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« on: March 24, 2020, 07:38:19 PM »
Covid-19: Thailand declares 1-month emergency


Thailand will be in an emergency mode from March 26 for a month to deal with the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told a news conference on Tuesday.

The emergency decree will mean the prime minister will have the executive power to declare further measures to contain the virus, including giving extra authority to officials and allowing the setting up of checkpoints to reduce movement, Prayuth said.

He said details of the measures will be announced later.

Thailand reported three deaths and 106 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday. The country now has 827 cases and four fatalities since the outbreak began. - Reuters

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Re: Covid-19: Virus spread rate in Bangkok higher than global average
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2020, 08:27:58 PM »
as gold prices rise @ the rate 1,000 Baht a weight this morning (March 24) people rush to sell, while others want to know who was  those responsible for spreading virus at a boxing stadium in Bangkok As of now, 103 visitors to the stadium have been infected, there is a possibility that the number will rise
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Virus spread rate in Bangkok higher than global average

The spread of Covid-19 infection in Bangkok and its vicinity has exceeded the average rate globally with one infected individual passing on the virus to three and a half persons, said Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry. The situation in Bangkok is worrisome as the spread is wider and more intense than in other provinces, he said , citing the three southern border provinces where the infection rate is one to two other persons. He said the government's work-from-home measure had to be stricter by making an announcement of emergency holidays, but the public must follow instructions for a positive result.

The number of Covid-19 patients in Thailand has reached 827, making Thailand the 31th most-affected country.  nationthailand.com
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Re: Covid-19: Virus spread rate in Bangkok higher than global average
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2020, 10:29:14 PM »
The number of Covid-19 patients in Thailand has reached 827, making Thailand the 31th most-affected country.  nationthailand.com

I keep myself up-todate through https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

That site not only gives figures about all countries, but also the different stadiums and the relation of total cases to population. For easy comparison one can click on the index line on top of the chart to sort the column.

The country pages give graphics to follow developments. Unfortunately Thailand does not have an own page, yet.

The "front runners" with lots of new cases in the last days are USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. Now why does DT have to insist "America first"?  :-[

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yes, thanks for that, and it goes on there's an alert: If you were at any of these places, contact officials
The Department of Disease Control has released a list of 23 places it deems high-risk for Covid-19 in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani, Surin and Songkhla provinces.
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9. Live boxing in Kutchik subdistrict (March 8, from 12am to 8pm);
10. Cockfight stadium in Non-Thai district (March 8, from 11am to 8pm);  full list in link nationthailand.com

as the US has potential of becoming coronavirus epicentre, says WHO as Global airports turn into parking lots as cases rise. Iran Covid-19 death toll nears 2,000, Germany Covid-19 cases rise by 4,764 in last 24 hours. Mexico reports 367 coronavirus and 2 more deaths and i hear Olympics tokyo will be postponed to 2021
experts say getting a vaccine ready could take a year or more.

Singapore scientists study genes to fast-track Covid-19 vaccine

Scientists in Singapore say they have developed a way to track genetic changes that speeds testing of vaccines against the Covid-19 coronavirus that has killed more than 16,000 people worldwide.

The scientists, at the city-state’s Duke-NUS Medical School, say their technique needs just days to evaluate potential vaccines provided by Arcturus Therapeutics, an American biotech firm the school has partnered with for the trials.

That timeframe compares with the months usually required for testing based on human responses.

“You can know from the way the genes change - what genes are turned on, what are turned off,” said Ooi Eng Eong, deputy director of the school’s emerging infectious diseases programme.

Swift assessment of such changes triggered by a vaccine allows the scientists to determine its effectiveness and side effects, instead of relying solely on responses from humans who receive it, he added.

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Re: Covid-19: worst case scenario if “stay at home” ignored
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2020, 12:11:28 AM »
if people are to be confined to their homes then you can't realy blame them for having stocked up on essentials

Medical expert sees worst case scenario if “stay at home” directive ignored
A leading medical expert has painted a grim scenario for the COVID-19 situation in Thailand over the next 30 days if people do not follow the advice to stay at home. He noted that during January and February, the rate of infections was stable, at about 40.  In March, however, infections jumped, largely due to two clusters, namely those linked to the Lumpini boxing stadium and those associated with entertainment venues.

The world is divided into two groups of nations. The first comprises most countries in Europe, where the contagion is out of control, and the other group comprises countries where the virus is now under control, which include South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The “Golden Period” means the period when infections exceed 100, the tipping point to determine which country will end up which group.

The countries where infections are beyond control are those which record a jump in new infections of between 100 and 200 within three days, compared to five days for countries which manage to contain the virus spread.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand records 107 new coronavirus cases
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2020, 11:57:51 AM »
Thailand records 107 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 934 - health official
(Reuters) - Thailand has recorded 107 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 934, a health official said on Wednesday.

The new cases consist of 27 patients linked to previous cases, 13 new cases including imported ones, and 67 people who tested positive and are awaiting investigation into how they contracted the disease, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a Public Health Ministry spokesman said.

Thailand has recorded four death since the outbreak while 70 patients have recovered and gone home. 860 patients are still being treated in hospitals.

 Thanks to. Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan (Reuters)
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Coronavirus isn't mutating quickly, a vaccine could offer lasting protection - scientists

The coronavirus is not mutating significantly as it circulates through the human population, according to scientists who are closely studying the novel pathogen's genetic code. That relative stability suggests the virus is less likely to become more or less dangerous as it spreads, and represents encouraging news for researchers hoping to create a long-lasting vaccine.

All viruses evolve over time, accumulating mutations as they replicate imperfectly inside a host's cells in tremendous numbers and then spread through a population, with some of those mutations persisting through natural selection. The new coronavirus has proofreading machinery, however, and that reduces the "error rate" and the pace of mutation. The new coronavirus looks pretty much the same everywhere it has appeared, the scientists say, and there is no evidence that some strains are deadlier than others.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease covid-19, is similar to coronaviruses that circulate naturally in bats. It jumped into the human species last year in Wuhan, China, likely through an intermediate species - possibly a pangolin, an endangered anteater whose scales are trafficked for traditional medicine.

Scientists now are studying more than 1 000 different samples of the virus, Peter Thielen, a molecular geneticist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory who has been studying the virus, told The Washington Post.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand to Impose Broad Lockdown
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2020, 08:35:36 PM »
Thailand to Impose Broad Lockdown to Fight Novel Coronavirus
Thailand will become the latest country to go into a broad lockdown when a state of emergency is enforced from Thursday to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The nation’s borders will be closed to foreign visitors, social gatherings will be banned, domestic travel restricted and all but essential shops shut until the end of April. The details were spelled out by the government Wednesday, a day after the planned emergency was announced.

“Thailand is at a turning point in the outbreak and the situation could get a lot worse,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said in a televised speech in Bangkok. “It’s important that we impose stricter rules to reduce the spread.”

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Thailand Closes Down Border, Tells Elderly Citizens to Stay Home
The first raft of measures issued under the emergency decree on Wednesday instructed senior citizens and those with vulnerable health conditions to refrain from leaving their homes unless absolutely necessary.

The same order, which will come into effect a minute after midnight, also bars traveling into Thailand through its land, sea, and air border checkpoints, with several exceptions. Facilities like nightclubs, playgrounds, and sports venues in Bangkok metropolis will remain closed down indefinitely.

The announcements, which are effective nationwide from tomorrow to April 30 unless stated otherwise, include:

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Re: Covid-19: Inter-provincial border checkpoints to be deployed
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2020, 11:47:01 AM »
Inter-provincial border checkpoints to be deployed from midnight of March 25
Governors of all provinces have been ordered to strictly comply with the government’s declaration of a state of emergency throughout the Kingdom with effect from Thursday due to the escalating new coronavirus (Covid-19) situation.

Permanent secretary at the Interior Ministry, Chatchai Phromlert, issued the order on Wednesday (March 25) asking all provincial governors to coordinate with local administration offices, police and military personnel in deploying checkpoints at borders between provinces from midnight of March 25 throughout April.

The checkpoints must be staffed at all times to monitor and facilitate traffic, as well as screen travellers for any sign of infections.

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Re: Covid-19 curfew, if imposed
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2020, 12:57:28 PM »
Covid-19 curfew, if imposed, should be 24-hour lockdown , says Wissanu
If the government imposed a curfew, it should be round-the-clock , said Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam March 25.

Curfews enforced in the past were for reasons of national security with duration of curfew hours. But to deal with a virus, which can infect people at all time, it should be 24 hours, he said.

However, even if occurs , there will be timeframe/s where people are allowed to leave their homes to buy foods and for logistics firms to deliver consumer goods, he added.

He said currently Thailand is not under a lockdown as people can still return to the country.

The government has also allowed many venues to continue operations , including factories, banks, pharmacies, financial institutions, eateries, and shops that sell necessary consumer items , he added.

He said the government did not announce a curfew today, adding that the declaration of a curfew and a state of emergency is not the same.

 The Cabinet on Tuesday approved the government's proposal to invoke the emergency decree which will be enforced from March 26 (tomorrow) until April 30.

Following the state of emergency declaration, Thailand will close all ports of entry for travellers with the exception of those granted entry permits  by the prime minister, shippers, non-Thais with work permits, embassy staff and representatives of international bodies and foreign governments.

He added that the state of emergency decree mainly deal with banning, permitting, and disallowing activities in society.

It prohibits entry into high-risk venues ordered closed temporarily by provincial governors. The governors of other provinces, where the closure order is not in force, should consider following suit to create a concerted front in the fight against Covid-19.

In term of what people should do, he said they should stay at home except for essential travels such as going to see a doctor.

He advised the three high-risk groups - people aged over 70, those with existing illness such as diabetes, respiratory problems, and children under 5 years of age - to stay home at all time.

He added that the government did not ban people from travelling to other provinces but measures will be implemented to make such outings less convenient. Checkpoints will be set up on the ways to see if travellers are wearing masks and temperature- scanning will also be conducted selectively. They will also be required to download an application to track their locations.

Thailand's total number of Covid-19 cases rose to 934, after 107 new infections were confirmed over a 24-hour period, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, said on Wednesday (March 25). 

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Re: Covid-19 state of emergency declared
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2020, 01:23:55 PM »
Thailand wakes up to state of emergency, here are the provisions enacted so far

Thailand’s government has declared a state of emergency from March 26 to April 30 to combat against the coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha’s government has put in place several rules and regulations that are designed to mitigate the growing number of cases and ensure the rule of law over the next few weeks.

Here are the new provisions we know of so far.
   
  • Risky’ areas, such as sites of prior outbreaks including nightclubs and boxing stadiums, will be closed to the public indefinitely. Provincial governors will have the authority to declare which areas are risky and close them down
   
  • Indefinite closure of places of large gatherings such as schools, universities and entertainment venues
   
  • No hoarding of food, supplies, water, medicine
   
  • No public assembly
   
  • Media that publishes false information run the risk of arrest and closure
   
  • Provincial governors have complete control in their respective provinces
   
  • Persons over 70 years of age or with a history of illness as well as children under five years of age are banned from going outside
   
  • Military on standby and ready to step in should police force require it
   
  • Government and business owners are responsible for disinfecting all locations of gathering
   
  • All social events have not been banned but asked to scale down and be mindful
   
  • Inter-province travel is discouraged
   
Violaters of the new provisions could face up to two years in jail or a fine of 40,000 baht or both.

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Re: Covid-19: past the 1,000 mark 111 new cases in 24-hour period
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2020, 03:51:39 PM »
Thailand"s total number of Covid-19 cases went past the 1,000 mark with 111 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period
The total number of cases are now 1,045. Thailand"s total number of Covid-19 cases went past the 1,000 mark with 111 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period, Sujariyakul Anupong, senior expert in preventive medicine at the Department of Disease Control, said on Thursday (March 26).
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COVID-19 website launched to report official data on infections in Thailand

http://covid19.ddc.moph.go.th/en

The website is available in Thai and English (top right hand corner) with an interactive map which shows the location of infections throughout Thailand
with self assessment that people use to try and determine if they are displaying symptoms

meanwhile Travellers being screened for Covid-19 at road checkpoints   full article nationthailand.coms
Screening for Covid-19 began on Thursday (March 26) at checkpoints on Kanchanaphisek Road.

Travellers were asked about travel history and checked for fever. The effort is a collaboration between Highway Police Division, Tourist Police Bureau, Health Department of Bangkok and Municipal Office of Prawet district.

At the checkpoint, police use thermometer guns to check for fever. If a traveller's body temperature exceeds 37.5 degrees Celsius, Public Health officials will take them to screen for risk of Covid-19.
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Thai police ask people to carry ID with them when travelling
 Thai police on Thursday said that people in Thailand should carry official identification with them in order to help with screening for COVID-19.

Thai people are asked to carry their ID card, while foreigners should carry their passport. (Presumably a valid Thai driving license or pink ID card would also be acceptable. It wasn’t immediately clear if a photocopy of a passport would suffice.)  source

a video posted by TNAMCOT showed the screening process at a checkpoint in Bangkok





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Re: Covid-19: Daily briefing in english on the situation
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2020, 03:06:42 PM »
A daily briefing on Covid19 situation at the Center for Administering the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on 28 March 2020, given by Mr. Natapanu Nopakun, Deputy Spokesperson and Deputy Director-General of Information Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Link  https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/498295470813673/

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Re: Covid-19: - Leading Thai doctor in dire warning
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2020, 11:29:11 AM »
Leading Thai doctor in dire warning: Deadly Italian strain of Covid-19 now set to wreak havoc in Thailand

A leading physician in the fight against Covid-19 has sounded a dire warning about the spread of the virus in Thailand.
He said that prior to this month Thailand was only affected by a milder strain of the virus. But now the strain that has devastated Italy and overwhelmed medical services there has arrived in Thailand.

The virus was introduced to a so called "super spreader" after a relative arrived back from Italy. Suddenly 50 people were infected at a boxing event and these have gone on to cause a rocket in cases in Thailand.

The virus strain has the power to kill far more people than Asian strains, he said, suggesting that eight times as many people might die, many from respiratory disease.

Dr Manoon Leechawengwong is the ICU chief and disease expert at Bangkok's Vichaiyut Hospital in Phayathai district. He is a leading expert in respiratory illness. On his personal Facebook page he painted a disturbing picture of the potential future course of the outbreak in Thailand and indicated that measures to contain its spread were not introduced in time.

He said that at first Thailand had 30-40 cases and one death and there was little change for many weeks, reported Thai Rath. Thais who were infected had got a milder strain prevalent in other parts of Asia like Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong.
But all that changed after a boxing event at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok on March 6th.

He said that a relative of a person in the boxing fraternity who had been to Italy started the spread of the Italian strain of the virus.

The person in the boxing fraternity was a "super spreader" who infected 50 people at Lumpinee and these have gone on to infect others resulting in a rapid rise and rapid expansion in the location of cases in Thailand.

He said that this strain is much more severe and has a far higher mortality rate because of its ability to cause onset of severe respiratory disease and even heart related problems. He pointed to the fact that in Italy there had been 47,021 cases and 4,032 deaths or 8.6%. By comparison in South Korea 8,799 had been infected with only 102 deaths making the death rate just 1.1%.

He accepted that there are a lot of older and thus more vulnerable people in Italy but he countered that argument by saying that Japan, where the aging population is very similar, have been able to keep deaths to a far lower level than Italy again because the virus strain is different.

He said that the closure of places like boxing - now in force in Bangkok and other areas in Thailand - came too late to save the country from being infected with the virulent strain from Italy.  If closures had been ordered before the beginning of March, it could have been averted. Likewise if all people at the boxing - and there were 5,000 attendees - were quarantined it could have been contained.

It was clear from his comments that too little was done too late and now Thailand is facing the consequences of an explosion in cases of a strain of Covid-19 far more severe than was previously being experienced.

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Re: Covid-19: medical staff are turning to snorkelling masks
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2020, 03:48:57 PM »
Erasme Hospital on the outskirts of Belgium's capital, hospitals face an overload of Covid-19 patients struggling to breathe, innovative medical staff are turning to snorkelling masks from sports stores to stop their lungs collapsing. if it works and gives some relief breathing better than nothing.

This helps prevent the collapse of alveoli, lung air sacs needed for the intake of oxygen into our bodies and the exhalation of carbon dioxide. Pneumonia brought on by COVID-19 inflames the lung membrane and fills those sacs with liquid.   more here bangkokpost.com



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Re: Covid-19: Daily briefing in english on the situation
« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2020, 01:58:27 PM »
A daily briefing on Covid19 situation at the Center for Administering the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on 28 March 2020, given by Mr. Natapanu Nopakun, Deputy Spokesperson and Deputy Director-General of Information Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Link  https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/498295470813673/
The Thai government gave the daily updates regarding Thailand's COVID-19 situation, reporting from the government's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at the Government House, on 30 March 2020

link https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/611988562684283/
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Re: Covid-19: FOR YOUR SAFETY: Key statistics, advice from doctors
« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2020, 06:17:34 PM »
FOR YOUR SAFETY: Key statistics, advice from doctors

Prince Songkla University infectious disease doctor Prof Khachornsakdi Silpapojakul provides important Covid-19 statistics and advice, including the percentage of infection, the effectiveness of masks, and places and things which can attract the dreaded virus.

Here are his statistics:

* At least 4-14per cent of elders aged 60 and above who have contracted Covid-19 have died, while those aged 15 and younger have not got pneumonia from the virus.

* Covid-19 patients with mild or severe symptoms accounted for approximately 93 per cent and 7 per cent of cases, respectively.

* Most patients cough and have fever on the fifth day of infection, and start to suffocate on the tenth day. Only 4 per cent of patients who initially had nasal discharge were infected by the virus.

* Ten seconds of holding hands can lead to a 70% chance of infection.

* There is a 50 per cent possibility of infection if persons sit together for 10 hours, or when a person is a metre from another.

* However, a person will not be infected if he/she is separated from others at a distance of 4 to 5 metres, according to the World Health Organisation. WHO has advised a 2-metre distance.

* Initially, 41 per cent of Wuhan residents became infected with Covid-19 after visiting a hospital. “So please do not visit a hospital for unnecessary cases,” Khachornsakdi said.

* Patients wearing masks can reduce the spread of the virus by 90 per cent.

* Surgical masks and N95 masks can prevent Covid-19 from spreading by 56 per cent and 66 per cent respectively, and if the edges of these masks are taped, this can prevent the virus from spreading by 95 per cent and 99 per cent respectively. The doctor recommended using micropore tape because it hurts less than transpore or other tapes when in contact with the skin, while he preferred using a face shield during an operation.

Meanwhile, another doctor, Theeraphap Tanisaro, said that N95 masks can be reused if they are worn with a face shield and disinfected after use.

“If you are afraid that the virus may stick to the mask, you can wear another layer of surgical mask. We believe this method may be useful if there is a shortage of N95 masks,” he said.

Khachornsakdi warned that elevators could become a dangerous place if they were used to move Covid-19 patients. He advised using your foot, shoulder, or back, or calling to other people to open the doors from outside.

“If negative-pressure rooms are not sufficient, patients must be placed near windows and fans used to blow the interior air outside,” he advised.

“The patients’ ward must be separated into two zones – a contaminated zone holding patients and a coordination zone for paperwork.”

Khachornsakdi said it is not necessary to use alcohol to disinfect equipment – just using detergent, any cleaning solution or UV steriliser can act as effective disinfectants.

“The virus often exists on computers, keyboards, tables and door knobs,” he also warned.

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Re: Covid-19: Blood Centre reserves inadequate
« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2020, 08:12:02 PM »
as people are scared of catching the virus and stay at home, causing the blood centre reserves to run short, The centre, under the Thai Red Cross Society, has asked people to urgently donate blood in order to help patients who are in need nationwide. the centre came out to assure people that they can donate their blood under safe conditions. The place, it said, is free from the coronavirus.



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Re: Covid-19: 27 Metropolitan Police infected
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27 Metropolitan Police infected   nationthailand.com
27 Metropolitan Police Bureau officers are infected with Covid-19 while another 326 were ordered to undergo self-quarantine.
According to an inspection, most policemen who contracted the virus either visited Spain or attended a boxing stadium event in Bangkok or had a meal with an infected person. He has ordered six officials related to the patient to go into self-quarantine for 14 days.

Public Health Ministry officials at risk of contracting Covid-19  nationthailand.com
At least 30 officials of the Ministry of Public Health are at risk of being infected with Covid-19 after a civil service employee under its management was diagnosed as a Covid-19 patient. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the Covid-19 Administration Centre's spokesman, said on March 30 that a Public Health official, 46, who had attended several meetings showed symptoms of Covid-19 such as runny nose and cough on March 26. The test revealed that he was infected with Covid-19 and was sent to Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute in Nonthaburi province for treatment. He had visited Government House and had interactions with about 30 officials in the meeting but there was no hint that the high-ranking executive had any symptoms of Covid-19, Taweesin said.
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could be Thailand is the best place to be as U.S. records 700 coronavirus deaths in a single day for first time as The U.S. government raced to build hundreds of makeshift hospitals to ease the strain on overwhelmed healthcare systems as the United States marked 700 deaths in a single day from COVID-19 for the first time on Tuesday. That is the equivalent of a person dying every two minutes.
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Tracking the novel coronavirus in the U.S.  https://graphics.reuters.com/HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-USA/0100B5K8423/index.html

The French prayer meeting that set a virus time bomb
Around 2,500 confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been linked to one prayer meeting in the French city of Mulhouse, contributing to the country's biggest COVID19 cluster. - REUTERS

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Re: Covid-19: - Worst case scenario for April is 25,000 cases
« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2020, 03:45:34 PM »
as Thailand confirms 120 new coronavirus cases, 2 more deaths, more and more are closing down businesses
the latest is the Poipet casino Cambodia, bit more movement there with up to 1,000 Thai workers expected back in Thailand.

not good news at all as a prison warden gets the virus. The warden of Nakhon Nayok prison has tested positive for Covid-19. with the close quarter conditions at a prison that could be dangerous. Road checkpoints have been set up across the country to screen travelers for symptoms of COVID-19. The 12 checkpoints in Bangkok have already screened some 38,000 persons over the past seven days, with no one found to be infected with the disease.

in Samut Prakan: Governor orders all convenience stores shut overnight, everyone must wear masks when outdoors. i hear an alcohol ban might be imposed


Worst case scenario for April is 25,000 cases

Worst case scenario for April is 25,000 cases but Thais told: YOU can make a difference
A deputy in charge of battling the Covid-19 crisis in Thailand has told the Thai people that their behavior can make a big difference to how many people get infected.

He has also debunked claims online that Italians have suffered so badly because they wear shoes in the house.
Dr Thanarak Phaliphat gave three scenarios for the spread of the virus in April:

Scenario 1: If Thais didn't follow rules and practice social distancing there would be 24-25,000 cases.

Scenario 2: Social distancing practised and 50% of the rules would mean 17,000 cases.

Scenario 3: Social distancing and 80% compliance would lead to 7,000 cases.

Dr Thanarak said that these figures were not meant to worry Thais, but show by acting responsibly they could make a difference.

He also dismissed ideas circulating in Thailand that Italians were suffering badly because the infection was spread on shoes they wore in their houses.

He said this was nonsense. He stressed that the disease is spread through droplets that come into contact and enter the body through the eyes, nose and mouth.

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Re: Covid-19: - An update from the Thai government
« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2020, 04:23:12 PM »
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House - April 1, 2020

Link https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/582815615916629/

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Re: Covid-19: Thx Roger - Sorry folks! Alcohol will not kill the virus
« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2020, 02:12:43 PM »
Thanks for the mention roger  :wai PLEASE SHARE well informed, well armed

Thailand on Thursday announced 104 new coronavirus cases, and 3 deaths, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,875.
59 people discharged full recovery.the total number of people who have been discharged 505. To date, 15 people have died from COVID-19 in Thailand. 

as usual Duterte ain't messing around with violators. shoot them dead are his words
'Shoot them dead' - Philippine leader says won't tolerate lockdown violators
story on that @reuters.com

Sorry folks! Alcohol will not kill the virus - in fact it might just kill you quicker!
an article in the dailynews.co.th states, Sorry folks! Alcohol will not kill the virus - in fact it might just kill you quicker!

not so sure on that one myself, some of us might remember the old folk years ago, milk stout, in fact they advertised guiness is good for you. drinking in moderation of course

bearing in mind - He said that drinking alcohol might be detrimental to the drinker and make them more susceptible to the virus.
He explained that people who drink have weaker immune systems. So What happens when you drink - especially to excess - is that white blood cells that fight disease die off leaving the drinker more exposed to viruses like Covid-19.

so what do our experts on t.visa think - do they know more than the good doctor. could be they do.  :drink

Don't care, I like it, I'm doing it.
I'm waiting for them to announce having sex with your partner, watching TV or using the internet are all banned.

Like people actually listen to these clowns?

It sounds like he's already had a few!


German health expert claims drinking alcohol can protect against coronavirus
here's the story whatdoyer believe. 7news.com       :cheers
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Re: Covid-19: - Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 2, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 2, 2020 - PLEASE SHARE
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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Re: Covid-19: - curfew starting Friday + halt to arrivals from overseas
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Thailand to announce nationwide curfew starting Friday
(Reuters) - Thailand is to announce a nationwide curfew between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. starting Friday to try to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the government said in a statement on Thursday.

The curfew will have some exceptions, including for the transport of medical supplies, movement of people into quarantine, patients and travel of medical personnel, according to the statement shown to reporters.
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Prayut orders halt to arrivals from overseas to curb virus spread
 The government is focusing its attempts to curb the spread of the coronavirus on Thais and foreigners entering Thailand from overseas as the 104 new infection cases were reported today with three deaths.

The Foreign Ministry has been assigned to work out measures to restrict their arrivals for the next two weeks, according to Dr. Thaveesilp Wissanuyothin, spokesman of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Thaveesilp said Thais who returned from overseas and foreign visitors are partly responsible for the continuing rise in the number of new infections.

“Though the number of travelers from overseas has significantly declined, the prime minister believes more need to be done to stem overseas arrivals in order to further flatten the curve,” said Thaveesilp.

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Re: Covid-19: - Curfew starts today
« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2020, 11:30:12 AM »
Curfew starts today
All travel to nation halted for 2 weeks



The government has imposed a curfew, banning all people nationwide from leaving their homes from 10pm to 4am starting tonight, in its latest move to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Appearing on the TV pool Thursday evening, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha announced the curfew, effective until further notice. The prime minister called for calm and asked the public not to stock up on food as they will still be allowed to go out during the daytime, though they will be required to observe social distancing.

Medical and banking personnel -- as well as logistics workers handling consumer goods, agricultural produce, pharmaceutical products, medical supplies and equipment, newspapers, fuel, post, products bound for export and imported goods -- are exempt from curfew restrictions.

The travel of people to quarantine venues is also allowed.

Exemptions also apply to employees working night shifts, individuals heading to or from airports with necessary documents stating their purpose, officials carrying out official orders and those who have received prior permission from officials to leave for emergencies.

Violations will result in a jail term of no more than two years and/or a fine of no more than 40,000 baht.

Existing curfew orders in other provinces with stricter requirements shall remain in effect, he said.

Gen Prayut added that outlets will be set up to distribute face masks.

"I won't let anyone hoard the products and take advantage of people during this difficult time," he said.

More economic stimulus packages will be introduced, which include financial aid, debt suspension and restructuring, and a liquidity boost.

In terms of disease mitigation, a centre will be set up to manage travel in and out of the kingdom with more strict screening, quarantine and monitoring measures.

In terms of communication, a briefing will be held every day at the government's Covid-19 centre.

Unauthorised people will not be allowed to give interviews, Gen Prayut said.

He again warned of the consequences of spreading fake news or sharing information from unknown sources, before urging everyone to cooperate for the ultimate goal of "zero infections".

Earlier in the day, Gen Prayut said the government will block all travel to Thailand including by Thais, starting today until April 15, to prepare quarantine facilities after more local cases were linked to "imported" cases.

He said the government needs time to prepare.

"In the meantime, agencies will prepare the venues and coordinate with Thai embassies to ensure all Thais returnees will be quarantined and get proper medical checks," he said.

Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said on Thursday Gen Prayut told the officials at the centre that arrivals of foreigners and Thais from abroad will have to be slowed down "to stop the disease".

The new ban does not apply to people who already received permission to travel to Thailand, he said, before urging affected travellers to contact Thai embassies and follow their instructions.

Dr Taweesin said arrivals from abroad have proved to be a major source of infections.

Recent cases included an infected Thai man who had visited Pakistan and died on a South-bound train in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

He also cited six Thais who returned from meetings in Italy, four of whom tested positive. The cases led to 50 other people being quarantined.

Out of the 132 Thais who attended a religious gathering in Malaysia, 47 contracted the disease, four died and about 1,000 others were quarantined.

Meanwhile, out of the 56 Thais who had attended a similar gathering in Indonesia, 32 were infected and about 500 were quarantined.

Four Thais who recently returned from the United Kingdom contracted the disease and one of them died.

This group included a patient who concealed his symptoms to return to the country, Dr Taweesin said. About 200 people were quarantined as a result.

Furthermore, 19 Thais crossing the border from Poipet, Cambodia were found to be infected and about 300 had to be quarantined.

The government on Thursday reported 104 new local cases of Covid-19 infections -- bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,875.

Three more deaths were also reported, raising the death toll from the novel coronavirus disease in Thailand to 15.

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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 3, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 3, 2020 - PLEASE SHARE - An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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