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living alongside coronavirus
« on: March 25, 2020, 02:44:40 PM »
So a lock in it is, barbers closed, we will all be long haired hippys soon ;D

went to local stores to stock up, funny seeing hardly any cars on the road, good thing is it should lower the rate of accidents.

wash basins, soap outside most stores. no shortage of anything, yet.
i noticed the most people wearing masks were middle aged, whereas older people and kids without. might be a good thing, no mask no service.
hmm! can't see that happening. bottled water delivered to the door @ 37 baht for 12pack, thai food ordered on phone delivered to the door, even bottled gas they deliver on the samlaw.

alms giving in the morning everyone keeping their distance wearing masks including monks.
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Re: living alongside coronavirus
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2020, 03:12:32 PM »
"So a lock in it is, barbers closed, we will all be long haired hippys soon"

not for the baldies among us  :lol :lol

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Re: living alongside coronavirus
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2020, 03:26:30 PM »
"So a lock in it is, barbers closed, we will all be long haired hippys soon"

not for the baldies among us  :lol :lol
hello jivvy, it's not what you got on your head - it's what's inside that counts   ;D
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Re: living alongside coronavirus
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2020, 01:18:35 PM »
as their is no vacine the best weapon to fight the virus is friendship and mutual help

what an eery feeling in the air, walking with the dog to the edge of our land which is close to the main road, odd very little traffic, as most folk stay at their homes.

just a reminder as the laws change due to the situation, be careful what you post, FAKE NEWS is an offence, i see on some forum someone posted Curfew starts today, the only thing i am aware of is, people over 70, children under 5, sick people with medical conditions, must stay at home.

the declaration of a curfew and a state of emergency is not the same.

must be difficult for any leader to march us through this one, can't be easy, trying to keep the people happy and safe at the same time.
no matter what government from what country does, people complain.

if they have got the numbers right we are in the best place at the moment.  now wash your hands  ;)
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can this be true as reported on 77kaoded.com

Thai media has praised a Thai professor for coming up with a cheap and easy solution to rid your house of coronavirus. All you need to do is get a UV tube for about 900 baht, turn it on for a bit then it's all clear.

Professor Sakrawee Raweekun posted a four minute video saying it really works.   It was important to follow all the instructions, he said, such as putting it on in a room for thirty minutes, then turning it off and not going into the room again for a further 15 minutes.
 
There may be truth in the professor's claims. Online information suggests that both heat and ultraviolet light can neutralize the virus.



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Does he mean those UV lights that people put up to make the grasshoppers come and then drown in the tub below? Maybe that attracts the virus like the grasshoppers.

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Re: living alongside coronavirus
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2020, 02:09:40 PM »
i hear its very important not to look at or be in the same room while its on - the light i mean  ;D
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Re: living alongside coronavirus - Virus in tears? Little to cry about
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2020, 08:27:51 PM »
interesting views appearing in the media - men are more likely to die from the virus than women  :-[ researchers found, the death rate among men was 2.8 per cent, compared with 1.7 per cent among women. More women than men were infected by Sars in Hong Kong in 2003, but the death rate among men was 50 per cent higher, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  A recent report in the nationthailand.com cited by the World Health Organisation saying the SARS virus was found in a patient’s teardrops has many people asking if Covid-19 dwells there too.

Virus in tears? Little to cry about

The new coronavirus is known to spread through bodily fluids, but the focus has been on mucous from coughs and sneezes.

Dr Saichin Isipradit, director of Mettapracharak Hospital (Wat Rai Khing) in Nakhon Pathom, said this week a study had found symptoms of pink eye (conjunctivitis) in 0.8 per cent of Covid-19 victims.

“Tears normally leave the eyes through tiny openings on the edges of the eyelids,” she said. “The fluid then drains into the nose through little ‘tubes’ called nasolacrimal ducts.

“If a large amount of the virus enters the eyes, such as when someone sneezes or coughs directly into your face, the droplets could enter these ducts. Cases of airborne Covid-19 are rare – infection comes mostly from infected droplets.”

Avoid crowds, Saichin advises. Eat only healthy food, wash your hands frequently with soap or alcohol-based hand sanitiser, and never use someone else’s personal utensils.

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Always a shame when you read about unnecessary deaths caused by the route of all evil that thing called money. English tutor only 26 yrs old despondent because his income had evaporated during the Covid-19 crisis.

Briton, ‘cash-strapped by virus’, leaps to death

 A Thai friend of the deceased said she’d known him for six months and had invited him to help her make items that people could use as protection against the virus. It would bring them both a little income, she said.

That’s what they were doing on Wednesday evening when he asked to leave at around 8pm. She said he never complained about anything and she had no idea he might be suicidal.

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Re: living alongside coronavirus - could it cure the coronavirus?
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2020, 12:12:48 PM »
Experts are studying Nivaquine, which contains chloroquine, and Plaqueril, which contain hydroxychloroquine. desperate attempts to find a cure experts are looking into almot every related drug, god speed they come up with something

Could a pair of decades-old, relatively inexpensive drugs be the solution to the novel coronavirus pandemic?

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Re: living alongside coronavirus - Is your beard putting you at risk
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2020, 12:28:34 PM »
I suppose we will see all clean shaven guys as this one flips round the media Is your beard putting you at risk of coronavirus? The more hair across your mouth, the tougher it will be for the mask to sit well. Your facial fuzz could be doing more than just giving you a trendy edge. According to health experts, different styles of beards and moustaches can make you more or less susceptible to catching a virus.

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Both the dailynews.co.th & 77kaoded.com reporting   eng thaivisa.com we can only hope that the messy stuff doesn't hit the fan soon.

heavily armed "proactive" police protecting businesses



Desperate economic times as the Covid-19 crisis widens means thieves might become increasingly desperate, reported the media.
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Re: living alongside coronavirus- wear a face mask
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2020, 04:08:23 PM »
if your off to Makro the operator of the retail malls, said that customers not wearing a face mask will not be allowed in its branches in Bangkok and nearby provinces from Saturday (March 28). best wear one or keep in the car at least. but if you do forget the kind people will give you a seat while they go & get your order. how nice is that. i expect other areas & stores will follow suit.

as Cafe Amazon to close 73 stores.the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is suspending train services on 22 routes from Wednesday, for the lack of passengers.

i am begining to believe or should say i want to, that the heat has some reflect on the number of virus cases being lower than other countries, so just as well, a Hot day forecast for most parts of Thailand today.

an alert in the nationthailand.com gives a list of locations in Thailand where the Covid-19 contagion has been spread with the pertinent times and dates, as updated on Friday (March 27) by the Public Health Ministry.

Everyone who was in these places on the dates given is advised to spend time in self-quarantine at home. full list in link. (inc misprint termininal 2)

 NAKHON RATCHASIMA

Krungthai Bank, Pakthongchai intersection (March 10, 12, 16, 19)

Nakhon Ratchasima Terminal 2 (March 13, 15)

Boxing in Kutchik sub-district (March 8, noon-8pm)

Cockfight stadium, Non Thai district (March 8, 11am-8pm)
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Re: living alongside coronavirus - flogging a dead horse
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2020, 08:44:39 PM »
well well poor old boris gets the virus i hear on tv, meanwhile airports, ports, and highways left deserted as the world faces coronavirus social distancing and lockdowns. waiting for a cure i'm sure someone will come up with something other than a lightbulb, like flogging a dead horse, on that note.

Thirty horses died suddenly, cause unknown, in the Northeast on Thursday (March 26), the cause or causes undetermined. strange that what with the evil virus hanging around. Ten horses had severe seizures before dying and the rest repeatedly bucked and jumped before collapsing dead.  reports nationthailand.com

on the animal front a A British charity has teamed up with scientists to see whether dogs could help detect Covid-19 through their keen sense of smell.
It follows previous research into dogs' ability to sniff out malaria and is based on a belief that each disease triggers a distinct odour. The charity has previously trained dogs to detect diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's and bacterial infections by sniffing samples taken from patients.

They can also detect subtle changes in skin temperature, potentially making them useful to determining if a person has a fever. interesting read
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Re: living alongside coronavirus - kill or cure
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2020, 10:13:58 PM »
the above post no panic on the 30 horses nothing to do with the virus, The animals also presented subconjunctival hemorrhage, fatigue and swollen faces which are symptoms of the African horse disease. no danger to humans. where did they catch that though.
every where you turn it's horror stories.

an article in the msn.com Paris hospitals to be overwhelmed within 48 hours A spike in coronavirus patients means hospitals in and around Paris will reach saturation point within 48 hours, the head of the French Hospital Federation said on Friday, even though the peak of demand is not expected until April.

Paris and its suburbs now account for more than a quarter of the 29,000 confirmed coronavirus infections in French hospitals, with almost 1,300 now in intensive care. The death toll nationwide as of Thursday evening stood at 1,696.

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In Iran, false belief a poison fights coronavirus kills hundreds
The Islamic Republic has reported over 29,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,200 deaths from the virus, the highest toll of any country in the Middle East. Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for just one thing: Stop drinking industrial alcohol over fears about the new coronavirus.

The boy, now blind after his parents gave him toxic methanol in the mistaken belief it protects against the virus, is just one of hundreds of victims of an epidemic inside the pandemic now gripping Iran.

Iranian media reports nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic, where drinking alcohol is banned and where those who do rely on bootleggers. It comes as fake remedies spread across social media in Iran, where people remain deeply suspicious of the government after it downplayed the crisis for days before it overwhelmed the country.

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Re: living alongside coronavirus - Made in china
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2020, 11:49:58 AM »
not just in Thailand but all around the world, this is not a rehearsal, social distancing is the only thing we have at the moment of just containing the virus, giving time, while we read a vaccine could be more than a year away. Within a week, countries around the world have gone from: “This coronavirus thing is not a big deal” to declaring the state of emergency. could social distancing buy us some time.as we need it, because we know so little about this virus. we need time to learn.

a report from scmp.com. even with the test kits flowing in are they reliable

Spanish capital ditches ‘unreliable’ Chinese coronavirus test kits

Spanish capital ditches ‘unreliable’ Chinese coronavirus test kits, Spain’s capital has stopped using a rapid Covid-19 test kit made by a Chinese company after research suggested it was not accurate enough.

Doubts over the kits’ reliability emerged as the number of confirmed cases in Spain rose sharply on Thursday to 56,188, with 4,089 deaths. Worldwide, the disease has now infected more than 468,000 and killed over 21,000.

The Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC), one of Spain’s leading research institutes, said on its website it had found that nose swabs developed by Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology had an accuracy rate of less than 30 per cent.

Spanish newspaper El País reported that the Madrid city government had decided to stop using the Bioeasy kits and the health ministry had asked Bioeasy to replace supplies.

The newspaper said the central government had ordered 340,000 test kits from the company.
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Re: living alongside coronavirus - quarantine does it work
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2020, 05:03:31 PM »
quarantine does it work - self quarantine might stop others getting infected -  not easy if your living with your family

The wife and two children of a man who died after being infected by the new coronavirus, have tested positive for Covid-19.
The daughter said she believed that they got infected when her father underwent quarantine at home.  nationthailand.com

another story at puting people at risk & not following the rules set out - an article in 77kaoded.com Thirty members of Thailand's Norasingh taskforce and Ban Du police in Chiang Rai in the north of the country raided a party going on at a luxury hotel in Ban Du, Muang district. Ten men and twelve women were taking part in a party by a pool. They were all aged between 20 and 30.
Some in three rooms were in a state of undress. Alcohol, cigarettes as well as packets of ecstasy and ketamine were found strewn about the place.

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Wuhan starts reopening railway, flight services  nationthailand.com

Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province and the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, is starting to reopen its railway and flight services after more than two months of a lockdown and transportation suspension, according to local authorities and the country's civil aviation administrator.

The city restarted its service for trains arriving in its 17 railway stations on Saturday, while departure service will not open until April 8 when the city's lockdown will be lifted, the local railway bureau said.

A passenger on train K81 shows his ticket after arriving at Wuchang Railway Station in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, on March 28, 2020. Train K81 running from Xi'an to Guangzhou becomes the first passenger train to stop in Wuhan after more than two months of lockdown and transportation suspension in the city. [Photo by Ke Hao/chinadaily.com.cn]


Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province and the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, is starting to reopen its railway and flight services after more than two months of a lockdown and transportation suspension, according to local authorities and the country's civil aviation administrator.

The city restarted its service for trains arriving in its 17 railway stations on Saturday, while departure service will not open until April 8 when the city's lockdown will be lifted, the local railway bureau said.

Passengers arrive at Wuchang Railway Station in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, after more than two months of lockdown and transportation suspension in the city, on March 28, 2020. Train K81 running from Xi'an to Guangzhou becomes the first passenger train to stop in Wuhan after the city's railway service restarted on Saturday. [Photo by Ke Hao/chinadaily.com.cn]


Domestic passenger flights in Hubei's major airports, except Wuhan Tianhe International Airport, will restart from Sunday, while international flights and flights to and from Beijing, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are still suspended, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said.

Wuhan Tianhe International Airport will only resume its domestic passenger flights from April 8.

Cargo flights will resume operation for all airports in Hubei from Sunday and the administration encouraged airlines to add both domestic and international flights to ensure a smooth supply chain.

A staff member opens the shutters at Wuchang Railway Station in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, as the city restarts its railway service, on March 28, 2020. [Photo by Ke Hao/chinadaily.com.cn]
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Last flight to Bangkok: 'If I die, I want to die in my country'

(Reuters) - As airlines worldwide cut flights due to the coronavirus outbreak, the last service from Singapore to Bangkok departed on Saturday with only a few dozen passengers, mostly Thai citizens desperate to get home to ride out the pandemic.

    “If I die, I want to die in my country,” said Chinana Dotkhruea, a 66-year-old Thai national who had been in Singapore taking care of her niece.

After Thailand enacted emergency measures on Thursday, it barred almost anyone but its own citizens from entering the country and placed strict requirements for Thais to have special papers to enter.

Singapore Airlines Flight 972 on Saturday was the last scheduled service to Thailand. It is not known when flights will resume.

Singapore’s Changi Airport was almost empty, with only one check in counter open for passengers dropping off luggage. Inside the terminal, airline staff stood around without customers to care for. Almost all passengers wore face masks and some wore gloves.

Another passenger, Ammara Viparsinon said she was afraid if she didn’t get back to Thailand she might be stranded.

Ammara, 33, said she was shocked at the ticket price of 600 Singapore dollars (about $420), which is about double what a flight would normally would cost. But said she felt there was no choice, as any other route to get into Thailand would involve long connections and layovers and be even more expensive.

“The risk is too high, so I’d rather take this last direct flight,” she said.

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Re: living alongside coronavirus - How the Pandemic Will End
« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2020, 10:59:45 AM »
How the Pandemic Will End

The U.S. may end up with the worst Covid-19 outbreak in the industrialized world. This is how it’s going to play out.

Three months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. Now the virus has spread to almost every country, infecting at least 446,000 people whom we know about, and many more whom we do not. It has crashed economies and broken health-care systems, filled hospitals and emptied public spaces. It has separated people from their workplaces and their friends. It has disrupted modern society on a scale that most living people have never witnessed. Soon, most everyone in the United States will know someone who has been infected. Like World War II or the 9/11 attacks, this pandemic has already imprinted itself upon the nation’s psyche.

A global pandemic of this scale was inevitable. In recent years, hundreds of health experts have written books, white papers, and op-eds warning of the possibility. Bill Gates has been telling anyone who would listen, including the 18 million viewers of his TED Talk. In 2018, I wrote a story for The Atlantic arguing that America was not ready for the pandemic that would eventually come. In October, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security war-gamed what might happen if a new coronavirus swept the globe. And then one did. Hypotheticals became reality. “What if?” became “Now what?”

So, now what? In the late hours of last Wednesday, which now feels like the distant past, I was talking about the pandemic with a pregnant friend who was days away from her due date. We realized that her child might be one of the first of a new cohort who are born into a society profoundly altered by COVID-19. We decided to call them Generation C.

As we’ll see, Gen C’s lives will be shaped by the choices made in the coming weeks, and by the losses we suffer as a result. But first, a brief reckoning. On the Global Health Security Index, a report card that grades every country on its pandemic preparedness, the United States has a score of 83.5 — the world’s highest. Rich, strong, developed, America is supposed to be the readiest of nations. That illusion has been shattered. Despite months of advance warning as the virus spread in other countries, when America was finally tested by COVID-19, it failed.

“No matter what, a virus [like SARS-CoV-2] was going to test the resilience of even the most well-equipped health systems,” says Nahid Bhadelia, an infectious-diseases physician at the Boston University School of Medicine. More transmissible and fatal than seasonal influenza, the new coronavirus is also stealthier, spreading from one host to another for several days before triggering obvious symptoms. To contain such a pathogen, nations must develop a test and use it to identify infected people, isolate them, and trace those they’ve had contact with. That is what South Korea, Singapore, and Hong Kong did to tremendous effect. It is what the United States did not.

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Re: living alongside coronavirus
« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2020, 03:11:11 PM »
thank god for the bum gun

During the war people came together to help each other, but sadly some of today’s generation only think about themselves and wiping their arrrs.
Why are people panic buying toilet paper? - you can't eat it, Back in the UK shoppers have emptied shelves of toilet paper across every supermarket in the country in panic over the virus.

meaning some will have to go without, like dog eat dog, are we not all in this together, do today’s generations only think about themselves. When you see others stockpiling, do you feel compelled to do the same.  Oh! god quick get the bog rolls, forgetting the food. lol.

if there is no food there is no need to go to the toilet, do people realy know how to survive.

YES .. i think the Thai people, if it came down to existing, they know how.

they can catch fish with their bare hands, knock a bird out a tree with a catapult, they don't mind eating a lot of things we wouldn't, red ants (mot dang)
insects, mouse or rat. they can sleep out in the open. clever people balance 6 on a motorcyc. lol
 
with the numbers the media is reporting around the world on the virus, thailand seems the best place to be.
now there must be a reason for this, some suggest deaths go unreported, that is not as easy as it sounds.
could it be this heat were getting, could it be thais are made differently, are they more resilient.

Still going strong! Seventy three year old Jate still climbing up betel nut trees to earn a living

Dressed just in shorts and shoes, he uses a sling to climb up the trees just like his father used to do years ago. Not wearing a shirt is important too - he can just wash off the smell of sweat and betel nut and if there are ants he can easily brush them off. Jate, who is based in the Ban Khai area of Ranong, gets three baht a kilo for the fruit he cuts. He avoids cigarettes and alcohol and is as fit as a fiddle, he said.

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Re: living alongside coronavirus
« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2020, 06:09:23 PM »
 thailand seems the best place to be.

Yes, very much agree with this.  I feel much more comfortable in Thailand than I would in the UK. Thai people are very resourceful and do not expect much in the way of help from the state. Also, life is much more based upon mutual support within the family.  In the UK the people expect the state to do everything for them.  “Why haven’t the government sent a plane to bring me home from my holiday?”
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Re: living alongside coronavirus - a cheap "UV light" to beat the virus
« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2020, 08:05:10 PM »
can this be true as reported on 77kaoded.com

Thai media has praised a Thai professor for coming up with a cheap and easy solution to rid your house of coronavirus. All you need to do is get a UV tube for about 900 baht, turn it on for a bit then it's all clear.

Professor Sakrawee Raweekun posted a four minute video saying it really works.   It was important to follow all the instructions, he said, such as putting it on in a room for thirty minutes, then turning it off and not going into the room again for a further 15 minutes.
 
There may be truth in the professor's claims. Online information suggests that both heat and ultraviolet light can neutralize the virus.


seems like this works as Central Food Hall gets innovative with UV-C disinfection robots kills 99% of all known germs as they say



Central Food Hall has adopted an innovation method to ensure the safety of employees and customers , with the launch of UV-C Disinfection Robots, according to a company's statement today.

The robots will help disinfect the stores and mitigate the risk of Covid-19 infection. Operated by staff, they are now being used at Central Food Hall Central Chidlom , during non-opening hours.

There are plans to introduce the robots at other Tops Market and Central Food Hall branches.

The UV-C Disinfection Robot is part of the store's safety measures to prevent and minimise the spread of viruses, bacteria and micro-organisms.

The robots emit UV-C light to disinfect areas in 360 degrees to destroy more than 99.99 per cent of all pathogens within seconds. In addition, the UVC light is completely safe with no harmful side effects on food products in the stores.

The UV-C product decontamination technology is approved by the Food Standards Agency (UK), The Food and Drug Administration (USA), The Soil Association (Organic Lobby), and is considered among the most effective methods of disinfection, with high efficiency and absolute reliability.

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Extreme isolation: world's last virus-free corners hold tight

KOROR, Palau: A coronavirus-free tropical island nestled in the northern Pacific may seem the perfect place to ride out a pandemic -- but residents on Palau say life right now is far from idyllic.


Tonga is one of the Pacific nations that has reported zero virus cases, along with Palau, Micronesia and others.

The microstate of 18,000 people is among a dwindling number of places on Earth that still report zero cases of Covid-19 as figures mount daily elsewhere.

The disparate group also includes Samoa, Turkmenistan, North Korea and bases on the frozen continent of Antarctica.

A dot in the ocean hundreds of kilometres from its nearest neighbours, Palau is surrounded by the vast Pacific, which has acted as a buffer against the virus.

Along with strict travel restrictions, this seems to have kept infections at bay for a number of nations including Tonga, the Solomons Islands, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia.

But remoteness is not certain to stop the relentless march of the new disease. The Northern Mariana Islands confirmed its first cases over the weekend, followed by a suspected death on Monday.

Klamiokl Tulop, a 28-year-old artist and single mum, is hopeful Palau can avoid the fate of Wuhan, New York or Madrid -- where better-resourced health services were overrun.

But she describes a growing sense of dread, a fear that the virus is coming or could already be on the island undetected.

"You can feel a rising tension and anxiety just shopping," she told AFP. "Stores are crowded even more during non-payday weeks."

There have been several scares on Palau, including a potential case that saw one person placed into quarantine this week as authorities await test results.
- Antarctic seclusion -

Inside Australia's four remote Antarctic research bases, around 90 people have found themselves ensconced on the only virus-free continent as they watch their old home transform beyond recognition.

There is no need for social distancing in the tundra.

"They're probably the only Australians at the moment that can have a large dinner together or have the bar still open or the gym still open," Antarctic Division Operations manager Robb Clifton told AFP.

The bases are now isolated until November, so the group is safe, but Clifton admits "the main thing that's on the mind of expeditioners is how their loved ones are going back home."

In some places, reporting no cases does not always mean there are no cases to report.

North Korea has portrayed emergency measures as an unqualified success in keeping COVID-19 out, despite sustained epidemics in neighbouring China and South Korea.

But state media also appears to have doctored images to give ordinary North Koreans face masks -- handing sceptics reason to believe the world's most secretive government may not be telling the whole truth.
- 'Waiting for the inevitable?' -

While Palau has no confirmed cases, it has still been gripped by the society-altering fears and economic paralysis that have affected the rest of the world.

Supermarket aisles in the country's largest town Koror have seen panic buying and there are shortages of hand sanitisers, masks and alcohol.

The islands depend heavily on goods being shipped or flown in, meaning supplies can quickly run low.

United Airlines used to fly six times a week from nearby Guam -- which has seen more than 50 cases -- but now there is just one flight a week.

"Look at how bad we coped when shipments were late before this pandemic happened," Tulop said. "Everyone was practically in uproar."

Residents have been practising social distancing. Doctors are waiting for test kits to arrive from Taiwan. The government is building five isolation rooms that will be able to hold up to 14 patients.

It all feels like waiting for the inevitable.

"I would like to be optimistic we won't get the virus," Tulop said. "But Palau would most definitely get it. We rely heavily on tourism and most of us even need to travel for work."

Rondy Ronny's job is to host big tourist events, but work has already dried up, and he admits to being "very anxious".

"I have loans and bills and payments due," he said. "This will definitely put me back, I hope the government will do something about our economy too, to help it recover."

Palau's biggest test may yet come with the first positive case.

But even in the most remote corners of the world, the impact of this truly global pandemic is already being felt.

Nowhere, it seems, is truly virus-free.

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Recent Covid-19 deaths linked to Lumpinee Boxing Stadium

Three of the last four Covid-19 deaths are linked to the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok -- the country's main source of coronavirus transmission, says a spokesman from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin said he remains concerned the country has yet to get a grip on the coronavirus pandemic, due to the high number of daily infections.

Of the latest deaths, one was a 59-year-old official from the State Railway of Thailand, who developed a fever on March 16 and continued working until March 26. He was admitted to hospital at the end of March in critical condition and pronounced dead on April 2.

The second case was a 72-year-old man who had been in close contact with his son. His son had attended an event at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, where he was infected with Covid-19. The man suffered from kidney disease and developed the flu in the middle of last month. He died on April 1, the doctor said.

The third case was an 84-year-old man who worked at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium. He had a number of pre-existing conditions, including high blood pressure and kidney disease. He was admitted to hospital in Bangkok on March 26 with flu-like symptoms and died on April 2.

The last case was an 84-year-old man who likewise had visited the boxing stadium and developed a fever on March 14. He was later admitted to a hospital on March 21 and died on April 2.

The country's mortality rate from the disease is 0.96%.

"Common factors we have seen are that all [the fatalities] are old people, who have the highest risk of death if infected with the deadly virus. To protect their lives, people living with the elderly -- who are at risk -- should distance themselves, especially during the coming Songkran festival. Physical distancing is a must," said Dr Taweesilp.

He also voiced concerns that more and more patients are aged 20-29 years. Dr Taweesilp said they should be aware of and refrain from unnecessary activities to stop the spread of the disease.

The centre confirmed 103 new cases on Friday, bringing the nationwide total to 1,978 with 19 deaths.

Bangkok leads the national tally at 1,049 cases.

For the 103 infections registered on Friday, Bangkok accounted for the highest number at 47, followed by 12 cases in Phuket and five cases each in Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Yala and Songkhla.

Meanwhile, Phuket has gained the highest per capita infection rate with 21.67 patients per 100,000, followed by 15.78 in Bangkok and 8.80 in Nonthaburi province.

Of the latest 103 cases, 48 of them were tied to previously confirmed patients, including one from the boxing stadium, two from entertainment venues and six from a religious gathering in Indonesia.

Other infected individuals include seven Thai returnees, eight foreigners, two individuals who had contact with foreign passengers, four people who had frequented crowded areas such as markets, 13 people working in high-risk areas, five medical staff and five others.

An additional 11 cases are under investigation.

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'Thais better off than people in New York' during Covid-19 outbreak

A Thai nurse who works at a small hospital in New York tells a depressing story of gloom and death and considers Thailand to be much better off.

Damrong Pudtan, a famous television host and former senator, revealed his chat with a former head of Thai nurses, who used to work in a famous luxury hospital in Bangkok, and then moved to a small state hospital in the centre of New York some years ago.

She spoke to Damrong on April 3 about her experience.

She said working during this pandemic has been depressing because during every shift there were always 3-4 people dead. Before the dead body is taken away another infected patient is ready to take their place. Although it was a small hospital, seeing dead people there was like "watching leaves fall from a tree".

She said Thai people and Thailand had better luck as the weather was better. In New York, it is still cold and gloomy on some days because of rains. "But in our country, April is hot and dry. Also, foreigners do not agree to wear mask like in Thailand, where one has to wear a mask.

When he asked her about a protest march by nurses in New York over shortage of medical equipment or protective masks, she said, "The protest is real. The staff over there really lacked the equipment, but I did not participate in the protest because I am at a small hospital where there was no shortage of protective gear at that time."

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Re: living alongside coronavirus - Bangkok’s most vulnerable
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Left without any money, resources or even the ability to keep social distance, residents of the Khlong Toei slum are taking a gigantic hit from the pandemic. Many don’t have access to the internet to obtain the gov. assistance funds.

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very stange news hits the media - Ghosts' scare Indonesians indoors and away from virus  Kepuh village in Indonesia has been haunted by ghosts recently — mysterious white figures jumping out at unsuspecting passersby, then gliding off under a full-moon sky. The village on Java island has deployed a cast of "ghosts" to patrol the streets, hoping that age-old superstition will keep people indoors and safely away from the coronavirus.

some think what caused the virus is 5G - (Reuters) Britain's cabinet officer minister, Michael Gove, and senior health officials have described the conspiracy theory as dangerous fake news after people vandalised mobile phone masts and abused telecoms staff in recent weeks. Telecoms companies including the biggest EE and Vodafone have said the attacks are threatening connectivity at a time when it is needed more than ever during the lockdown.

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Thailand: Cries of "Food, here comes the food," echoed through a Bangkok neighbourhood as Wannapa Yarnsarn's truck arrived with everything from mangoes and dried chillies to fresh pork for sale. People emerged from homes where they have been sheltering in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, choosing their shopping from display racks packed with bags of produce on the back of the truck. full article channelnewsasia.com
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Re: living alongside coronavirus - Bamboozling the virus for Songkran
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Bamboozling the virus for Songkran



Temple-goers poured water into the hands of monks on Wednesday using a bamboo pole decorated with mangoes and bananas -- a novel hack to enforce social distancing while honoring the country's New Year traditions.

The three-day Songkran holiday is renowned for its booze-fuelled water fights that take over entire neighbourhoods.

This year however the government banned all street celebrations to prevent the spread of coronavirus, making it the quietest in living memory as the holiday came to a sombre end on Wednesday.

Still, Thais were able to visit temples during Songkran to take part in its more traditional aspects.

At Wat Suan Kaew temple north of Bangkok, dozens of worshippers waited patiently to pour water over the abbot's hands -- an act Buddhists believe will wash away past misdeeds.

Abbot Prayom Kullayano is separated from them with a two-metre-long bamboo pole acting as a funnel, a "new innovation" by his temple, he said.

He had also installed a sanitising gate at Wat Suan Kaew's entrance, and the sprawling complex included an area where volunteers made face masks.

For those who feel lonely from self-isolation, "it will bring joy when they see this kind of environment," Phra Prayom said.

"It's better than doing nothing," said Cherdchai Aangtong, 63, after he took his turn pouring water down the bamboo funnel.

"If we still follow the same tradition where people gather into a large crowd, there's a risk of infection," he added.

Other temples in Bangkok had different social distancing measures in place, such as erecting plastic shield guards in front of praying monks.

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