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To prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Kanchanaburi governor is issuing an order to immediately close all hotels, resorts and other accommodations, excluding those operating as local quarantine facilities. Hotels that currently have guests can continue to operate until the guests check out, but new guests are not allowed.

Kanchanaburi is a tourist destination that draws in large groups of travellers. Kanchanaburi governor Jirakiat Poomsawat says the order is imposed to limit the virus spread from other parts of the country.

Hotels that still have guests must give a list of their names to the local administration. Hotels must make sure that social distancing and disease control measures are strictly followed within the property.

Those who fail to comply with the order may be punished with 1 year in prison or a fine up to 100,000 baht or both under Section 52 of the Communicable Disease Act as well as 2 years in prison or a fine up to 40,000 baht under the Emergency Decree.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    Pattaya Lover

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Hahaha. Earlier we start knowing that covid19 is coming to stay the better. Let’s embrace it and live with it just as how Africa embraced malaria and are now living peacefully with it. Government regulations have destroyed the economy more than the virus itself.

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      Andrew

      Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 4:00 am

      Yeah!!! Virus killed 0.00009% of the population but they killed the economy. Amazing Thailand.

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      Icecream licker

      Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 2:31 pm

      Considering covid began last nov in Thailand, yes I know the media won’t agree, and since there was no testing or news of it, this doesn’t mean it wasn’t here.

      Its likely been here the entire last 12 months.

      Considering the multi generational house holds with old and young living together.

      And even after the latest outbreak of testing and news reports, and no one is sick or dying, i think we can relax. Everything is going to be ok.

      Also, it is ok with me if weak people die, old or young. Weak people die all the time, even before covid. Its ok for people to die. Its sad, buts its also ok.

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    toby andrews

    Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    That will be no hardship to the Kanchanters any way.
    I doubt they are receiving any visitors anyway

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    Gordon J.

    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 12:21 am

    It will be interesting to see how long it takes these badly educated governors all over Thailand, and the Thai government, to realize the ramifications of these ineffective lockdowns and business closings are doing nothing but wrecking the Thai economy,

    If this goes on much longer, half of Thailand is going to be starving on the street as, let’s face it, there’s at least another year before tourists are coming back in any decent numbers.

    Covid is with is permanently. So what are they going to do? Shut down everything for a few weeks every few weeks for the rest of our lives. The stupidity is amazing.

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Today, the Thai government is reporting 79 new cases of Covid-19, with 65 locally-transmitted, and 14 imported, raising the total to 26,241 since the pandemic began. 1 new death has been reported, raising the total amount of deaths to 85. The new infections, which are now in the double-digits, shows Thailand’s Covid situation as improving according to the assistant spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Panprapa Yongtrakul.

“The two-digit level of new cases found at hospitals and communities shows that the local Covid-19 situation is under control.”

The CCSA reports that 43 of the 65 local infections were found in communities with 22 of the 65 found in hospitals across 4 provinces.

Samut Sakhon province, the source of the second wave of Covid in the Kingdom, reported 77% of the new cases. Of the 50 cases found in the province, 38 were found in communities and 12 were found at hospitals.

Pathum Thani reported 8 new cases, with 3 being found at hospitals, and 5 in the community. Bangkok reported 6 new cases at hospitals and Chon Buri reported 1 infection found at a hospital. 12 of the 14 imported infections were quarantined arrivals from Russia, The United Arab Emirates, The United States, Slovenia, South Africa, Germany, Libya and Italy.

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The other 2 imported cases were that of Thai women, who ellegedly returned from Myanmar illegally through a natural border crossing in Tak province, despite the government closing off natural border crossings after the February coup by the military in Myanmar.

Covid-19 cases rose worldwide by 446,747 over the past 24 hours to 116.21 million. The worldwide death toll rose by 9,955 to 2.58 million. The US still has the most cases at 29.53 million, rising by 68,321 over the past 24 hours, and the most deaths at 533,636, rising by 1,993 over the last 24 hours.

In light of the recent downturn in reported cases, Samut Sakhon has recently reopened 22 of its wet markets. However, the seafood market where the second wave of the Covid outbreak began, is not one of them, and it is not yet known when that might reopen.

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Thai Health Minister to chair panel on travel bubbles, vaccine passports

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Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, will chair a meeting on Monday, in which a vaccine passport scheme and potential travel bubbles will be discussed. Anutin says those who’ve been inoculated against Covid-19 will be issued with a book to confirm their vaccination. It’s hoped this will make international travel easier, as well as boosting the public’s confidence and helping life return to some kind of normality.

“The Public Health Ministry is making preparations to bring life back to normal, restore businesses and revive the Thai economy.”

A number of groups and industry representatives have added their voices to growing calls for a vaccine passport policy. The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking is urging the government to implement the scheme without further delay, while also calling for private companies in Thailand to be allowed purchase and distribute vaccines.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is also pushing for a vaccine passport policy, while the Tourism Ministry has urged the Health Ministry to approve one. Meanwhile the PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked the Foreign Ministry to carry out a study on vaccine passports, adding that the jury is still out as to their effectiveness. They also have their critics, primarily among rights’ groups and doctors, who argue that there is not yet enough evidence that vaccination prevents transmission.

At Monday’s meeting of the National Communicable Diseases Committee, the Anutin-led panel will also discuss the idea of travel bubbles. Thailand has been considering entering into reciprocal travel arrangements with countries with a high take-up of Covid-19 vaccines.

Meanwhile, Anutin says the public must continue with the practice of mask-wearing, noting that the number of Thais doing so has recently slipped. He says that recent data shows the number of people wearing masks has dropped below 80%, compared to 90% last month.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Hospital in northern Thailand closes to visitors after 2 patients test positive for Covid-19

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A hospital in the northern province of Tak has had to shut its doors to visitors after 2 patients treated at the facility subsequently tested positive for Covid-19. Nation Thailand reports that Mae Sot Hospital is now closed to visitors until Monday.

It’s understood that 19 staff members have had contact with 2 patients who tested positive for the virus. Hospital director Thawatchai Setsuppana says the closure is to facilitate a deep clean of the facility and confirmed that a number of medical workers are self-isolating.

“3 doctors, 11 nurses and 5 patient assistants have been ordered to undergo 14-day quarantine.”

Officials are now questioning both patients, in an effort to trace others who may have had contact with them. Tak province is on the border with Myanmar, which has had 142,000 cases of the virus, with 3,200 deaths.

Meanwhile, in the northern province of Sukothai, the provincial Public Health Office has confirmed that a Thai national who returned from working at a casino in Myanmar has also tested positive for Covid-19. It’s understood the woman developed symptoms prior to entering Thailand at the border town of Mae Sot on March 1, before taking a bus to her home in order to attend her grandfather’s funeral.

The provincial health office has issued a statement to confirm the timeline of the woman’s movements. It’s understood 17 people had contact with the woman, with 7 of those considered “high-risk”.

“On March 2, she took a Covid-19 test at Sukhothai Hospital and went shopping in Muang district before heading home. She was admitted to Ban Dan Lan Hoi Hospital on March 3 after her test came back positive.”

It is unclear how the woman managed to evade the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Border officials have stepped up patrols in recent weeks, amid fears that Burmese nationals fleeing the violence in Myanmar may attempt to cross illegally into Thailand, bypassing health checks and quarantine.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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