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Govt will impose 24-hour curfew if Covid-19 situation does not improve

The government might take recourse to a 24-hour curfew within a week if the number of Covid-19 patients kept rising.

Government Spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat said that a curfew from 10pm to 4am was imposed after it was found people were still leaving their houses, leading to a rising trend in Covid-19 cases.

The number of cases has been rising by an average of over 100 a day, and even though the government does not want to impose more stringent measures, a 24-hour curfew was still an option if the situation got worse, she said.

“The prime minister does not want to be tough on this matter. So, he has asked for more cooperation from the public to reduce their outdoor movement.

"Don’t leave the house if not necessary. Follow the social distancing measure, which people have not completely complied with,” Narumon said.

She said the premier understood that there were situations that required people to leave the house during a curfew, especially for medical personnel, bankers, delivery service and people who worked on shifts.

He wanted those people to prepare documents to show to the officials. Those who leave their residences without permission will face a legal penalty, she warned.

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Re: Covid-19: - Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 4, 2020
« Reply #31 on: April 04, 2020, 01:37:09 PM »
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 4, 2020 - 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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Thailand reported 89 new cases of Covid-19 and one more death on Saturday (April 4), bringing the total number of confirmed cases nationwide to 2,067.  The total number of deaths rose to 20, while 612 patients have recovered, according to Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Covid-19 Situation Administration Centre.  Of the new cases, 31 are in Bangkok.

Until now, US health agencies have said that the primary pathway of transmission is respiratory droplets. an article in the bangkokpost.com reports
Coronavirus may spread through normal breathing: US scientists

The new coronavirus might spread through the air via normal breathing and speaking, a top US scientist said Friday as the government was poised to recommend the use of face masks for everyone.

Anthony Fauci, head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told Fox News the guidance on masks would be changed "because of some recent information that the virus can actually be spread even when people just speak, as opposed to coughing and sneezing."

As it stands, the official advice is that only sick people need to cover their faces, as well as those caring for them at home.

Fauci's comments come after the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) sent a letter to the White House on April 1 that summarised recent research on the subject.

It said that though the research isn't yet conclusive, "the results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathing."

Until now, US health agencies have said that the primary pathway of transmission is respiratory droplets, about one millimeter in diameter, expelled by sick people when they sneeze or cough.

These quickly fall to the ground around a meter away.

But if the virus can be suspended in the ultrafine mist we expel when we exhale, in other words an aerosol, it becomes much harder to prevent its spread, which in turn is an argument in favor of everyone covering their faces.

The aerosol debate

A recent NIH funded study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus could become an aerosol and remain airborne for up to three hours.

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Re: Covid-19: - Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 5, 2020
« Reply #33 on: April 05, 2020, 01:08:37 PM »
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 5, 2020

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(Reuters) - Thailand reported 102 new coronavirus cases and three more deaths, the country's public health ministry said on Sunday.
The latest numbers raised the total in the Southeast Asian nation to 2,169 cases. Twenty three people have died in Thailand since the outbreak first emerged in January.

(Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday he would ask parliament to extend lockdown measures by 15 days until April 26, as the rate of new coronavirus infections and deaths slowed again in one of the world's worst-hit countries.
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it could even improve more if people abided by the rules as

Ubon woman who skipped Bangkok quarantine tests positive for Covid-19  nationthailand.com

Covid-19 rates showing signs of decline as 102 cases found

The country recorded 102 new Covid-19 infections and three deaths on Sunday, although the rate of infections in Bangkok may be on the decline, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

The number of imported cases, meanwhile, was no more than 10 per day. Most of them were from people who had travelled from Europe, said CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin.

Three new Covid-19 deaths were reported on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 23, while the accumulated number of infections rose to 2,169, including the 674 people who have recovered, he said.

The first of the three deaths reported on Sunday was a 46-year-old Thai man who had returned from London on March 22, admitted to a hospital with Covid-19 symptoms on March 25 and died on Friday, Dr Taweesin said.

The second death was an 82-year-old Swiss man with a history of heart disease and high blood pressure, who two weeks ago attended a party in Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan and another party at a bar and restaurant on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok on March 29, Dr Taweesin said.

This patient was admitted to a private hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan on March 31 with a high fever, high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat and fatigue, said Dr Taweesin, adding doctors first thought he had pneumonia and acute heart failure.

The patient was later referred to another private hospital in neighbouring Phetchaburi on April 1, where he died the following day, Dr Taweesin said.

The third death was a 30-year-old Thai construction worker with a drinking habit who had travelled from the southern province of Phatthalung to work in the northeastern province of Surin on March 20, Dr Taweesin said.

On March 29, he fell ill with Covid-19 symptoms. He was then rushed to Prasat Hospital in Surin on April 2 and later died, Dr Taweesin said.

The new 102 confirmed cases fall into three groups -- patients with close contact to the people with Covid-19 virus, patients who have recently returned from abroad and patients whose sources of infection are under investigation, of which there are 12, Dr Taweesin said.

Of the new 102 infections, most of them were in Bangkok and Phuket, 34 and 24 respectively, he said. However, Dr Taweesin added infection trends in Bangkok are showing signs of declining, while those in the provinces are starting to level off.

To date, the average Covid-19 mortality rate in Thailand stood at 0.97%.

"From our experience in the past three to four months, just one or two infected people who had returned from overseas could spread the virus to a huge number of people," he said.

He said this has been known to happen to recent returnees who showed no fever and had medical certificates declaring them fit to fly.

"This is why the standard 14-day quarantine period is recommended," Dr Taweesin said.

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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 6, 2020
« Reply #35 on: April 06, 2020, 02:11:28 PM »
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 6, 2020 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: No 24-hour curfew soon: Interior Ministry
« Reply #36 on: April 06, 2020, 05:08:50 PM »
No 24-hour curfew soon: Interior Ministry

The Interior Ministry today (April 6) denied rumours that a 24-hour curfew will be announced soon, saying there is no current plan and that it has not issued any such order.

“The ministry recently dispatched an order to provincial governors to prepare five measures in case the Covid-19 situation escalates,” Deputy Interior Minister Niphon Bunyamanee said. “These preparations are not for an all-day curfew.”

The five measures are:

1) Prepare quarantine facilities for Thais who have returned from abroad.

2) Coordinate with local administration offices and related agencies regarding steps to prevent Covid-19 from spreading in communities.

3) Prepare food supplies and product distribution centres.

4) Ready personnel in case the curfew is extended or expanded.

5) Report the situation and all problems to the ministry’s Covid-19 centre.

“The authority to announce extension or expansion of the curfew rests with the Covid-19 Administration Centre at Government House,” he said.

“The Interior Ministry centre will be mainly responsible for making sure people in all provinces have access to necessary consumer products and medical supplies, while local agencies are ready to comply with any new government policies,” he added.

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Re: Covid-19: Thai govt dismisses rumours on 24-hour curfew
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Thai govt dismisses rumours on 24-hour curfew

April 6 (Xinhua) -- The Thai government on Monday categorically dismissed rumors that a 24-hour curfew would shortly be imposed nationwide from the upcoming Friday, compared to the six-hour curfew currently.

Thaveesilp Wisanuyothin, spokesman of the government-run Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), dismissed the 24-hour curfew rumors widely circulated in social media. A daily curfew between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. were imposed from April 2.

Thaveesilp commented such unconfirmed hearsay may have stemmed from a written directive recently sent from the Ministry of Interior's Permanent Secretary Chatchai Phromlert to all provincial governors calling for "preparations to upgrade the measures and operations" against the COVID-19 pandemic at local level throughout the country.

Many people may have been misled or misinterpreted the message as a step to be promptly taken in advent of curfew around the clock, according to the CCSA spokesman.

Thailand has reported 51 new cases on Monday. Given the number of cases reported on daily basis by the Ministry of Public Health, no such thing as a 24-hour curfew will be declared anytime soon, according to the CCSA spokesman.

Thaveesilp commented such unconfirmed rumors have merely sent panics and that those who might share untruthful, misleading content such as the 24-hour curfew could possibly be faced with severe legal penalties under current emergency rule.

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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 7, 2020
« Reply #38 on: April 07, 2020, 02:20:15 PM »
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 7, 2020 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: Virus situation sees encouraging improvement but ...
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Virus situation sees encouraging improvement but ‘not statistically satisfactory’
The Covid-19 situation in the country has seen some improvement due to the government’s new measures to tackle the spread of the virus but is “not statistically satisfactory”, Dr Yong Poovorawan, a virologist at Chulalongkorn University, said.

After Covid-19 began spreading, thanks in large part to people contracting the virus after attending Lumpinee Boxing Stadium events, the number of infections has been drastically increasing. Statistically, one infected individual could spread the virus to 2.5 others.

Foreign tourists, especially from Europe and America, and crowded locations were other reasons behind the spread of Covid-19 in Thailand.

Last week, however, the infection rate dropped to one person spreading the disease to 1.5. This is the result of new directives imposed by the government. Still, the number is not considered satisfactory until the rate drops to a 1:1 ratio, Yong pointed out.

He believes the infection rate tomorrow will be lower, but the path to zero new cases still has some way to go.

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Test, test, test for the virus and look towards South Korean model, says former DPM

A former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand went on his personal Facebook page to look into the number of people tested for Covid-19 in Thailand and appeal for wider testing.

He gave several reasons why testing has been poor and sluggish but said that now is the time to expand testing to asymptomatic individuals to prevent more cases swamping the health system.

With an improved number of  testing labs the country now has the capacity to do 20,000 tests daily - they could do as many tests as they have done since January in the next few days.

Dr Surapong Seubwonglee said that testing for the virus has been low in Thailand though it is higher than reported on worldometers.info that said 25,071 had been tested equating to just 359/million inhabitants. 


Testing done in Thailand January to April 4th

 He showed data that suggested 71,860 tests had been done from January to April 4th. The great majority of these were in Bangkok with Chula (pink on the graph) and Ramathibodi Hospital (Blue) the most.

Dr Surapong said that the testing done in Thailand was a fraction of that done in South Korea and Germany.

Yet Thailand found a greater percentage of people infected. This was because they had targeted high risk individuals rather than the asymptomatic population.

He said that tests in Thailand need to be ramped up so that more people with the virus could be found and given medication early before their symptoms might become dangerous. This model has been widely praised around the world, notes Thaivisa, after it was adopted in South Korea.

Dr Surapong said there were several reasons for the sluggish approach to testing. There were few testing labs at first and most of those were in Bangkok.

There are now 77 nationwide and the capacity for testing daily is 20,000. There will be 107 labs later this month.

He conceded that problems over the cost of the tests and the lack of uniformity created difficulties. Now the cost has been fixed at 3,000 baht he said and Thais could access a test on their social security or other insurance.

Test, test, test was the former DPM's message, especially now that the country has the labs to do so. 

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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 8,
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 8, 2020 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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(Reuters) - Thailand reported 54 new coronavirus cases and 2 more deaths on Thursday, including a 74-year-old French national.

An 82-year-old Thai man also died, said a spokesman for the government's Center for CoVID-19 Situation Administration.

The new cases include five Thais repatriated from Indonesia who had traveled to South Sulawesi province for a religious gathering last month before the event was postponed. Thailand has reported a total of 2,423 cases and 32 fatalities, while 940 patients have recovered and gone home since the outbreak started in January.   straitstimes.com

Chaiyaphum woman infected with Covid-19 for second time

A Chaiyaphum woman has contracted Covid-19 for the second time after having been cured of the virus while she was in Bangkok in the middle of March.

The woman, 38, had also returned from overseas in March and was found to be infected with the novel coronavirus. She was admitted to Phyathai 2 Hospital in Bangkok and completely cured. Then she decided to return to her hometown.

However, from April 3-5 she became sick again and went for a test. The result showed that her throat was infected with Covid-19.

Another case was a 42-year-old construction worker who returned from Qatar on April 2.

Both cases are now under treatment in local hospitals. Authorities will try to trace people who might have been in close contact with them.

On April 8, a report showed that Chaiyaphum has 109 Covid-19 patients. Eight were new cases. The local government has asked its residents to strictly follow curfew directives to limit the spread of the virus.

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Re: Covid-19: there's no place like home
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Taiwan's aggressive efforts are paying off in fight against COVID-19
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, Taiwan seems to have it under control. The island is only 80 miles off the coast of mainland China and very near to where the virus originated; plus there were many daily flights to it from Wuhan. But Taiwan has only 329 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and only five people have died from it. Nick Schifrin reports on this COVID-19 success story.



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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 9, 2020
« Reply #44 on: April 09, 2020, 02:48:42 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 9, 2020

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Confirmed new Covid-19 cases in Thailand one of the lowest in weeks
Thailand’s total number of Covid-19 patients rose to 2,423, with 54 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period -- one of the lowest in weeks -- and two more deaths, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Thursday (April 9).

The cases can be divided into four groups.

The first group of 22 had had close contacts with others previously confirmed as infected (mostly in Bangkok, 11)

The second group comprised 21 people of whom five had just returned from overseas (three Thais and two foreigners), eight were working in crowded areas or close to foreigners, four went to crowded areas, and four are medical staff.

The third group of six are being investigated on the source of the infection.

The last group of five had returned from Indonesia and are now under state quarantine in Pattani province.

Meanwhile, 52 people have fully recovered and returned home.

A 74-year-old French man died on April 7 in Chonburi province. He did not have any chronic disease but developed flu-like symptoms and diarrhoea. He was later found to be infected with Covid-19. He started to have difficulty breathing and needed a respirator on April 7. He died later that day.

An 82-year-old Thai man in Samut Prakan province who bad difficulty breathing died on Wednesday.

As of April 9, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stood at 2,423-- 1,451 are under treatment, 940 have recovered and been discharged, and there have been 32 deaths.



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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 10, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 10, 2020

10 April 2020 -- 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: current measures proving effective
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PM condemns curfew breakers

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday slammed more than 6,500 curfew violators for lacking a social conscience but insisted he will not impose any tougher restrictions as current measures in dealing with Covid-19 over the past 100 days are proving effective.

Gen Prayut insisted that the government will not extend the current curfew hours beyond 10pm-4am yet or impose any additional drastic measures that restrict people's rights as public cooperation has seen infection rates fall.

"Since Jan 4, we have been fighting together against Covid-19 for almost 100 days with preparation, strict monitoring, a strong public health system and cooperation from all sides.

"We now have the number of infected patients at a controllable level, and a low death rate compared to other leading countries," said Gen Prayut who is also in charge of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

This is proof that the country's operations are effective and several countries have held Thailand up as a successful example of dealing with Covid-19, the prime minister said in a TV Pool broadcast on Friday evening.

However, the prime minister was dissatisfied with the large number of people who have defied curfew restrictions which rose to more than 6,500 since the curfew started on April 3, and has led many people to call for tougher measures or a longer period of curfew.

"People who lack conscience and responsibility will make life miserable for those who are struggling to earn their living. I want to warn them to correct themselves, though the CCSA still has no plan to extend the current curfew hours," he said.

Gen Prayut also emphasised that the Songkran festival has been postponed, and the public must not take part in any kind of informal celebrations or return to their home provinces during the period. He also urged people to forgo the Rot Nam Dam Hua water-pouring ceremony, a traditional rite for young people to show respect to elders and ask for their blessings.

Gen Prayut did, however, say that he had signed an order to allow people in some groups or sectors to work during the night curfew.

The order includes authorities and their assistants, including civil servants, on duty under the order of state agencies.

Patients in need of medical attention, their care-takers and all health personnel are also allowed to travel during the curfew, according to the order issued on Friday

The transport of medical supplies, consumer products, newspapers and goods for import and export is also allowed.

Those who need to be quarantined are also allowed to travel as are staff at petrol stations and public utilities.

Food delivery and refuse collection workers are exempted during the curfew hours, as well as people who need to work at night such as security guards, fishermen, rubber tappers and nightshift staff.

Meanwhile, a total of 33 Thais stranded overseas returned to Thailand on Friday, according to spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin at the CCSA's daily press conference.

Of them, 15 from the Netherlands arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport and will be quarantined at a hotel near the airport for 14 days.

The other 18 arrived back from Singapore and will be placed under quarantine at a hotel on Rama IX Road in Bangkok.

Dr Taweesilp also said that a total of 21 Thais stranded in Moscow, Russia will fly home on Saturday and will be quarantined at a hotel in Bangkok.

A group of 152 Thai students studying in the US on a scholarship from the American Field Service will also fly to Thailand at a date yet to be confirmed, and be quarantined at a Bangkok hotel, Dr Taweesilp said.

Chutintorn Gongsakdi, the Thai ambassador to India, said that the embassy in New Delhi has prepared for the first batch of 200 Thais who have registered to return home.

More than 1,600 Thais in India have signed up to return so far, he said, adding that upon arrival they will be quarantined for 14 days.

Mr Chutintorn said that the embassy is ready to charter flights to bring them home between April 15-17 when the Indian government allows aircraft from other countries to enter the country on April 14.

Currently, more than 20,000 Thais stranded overseas have registered with Thai embassies in foreign countries to return home.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has banned inbound flights until April 18 due to the risk of returnees being infected with Covid-19.

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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 11, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 11, 2020

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: World observing Easter under lockdown
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World observing Easter under lockdown
Global update: US about to overtake Italy for most deaths, Singapore and India take more steps


Hospital beds are laid out in a chapel inside the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine for a temporary field hospital to deal with coronavirus patients in New York City. (Reuters Photo)

The United States became the first country to report more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day, marking a grim milestone as billions around the world celebrated the Easter weekend under lockdown from home.

The global death toll from the virus surged past 103,000, with total cases rising to 1.7 million, of which 501,000 or 29% were in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

While the US has become the icentre of the pandemic that first emerged in China late last year, Europe has so far shouldered the majority of all deaths and infections. However, there were signs of hope that the curve could be starting to flatten in some of the hardest-hit countries.

Numbers out of Madrid own Saturday offered a glimmer of hope, as the 510 new deaths represented a drop in fatalities for the third day in a row.

In France, nearly 1,000 new deaths were confirmed on Friday but the country reported a drop in the number of intensive care patients for a second day running.

Italy, meanwhile, said the number of daily deaths was starting to level off — though the government resisted pressure to lift its lockdown, extending confinement measures until May 3.

With 18,849 dead, Italy has the highest death toll, but it is expected to be overtaken by the United States on Sunday.

But President Donald Trump said that with the US infection trajectory “near the peak” and social distancing working well, he was considering ways to reopen the world’s biggest economy as soon as possible.

He acknowledged the risk of higher death tolls if businesses restart too soon — after the World Health Organization on Friday cautioned countries against lifting lockdown measures too quickly.

“But you know what? Staying at home leads to death also,” Trump added, pointing to the massive economic suffering for millions of Americans.

Empty churches

Easter weekend began in near-empty churches around the world as most Roman Catholic parishioners remained locked in their homes.

More than 4 billion people — over half the world’s population — are confined to their homes from New York to Naples to New Delhi as governments scramble to contain the pandemic’s deadly march.

Pope Francis was due to livestream his Easter Vigil from an empty St Peter’s Basilica later on Saturday, after he presided over an empty Good Friday Service to start the weekend, the most important in the Roman Catholic calendar.

Across Europe, governments urged citizens to stay home for the weekend, fearing people would flock outdoors to enjoy warm weather or flee to holiday homes.

France deployed some 160,000 gendarmes to patrol busy roads, while Lithuania set up roadblocks to prevent travellers from leaving cities.

And Turkey announced with little warning Friday that a 48-hour lockdown order would be in place in dozens of cities, including Ankara and Istanbul, as its virus death toll crept past 1,000.

Shoppers crowded supermarkets in Istanbul late Friday in a rush to stock up on supplies before the curfew started at midnight.

The World Health Organization has warned that prematurely easing lockdown measures — as has started in central China where to virus first emerged — could spark a dangerous return of the disease.

“Lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Friday.

Some countries, especially in Asia, are worried about a possible second wave of infections imported from travellers as life creeps back to normal.

But governments are under pressure to strike a balance between keeping people safe and keeping already battered economies stable.

Singapore takes more steps

Singapore closed its beaches, and will make it mandatory for commuters to wear masks on public transport even after the end of the partial lockdown period to further control the spread of the coronavirus.

“Tougher measures” are necessary as safe-distancing measures aren’t being strictly followed, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong wrote in a Facebook post. The government closed off some areas in parks and nature reserves on Friday.

“In theory, we could keep most places open, so long as safe distancing measures are strictly adhered to,” Wong said on Saturday. “But increasingly we see that this is hard to achieve.”

Singapore has banned social gatherings and shuttered most workplaces until at least May 4 as part of measures to slow the pace of infections. Schools are also closed, and only those providing essential services are allowed to remain open during what it’s calling a “circuit breaker” period.

The government has distributed face masks to each household and will make it compulsory to wear them on public transport even after the partial lockdown is over and buses and trains become crowded again, according to Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

The country reported its highest daily increase of infections on Thursday with more than 200 of the 287 new cases linked to foreign worker dormitories, where inhabitants often stay in cramped conditions.

Singapore will set up two floating accommodations to temporarily house healthy foreign workers starting next week. Foreign workers will go through health checks including swab tests before boarding, and the government will arrange for their daily essential needs while a medical facility will be set up nearby on land.

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Re: Covid-19: Majority not confident in govt's handling - poll
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United States logs world's highest coronavirus death toll
(Reuters) - The United States surpassed Italy on Saturday as the country with the highest reported coronavirus death toll, recording more than 20,000 deaths since the outbreak began, according to a Reuters tally.
Britain's COVID-19 death toll neared 10,000 on Saturday after health officials reported another 917 hospital deaths, while one senior minister said Prime Minister Boris Johnson will need time off as he recovers from being seriously ill with the virus. (Reuters)

Majority not confident in govt's handling of Covid-19: Poll
A majority of people worry about the Covid-19 outbreak and are not confident in the government's handling of the situation, according to an opinion survey carried out by Suan Dusit Rajabhat Univerisity, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted online on April 7-10 on 2,970 people throughout the country.

A huge majority - 89.30% - said they worried about the situation, while 10.70% said otherwise.

Regarding their confidence in government's ability to stem the spread of Covid-19, 58.75% were not confident - 36.09% not quite confident and 22.66% not confident at all. On the other side, 33.07% said they were quite confident and 8.18% very confident.

Asked to outline what worried them the most in this situation, with each respondent allowed to give more than one answer, 87.68% pointed to the government's handling of the problem; 86.71% the work of medical personnel; 85.11% the possibility of being infected; 77.14% their daily expenses; 76.59% their work; 76.32% travel; 74.32% acquisition of items for self-protection such as hand sanitising gel, face masks and tissue papers; 73.23% their debts; and, 71.64% availability of food.

Asked what they wanted the government to do as soon as possible, 87.10% wanted it to limit the Covid-19 spread; 71.38% to take serious control of goods prices; 68.22% to extend testing for infections; 65.49% to reduce water and electricity prices or provide free water and electricity; 63.91% to introduce a debt moratorium for all groups of people; 59.80% to provide money to assist low-income earners; 58.25% to give compensation to the unemployed or people laid off jobs; 45.93% to introduce tax reduction; 44.44% to provide low-interest loans or lower the interest rate; and, 30.88% to ensure effective and transparent administration of all measures taken to tackle the coronavirus-related problems.

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The number of new COVID-19 cases in Thailand have fallen for a fourth consecutive day reports thaivisa.com
On Sunday, health officials announced 33 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 2,551.

Three new deaths were reported, bringing the total number of fatalities to 38.
Meanwhile, a further 83 people have been discharged having made a full recovery, bringing the total number of people discharged to 1,218.

PM praises COVID-19 containment efforts

(NNT) - The Prime Minister has commended related agencies and staff on their collaborative efforts to lessen the COVID-19 crisis, confirming that there is no need to extend curfew hours.

The Prime Minister and Minister of Defence has addressed the nation in a televised broadcast, highlighting the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.

He said the government has been promoting social distancing practices and encouraging companies to allow employees to work from home, as well as activating a village health volunteer network with some 1 million members assigned to check on local households and villagers in quarantine. The volunteer network is considered an important mechanism in Thailand’s robust primary health care system.

The government is working to support medical staff and increase treatment capacity. It has ordered 200,000 more N95 masks for medical staff, which can be disinfected properly under UV-C light and reused four times. 1.5 million surgical masks are being delivered to hospitals across the country daily.

The government has so far imported 187,000 Favipiravir tablets, a medicine found to be effective in treating coronavirus complications, in five batches from China and Japan. The government is targeting the importation of 200,000 more of these tablets, along with preparation of patient beds and other equipment to accommodate patients, both in Bangkok and other provinces.

The Prime Minister has said that inter-provincial travel restrictions and nightly curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. are still in place, with some 6,500 persons found to be violating these regulations by gathering at nighttime despite the prohibition. He has asked the general public to refrain from holding any special events for this year’s Songkran festival, in order to stop the ongoing transmission.

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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 12, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 12, 2020

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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PM warns ignoring safety measures will only delay return to normal life
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha visited state quarantine locations and checkpoints to evaluate the situation during Songkran festival.

The premier attended a briefing in Government House and was informed about improvement in containing Covid-19.

He asked people to not celebrate Songkran festival as usual and expressed his gratitude to the public and the officials for collaboration during the Covid-19 outbreak.

He was also informed about errors in the working process and ordered immediate improvements.

“It would be harder to return to our previous way of life if we do not help each other and don't follow the government’s measures. Every single one of our officers is exhausted but has not given up saving people’s lives,” Prayut said.

He urged everyone to continue living under the strict measures for the sake of public health.

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Deadly coronavirus comes in three variants, researchers find
Types A, B and C are all derived from the pathogen first found in bats but have evolved in different ways, according to a report by British and German geneticists.  Findings show the virus has become well adapted to human transmission and mutates as it spreads, Chinese epidemiologist says

Geneticists from Britain and Germany have mapped the evolutionary path of the coronavirus
that causes Covid-19 and determined there are currently three versions of it spreading around the world

The discovery of how the variants were formed and then spread could help scientists to identify its source and explain why it is so contagious.

The researchers analysed the first 160 complete viral genomes sequenced from human patients between December 24 and March 4, then reconstructed the early evolutionary pathway of Covid-19 in humans through its mutations.

“There are too many rapid mutations to neatly trace a Covid-19 family tree. We used a mathematical network algorithm to visualise all the plausible trees simultaneously,” said Peter Forster, a geneticist at University of Cambridge and lead author of the study.

“These techniques are mostly known for mapping the movements of prehistoric human populations through DNA. We think this is one of the first times they have been used to trace the infection routes of a coronavirus like Covid-19,” he said in a report about the study on the university’s website.

The world is under attack from three variants of the deadly coronavirus, according to new research. Photo: EPA-EFEThe world is under attack from three variants of the deadly coronavirus, according to new research. Photo: EPA-EFE
The world is under attack from three variants of the deadly coronavirus, according to new research. Photo: EPA-EFE
Geneticists from Britain and Germany have mapped the evolutionary path of the coronavirus
that causes Covid-19 and determined there are currently three versions of it spreading around the world

The discovery of how the variants were formed and then spread could help scientists to identify its source and explain why it is so contagious.

The researchers analysed the first 160 complete viral genomes sequenced from human patients between December 24 and March 4, then reconstructed the early evolutionary pathway of Covid-19 in humans through its mutations.

“There are too many rapid mutations to neatly trace a Covid-19 family tree. We used a mathematical network algorithm to visualise all the plausible trees simultaneously,” said Peter Forster, a geneticist at University of Cambridge and lead author of the study.

“These techniques are mostly known for mapping the movements of prehistoric human populations through DNA. We think this is one of the first times they have been used to trace the infection routes of a coronavirus like Covid-19,” he said in a report about the study on the university’s website.

The team labelled the three variants A, B and C.
Type A was closest to the coronavirus discovered in bats and although found in Wuhan
– the central China city that was the epicentre of the initial outbreak – was not the primary type there, they said.

Type A was also found in Americans who had lived in Wuhan, and in other patients diagnosed in the United States
and Australia.

The most common variant found in Wuhan was type B, the study said, though this appeared not to have travelled much beyond East Asia before mutating, which the researchers said was probably due to some form of resistance to it outside that region.

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China’s new coronavirus cases rise to near six-week high, Russian border becomes new battleground

(REUTERS) - China’s north-east Heilongjiang province which borders Russia has become the new battleground against the coronavirus as the authorities reported the highest number of new daily cases in nearly six weeks, driven by infected travellers from overseas.

China fears a rise in imported cases could spark a second wave of Covid-19 and push the country back into a state of near paralysis.

A total of 108 new coronavirus cases were reported in mainland China on Sunday (April 12), up from 99 a day earlier and marking the highest number of cases since 143 infections were reported on March 5.

The National Health Commission said 98 of the new cases were imported, a new record.

A total of 49 Chinese nationals who entered Heilongjiang province from Russia tested positive.

"Our little town here, we thought it was the safest place," said a resident of the border city of Suifenhe, who only gave his surname as Zhu. "Some Chinese citizens they want to come back, but it’s not very sensible, what are you doing coming here for?"

Though the number of daily infections across China have dropped sharply from the height of the epidemic in February, China has seen the daily toll creep higher after hitting a trough on March 12 because of the rise in imported cases.

Chinese cities near the border with Russia are tightening border controls and imposing stricter quarantines in response to influx of infected patients from the country.

Suifenhe last week announced restrictions on movements and gatherings similar to those imposed in Wuhan city, where the coronavirus outbreak first emerged late last year, and extended the closure of its border with Russia.

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Re: Covid-19: cases in Thailand fall for fifth consecutive day
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Number of new COVID-19 cases in Thailand fall for fifth consecutive day

(Reuters) Thailand reports 28 new coronavirus cases, two new deaths on Monday. Of the new cases, 18 are linked to previous cases, 7 without connection to old cases, and 3 are Thai nationals who had traveled to South Sulawesi province, Indonesia for a religious gathering last month.

Majority of the new cases are in the capital Bangkok, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman of the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

Since the outbreak escalated in January, Thailand has reported a total of 2,579 cases and 40 fatalities, while 1,288 patients have recovered and gone home.

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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 13, 2020
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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Mass-testing not that effective in battle against contagion   nationthailand.com

Contact tracing has proved to be the most effective in Thailand in the battle against the Covid-19 outbreak, government officials say.

However, due to Thailand’s limited resources, it cannot afford mass screening to uncover new infections, Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said on Monday (April 13).

He pointed to the lesson learned from Thailand’s top tourist destination Phuket, which got hit by the highest number of infections, 44.03 cases for every 100,000 people, followed by Bangkok at 23.03 and Yala at 15.72.

Of the total 2,579 cases in Thailand as of Monday, 182 are in Phuket alone, compared to 1,306 in Bangkok and 150 in Nonthaburi.

Bangkok’s population is 8.281 million versus just 416,582 in Phuket and 254,375 in Nonthaburi.

In Phuket, the first infection was found on January 26 and the numbers have been rising rapidly, leading to a severe lockdown.

In response to criticism about the lack of mass screening, Taweesin cited four hospitals that have conducted tests on fairly large sample groups and found relatively low rate of infections. For instance, Patong Hospital tested 1,712 people and found 19 infections or just 1.11 per cent; Vachira Phuket Hospital tested 763 and found 2 infections or just 0.26 per cent; while Cherngtalay (Thalang) Hospital conducted 103 tests and found 5 infections or 4.85 per cent, which is very large. In comparison, Thalang Hospital tested 337 people and found no infections, he said.

“Judging by these statistics, contact tracing has proved to be the most cost-effective and efficient means of finding infections,” he said.

The CCSA has highlighted four key lessons learned from the Covid-19 battle:

1. Those in high-risk contact groups have to be identified, and to ensure this measure is effective, the authorities need to enforce strict screening measures and the police have to step in and identify those evading the process;

2. Those in high-risk contact groups have to be completely isolated;

3. Active hunting for cases has to be applied to communities that have a high rate of infections or when contact tracing cannot be applied to all high-risk people;

4. Mass screening is not cost effective as the rate of infection is not high enough.

In response to criticism that Thailand’s number of cases is low because the authorities have been testing far too few people, Taweesin said mass screening is very expensive and does not guarantee success.

Meanwhile, in a separate interview with The Nation, Somchai Jitsuchon, research director at Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), said he agrees that contact tracing is the most effective measure to identify new infections. “But it should be combined with other measures. The best combination varies from place to place and how far the virus has spread,” he said.
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