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Re: Covid-19: Three more travellers from Thailand test positive in Japan
« Reply #600 on: September 11, 2020, 07:57:20 PM »
Three more travellers from Thailand test positive in Japan
Disease control officials now tracing people who had been in contact with trio

The Department of Disease Control has been tracking down people who had close contact with three men who tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Japan from Thailand.

Director-general Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai said on Friday that there all told, five people travelling from Thailand to Japan had been found infected with the coronavirus. Two of them had been reported earlier — a 24-year-old Thai man and a 47-year-old Japanese man.

The three other cases were more recent — a 64-year-old Japanese man, a 21-year-old Thai male student and a 44-year-old Thai man.

The 64-year-old was Covid-19 patient No.730 in Japan. The general manager of a company in Bang Na district of Bangkok, he was living alone at a condominium in the Sukhumvit area. He had earlier travelled abroad in January.

On Aug 17, he went to stay at a hotel in the Sukhumvit area and then left for Japan on Aug 20. A saliva test on his arrival at Haneda airport was positive for Covid-19.

A subsequent investigation found he had been in close contact with 76 people in the Bangkok area. They were people who worked at his company, at the hotel and the condominium where he lived. Twenty-two were considered to be a high-risk group, and the 54 others low-risk. Tests on samples from 50 of them had already come back negative, Dr Suwannachai said.

The 21-year-old student was patient No.770 in Japan. He lived in Khlong Sam Wa district of Bangkok and went to Japan to continue his studies. He tested negative at Ramathibodi Hospital on Aug 27 before flying to Japan. He arrived in Japan on Aug 29 and a saliva test there was positive.

An investigation determined there were no people at high risk of infection from contact with him.

The third case, the 44-year-old Thai man, was patient No.790 in Japan. He lived in Suwannaphum district of Roi Et province and went to Japan every three months to buy auto parts.

He flew to Japan on Sept 1 and a saliva test on arrival was positive for Covid-19, Dr Suwannachai said.

The man had been on Bang Na-Trat Road and in Roi Et over the 14 days before he travelled to Japan. He tested negative on Aug 28 or 29 before leaving for Japan with a friend.

There were four people in Roi Et who were close to him — his grandmother, wife, son and a niece. None of them suffered any respiratory problems.

Officials were tracking down and testing other people who had contact with him, the department chief said.

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Re: Covid-19: Covid KO for Thai football
« Reply #601 on: September 12, 2020, 10:29:07 AM »
Covid KO for Thai football
Games postponed after positive test
Several Thai League football matches have been postponed indefinitely after an Uzbekistan football player at Buriram United tested positive for the coronavirus despite being released after fulfilling the 14-day state quarantine.

A virologist expert says it is highly possible the infection is from his country of origin.

The Department of Medical Sciences (DMS) conducted 1,115 tests on Tuesday on all players, staff, officials and referees in Thai League 1 and League 2 and the Public Health Ministry announced yesterday the 29-year-old midfielder was the only person to test positive for the disease.

The news has forced league officials to postpone three matches pending new tests on Thunder Castle players, plus those in other clubs who recently played friendlies against Buriram.

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) says the infected player Akbar Ismatullaev arrived in Thailand on Aug 11, produced a health certificate showing he did not have Covid-19 and was placed in 14-day quarantine at Anantara Riverside Hotel in Bangkok. He left on Aug 27 and was driven to a team camp in Buri Ram province with no stops on the way.

He trained with his teammates from Aug 28-Sept 9 and also attended a game between Ratchaburi Mitr Phol and Khon Kaen United at Chang Arena in Buri Ram.

He and his team flew with Thai AirAsia to Samut Prakan on Thursday and because the government's Covid-19 health measures require all players to be tested before every game the player was retested. The new swab found on Thursday that he was, in fact, infected with the virus.

Authorities are now investigating where and when he contracted the virus.

Yong Poovorawan, head of the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at the Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University, said it was highly likely the virus was imported from Uzbekistan, even though he returned a negative test before his departure.

The player could have been asymptomatic for more than 14 days -- the quarantine period required by Thailand, Dr Yong said. He did not, however, rule out the possibility of local transmission, saying if that was the case, health officials would find the source.

"In my opinion, the player could have been infected in the country he left," Dr Yong said.

DDC chief Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai said the man had now been hospitalised and at least 22 other players and 21 staff were currently in quarantine, despite returning negative tests.

He said the highest risk areas were the training centres and football pitches used by those involved, which had already been closed for decontamination.

"If anyone is connected with this case, they can contact a hospital and take a virus test," he said.

"But anyway, we have under supervision all those deemed to be either high risk or low risk and they are now in quarantine."

He issued a warning that communities could have infectious people in them, so people should not lower their guard.

Matches in both Thai League 1 and League 2 will resume today after being suspended since March due to the pandemic.

However, the Uzbek player's positive test has forced the postponement of three fixtures today, said Korrawee Prisananantakul, deputy chairman of the Thai League organising committee.

They are tomorrow's Thai League 1 game between Buriram United and BG Pathum, today's Ratchaburi Mitr Phol-Bangkok United game and today's League 2 fixture between Khon Kaen United and Siam Navy.

Ratchaburi and Khon Kaen both played friendly matches with Buriram United ahead of the season resumption.

Meanwhile, Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the DMS, said yesterday the Bangkok DJ who recently tested positive for Covid-19 was infected with the G strain of the virus, the same one which is now spreading worldwide.

The DDC has also been trying to track down anyone who had close contact with three men who tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Japan from Thailand: a 64-year-old Japanese man, a 21-year-old Thai male student and a 44-year-old Thai man.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 12 September 2020
« Reply #602 on: September 12, 2020, 11:59:50 AM »
Thailand situation, 12 September 2020
Total confirmed: 3,466 (+5)
Recovered: 3,312 (+0)
Active cases: 96
Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Malaysia shuts border checkpoint with Thailand to control Covid-19
The Malaysian government has ordered the closure of the Bukit Kayu Hitam border checkpoint, which connects on the Thai side with the Sadao border checkpoint in Songkhla province, from now until September 25 to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The information was posted on Friday by the Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on its Facebook page.

“Thai nationals in Malaysia who wish to return to Thailand from September 12-25 must use other checkpoints such as Betong checkpoint in Yala and Sungai Kolok checkpoint in Narathiwat,” said the announcement. “Those who have already registered to travel using the Sadao checkpoint during the said period must re-register at the immigration office or via https://dcaregistration.mfa.go.th and specify other valid checkpoints instead.”

Travellers will need to provide a fit-to-travel health certificate issued within 72 hours of travel time. The Thai embassy also advised travellers to reach the border checkpoint before noon on the travel date specified in their letter.

As of Saturday, Malaysia has reported 9,810 cases of Covid-19, of whom 9,181 people have recovered and there have been128 deaths.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 13 September 2020
« Reply #604 on: September 13, 2020, 11:50:20 AM »
Thailand situation, 13 September 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,473 (+7)
- Recovered: 3,312 (+0)
- Active cases: 103
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Re: Covid-19: TAT Governor patience and solidarity to overcome the crisis
« Reply #605 on: September 14, 2020, 10:28:58 AM »
You can't eat Fine words. He said TAT would lead the country’s largest foreign exchange earner and job-creating industry into a new future that would see creative and innovative solutions being applied to building a more sustainable and resilient industry.

12 September, 2020
TAT Governor urges industry patience and solidarity to overcome the COVID-19 crisis
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn has appealed to the Thai tourism industry to be patient, united, and confident in weathering the current crisis, which under a best-case scenario will almost certainly be over by 2021.

Speaking to the Thai Hotels Association (THA), the country’s largest travel trade grouping, the Governor said that although this was the worst of the many crises that Thailand has experienced, it would be overcome with the same spirit of solidarity and unity like in the past.

He said TAT would lead the country’s largest foreign exchange earner and job-creating industry into a new future that would see creative and innovative solutions being applied to building a more sustainable and resilient industry.

The Governor said he did not want to focus on how much pain the industry had suffered, but rather on how to prepare positively for the time when a vaccine would be found and restrictions on international travel lifted.

He said that under a best-case scenario, if there are no more disruptions, TAT is projecting 20.8 million international visitors in 2021, which would be about half the record arrivals of 39.8 million arrivals in 2019. The primary source markets would be Northeast Asia and the ASEAN countries, with a customer target of people in good health and high-purchasing power.

The crisis had created an opportunity to deal with old problems; such as, illegal hotels, tour operators and guides, waste problem and tourist exploitation. “I would like to see these problems disappear along with COVID-19. Let’s rebuild the industry. How can we learn to play a new game? How do we create this new future together?”

Citing one positive outcome, he noted that national parks had now set strict limitations on the number of visitors in line with carrying capacity principles. He expressed hope this would remain in place after the COVID-19 crisis recedes. Another positive outcome is the new focus on improving the quality of hygiene and sanitation.

He said that TAT was working overtime to help hotel businesses tap the potential of domestic tourism and maintain an occupancy of at least 30%, not so much to enhance business profitability, but rather to help maintain employment levels.

Mr. Yuthasak said he had formulated a three-dimensional (3D) strategy for the transition to a new era.

1) Domestic tourism, which would now get more priority than previously. “It is clear that we have to stimulate and open up more opportunities to help each other, especially to tap the potential of the 12 million Thais who travelled abroad in 2019.”

2) Digitalisation of business processes would open up many new opportunities to find new customers, improve retention, cut costs, create value and grow revenue. TAT is very active on this front, and had many more projects in store for next year.

3) Dynamics: the industry as a whole has to create new dynamics and seek a better balance between creating efficiency and managing risk. “We don’t know what kind of crisis will happen next, but we have to be better prepared to deal with it. If there is ever a situation where we have to work from home, we will need a proper instruction manual on how to do it.”

Mr. Yuthasak said that nothing will be the same again, but that TAT is ready to help the industry adapt to new challenges and to support, encourage, motivate, and lead it towards a more promising future. “We are ready to be the wind beneath your wings. I believe we have to come back stronger. Never give up. You are not alone. TAT will help you all overcome the COVID- 19 crisis together.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 14 September 2020
« Reply #606 on: September 14, 2020, 11:42:17 AM »
Thailand situation, 14 September 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,475 (+2)
- Recovered: 3,312 (+0)
- Active cases: 105
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Re: Covid-19: Uninvited guest
« Reply #607 on: September 14, 2020, 01:03:44 PM »
Uninvited guest
As the virus crisis lingers, the government is struggling to find a way to open up the country to tourists that appeals to all parties
When the deadly virus was first reported in China early this year, nobody would have imagined it would become an uninvited long-stay guest who cost the global community a heavy price to host it.

Countries that rely on tourism have been laid low as the UN World Tourism Organization revealed US$320 billion has been lost, with global destinations reporting 56% fewer international travellers in the first five months this year.

The US has lost $30 billion in tourism revenue, followed by Spain at $9.7 billion and France at $8.7 billion.

Prior to the pandemic, the National Economic and Social Development Council predicted Thailand should have 3.93 trillion baht in tourism receipts in 2021, up from 3.01 trillion in 2019.

But that goal has been thrashed by the ongoing crisis, with the country struggling to find a balance between health security and economic survival.

The outlook for Thai tourism has changed drastically as the country grapples with how to lure travellers while keeping its citizens safe.

The government is still unsure about how to open the borders to foreigners without triggering an outbreak following a second wave in neighbouring countries.

FINDING MIDDLE GROUND

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) was assigned to work with the Public Health Ministry and the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to find a middle ground acceptable to all parties to allows foreign tourists to arrive without sparking an outbreak.

TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the tourism plan for foreign arrivals should be concluded by September and will serve as a manual for every province in the country, not only Phuket.

"We are not calling the pilot plan the 'Phuket Model' anymore as we don't want to make the community there feel like this is an experiment," said Mr Yuthasak. "Every province that is ready to welcome international tourists will follow this scheme."

After the government determined to let tourists stay in a sealed location among a few hotels in Phuket last month, it drew lots of criticism from the local community and caused a number of booking cancellations from Thai guests.

The negative feedback prompted the Tourism and Sports Ministry to make a U-turn on the 14-day quarantine and make alternative state quarantine (ASQ) facilities mandatory for inbound guests.

The cabinet is expected to approve a special tourist visa within this week, paving the way for foreigners who want to spend an extended vacation of up to 270 days in Thailand. This scheme is projected to ease the procedures needed to obtain a visa.

Mr Yuthasak said Thailand is "strategically reopening" to foreign tourists, gradually increasing the number of visitors from less than 300 per day in select destinations.

If the first and second batches of foreign tourists do not lead to an outbreak, the country can increase the number of guests per day based on the capacity of the health care system at some destinations, allowing more provinces to take part by following this regimen, he said.

This is the outline of the government's plan for the fourth quarter, as it hopes international travellers will fill empty streets, restaurants and hotel rooms across the country next year, with the TAT hoping for 20.5 million foreign arrivals in 2021 for its best-case scenario.

"There are a few conditions that must be met, with the most important we must abide the Public Health Ministry's instructions, adopting the same screening and surveillance standards as are used for Thai returnees. We need to have a risk management plan in place and should have public consensus on those rules mentioned," said Mr Yuthasak.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

While the government is working on a reopening plan, the tourism industry is praying the scheme will not create confusion as in the past.

Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, president of the Thai Hotels Association (THA), said hotel operators are encouraging the government to start with a well-managed plan.

"It's necessary to begin properly, knowing what the scheme will really mean for our members," she said.

To avoid the misunderstanding of the Phuket Model, Mrs Marisa suggested the government make use of the successful model utilised for Thai returnees and 11 groups of foreigners that were allowed in the country.

"The government should inform the public that tourists are required to stay in ASQ hotels that have high safety standards," she said.

Many hotels in Bangkok and Pattaya have already received guests during the pandemic and none reported a case of local transmission, said Mrs Marisa.

Some properties even have split sections for inbound guests in quarantine and local residents in the same area. Stringent measures allowed the properties to avoid any risks to employees and guests, she said.

Part of the scheme should be to allow incoming guests from low-risk countries first, such as those from Taiwan and New Zealand, to mollify local concern.

Phuket hoteliers have lagged those in Bangkok and Hua Hin, with only 22.5% average occupancy from January to August. Only 10% of hotels in Phuket have reopened, said Mrs Marisa.

According to THA, weak demand from local residents has made 90% of operators hesitant to reopen, as operation costs are likely to exceed revenue.

Anthony Lark, president of the Phuket Hotels Association, said hotel operators acknowledge how difficult it is for the government to decide whom to allow in and when.

"As an island we have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to create a relatively Covid-19-free province since June, and we must protect this status," said Mr Lark.

"The government found this middle ground and it is worthy of a trial. A 14-day quarantine seems to make sense to us."

He said many guests wrote to the association indicating they would prefer to quarantine in a pool villa or next to the beach rather than in a city hotel with no beach or gardens.

The government scheme seems to be pragmatic, said Mr Lark.

The ASQ system includes extensive measures designed to protect staff from infection, and those who deal with quarantine guests would most likely stay in the hotel and be subject to testing. Government officials claim the system has proven successful in Bangkok.

After two weeks pass and at least three tests return negative, tourists should be clear of any risk of infection and they can travel elsewhere in Thailand.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand Tries Hard to Screen out COVID-19
« Reply #608 on: September 14, 2020, 08:10:23 PM »
Thailand Tries Hard to Screen out COVID-19
 The Department of Disease Control is closely monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 situation in Myanmar where 173 new cases were confirmed over the past 24 hours while Thailand has come up with serious disease control measures.

Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the department, said there were reports of COVID-19 spreads in neighboring countries namely Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

According to him, as of Sunday, COVID-19 cases rose by 173 in 24 hours to 2,595 in Myanmar while total cases amounted to 1,060 in Vietnam, 274 in Cambodia and 23 in Laos. Given the situations, Thailand is facing disease threats from illegal immigration from neighboring countries and all parties must strictly impose disease control measures along the border and in the provinces where migrants usually work.

The Ministry of Public Health has assigned village-based health volunteers and foreign health volunteers to watch out for illegal migrants in border areas. It has also educated the volunteers on the detection of infected people and prepared local quarantine facilities. Besides, it is advising local people to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Dr Suwannachai said people should seriously follow guidelines from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration and have confidence in the strong public health system of the country. (TNA)

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 15 September 2020
« Reply #609 on: September 15, 2020, 11:40:03 AM »
Thailand situation, 15 September 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,480 (+5)
- Recovered: 3,315 (+3)
- Active cases: 107
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Re: Covid-19: Long-stayers welcome
« Reply #610 on: September 15, 2020, 06:38:23 PM »
Cabinet approves long-term tourist visas
Quarantine compulsory, 90-day renewable stay
The cabinet on Tuesday agreed to allow in foreign tourists who agree to 14-day quarantine and stay for at least 90 days, to help the flagging economy.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said after the cabinet meeting that the government would issue special tourist visas for long-stay visitors. The most important condition would be a 14-day quarantine.

"Visitors can arrive for tourism or health services, and they can stay at alternative state quarantine facilities, specific areas or at hospitals that function as quarantine facilities," he said.

"Our public health system is amongst the best in the world and people can have confidence in it."

The prime minister said the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration would later elaborate on the matter.

Deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisaranakul said long-stay visitors would have to present proof of payment for their long stay in the country. This could be payment for a hotel reservation, or the lease of a condominium room.

"The target is to welcome 100-300 visitors a week, or up to 1,200 people a month, and generate income of about 1 billion baht a month," she said.

The 90-day special tourist visa could be extended twice, for 90 days each time. Long-stay visitors could begin arriving next month, Ms Traisulee said.

Prasong Poontaneat, finance permanent secretary, said the country needed to generate income from visitors, especially those from the countries where coronavirus disease had not been spreading in past months  - such as China, Taiwan and some counries in Europe.

Twenty Chinese provinces were free of Covid-19 and had a combined population of around 800 million. If only one percent of them, about 8 million people, visited Thailand they could support the tourism sector, he said.

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Re: Covid-19: Long-stayers welcome
« Reply #611 on: September 15, 2020, 08:29:18 PM »
Cabinet approves long-term tourist visas
Quarantine compulsory, 90-day renewable stay
The cabinet on Tuesday agreed to allow in foreign tourists who agree to 14-day quarantine and stay for at least 90 days, to help the flagging economy.
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Would it not be a good idea to offer the new tourist visa to foreigners inside Thailand already, instead of them having to leave by the 26th. providing they can prove funds to take care of themselves. foreigners already in Thailand could switch to this visa so they dont have to leave the country and come back in, makes sense. Who knows that might even happen.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 16 September 2020
« Reply #612 on: September 16, 2020, 11:40:24 AM »
Thailand situation, 16 September 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,490 (+10)
- Recovered: 3,316 (+1)
- Active cases: 116
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 16 September 2020 (update)
« Reply #613 on: September 16, 2020, 01:19:14 PM »
Thailand situation, 16 September 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,490 (+10)
- Recovered: 3,316 (+1)
- Active cases: 116
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
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  10 new cases of coronavirus

New Covid-19 cases from 5 countries

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said there were six Thais and four foreigners. They arrived from Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Yemen.

An Ethiopian stewardess aged 19 arrived last Friday from Addis Ababa and was staying at an alternative state quarantine facility in Samut Prakan province. She tested positive for the disease on Monday.

From India, a year-old Thai girl and a Thai woman aged 27 arrived on Aug 31 and were quarantined in Chon Buri province. They tested positive on Monday.

From Indonesia, two Thai men, aged 37 and 47, arrived on Sept 3 and were quarantined in Bangkok. They tested positive on Monday.

From Myanmar, a Myanmar woman aged 42 arrived on Sept 9 and is staying at an alternative state quarantine facility in Bangkok. She tested positive on Sunday.

From Yemen, four Thai students, one a woman, aged 24, 25, 26 and 31 arrived last Friday and were quarantined in Bangkok. They tested positive on Monday.

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Re: Covid-19: Myanmar baby tests positive after leaving Thailand
« Reply #614 on: September 16, 2020, 05:03:42 PM »
Myanmar baby tests positive after leaving Thailand
Health officials have been tracing the movements of a Myanmar mother and her child after the baby tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 after returning home from Thailand.

Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said on Wednesday that the contact tracing was underway.

Myanmar also imposed a curfew in Myawaddy town opposite Thailand's Tak province.

The two-year-old child reportedly left Mae Sot district of Tak with his mother on Sept 4. His infection was confirmed in Myanmar on Sunday.

Dr Suwannachai said the mother and child did not pass an official border crossing and might have used any of about 50 uncontrolled natural crossings there.

Health officials collected samples from 2,635 Thai and foreigners in Mae Sot on Sept 8 and 9 and no one tested positive for Covid-19, he said.

After the investigation is done, people in contact with them will be identified and tested, Dr Suwannachai said.

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The new long-stay visas approved by Cabinet yesterday are not grounds for tourists already in the country to apply for similar extensions of stay, Phuket Immigration confirmed to The Phuket News today (Sept 16).

However, Immigration Bureau Deputy Commander Maj Gen Pornchai Khuntee earlier this month confirmed at a press conference in Bangkok that such tourists still staying in the country will be able to apply for repeated extensions to stay, without any limit on the number of extensions granted.

Meanwhile, with just 10 days to go before the ‘visa amnesty’ expires, Phuket Immigration has received no instructions from Bangkok to provide any reprieve for foreigners staying on non-immigrant visas who cannot prove they have the income level required by immigration in order to be issued a one-year permit to stay.

Many such foreigners have lived in Thailand for years, and have started businesses, and families, during their years in the country – but without the required monthly income set by the Immigration Bureau, are unable to be issued a one-year permit-to-stay as usual.

Phuket Immigration Office Deputy Chief Lt Col Udom Thongchin told The Phuket News on Sept 1 that his office has no choice in the matter. “We can accept the applications, but they cannot be approved. We do not approve them here [in Phuket]. The applications are sent to [the regional immigration headquarters in] Songkhla, but they cannot approve them as the conditions have not been met,” he said.

However, he did advise such foreigners to delay filing their application for one-year permits-to-stay pending a “possible” temporary reprieve being granted by Immigration superiors in Bangkok.

That temporary reprieve has not come.

“I understand the situation of the long-stay visa holders, but there have not been any new measures issued for them. We also are waiting for an order from headquarters in Bangkok,” Col Nareuwat told The Phuket News today.

Col Nareuwat now suggests such long-stay foreigners on non-immigrant visas exploit a loophole in order to be granted at least short temporary stays in the country.

“My advice, there is only one way for people in this situation, foreigners who are all long-term visa holders with non-imm visas and other types of visa… The foreigners do not have to mention the income level required when they come to the Immigration office [to file their applications], but they must have a letter issued by their embassy or consulate about the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If the letter states that the foreigner is unable to return home as there are no flights available or there is a high risk of being infected [with COVID-19] in their home country, we will accept the embassy letters.

“We will accept such letters from embassies whether they are emails [printed out] or an actual document. It is just as easy for Immigration officers to check that the embassy letter is genuine, not a fake,” Col Nareuwat said.

“This way they can request for a temporary stay. Each approval can be granted no longer than 30 days without the need to go out of the country,” he added.

“Without any new orders to extend the periods of stay for such foreigners, we have to wait until a new immigration policy is announced,” Col Nareuwat concluded.
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Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 17 September 2020
« Reply #616 on: September 17, 2020, 03:40:14 PM »
Thailand situation, 17 September 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,490 (+0)
- Recovered: 3,325 (+9)
- Active cases: 107
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Re: Covid-19: Reopening to foreigners 'not risky'
« Reply #617 on: September 17, 2020, 04:30:20 PM »
Reopening to foreigners 'not risky'
Quarantine means transmission unlikely
Reopening the country to foreign visitors will not raise the risks of local Covid-19 transmission from imported infections, according to the Department of Disease Control (DDC).

Responding to the cabinet's resolution to allow long-stay foreign tourists to enter Thailand, Tanarak Plipat, deputy director-general of the DDC, insisted the move would likely not bring in Covid-19 infections, since the visitors would be subject to a stay at state quarantine facilities for 14 days.

Regarding the case of a two-year-old Myanmar boy who tested positive after returning from Thailand, Dr Tanarak said Thailand was vigorously investigating this case. No special measures had been imposed in Ayutthaya province where the boy had stayed before returning to Myanmar, he said.

The deputy director-general urged businesses, particularly those based in the provinces adjacent to Myanmar, not to hire illegal migrant workers for now due to the spike in Covid-19 cases in Myanmar in recent weeks.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) deputy governor Thapanee Kiatphaibool said tourists with a Special Tourist Visa (STV) recently authorised by the government must travel on chartered flights from overseas directly to their destinations in Thailand.

The TAT predicted that around 14,400 tourists will visit the country a year under the STV programme, generating revenue of about 12.36 billion baht per year.

Meanwhile, deputy police spokesman Pol Col Kissana Phathanacharoen said national police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda has issued an order to police units connected to tourism to coordinate with other agencies in preparing for the arrival of foreign tourists under the STV programme.

The police chief's order followed on the directive of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha after the STV programme was announced.

Foreign travellers who met the programme's criteria and passed Covid-19 screening as required by the Thai authorities were eligible for entry under the STV programme, said the deputy spokesman.

The Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (ART), meanwhile, reported a 9.8% increase in flights last month.

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Explainer: Why Singapore's COVID-19 death rate is the world's lowest
(Reuters) - Singapore has the lowest coronavirus case fatality count globally, with just 27 deaths among the more than 57,000 people who have been infected with COVID-19 in the Southeast Asian island.

At 0.05%, Singapore's death rate is well below the global average of around 3%, according to data compiled by Reuters from countries that have recorded more than 1,000 cases. A comparison with countries with a similar sized population shows a stark difference - Denmark's death rate is around 3%, while Finland's is around 4%. https://tmsnrt.rs/2RxksJF

Further, nobody has died from the disease in Singapore for more than two months, according to its health ministry. The country's leading disease experts said the following are the main factors behind the phenomenon:

INFECTION DEMOGRAPHICS

About 95% of Singapore's COVID-19 infections are among migrant workers, mostly in their 20s or 30s, living in cramped dormitories and employed in labor-intensive sectors such as construction and shipbuilding.

While the parameters of the disease continue to be studied as the pandemic progresses, current global trends suggest its impact has been less severe for younger people, many of whom show few or no symptoms.

DETECTION

Singapore has managed to mitigate the spread of the virus via early detection using aggressive contact tracing and testing that won praise from the World Health Organization (WHO).

It has swabbed nearly 900,000 people, more than 15% of its 5.7 million population, according to official data - one of the highest per capita rates globally.

Dormitory residents have been put on a rostered testing regime, authorities have undertaken mass testing among vulnerable communities like care homes, and anyone over 13 with signs of acute respiratory infection is offered a free test.

"The more we diagnose, then the lower the mortality rate is," said Hsu Li Yang at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at National University of Singapore.

HOSPITALISATION

The pre-emptive approach has also applied to treatment. COVID-19 patients above the age of 45 years or with underlying conditions that make them vulnerable are cared for in hospital even if they are otherwise well, doctors said.

"Our care is conventional but done well; fluid management, anticoagulation and both proven drugs and participation in drug trials," said Dale Fisher, a senior consultant at Singapore's National University Hospital.

Singapore was already a medical tourism hub for Southeast Asia, with numerous private hospitals and high quality public healthcare facilities. It also built up bed space for coronavirus patients in cavernous exhibition halls and other temporary facilities to house those with mild or no symptoms.

This prevented the healthcare system from being overwhelmed so that attention and resources could be focused on the more severe cases, doctors said. Singapore currently has no COVID-19 patients in intensive care, while 42 are warded in hospital and a further 490 in temporary facilities.

MANDATORY MASKS

The city-state made masks mandatory in public in April. While experts have said more studies need be done, there is growing evidence that wearing masks helps reduce the prevalance and severity of the virus. The WHO has recommended the use of masks in combination with other social distancing measures.

"We have adopted a good mask culture in Singapore. This makes the disease milder," said Leong Hoe Nam, an infectious diseases expert at the city's Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

CLASSIFICATION

Singapore sticks rigidly to the WHO's case definition for classifying COVID-19 deaths. It does not include non-pneumonia fatalities like those caused by blood or heart issues among COVID-19 patients in its official tally.

"I have no doubt that if the WHO revises its case definitions, some of the non-pneumonia deaths will be reclassified and the mortality rate will change," said Paul Tambyah, president of the Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection, without specifying how much it would likely shift.

The health ministry has said its approach is consistent with international practice, although some countries like Britain have taken broader counts. NUH's Fisher said any change from reclassifications in Singapore would be marginal.

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The World Health Organization warned Thursday of "alarming rates of transmission" of Covid-19 across Europe and cautioned countries against shortening quarantine periods.  The WHO's regional director for Europe Hans Kluge said the number of coronavirus cases seen in September "should serve as a wake-up call for all of us."

In France for instance, the recommended length for self-isolation in case of exposure has been reduced to seven days.

It is 10 days in the UK and Ireland, and several more European countries, such as Portugal and Croatia, are currently considering reducing their recommendations. 

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Thailand situation, 18 September 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,497 (+7)
- Recovered: 3,328 (+3)
- Active cases: 111
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Thailand reports first coronavirus death in over 100 days

(Reuters) - Thailand on Friday reported its first coronavirus death in more than 100 days, a health official said, after an infected Thai citizen had returned from abroad earlier this month.

The 54-year old man, who was an interpreter based in Saudi Arabia working for the Thai labour ministry, had been treated in a Bangkok hospital for two weeks and died on Friday, Somsak Akksilp, head of the Department Medical Services, told Reuters.

Officials will hold a briefing on the case at 0730 GMT.

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Re: Covid-19: latest plan to reopen to visitors
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The Ministry of Public Health on Friday unveiled its latest plan to reopen to visitors from abroad with 2,270 foreign tourists already reportedly planning to visit Thailand.

Dr Chakrarat Pittayawonganon, director of the Bureau of Mental Health Strategy under the Department of Disease Control, (DDC) said in a press briefing yesterday that foreign tourists must present proof of a negative Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to travel.

They must also have quarantined in their country of origin and have health insurance for international travel and a specified minimum amount of money in their bank account as well as a record of not visiting crowded places prior to their departure.

During their domestic quarantine, visitors must have been tested twice for Covid-19 at the beginning and end of the process.

If both tests are negative for the virus, they will be allowed to travel to Thailand.

The DDC said it planned to increase staff at international disease control checkpoints and allow people from low-risk countries to enter Thailand first.

The department will provide training on Covid-19 control and prevention for entrepreneurs as well as the general public and government officers whose jobs place them in contact with foreign travellers.

Related state bodies are currently deciding when these measures will take effect.

Director-General of the Health Service Support Department, Dr Thares Krasnairawiwong, said 735 medical tourists from China, Myanmar, Oman, Australia and Cambodia were receiving treatment in Thailand after they completed a 14-day quarantine. The tourists were expected to generate around 25 million baht for the country, said the doctor.

More than 2,270 foreigners from China, Myanmar, Japan and Kuwait have reportedly expressed their wish to enter Thailand, and are expected to generate 115 million baht in revenue.

On Sept 15, the cabinet agreed to allow in foreign tourists who agree to a 14-day quarantine and stay for at least 90 days which could be extended to 270 days, to help the flagging economy.

The 90-day special tourist visa can be extended twice, for 90 days each time. Long-stay visitors can begin arriving next month.

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Medical experts see Covid-19 risk for Thailand from foreigners
The risk of Covid-19 spreading has increased, especially due to labourers coming into Thailand from other countries, Dr Yong Poovorawan, an expert virologist at Chulalongkorn University, said on Thursday.

He said that the total cases in Myanmar had passed Thailand to more than 4,000, with Yangon city being the epicentre of the outbreak.

“Covid-19 could enter Thailand when someone comes into the country. Both countries have a long border and many natural channels. We need to control  migration to prevent the outbreak,” said Dr Yong.

Chulalongkorn University professor of medicine Dr Thira Woratanarat also warned about the sharp jump in global infections.

“It took 43 days from 10 million cases to 20 million cases [June 27 to August 9],  then took 38 days to 30 million [August 9 to September 16]. Yesterday [Thursday],  new Covid-19 cases had increased dramatically by 325,840 with 5,708 deaths," Dr Thira said.

He added that the virus stiuation in Europe was getting worse: Spain and France have more than 10,000 new cases, while UK, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, as well as Iran Bangladesh, Philippines, Indonesia and Canada have got more than a thousand per day.

“Recently, Myanmar reported 222 new cases, totalling 4,043 cases with more than 60 deaths. The 14-day quarantine measure is great, but as more people return from abroad, the chance of asymptomatic patients are there. I would like to asked all quarantined people to avoid going out too much. Another 14-day home quarantine is highly recommended.”

Allowing foreginers entry is risky for Thailand and it might be better to follow the sufficiency economy philosophy to lower dependence on foreigners until the virus situation can be contained globally,” said Dr Thira

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Thailand situation, 19 September 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,500 (+3)
- Recovered: 3,338 (+10)
- Active cases: 103
- Deaths: 59 (+1)
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- Total confirmed: 3,506 (+6)
- Recovered: 3,340 (+2)
- Active cases: 107
- Deaths: 59 (+0)
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New grand plan to bring tourists back to Thailand in fallout of COVID-19
Thailand is preparing to welcome back foreign tourists – at least, those with deep pockets – from next month, with a strategy that seeks to restore its battered tourism sector without ruining its impressive COVID-19 record.

Foreign visitors must agree to abide by the mandatory 14-day quarantine and also book a long stay.

While many tourists will frown on the new restrictions, the Land of Smiles insists the two-week lockdown will be a pleasant surprise. The Tourism Authority of Thailand is now busy preparing “14 days of fun” programmes to help international tourists enjoy themselves during quarantine.

“There is solid demand for Thai tourism. Thailand will definitely attract tourists from China, Europe and elsewhere,” Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said. “But we will make sure that only those from low-risk countries can fly in.”

Strategy in detail

Phiphat explained that under the strategy, Special Tourist Visas (STV) will be issued to long-stay travellers from overseas.

STV holders must spend at least 30 days in Thailand, including 14 days in quarantine. They can stay longer if desired, as the STVs will be valid for 90 days. If they really appreciate what Thailand has to offer, they can extend their visa twice for 90 days each time, for a maximum stay of up to 270 days or almost nine months.

To apply for the STV, tourists must first contact a licensed Thai travel agency, and make travel arrangements including booking a flight, a place for quarantine, and a hotel or apartment to stay at after completing their quarantine. Before flying to Thailand, they must also pass a COVID-19 test.

“The number of arrivals will be limited to 300 per week in the beginning,” Phiphat said. “We will decide later whether to scale up the strategy.”

Expectations versus reality

Thai travel agents and hotels have been waiting a long time for government initiatives to bring in foreign tourists, but the STV strategy is not exactly what they were hoping for.

The Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), for example, is calling on the government to show guts by waiving the mandatory 14-day quarantine for tourists from low-risk areas such as China’s Guangzhou and Kunming. It points out that tourists will be subject to COVID-19 tests before they fly and just after they land in Thailand, anyway.

“We can also strictly limit the places these tourists visit, through collaboration with travel agents,” ATTA president Wichit Prakobkosol said.

According to ATTA, up to 2.5 million Thais working in the tourism industry will lose their jobs if business in the fourth quarter of 2020 remains stagnant. The estimate seems realistic given that the number of foreign tourists to Thailand has plummeted during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Tourism and Sports Ministry’s database shows that just 6.9 million international tourists visited Thailand between January and July, a drop of over 70 per cent from a year earlier. Income from foreign tourists also plunged by about 70 per cent from more than Bt1 trillion to just Bt332 billion.

A tour operator in Krabi province, which boasts tourist-magnets like Phi Phi island, doubts whether the STV strategy will make a difference after the massive damage inflicted by COVID-19.

“Still, I hope it will help. If foreign tourists come here and travel around without contracting COVID-19, more foreigners will likely be keen to come here,” he said.

Kasikorn Research Centre forecasts that if successful, the STV strategy should be able to generate between Bt1.5 billion and Bt2 billion for Thailand this year. “Although the number of expected foreign tourists is small, these tourists have high purchasing power,” it points out.

Travel Bubbles, Phuket Model hit stumbling blocks

Relevant parties have in fact been looking for ways to heal the Thai tourism industry since the COVID-19 pandemic first materialised. Public and private sector stakeholders are well aware of the industry’s crucial role in driving the Thai economy. According to the Siam Commercial Bank’s Economic Intelligence Centre (EIC), Thai tourism before the COVID-19 era accounted for 12 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product.

The launch of the STV initiative marks the first major strategy to bring back foreign tourists since incoming flights were suspended in March.

Other major plans on the table include Travel Bubbles and the Phuket Model, but neither of these has left the drawing board.

The Travel Bubble idea surfaced in June when key government figures began talks on how to implement the scheme. In principle, Travel Bubbles would remove the quarantine requirement for select groups of travellers from certain countries where COVID-19 has been contained, through exclusive partnerships signed by governments.

The prospects for Travel Bubbles initially looked bright. However, after fresh outbreaks of COVID-19 hit countries where the disease had previously been controlled, the idea was quickly dropped from the agenda. Fears about Travel Bubbles were confirmed on September 14, when the Baltic Travel Bubble – the first in Europe – was scrapped in the face of soaring COVID-19 cases.

Lately, people working in the Thai tourism industry have been trying hard to sell the Phuket Model to the government instead. The Phuket Model differs from a travel bubble in that tourists may fly in for as long as they pass a COVID-19 test and agree to spend the first 14 days after they arrive in a specific part of Phuket. For example, under the Phuket Model, foreign visitors would be able to have fun in Patong Beach for the two-week period.

Initially, there were high hopes that the model would get the nod from not just the government but also locals due to the fact that Phuket has long been heavily reliant on tourism. However, the idea has faced resistance after some Phuket locals expressed their opposition and disagreements surfaced on whether tourists should be required to quarantine if they want to travel to other provinces after the 14-day period.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, according to sources, believes the name – Phuket Model – could be misleading and fail to represent all of Thailand as a tourism destination.

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Thailand situation, 21 September 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,506 (+0)
- Recovered: 3,342 (+2)
- Active cases: 105
- Deaths: 59 (+0)
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PM: Quick Recovery Necessary after COVID

 Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today opened the annual conference of the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) and stressed that national recovery must be accelerated after the coronavirus disease 2019 crisis.

In the opening ceremony, Gen Prayut delivered his speech on the New Normal of Thailand after COVID-19. He said the pandemic caused severe economic and social recessions and all parties must join forces to speed up the recovery.

To achieve that, Gen Prayut said, the country needed to adapt to situations, changes and crises and conduct structural changes to guarantee post-COVID growth.

According to him, NESDC must adjust the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan to suit situations in the rest period of the plan implementation during the 2021 and 2022 fiscal years. Local economy must be strengthened, vulnerable groups of people and small and medium enterprises will receive help and farmers will have access to new technology and platforms that will support their marketing.

Quick development will target potential business including medical services, quality tourism, high-value farm products, food and advanced automotive industries.

Priorities were to develop people with education and promote national unity, Gen Prayut said. (TNA)

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Special visa provisions prompt TAT inquiries
The special tourist visa (STV) scheme is starting to gain momentum as overseas offices under the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) report high interest from tour agents.

After the cabinet approved the STV scheme last week, all TAT offices in Europe received a number of calls and emails asking for more details about the visa process and available period, said TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

For instance, the TAT London office reported 31 inquiries on one day after the news broke. But the scheme still requires an official announcement from the Immigration Bureau, meaning the TAT can clarify little at the moment.

Mr Yuthasak said that although tourists and tour agents from many countries have shown interest in booking long vacations via STV, Thailand may begin with low-risk countries first, such as those in Scandinavia and Central Europe that have lower infection rates.

TAT London conducted a tourist survey polling 1,200 respondents last month, the results of which showed that 22% of tourists are ready to come back to Thailand from October 2020 to March 2021 if borders are reopened to tourists from October this year.

Of the respondents, 45% said they will consider their trips after March 2021.

But as 23% still haven't made a decision, the TAT reported that Thailand has a chance to use safety travel measures to persuade this group to consider new trips again.

Srisuda Wanapinyosak, deputy governor of TAT for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas, said the 14-day quarantine is an obstacle for tourists who would like to spend a holiday in Thailand, as only 6% accepted this rule.

For those who've already agreed to be kept in quarantine for two weeks, the TAT will help them reduce stressful conditions by conducting online recreational activities for in-room practices, such as virtual yoga and meditation class, and will work with alternative state quarantine sites that agree to arrange offline activities, such as live music shows that tourists can watch from their windows.

Mrs Srisuda said the agency also needs to extend the long-stay target from retirees to other groups with the potential to stay in Thailand for longer than one month.

"We're aiming for digital nomads and healthcare seekers. They are often younger and can work remotely from anywhere," she said. "Before the pandemic, seaside Thai destinations already welcomed a substantial amount of digital nomads. If we can provide safety measures, they will consider coming back again."     bangkokpost.com
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