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Phase 3 reopening generates more than 200bn baht monthly cash flow  thainews.prd.go.th
(NNT)-With many establishments returning to business as usual, Phase 3 of COVID-19 restriction easing has generated no less than 200 billion baht cash flow in the economy per month. To encourage businesses to adapt to the New Normal, the Thai Chamber of Commerce has launched a forum for the brainstorming of ideas on the next business trends that must comply with health regulations for safe business operations.

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Gov't approves Travel Bubble concept
(NNT)-In addition to the announcement of Phase 4 restrictions being eased today, the government's COVID-19 center has agreed on a resumption of international tourism within a

" travel bubble " with precautionary measures in place to prevent another viral outbreak.

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration's (CCSA) Spokesman, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin today revealed the government has approved in principle the reopening of the country to international visitors, but limited to those from countries where the outbreak is well controlled.

The concept of a limited reopening to countries within a "travel bubble" was proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and will start with business persons and international patients seeking medical services by appointment in Thailand. Visitors must hold travel insurance, have tested negative for COVID-19 prior to travel, and be easily located by the authorities once in Thailand.

The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, has ordered the establishment of sub-committees to consider other safety measures, to ensure Thai people will benefit from the reopening, and that there will not be another local outbreak.

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How has Thailand kept the lid on Covid?
It's a mystery, although a very welcome one.

The novel coronavirus has infected more than seven million people around the globe, and killed more than 400,000 of them. Yet Thailand, which was the first country to record an infection outside China, has so far been relatively unscathed. No new cases were recorded on Thursday, leaving the accumulated total at 3,121 – 2,987 of whom have recovered. Just 58 deaths have been recorded since the outbreak began in January.

How has the kingdom escaped the horror that has gripped much of the world? On the evening of June 10, a panel of experts convened at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand to discuss possible explanations.

Inaccurate numbers?

Craig Griffin, Thailand representative of ESCOMAR, a global market research association, began proceedings by debunking a conspiracy theory that has steadily lost traction over recent weeks – that cases of Covid-19 in Thailand are actually much higher than reported.

"If the epidemic was as serious as in European countries and the US, we'd be talking about thousands of deaths," he pointed out. "I don't think it's credible to think that kind of cover-up is happening."

Climate, customs and other variables?

Matthew Tostevin, Southeast Asia editor for Reuters, agreed. "In Jakarta, by the end of March we found 1000 more burials than usual, since records began. Coronavirus was the only clear explanation. ... We did the same thing in Thailand and didn't find a large number of unexplained deaths."

Despite the higher numbers in Indonesia, Southeast Asia has seen such a tiny fraction of the infections and deaths logged in Europe, the US and now Latin America. Mr Tostevin said there was no clear explanation for this, but mentioned some of the theories being floated: warmer weather, racial differences, cultural preference for not shaking hands and hugging, the prevalence of mask-wearing and the effectiveness of government responses to the crisis.

Cooperation from the public?

Unsurprisingly, the two representatives of the Thai government on the panel had more definitive views.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration and the public face of Thailand's response to the crisis, said that controlling an epidemic required 90% cooperation from the population – and the Thai people had given it. "I ascribe our success to the spirit of cooperation of the public", he said, adding that the messaging to the public had been clear and consistent. He did, however, concede mistakes had been made after moderator and veteran journalist Dominic Faulder pointed out that confusion had occasionally arisen, particularly regarding the lifting of the alcohol sales ban.



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Thailand is ranked 2nd in global COVID-19 recovery index


Source: wwwcovid19.who.int

Thailand is ranked second in the Global COVID-19 Index (GCI) after Australia, and first in Asia in the same index.

Government spokeswoman Mrs. Narumon Pinyosinwat told the media on Sunday that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his thanks to everyone in the country for their discipline and endurance in the collective efforts to fight and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The GCI, developed by PEMADU Associates, in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Innovations of Malaysia (MOSTI) and the Sunway Group, have used a big data system in the scoring and ranking of 184 countries facing the pandemic.

70% of the score comes from the fatalities from COVID-19 in each country as a proportion of the population, and the remaining 30% comes from the scores from Global Health Security (GHS), initiated and developed by John Hopkins University, to assess the readiness of each country to cope with the pandemic.

The GCI top 20 are:

1    Australia
2    Thailand
3    Denmark
4    Hong Kong
5     Taiwan
6    New Zealand
7    South Korea
8     Lithonia
9    Iceland
10    Slovenia
11    Latvia
12    Switzerland
13    Vietnam
14   Malaysia
15     Norway
16     Slovakia
17     Germany
18     Austria
19     Luxemburg
20     Finland

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COVID19 UPDATE (15 June 2020)

- no new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,135 total)
- no new discharged (2,987)
- 90 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

credit @SaksithCNA
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Thailand Covid-19 Situation 15.06.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

https://www.facebook.com/IrishCommunityThailand/videos/257001002238333/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos
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Thailand will be very choosy about who can visit, insists Anutin
Only countries that have not had a severe outbreak of Covid-19 will be made part of Thailand's "travel bubble" and the Kingdom will restrict the type of travellers allowed into the country, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Monday (June 15).

He added that guidelines on the situation will be released by the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration and clarified to the public.

"I have spoken with the ambassadors of Singapore, New Zealand, China and South Korea. We have to see which nationalities Thais are happy to welcome, as well as consider the state of the economy and people's livelihoods," the minister said.

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Hi Thaiga,
I hope you will not be too embarrassed by this.  During the Covid 19 outbreak in Thailand, KF has been the outstanding go-to source of information on the situation.  Not only the daily bulletins, but many other Covid related posts.  So, well done Thaiga, your efforts are greatly appreciated.  So lets hope we get back to near normal as soon as possible. 
If the old only could, if the young only knew.

thaiga

Quote from: Taman Tun on June 16, 2020, 01:17:46 PM
Hi Thaiga,
I hope you will not be too embarrassed by this.  During the Covid 19 outbreak in Thailand, KF has been the outstanding go-to source of information on the situation.  Not only the daily bulletins, but many other Covid related posts.  So, well done Thaiga, your efforts are greatly appreciated.  So lets hope we get back to near normal as soon as possible.
Aw! T.T. that's nice words & thankyou - just try to update some out there who have missed out on what might be important to them - not only covid wise, immig & other amusing articles. this thread shows (Read 9180 times)  that's another thankyou in itself.

Thanks again T.T.      :cheers    Thaiga.
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COVID19 UPDATE (16 June 2020)

- no new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,135 total)
- 6 new discharged (2,993)
- 84 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

Second day in a row without any new cases, three weeks without any local transmissions.
credit @SaksithCNA
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thaiga

Thais now see WHO as unreliable source of information: medical specialist
After the Covid-19 pandemic, Thais now view the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an unreliable source on health issues, Dr Manoon Leechawengwongs, a specialist at Bangkok's Vichaiyut Hospital, said.

He pointed out that WHO is quite slow in providing information and when they inform the public on certain issues, these tend to change constantly. The organisation previously caused Thais to panic about PM2.5 dust particles using the United States as a standard, Manoon said.

On June 9, WHO said Covid-19 asymptomatic infections rarely spread the virus, but two days later, medical professionals in several countries countered the statement and WHO was forced to change it.

Manoon also said that Thais have done the right thing by wearing face masks – even before WHO saw it as an important means to prevent the coronavirus from spreading and made an announcement to that effect.

He said 18 years in the US taught him that most doctors from many institutions such as the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have their own measures to deal with public health issues since WHO's advice and suggestions usually worked for developing countries which have standards that are different from those of developed countries.

Regarding PM2.5 dust particles, WHO's healthy standard is 25 μg/m3, but even the US could not follow that since the country's annual PM2.5 level is 35 μg/m3, while Thailand has sets its own standard at 50 μg/m3 a year, he said.

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thaiga

No new Covid-19 case reported for second consecutive day
Thailand has seen no new Covid-19 cases or deaths over a 24-hour period, Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul, assistant spokeswoman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said today (June 16).

Thailand has now been without a local case for 22 days and is hoping for six more days without any new infections so it can be termed a low-risk country.

Six patients are reported to have fully recovered and returned home in the past 24 hours.

As of today, the number of confirmed cases in the country stands at 3,135. Of these, 2,444 were domestic cases and 198 found in state quarantine. Presently, 84 patients are under treatment. Some 2,993 have recovered and been discharged, and 58 people have died.

Globally, the number of confirmed cases has surpassed 8 million, increasing by 120,000 in the past 24 hours, and about 435,000 deaths. There are concerns over the situation in India, which has seen more than 10,000 cases per day. Indonesia, which is part of Asean, is seeing around 1,000 new cases daily.

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thaiga

Checkpoints to remain despite lifting of curfew
More than 500 checkpoints that were set up nationwide to catch curfew violators will now focus on criminal activities, accidents and illegal gatherings at night, as per the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) orders.

Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul, CCSA's assistant spokesperson, said on Tuesday (June 16) that even though the curfew was lifted on Monday, efforts must still be made to prevent crime and curb the spread of the virus.

She added that people aged between 20 and 39 need to be particularly careful, as many of them will possibly be asymptomatic and carriers.

"According to the Department of Disease Control, 50 per cent of people in this age range are asymptomatic," she said.

Meanwhile, police have also been instructed to collect information about suspected criminals, while some officials have been put on standby for emergency calls and operation.

"Under these measures, police are also required to update their database in relation to the outcome of each case, age of the culprits and places where accidents or criminal occur," she said.

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thaiga

COVID19 UPDATE (17 June 2020)

- no new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,135 total)
- 3 more discharged (2,996)
- 81 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

Third day in a row without new cases. No new deaths since June 2.
credit @SaksithCNA
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thaiga

Thailand Covid-19 Situation 17.06.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

https://www.facebook.com/IrishCommunityThailand/videos/280193246432743/
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thaiga

ThaiChana app to soon facilitate group check-in



More than 27 million people have signed up for the ThaiChana platform, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society said while assuring users that their personal information would be protected.

Of the 27,595,753 ThaiChana users at present, 27,261,834 are web-based and 333,919 have the application. Thai people have checked in to the platform more than 100 million times, the ministry said.

"The platform was developed by the Thai government after taking into account public safety and there would be no violation of privacy," the ministry's inspector-general, Dr Polawat Witoolkollachit, said on Wednesday (June 17).

He revealed further that in the near future there will be a group check-in option in the application for families by which one app user can instantly check-in and check-out four people at a time. The updated version would be released in the next few days, he said.

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UN Praises Thailand's Management of COVID-19 Threat
(NNT) - Due to the well-managed COVID-19 situation in Thailand, the kingdom has been receiving compliments from many countries as well as from the United Nations.

Mr. Chuan Leekpai, President of the National Assembly disclosed today that at a meeting with Mrs. Gita Sabharwal, the new UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand, they were discussing the COVID-19 situation in Thailand and she praised Thai authorities and the people as having successfully coped with the virus.

Mr. Chuan expressed his concerns about the country's economy, saying that the government needs to solve this problem as soon as possible. He also told the UN representative about the Thai medical sector that has been strengthened and developed over a long period, as they prioritize the needs of every human. Notwithstanding where they graduated, none of them would leave a patient in need and would never give up. This strength and commitment is also displayed by Thailand's medical volunteers.

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thaiga

COVID19 UPDATE (18 June 2020)

- 6 new confirmed COVID19TH (3,141 total)
- 1 more discharged (2,997)
- 86 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New cases are Thai returnees found in state quarantine: 5 from Saudi Arabia (all asymptomatic), 1 from India.  credit @SaksithCNA
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CCSA to reconsider new version of 'travel bubble' scheme next week after rejecting initial proposal
Despite gaining Cabinet approval, the "travel bubble" proposal was rejected by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) because the scheme does not make any provisions for a 14-day quarantine.

The drafters of the scheme decided not to include the quarantine period for fear visitors will lose their appetite for travel, though CCSA believes this will open the door to a second wave of infections.

There has not been a single new case domestically for 24 days, while those who have imported infections are being kept under state-controlled quarantine.

CCSA said it will reconsider the travel bubble scheme if related agencies come up with interesting measures, like offering visitors quarantine in hotels or villas as proposed by the Tourism Council. The council has said that a public hearing is required before these measures can be applied.

Meanwhile, Anutin Charnvirakul, Public Health Minister said Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoen, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, has been appointed to come up with ideas about implementing the travel bubble scheme.

Separately, the ambassadors of Japan and Switzerland are talking to the government on how best to apply the concept of matching countries in the travel bubble, as it is based on each country's disease control and the economy.

Each country will sign a memorandum of understanding related to the travel bubble, and the pact will be terminated if an outbreak occurs in a partner country.

All suggestions will be proposed to the prime minister and the CCSA on June 26.

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COVID19 UPDATE (19 June 2020)

- 5 new COVID19 cases (3,146 total)
- 11 more discharged (3,008)
- 80 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New ones are all Thai students from Saudi Arabia in state quarantine. 15 cases in total have now been found on the same return flight.
credit @SaksithCNA
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Thailand Covid-19 Situation 19.06.2020

The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation.- Irish Community Thailand

https://www.facebook.com/IrishCommunityThailand/videos/396687434581356/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos
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Prayut launches 'new normal'
Pep talk to nation as Covid-19 crisis eases

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has launched the government's "new normal" initiative by inviting people from all sectors of society to map out Thailand's future after the Covid-19 crisis.

The prime minister on Wednesday addressed the nation on the government's plan for the country in the post Covid-19 era. He announced three "new normal" ways of working for himself and the government by harnessing the knowledge of sectors in society.

"I would like to kick off today with a national mission to plan a great Thailand together under a nation-building programme I have called 'Thais Together Build Thailand'. And I would like to invite every citizen to resolve to do their part and be ready to contribute to that plan," he said.

He pointed out two things about Thailand that gives him hope that the country will be able to progress quickly. The two things are unity among Thais and the fact the country has many great people.

"During these difficult days I have seen people with hardly enough to eat, sharing their food with others on the street, and others who risk their own lives so that others may stay healthy," he said.

"The other most amazing thing that the Covid-19 crisis has shown me is how many great people there are out there, at every level, with great ideas, great capabilities, great energy, and an unbounded willingness to work for their country."

Gen Prayut declared the government's management of the Covid-19 public health crisis a success and detailed what the three new normal ways of working are.

The first new normal is greater direct involvement of all sectors in the government's planning to build a greater Thailand. Representatives of all sectors will be invited to present their recommendations to accelerate Thailand's progress. "In the weeks ahead, I will be asking various sectors to conceive and propose a plan on how they can contribute to helping Thailand make giant strides forward. I will ask to hear their vision for their sector and transformative ideas that can change their sector and improve people's lives and incomes."

The second new normal rethinks evaluation of the government's work. The PM said the government will make it easier for stakeholders to offer feedback to the highest levels of government on their evaluation of the efficacy of government projects and any need for adjustment or improvement.

The third new normal introduces proactive working. Gen Prayut pledged to work more proactively and take a very close interest in a select number of ministry projects that he believes are of the utmost priority for citizens. He will champion them for quick and effective implementation.

Gen Prayut also expressed his strong belief Thailand will emerge from the Covid-19 ordeal as "a new nation that is stronger and more respected". He stressed the country must now lay down the fundamentals for sustainable prosperity.

As these new ways of working are unprecedented in Thailand, the prime minister said he expected opposition and criticism and discouraged political distractions which prevent the country from striding forward towards prosperity.

"There may, of course, be some critical voices along the way. But I will reach out to those people, too. I will hear them, and I will ask them for their ideas for improvement," he said. "It is a time of change. And it is a time of great opportunity to improve our country and our lives."

Meanwhile, travel bubbles for general tourism are not expected to happen soon, and the first people to benefit are likely to be working professionals and people attending international meetings, senior officials reiterated on Wednesday.

Gen Somsak Roongsita, secretary-general of the National Security Council and head of the government's committee on disease control relaxation, said the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration had not yet made a decision on travel bubbles. Gen Prayut said doctors and security officials were concerned about the possible implications and emphasised public health over tourism.

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Tourists banned from first wave of 'travel bubbles'
The "travel bubble" scheme will open first to business groups and international-school teachers who can be easily tracked, not general tourists, said Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Friday (June 19).

He was speaking after meeting with Japanese ambassador Nashida Kazuya. Japan is among the countries deemed at low risk for Covid-19 contagion that are being considered for the "travel bubbles".

About 20,000 foreign businesspeople, Thai work permit holders, and international-school students and teachers have registered to return to Thailand, according to the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Meanwhile, Anutin said he was ready to be injected with a prototype vaccine for Covid-19 as part of medical trials. Several Thai research programmes are currently seeking a vaccine for the virus.

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We will be living with the pandemic well into 2021
The virus is winning. That much is certain more than six months into a shape-shifting pandemic that's killed more than 454,000 people worldwide, is gaining ground globally and has disrupted lives from Wuhan to Sao Paulo.

While promising, fast-moving vaccine projects are underway in China, Europe and the U.S., only the most optimistic expect an effective shot to be ready for global distribution this year.

If, as most experts believe, an effective vaccine won't be ready until well into 2021, we'll all be co-existing with the coronavirus for the next year or longer without a magic bullet. And this next phase of the crisis may require us to reset our expectations and awareness and change our behavior, according to public-health professionals.

In their view, success isn't defined as returning to life as it was in 2019. Rather, it's about buying time and summoning the staying power and policy flexibility to limit the destructive capacity of an expanding pandemic, which may result in global deaths of more than one million according to one estimate, until there are medical tools to effectively treat and immunize against the virus.

"People are fatigued. They mistakenly feel that things were going away," said Cameron Wolfe, an infectious-disease doctor and associate professor of medicine at Duke University. "We're going to have to figure out a way to live with this."

Complicating matters, the perceived threat varies from neighborhood to neighborhood, let alone country to country. Much depends on the severity of local outbreaks and the effectiveness of testing, contact tracing, social distancing, hospital systems and public-health messaging that is free of political shading.

Leaders such as U.S. President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson or Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have seen their poll numbers crumble at least in part because of high infection rates and deaths from covid-19, the disease spawned by the virus. In many instances, messages from the top have seemed to conflict with the advice of experts, or drowned out the guidance of government agencies. That has created confusion and mistrust and invited people to view public-health information through a partisan lens.

Not all the news is grim. In the first half of the year, governments worldwide resorted to emergency measures like forced business closures, stay-at-home rules and bans on large gatherings. The moves slowed infection, saved lives and gave leaders time to stockpile medical equipment and supplies.

Yet that progress came at the cost of economic contraction, soaring unemployment and trillions of dollars in fiscal and monetary stimulus measures. Governments are likely to be reluctant to resort to wholesale lockdowns again in anything short of a catastrophe.

Instead, the biggest economies seem intent on reopening, even if the pace varies. That, in turn, means more social mobility and more opportunities for the virus to spread. Already, scientists who track virus trends are seeing signs that re-opening is leading to a spike in cases.

"I understand there is a perception of the need to balance on these economic considerations," said Ada Adimora, an epidemiologist and professor of medicine in infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. "But to the extent that we open up society and have people going to restaurants - you can't wear a mask while you eat - you are not really working to control the threat of the virus."

The ability to co-exist with SARS-CoV-2, as the virus is known, will increasingly ride on how individuals assess risks and make decisions.

"No activity will be without the risk of coronavirus," said Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore. "It's just how much risk people think is worth assuming."

Trouble is ....     full article  thetelegraph.com
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Thailand situation, 20 June 2020,
- Total confirmed: 3,147 (+1)
- Recovered: 3,018 (+10)
- Active cases: 71
- Deaths: 58 (+0)   credit @SaksithCNA
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Thailand situation, 21 June 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,148 (+1)
- Recovered: 3,018 (+0)
- Active cases: 72
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
Wear mask, hand washing, keep physical distancing - credit @SaksithCNA

1 new case is a person in state quarantine
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WHO reports record daily increase in coronavirus cases June 22, 2020

(Reuters) - The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 183,020 in a 24-hour period.

The biggest increase was from North and South America with over 116,000 new cases, according to a daily report here Total global cases are over 8.7 million with more than 461,000 deaths, according to the WHO.

The previous record for new cases was 181,232 on June 18.   who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports  reuters.com
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Fast-acting Thailand and South Korea hold key to dodging 'second wave'
Lessons from first coronavirus wave show need to impose strict policies quickly

The world is bracing for a "second wave" of coronavirus infections.

How best to prepare for the dreaded surge is not an easy question to answer. A host of variables are at play, including the type of political system, the level of economic development and the willingness of citizens and businesses to accept restrictions.

But an analysis of global government responses so far shows an unmistakable pattern: swift action was the key to successful containment. If containment measures were not taken before daily new case numbers reached 0.5 per 100,000 people, those countries almost invariably failed to rein in the virus's spread.

Nikkei analyzed the correlation between Oxford University's government response stringency index and new daily infections in relation to population. Nikkei looked at when the government started to restrict economic activities and how the seven-day moving average of the daily new cases developed in 40 countries and regions.

Oxford's stringency index evaluated nine policy areas, setting the number at 30 when governments or municipalities implemented strong responses such as stay-at-home-orders. For the purpose of the analysis, Nikkei treated this as the first step taken by a government.



Twenty countries and regions such as Thailand and South Korea, where authorities were successful in containing the first wave of infections, the stringency index reached 30 when daily new cases were still at 0.45 per 100,000 population.

On the other hand, the remaining 20, including the U.S. and U.K., that failed to contain the virus, cases were already 0.67 when the stringency index reached 30. Thus, the lesson here is that countries need to implement strict policies before cases reach 0.5 per 100,000 people.

Thailand's stringency index reached 30 on March 16, when daily cases were 0.02 per 100,000 people. The index stayed above 70 for 45 days, indicating that the nation endured economic damage for an extended period of time.

In South Korea, meanwhile, the index reached 30 on Feb. 6, when daily cases per 100,000 people were just 0.05. The index was above 70 for 29 days, shorter than in other countries.

The examples from the two Asian countries show that a swift response will mitigate economic damage.

Countries that failed to take an early first step required a long time to contain the first wave, while also experiencing longer periods of severe economic restriction. In the U.K., for example, the index reached 30 when cases were already at 0.76, and the country is still under strict mobility restriction.

Neil Ferguson, a professor at Imperial College London, stressed that .... full article  asia.nikkei.com
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COVID19 UPDATE (22 June 2020)
- 3 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,151 total)
- 4 more discharged (3,002)
- 71 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

All 3 are Thai returnees from India in state quarantine (asymptomatic). This marks 28 days w/o any (reported) local transmissions.
credit @SaksithCNA
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Thailand Covid-19 Situation 22.06.2020

The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

https://www.facebook.com/IrishCommunityThailand/videos/545048069509278/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos
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