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Health officials are concerned about the increasing cluster infections among family members, friends and colleagues after a 3 month old baby in Bangkok tested positive for Covid-19 after coming in contact with an infected family friend.

The baby’s mother and 7 year old brother also tested positive for Covid-19, according to the director-general of the Institute for the Prevention and Control of Urban Disease, Vicharn Pawan. The friend had visited the family in the Bang Bon area. The friend later reported symptoms of loss of smell and tested positive for Covid-19 at a local hospital.

In Thailand’s new wave of Covid-19 infections, 49% of the cases in Bangkok are asymptomatic, according to Vicharn. Only 29% of cases in Bangkok were asymptomatic in the first wave of cases, he adds.

Many infections are related to the cluster at the Central Shrimp Market in Samut Sakhon and clusters at entertainment venues in Pin Klao, Thon Buri and Bang Na.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    Peter

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    But there’s only 271 cases a day?
    Only the most deluded of our expat loser contributors must believe this.
    Every other country in the world is struggling with new more contagious strains of the virus but Thailand can flatten the curve at 272 a day.
    As soon as they test they find. Tip of the iceberg.
    UK has now vaccinated more than the whole of Europe put together. Thank goodness we left.

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      Icecream licker

      Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      Why aren’t the hospitals full? Ya I know, annoying little details

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        Peter

        Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:17 pm

        About 400 people have died under 60 in the UK.
        Most people over 80s with underlying health conditions.
        That’s the difference between a developed country and a tin pot dictatorship like Thailand.
        People live longer.
        Ya, i know annoying little details.
        Great name by the way, sums up your mental age.

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          Ben

          Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9:16 am

          Peter, you and LondonAl must get your facts from the same source. When you have no facts then you make them up, or leave out key details. I personally think you’re a loser because you don’t care about others. I guess you care just about money and your convenience.

          The facts according to the Daily Mail are 388 under the age of 40, WITHOUT UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS, have died from the virus. Get your facts straight because you have no credibility when you give out erroneous data.

          My opinion is Thailand and all countries in Asia don’t want your approach and they’re just fine with minimizing death and the impact on their economy. The economies of Brazil, USA, UK and Sweden aren’t doing any better than China, Korea, Japan and Thailand with a lot more death and suffering.

          So state your opinion but don’t back it up with fake news. It’s annoying.

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        Issan John

        Friday, January 15, 2021 at 1:20 am

        Whose hospitals?

        The UK’s. which is what you seem to be referring to, are “full”.

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 15, 2021 at 1:18 am

      Not “every other country in the world is struggling with new more contagious strains of the virus”. Some are controlling the spread very successfully; some aren’t.

      “As soon as they test they find”. Well, that is what targeted testing is designed to do.

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      The Thaiger

      Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:39 am

      Your logic is absurd. “Every other country in the world” is not struggling. Some are, some have the situation under better control. If the numbers were the “tip of the iceberg” there would be a lot of hospitals struggling, doctors and nurses posting stories about “strange cases” and a lot more dead people. That we haven’t had the situation since Thailand’s lockdowns in April 2020 is evidence that your contention is flawed.

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    Issan John

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Actually, Peter, over 3,200 under 60 have died of Covid-19 in the UK; over 7,400 under 65, just in England and Wales3.

    While it’s not a competition, that’s a hundred times more dead under 65 than the total dead from Covid-19 in Thailand, with the UK’s total number dead being well over a thousand times more than Thailand’s.

    By any measure the UK’s handling of the Covid crisis has been among the worst in the world, and a shining example of incompetence, arrogance, false entitlement, selfishness, and sheer stupidity.

    If “that’s the difference between a developed country and a tin pot dictatorship like Thailand”, and you chose it, then it’s a rather sad difference.

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    Ian

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 3:21 am

    Once again knocking the country that gave him the opportunity to earn £400,000 to have his retirment visa and live in issan at times I’m so disgusted with you. yes England has its faults they have held back at times with lockdown ECT because we are not a dictatorship we ha e freedom but when we do something we do it that’s why it’s called Great Britain .we now are going to have vaccinated 15 million by mid february we along with others found the vaccine cure of which we are sharing with the world but you keep knocking tbe land of your birth and support the dictatorship you call a government you truly disgust me at times you really do shame on you for being British

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      Bill

      Friday, January 15, 2021 at 5:07 am

      yea, but you all gave yourselves the name ‘great britain’, so that’s not saying much.

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        Issan John

        Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:17 am

        Back in 1707 if I recall my UK history correctly.

        Sadly, basking in past glory seldom achieves much.

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:03 am

      Ian, FWIW, my country didn’t “give” me anything – I earn’t it.

      …and, FWIW, I’ve probably done and “given” a considerable amount more for and to my country than those like you and Peter who’ve contributed nothing other than to drag it down to the sad level it is now.

      The UK’s performance during 2020 doesn’t need any “knocking” from me – its government and a significant part of the population (but, TBF, far from all) have done enough all by themselves, for all to see now the BS has been stripped away.

      … and, FWIW, I’ve never voiced any “support” for the current government here. Never, not once.

      I’ve simply given credit where it’s due as I’ve also criticised when justified – something that used to be taken for granted as part of the British sense of fair play, but which has now been replaced by those like you and Peter with a new and unpleasant British sense of entitlement, selfishness, arrogance and free-loading based on past or imagined deeds and taking credit where none is due.

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    David Mann

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 3:27 am

    I think it is totally wrong to compare Thailand to the U.K. it’s reasonable to compare the U.K. to the U.S or the U.K. to Spain or France. These countries all adopted the same approach to the pandemic and operate as free and democratic societies. Thailand, like many Asian countries adopted a lockdown strategy as they could reliably enforce this. This lockdown strategy would simply have been impossible to enforce in countries like the U.K. The notion of having police roadblocks or checks made by the military would not be accepted by the wider population in the U.K. or U.S.

    I think the way the U.K. has handled things is full of errors and mistakes (many with the benefit of hindsight). There is also the issue that the U.K. operate a system of state funded support to businesses and people far more than Thailand. In order to fund that system, you need to keep industry working and tax revenues flowing. Finally, there is the still to be answered question of what is the medium to long term financial impact on the two approaches to Covid. On the face of it, the U.K. has an economy which has contracted by some 11%, whereas Thailand claims around 6.5%. However, it’s an open question of how quickly these numbers will improve and what the long term impact will be. Only time will answers these questions.

    Overall, I think the balance of life’s, livelihoods and long term economic damage may possibly balance out across all countries. Thailand may well have only a few thousands deaths (certainly not 63!), but a much worse economic downturn. Whereas the U.K. may well end up with 120,000 deaths but less deaths through suicide and other poverty related deaths and a more protected economy.???? Only time will tell.

    I guess what I’m trying to say, is that this is a multifaceted issue and it’s wrong to compare one country to another on a single metric and claim that overall it’s done a better job. It is much more complex than that.

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 15, 2021 at 1:07 pm

      “More complex”, yes, but regardless of what quantifiable metric you take (deaths, hospitalisations, hospital waiting lists, school closures, lockdowns, travel restrictions, economic damage, etc, etc) the UK has managed the Covid crisis infinitely worse on every level than Thailand.

      … and by “the UK” and “Thailand” I don’t just mean the governments but, at least as importantly, the people.

      The idea that “Thailand, like many Asian countries adopted a lockdown strategy as they could reliably enforce this” while this “would simply have been impossible to enforce in countries like the U.K.” and that that accounts for the difference in success (and failure) is simply completely and totally untrue.

      Firstly, Thailand has had a very brief period of very limited lockdown, for a month last year followed by a similar but so far shorter period now; meanwhile “countries like the UK” had a far stricter lockdown for several months last year and are having a similar one now.

      The whole basis of your argument is flawed as the reality is the complete opposite of what you’re saying – sorry, but that’s fact not opinion.

      The “notion of having police roadblocks or checks made by the military would not be accepted by the wider population in the U.K. or U.S.” while they were not only “accepted” but widely used here and this accounts for the success and failure is, again, totally untrue.

      Restrictions on travel in Thailand have been minimal compared to the UK, and those there are have been self-enforced rather enforced by the police.

      There have been no internal “checks made by the military” here at all. None. … and the number of additional Covid-related “police roadblocks” and checkpoints was minimal last year, except around Pattaya for a couple of days. They simply didn’t happen here, unlike the UK where they’ve been a police priority.

      The reasons for the UK’s undoubted failure and Thailand’s obvious success are simple, and the UK has no excuse:

      1. Thailand’s government has “followed the science”, at least throughout 2020, while the UK’s hasn’t but has tried to be popular and clever instead and failed dismally in both areas (Thailand’s didn’t waste its time trying).

      2. Thailand closed its borders when it needed to, imposing strict controls and quarantine, while the UK did neither and the quarantine it “imposed” wasn’t enforced but was ignored by 80% of those supposed to be observing it.

      3. Above all, Thais have almost without exception put public welfare above personal choice with self-quarantine, wearing masks, and social distancing. Many Brits have also, to be fair, but a sizeable minority haven’t and instead they’ve followed the many appalling examples shown by everyone from the PM and Prince Charles to MPs and their advisers and scientific advisers.

      It’s not “complex” – Thailand, as a nation, has done well while the UK, as a nation, has performed dismally.

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    intlbanker

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 3:48 am

    The thais get credit for doing what exactly, so perfectly?

    Covid started in china in sept, and the borders were really shut until aprilish…

    PCR tests have been minimal until recently with no CT reporting at all. It could 60 cycles for all we know.

    With the amount of censorship on facebook and here, who’s to say what is and isn’t even true anymore? You?

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 15, 2021 at 1:32 pm

      Not “perfectly”, certainly not recently when it’s been a shambles, but far better than most by any quantifiable measure.

      “April”? Whether by luck or judgement the borders were closed when they needed to be – the proof of the pudding, etc. Others had the same option, which would have been far easier for some (Britain, rather obviously, is an island) but they simply failed to take it.

      “PCR tests”? Far from “minimal”, but targeted and tiered testing which is an entirely different system from the UK’s (and others’) failed attempt at mass testing which while populist has now been recognised by every leading scientist who’s commented on it as a complete waste of time and money that has achieved nothing.

      “… no CT reporting at all. It could 60 cycles for all we know” ? Why would the number of cycles be reported when manufacturers recommendations are followed? It would be just as rational to expect full details of a breathalyzer to be reported, or how a temperature was taken, or a pulse rate, height or weight measured, etc. This is one of those “baffle them with BS” bits of conspiracy theory rubbish that sounds convincing but when you check what it actually means is just pure nonsense.

      “censorship on facebook”? Not unannounced, unless you have evidence of any, and TikTok and many others are widely used here now.

      “Who’s to day what is and isn’t even true anymore?” Well, certainly not those making comments that are easily verifiable as complete fantasy 🙁

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        Nipral

        Friday, January 15, 2021 at 1:49 pm

        seems you had a long day Issan! 😂😂😂😂😂

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    Issan John

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:08 am

    … and I can’t even imagine where you dreamt up the “£400,000 to have his retirment visa” from.

    Thailand requires some £20,000 in the bank for a retirement extension.

    As usual, the facts have eluded you.

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