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Slight increase in Covid-19 cases shows 'we cannot ease restrictions yet'

Thailand’s total number of Covid-19 patients rose to 2,613 with 34 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period, and one more death, Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Tuesday (April 14).

This compares with 54 new cases on Thursday, 50 on Friday, 45 on Saturday, 33 on Sunday and 28 on Monday.

Of the total, 1,288 patients have fully recovered and returned to their homes while 1,251 are under medical treatment.

He said we cannot lower our guard although some people may want the government to ease restrictions.

The cases can be divided into four groups.

The first group of 27 had had close contact with others previously confirmed as infected.

The second group comprised four people of whom two Thais had just returned from Italy and Malaysia, one was working in crowded areas or close to foreigners, and one went to crowded areas.

The third group of two are under investigation for the source of the virus.

The last group of one had returned from Indonesia and is now in state quarantine in Satun province.

Meanwhile, 177 more people have fully recovered and returned home.

A 52-year-old female bus driver, who drank with her friends and later founded that her 10 friends had also got infected, became the country's 41st fatality.

As of April 14, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stood at 2,613 -- 1,167 are under treatment, 1405 have recovered and been discharged, and there have been 41 deaths.

Out of 34 new patients, eight were in Bangkok, six in Yala, five each in Pattani and Phuket, four in Nakhon Si Thammarat, two in Samut Prakan, one each in Loei, Phangnga, and Satun, and one under investigation.

Globally, there are more than 1.92 million confirmed cases and around 120,000 deaths

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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 14, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 14, 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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'Mixed picture' in Europe, COVID-19 vaccine at least 12 months off: WHO

(Reuters) - The number of new cases of COVID-19 is easing in some parts of Europe, including Italy and Spain, but outbreaks are still growing in Britain and Turkey, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

“The overall world outbreak, 90 percent of cases are coming from Europe and the United States of America. So we are certainly not seeing the peak yet,” WHO spokeswoman Dr. Margaret Harris told a briefing in Geneva.

The WHO will issue guidance to member states later in the day listing six steps that they need to ensure they have in place before starting to ease any restrictions, she said.

“The most important one is, is your transmission controlled?”

The United States has the largest epidemic currently and has been a “fantastic partner” in addition to being the largest donor to the WHO, Harris said.

“There will always be criticisms of organisations, it’s important to listen criticism especially constructive criticism,” she said. “And our work will go on regardless of any kind of issues.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, voiced confidence on Monday that the United States would continue funding his U.N. agency, despite President Donald Trump’s criticism of the WHO’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Russia has become China’s largest source of imported cases, with a total of 409 infections originating in the northern neighbour.

“China in fact is now really focusing on looking at - apart from making sure that there are not new local cases - but their biggest threat is imported cases,” Harris said.

On vaccines, Harris said: “We really shouldn’t be expecting to see the vaccine at least for 12 months or longer.”

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Trump eyes reopening US economy but sparks polemic over 'king' powers
President Donald Trump's plan to reopen the post-pandemic US economy, starting with the unveiling of a new task force Tuesday, was mired in controversy after he was accused of seeking king-like powers.

Facing a tough reelection in November, the Republican president is eager to get the world's biggest economy back on its feet as quickly as possible. But his threat to invoke disputed "total" constitutional powers to force state governors to follow his orders prompted an outcry.

"We don't have King Trump, we have President Trump," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on CNN. full article bangkokpost.com

Cuomo says if Trump ordered New York to reopen, he 'wouldn't do it'
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Re: Covid-19: Trump says WHO funding will be halted (video)
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Trump says WHO funding will be halted amid coronavirus pandemic
President Trump said Tuesday that he is instructing his administration to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) during an investigation

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Re: Covid-19: Failure: Debunking Trump's Dangerous New Attack
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Failure: Debunking Trump's Dangerous New Attack On W.H.O During Pandemic

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports 30 new coronavirus cases, two new deaths
« Reply #66 on: April 15, 2020, 12:36:04 PM »
Thailand reports 30 new coronavirus cases, two new deaths

Thailand reported 30 new coronavirus cases and 2 deaths on Wednesday.

Of the new cases, 19 patients were linked to previous cases, and three had no links to old cases, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

One of those infected was in state quarantine, and the cases of seven people who tested positive were being investigated.

Since the outbreak escalated in January, Thailand has reported a total of 2,643 cases and 43 fatalities, while 1,497 patients have recovered and gone home. REUTERS

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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 15, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 15, 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: Prayut will reconsider lockdown in last week of April
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Prayut will reconsider lockdown in last week of April

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Wednesday (April 15) that he will evaluate the Covid-19 situation in the last week of April to see if some restrictions can be lifted.

He has already instructed state agencies to ease restrictions if the situation gets better and what they should do if infections rise. The Centre of the Covid-19 Situation Administration will also take all factors into account before making any decision.

The prime minister has warned that if people let their guard fall, the situation will worsen, adding that his government is giving equal attention to all affected groups.

Thailand has around 37 million workers in the informal and formal sectors combined, plus 9 million freelancers and 17 million in the farming sector.

Prayut said the government is funneling money from many sources to help those affected by the outbreak.

Each ministry has also been told to allocate 10 per cent of their budgets to the cause, however, this contribution, which adds up to Bt100 billion, will first have to be approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate. He said he expects the budget to be released in June.

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Restrictions can be lifted, but very gradually, experts say
Experts suggest that restrictions can be eased in some areas, provided it is not done all at once and everywhere.

Owing to the drop in new confirmed Covid-19 cases, an informed source said that after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired a meeting with the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday (April 13), the authorities signalled a chance of easing restrictions on businesses that have been forced to close. There were only 28 new cases on that day.

The governor of Nonthaburi province made the first move in easing restrictions, but reversed his position soon after he was hit by criticism.

Also, on Tuesday, the number of cases rose to 34 and CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin warned that the country should not let its guard down. He said the early easing of restrictions could lead to a spike in cases, citing Singapore and Japan, where infections rose sharply after being flat for a while.

A report on national security suggests that restrictions should be lifted very gradually, adding that only some provinces or some areas should reopen first. For instance, provincial governors may consider reopening hairdressing and beauty salons first provided the number of customers is kept limited and hand gel or steriliser is made available. Clients will also be required to wear face masks.

Dr Amorn Leelarasamee, president of the Medical Association of Thailand, said he agrees that some restrictions should be lifted to support businesses, but it should be done slowly, carefully and hand in hand with seven-day assessments of new cases. For instance, if new cases are in single digits, then shops or businesses can be reopened provided no more than 10 people are served at a time.

He also said that social distancing should continue being practised. Large department stores may have fewer risks, compared to small air-conditioned shops, the doctor said. Also, entertainment venues that are usually packed with customers, such as pubs and restaurants, should be the last to be reopened, he suggested.

Amorn also said the number of customers allowed to enter shops should be increased gradually, such as 10 initially, then 50 and then 100 based on the rate of new cases. He also warned that there is a high chance of a spike in new cases once the flight ban ends on April 18. Therefore, it is necessary that all foreign or Thai arrivals be put under quarantine for 14 days.

In the future, foreign tourists wanting to visit Thailand will have to apply a month ahead and must agree to a 14-day quarantine upon entering the country. He said this move may help the private sector arrange quarantine sites for visitors.

Meanwhile, Dr Chaiwat Techapaitoon, leader of a group supporting medical doctors fighting Covid-19, voiced concerns about the country running out of Favipiravir – the drug that is being used to treat the virus. Doctors are using this drug to treat critical patients or those whose lungs have been invaded by the virus.

He said if this drug was more well supplied, doctors can prescribe it to patients with mild symptoms, so fewer people end up in intensive care. However, he said, many countries are competing to buy this drug, which is leading to an increase in price and short supply.

He said the government should consider importing chemicals to produce the drug locally.

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Re: Covid-19: Govt mulls easing curfew as cases drop
« Reply #70 on: April 16, 2020, 11:03:36 AM »
Govt mulls easing curfew as cases drop

The government may start to ease the curfew by the end of this month if Covid-19 cases continue to fall. However, Siriraj Hospital is urging the authorities to do so sooner.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Wednesday reported 30 new cases of the coronavirus, increasing the national figure to 2,643. The figure was down four when compared to cases recorded on Tuesday.

The government imposed a nationwide curfew between 10pm and 4am from April 3 to April 30 as a measure to combat coronavirus transmission.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, speaking after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, noted a decline in the number of newly recorded virus cases per day.

Gen Prayut said the CCSA will take this fact into account and consider whether to ease curfew restrictions.

He said the curfew will be reviewed during the last week of this month as the government looks for alternative measures to flatten the curve of infections.

Restrictions will be gradually eased but measures to prevent a second wave of infections must be put in place, Gen Prayut said, adding the CCSA also will weigh whether to extend the nationwide state of emergency, which is set to expire on April 26.

"I have realised that restrictions under the emergency decree have affected people," he said.

"The government is trying to come up with alternative measures."

Prasit Watanapa, dean at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, said curfew restrictions should begin to be relaxed after April 22, following a 14-day incubation period for new infections.

The suggestion to ease curfews early followed a request from the business sector.

In Chon Buri, the provincial communicable disease committee has already begun to ease restrictions by allowing electronic retailers in department stores to reopen for business from May 1.

Dr Prasit said the declining number of new infections after the 14-day period should be used as the real indicator of when the curve is being flattened in Thailand.

According to that indicator, starting on April 9, new infections should slow, he said.

Even though the number of new cases showed a downward trend, the kingdom must not lower its guard or else the novel coronavirus disease will continue to affect the country.

If the number of new cases grows, Thailand's public health service could collapse due to a critical shortage of resources, including beds, tools, manpower and medicine. This is why authorities stress flattening the curve, to alleviate pressure on the system.

However, Dr Prasit said the country has been doing a good job to curb the number of new cases, with reductions by 30 to 40 per day, noting a study by the hospital found new cases should not exceed 32.7 cases per day.

"If we have truly seen a decreasing number of new cases, death rates, and several recoveries, it means that the outbreak is going to ease," he said.

"Then the government could gradually ease restrictions on some activities."

Additionally, the cabinet on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to extend the Covid-19 financial compensation programme for formal workers under the social security system (SSS) affected by the pandemic.

The compensation will cover members who have lost their job or were suspended due to the outbreak which hit the country in the beginning of this year.

The proposal to do so was approved on Tuesday by the social security board which agreed the impact of the outbreak on workers was legally considered as "force majeure".

It will also cover workers with Covid-19 and those under the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

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Re: Covid-19: Another fall in new COVID-19 cases in Thailand
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Thailand logs 29 new Covid-19 cases, 3 deaths Thursday  bangkokpost.com

The government on Thursday reported 29 new local cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), lifting the total to 2,672, and three new deaths, increasing the toll to 46.

The number of recovered cases is now 1,593 -- a substantial increase of 96 over's Wednesday's figures.

Thursday's tally of new cases was marginally lower than the 30 recorded on Wednesday.

The highest daily toll to date was the 188 recorded on March 22. Because testing has so far been limited, the actual number of cases may be higher.

The average age of Covid-19 patients was 37. The oldest was 91 and the youngest just 1 month.

Of the new cases, 14 patients were linked to previous cases, five had no links to old cases, and 10 that tested positive are awaiting investigation into how they were infected, said Taweeslp Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 16, 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: Thailand reports 28 new coronavirus cases, one more death
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Thailand reports 28 new coronavirus cases, one more death

(Reuters) - Thailand on Friday reported 28 new coronavirus cases and one more death, an 85-year-old woman who had other health complications.

Of the new cases, 16 were linked to previous cases, five had no links to old cases, and seven are awaiting investigation, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

Since the outbreak escalated in January, Thailand has reported a total of 2,700 cases and 47 fatalities, while 1,689 patients have recovered and gone home.
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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 17, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 17, 2020
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 17, 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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"New Normal" living amid virus situation is now being drafted

 Guidelines for a "new normal" living amid virus situation is now being drafted, as the government and the private sector have discussed gradual reopening of businesses, Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Friday (April 17).

Though the number of new confirmed cases are showing a downward trend, Taweesin emphasised that people should not get carried away and become complacent.

He said the government was pleased with the two-digit number of new cases and was considering relaxing some restrictions. However, people need to follow good practices such as keeping a two-metre distance between people, wearing mask and washing hands regularly. “If you follow good practices, the government has no reason to force you to keep up with the rules.”

He revealed the government will relax the measures by following six WHO recommendations.

Despite all the personal and economic pain the coronavirus has caused, WHO officials say that it is too soon to get back to normal because any premature attempts to restart economies could trigger secondary peaks in Covid-19 cases. They have warned that the process must be deliberate and widely coordinated.

Any government that wants to start lifting restrictions, must first meet six conditions, according to WHO:

1 Disease transmission is under control.

2 Health systems are able to "detect, test, isolate and treat every case and trace every contact".

3 Hot spot risks are minimised in vulnerable places, such as nursing homes.

4 Schools, workplaces and other essential places have established preventive measures.

5 The risk of importing new cases "can be managed".

6 Communities are fully educated, engaged and empowered to live under a new normal.

The worldwide number of Covid-19 cases has crossed 2.1 million, including more than 145,000 deaths.

This is an example of guidelines for a barbershop if government lets them reopen:

Advice for operators

Venue: Arrange seating and mattress for hair washing at least one metre apart and no waiting seats in the shop, but use the cue card or call the customer when available instead.

Duration: Services that take less than two hours, such as hair washing, haircut only.

Service: Refrain from service that requires sharing equipment that cannot be cleaned after use, such as make-up equipment

Staff: Everyone wears a cloth mask. Wash hands every time you serve a customer. Employees must stop working if they have fever or respiratory symptoms.

Cleaning: Wash the equipment with water and detergent each time after serving each customer, wipe the contact surface every hour with antiseptic. Place an alcohol hand cleansing gel at the shop entrance.

Advice for service recipients

- Wear a cloth mask all the time in the barbershop

- Wash your hands with alcohol gel before entering the store.

He said that the government will start to consider the guidelines for all service places next week if the number of new cases remains at a low number.

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Re: Covid-19: Prayut appeals to the 20 richest Thais for help
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Prayut appeals to the 20 richest Thais for help

In a special 10-minute speech broadcast on national TV at 6pm on Friday (April 17), Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called on Thailand’s 20 richest people to step up and help the government in its fight against the Covid-19 outbreak.

Prayut said he will next week write an open letter to the 20 tycoons, asking for help in efforts to tackle the pandemic, which he said has become a deadly threat to people’s health and economic wellbeing.

Commending them for the contributions they have already made, Prayut said more was needed in terms of ideas and resources. He also said that he will meet business associations of all sizes to hear their views personally.

The prime minister also called on people to stand in unity with the government, without the division of colour, apparently referring to the deep red- and yellow-shirt divide in society.

Though he did not mention the top richest of Thailand by name, they include CP’s Chearavanont family, Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, the Chirathiwat family, Gulf Energy Development’s CEO Sarath Ratanavadi, Bangkok Dusit Medical Services and Bangkok Airways founder Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, the Osathanugrah family, and BTS Group Holdings chairman Keeree Kanjanapas.

Prayut’s speech came as the Public Health Ministry, related agencies and the private sector work on developing a lockdown exit strategy as the night-time curfew comes to an end on April 30 and the number of confirmed infections is on a downward trend. There were just 28 new cases as of Friday, bringing Thailand's total Covid-19 cases up to 2,700.

People have been floating ideas about the reopening of some businesses such as department stores and hair-dressing salons.

The Public Health Ministry has come up an exit strategy in which a Covid-19 safety certificate will be given to business owners who agree to strictly follow preventive measures and social-distancing tactics, such as requiring customers to wear masks at all times and limiting the number of clients being serviced.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has also issued six guidelines for countries preparing to ease lockdown restrictions.

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Thailand's Covid-19 mortality rate among lowest in the world

The Covid-19 mortality rate in Thailand is at 1.7 per cent, which is almost four times lower than the global average, while the recovery rate is at 62.5 per cent, the Ministry of Public Health said.

Dr Sophon Iamsirithaworn, director of the Division of Communicable Disease, said on Friday (April 17) that the Covid-19 situation in Thailand is improving as the number of new cases has declined with no new imported cases due to limitation on flights to the Kingdom since early April.

“There have been 47 deaths from Covid-19 so far from 2,700 accumulated confirmed cases. The mortality rate in Thailand stands at 1.7 per cent, while the average global rate is at six per cent,” he said. “Of the total cases, 1,689 people have recovered while 964 are still under treatment, which makes the domestic recovery rate 62.5 per cent. This statistic points to the efficiency of treatment by Thai medical communities.”

Sophon said the mortality statistics showed male patients have a four times higher risk of death from Covid-19 as 2.7 per cent of deceased patients are males while only 0.7 per cent are females.”

When divided by age group, those who are over 70 have the highest mortality rate at 12.1 per cent, followed by those aged 50-59 (4 per cent) and 60-69 (3.7 per cent), while the group with lowest risk is 20-29 years old at 0.2 per cent.

Among the deceased, 41 per cent had diabetes, 36 per cent had high blood pressure, 18 per cent had hyperlipidemia, 14 per cent had heart diseases. “However, some have died without any chronic diseases. Therefore the best offence against Covid-19 is to take precautions to prevent oneself from getting infected and seek diagnosis as soon as related symptoms are visible,” he added.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand, hospitals are already reaching capacity
« Reply #78 on: April 18, 2020, 12:33:09 PM »
well there's a turn around from what we are led to believe, if the article is correct, The country has just 200 ventilators that can trap air without spreading the virus, and most of them are in use. The three main hospitals in Bangkok specialising in Covid-19 treatment are already full, one of which is Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute. it goes on to say, the beds they provide for coronavirus patients are already full, more than 100 patients a day, we are in trouble

The coming storm      16 Apr 2020
THG warns the battle against Covid-19 is a marathon, not a sprint

He estimates the actual number of infections at as much as 40 times higher than reported, as 80% of people with the virus do not show symptoms. This means about 200,000 people could have the virus and not know it.

"I get a lot of calls from doctors upcountry who are scared," he said. "They have no protection, no rooms, no treatment. Actually many of them want to quit. We must rush supplies to them."

"The next two months are critical in terms of which way we will turn," Dr Boon said. "But so far so good."

He said the outbreak must be contained before July and the start of the rainy season, a time when people are more likely to get sick with other viruses such as the flu and common cold, and are more susceptible to spreading the coronavirus.

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Re: Covid-19: 33 new cases, no death, total 2,733
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33 new cases, no death, total 2,733
65% of all cases recovered

The government on Saturday reported 33 local cases of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and no death, raising total cases to 2,733.

Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said the death toll remained at 47.

Todate, 68 of 77 provinces have reported infections. The number of recovered patients is now 1,787, said Dr Taweesilp. That was 65.4% of all cases.

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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 18, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 18, 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: Government 'not seeking donations' from tycoons
« Reply #81 on: April 19, 2020, 10:53:22 AM »
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Government 'not seeking donations' from tycoons

Prayut just wants cooperation from top business figures on managing crisis, says spokeswoman

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is not seeking donations from tycoons — he merely wants to see cooperation in fighting the coronavirus outbreak and reviving the economy, say a deputy prime minister and the government spokeswoman.

Gen Prayut said in a televised speech on Friday evening that he was preparing to send letters to 20 richest Thais, asking them to join efforts in finding solutions to the virus outbreak next week.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Saturday that some social media users had distorted his message, making it sound like he was asking them for money.

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Re: Covid-19: Most people want to be informed daily via TV: poll
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Most people want to be informed of Covid-19 daily via TV: Poll

A majority of people want to be informed of the Covid-19 spread on television on a daily basis, according to a survey carried out by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted online on 1,243 people throughout the country between April 13-17.

Asked what they wanted to know during the Covid-19 outbreak, with each respondent allowed to give more than one answer, 79.85% mentioned the statistics, figures and information about the pandemic; 69.94% the time when the pandemic was expected to stop; 63.50% the medication to cure the disease; 60.03% ways of preventing themselves from it; and, 55.52% medical care for the infected.

Regarding their preferred channels in getting the information, 81.01% wanted to get it via television; 66.37% Facebook; 58.97% Line; 44.97% news websites; and, 46.74% medical personnel.

On their preferred frequency of getting the information, 60.34% said they wanted to get it on a daily basis; 27.84% twice a day; 5.95% every hour; and, 5.87% once every two or three days.

Over half of the respondents - 58.57% - said they became worried whenever receiving information on Covid-19, while the rest said otherwise.

Asked why they became worried, 60.70% said it was because they had received both true and fake news; 55.01% said they became nervous on seeing high figures of the deaths and infections; 44.04% said news on the pandemic was presented in so many aspects; 42.01% said they had been overfed with information on the virus; and, 31.17% said the virus news was mostly worrying.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports 32 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths
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Thailand reports 32 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

Thailand on Sunday reported 32 new coronavirus cases, bringing its total to 2,765, a senior official said.

Of the new cases, 28 were in the capital, Bangkok, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

No new fatalities were reported. Thailand has had 47 deaths from the coronavirus. REUTERS
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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 19, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 19, 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: Daily new cases must fall below 10 to contain Covid-19
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Daily new cases must fall below 10 to contain Covid-19

To keep the spread of Covid-19 at bay, daily new cases have to be in single digits, the spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said, urging people to continue wearing masks and observe social distancing even if some lockdown restrictions are eased at the end of this month.

Thailand’s total number of Covid-19 patients rose to 2,765 with 32 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period, and no deaths, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, the CCSA spokesman, said on Sunday (April 19).

After a second successive day without deaths, the number of fatalities remains at 47, while 1,928 patients have recovered and returned to their homes and 790 are undergoing treatment in hospitals. This is good news as there has been no new death for two days and the number of people in hospitals is declining, said Taweesin.

Sunday's new cases offered more proof that the coronavirus curve in Thailand might be flattening.

On April 9 there were 54 new cases, 50 on April 10, 45 on April 11, 33 on April 12, 28 on April 13, 34 on April 14, 30 on April 15, 29 on April 16 ,28 on April 17, and 33 on April 18 and 32 on April 19.

He said the CCSA was satisfied to some extent about the drop in new cases compared to previous weeks.

“To keep the spread of coronavirus at bay, we have to drive daily new cases to single digits,” he emphasised.

As Thailand has prepared to ease some lockdown restrictions, Taweesin said two key things must continue to be implemented -- social distancing and wearing of face masks.

Social distancing or physical distancing means people should stay away from each other by about 1-2 metres because saliva droplets could travel as far and it could carry virus.

“We cannot say that business will be reopened on May 1, but we have to make the best preparation for it,” he said.

He said Thais have to accept the new normal, a reference to physical distancing and wearing masks.

“The West initially did not accept wearing masks, but they do now. We, Thais, had adopted wearing of masks earlier, that is probably why the number of deaths in Thailand and other Asian countries are not high while virus deaths in the West have reached 100,000, he noted.

Taweensin said data showed people in the 20-29 age group to be at higher risk for infection as they account for one-fourth of the total cases.

People aged between 20-39 account for half of the total cases.

These people love to socialise so they are at risk and they could become virus spreaders as many may not have symptoms or only mild symptoms, he added.

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Number of Covid-19-free provinces in two weeks increases to 33

The situation in Thailand has started to get better as the number of provinces without a new case in the last 14 days increased by four to 33.

Prachuap Khiri Khan, Sakon Nakhon, Surin, and Ayutthaya are the new additions.

Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, revealed on Sunday (April 19) that nine provinces had not found any confirmed cases. They are: Kamphaeng Phet, Chai Nat, Trat, Nan, Bueng Kan, Phichit, Ranong, Sing Buri, and Ang Thong.

The 33 provinces with no cases in the last 14 days (April 5-18) are: Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, Tak, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Phrae, Uthai Thani, Kanchanaburi, Rajaburi, Samut Songkhram, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Udon Thani, Amnat Charoen, Buriram, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Yasothon, Roi Et, Kalasin, Nong Khai, Sakon Nakhon, Surin, Phetchabun, Saraburi, Nakhon Nayok, Lopburi, Rayong and Ayutthaya.

However, the number of patients in Nonthaburi and Bangkok had increased.

The 10 provinces with the most cases are: Bangkok (1,425), Phuket (192), Nonthaburi (150), Samut Prakarn (108), Yala (99), Pattani (90), Chonburi (84), Songkla (56), Chiang Mai (40), and Pathum Thani (33).

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Re: Covid-19: Statement by the Prime Minister on 17 April 2020
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Statement by the Prime Minister on 17 April 2020

Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on 17 April 2020 issued a statement to inform the people of his upcoming undertakings and other related issues. The following statement was televised on the Television Pool of Thailand.

Dear Thai people,

Today I wish to inform you about my forthcoming undertakings and the important role that we all need to take on for this coming week.

Before that, as this past week was the Thai New Year, I would like to once again, wish you all a very Happy New Year with good health and heartened spirits. As it is a very important day for the Thai people, I hope that you all had a Happy Songkran. Although this year has been different from the past, it was still a meaningful time for all of us as we celebrated Songkran Day and Family Day in Thailand.

This is a time that has allowed us to reflect upon the most important thing in our lives, which is our families. No matter what problems we may face, the ones that will always be there for us are our parents, siblings, and relatives. In a way, our families have expanded this year – extending beyond our relatives to include the entire nation of almost 70 million people, given that we are all doing our best to handle the ongoing crisis together. We are supporting and relying on each other to get through this very difficult time and overcome the many hardships - as we have seen, complete strangers are now buying food for people in distress so that they can survive the day.

At the moment, Thailand is going through a very stressful time, with many lives and livelihoods being ruined at an unprecedented level. At the global level, the COVID-19 crisis has caused much damage to all nations, whether poor, rich, or powerful. Many countries in the West, in Europe, along with other highly developed countries are experiencing high infection rates, which have come with tens of thousands of fatalities. Experts have also suggested that the number of fatalities may increase to be in the hundreds of thousands in the future. This is an epic crisis that has required all governments to live up to their potentials in order to overcome it.

At the moment, I am focusing on two key areas of work. The first concerns health issues, meaning - what we need to do to reduce the spread of COVID19, and enhance our capacity to treat patients. The second area of work concerns providing assistance to the Thai people, so that all citizens will have enough money to live on. This involves approving a number of assistance programs and the Ministry of Finance has been delegated to be the main agency responsible for coming up with and implementing such measures. My role is to direct and manage the entire work of the Government, so that each ministry and agency can do their jobs correctly, appropriately, and effectively.

I am well aware of your concerns about the 5,000 baht per month scheme and the other assistance measures undertaken by the Ministry of Finance. I have been continuously looking into this matter. As such, I met with the Minister of Finance and other concerned officials to obtain an explanation on the situation, including the cause of the current problems and how to resolve them. Along with the 5,000 baht per month scheme, I have been following up on the work by other ministries, specifically their initiatives to help people out during this difficult time. Almost all the ministries are implementing their respective assistance programs, and the Government will, therefore, continue to look after every sector in our society.

Along with these two key areas of focus, I would like to mention another calling that I view as crucial at this time and is thus a responsibility for all Thai people to undertake with me. This refers to actually working together for the greater benefit of all, which essentially asks of us - how can we do things better and more effectively, more than ever before, to win this war against the COVID-19 virus.

Undertaking this calling begins with understanding well the reality that we each have our own strengths, weaknesses, limitations, and different ideas. We also need to realize that overcoming the COVID-19 crisis will need committed cooperation between the Government and all sectors in our country. In this regard, we also need to realize that the Government cannot provide solutions to every single problem. However, there are many other groups and sectors that can help by coming up with creative solutions and ideas that will be most useful.

The COVID-19 crisis is extensive and complex. Our task is, therefore, to fight this together with unity, and as Team Thailand. We need to seek out greater cooperation and bring in every sector in our society, particularly the business sector, to pool our knowledge and capabilities to help our country. We need the many gifted and talented persons in our country to work together now. This is Team Thailand. Whether it is the Government, our universities, research centers, businesses, our tycoons, or the average citizen – everyone has been making personal sacrifices and cooperating together during this crucial time, and in particular, with our doctors and public health officials, as well as the many volunteers who have risked their own safety to save other people.

I know that many of us in Team Thailand have already started many important and beneficial programs to help out. But now, more than ever, we need to enhance this national effort, starting first with our business sector. Therefore, next week I will issue an open letter to our top 20 tycoons and ask of them: as respected persons in society, how you will work with us more and help our country in this time of need?

There are many tycoons in Thailand who have great influence on our economy, some of whom are listed as among the wealthiest in the world. I ask you to play a crucial role in supporting our country by becoming an integral part of Team Thailand. I am aware and sincerely appreciate the fact that many of you have already initiated your own measures to help the people and the country. But I am asking you to please do more. I know that you are all more than willing, especially as the country now needs your urgent assistance. I know that you also hurt when you see so many Thai people in distress and hardship. In this regard, I ask that you share with us your vast capabilities, know-how, and vision, and use your proficient organizations to help the country get through this current crisis.

Aside from our prominent tycoons, I also want to hear the opinions and expert advice from our private sector. Therefore, next week, I will also meet directly with our business societies to listen to their viewpoints, including the many medium and small businesses. I want to learn more about the real situation, without initially going through state agencies. I want to access the knowledge, capabilities, and expertise from our private sector. I also want to listen to their opinions and recommendations, as well as their needs and challenges. I want to know how they will contribute more towards solving this crisis, including learning about what they have already done. Importantly, I want to learn from them about how the government can do a better job.

It goes without saying that the Government has a responsibility to look after every citizen throughout the country. But we can also do more if we cooperate and work with the private sector who possess much potential and many ways to quickly reach out to people in distress. By doing so, the Government will be able to provide more effective assistance to the public.

In this current situation, there will be a number of varying opinions among the experts on how to approach each challenge. This is beneficial and I would like to have the opportunity to listen to them all so that we can come up with the best solutions. I believe that your varying opinions, all mean well for our country. So, when we decide on our course of action, please render your cooperation and support so that we can achieve these goals. I ask that we all work together as a ‘family’ and turn this crisis into an opportunity to make our country stronger, based on the solidarity and unity of the Thai people.

During this most difficult time for our country, I ask that we all unite and combine our strengths to help each other out, regardless of our differences or political affiliations. In the future, when we look back to this time, we will see that though this was a most difficult and desperate time for our nation, we were able to bring out the best in each other, including our true nature as a Thai person with unwavering devotion to our family of the Thai nation.

This is my hope and I believe that every Thai person will share this aspiration. I ask that we all join hands now to realize our hopes and win over this challenge together.

Thank you very much.

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Re: Covid-19: Number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline
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Number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline

(Reuters) - Thailand on Monday reported 27 new coronavirus cases, bringing the nation's total to 2,792 cases, a senior health official said.

Of the new cases, 16 had come into contact with a previously confirmed case, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

No new deaths were reported for the third consecutive day.
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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 20, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 20, 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 has the lowest number of new cases in this month. New cases = 27, deaths = 0, total cases = 2,792, total deaths = 47, and total cured = 1,999 The "New normal," such as wearing masks, washing hands often, and keeping physical distance, will protect our health and save lives. The nighttime curfew will continue, so the public is expected to comply with it and commit no illegal acts during curfew, such as racing on the roads or gambling.   Speaker: Mr. Natapanu Nopakun


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