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Monday Covid UPDATE: 9,635 Covid infections and 25 death

Today’s high infection report stems from more positive infections emerging from Bangkok’s prison system (below). In the past 24 hours Bangkok and Thailand’s provinces have accumulated another 9,635 infections and 25 Covid-related deaths. 6,853 of today’s total is from Bangkok prisons. If you take the new prison cases out of the equation, there has been an additional 2,782 cases for the Monday report.

Today’s steep rise in cases co-incides with the downgrading of some provinces from Dark Red Zones and others from Red to Orange Zones.

Thailand’s total number of Covid-19 cases is now 111,082 since the start of the outbreak in the country.

• 1,104 more confirmed Covid cases were recorded yesterday in the Thonburi Remand Prison. That’s in addition to the 1,219 infections reported at 3 prisons yesterday…

  • Thonburi Remand Prison – 621 infections
  • Klong Prem Central Prison – 510 infections
  • Bangkok Remand Prison – 88 infections

• The BMA has announced an extension of temporary closures of public venues in Bangkok until May 31. But restaurants will be able to remain open for limited number of customers (25% seating ratio) for eating in until 9pm. Takeaways can continue up to 11pm. Bangkok’s public parks will remain closed in the meantime.

• From yesterday, the new arrival regime comes into force in Phuket. Everyone arriving on the island, by land or air, must either have proof of vaccination or have have a negative Covid test from the past 24 hours. Up until yesterday people arriving in Phuket without a negative test or proof of vaccination were given a rapid antigen test on arrival – at cost of 500 baht for foreigners and free for Thais.

• A temporary 200-bed field hospital in Nakhon Ratchasima was closed down yesterday due to the declining Covid cases. The temporary hospital was in the National Gymnasium Hall, built for the 80th anniversary of the Chaloem Phra Kiat Stadium.

The north eastern province has had 799 total infections, 287 patients are still undergoing treatment related to their Covid status in other hospitals in the province.

• The Thai PM is waiving the wearing of face-masks for speakers during parliamentary sessions and meetings inside the parliament building. But MPs are only allowed to remove their masks when actually speaking.

The PM’s ‘mask off’ edict comes into effect from today and includes local administration meetings.

Last month the PM was captured in a government photo of him chairing a meeting without his mask. He was fined 6,000 baht for his momentary lapse of face-mask protocol.

SOURCE: FRB | Bangkok Post

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Tim Newton

Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also 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.

19 Comments

  1. I understand no deaths is the goal and with vaccination that could be more achievable. .2% death rate as is compared to the lives ruined by shutdowns I honestly don’t know the answer. Glad I’m not making those decisions.

  2. OK, so we finally managed to beat the Philippines and other Asean countries with our daily covid figures… too much complacency around and still no drive to push vaccination ahead but “waiting” for … not sure what? Yeah, lets open up – seems thats our main concern – , get all infected! But don’t complain you have not been warned of the consequences.

  3. Vaccines have been available for 6 months now, and probably over 90% of the world’s countries have less than 5% of their population vaccinated. Let’s get going already.

    1. I turned down the vaccine. More concerned over it than the virus. I’ve had it, symptoms like a bad flu. Most of the people I know who have had it had no symptoms or very light symptoms.

  4. I wonder who came up with the 25% seating ratio, which appears to be an academically thought-up number. If one thinks about it, adhering to the 25% requirement isn’t exactly practical and leaves a lot of room for interpretation and hence, a lot of loopholes.

  5. @James – @James – 100% the jab have been given in Maldives from October, sit in the back of the bus now, all embassy’s have turned there back on the expats, the costly hospitals drag the golden jab like a carrot and a rabbit . Even the crap tables are full in Las Vegas giving us better odds

  6. Thaiger, is it 24 hours or 72 hours for the test? It has been reported as 72 but here you say 24. Also I have never read any specific clarification if it can be the rapid antigen test or if it must be a PCR test. The PCR test at BNH hospital in Bangkok takes one day to give you the results. This makes it impossible to then drive to Phuket before the 24 hours expires. Some clarification on this would be very helpful and make you, as far as I can tell, the exclusive source of this.

  7. I wonder what’s the effect of spraying the surroundings? I have never seen an image or footage that it’s practiced in Europe or the US but Asian countries do it frequently, sometimes employing a truck to clean streets. Is it soapy water or some chemical? Cleaning door handles, touch panels or buttons makes sense, but whole area’s doesn’t have a lot of effect. The virus is short lived on the ground and walls. On such large surfaces it is also likely not very concentrated. One simply shouldn’t touch anything which is not needed. The monk in the picture is giving the wrong example.

  8. @Greg. What’s selfish comment. Hope you didn’t pass it on to anyone who perhaps wasn’t so lucky and possibly died from it. That would be difficult to live with. Maybe not for a selfish person like you?

  9. @Greg, assuming that you took the normal precautions once you knew (quarantine, etc), to be fair I really can’t see why @Upyours and @Nigel think you were being “selfish” by not getting vaccinated afterwards – unless it’s the seatbelt / bike helmet argument, which is a bit contrived extending it to Covid vaccines.

    After all, who were you putting at risk? According to many studies having the virus gives you as much as 94% protection, and that’s not far off the best vaccines and better than some.

  10. “Some clarification on this would be very helpful and make you, as far as I can tell, the exclusive source of this.”

    And you’d take that as reliable? Really??

    IIRC if you’re driving from Bangkok, a deep-red zone, it’s now quarantine on arrival in Phuket.

  11. The US has just announced it will be giving away vaccines to other countries free of charge. I am sure Thailand will be one of the countries. I highly doubt the Thai military government will pass the free vaccines on to the citizens free of charge. At least not to the Farangs when their is easy money to be made

  12. @simon: They scrapped the quarantine on arrival plan and changed it to a no test no entry plan when the rapid antigen testing at the Sarasin Bridge was ended Saturday. Problem is most reports had said the test had to be within 72 hours but here Thaiger says 24 hours. Has it changed? Does Thaiger know something the rest of us don’t, seems very unlikely….
    Also the Phuket Governor or vice Gov was quoted similarly to “get a PCR or don’t come”. Don’t remember the exact quote except he specifically stated PCR. Did he mean that? I assumed he did until Thaiger stated it must be done in 24 hours and hospitals usually advertise a 24 to 48 hour wait for results of that test making it impossible unless the test is conducted in Phang Nga.
    Again Thaiger, some reporting on this would be worth while. At least address the discrepancy in your report of 24 hours versus the many previous reports of 72. Has something changed?

  13. It’s being called vaccine apartheid. The Western countries that are producing the vaccine are hogging all the doses. Thailand, like most small countries, is not getting the vaccine they were promised. Meanwhile, back in the real world, the big drug companies are making billions in profits off their vaccines while most of the world is dying, literally and figuratively. Welcome to the human race. As a society we have failed miserably. Recent events have made me ashamed to be American, now I’m ashamed to be human.

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