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Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports 7 new coronavirus cases
« Reply #180 on: May 15, 2020, 01:15:53 PM »
Thailand reports 7 new coronavirus cases, all from overseas

(Reuters) - Thailand reported seven new coronavirus cases on Friday, while the number of deaths remained unchanged at 56.

The new cases were all patients who arrived from Pakistan last week and have been in state quarantine, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

Thailand has confirmed a total of 3,025 cases since the coronavirus outbreak started in January and earlier in the week reported zero new daily cases for the first time in two months.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 15.05.2020
« Reply #181 on: May 15, 2020, 01:38:48 PM »
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 15.05.2020
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Thailand reports 7 new cases today and zero deaths, this raises the total to 3,025 cases since the outbreak began and a total of 56 fatalities sadly. 4 more have recovered in the last 24 hours making a total of 2,854 discharged to date, with 115 patients currently in hospital with the disease. the curfew will be shortened by one hour starting from Sunday 17 May. It will now be from 11:00pm to 4:00am the following morning

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Thailand reports no new coronavirus cases, no additional deaths

(Reuters) - Thailand on Saturday reported no new coronavirus cases or deaths as the country begins to reopen businesses and ease restrictions.

“Today there are two zeros ... thank you all Thais who have given their cooperation,” a spokesman for the government’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, said.

This is the second day since March 9 that the country has reported no new daily cases.

Thailand on Sunday will allow malls and department stores to re-open. It will also shorten a nighttime curfew by one hour, to 2300 to 0400, from 2200 to 0400.

Thailand has reported a total of 3,025 cases of the coronavirus and 56 fatalities.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 16.05.2020
« Reply #183 on: May 16, 2020, 12:45:51 PM »
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 16.05.2020
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For the second time Thailand reports Zero new cases and Zero deaths today, The total number of cases still stands at 3,025 cases since the outbreak began and a total of 56 fatalities sadly. 1 more patient has also recovered in the last 24 hours making a total of 2,855 discharged to date, with 114 patients currently in hospital with the disease.

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Re: Covid-19: Government Spokesmen
« Reply #184 on: May 16, 2020, 01:38:58 PM »
Congratulations to Natapanu Napakun.  He is doing a great job with his daily bulletins.  He set me thinking about other government spokesmen and the name of Ian McDonald came to mind. (Not to be confused with Ian McDonald  of King Crimson).  Ian was a UK government spokesman at the time of the Falklands War.  If he were around today he would have bored the virus to death in no time at all.

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Re: Covid-19: Always look on the bright side of life
« Reply #185 on: May 16, 2020, 03:00:16 PM »
Hi T.T. remember that well - During the Falklands war, while the HMS Sheffield was sinking it's crew burst into song, singing Monty Python's "Always look on the bright side of life"

A different fight we have on our hands now, fighting something we no very little of and can't see, all we see is the destruction and hurt it has caused the world. poverty has to follow in time as in history. yes i was worried thais wearing masks, as they fail to wear crash helmets, thinking i'll be ok just nipping down the road. but ... surprise! suprise! most thai's do wear a mask. well done Thailand, once again i'll say, best place to be, opening up, we just have to wait and see.  on saying that yesterday on the roads there were 44 deaths and 2,209 injuries, 38 deaths were motorcyclists, will that be the next thing to sort out, i hope so.

Little story , lady dies near to us, not virus but the dreaded C. so off goes the missus to the watering ceremony, the only worrier being me.
the report i got back was, 10 or somors untrained nurses if you like, local community taking care. no mask no come was the order of the day. hands sprayed on entrance. chairs were laid out spaciously, distance was kept between people,  no alcohol, food was cooked put in bags for you to take home.  in out job done.

could be the sensible people will save the rest. so many thai people pay their respects when someone they know dies, as we know thai people are so afraid of ghosty things that's maybe why. Lets hope the virus dies then we can have a real party.
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Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 17.05.2020
« Reply #186 on: May 17, 2020, 12:56:51 PM »
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Thailand reports 3 new cases today and zero deaths, this raises the total to 3,028 cases since the outbreak began and a total of 56 fatalities.
1 more patient has also recovered in the last 24 hours making a total of 2,856 discharged to date, with 116 patients currently in hospital with the disease. The three new cases, detected in state quarantine, were students returning from overseas, one from Pakistan and two from Egypt, a spokesman for the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, said on Sunday.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand’s PM thanks billionaires for their help
« Reply #187 on: May 17, 2020, 01:29:34 PM »
Thailand’s PM thanks billionaires for their help
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his heartfelt thanks to the 20 Thai billionaires from whom he sought help during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

In his Facebook post today, he said that all of them had responded energetically to his call to help people affected by business closures as a direct result of the contagion.

He said that what matters is not the not the amount of money or the value of the projects the tycoons undertook to assist those in difficulty, but their willingness to offer a helping hand to ease the hardships of the Thai people at an extremely challenging time.

“The unity, generosity and care of Thai people for their fellow countrymen and others are unique,” said the Prime Minister.

In addition to the billionaires, from whom he sought help directly, he disclosed that there were others who volunteered their help, as well as members of the public who did whatever they could to share happiness with others.

With the support of all sectors of society, the Prime Minister said he is confident that Thailand will survive this severe crisis.

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Re: Covid-19: Three new coronavirus cases discovered in Thailand
« Reply #188 on: May 18, 2020, 11:57:11 AM »
Three new coronavirus cases discovered in Thailand

The Thai government said on Monday that it had discovered three new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.

That brings the total number of cases discovered in the country to 3,031 total cases.

There were no new fatalities with the death toll still at 56.

One more patient has recovered bringing the total number of discharged patients to 2,857.

118 people remain in hospital.

Of the three new cases, government spokesman Dr Thaweesin Visanuyothin said that they were discovered in Bangkok including one transmission in an office.

Overcrowding from the relaxation of lockdown measures has prompted fears of a second wave of infections.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 18.05.2020
« Reply #189 on: May 18, 2020, 12:56:08 PM »
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Re: Covid-19: Restrictions lifted gradually to avoid second wave
« Reply #190 on: May 18, 2020, 05:53:17 PM »
Restrictions lifted gradually to avoid second wave

Lifting all restrictions will only bring about a second wave of infections as has happened in other countries, government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Monday (May 18) when explaining why the measures were being eased very gradually.

As for lifting the state of emergency, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has considered the issue from all aspects, ranging from public health and economy to society, she said.

“The prime minister acknowledged that the state of emergency has adversely affected the country’s society and economy, which is why he is calling on all relevant agencies to step up and provide help,” she said, adding, “the lifting of other measures will depend on the number of new Covid-19 cases found in the future”.

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Re: Covid-19: Summer unlikely to curb coronavirus pandemic growth
« Reply #191 on: May 19, 2020, 11:34:55 AM »
then if the hot weather makes no difference to the pandemic - then it must be the chillis that keeps Thailand safe  :)

Summer unlikely to curb coronavirus pandemic growth

The higher summer temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere are unlikely to significantly limit the growth of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Princeton University study published Monday in the journal Science.

Several statistical studies conducted over the past few months have shown a slight correlation between climate and the novel coronavirus -- the hotter and more humid it is, the less likely the virus is to spread.

But the findings remain preliminary, and much remains unknown about the exact relationship between climate and Covid-19.

The Princeton study does not rule out the correlation entirely but concludes that the impact of climate on the spread of the virus is "modest."

"Our findings suggest, without effective control measures, strong outbreaks are likely in more humid climates and summer weather will not substantially limit pandemic growth," the study said.

"We project that warmer or more humid climates will not slow the virus at the early stage of the pandemic," said Rachel Baker, a postdoctoral research associate in the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI).

While climate, particularly humidity, plays a role in the spread of other coronaviruses and the flu, the study said a more important factor is the absence of widespread immunity to Covid-19.

"We do see some influence of climate on the size and timing of the pandemic, but, in general, because there's so much susceptibility in the population, the virus will spread quickly no matter the climate conditions," Baker said.

Baker said the spread of the virus seen in countries such as Brazil, Ecuador and Australia indicates that warmer conditions do little to halt the pandemic.

"It doesn't seem that climate is regulating spread right now," Baker said.

Without strong containment measures or a vaccine, the coronavirus may continue to infect a large proportion of the world's population, the researchers said, and only become seasonal later, "after the supply of unexposed hosts is reduced."

"Previously circulating human coronaviruses such as the common cold depend strongly on seasonal factors, peaking in the winter outside of the tropics," said co-author Bryan Grenfell, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at PEI.

"If, as seems likely, the novel coronavirus is similarly seasonal, we might expect it to settle down to become a winter virus as it becomes endemic in the population," Grenfell said.

For the study, the researchers conducted simulations on how the pandemic would respond to various climates. They ran scenarios based on what is known about the effect seasonal variations have on similar viruses.

In all three scenarios, climate only became a mitigating factor when large portions of the human population were immune or resistant to the virus.

"The more that immunity builds up in the population, the more we expect the sensitivity to climate to increase," Baker said. "If you run the model long enough, you have a big pandemic and the outbreak settles into seasonal infection."

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Re: Covid-19: COVID19TH UPDATE (19 May 2020)
« Reply #192 on: May 19, 2020, 11:55:42 AM »
COVID19TH UPDATE (19 May 2020)

- 2* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,033 total) - no new discharges (2,857) - 120 in hospital - no new deaths (56)
*2 family members in Narithiwat of a prev case - credit Saksith Saiyasombut
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Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 19.05.2020
« Reply #193 on: May 19, 2020, 01:16:36 PM »
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Re: Covid-19: UPDATE (20 May 2020)
« Reply #194 on: May 20, 2020, 11:47:53 AM »
Covid-19 UPDATE (20 May 2020)

- 1* new confirmed #COVID19 case (3,034 total) - 31 more discharged (2,888) - 90 in hospital - no new deaths (56)
a Thai national who returned from Bahrain was tested positive in state quarantine. He showed no symptoms.   credit @ Saksith Saiyasombut
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Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 20.05.2020
« Reply #195 on: May 20, 2020, 12:41:48 PM »
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Third phase of easing considered if no new Covid-19 cases in 15 days

The government is planning announce the third phase of easing restrictions if the number of new Covid-19 cases does not rise within the next two weeks, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Wednesday (May 20).

Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said the total number of Covid-19 cases had risen by one to 3,034 and that there had been no Covid-19 related deaths over a 24-hour period.

Anutin believes that once businesses resume operation, people will adapt to the new normal such as maintaining social distancing, wearing face masks and washing hands frequently.

“Thailand’s situation has improved as can be seen from the number of infections and those who have fully recovered,” he said. “The ministry has earmarked more than Bt5 billion for the development of a vaccine and we have already stockpiled antiviral drugs.”

The minister said it was good that Songklanagarind Hospital was successful in treating Covid-19 patients with blood plasma until they fully recovered.

“However, further study is required because the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute has tried to use this treatment and failed,” he said.

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Re: Covid-19: State of emergency set to stay
« Reply #197 on: May 21, 2020, 10:47:45 AM »
State of emergency set to stay

The emergency decree looks set to continue for another month as security authorities are still "not confident" about the Covid-19 situation following the easing of the lockdown since early this month, a military source says.

Their stance was revealed as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday met military top brass to address the Covid-19 outbreak that was "wreaking havoc on people from all walks of life", the source said.

The source said military chiefs are ready to act in line with the government's wishes if it decides to extend the decree. Staunch enforcement will continue until the pandemic eases off, the source said.

The National Security Council, the National Intelligence Agency and military agencies have been keeping a close watch on the easing of business shutdowns since May 17, a day which saw large numbers of people flocking to shopping malls.

According to the source, security agencies are worried over the impact on public health if the state of emergency does not continue when the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) allows more businesses and activities to reopen in June.

In this "phase 2 easing period", the government needs to wait for at least 14 days to assess whether new lockdown easing will lead to further Covid-19 outbreaks.

Without the executive decree, the source said, the CCSA will be dissolved and the government will lack the legal tools, including shutdowns and a curfew, it has used since March 26 to quickly contain the spread of novel coronavirus should further action be necessary.

In the view of security authorities, the enforcement of the Communicable Diseases Act alone is not enough as legal power will be mostly exercised by the Public Health Ministry.

This is different from the ongoing CCSA management with Gen Prayut authorised to give a "single command" integrating the work of both security and health officials.

National Security Council secretary-general Somsak Roongsita said he will call a meeting today on the executive decree enforcement, which is due to end on May 31, between security officers and representatives from health and business sectors.

Whether to further enforce the law will depend largely on the "actual Covid-19 situation", he said. The mostly one-digit infection rates a day which are being reported at the moment are the result of strict measures under the decree last month, he said.

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Re: Covid-19: UPDATE (21 May 2020)
« Reply #198 on: May 21, 2020, 11:45:44 AM »
COVID19 UPDATE (21 May 2020)

- 3 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,037 total) - 9 more discharged (2,897) - 84 in hospital - no new deaths (56) credit @ Saksith Saiyasombut
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Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 21.05.2020
« Reply #199 on: May 21, 2020, 12:53:03 PM »
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Re: Covid-19: more info on the 3 new confirmed inc. 1 german
« Reply #200 on: May 21, 2020, 01:11:07 PM »
German man among three new Covid-19 cases

Three new Covid-19 cases were found over a 24-hour period but there were no deaths, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration(CCSA), said on Thursday (May 21).

The total number of Covid-19 patients increased to 3,037.

All the new cases found in Bangkok and Chonburi; two in community areas while one patient, who had returned from the Philippines, was in state quarantine.

The first case is a Thai man, 72, who suffers from diabetes and lung cancer. He is being treated in a state hospital. He went to have a haircut at a salon on Prachachuen Road four days ago after which his symptoms start to show up on May 18.

The second case is a 42-year-old German man who lived in Bangkok but had gone to Chaiyaphum province from April 30 to May 16. His relative had a fever on May 8 but did not go to hospital. He also went to a shopping mall in Chaiyaphum during his stay. After returning to Bangkok, he went to check-up his health and was found to be infected on May 18.

The third case is a 25-year-old female student who had returned from the Philippines. She entered the state quarantine area on May 13 and was found to be infected on May 19 though none of the symptoms were visible.

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Heat inside car parked in sunlight ‘can kill most of the virus’, says professor

A new study by the University of Georgia in the US shows that the heat inside a parked car on a sunny day can kill 99.99 per cent of the novel coronavirus.

If a car is parked for 30 minutes in sunshine, the temperature inside the car can rise up to 45 degrees Celsius thanks to shortwave radiation of sunlight.

Travis Glenn, a professor of environmental health science at the university’s College of Public Health, said the virus can live on surfaces for up to three days, but does not last very long in heat.

“So, if it faces hot temperatures like 45 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes, 99.99 per cent of the virus will die,” he said. “It will take only five minutes to kill the virus in 65-degree Celsius heat.”

However, he said, more tests are required to confirm that the virus can be killed by heat.

“We still encourage people to wear face masks when shopping or running errands outside their homes,” he added. “You can also disinfect masks by leaving them inside the car, as long as it is parked somewhere warm.”

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Re: Covid-19: COVID UPDATE (22 May 2020)
« Reply #202 on: May 22, 2020, 11:59:37 AM »
COVID UPDATE (22 May 2020)

zero* new confirmed #COVID19 caes (3,037 total - 13 more discharged (2,910) - 71 in hospital - no new deaths (56, no new deaths since 2 weeks) *pending test results from 2 people under state quarantine  credit @ Saksith Saiyasombut
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Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 22.05.2020
« Reply #203 on: May 22, 2020, 01:12:06 PM »
the English language briefing with Mr. NatapanuN will only be from Monday-Friday in the future

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Thailand reports Zero new cases today and Zero deaths, which is great news!
Keep up the good work Thailand!  The total number of cases since the outbreak began still stands at 3,037 with a total of 56 fatalities sadly.
Fantastic to hear there's a further 13 recoveries nationwide making a total of 2,910 discharged to date, with only 71 patients with the disease remaining in hospital. Here's to a speedy recovery!

Keep up the good work Thailand!

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Re: Covid-19: CCSA approves extension of emergency for a month
« Reply #204 on: May 22, 2020, 01:59:58 PM »
CCSA approves extension of emergency for a month

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meeting approved on Friday (May 22) extension of the state of emergency for a month until June 30, as proposed by the National Security Council (NSC).

The NSC on Thursday (May 21) decided to propose the emergency matter as well as those related to the next phase of relaxation of the lockdown and curfew to the CCSA. It invited representatives from related agencies like national security, public health and economy to hold a meeting in order to discuss the state of emergency, which has been enforced since March 26.

After approval by the CCSA, the NSC will propose this matter again to the Cabinet next Tuesday

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Re: Covid-19: more info on the 3 new confirmed inc. 1 german - update
« Reply #205 on: May 22, 2020, 08:26:12 PM »
German man among three new Covid-19 cases

Three new Covid-19 cases were found over a 24-hour period but there were no deaths, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration(CCSA), said on Thursday (May 21).

The total number of Covid-19 patients increased to 3,037.

All the new cases found in Bangkok and Chonburi; two in community areas while one patient, who had returned from the Philippines, was in state quarantine.

The first case is a Thai man, 72, who suffers from diabetes and lung cancer. He is being treated in a state hospital. He went to have a haircut at a salon on Prachachuen Road four days ago after which his symptoms start to show up on May 18.

The second case is a 42-year-old German man who lived in Bangkok but had gone to Chaiyaphum province from April 30 to May 16. His relative had a fever on May 8 but did not go to hospital. He also went to a shopping mall in Chaiyaphum during his stay. After returning to Bangkok, he went to check-up his health and was found to be infected on May 18.

The third case is a 25-year-old female student who had returned from the Philippines. She entered the state quarantine area on May 13 and was found to be infected on May 19 though none of the symptoms were visible.

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Adherence to protection measures reducing new Covid-19 cases

Director of communicable diseases, Dr Sopon Iamsirithaworn, said on Friday (May 22) that the two newest Covid-19 cases reported two days ago may not have transmitted the virus to others because they observed prevention guidelines and wore face masks while in public places.

The first case was a 72-year-old Thai man, who recently underwent treatment at a private hospital in Bangkok, and later visited a barber in the capital’s Prachachuen area. Knowing that his immunity was low, the man has always been careful and never leaves home without a mask. Though there were no other customers at the barbershop when the man visited, there were eight members of staff at the time.

Since all members of staff were wearing masks at the time, they are considered low-risk contacts. However, the owner decided to temporarily close the shop and have all staff go into self-quarantine.

The man’s two or three family members are considered to be at high risk and are being tested for infection.

The second case was a 42-year-old German man who travelled to Thailand in January, but recently visited his mother-in-law in Chaiyaphum province. He returned to Bangkok in a private car and had no symptoms, though he tested positive for Covid-19 when he underwent tests before returning to work. His wife and children tested negative.

However, officials are continuing to test people he may have come in contact with in Chaiyaphum province. Over the past two months, three cases were reported in Chaiyaphum and officials believe there is a possibility that there may be more asymptomatic Covid-19 cases in the province.

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Heat inside car parked in sunlight ‘can kill most of the virus’, says professor

A new study by the University of Georgia in the US shows that the heat inside a parked car on a sunny day can kill 99.99 per cent of the novel coronavirus.

If a car is parked for 30 minutes in sunshine, the temperature inside the car can rise up to 45 degrees Celsius thanks to shortwave radiation of sunlight.

Travis Glenn, a professor of environmental health science at the university’s College of Public Health, said the virus can live on surfaces for up to three days, but does not last very long in heat.

“So, if it faces hot temperatures like 45 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes, 99.99 per cent of the virus will die,” he said. “It will take only five minutes to kill the virus in 65-degree Celsius heat.”

However, he said, more tests are required to confirm that the virus can be killed by heat.

“We still encourage people to wear face masks when shopping or running errands outside their homes,” he added. “You can also disinfect masks by leaving them inside the car, as long as it is parked somewhere warm.”

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Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (23 May 2020)
« Reply #207 on: May 23, 2020, 12:14:02 PM »
COVID19 UPDATE (23 May 2020)

- 3* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,040 total)
- 6 more discharged (2,916)
- 68 in hospital
- no new deaths (56)

* 2 returnees in state quarantine, 1 Italian in Phuket showing no symptoms

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Prayut: 'Building back better'

Never in our recent history have we faced a major challenge such as coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19). This pandemic is going to bring about drastic changes to our economies and societies, and will force us to adapt and change our way of life. We can no longer return to a “Business as usual” mode and must be prepared to embrace the “New Normal”.

I wish to take this opportunity to commend and extend support to every country in surmounting this crisis. Thailand is fully committed to controlling and responding to the spread of Covid-19 in the most effective manner. The Thai government has undertaken upstream, midstream and downstream measures, including screening and restrictions of international travel and the stay-at-home campaign. We have ensured adequate medical services, supplies and equipment; provision of accurate and transparent information to the public; as well as the promotion of community participation, including through the more than one million village health volunteers nationwide. Medical treatment for both Thai and non-Thai patients residing in Thailand along with remedial measures to alleviate social and economic effects have also been provided. The Thai government is confident that we can contain the outbreak, but we will remain vigilant while taking a step-by-step approach to ensure that we do not see a second wave of outbreak.

While we practise social distancing, we are not only keeping distance from one another but also from the environment and natural resources. Curbs on travel and tourism including the closure of national parks, seas and beaches have provided space for the environment to recuperate. It is now more evident than ever that human activities have greatly contributed to nature’s imbalance and its degradation. As we embark on our recovery from this crisis, we must bear in mind the importance of maintaining balance among economic, social, environmental and development activities with a view to reviving nature and ensuring a balanced and sustainable ecosystem.

The theme of this commission session underscores the importance of the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and seas which are of great significance to Thailand. Last year, as chair of Asean, Thailand took part in the advocacy efforts of member states to adopt the “Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in the Asean Region”, which emphasises enhanced cooperation to prevent, reduce and manage marine debris by supporting innovation, enhancing research capability, applying scientific knowledge as well as promoting inclusive participation of all relevant sectors. Therefore, I hope to be able to carry forward cooperation on this matter with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) and its members. At the same time, the apparent restoration of nature that I referred to as we implemented measures to combat Covid-19, in particular the reappearance of various wildlife and marine species, should give all of us impetus to be more environmentally conscious as we move forward.

The Covid-19 crisis has gravely impacted national and global economies. It will also affect our endeavours to achieve the sustainable development goals or SDGs. But in every crisis lies an opportunity. I would like to encourage all of us to rethink and find new and sustainable ways to advance cooperation in various areas such as food and energy security, public health, the environment, employment, digital and supply chain connectivity, the facilitation of transport of goods and logistics and people-to-people connectivity.

In addition, utilising the full potential of the digital economy will help mitigate economic impacts and disruptions to the supply chain, especially for essential goods, medicines and medical equipment caused by the pandemic.

The Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP), Thailand’s path to achieving sustainable development, underlines the balance between economic, social and environmental development. SEP emphasises a people-centred approach to development that leaves no one behind, which entails grassroots empowerment and returning opportunities to the people, particularly to the vulnerable. When individuals and communities are empowered, the society and country will be resilient and continue to grow, immune to future challenges.

In our efforts to build back better, Thailand stresses the importance of supporting local economies, digital development and the promotion of the agricultural sector by ensuring food security, strengthening community businesses and fostering sustainability of grassroots economies. Bio Circular Green Economy (BCG) is a business model that will help promote sustainable growth that is environmentally friendly and inclusive.

This year marks the United Nation's 75th anniversary, and the Covid-19 pandemic has posed a litmus test to multilateralism. In ensuring its continued relevance, the UN and the multilateral system need to evolve to better reflect the interests of member states. We must cooperate, listen and exchange more knowledge with one another. As the main regional forum, Escap plays a vital role as a platform for the exchange of experiences and best practices among countries. Covid-19 has clearly demonstrated that the effects of crises do not respect boundaries. We must, therefore, assist one another. Otherwise, we will all fail and will be defeated by this pandemic. The recent Special Asean Summit on Covid-19 demonstrated common political will and resolve of Asean member states to address this critical issue.

As we build back better, we must stand firm and united in our pursuit for sustainability. In moving forward together, we must survive today. Tomorrow, we must become stronger. We must leave no one behind as we advance toward the goals ahead. The clock is ticking for the remaining decade of action and delivery to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We must, therefore, accelerate our collective efforts to build back better, drawing upon lessons learned and intensify cooperation in order to pass on a sustainable world to future generations.

An adaptation of remarks by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha at the opening of the 76th Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific on Thursday.

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The World Health Organization says Latin America has become the new epicentre of the pandemic, with Brazil reporting the highest number of coronavirus cases in the region. The number of new infections on the continent has now surpassed the US and Europe's.

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