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Covid UPDATE: 1,443 new infections, provincial totals

Tim Newton



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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:04 am

    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 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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