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10 "new normal" behaviors following Covid-19 pandemic: Suan Dusit Poll

Thai people think some of their behaviors will change under a "new normal" trend in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an opinion poll carried out by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted online on May 18-22 on 1,064 people throughout the country to compile their opinions on what changes they expected to see as influenced by the "new normal" trend following the outbreak of coronavirus.

The respondents were allowed to give more than one answer in the poll.

The highest number of the respondents - 71.05% - said their tourism behavior would change. They said they would chose to visit only the tour destinations which they are confident are safe from communicable diseases and they would be careful in selecting the mode of transport.

Other "new normal" behaviors mentioned by the respondents are:

- Shopping at department stores (61.18%). They said they would go shopping only as necessary, every time with proper protective gear such as a face mask and hand sanitising gel;

- Travel (59.68%). They would wake up earlier than before every time they must use public transport, make sure they have necessary protective gear and would travel only as necessary;

- Parties, get-together activities (59.40%). They would be more selective and go only as necessary;

- Self-protection (56.39%). They would wear a face mask while outdoors, frequently wash hands and avoid crowded areas;

- Purchases of necessities (47.27%). They would stress cleanliness and safety and buy only things that are useful and inexpensive;

- Donations/merit-making (46.43%). They would go to only events which are not crowded, only on a special occasion;

- Healthcare (45.39%). They would take a good care of health, exercise, take vitamins and seek doctor's counselling;

- Food (45.11%). They would eat only newly-cooked and clean food; and

- Occupations (42.39%). They would attach more importance on safety and health risks.

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Weaponising the origin of Covid-19

The push for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus is picking up steam.

An EU-led draft resolution calling for "an impartial, independent and comprehensive examination of the global response to the pandemic" was adopted by the World Health Assembly, the forum that governs the World Health Organization, on Tuesday.

Beijing, which had recently called an Australian-initiated drive to get to the bottom of China's role in the outbreak a "joke", has seemingly made a volte-face, saying it supported such a review with the caveat that it be conducted after the virus has been contained.

Sweetening the pot, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $2 billion to tackle the pandemic, while throwing his support behind WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, saying that under his leadership, "the WHO has made a major contribution in leading and advancing a global response to Covid-19".

United States President Donald Trump for his part heaped something other than praise on Mr Tedros.

"Throughout the crisis, the World Health Organization has been curiously insistent on praising China for its alleged 'transparency'. You have joined in these tributes, notwithstanding that China has been anything but transparent," Mr Trump wrote.

"It is clear the repeated missteps by you, and your organisation in responding to the pandemic have been extremely costly for the world. The only way forward for the World Health Organization is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China."

Mr Trump then threatened to permanently cut off the $400-500 million which the US provides annually to the WHO after suspending it last month "to assess the organisation's role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus".

The president and his administration have worked hard to weaponise the origins of the virus. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo claimed there is "enormous evidence" the coronavirus outbreak originated in a Chinese laboratory, without providing any of it.

China for its part has more than once engaged in the propaganda technique of mirroring -- accusing one's opponent of doing that which one has been accused of doing to deflect blame.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian in March floated the conspiracy theory that it might have been the "US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan".

In a recent editorial in the Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece claimed that as "the country with the highest number of infections and deaths ... the US' role in the origin and spread of the coronavirus has become a major concern".

But post-lockdown reports of Wuhan incinerators working round the clock, dolling out 500 urns a day, with families waiting in five-hour queues to receive the remains of their loved ones, belies China's drastically deflated national death toll of 4,634.

And therein lies the problem.

China's constant efforts at obfuscation have been seized on by Mr Trump to spin a conspiratorial vision of the virus' origin.

The WHO did itself no favours by praising China's "commitment to transparency" as whistleblowers were routinely cowed if not outright disappeared, while the media is ruthlessly repressed.

But then Mr Trump himself tweeted: "China has been working very hard to contain the coronavirus. The US greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency."

Meanwhile, China's lack of transparency and the WHO's arguable bias provides Mr Trump enough cover for his claims to at least smack of believability.

His approach is known as grey propaganda, whereby accurate but highly curated information is blended with misleading if not outright fabricated claims to muddy the waters.

Yet no one benefits from the politicisation of the pandemic. In getting to the bottom of what are most likely the virus' natural origins, a global policy response, including stringently regulating wet markets, curbing deforestation and stamping out the illicit wildlife trade can be implemented to limit the type of human-wildlife contact which increases the likelihood of such outbreaks reoccurring.

But the fact that 44% of Americans and 50% of registered Republicans believe the virus was likely created in a lab shows that domestic political concerns, and not global health ones, are driving the negative feedback loop between Mr Trump and the US public.

All the while, Beijing's duplicity has given bad-faith actors more than enough ammunition. And in that sense, the CCP is reaping what it sows.

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COVID19 UPDATE (24 May 2020)

- NO new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,040 total)
- 5 more discharged (2,921)
- 63 still in hospital
- no new deaths (56*)

*no new deaths for over 2 weeks now (last reported death on 9 May)  credit @ SaksithCNA
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No new coronavirus infections reported on Sunday in Thailand

For the fourth day this month, Thailand recorded no new COVID-19 infections or coronavirus related fatalities.

CCSA assistant spokesperson Dr. Panprapha Yongtrakul said at a news briefing that zero daily new infections in May were recorded on the 13th, 16th, 22nd and the 24th.

"Today, we have good news for every one of us.  The new infection rate is zero.  It is the result of our good conduct in the past two weeks, by wearing face masks, hand washing with sanitizer gel and social distancing," she said, as she emphasized the need to protect oneself in order not to infect the other family members, especially the elderly.

Accumulated infections in Thailand to date total 3,040. The death toll remains at 56, with no new fatalities for the past several days. A total of 2,921 patients have recovered, with 63 others still in hospital.

Bangkok has the highest infection rate at 1,532. This is followed by Phuket with 226, Nonthaburi with 158, Yala with 125, Samut Prakan with 115, Chon Buri, 86 cases, Pattani, 79 cases, Songkhla, 44 cases, (excluding 19 cases in quarantine and 65 cases in an immigration detention centre), Chiang Mai, 41 cases, and Pathum Thani, 39 cases, with 27 cases in other provinces.

Regarding vaccine trials, Dr. Panprapha said that China has conducted the first stage of vaccine trials on 108 healthy adults and the results were positive after 28 days, adding that assessment of the trials will take about six months.

The World Health Organization, she said, has now declared South American to be the new epicentre of infections, with Brazil now ranked second, after the United States, with almost 350,000 confirmed cases.

The WHO said, however, that the actual infections in Brazil might be higher because Brazil has not carried out widespread testing.

Moreover, she said Brazil has approved the use of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, General Somsak Rungsita, secretary-general of the National Security Council, said that lockdown restrictions will be eased further from June 1st.

He said that restrictions on high-risk business activities will be eased in the third phase of relaxation, without going into details, but added that the ad hoc committee, set up to consider the relaxation of lockdown measures, will consider on Wednesday whether to shorten the curfew to midnight until 4am or 11 pm until 3am.

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From beauty queen to new face in Thailand's COVID-19 battle
Crowned Miss Thailand 2008, Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul returned to the spotlight last week as assistant spokeswoman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Her task in this new position is to update the public about the pandemic every weekend from May 23. While Panprapa did just fine on her first weekend at the job, her appointment was a big surprise given that Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin has been the sole reassuring face and voice of CCSA since it was established on March 26.  full article  thaipbsworld.com
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COVID19 UPDATE (25 May 2020)

- 2 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,042 total)
- 7 more discharged (2,928)
- 57 in hospital
- 1* new death (57)

*68 year old Thai female who had contact with a prev case in Chumpon province

The two new cases are: a Chinese who is the wife of the Italian man in Phuket who was reported with #COVID19 on Saturday (also no symptoms). The other was found in state quarantine in a Thai woman who returned from Russia, also with no symptoms.  credit @SaksithCNA
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Thailand Covid-19 Situation 25.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

Thailand reports 2 new cases today and sadly 1 death, a 55 year old lady who passed away late yesterday after battling with the virus for
nearly 2 months. The total number of cases since the outbreak began stands at 3,042 with a total of 57 fatalities sadly.

Fantastic to hear there's a further 7 recoveries nationwide making a total of 2,928 discharged to date, with only 57 patients with the disease remaining in hospital.

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as above pic BEWARE of fake Thai Chana apps

The Anti-Fake News Centre warned people that phoney Thai Chana applications are making the rounds on the Internet and warned that such apps actually carried malware to steal users' personal information.

The government had introduced its Thai Chana (Thai Victory) Covid-19 contact-tracing platform on May 17 to allow customers to check in and out of venues by scanning a QR code.

"The real Thai Chana domain names are www.ไทยชนะ.com or www.thaichana.com that people can use to check in and out of venues," officials at the centre advised.

"The fake domain names are thaichana.pro, thai-chana.asia and thaichana.asia created to trick people into downloading these applications," it warned.

The officials added that people can contact the real ThaiChana hotline at 1119 anytime for more information.

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NSC meets Wednesday to sort out 3rd phase of lockdown easing

The National Security Council (NSC) said it would meet on Wednesday (May 27) to discuss the details of a third phase of lockdown relaxation, including a reduction in curfew hours, before proposing this to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

The third phase of lockdown easing is expected to take effect from June 1.

NSC secretary-general General Somsak Rungsita said he can't say right now what types of businesses will be allowed to reopen next month as information to do with both health and the economy needs to first be considered.

He also said some are concerned about an increased risk of Covid-19 because the businesses that will be allowed to reopen in the third phase face higher risks than others, plus the rainy season has arrived in Thailand.

The council will also conclude on Wednesday whether the 11pm-4am curfew should be unchanged or its hours reduced – from midnight to 4am – before this is also proposed to the CCSA on Friday.

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Probe to find out the where 72-year old was infected   thaipbsworld.com

Dr. Taweesin explained that the probe by health investigators is to locate the carrier of the virus, and the people who might be infected, adding that the barber's shop in the Prachachuen area, which was ordered closed, reported that only three customers were allowed in at a time and no customers were allowed to wait in the shop.

Employees of a food shop visited by the infected man have been told to maintain home quarantine for 14 days, he said, adding that there would have been no need to investigate back as far as April 30th if the Thai Chana tracing app had been used.

Noting that there is one week to go before the third phase of lockdown measure relaxation, Dr. Taweesin urged members of the public to remain vigilant and to observe basic advice strictly, such as wearing face masks when out-doors, frequent hand washing and social distancing.

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WHO warns of 'second peak' in areas where COVID-19 declining
The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak, WHO emergencies head Dr Mike Ryan told an online briefing. Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an "immediate second peak" if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Monday.  news18.com

Coronavirus outbreak: WHO says countries must watch for possible "2nd peak" not just "2nd wave"
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COVID19 UPDATE (26 May 2020)

- 3* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,045 total)
- 1 more discharged (2,929)
- 59 in hospital
- no new deaths (57)

*all found in state quarantine, all Thai returnees from Russia and Kuwait   credit @SaksithCNA
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Thailand Covid-19 Situation 26.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

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Taweesin explains the need to extend state of emergency

In a press conference held on Tuesday (May 26), spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin explained the necessity of extending the state of emergency.

He said that when the virus first arrived in the country, Thailand was only able to enforce the Communicable Disease Control Act, which meant ministries had to take time to address issues and come up with solutions, which resulted in such problems as mask shortages.

This issue worsened when people started hoarding supplies to make profits, until the Commerce Ministry finally declared masks as a controlled product.

However, once the Emergency Decree was enforced, more than 40 laws, including the Contagious Disease Control Act, could be tied together to allow for quick enforcement.

He said the Covid-19 crisis has been continuing for several months now, and officials have to work together under CCSA to prevent and control the spread of the virus as soon as possible.

"All sectors, both private and government, have to work together and nobody can take credit because it is teamwork. The government has to be strict, while the private sector must remain strong. People must be secured first, only then will the nation and the rest of the world overcome the situation and move forward," Taweesin concluded.

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Five students arriving from Saudi Arabia test positive for coronavirus

Five Thai students, returning from Saudi Arabia via Malaysia, have tested positive for COVID-19.

They are among a group of 39 returning from Saudi Arabia, who arrived in Thailand via the Padang Besar immigration checkpoint at the Thai-Malaysian border and are currently in Thai state quarantine.

Health officials said that the infected students are now being admitted to hospitals, in Yala, Pattani and Songkhla provinces, for observation while awaiting results of a second round of tests.

Among the 39 returning Thais are a mother and her 14-month old baby. The rest are students on scholarships provided by the Saudi government.

Altogether 45 of them expressed a wish to return to Thailand, but six failed the screening tests and are still stranded in Saudi Arabia.

In the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum, Governor Narong Woonsiew told a news conference Tuesday that a German expatriate, who was among three people who tested positive for coronavirus on May 21st, has been cleared of the disease after a second test.

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Most people want a vacation from the lockdown, survey shows  nationthailand.com

An opinion survey conducted by retailer Watsons learned that most people want to go travelling once the Covid-19 outbreak comes to an end.

The survey, by the international health and beauty retailer from April 8 to 22, asked 4,000 women aged between 18 and 39 what they wanted to do once the crisis is over. Of the respondents, 21 per cent said they wanted to visit natural attractions within the country, and 37 per cent chose Hua Hin, 29 per cent Chiang Mai and 9 per cent Chiang Rai.

Meanwhile, 14 per cent said they wanted to go overseas, of whom 53 per cent wanted to fly to Japan, 15 per cent to South Korea and 9 per cent to England.

As for what they wanted to do immediately, 19 per cent said they want to go shopping again, even though the government's lockdown measures has made online shopping more popular, while 17 per cent said they wanted to go out for a meal, especially buffet. The government has allowed many restaurants to reopen provided they strictly implement social-distancing measures.

Of the women surveyed, 11 per cent said they wanted to go to the beauty salon for skin and hair treatment and manicures.
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COVID19 UPDATE (27 May 2020)

- 9* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,054 total)
- 2 more discharged (2,931)
- 66 in hospital
- no new deaths (57)

*all Thai returnees in state quarantine (1 from the US, 2 from Qatar, 6 from Saudi Arabia)   credit @SaksithCNA
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Thailand Covid-19 Situation 27.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

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Haircuts come first after lockdown: Poll

The three things Thais look forward to most as coronavirus restrictions are eased are haircuts, travelling and eating out, according to a global market research firm.

Around 1,000 Thais aged 18-74 participated in the online survey conducted by Ipsos from May 14-18.

The thing people want most after emerging from the lockdown is having a haircut, with 21% of respondents desperate for a trim, followed by travelling in provinces or abroad at 19%, and eating out at restaurants at 15%.

The survey found a quarter of respondents with high income chose travel as their most-wanted activity after the lockdown.

Youngsters preferred returning to study and work, as well as visiting entertainment venues, while 20% of middle age respondents wanted to travel.

"The survey suggests the travel industry should bounce back after the lockdown due to demand among those with an income of more than 50,000 baht a month," said Aitsanart Wuthithanakul, a senior client officer at Ipsos.

In terms of gender, having a haircut was the most popular activity among males at 27%, while travelling around and between provinces or abroad came first for females at 21%, followed by shopping at department stores at 15%.

Some 10% of females said they wanted to return to study or work, versus only 5% of males.

Regarding age, different generations seemed to have different lifestyles.

Those aged 18-24 appeared to prefer working hard to playing hard, with 17% of them saying they wanted to return to work or study after the lockdown.

Only 5% of them said they wanted to go to the cinema and hang out at entertainment venues at night, although that was still higher than other age groups.

For respondents aged 25-44, 20% of them cited travelling as the first priority.

For those older than 45, 6% want to go to religious sites and 9% to go out to exercise — higher than other age groups.

In terms of income, 10% of middle-class respondents said they wanted to return to study or work.

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COVID19 UPDATE (28 May 2020)

- 11* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,065 total)
- 14 more discharged (2,945)
- 63 more in hospital
- no new deaths (57)

*all of them recent Thai returnees detected in state quarantine  credit @SaksithCNA
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Thailand Covid-19 Situation 28.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

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Complete end to lockdown on July 1

The government has set July 1 for the lift of all business and activity lockdowns ordered earlier to cope with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), said the National Security Council chief.

These include interprovincial and international travel, as well as the end of emergency decree and curfew.

NSC secretary-general Gen Somsak Rungsita said on Thursday that the lift of restrictions would be a complete reopening of the country. Officials would next month prepare measures for the reopening.

"Authorities will have serious discussions because after the emergency decree ends, other laws will be used instead," he said.

"People's cooperation is important. This concerns the use of face masks, social distancing, hand wash and limited activities. As long as the disease is spreading worldwide, we will have to fight against it for a while."

Gen Somsak said the executive decree on public administration in emergency situations would end in June and the ban on international travel would continue until then.

The full reopening will come after the third phase of the relaxation to take place in June.

The government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will on Friday finalise details on what businesses could resume and on what conditions under the third phase of relaxation in June.

On Wednesday, his committee on business easing did not reach a conclusion on high-risk activities that were suspended and seriously affected the economy, he said.

For next month, Gen Somsak said that curfew hours would be further shortened and more restrictions on inter-provincial travel would be lifted under the third phase.

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesil Visanuyothin on Thursday said more activities at malls would resume and athletes' practicing grounds would reopen.

Operators and customers would be required to use Thai Chana mobile application for checking in and out of premises since the businesses allowed to reopen in this stage are medium- to high-risk ones.

Prime Minister's Office Minister Tewan Liptapallop said movie theatres would not reopen because operators said there was no new movie during this time.

"It is not because we oppose the reopening, but operators say there are no new films to screen at the moment," he said.

He also said the government was considering financial aid for temples where all activities stopped including donations from the public.

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Thailand's unsung Covid-19 success story

Kingdom has contained its outbreak better than most due to uniquely Thai factors but risks of a second wave are rising

When a Chinese tourist was diagnosed with the Covid-19 coronavirus on January 13, the first known infection outside of China before the disease made its fatal global sweep, Thailand would have seemed a likely locale for mass contagion and mortality.

Hundreds of thousands of Chinese tourists descended on the kingdom over the Lunar New Year holiday, a time when the deadly virus and its contagiousness were barely understood. Prioritizing tourism over health, Thailand's government left its borders open to China and the wider world.

But when a respected physician at the royally affiliated Siriraj Hospital projected on March 26 that Thailand would have 350,000 cases and 7,000 deaths by mid-April without social distancing, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha invoked emergency rule, centralized crisis management and phased in hard lockdown measures, many of which remain in place.

Prayut's strongman move, reminiscent of his previous coup-installed military government, sidelined elected politicians who overtly lacked expertise in public health and crisis management, and empowered bureaucrats and medical professionals to command, lead and communicate his government's Covid-19 response.

Almost instantly, Thailand's reported daily infections trended down from a high of 188 on March 22, then rising at an exponential upward 33% clip, to zero reported new cases on May 24. The kingdom has been comparatively lightly touched by the virus compared to many of its Southeast Asian neighbors with just 3,045 cases and 57 deaths as of May 26.

While analysts, experts and diplomats view Thailand's official figures with a measure of skepticism, due chiefly to a lack of widespread and systematic testing, few if any believe officials are involved in a deliberate cover-up to hide cases, mask deaths or portray the nation in a comparatively favorable light.

Indeed, there have been no reports of any hospitals being overwhelmed with virus patients, nor has there been any discernible surge in pneumonia or other fatal illnesses that could be Covid-19 related, diplomats and experts say. With a relatively free press and an even freer social media, officials would be hard-pressed to censor or hide any sudden rash of cases. 

While researchers and scientists grapple with why some countries have been more hard hit than others, with governance, health care, culture and climate all under study as possible determinants, Thailand's so far mild Covid-19 experience likely owes to a uniquely Thai mix of factors.

Those include a successful appeal to Thai nationalism that has underwritten consensus compliance, where stay-at-home and social distancing orders have been portrayed and obeyed as patriotic duty. That's seen in near universal adoption of mask-wearing, with resident Westerners often the only maskless outliers.

Thailand's tentative success could also owe in part to culture, as Thais traditionally greet without touching through prayer-like, palm-pressed wais. A Buddhism-inspired reticence, witnessed on often eerily silent public transit buses and trains, has also arguably helped to keep aspirated viral contagion out of the air.   

More clinically, Thailand's universal public health care system is a regional, if not global, role model, with low-cost medical treatment available nearly nationwide. That includes village- level rural health volunteers who even in non-pandemic times have their fingers on the health pulse of local communities.

To be sure, Thailand's relative Covid-19 success is not yet firmly evidence-based, health experts note. One ex-World Health Organization official views Thailand's Covid-19 case count as "amplified anecdotal" data, due to a lack of systematic and targeted testing. Thailand has tested around 376,000 in a nation of nearly 70 million.

"Nobody knows the who, when, why or where of the tests and without that specificity we are still whistling in the dark" on the true extent of the situation, he said. "The absence of evidence is not the same as the evidence of absence."

That includes among Thailand's foreign migrant community who often live in less hygienic and more cramped quarters than the Singapore dormitories that have unleashed  a "second wave" of new infections in a city-state that was likewise previously portrayed as a Covid-19 success story but is now viewed as cautionary tale.

Neighboring Malaysia is now also grappling with a surge of new cases among its foreign migrant population. Estimates vary but anywhere between four to five million migrant workers normally live and work in Thailand, though many returned to Myanmar and Cambodia when the kingdom locked down in March.

Experts say Thailand needs more systematic targeted surveillance, as opposed to limited testing of symptomatic patients, to get a firm grip on the true extent of its outbreak. A Thai public health official, however, acknowledged reluctantly in a recent webinar for journalists that the government lacked the resources for such extensive monitoring. 

To be sure, Thailand has marshaled fast and successful responses to past major health crises. The ex-WHO official recalls how rotating deployments of medical students sent to the site of the kingdom's 2004 tsunami disaster helped to avert deaths beyond those caused by the killer wave.

He also notes a lesser known case in 2006 where public health officials rapidly ring-fenced, contained and treated what was one of the world's largest ever botulism outbreaks affecting over 200 people caused by spoiled edible bamboo shoots in the northern province of Nan.   

Thailand's virus response has not been entirely home-grown, however. One official close to Prayut believes Thailand's success so far derives in part from cooperation with China, which he says has offered discreet medical advice on how to treat patients based on lessons learned in containing its outbreak in Wuhan City, the disease's initial epicenter.

Still, analysts agree that Prayut deserves certain credit for steering a firm and coherent after an initially erratic virus response.

While opposition politicians have sought in spots to politicize the outbreak and its management, its not clear to most observers they have offered better prescriptions than those being pursued by Prayut's trusted technocrats.

Prayut will have a much harder time maintaining his success story narrative as the kingdom emerges out of lockdown to face the pandemic's economic devastation, with the central bank projecting -5.3% economic growth and some private banking analysts predicting an even worse -8%.

The contraction could pinch even harder if tourism, accounting for as much as 20% of GDP in good times, doesn't rebound by the December-January high season, when global travelers traditionally descend in their millions on the country's many idyllic beach destinations. Obviously, the future of exotic leisure travel is in near-term doubt.

Still, Prayut is under rising political and economic pressure to ease the lockdown and reopen the country's closed borders. His government's phased easing measures notably coincide with the start of the rainy season, when Thais often catch cold or contract the flu as the weather shifts from blazing hot to steamy damp. 

full article  asiatimes.com
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COVID19 UPDATE (29 May 2020)

- 11* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,076 total)
- no new discharges (2,945)
- 74 in hospital
- no new deaths (57)

*all Thai returnees from Kuwait found in state quarantine   credit @SaksithCNA
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Thailand Covid-19 Situation 29.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

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pass the salt - a pinch of - fearmongering or what - this same guy In March this year, predicted that COVID-19 infections in Thailand would peak at over 100,000 with hundreds of fatalities by mid-April.

Thailand warned to brace for the second wave of COVID-19 infections

Speaking on the Mahidol TV Channel today, Professor Dr. Prasit Wattanapha said that, from his monitoring of the COVID-19 situation worldwide, he is sure that Thailand will face a second wave of infections.

"If there are about 100 new infections in one day, it means the virus has already spread widely.  When it spreads, the number of infections will not be doubled, but squared," he said, adding that several countries are already experiencing second rounds of infections.

here's the article  thaipbsworld.com
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Taman Tun

Sounds as if provincial travel will be back on Monday.  This could be the end of WFH :(
If the old only could, if the young only knew.


Quote from: Taman Tun on May 29, 2020, 03:11:21 PM
Sounds as if provincial travel will be back on Monday.  This could be the end of WFH :(
you go careful T.T. give it another couple of weeks to be sure of things running smoothly.
give us a wave as you go by - not a second wave  ;D could not resist that. boom! boom!

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Quote from: Taman Tun on May 29, 2020, 03:11:21 PM
Sounds as if provincial travel will be back on Monday.  This could be the end of WFH :(
Inter-provincial travel will be allowed to restart on June 3 for those who had necessary journeys to make

Curfew reduced to 11pm-3am

From June 1, the curfew will be reduced to 11pm to 3am, from the current period of 11pm to 4am, National Security Council Secretary General Gen Somsak Rungsita said today (May 29).

The curfew is being cut in phases after it was initially imposed on April 3 for the period between 10pm and 4am.

However, the country would remain closed to foreigner visitors due to concern over the spread of Covid-19 from abroad, said Somsak.

Inter-provincial travel will be allowed to restart on June 3 for those who had necessary journeys to make, he added.

Department stores could also open until 9pm.

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Foreigners allowed to enter Thailand on case-by-case basis

Under phase 3 of the lockdown relaxation, foreigners with work permits or permission from the Labour Ministry or other government agencies will be allowed to enter the country after registration, the Foreign Ministry announced on Friday (May 29).

"Permission to enter does not cover all groups as we are proceeding step by step," said deputy spokesman Natapanu Nopakun at a daily briefing on the Covid-19 situation.

The Foreign Ministry has informed Thailand's foreign chambers of commerce about the relaxation. Eligible foreign nationals are invited to submit applications at Thai Embassies in their countries. They must have health insurance and a health certificate. They will also be subject to 14- quarantine on entry to Thailand, either in a state facility or in a private facility at their own cost.

Details of the letter sent to all foreign chambers of commerce in Thailand are as follows:

1. The Royal Thai Government's invocation of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations BE2548 (2005) (No I) dated 25 March BE2563 (2020) to control the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19), closes the entry into the Kingdom of non-Thai nationals, in accordance with the laws on communicable diseases and immigration. However, clause 3 (5) of the Regulation issued under the said Emergency Decree, also allows non-Thai nationals who either possess a valid work permit or have already been granted permission from a Thai government agency to work in the Kingdom, to apply for permission to enter the Kingdom.

2. It is, however, requested that only those in urgent need to enter the Kingdom may submit an application for entry. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in consultation with the Board of Investment and the Ministry of Labour, will consider all requests for entry on a case by case basis, taking into account urgency and economic importance, among others.

3. The procedure for non-Thai nationals who wish to submit an application for entry are as follows:

3.1 Contact the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General in their country of departure to apply for 'Certificate of

Entry into the Kingdom of Thailand" at least 10 working days before the date of intended departure. The applicants must present:

(1) copy of his work permits or copy of Ietter of permission issued by a Thai Government agency (in most cases, by the Ministry of Labour) to work in Thailand;

(2) a valid health insurance policy covering all expenditures of medical treatment, including Covid-19 worth at least 100,000 USD.

3.2 The Thai Embassy/Consulate-General will forward the application to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok. If the application is approved, the Thai Embassy/Consulate-General will be instructed to issue the "Certificate of Entry into the Kingdom of Thailand" and appropriate visa to the applicant.

4. At the port of departure/embarkation (eg airline check-in counter), the approved applicant is required to present (I) a "Certificate of Entry into the Kingdom of Thailand" issued by the Royal Thai Embassy Consulate-General; (II) a completed and signed "Declaration Form" obtained from the Embassy/Consulate-General; (III) a Fit to Fly Health Certificate' issued no more than 72 hours before departure; and (IV) a health insurance covering all expenditures of medical treatment, including Covid-19, while traveling to Thailand in an amount of at least 100,000 USD.

5. Upon entry into the Kingdom, non-Thai nationals will be subjected to a 14-day state quarantine at a government-designated Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility at their own expenses, and obliged to comply with the government's disease prevention measures pursuant to clause 11 of the Regulation issued under Section 9 of the said Emergency Decree.

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