    Ted

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:50 am

    “their immunity to the virus started to drop between 3 and 6 months after infection.”

    Is there really enough people in Thailand that has been waiting this long after their 2nd jab, for a scientist to go out with a statement like this?

    Perhaps he went to the same school as the one that went out with the “scientific fact” that [only] 2% of Thais, 80 years or above, needed specialized care! So 98% could take care of themselves, go to the hospital, do their grocery shopping, clean their houses and themselves, etc. all this could they do alone?!

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    Dr Ray

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Yes Ted the top virologist is chasing publicity, nothing like fear mongering to generate a headline. May we remind all ,covid viruses are around yearly. They commonly cause a head cold. Boosters for immunity indeed. How many boosters do you need annually for all mutated strains of corona virus read thousands, and they don’t exist anyway. And lets equally remind everyone there are two kinds of immunity Natural (you got the virus and lived) if you did you now have Natural Immunity. Oh and then there is Artifical Immunity, that is vaccines. Little bit of level headedness goes a long way Dr Ray

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    stapoz

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    There was not a drop yesterday! Yesterday data was from Sunday when fewer test are made. Compare Sunday to Sunday, not Sunday to Monday!

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    Slugger

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you Professor Ray. We are lucky to have you aboard. Where would we be without you?

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    Leo Z

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Nong Khai and Mukdahan look good. Time to make the trek to the border folks.

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    Silbers

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    I wish Thaiger’s comments would allow us to have a ‘like’ button. Also, I wouldn’t mind registering if it meant we could be notified of replies. Out of curiosity, why beneath each comment is there a ‘reply’ button that on pressing shifts everything on the page up a quarter of an inch. Shouldn’t the button read something like ‘click here and watch as the page moves a tiny bit’ ? Then we’d know what we were getting.

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    Dear Thaiger, please add a thumbs-up and a thumbs-down button for each comment as well as a Reply button that actually functions as a Reply button (eg, one that allows a reply to be posted underneath another comment, not at the end of the comments). There of lots of Web Programmers out there. It can’t be that hard.

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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Agree with you Slibers, although, not long ago the reply button worked, as a reply to a message and was placed under. Not sure if they updated their software and didn’t test it afterwards ??

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for nearly 40 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented 3,900 radio news bulletins in Thailand alone, hosted 450 daily TV news programs, produced 1,800 videos, TV commercials and documentaries and is now the General Manager and writer for The Thaiger. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue.

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Thailand plans to include 3 million foreigners in mass vaccination programme

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The Thai government says it is planning on including 3 million foreigners in its mass Covid-19 vaccination programme in an effort to protect the entire population. Opas Kankawinpong, the head of the disease control department, has confirmed the news, saying that anyone can get the vaccine if they want it.

“Anybody living in Thailand, whether they be Thai or foreign, if they want they vaccine, they can get it. No one is safe until everyone is safe.”

But expatriates have been voicing their concerns in the past few weeks, about, what they say, is a lack of public information, confusion over private vaccines, and problems registering. The mass immunisation programme hasn’t started yet, but the government is sticking to its previous announcement that major tourism areas will open in July to vaccinated travellers. The plan was contingent upon 70% of local residents being vaccinated in order to achieve a herd immunity to the virus. But 50 million Thais and 3 million foreign residents would need to be inoculated over the next few months.

Anxiety over the massive amount of people who have yet to receive even their first dose is growing, as the country deals with its largest outbreak of Covid since the pandemic began. Reports of only frontline workers as having received the vaccines from the stock of 2.5 Sinovac vaccines, have made critics say the government’s slow vaccine rollout is not helping the latest wave.

Meanwhile, another 1 million Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine doses from China have arrived in Thailand while another batch of 500,000 doses will arrive next week. The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation formally accepted the delivery at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport this morning.

More than 2/3 of deaths in Thailand from the virus have been recorded just in the past month alone. But new, daily infections have been hovering around the 2,000 mark since the middle of April. The Public Health Ministry says it is working on other ways to communicate with foreigners about getting the jabs. Mobile applications or being contacted directly by hospitals are a couple of ideas on the table.

Today, Thailand reported 1,911 new Covid-19 infections and 18 deaths.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Order of 1 million Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine doses arrive in Thailand

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Another 1 million Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine doses from China have arrived in Thailand while another batch of 500,000 doses will arrive next week. The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation formally accepted the delivery at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport this morning.

Altogether, 3.5 million doses of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine, known as Coronavac, have arrived in Thailand to be used to vaccinate people ages 18 to 60. People need to receive 2 doses for the vaccine to be effective.

The Thai Cabinet received approved a budget of 321.6 million baht to purchase 500,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine. The next order will arrive on May 14.

The vaccine doses were delivered in temperature-controlled containers which kept the vaccines at a temperature of around 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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160 infected in Bangkok’s Bang Kae Covid-19 cluster

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PHOTO: Bang Kae is the latest Bangkok district to see a Covid-19 cluster spreading. (via Wikimedia)

An outbreak of about 160 new Covid-19 infections was identified today in Bangkok’s Bang Kae district, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. 1,413 people were tested by health workers in a Bang Kae department store on three dates – April 28, April 30, and May 1 – after 9 Cambodian employees in the store were confirmed to have Coronavirus infections on April 28. After testing the group, 4.8% of those tested returned positive results, a total of 68 Covid-19 infections.

In neighbouring Ban Khing, a community of about 1000 people, more and more residents are testing positive for Covid-19. On April 28 there were 30 infections identified, and on April 30 another 24 Covid-19 infections were diagnosed. 4 employees of the Route 7 buses were confirmed positive for the Coronavirus on May 2, with 70 more staff members waiting for test results. 25 more cases were identified on May 3. Testing yielded 4.3% infection rates on May 3 and an alarming 7.6% rate on April 30.

Bang Kae, along with Klong Toey and Pathumwan, was identified as urgent Bangkok locations with Covid-19 clusters spreading quickly according to the CCSA. Mass testing is underway to quickly isolate anybody with Covid-19, with locations being maintained by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

Bang Kae currently ranks 10th out of Bangkok’s 50 districts, with 241 Covid-19 infections since April 1, but this new spread is worrisome. In the last month, an infection rate of just under 4% was found in Bangkok, with 1,677 infections found in 42,251 tests. This prompted the CCSA to issue a reminder urging people to be vigilant with 2-metre social distancing, and always wear a mask in public to try to slow the rate of infection and spread of Covid-19.

TOP 10 DISTRICTS IN BANGKOK WITH THE MOST INFECTIONS
RANK BANGKOK DISTRICT # OF INFECTIONS
1 Huai Khwang 463
2 Din Daeng 426
3 Bang Khen 357
4 Watthana 330
5 Chatuchak 356
6 Lat Phrao 325
7 Wang Thonglang 300
8 Suan Luang 290
9 Bang Kapi 282
10 Bang Kae 241

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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