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Mor Prom app crashes yesterday as people rush to register for vaccine roll out

Tim Newton

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The new Mor Prom (doctors ready) app, where people registered under the Thai public health system can register for the next round of Covid vaccinations, has seized up after only one day being live. Before the crash some 300,000 people had registered for the vaccine. There is also a LINE account where people can register. About 1 million people were unable to register due to the high traffic volume and problems with participating hospitals.

People can register in the first group of “vulnerable people.. the elderly and those who have seven chronic diseases”. People will still be able to register until the end of May.

There are some 11.7 million Thais over the age of 60. People considered with “chronic diseases” number around 4.3 million people. The vaccination program for these 2 groups will start on June 7.

A spokesperson for the Public Health ministry says the problems were mostly caused by participating hospitals not making slots available when people were registering. 160 hospitals have opened up slots for people to avail themselves of the 2 dose vaccines.

The first round of public vaccination is being administered by hospitals due to the age of the participants and their chronic diseases. The public health department has made around 20 million ‘booking slots’ available and urge people not to rush as the bookings will remain open for the whole of May.

Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the CCSA, says that the Ministry expects around 70% of the Thai population to get the vaccine at some stage this year.

“All eligible people should register and the data will be compared with the database in their areas. If all goes well, they can get the shots. Mor Prom is simply one of the registration channels.”

According to Bangkok Post, there was a lot of people registering their confusion and anger at not being able to access the Mor Prom app.

Some were unable to select their hospital-of-choice.

“The reservations were full and the steps complicated.”

On user said his 67 year old father could not find his name on the register.

“He received a suggestion that he make direct contact with the hospital.”

Others complained they simply couldn’t find their names despite that they were eligible.

 

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    ynwaps

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10:11 am

    I’d like to thank the 70% providing herd immunity to the young and healthy

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    Asger

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10:14 am

    “On user said his 675 year old father could not find his name on the register.”….

    I bet that is a typo! People are seriously getting old here in Thailand by now 🙂

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      Thaiger

      Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10:39 am

      Thanks. Fixed! He’d certainly be at the front of the queue!

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    Mister Stretch

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Call me shocked.

    A Thai government app/program crashed the first day it was put to significant use?

    Shocked, I am. Just completely gobsmacked.

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    Simon Small

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    No surprises.

    There was no possible way the main Mor Prom app or Line app could handle the number of applications, even if only a fraction of those eligible tried to register (it crashed after barely 2% of those eligible registered).

    Far simpler to just delegate registration to local hospitals where patients’ details are held (Thai and foreign), where they can be verified, where they’ve been doing tetanus jabs for years telling everyone individually when they need one, but of course that’s not “Thailand 4.0”.

    There are nowhere near enough vaccines in country for 16 million people / 32 million doses anyway, so until the vaccines are here it’s all pie-in-the-sky (for everyone).

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    Ben

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    The Public Health Department “urged people not to rush”. Really???

    If you don’t get in there then all the slots are taken and you have none. Then what do they say? Call the hospital? Good luck with that. Another well thought out scenario. Must be the same programming department that handles immigration 90 day reporting. Ha Ha.

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    Yan

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    90-day reporting crashed many times…Now this “vaccine-app” crashes prematurely…I would like to know where and what vaccine I can get at what hospital…This probably is another “crashing” question to the responsible minister of health…(no experience with health matters at all….)

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    Simon Small

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    I doubt the slots will be taken, @Ben, but given the “first come first served” over some of the social security payouts which ran out after the first ten minutes, literally, those who do want a jab aren’t going to risk waiting.

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    Roy Bowey

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    @Asger – perhaps you need reading glasses

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    Roy Bowey

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Sadly I think Thailand is crashing. I’m glad I’m not aboard when it finally happens.

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    peter grahame

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Impossible to register without Thai Id card number. Phone local hospital is the advice, if you can get one to answer the phone it’s a no or July the first!

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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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3 organisers of Phuket’s Kolour superspreader event charged

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FILE PHOTO: 3 managers involved in the Kolour superspreader event have been charged.

As Thailand still wrestles to control the third wave of Covid-19, much of which stems from entertainment venues in Bangkok and a massive party in Phuket, Patong police announced that the managers of the Phuket venues that hosted the Kolour superspreader event will be charged under the Emergency Decree. The case report was filed with the public prosecutor yesterday according to the Patong police chief, confirming that 3 people will be prosecuted for the event.

The Kolour Beachside Festival was held April 2 and 3 with events at Café Del Mar Phuket in Kamala, and Shelter Phuket Dance and Night Club and Illuzion Nightclub, both in Patong. Before the festival, Phuket had gone more than a hundred days without any new Covid-19 infections, but by April 7 the Phuket provincial Public Health office announced 8 new infections, half of which had been at the Kolour parties. In the following weeks, officials plead for attendees to be tested as infections spread.

Charges were delayed in being filed to the Phuket Public Prosecutor’s office as a special investigation committee was ordered to be created to oversee the investigation at the request of Region 8’s Police Commander. That committee brought together officials from various law enforcement in the area including the Patong Police, Kamala Police, Phuket Provincial Police, and the Region 8 Police to investigate the Kolour event before anyone was charged.

The manager of Café Del Mar, along with the managing director and the manager of Shelter and Illuzion, which are under the same management team, will be charged for the Kolour festival violating Thailand’s Emergency Decree that was declared to help protect the country from Covid-19 outbreaks. A breach of the Emergency Decree can be held liable for up to 40,000 Baht and 2 years in jail under Section 9 of the Decree.

The latter 2 are also facing charges of operating an unlicensed entertainment venue. This carries the possibility of another year in prison and a fine of up to 60,000 baht, in accordance with Thai Law under Section 26 of the Entertainment Place Act.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure at high risk of death -CCSA

Tanutam Thawan

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Stock photo via Bumrungrad Hospital

Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure have the highest risk of death followed by patients infected with the coronavirus who underlying conditions of diabetes or high cholesterol, according to data from Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported 486 coronavirus-related deaths. Out of those fatalities, 392 were reported after April 1. Using data from the recent wave of infections, the CCSA found that those infected with Covid-19 who also have high blood pressure are at the most at risk of death, followed by those who are diabetic and those who have high cholesterol.

Others who are at risk of severe infection or death if infected with Covid-19 include those with chronic kidney disease, heart disease, obesity or lung disease.

Most of the deaths since April 1 have been in Bangkok, making up 46% of the death count in the recent wave, followed and provinces just outside the capital. Most patients who died while infected with Covid-19 have been over 60 years old with underlying health conditions. Several young adults, in their 20s and 30s, who died while infected with Covid-19, had underlying conditions of diabetes and obesity.

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SOURCE: PR Thai Government

 

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Human Right Watch calls for Thailand to immediately act on Covid-19 outbreaks at prisons

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Chiang Mai prison / Photo via Department of Corrections ประชาสัมพันธ์ กรมราชทัณฑ์

In response to the recent Covid-19 outbreaks in Thailand prisons, the Human Rights Watch issued a statement saying Thai authorities need to take immediate steps to tackle overcrowding in prisons and release inmates that do not pose a serious risk to the public. The organisation also notes that under international human rights law, the government must provide equal and accessible health care to the inmates, adding that Thailand must act quickly to ensure the infected prisoners are properly treated.

Yesterday, Thailand’s Department of Corrections reported 2,835 inmates at 2 Bangkok prisons tested positive for Covid-19, adding to the hundreds of cases at prisons in Chiang Mai and in the southern province Narathiwat by the Malaysia border. Out of the new cases, 1,795 at Bangkok Remand Prison, making up more than half the prison population. The other 1,040 infections are inmates at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution.

HRW says those held in Thailand’s overcrowded prisons are at “grave risk” of Covid-19. After the outbreak in Narathiwat in early April, prison visits were suspended to prevent the spread of Covid-19. HRW Asia director Brad Adams says authorities had been warned about the situation.

“Many people warned the Thai authorities that they needed to act proactively to avoid such a situation, but it seems they got caught sleeping at the switch.”

Under international law, the Thai government is obligated to provide adequate healthcare to prisoners, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, Brad says. He adds that to prevent the spread of Covid-19, some prisoners should be released to reduce overcrowding and congestion.

“Besides providing health care and virus testing, the authorities should reduce the detainee population through the supervised release of those held on politically motivated charges or for minor offences, or who face greater risk from underlying health conditions.”

HRW says Thailand should take immediate steps to tackle the longstanding problem of overcrowding in prisons and consider the supervised release of inmates who at a high risk of severe infection if they were to contract Covid-19. Those charged with minor offences or who are in pre-trial detention for minor, nonviolent crimes should also be considered for release, HRW says.

SOURCE: HRW

 

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