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China ban on inbound, outbound tour groups to continue

Maya Taylor

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The Chinese government is to keep the current ban on inbound and outbound tour groups, amid fears that the winter months could bring a resurgence of Covid-19. The Bangkok Post reports that the country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism has confirmed on its website that the ban remains in place. After several months with very low case numbers, officials are wary of the virus surging back this winter.

The ban on outbound tours is severely impacting places like Thailand, where former tourist hotspots are already suffering devastating economic consequences from the closure of the country’s borders in late March. Earlier this week, Thailand welcomed its first group of Chinese tourists in 7 months, but the Kingdom has a long way to go to get back to the 10.99 million Chinese who visited last year – if it ever does.

As the Covid-19 virus made itself known at the start of 2020, China put a stop to both domestic and outbound tours in January. Since July, domestic tours have started up again as a result of a significant reduction in Covid-19 cases.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Ted

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Yup! Believe it or not, it’s not all up to Thailand, even China says; no!

    Doesn’t really matter what’s the true reason is behind the 40-ish Chinese arrivals this week and the 120 (or how many it was said to be) that would arrive later. So better to open up the country again, without any restrictions, so families can reunite and other foreigners who calls Thailand for home, can return.

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    preesy chepuce

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Surely HK has different rules from the Dalu?

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      Big AL

      Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 4:10 pm

      How are tour groups coming from China to Thailand if there is still a ban in China?

      • The Thaiger & The Nation

        The Thaiger & The Nation

        Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 4:17 pm

        They are independent travellers, presumably.

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        EdwardV

        Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 11:14 pm

        It’s because they are not actually Chinese tourists at all. They are Chinese business people returning to Thailand to check on their companies, properties and reunite with their families.

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        Mike Frenchie

        Friday, October 23, 2020 at 2:10 am

        They are returnees… a couple with three kids landed… zero chance they are tourists.

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    West Tiger

    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 12:24 am

    Anybody who thinks Chinese are coming here in groups is deluded as they are banned from leaving China.
    The Thai government needs to be honest with the Thai people

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      Issan John

      Friday, October 23, 2020 at 7:43 pm

      Well, there’s always a possibility of a first for everything … with Donald and Boris as examples in the West, it’s a bit hard to see why governments “need to be honest” with their people or anyone else.

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    Noneya Bidnizz

    Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 1:37 am

    Issan “Toilet mouth“ John ;

    Your comments are idiotic , I think either your are VERY dumb ( Kwai ) or , You work for prayut , Since all you seem to do is post pro-government / anti Farang / covid lies and rumors , You MUST work for prayut , You dont have time for a REAL job as all you do is post nonsense on every website you can find.

    I Pray you get what you deserve, and I DONT mean a nice brown envelope ! ( maybe a nice big brown something else ! )

    Now , Be a good boy , take your meds and go away !

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      The Thaiger & The Nation

      Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 7:42 am

      We have rules about abuse of commenters, and take threats seriously. This is your final warning before being banned.

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    Tracey

    Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Thailand government needs to open the borders with a 48 hour covid test for arrivals . May be one more rapid test after arrival . This will improve the economy . The financial condition is bad in many areas of thailand

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Covid UPDATE: 2,473 new infections and 35 deaths, provincial totals

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2,473 new Covid-19 cases and 35 coronavirus-related deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. The majority of the new cases are local transmissions, primarily in Bangkok. 680 of the new cases were detected in prisons.

Thailand now has 42,988 active Covid-19 cases, a record high for the country. Out of those cases, more than 10,000 are linked to outbreaks at prisons. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 113,555 Covid-19 infections.

35 deaths involving Covid-19 patients were reported today, raising the pandemic’s death toll in Thailand to 649. Most of the new fatalities were reported in Bangkok.

Bangkok remains the epicentre in the latest wave of infections. The capital reported 873, raising the total since April 1 to 28,658.

There are now 29 Covid-19 clusters in 19 districts in Bangkok. The government has set up several locations for active case finding to contain the spread of the virus.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun, who gives the CCSA report in English, adds that Thai authorities are taking border breaches very seriously and security has tightened at land and sea borders as there have been a number of illegal entries involving those coming from neighbouring countries. Heightened border patrol has been an effort to prevent Covid-19 from being imported into Thailand.

Provinces with the highest number of new Covid-19 infections…

Province New cases Total since April 1
Bangkok 873 28,658
Nonthaburi 155 4,757
Samut Prakan 121 4,329
Pathum Thani 117 2,467
Samut Sakhon 63 1,930
Phetchaburi 43 645
Chon Buri 33 3,768
Nakhon Si Thammarat 30 757
Songkhla 29 1,041
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 28 936

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Koh Samet reopens after being closed for 3 weeks due to Covid-19

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Koh Samet off the coast of Rayong has reopened to visitors after being closed for 3 weeks. The Gulf of Thailand island is safe to visit and disease control measures are being enforced, according to the Koh Samet tourism association chairperson told the Bangkok Post.

On April 27, the Rayong governor ordered for Koh Samet to be closed to visitors after 5 people on the island tested positive for Covid-19. The closure was initally set for 14 days. No recent Covid-19 infections have been reported on the island, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Rayong office.

On the mainland, Rayong health officials reported 10 more Covid-19 infections yesterday. Since April 1, the province has reported a total of 831 infections and 7 coronavirus-related deaths.

Authorities on the island are enforcing the standard “DMHTTA” disease control measures which stand for distancing, mask wearing, handwashing, temperature checking, testing for Covid-19 and checking in using the mobile application Mor Chana.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Sinovac and AstraZeneca: The 2 primarly Covid-19 vaccines in Thailand

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Since Thailand started its mass Covid-19 immunisation campaign in late February, the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine and the AstraZeneca vaccine, made in partnership with the UK’s Oxford University, have been used to vaccinate residents in Thailand.

The local firm Siam Bioscience is now producing the AstraZeneca vaccine and the first Thai-made batch is expected to be rolled out next month.

Type of vaccine

AstraZeneca: A recombinant vaccine from a modified chimpanzee adenovirus.

This is a harmless, weakened adenovirus that usually causes the common cold in chimpanzees. The adenovirus vaccine vector, known as ChAdOx1, was chosen as a suitable vaccine technology for a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine as it has been shown to generate a strong immune response from one dose in other vaccines. It has been genetically changed so that it is impossible for it to grow in humans. – Australian Department of Health

Sinovac: An “inactivated” vaccine, using inactivated virus particles to produce an immune response, a traditional approach for vaccines and the same technology used to produce the flu and polio vaccines.

The World Health Organisation says the vaccine is made by inactivating or killing the virus using chemicals, heat or radiation.

Effectiveness

Studies are still underway for both vaccines, while more studies of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been reported. In Thailand, a recent study by Chulalongkorn’s Centre for Excellence in Clinical Virology of the Faculty of Medicine found both vaccines effective.

According to the university study…

  • 99.49% of Sinovac recipients developed antibody reponses 4 weeks after their second injection.
  • 97.26% of AstraZeneca recipients developed antibody responses 4 weeks after their first injection.

Thailand initially used the Sinovac vaccine for people ages 18 to 59 due to limited research for the 60 and up age group. Thai health officials recently announced that recent studies show the Sinovac is safe and effective for adults over 60 years old who are in good health.

Global travel

A dilemma for many expats living overseas, or those wanting to travel in the future, is which Covid-19 vaccine to get as some are not recoginsed by other countries.

Both Sinovac and AstraZeneca have met the World Health Organisation’s critieria for safety and efficacy.

Some countries may not recognise certain vaccine passports, although international tourism is still in the early stages and proposed regulations are constantly changing.

Thailand recoginses vaccines that are either approved by the World Health Organisation or by the Thai government.

The European Union plans to reopen tourism to American travellers, but they may need to have a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency.

SOURCES: WHO | Healthline

 

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