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Posted by Johnnie F.
 - February 01, 2021, 11:10:35 AM
While in Samut Sakon they still find hundreds of newly infected each day...

Chiang Mai greenlights reopening of pubs, bars as no infections in 19 days[/b]

Good for the owners, but how many customers will dare visit them. How many will have learned that fun doesn't depend upon hanging around a bar, that fun can also be had without such risks as Covid?
Posted by Johnnie F.
 - January 29, 2021, 04:59:12 PM
Covid-control restrictions eased from Monday

Covid-19 restrictions are being relaxed in most areas, allowing some closed businesses and activities to resume on Monday, but substantial controls remain in place throughout red-zoned provinces in the greater Bangkok cluster.

Details at Bangkok Post
Posted by Johnnie F.
 - January 29, 2021, 04:52:22 PM
Aren't we lucky to have come to Thailand long before this pandemic? Who would choose to come now with almost everything locked down?

"The Kingdom of Thailand has been ranked as the fourth country in the world that has most effectively handled the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new analysis released by independent Australian think tank the Lowy Institute,

The Covid Performance Index: Deconstructing Pandemic Responses, ranked New Zealand at the top of the list, followed by Vietnam and Taiwan, Thailand, and Cyprus."

Article at Thaienquirer.com
Posted by Johnnie F.
 - January 28, 2021, 11:10:55 AM
As cases fall the government plans to ease restrictions except in Samut Sakon, wher the indection rate remains high. They'll decide about that tomorrow, Bangkok Post reports.
Posted by Johnnie F.
 - January 26, 2021, 09:43:03 PM
Thailand logs record-high 959 Covid cases Tuesday

Total includes 914 in Samut Sakhon announced Monday evening


Thailand recorded 959 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday -- including the 914 infections in Samut Sakhon announced on Monday evening -- for an accumulated total of 14,646 since the start of the pandemic. No additional deaths were reported, leaving the toll at 75.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said the high number of new cases resulted from intensified active case-finding in communities, which found 848 infections over the past 24 hours.

Of that number, 844 were in Samut Sakhon province -- 760 migrant workers and 84 Thais – along with four Thais in Bangkok.

New cases confirmed at hospitals numbered 89, including 70 in Samut Sakhon and 17 in Bangkok.

The 22 new imported cases were quarantined arrivals from Indonesia (1), India (2), Myanmar (3), Sudan (2), Pakistan (1), the United Kingdom (6), Nepal (1), China (1), the United States (3), Denmark (1) and Russia (1).

Of the 14,646 total cases, 10,892 (74.37%) recovered --  including 230 discharged over the past 24 hours -- and 3,679 were receiving treatment. The death toll remained unchanged at 75.

The total number of local cases since the new wave began on Dec 15 last year reached five digits over the past 24 hours at 10,409, Dr Taweesilp said.

Bangkok Post
Posted by Johnnie F.
 - January 25, 2021, 04:44:06 PM
Thailand on Sunday recorded 198 new coronavirus cases, 118 of them local transmissions, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 13,500. One new death was reported, raising the accumulated toll to 73.

article at Bangkok Post
Posted by Johnnie F.
 - January 20, 2021, 09:34:11 PM
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Wednesday reported 59 new cases and one death in the past 24 hours, including eight asymptomatic people who flew in from abroad.

(...)

As of Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand has risen to 12,653. Of these, 10,343 contracted the virus domestically, including 4,130 who were found via proactive testing, and 2,310 are returnees. So far, 9,621 have recovered and been discharged, 2,961 patients are still in hospital and the death toll has increased to 71.

The Nation Thailand
Posted by thaiga
 - January 15, 2021, 02:15:31 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 15 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link           https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos

Thai language  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5Lh18W2IIk    English skip to 29:20
Posted by thaiga
 - January 15, 2021, 01:10:58 PM
Thailand situation 15 january 2021
- Total confirmed: 11,450 (+188)
- Recovered: 8,288 (+628)
- Active cases: 3,093
- Deaths: 69 (+0)
Posted by thaiga
 - January 15, 2021, 12:12:10 PM
An extra fee coming into the country, there is already a 700 baht departure tax in with the ticket price, so another 300 bht from each international visitor, a round figure of 1,000.

Tourism fee to help insure foreigners visiting the kingdom
The National Tourism Policy Committee has approved the proposed guidelines for the collection of a 300-baht tourism fee from each international visitor for the management of local tourist destinations.

The money will also be used to provide insurance benefits to international tourists visiting the country.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said each foreign visitor will be charged US$10 (300 baht) per visit. The details of the fee collection will be announced in the Royal Gazette once the policy has taken effect.

According to Mr Phiphat, Thailand expects to receive some 10 million visitors this year.

He said the merit of the 300-baht tourism fee is that foreign tourists who fall sick or are injured will be taken care of and given adequate medical care.

The ministry will have to discuss the details with the Finance Ministry and the Office of Insurance Commission.

Of the 300-baht fee, 34 baht is expected to be used for the insurance coverage, Mr Phiphat said.

The fee collection is in line with the revised National Tourism Policy Act, which authorises the ministry to impose a tourism fee for use in developing local destinations and providing insurance coverage to foreign tourists.

Tourism permanent secretary Chote Trachu on Thursday said the fee collection was initially due to begin last year, but it was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the National Tourism Policy Committee has assessed the situation and agreed the tourism fee collection should go ahead this year.

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the country had been forecast to close last year with merely 6.7 million international tourists -- not much more than the number prior to last year's outbreak of Covid-19 -- despite government attempts to activate entry schemes for foreigners via Special Tourist Visas (STVs).

With a second wave of outbreaks gripping many countries around the world, particularly during the winter months, triggering new rounds of lockdowns, Thailand is expected to wait longer -- until the second half of this year -- to see more visitors file back into the kingdom and revive the ailing industry.

While the TAT previously predicted the domestic market would reach 100 million trips last year, the recent spike in local cases led the agency to revise down the target to 95 million trips, a result of the partial lockdowns in some provinces.

bangkokpost.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 14, 2021, 02:08:55 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 14 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link           https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos

Thai language  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq76tzWN6AM    English skip to 36:30
Posted by thaiga
 - January 14, 2021, 12:55:24 PM
Thailand situation 14 january 2021
- Total confirmed: 11,262 (+271)
- Recovered: 7,660 (+717)
- Active cases: 3,533
- Deaths: 69 (+2)
Posted by thaiga
 - January 14, 2021, 11:59:07 AM
Government can handle COVID-19 outbreak
(NNT) - Yesterday (Jan 12), the Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, posted a message on Facebook discussing efforts to address the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, while saying that the government is more prepared than in the first wave, in terms of medical equipment and supplies and hospitals. Members of the public also have a better understanding of ways to protect themselves and most people are complying with measures, as advised by the government.

Although Thailand has recorded three-figure new cases daily in the second outbreak, the rate remains stable, showing that the spread has initially been contained. However, it will take some time for the figures to drop.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been instructed to expedite the COVID-19 vaccine approval. Once the doses arrive in Thailand, they can be administered to the people immediately. The Ministry of Public Health has prepared a vaccination plan based on each level of risk, which complies with international practices. The first group will comprise medical personnel, the elderly, people with congenital diseases and residents in high-risk areas.

The government is seeking measures to mitigate the effects on entrepreneurs, employees and other workers, who are struggling financially due to the outbreak, especially those living in areas declared as a red zones. The government is assessing the situation and the issue should be resolved by the end of this month. More assistance will be provided, in addition to the government's half-half co-payment scheme, the We Travel Together campaign, subsidies for state welfare card holders, as well as new measures approved by the cabinet yesterday.

The government's reserves are still enough to support the economy at this time, while the residue of the 1-trillion-baht emergency loan decree stands at about 490 billion baht. There is another 130 billion baht reserved for emergencies. The amount is from the central budget for fiscal year 2021. As a result, there are no financial issues, as the government still has about 600 billion baht in reserves. The government has to make sure its spending is efficient, accurate and timely.

The Prime Minister urged people to rest assured that the government is capable, and that it is important for them to work together, so that successful outcomes can be achieved, as in the first outbreak.

thainews.prd.go.th
Posted by thaiga
 - January 13, 2021, 05:42:29 PM
Sunlight, disinfectant can kill Covid-19 even in winter
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) said on Wednesday that the cool temperature is not making the Covid-19 virus more transmissible, adding that disinfectants can still kill the virus.

Since it has been quite cool in Thailand recently, people have been worried that low temperatures can extend the lifetime of the virus.

DDC's Dr Taweesap Siraprapasiri said that though the virus can live on surfaces for a longer time in low temperatures, it can die fast if wiped clean with disinfectant or under sunlight.

Taweesap, however, said people should take extra care to stay away from crowded places and maintain a distance from people they don't know.

nationthailand.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 13, 2021, 02:27:07 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 13 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link            https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/2847467062199760/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos

Thai language  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o-Q6ici5_0    English skip to 32:00
Posted by thaiga
 - January 13, 2021, 01:42:26 PM
Thailand situation, 13 January 2021
- Total confirmed: 10,991 (+157)
- Recovered: 6,943 (+211)
- Active cases: 3,981
- Deaths: 67 (+0)
Posted by thaiga
 - January 13, 2021, 11:22:41 AM
Fourth Samut Sakhon field hospital to open on Friday
A fourth field hospital has been set up in Samut Sakhon and will be ready to receive patients from Friday, vice governor Surasak Phonyangsong said on Tuesday. Located in the Nadee area of Muang district, the hospital is a two-building facility of 350 beds which will treat asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic Covid-19 patients. full article  nationthailand.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 13, 2021, 01:18:35 AM
Atta seeks vaccinated arrivals
Offering an estimate of 80% of inbound travel companies closing, the Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta) encourages the government to allow vaccinated visitors to visit the country without quarantine in the third quarter to boost demand.

Around 30% of 10,000 registered inbound tourism companies have shuttered permanently, while half have stopped their operations temporarily because Thailand cannot receive international visitors, said Vichit Prakobgosol, president of Atta.

Only 20% of inbound operators remain in business by pivoting to the domestic market, which is ravaged by the new spike in local transmissions.

"Operators have to fight until the last breath to maintain business, at least until the third quarter when there's hope for a new flow of tourists," Mr Vichit said. "If inbound tourism can restart, the country's economic recovery will get back on track."

As many countries have started mass vaccination programmes, operators in Thailand support the idea of exempting those from quarantine who are vaccinated against Covid-19.

He said the number of people who receive jabs in the first half this year may exceed 1 billion globally, including potential tourists from China and Southeast Asia.

The government has to start planning safe entry guidelines, such as requiring a swab test on arrival or a tracking application, said Mr Vichit.

Atta, the Thai Hotels Association and the Association of Domestic Travel joined a meeting with the Tourism and Sports Ministry on Monday to discuss urgent relief measures.

Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the tourism and sports minister, said he will submit the financial aid plan operators are requesting to the prime minister, making the proposal at today's cabinet meeting.

The ministry also plans to discuss the initial idea of hotel quarantine (formerly known as area quarantine), which allows tourists to stay within hotel areas outside their rooms.

If the concept is approved, the Public Health Ministry has to set the safety regulations within 1-2 weeks before proposing them to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

"The special tourist visa aiming for long-stay tourists might fail to stimulate tourism," Mr Phiphat said. "But at least it helped assure locals that foreigners entering the country passed all the required safety regulations, which could ease quarantine rules."

He remains confident the hotel quarantine programme will bring more inbound demand to Thailand.

But the country will not rush into allowing inoculated tourists to enter without quarantine because it must wait for results from people who completed both doses of vaccine, leading to a discussion with the Public Health Ministry about further guidelines, said Mr Phiphat.

"The government is working on a measure to prove foreign tourists are vaccinated, such as certifications or passport stamps," he said.

bangkokpost.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 12, 2021, 08:36:12 PM
Thailand logs 287 new Covid cases Tuesday
Thailand on Tuesday reported 287 new coronavirus cases, 278 of them local transmissions, bringing the total since Covid-19 first appeared in January 2020 to 10,834.

No new deaths were reported, leaving the accumulated toll at 67.

Of the 287 new cases, 153 were detected through the normal health system, 125 through active case finding and nine were quarantined arrivals.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said 278 new cases were local transmissions. Provinces hardest hit by the latest wave of Covid-19 were reporting more patients.

They included 51 cases in Samut Sakhon province, 31 in Bangkok, six in Ang Thong and nine in Samut Prakan.

The 125 new cases detected through active testing were all in Samut Sakhon, Dr Taweesilp said. Four were Thai and the other 121 were in the migrant community.

Samut Sakhon was full of dormitories, markets and factories, he added.

Since Dec 18, 10 provinces have logged more than 50 Covid-19 cases each. They are Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Rayong, Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Chanthaburi, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Ang Thong and Pathum Thani.

"People in these 10 provinces should help us contain the disease and will be screened during their inter-provincial trips," Dr Taweesilp said.

bangkokpost.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 12, 2021, 02:39:33 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 12 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link            https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/445615563140192/

Thai language  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi5UVJdsTcw    English skip to 22:00
Posted by thaiga
 - January 12, 2021, 12:53:27 PM
Thailand situation, 12 January 2021
- Total confirmed: 10,834 (+287)
- Recovered: 6,732 (+166)
- Active cases: 4,035
- Deaths: 67 (+0)
Posted by thaiga
 - January 12, 2021, 11:50:38 AM
Education blitz for huge inoculation programme
The Ministry of Public Health is launching a campaign to educate people about the Covid-19 vaccine ahead of the country's biggest-ever vaccination programme.
Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said a new sub-committee would discuss how best to inform the public about the vaccine.

It will be Thailand's most ambitious rollout ever -- about half the population will receive free jabs, the goal being to achieve herd immunity. The challenge is that Covid-19 is unprecedented and vaccines have been developed in record time, a year, whereas previous vaccines often took four or five years to develop and test. Furthermore, the pharmaceutical companies behind the vaccines have reportedly been given waivers of liability should patients suffer side effects.

"We need to launch a public campaign far and wide to inform the public about the Covid-19 vaccine," Mr Anutin said yesterday. "People need to be informed how the vaccine works and the possible side effects, as well as the follow-up process and the monitoring people need to do."

The first two million jabs, from Chinese company Sinovac, will start next month and go on until April, followed by the rollout of 60 million doses, mainly from Oxford University/AstraZeneca, which will begin in May and continue until the end of the year.

Mr Anutin yesterday announced that four groups would be given the Sinovac vaccine -- priority would be given to those in five high-risk provinces and other risk areas, such as the western border where disease-prone migrant labourers have been arriving.

The first group is medical staff working in high-risk areas; the second is patients with pre-existing serious conditions such as cancer, pulmonary disease, heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease; the third is frail elderly aged over 60; and the last group is health volunteers and security personnel who need to monitor and screen Covid-19-prone people.

He said the ministry would allow private hospitals to sell FDA-approved vaccinations because this would reduce the workload on the public sector.

bangkokpost.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 12, 2021, 01:25:23 AM
COVID-19 - WHO Thailand Situation Reports
Daily reports can be found in the link below

who.int/docs/default-source/searo/thailand/2021_01_11
Posted by thaiga
 - January 11, 2021, 05:00:42 PM
An article in the bangkokpost.com reports Illegal returnees and gamblers have been identified as the ...

Illegal returnees and gamblers have been identified by the CCSA as the main sources of the current virus outbreak in Thailand.
Eleven of the 249 new cases were people who recently flew into the country and were in state quarantine -- six Thais and five foreigners. Two of the Thais flew in from Switzerland, and one each from the United Kingdom, Turkey, Bahrain and Denmark. The five foreigners arrived from the UK, the US, the UAE, Holland and Somalia.

A further 14 cases were Thais who returned from working in Myawaddy town in Myanmar and were now being treated in Mae Sot Hospital.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said Samut Sakhon led the new local infections (37 cases), followed by Bangkok (36), Nonthaburi (31) and and Ang Thong (19). The figures in Samut Sakhon excluded migrant workers found in active testing. One of the cases in Ang Thong was a 9-month-old girl.

Dr Taweesilp said the outbreak had spread to all ages, as was reflected in the infant girl in Ang Thong.  "We now see the infections in babies," he said.

Warning for Interior Ministry officials
Permanent secretary for interior Chatchai Promlert on Monday issued a stern warning to any Interior Ministry officials still turning a blind eye to gambling and illegal entry from neighbouring countries in their jurisdictions.

He also stressed the strict enforcement of a ministry order dated Dec 30 to ban permission to hold cockfighting, fishfighting, boxing, horse racing, cow racing and card game events.

Illegal returnees and gamblers have been identified by the CCSA as the main sources of the current virus outbreak in Thailand.

200 navy soldiers isolated
Navy spokesman Rear Adm Chettha Jaipiem said more than 200 soldiers on HTMS Chakri Naruebet were isolated at a hospital and other facilities at the Sattahip base in Chon Buri after two tested positive for Covid-19. The move came after some of the soldiers from the ship spent time at Pah Daeng beer house in Sattahip district.
Posted by thaiga
 - January 11, 2021, 02:16:03 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 11 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link            https://www.facebook.com

Thai language   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXL-reRjPTs    English skip to 29:40
Posted by thaiga
 - January 11, 2021, 12:46:45 PM
Thailand situation, 11 January 2021
- Total confirmed: 10,547 (+249)
- Recovered: 6,566 (+138)
- Active cases: 3,914
- Deaths: 67 (+0)
Posted by thaiga
 - January 10, 2021, 03:18:44 PM
As the media is reporting Public Health Minister has floated the idea of denying free medical treatment to illegal gamblers & illegal immigrants who get covid-19. could be soon they might have to foot their own hospital bills. 

An article in the  chiangraitimes.com  gives a hint the Recent Covid19 Wave Will End Soon

"We have seen no new cases in seven days in 20 provinces, which is very good and a positive sign," said Dr Opas Kankawinpong, director-general of the Disease Control Department said on Friday. "If we can continue our efforts to limit the outbreak from spreading, we will see an obvious decrease in the number of new daily cases by the end of this month."

There are 19 provinces with one to 10 cases, 10 provinces with 11-50 cases, eight provinces with over 50 cases, 20 provinces with no new cases reported in the last seven days and 20 provinces with zero infections.
Posted by thaiga
 - January 10, 2021, 02:01:10 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 10 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link
            https://www.facebook.com

Thai language   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV1-a_k63x4    English skip to 30:30
Posted by thaiga
 - January 10, 2021, 01:08:26 PM
Thailand situation, 10 January 2021
- Total confirmed: 10,298 (+245)
- Recovered: 6,428 (+882)
- Active cases: 3,803
- Deaths: 67 (+0)
Posted by thaiga
 - January 09, 2021, 03:19:38 PM
Chiang Mai airport staffer tests positive
Chiang Mai International Airport has confirmed that one of its staffers had contracted Covid-19.
The airport urged those who had passed through the airport on January 3 or before to get themselves tested and go to hospitals in case they have suspected conditions.
full article nationthailand.com

25 new Covid-19 cases in Samut Prakarn
Samut Prakarn saw 25 people testing positive for Covid-19 on Friday, taking the total number of cases in the latest outbreak to 209, provincial authorities said.
Ten of the new cases were in Muang district, six in Bang Phli district, two in Phra Pradaeng district and one in Bang Bo district. Six patients were those who had been transferred from other areas. Of the total cases, the authorities said that 132 were found in Samut Prakarn, while 77 were transferred ones.
nationthailand.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 09, 2021, 02:07:39 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 9 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link            https://www.facebook.com

Thai language   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Byo4XM9-Z_E    English skip to 42:30
Posted by thaiga
 - January 09, 2021, 12:59:00 PM
Thailand situation 9 january 2021
- Total confirmed: 10,053 (+212)
- Recovered: 5,546 (+291)
- Active cases: 4,440
- Deaths: 67 (+0)

Posted by thaiga
 - January 08, 2021, 05:10:31 PM
Twenty provinces had not reported an infection since Dec 15. Despite the increased cases being reported Thailand is still open to Special Tourist Visa applicants

Twenty provinces had not reported an infection since Dec 15
They were Si Sa Ket, Yasothon, Bung Kan, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Roi Et, Kalasin, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Phrae, Phayao, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Uthai Thani, Phitsanulok, Phangnga, Chumphon, Phatthalung, Patttani and Yala.
Of the total 9,841 cases, 5,255 or 53.4% had recovered, including 734 discharged over the previous 24 hours and 4,519 were receiving treatment. The death toll remained at 67, which was 0.68% of total cases.
full article bangkokpost.com

We Are Open: 'Special Tourist Visa' s Is Still On Despite Outbreak
Foreign tourists willing to brave the global pandemic and spend a vacation in Thailand are still welcomed, as long as they have all the required documents, a chief tourism official said Friday. Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the Special Tourist Visa program, or STV, is still valid and not subjected to any additional restrictions, at least for the time being.

"Yes, we're open to everyone," Yuthasak said by phone. "The same requirements still apply to foreigners travelling on the Special Tourist Visa. It's not related to the situation in our country since they are required to get tested and spend 14 days in quarantine."
full article khaosodenglish.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 08, 2021, 02:54:11 PM
Out of 77 provinces, 37 have reported at least one new case the last 7 days, 16 have no reported a new case in the last 7 days, 4 haven't had one in the last 2 weeks and 20 provinces haven't had one at all since Dec 15, 2020. @SaksithCNA

Will you be at the front of the queue
The Thai government has set a target to vaccinate half the population against COVID-9. Dr Sophon said that the health authorities must first ensure the safety of each vaccine along with its efficacy, as some vaccines may have undesirable side effects that could even lead to death in some cases


Experts say construction of field hospitals necessary before hospitals overflow
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital, Dr. Prasit Watanapa, said today that field hospitals are necessary, especially in areas experiencing increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections. These temporary facilities are intended for asymptomatic and mild-symptoms patients, separating them from the general public.

Dr. Prasit said, if we do not start setting up field hospitals now, the outbreak in Thailand will get worse. He said field hospital is one of the tools for containing the outbreak, and enable the effective management of limited resources.
thaipbsworld.com

Health Ministry expects COVID-19 cases to increase over next two weeks
(NNT) - Health authorities are now expecting the number of cases in the current wave of COVID-19 infections will continue to increase over the next two weeks, asking people visiting high-risk areas to monitor their symptoms for 14 days.

Dr Sophon Iamsirithavorn, Director of the Division of Communicable Diseases at the Department of Communicable Diseases has warned that the number of COVID-19 cases in Thailand is expected to continue growing in provinces that have already reported a number of confirmed cases in this wave of the outbreak.

The new wave of COVID-19 in Thailand started with the discovery of a COVID-19 cluster in the migrant worker community in Samut Sakhon linked to a wholesale shrimp market.

The situation has since escalated with cases now reported in 56 provinces of Thailand, with new cases linked to gambling dens in some provinces, as well as nightclubs and restaurants in the Pinklao district of western Bangkok.

Dr Sophon said tougher disease control measures and social measures are needed to help contain the spread, with the goal now being to minimize fatalities from COVID-19 as much as possible, while ensuring the healthcare system has enough capacity to treat the general public.

Health officials are currently urging members of the public who have visited at-risk areas to monitor their symptoms for 14 days, and to seek medical attention at a nearby healthcare facility should they exhibit any symptoms. They are reminded to be cautious of the possibility that if infected, they could spread the virus to children and elders in their family.

The Thai government has set a target to vaccinate half the population against COVID-9. Dr Sophon said that the health authorities must first ensure the safety of each vaccine along with its efficacy, as some vaccines may have undesirable side effects that could even lead to death in some cases.

Thailand has made an advance purchase of vaccine to combat COVID-19 from AstraZeneca, with Siam Bioscience being the local manufacturing partner. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in the UK, but is still pending approval from Thailand's Food and Drugs Administration.

The government earlier revealed it will also be procuring additional dosages of vaccines for Thailand, with the first batch of vaccines from China's Sinovac expected to arrive as early as late-February.
thainews.prd.go.th
Posted by thaiga
 - January 08, 2021, 02:16:41 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 8 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link            https://www.facebook.com

Thai language   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEtzqSP2-Gw    English skip to 38:00
Posted by thaiga
 - January 08, 2021, 12:57:45 PM
Thailand situation 8 january 2021
- Total confirmed: 9841 (+205)
- Recovered: 5,255 (+734)
- Active cases: 4,519
- Deaths: 67 (+0)
Posted by thaiga
 - January 08, 2021, 12:27:27 PM
Loei closes schools and lottery market after finding infections. four new cases found in Chiang Mai, all linked to one venue, making active cases in the province 11. The areas that need to have a permit to travel were seen queuing for hours to get a permit.(pic below)

Four new cases found in Chiang Mai, all linked to one venue
nationthailand.com

Loei closes schools and lottery market after finding more COVID-19 cases
Loei province has ordered all schools and a lottery market to close for 14 days after a family tested positive for COVID-19.

One case in the province is a 78 years old woman and a mother of another case of Loei.

Another is a related 13-year-old 7th-grader, who usually went with his mother to sell lottery tickets. He also visited Phu Reu, a tourist spot in the province.

The other case is a related 6-year-old kindergartener, who also went with her mother to sell lottery tickets.

The province stated that there are a total of 35 high-risk people waiting for test results. These new infections were discovered as a result of proactive screening of over 1,200 people, especially among lottery vendors in the province.
thaipbsworld.com

Covid travel permit 'impractical'
Lines at local offices as new curb kicks in
Emotions ran high at a number of district offices, where residents of eastern provinces which had been declared maximum and strict Covid-19 control areas were seen queuing for hours to get a permit to travel.

Within the first hour of opening, the district office at Rayong's Muang district saw more than 100 people stream in to apply for travel permits. As the day progressed, the sheer number of applicants forced authorities to move the dedicated booth to a meeting hall which offered more space.
bangkokpost.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 07, 2021, 04:17:56 PM
Buriram reports first new Covid-19 case, Chiang Mai sees four more
Buriram reported its first new Covid-19 case on Thursday, while Chiang Mai saw the number of its patients increasing by four.

Buriram Governor Thatchakorn Hatthathayakul confirmed the first new case this morning, making his province the 55th with a confirmed case in this new wave.

The infected person is a woman aged 42. She had returned to her home in Buriram from Pattaya city.

She owned a food stall in Chon Buri and had reportedly visited gambling dens in that province to deliver food.

The patient went to Nang Rong Hospital in Buriram after coming down with fever, cough, a sore throat and snot. She also lost her sense of smell.

Meanwhile, Chiang Mai authorities announced four more Covid-19 cases on Thursday morning. The four had reportedly visited a local entertainment venue called "Warm Up".

Officials urged those who visited the venue any time from December 31 to January 3 to visit a hospital immediately for a checkup.

nationthailand.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 07, 2021, 02:15:09 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 7 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link          https://www.facebook.com/

Thai language  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCbfkBKbEiU    English skip to 44:28
Posted by thaiga
 - January 07, 2021, 12:57:41 PM
Thailand situation 7 january 2021
- Total confirmed: 9636 (+305)
- Recovered: 4,521 (+103)
- Active cases: 5,115
- Deaths: 67 (+1)
Posted by thaiga
 - January 07, 2021, 12:27:35 PM
Cases of the virus infections are popping up across the country, golf courses in Sattahip District, & Banglamung District, at Chonburi Province.
A supervisor at the 4 toll booths on Kanchanapisek Expressway Bang Phli-Suksawat has tested positive for Covid-19, the Expressway Authority of Thailand Exat announced on its Facebook page on Wednesday. the government on Wednesday tightened Covid-19 control measures in the country's most at-risk provinces, with an emphasis on screening people leaving and entering them.

Interesting article on  gamling dens  here  Okay, dens do exist
bangkokpost.com

Measures tightened in 5 areas
Only 'essential' travel allowed from now on
The government on Wednesday tightened Covid-19 control measures in the country's most at-risk provinces, with an emphasis on screening people leaving and entering them.

Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Rayong, Trat, and Chanthaburi, which had been among 28 provinces designated as maximum control zones, have now been renamed "maximum and strict control zones", according to the announcement in the Royal Gazette. Disease control measures will be stepped up in those five newly-designated zones and residents must be equipped with the Mor Chana and Thai Chana contact tracing apps at all times.

Tougher travel restrictions will be imposed in the provinces, with authorities having the power to examine and control the use of transport routes and vehicles. More checkpoints will be set up to screen people entering and leaving the designated zones and those trying to do so must show it is absolutely necessary.

The government also vowed to take decisive action against state officials and anyone else involved in illegal labour smuggling, as well as officials who are negligent or complicit in allowing illegal gambling dens to operate, which has been blamed for new clusters of Covid-19 infections.

Offenders of the new directives will be liable to a jail term of up to two years and/or a fine of up to 40,000 baht.

Those who intentionally conceal travel information or give false information will also face legal action under the Communicable Disease Act.

Sophon Iamsirithaworn, director of the Communicable Diseases Division under the Department of Disease Control (DDC), said new infections were expected to rise over the next two weeks.

These were mostly linked to Samut Sakhon, the epicentre of the new outbreak, gambling dens in Rayong, cockfighting rings in Ang Thong and several entertainment venues in the Pin Klao area of Bangkok.

"In light of this, it is necessary to step up disease control measures to stem the spread of the disease,'' Dr Sophon said.

DDC director-general Opas Karnka­winpong said the new outbreak had now spread to 56 provinces, with most in Samut Sakhon, Bangkok and the eastern provinces.

"Overall, even though the number of patients continues to rise, [it is] at a slow rate," he said. "But we must not be careless and contact tracing will continue."

full article bangkokpost.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 06, 2021, 09:00:27 PM
Covid from Ang Thong cockfighting cluster spreads to 5 provinces
Covid-19 clusters traced to two cockfighting arenas in Ang Thong, 100 kilometres north of Bangkok, have so far spawned 38 cases across five provinces, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Wednesday.

The majority of the cases are in Ang Thong (30) but the outbreak has also spread to Nonthaburi (1), Ayutthaya (3), Sing Buri (3) and Suphan Buri (1).

The CCSA reports that 68 per cent of cases are symptomless and most of them are men, with a ratio of 5.3 males to one female.

The centre said it expects no more cases from the cluster since all contacts from the outbreak are thought to have been traced.

nationthailand.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 06, 2021, 06:04:45 PM
Field hospitals planned in more provinces
Preparations to handle worst-case scenario
The government is looking for locations for field hospitals in more provinces, in preparation for more coronavirus-infected patients if the surge in new transmissions continues.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesman, said on Wednesday that senior officials at the Public Health Ministry and provincial offices were  surveying areas as far out as Ubon Ratchathani, looking for suitable sites for field hospitals.

Dr Taweesilp said the country had to prepare for a possible worst case scenario, that the number of new infections would rise sharply and more hospital facilities would be needed.

"It takes time to build a field hospital, but it takes only one day for the number of patients to shoot up to 100," the spokesman said.

The first field hospitals were set up in areas under lockdown in and around the Central Shrimp Market in Muang district of Samut Sakhon.

Hospitals are also being sited at navy barracks, including one in Sattahip district of Chon Buri, now one of the provinces facing a surge of new cases.

Plans for field hospital have faced opposition in some provinces. In Ratchaburi, residents worried about catching the virus from patients brought from Samut Sakhon for treatment.

Dr Taweesilp said provincial field hospitals would not treat people from elsewhere.

"Wherever a field hospital is built it will serve only people in that province," he said.

In Samut Sakhon, a local businessman has allowed a building at his factory to be used as a hospital for up to 1,000 patients.

Wattana Taengmanee, president of tambon Pantainorasingh Administrative Organisation in Muang district, agreed to allow a hospital inside the Wattana Factory compound, according to a Facebook post on Wednesday by the provincial public relations office.

Dr Taweesilp praised the local politician for his contribution and determination to help people  in the province. "People in Samut Sakhon will help each other," the spokesman quoted him as saying.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 numbers continued to rise, with 1 death and 365 new cases reported on Wednesday by the CCSA.

bangkokpost.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 06, 2021, 02:14:53 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 6 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link                https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/2826186637708948/

Thai language      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVX48pecT-0    English skip to 37:00
Posted by thaiga
 - January 06, 2021, 01:16:02 PM
WHO 'disappointed' that China yet to grant entry to coronavirus investigation team

Posted by thaiga
 - January 06, 2021, 12:45:47 PM
Thailand situation, 6 January 2021
- Total confirmed: 9,331 (+365)
- Recovered: 4,418 (+21)
- Active cases: 4,913
- Deaths: 66 (+1)

Posted by thaiga
 - January 06, 2021, 12:08:44 PM
Seven out of 19 arrested migrants in Bangkok test positive for Covid-19
Seven out of 19 illegal immigrants arrested following a tip-off have tested positive for Covid-19, a senior Bangkok administration official said. "Thanks to the tip-off from people, so far the authorities have arrested 19 illegal migrants and tested them," he said. "Seven have tested positive for Covid-19, while 12 people remain in quarantine and are closely observed. After the 14-day mandatory period has passed, they will be tested again to confirm the result."
full artcle nationthailand.com

No new rules for arrivals from the UK
In the wake of the scare, On Monday several media agencies said the Ministry of Public Health had asked the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to defer the entry of British visitors to the country after the fast-speeding B117 strain was found in the four British nationals entering Thailand on Dec 21. However, a meeting of the CCSA, chaired by the National Security Council secretary-general, agreed public health should be the basis for considering additional measures for arrivals from the UK and there is still insufficient information regarding the severity and origins of the new strain.
full article bangkokpost.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 06, 2021, 01:22:29 AM

10,000-plus schools shut until Jan 31
More than 10,000 public and private schools in the 28 provinces hit hardest by the resurgence of coronavirus outbreak have been ordered by the ministry to close until Jan 31 and switch to online learning.

The 28 provinces are Bangkok, Tak, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Lop Buri, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Nakhon Nayok, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Suphan Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Samut Prakan, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Trat, Rayong, Chumphon and Ranong.
bangkokpost.com

Young overweight people as vulnerable to Covid-19 as the elderly
Apart from age, body weight is another critical factor in aggravating the damage done by Covid-19, Asst Prof Opass Putcharoen, Head of Chulalongkorn Hospital's Emerging Infectious Diseases Clinical Centre, said on Tuesday.

He explained that the decline in lung and T cell immunity functions, including diabetes, may trigger young people who are overweight to develop severe Covid-19 symptoms similar to the elderly. "According to a study by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the US, Covid-19 patients who have body mass index over 35 have been admitted to the hospital more than others," he said. 
nationthailand.com

Visitors to 11 Covid 'danger zones' urged to contact Health Dept
People who have recently visited any of 11 areas linked to the Covid-19 outbreak should contact the Health Department immediately, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) said on Tuesday.

BMA spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang said people can contact the Health Department via the website http://bkkcovid19.bangkok.go.th/.

The 11 risky areas are:

1. Samut Sakhon

2. Nakhon Pathom: Nakhon Chai Si district (Bang Rakam subdistrict), Kamphaeng Saen district (Sa Si Mum, Huay Muang and Sa Phatthana subdistricts), and Bang Len district (Bang Luang and Don Tum subdistricts)

3. Nonthaburi: Bang Yai Central Market in Sao Thong Hin subdistrict, Bang Yai district

4. Chonburi: Bang Lamung district

5. Rayong: Muang district

6. Bangkok's Groove Evening restaurant on Borommaratchachonnani Road, Arun Amarin subdistrict

7. Bangkok's New Jazz restaurant opposite The Mall Thapra

8. Bangkok's The Sun restaurant on Sirindhorn Road

9. Bangkok's The Roof Bar restaurant on Rama III Road

10. Bangkok's Isarn Krongkaew restaurant.

11. Bangkok's Freshy Plaza (The Freshy Karaoke), Soi Yoo Aomsin, Bang Yi Khan subdistrict, Bang Phlat district

nationthailand.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 05, 2021, 09:18:51 PM
No National Lockdown Yet
No National Lockdown Yet - Yet does that mean it will come in time. the article from tna.mcot.net reads: the spread was still in its first stage and control measures will be intensified if it enters the second stage. IMO the UK among others left lockdown to late, now look at the mess they are in.

Field Hospital Opens in Chanthaburi
As another field hospital opens. this one in Chanthaburi, looking at the pic below i should imagine it's more for containment than treatment. as the article in the link tna.mcot.net  states If any patients develop severe symptoms, they will be moved to established hospitals right away.
Posted by thaiga
 - January 05, 2021, 05:56:38 PM
The attention is now on gambling infections
the migrant workers in Samut Sakhon have been been kept in place. but now the attention has moved to the gambling dens, which apperently move around as not to get detected, as you know the movement of people is not a good thing.
interesting read at the end of the bangkokpost.com link
Posted by thaiga
 - January 05, 2021, 04:57:34 PM
Summary of provincial COVID-19 control measures as of 5 January 2021
the latest update on summary of Thai provinces that have imposed specific COVID-19 control measures

tatnews.org
Posted by thaiga
 - January 05, 2021, 04:28:04 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 5 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link              https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/1129146177523229/

Thai language    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bjqzttlqhk    English skip to 47:50
Posted by thaiga
 - January 05, 2021, 04:16:47 PM
Thailand situation, 5 January 2021
- Total confirmed: 8,966 (+527)
- Recovered: 4,397 (+45)
- Active cases: 4,569
- Deaths: 65 (+0)
Posted by thaiga
 - January 04, 2021, 12:51:29 PM
Thailand situation, 4 January 2021
- Total confirmed: 8439 (+745)
- Recovered: 4,352 (+15)
- Active cases: 4087
- Deaths: 65 (+1)
Posted by thaiga
 - January 04, 2021, 12:07:11 PM
British visitors to be barred from entry
The Ministry of Public Health will ask the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to defer the entry of British visitors to the country after the fast-spreading B117 strain of COVID-19 was found in four British nationals entering Thailand on Dec 21.

Department of Disease Control chief Opas Karnkawinpong said yesterday (Jan 3) all passengers who were on board the same flight as the four and anyone who had come into contact with them had been located, tested and found to be clear of the virus.
thephuketnews.com

new restrictions will be applied to 28 red zone provinces  bangkokpost.com
The Govt unveils new curbs but the CCSA says it will still allow 'flexibility' new restrictions taking effect on Monday in the wake of a new surge of the coronavirus, you can still eat out in restaurants, but no alcohol.

According to the announcement, shopping malls, department stores, community malls, convention and exhibition halls, convenience stores, supermarkets, and other similar places are still allowed to operate under strict disease control measures.
Posted by thaiga
 - January 03, 2021, 08:41:56 PM
Samut Sakhon reports 541 new COVID-19 cases Sunday afternoon
Samut Sakhon, Thailand's coastal hot spot in the new wave of COVID-19 infections, has reported 541 cases in a single day, according to the provincial health office this afternoon (Sunday).

According to the Samut Sakhon Facebook page, 455 migrant workers and 86 Thais are newly infected, raising accumulated cases in the province to 2,401 since the middle of December. 131 have, however, recovered.

Meanwhile, a shrimp venders' group today announced the indefinite postponement of the resumption of trade at the Thalay Thai fresh market, due to the resurgence of COVID-19 infections.

full article thaipbsworld.com
And the    bangkokpost.com  or in Thai thairath.co.th
Posted by thaiga
 - January 03, 2021, 04:34:48 PM
Thailand's government held off from ordering new nationwide business shutdowns
(Reuters) - Thailand's government held off from ordering new nationwide business shutdowns on Sunday amid a new wave of coronavirus cases but empowered some provincial governors to set their own restrictions and pleaded with the public not to travel.

The government COVID-19 taskforce had earlier designated 28 provinces, including Bangkok, as high risk zones and recommended suspension of some businesses and crowded activities in those area that pose infection risks to the public.

The measures, which still need final approval from Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, will empower provincial governors to suspend businesses and other activities if there is a risk of infection, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for Thailand's COVID-19 taskforce said.

"We are asking people for cooperation first. We know that tough measures are needed but that could also lead to losses in other areas so we need to have compromises and have reasonable measures put in place," Taweesin said adding that the government is also concerned about the economic costs of more restrictions.

Some ministries and agencies have already issued new restrictions in their areas.

The Education Ministry has ordered all public and private schools and vocational training centres to close down from Monday until end of January.

The Thai Retailers Association has also announced that all shopping malls around the country should close at 9 pm daily, an hour earlier than the usual closing time, a statement said.

Authorities in Bangkok had earlier closed entertainment venues, nurseries, gyms and massage parlours, while keeping open shopping malls, restaurants and public parks.

full article uk.reuters.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 03, 2021, 03:43:59 PM
Thai health officials seek lockdown of eastern region for 28 days as thaipbsworld.com reports: many people at risk of being infected have concealed their involvement in activities which put them at risk, while others have refused to report to health officials for screening. He said that 99% of the infections in Rayong, Chon Buri and Chanthaburi are linked to illegal gambling dens. the outbreak this time is much more serious than the one last year, so there is a need for field hospitals, adding that, during his observation trips to Samut Sakhon province, he discovered that 20% of the infected were in serious condition and 3-5% required beds in intensive care units.
thaipbsworld.com

People arriving in Buriram province from provinces at risk of Covid-19 will have to quarantine themselves
nationthailand.com
order takes effect from Saturday - Well done Buriram - as of Friday, Buriram was a green province, without any case
Looks like the PYB has got his work cut - last time i read, he sent his village nurses out to check on any new arrivals. Virus spreads from people moving around which they have allowed people to do.  :spin  SO ... who knows what the new year will bring
Posted by thaiga
 - January 03, 2021, 01:58:31 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 3 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link        https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/838706913527952/

Thai language  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXucppxguNA    English skip to 40:58
Posted by thaiga
 - January 03, 2021, 01:25:02 PM
department stores to close at 9pm
steps to help control the spread of Covid-19. The Thai Retailers Association are raising the level of screening measures for stricter safety and sanitation, as well as closing all shopping centres at 9pm beginning Monday.
nationthailand.com

Pub owner tests positive for Covid-19
In a Facebook post on Saturday, he said that the restaurant was being closed, while employees were instructed to undergo 14 days of quarantine. "My Covid-19 test showed positive in the morning and I don't know which customer spread the virus, so I would like to ask customers who visited the pub from December 21-31 to undergo self-quarantine and monitor their health," he said.
nationthailand.com

U.K. variant spreading around the world
As we enter 2021 the U.K. variant continues to spread around the world, over 30 countries have reported cases of the highly-transmissible U.K. variant of the novel coronavirus.  As global infections continue to rapidly rise, Ireland has recently gone from having the European Union's lowest per capita rate of cases to the fastest growing, the Guardian reported.  "The virus is absolutely rampant now in the community," the chief executive of Ireland's health services, Paul Reid, said Friday. "Everybody is at extreme risk of contracting the virus."
msn.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 03, 2021, 12:58:02 PM
The new strain from the UK has been found in a family of four from Kent in quarantine. They are now isolated in an alternative state quarantine hotel under a private hospital care, to ensure the virus does not spread. people should stay assured that the virus has not yet had a chance to spread in the country.

nationthailand.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 03, 2021, 12:45:11 PM
Thailand situation, 3 January 2021
- Total confirmed: 7,694 (+315)
- Recovered: 4,337 (+38)
- Active cases: 3,293
- Deaths: 64 (+0)
Posted by thaiga
 - January 02, 2021, 02:36:31 PM
tip of the iceberg
I hope this is not the tip of the iceberg as Mr. Natapanu mentions in his daily broadcast (his words) the amount of cases 200 a day doesn't look good, it might as well be the tip of the iceberg

The new death was reportedly a 47 year old woman in Chonburi who suffered from diabetes. Her case was linked to the outbreak at the illegal gambling den in Rayong.

Good to see updating the expat community let's hope its contained real soon. what a nice guy Mr. Natapanu & thanks.

as he say's - I guess the best way to spend first day of the year 2021 is to try to work  for the public good !
At least we have a lunch box in a bag with chopsticks waiting....
Posted by thaiga
 - January 02, 2021, 02:03:03 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 2 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link        https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/covid-19-daily-briefing-2-january-2021

Thai language  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClcM5OZS4a8    English skip to 41:20
Posted by thaiga
 - January 02, 2021, 12:58:57 PM
Thailand situation, 2 january 2021
Total confirmed: 7,379 (+216)
- Recovered: 4,299 (+26)
- Active cases:3,016
- Deaths: 64 (+1)
Posted by thaiga
 - January 02, 2021, 12:22:23 PM
not a good start to the new year lets hope things improve as time goes by. some info from nationthailand.com

11 Covid-19 patients critically ill in ICUs

The Department of Medical Services have more than 22,000 beds ready, 2,778 beds reserved for coronavirus patients. 277 are currently occupied. most cases from the new outbreak were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms.

Another 320 Covid patients are being treated in the outbreak's epicentre of Samut Sakhon and nearby areas, where 1,647 hospital beds have been reserved. Meanwhile 2,648 beds have been prepared from Samut Prakan to Trat, 248 of which are now occupied.

There are currently 11 Covid-19 patients critically ill in ICUs, eight in Bangkok and its vicinity.
Among these ICU patients, two were in need of close care from specialist doctors, said Natthapong. Three patients were recovering and would be moved out of ICU soon.
Posted by thaiga
 - January 02, 2021, 01:03:02 AM
Rayong provincial runs out of beds
Rayong provincial hospital ran out of in-patient beds. a quarantine facility in Rayong has been turned into a 70-bed field hospital and a naval base in Sattahip into field hospital. 37 new cases today for Rayong totaling the illegal gambling den cases to 316.

reports: thaipbsworld.com

food for thought good news: Phuket began the New Year with zero deaths on the roads, and concluded the third day of the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign for the New Year (Dec 31) with zero deaths since the campaign began at midnight on Monday night.
lets hope it catches on.

Posted by thaiga
 - January 01, 2021, 07:00:41 PM
lockdown restrictions for Bangkok from midnight - shopping mails are not included as  thaipbsworld.com reports

lockdown restrictions from midnight are:

Water parks, Amusement parks, Children's playgrounds, Game shops, Billiard pool & snooker halls, Cock fighting rings, Bull fighting rings
Nurseries, Tattoo parlors, Cram schools, Internet shops and cafés, Martial arts schools, Schools, Boxing rings, Massage parlors, Competitive sports stadia, Health day-care centres for the elderly, Banquet halls

Food for thought: Road accidents claim 186 lives in first 3 days of New Year holidays in Thailand :spin
Posted by thaiga
 - January 01, 2021, 03:44:55 PM
We see Another 2 deaths & 279 new infections, Big worries as people travel around for the New Year

the new deaths were a man, 44, who had visited a restaurant in Bangkok on Dec 20 and a 70-year-old man who had illegally entered the country along the border from Myanmar to Mae Sot district of Tak on Tuesday. The four-day holiday which started on Thursday ends on Sunday

more info on that   bangkokpost.com

Food for thought: Sixty-seven people died in road accidents nationwide on the last day of 2020
Posted by thaiga
 - January 01, 2021, 02:09:23 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 1 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link        facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/covid-19-daily-briefing-1-january-2021

Thai language  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSqrixIAK3U    English skip to 38:16
Posted by thaiga
 - January 01, 2021, 01:10:22 PM
Thailand situation, 1 january 2021
- Total confirmed: 7163 (+279)
- Recovered: 4,273 (+33)
- Active cases: 2,827
- Deaths: 63 (+2) 
Posted by thaiga
 - January 01, 2021, 12:52:52 PM
We are not off to a good start to the new year as a bus driver tests positive. The driver operated on the Nakhonchai Air service between Chiang Mai and Rayong. Authorities have urged travellers who took the bus between December 17 and 31 to report to local health officials.

more here nationthailand.com
Posted by thaiga
 - January 01, 2021, 12:40:59 PM
As the outbreak spreads infections found in 51 provinces, not a good time for the revellers celebrating, not the same but much safer to see the new year in on the box.

Covid-19 infections found in 51 provinces

Bangkok, Chon Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Rayong and Samut Sakhon were declared "maximum control zones" as each has registered more than 50 Covid-19 cases, with special measures in place to curb the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, eight provinces -- Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phetchaburi, Ratchaburi, Samut Prakan, Saraburi and Tak -- were named "control zones", as each has logged between 11–50 confirmed Covid-19 infections. with Kanchanaburi, Maha Sarakham and Nong Khai being the latest additions.

bangkokpost.com
Posted by thaiga
 - December 31, 2020, 09:34:44 PM
CCSA's latest colour-coded map has five provinces marked out in red
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) released an updated version of the colour-coded map of Thailand on Thursday, marking out the level of Covid-19 risk in each province. Each province has been marked in either red, orange, yellow or green depending on the level of risk and strength of measures taken.

Of the 51 provinces marked, five are in red signifying more than 50 confirmed cases. They are Samut Sakhon, Rayong, Chonburi, Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom and Nonthaburi. Seven provinces have been marked out in orange, meaning between 11 and 50 confirmed cases, and they include Samut Prakan, Phetchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Tak, Pathum Thani, Chachoengsao and Saraburi.

Provinces where 10 or fewer cases were confirmed have been marked out in yellow. They are Suphanburi, Ratchaburi, Krabi, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chai Nat, Phichit, Ayutthaya, Khon Kaen, Phuket, Chanthaburi, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Sawan, Prachinburi, Songkhla, Satun, Uttaradit, Chiang Mai, Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Lampang, Phetchabun, Lopburi, Loei, Sukhothai, Surat Thani, Surin, Ang Thong, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Ranong, Amnat Charoen, Trat, Mahasarakham, Nong Khai and Kanchanaburi.

Other provinces were marked in green as there were no reported cases in this latest wave of infections.  nationthailand.com
Posted by thaiga
 - December 31, 2020, 02:33:20 PM
Thai PM assures no national lockdown despite a surge in COVID-19 cases
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reassured that the Thai government will not resort to a lockdown of the entire country in the wake of the surge in COVID-19 infections, noting that provincial governors are authorized to make decisions about necessary measures in their provinces to stem the spread of the contagion.

He also urged members of the public to write to him if they have information about illegal gambling dens in their localities, so that he can take action to deal with the problem.

Most of the COVID-19 cases in the eastern province of Rayong are related to illegal gambling activities.

The prime minister was in Chon Buri province today to offer moral support to health officials and volunteers working at state quarantine and alternative state quarantine facilities.

The Disease Control Department Director-General Dr. Sophon Iamsirithavorn today urged people who visited five districts of Rayong province, namely Klaeng, Ban Khai, Nikhom Pattana, Muang and Ban Chang, since December 1st to see doctor for COVID-19 tests if they have a cough, sore throat and anosmia.

He said a family of seven people, who visited Rayong together in a passenger van between December 17th and 20th, were found to be infected, adding that infections related to Rayong have now been reported in Chiang Mai, Lampang, Amnart Charoen, Ayutthaya, Nonthaburi and Trat provinces.

Cluster infections related to entertainment venues in Bangkok increased by 11 today, to 33 cases so far.

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 - December 31, 2020, 01:41:50 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 31 December 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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 - December 31, 2020, 12:46:55 PM
Thailand situation, 31 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 6,884 (+194)
- Recovered: 4,240 (+28)
- Active cases: 2,583
- Deaths: 61 (+0)   
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 - December 30, 2020, 09:38:45 PM
Pattaya, rest of Chon Buri's Bang Lamung locked down
Pattaya and the rest of Bang Lamung district has been locked down until further notice to curb a surge in Covid-19 infections, the provincial disease control committee said on Wednesday.

The order, signed by governor Pakarathorn Thianchai, the committee chairman, was issued after 22 new Covid-19 infections were registered in Bang Lamung district.

The following measures are to be taken under the order:

- All department stores, restaurants and shops selling food and drinks are closed. They are open to customers for take-home only;

- Convenience stores are closed between 10pm-5am;

- All educational institutes, both public and private facilities at all levels, including tuition and nursery schools, are closed;

- Also closed are public swimming pools, water parks, amusement parks, cinemas, entertainment venues, traditional massage parlours, spas, fitness centres, barbers, beauty shops and internet shops;

- All venues for both outdoor and indoor activities likely to draw crowds of people are closed.

- Face masks must be worn outdoors and at crowded venues.

Violators are liable to penalties under the Communicable Disease Act of 2015 and other related laws.

The order was sent to the Chon Buri police chief, heads of state enterprises and government offices, the Chon Buri provincial administration organisation (PAO), Pattaya City, and all municipalities in Bang Lamung for immediate implementation.

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 - December 30, 2020, 09:03:16 PM
Thailand bans New Year gatherings to contain COVID-19 outbreak
Thailand imposed a ban on Wednesday (Dec 30) on large gatherings and events across the country in an effort to contain its worst coronavirus epidemic yet during New Year, with active cases in over half of its provinces.

Authorities have asked the public to avoid travel and have imposed tighter control measures in some areas, including entertainment businesses. Targeted lockdowns have been imposed in some provincial districts.

The health ministry confirmed 250 new infections on Wednesday, among the largest number of confirmed daily cases since a big outbreak found nearly two weeks ago that was the country's largest yet.

"Today's figures made me nervous ... what we don't want to see is a second or third lockdown," COVID-19 taskforce spokesman Taweesin Wisanuyothin told a briefing.

"If the situation can't be controlled, rather than count down to the New Year, we may count up (the number of cases)."

Taweesin on Tuesday said more aggressive restrictions like those seen earlier in the year may need to be imposed if the spread is not contained.

Those measures, which included closures of malls, restaurants and entertainment areas and restrictions on international travel, caused the tourism-reliant economy to contract the most in 22 years in the second quarter.

New clusters have emerged in the wake of a big outbreak this month at a seafood market near Bangkok, among mainly migrant workers from Myanmar, with cases since reported in 48 provinces.

Though low in comparison to many countries, the sharp increase in Thailand's daily cases is a setback for its efforts to keep the virus at bay, having recorded just 6,690 infections and 61 deaths overall.

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 - December 30, 2020, 08:44:06 PM
21 more staff at Bangkok karaoke shop found to have Covid
Twenty-one more employees of a karaoke shop in Bangkok visited by an infected person from Nonthaburi province have tested positive for Covid-19.

Thirty-nine of Nong Mai Karaoke's 75 staff were tested for the novel coronavirus, and 21 were found to have the virus, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang said.

The BMA's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration was still tracing people who visited Isarn Krongkaew restaurant and Nong Mai Karaoke, also known as Nong Mai Plaza shop, on Soi Omsin behind Pata Pinklao department store during Dec 15-29. The outbreak apparently began when an infected person from Nonthaburi visited the places.

Prior to the newly-diagnosed 21 cases, Bangkok recorded 17 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, raising the total number of active cases in the capital to 125. Two of the new cases were linked to Samut Sakhon, where a new wave of the coronavirus infection originated. The two were a 28-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, both asymptomatic.

The 15 other cases were members of at-risk groups and the medical sector.

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 - December 30, 2020, 07:16:51 PM
Fresh outbreak closes schools in 42 provinces
State schools in provinces hit by the fresh Covid-19 outbreak were closed on Wednesday to stop the virus from spreading. A total of 2,797 schools in 42 provinces have temporarily shut – 2,302 primary schools and 495 secondary schools, said the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec).

The 42 provinces are Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Kamphaeng Phet, Khon Kaen, Chachoengsao, Chaiyaphum, Chiang Mai, Chonburi, Trat, Buri Ram, Pathum Thani, Prachin Buri, Phetchaburi, Phitsanulok, Phichit, Phetchabun, Ayutthaya, Phuket, Nan, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ratchaburi, Rayong, Lamphun, Sakon Nakhon, Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Satun, Surin, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Ang Thong, Uthai Thani and Uttaradit.

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Posted by thaiga
 - December 30, 2020, 03:01:50 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 30 December 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link  https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/covid-19-daily-briefing-30-december-2020

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 - December 30, 2020, 02:42:19 PM
241 of 250 new Covid-19 cases transmitted locally
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported 250 new cases over a 24-hour period from various sources on Wednesday.

Of the 241 local cases, only two were migrant workers in Nonthaburi.

Of the 241, nine were linked to the central shrimp market in Samut Sakhon and three to a gambling den in Rayong.

Of the new cases, 29 work in high-risk areas like entertainment venues, crowded communities or are medical personnel, comprising 15 in Bangkok, five in Nakhon Pathom, one in Samut Prakan, three in Saraburi, one in Nakhon Nayok, one in Nonthaburi and three in Phetchaburi.

Of the 198 patients under investigation, 12 were found to have been infected in Samut Sakhon, 17 in Nonthaburi, 53 in Rayong, seven in Chanthaburi, one in Trat and 108 in Chonburi.

CCSA spokesperson Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said the large number of infections in Chonburi can be possibly be linked to a new gambling den, adding that the Department of Disease Control will provide more details later.

Meanwhile, eight travellers tested positive in quarantine facilities, including one Indian national and two Americans who arrived from the US, a Thai national from Australia, two Eritreans from Kenya, a Turkish man from Russia and Kuwaiti diplomat.

A Myanmar man, 30, who was caught trying to cross the border illegally and tested positive was deported.

Meanwhile, 28 patients have recovered and been discharged.

The total number of confirmed cases in Thailand has risen to 6,690 (1,469 in state quarantine and 1,383 from hunt for active cases), of whom 2,417 are in hospital, while 4,212 have recovered and been discharged. The death toll remains at 61.

According to Worldometer, the total number of confirmed cases globally has increased to 82.32 million (up by 611,717). Of them, 58.33 million have recovered, while 22.19 million are active cases (105,939 in severe condition) and 1.79 million have died (up by 13,450).

Thailand ranks 140th for most cases in the world, while the US tops the list with 19.97 million, followed by India 10.24 million, Brazil 7.56 million, Russia 3.1 million and France 2.57 million

Dr Taweesin is calling on people to be careful as the age range of new patient is higher or around 40 on average.

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 - December 30, 2020, 02:37:15 PM
Infected Bangkok goods transporter visited several department stores
A 36-year-old transporter of goods from Bangkok, who contracted Covid-19 last week, had travelled to Samut Sakhon province and then visited several department stores in the capital.

According to an official timeline of his movements, the man travelled to Samut Sakhon's Mahachai subdistrict on December 14, visiting a Tesco Lotus branch, Central and a 7-Eleven minimart located near a seafood market.

On December 15, he visited Big C and Tesco Lotus in Bangkok's Bang Pakok subdistrict.

On December 16, the man went to Big C Rama II and Central Chidlom in Bangkok as well as Central Plaza WestGate in Nonthaburi.

On December 17, he stayed home.

On December 18, he transported goods to Big C Dao Khanong, followed by Riverside Plaza, Tree on 3 and a Makro branch in Sathorn.

On December 19, he travelled to Ayutthaya with his family.

On December 20, he visited Seacon Square Srinakarin, Central Festival EastVille and Fashion Island.

Between December 21 and 23, he stayed home, experiencing a sore throat and having mucus.

On December 24, he visited a hospital for a checkup.

On December 25, he was found to have contracted Covid-19.

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Posted by thaiga
 - December 30, 2020, 01:54:40 PM
Thailand situation, 30 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 6,690(+250)
- Recovered: 4,212 (+2)
- Active cases: 2,417
- Deaths: 61 (+0)
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 - December 29, 2020, 06:59:32 PM
WHO warns Covid-19 pandemic is 'not necessarily the big one'
Experts tell end of year media briefing that virus is likely to become endemic and the world will have to learn to live with it

World Health Organization experts have warned that even though the coronavirus pandemic has been very severe, it is "not necessarily the big one", and that the world will have to learn to live with Covid-19.
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 - December 29, 2020, 06:45:43 PM
Rayong records 56 new cases as schools, malls closed
Rayong recorded 56 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, as schools and pubs in the eastern province were ordered to shut.

Rayong's outbreak now totals 148 and has spread to six districts – Muang district (116 cases), Klaeng (3), Ban Khai (4), Ban Chang (1), Khao Chamao (2), and Nikhom Phatthana (2), said Rayong governor Channa Iamsaeng.

Meanwhile, test results for 20 suspected cases are pending.

The Muang district city centre has been placed in the red zone (highly controlled status) while the four districts of Ban Chang, Nikhom Phatthana, Ban Khai, and Klaeng are under strict controls.

The list of venues ordered closed in the province includes schools, pubs, bars, entertainment venues, child development centre, day-care for both children and the elderly, massage shops, internet cafes, beauty clinics, parks, libraries, tattoo shops, cinemas, water parks, playgrounds, and shopping malls (except market zones).

The sale of alcohol has been banned in restaurants, which are closed except for take-outs/delivery.

Banks, government offices, and mobile phone shops can open as normal.

Restrictions also include a ban on transporting migrant workers, while Thai workers have been urged to refrain from returning to their hometowns. New workers entering the province face 14 days in quarantine.

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 - December 29, 2020, 06:10:00 PM
Outbreak spreads to 45 provinces, could grow to 'thousands of cases per day'
The latest outbreak has now spread to 45 provinces, said Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

The Disease Control Department warned that cases could rise to 18,000 per day in the next two weeks if the outbreak went unchecked. The department's epidemiology working group calculated three possible scenarios. First scenario (red line): If nothing is done, new cases will rise steadily until January 14 when infections reach 18,000 per day. The trend would start at 1,000-2,000 infections per day at New Year then grow steeply.


Infection zoning map shows the spread of Covid-19 over the past 11 days – Dec 18-20, Dec 21-23, Dec 24-26, and Dec 27-29 – in red zones (more than 51 cases), orange zones (11-50 cases), yellow zones (1-10 cases).

The latest outbreak has now spread to 45 provinces, said Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

The Disease Control Department warned that cases could rise to 18,000 per day in the next two weeks if the outbreak went unchecked.

The department's epidemiology working group calculated three possible scenarios.


Case prediction chart with red representing an uncontrolled situation where people do not follow rules, yellow representing moderate measures, and green strict measures with strong public cooperation.

First scenario (red line): If nothing is done, new cases will rise steadily until January 14 when infections reach 18,000 per day. The trend would start at 1,000-2,000 infections per day at New Year then grow steeply.

Second scenario (yellow line): If moderate measures are imposed, new cases will rise to reach 10,000 per day by mid-January.

Third scenario (green line): If strict measures are imposed and people maintain mask-wearing, hygiene and social distancing practices, cases will rise less than 1,000 per day.

"We are currently in an 'orange line' scenario," said Taweesin. "I admit that I am worried because if the orange line goes up at 45 degrees, there will be thousands and thousands of infections.

"During the New Year holidays, people can travel anywhere except Samut Sakhon, which is under lockdown, but the 45 provinces with cases should have strong measures to monitor the virus. This New Year will be unusual. The threat of two- or three-digit daily infection rate has forced us to adapt to a new situation. Provinces don't have to impose strict lockdowns, but all must adjust by tightening disease control measures," he added.

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Posted by thaiga
 - December 29, 2020, 03:18:30 PM
Quote from: thaiga on December 29, 2020, 02:27:11 PM
Thailand situation, 29 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 6,440 (+155)
- Recovered: 4,180 (+4)
- Active cases: 2195
- Deaths: 61 (+1)
Yesterdays recovered count being reported the same as todays @ Recovered: 4,180 (+4) see above posts
now corrected as pic below from facebook clip.

Recovered: 4,184 (+4)   
Posted by thaiga
 - December 29, 2020, 02:27:11 PM
Thailand situation, 29 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 6,440 (+155)
- Recovered: 4,180 (+4)
- Active cases: 2195
- Deaths: 61 (+1)
Posted by thaiga
 - December 29, 2020, 02:10:52 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 29 December 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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 - December 29, 2020, 12:04:57 PM
Road accidents biggest health crisis
If we go by the number of deaths, the coronavirus is not the country's biggest health public health problem. Road accidents are. The coronavirus deaths in the past six months are about the number of road casualties in just one day.
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Bangkok closes entertainment venues, Chiang Mai imposes travel restrictions
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has ordered the closure, until January 4th, of horse race tracks, cock-fighting and fish-fighting rings, as well as entertainment venues as COVID-19 infections spread to at least 43 provinces. Entertainment venues facing closure include those serving food and beverages, offer music or karaoke or allow their waitresses to
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Hail the warriors in white gowns
Widely praised as heroes for boosting the country's recovery rate from Covid-19, Thai health workers battling at the frontlines are the Post's person of the year. In every crisis, there is a hero. And for the annus horibilis 2020, no one deserves the "Person of The Year" title more than the "Warriors in White Gowns" -- a term which the public use to praise medical workers and over a million health volunteers on the frontlines of looking after the ill. 
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 - December 28, 2020, 10:08:51 PM
Rayong police commander removed over gambling-related COVID-19 outbreak
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death confirmed from Rayong gambling den
Deputy Health Minister Satit Pituthecha has confirmed the fresh outbreak of Covid-19 has claimed its first life, pushing Thailand's death toll up to 61.

A 45-year-old man with heart disease had succumbed to the virus at Rayong Hospital, said Satit on Facebook. The victim was a guard at the illegal gambling den thought to be at the centre of the outbreak in the eastern province.

The man was tested on Sunday and developed severe breathing problems on Monday. He was rushed to hospital by a friend but stopped breathing on the way. Doctors performed CPR for 30 minutes but were unable to revive him.

The victim had a record of ischemic heart disease, stroke and diabetes, according to Satit.

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 - December 28, 2020, 08:57:15 PM
Hospitals Alerted for Covid-plagued Rayong
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Government House beefs up COVID-19 prevention measures
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Government confident in controlling COVID-19 situation, with cooperation from the public
(NNT) - The Prime Minister's Office Minister, Anucha Nakasai, traveled to Chai Nat province to examine COVID-19 screening points, while relaying a message of concern from the Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, urging the people to have confidence in the government's proactive measures.

Mr. Anucha inspected a screening point in front of Wang Kai Thuean Municipality in Hankha district, Chai Nat, and delivered 200 bags of relief supplies to the needy. The minister also joined a "Big Cleaning" event at Song Sawoei Temple in Wat Sing district. The event was aimed at limiting the spread of the virus. The minister then inspected COVID-19 screening points in Khung Samphao subdistrict and Chai Nat Bird Park.

After six people tested positive for the disease in Chai Nat, the Prime Minister's Office Minister said provincial administrators have taken proactive measures to limit its spread by controlling areas where transmissions recently occurred. He relayed Gen. Prayut's message, saying the Prime Minister is concerned about the situation and asks the people to have confidence in the government's proactive measures.

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 - December 28, 2020, 07:20:21 PM
Daily Covid cases could pass 5 digits, govt warns
Provinces with a high number of Covid-19 cases must maximise disease control measures, or new local cases could rise to thousands or even tens of thousands per day by mid-January, according to a government official.

"If nothing is done, daily new cases could soar to four or five digits this month or by the middle of next month," Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said on Monday after reviewing Public Health Ministry data. "But if we cooperate with one another, the curve will be 45 degrees and new daily new cases will be at three digits.

"The best solution is to refrain from socialising, and then the graph will run flat," Dr Taweesilp said.

Gen Nathapol Nakpanit, secretary-general of the National Security Council and the chair of the CCSA meeting on Monday, wanted authorities in all provinces named as "maximum control zones" and "control zones" to implement all their Covid-19 prevention measures in order to keep the daily increment of cases at three digits, the spokesman said.

The "maximum control zone" tag refers to provinces that already have a considerable number of Covid-19 cases. The "control zone" covers provinces with more than 10 cases and rising.

The implementation of control measures in the provinces depends on cooperation from government officials, business operators and local people, Dr Taweesilp said.

"We will be monitoring how you are best able to contribute before considering escalating to measures [that would be] deemed as strong medicine."

The CCSA on Monday reported 144 new Covid-19 cases, including 115 locally-transmitted infections and 14 migrant workers, over the past 24 hours.

The breakdown of local infections by province was 56 in Rayong, 19 in Bangkok, 18 in Nakhon Pathom, six in Chon Buri, five in Samut Prakan, three in Nonthaburi, two each in Nakhon Nayok and Pathum Thani, and one each in Sukhothai, Samut Sakhon, Lop Buri and Chiang Mai.

In "maximum control zones", infected and at-risk people, businesses and activities must be quickly identified. Infected people are admitted to field hospitals and at-risk people are quarantined.

At-risk premises are closed or have their operating hours limited. Transport of migrant workers out of the area is banned, while transportation for everyone is restricted. Working from home is encouraged.

Education moves online. All activities involving crowds of people are banned. Maximum Covid-19 prevention measures are imposed at workplaces, factories and workers' dormitories.

In "control zones", infected and at-risk people, as well as at-risk businesses and activities, are quickly identified and crowded gatherings are prohibited.

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 - December 28, 2020, 05:55:11 PM
Airline trainee in Don Mueang Airport tests positive for Covid-19
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Mae Sot taxi driver tests positive, may have infected passengers
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Seven test positive in Nakhon Ratchasima, Covid cases found in 43 provinces
Nakhon Ratchasima authorities announced on Monday that seven people have tested positive for Covid-19, though none of them are in severe condition.

The newest case was a 55-year-old seafood delivery person, who tested positive in Muang district. Between December 10 and 25 he had visited markets in Samut Sakhon and Chachoengsao to pick up seafood for deliveries in Nakhon Ratchasima.

In between, he also visited his hometown in Trat twice, once from December 11 to 14 and then again from December 22 to 23. He was checked as part of a hunt for active cases on Saturday, and he tested positive on Sunday. He is currently in hospital

In Nakhon Ratchasima's 34 districts, Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in Muang, Sikhiu, Phimai and Bua Yai districts.

As of Monday, Covid-19 cases were found in 43 provinces in the new wave of infections. The provinces are Samut Sakhon, Bangkok, Rayong, Chonburi, Samut Prakan, Prachinburi, Kamphaeng Phet, Nonthaburi, Phetchaburi, Nakhon Sawan, Samut Songkhram, Ang Thong, Saraburi, Uttaradit, Krabi, Phetchabun, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Pathom, Loei, Udon Thani, Ratchaburi, Ubon Ratchathani, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chaiyaphum, Surat Thani, Suphanburi, Trang, Tak, Satun, Chai Nat, Sukhothai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Surin, Phichit, Narathiwat, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Nayok, Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Songkhla and Lopburi.

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 - December 28, 2020, 02:32:40 PM
Covid situation 'more serious'
Cooperation urged to avoid harsh measures

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Sunday admitted the current novel coronavirus outbreak is more serious than the first wave early this year and urged the public to comply with disease control measures so drastic measures would not be needed.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the CCSA, said the number of infections jumped by over a thousand over a short period of time, suggesting the spread of the virus this time is far more serious than the first wave, which began at the start of the year.

A total of 121 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Sunday, 94 of which were local transmissions.

The number of accumulated cases rose to 6,141 on Sunday, compared with 4,331 before the outbreak in Samut Sakhon began in mid-December.

Covid-19 cases linked to Talad Klang Kung (Central Shrimp Market) in Samut Sakhon have now been found in 38 other provinces, the CCSA spokesman said, adding Sukhothai, Lop Buri and Surin reported their first linked cases on Sunday.

However, Dr Taweesilp said health officials are better prepared and more experienced than they were when the pandemic first hit the country.

The public also have easier access to face masks now, he added.

"So whether or not the disease control measures will be intensified will depend on how much the public cooperates. If we cooperate, there will be no need to enforce the law, impose lockdowns or a curfew. The government doesn't want to impose restrictions," he said.

Dr Taweesilp said everyone should continue wearing face masks in public and avoid large gatherings, saying they can still hold small parties with close friends and family members.

He also took to task the gamblers in Rayong for withholding information about their activities, which could hamper health officials' efforts to contain the virus.

As previously reported, in addition to Samut Sakhon's shrimp market, a new cluster of Covid-19 infections was found in Rayong, which is linked to a local underground casino in Muang district.

The area has been declared a maximum control zone -- where the tightest Covid-19 control measures apply -- after 27 new infections were confirmed in a single day on Saturday.

The number has increased to 85 as of Sunday.

Dr Taweesilp said similar incidents have been reported in Japan, South Korea, and Australia, where new cases were linked to "grey" or possibly illegal activities.

Authorities will pay special attention to illegal activities following the discovery of the Rayong cluster, he said, before calling on Rayong residents to comply with social distancing measures.

"When there are confirmed cases, the impacts are vast. It's not limited to the infected people. Others are affected. The entire province is affected," he said.

Dr Taweesilp said the Public Health Ministry will also speed up Covid-19 testing, after it was slammed for being slow in providing public updates relating to the new confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is urging the public to use the "Mor Chana" application to track Covid-19 cases around them, government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said.

Mr Anucha said the application was a collaboration between state organisations and private developers, aimed at providing data to the Department of Disease Control to boost its efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

The application, launched in April, can help warn individuals who have been exposed to infected patients by using GPS and Bluetooth technology to track their location.

Meanwhile, Bangkok residents are calling on the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to provide more detailed information about the movement of confirmed Covid-19 patients and speed up its investigation.

They are responding to a Facebook post by Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, spokesman for the BMA, which said 58 cases were found in the capital between Dec 20-26. He also said 16 more tested positive on Sunday, raising concerns about public safety. Netizens said they need information to assess their risks of infections.

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 - December 28, 2020, 01:52:59 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 28 December 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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Posted by thaiga
 - December 28, 2020, 01:18:43 PM
Thailand situation, 28 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 6,285 (+144*)
- Recovered: 4,180 (+19)
- Active cases: 2045
- Deaths: 60 (+0)

*115 local transmissions, 14 among migrant workers. There are 43 provinces with at least 1 local #COVID19 cases now. @SaksithCNA
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 - December 28, 2020, 12:22:21 PM
December 27, 2020
COVID-19 alert in Rayong province as gambling cluster infections increase to 85
Forty-eight more people in Thailand's eastern province of Rayong have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, raising the number of gambling cluster infections to 85 so far. The province is not yet locked down, according to a joint announcement by Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutacha, Governor Charna Lamsaeng and provincial health chief Dr. Sunthorn Rienpoomkarnkit in a hastily held press conference this afternoon (Sunday).

Governor Charna said, however, that some risk areas have been temporarily closed but people can still move in and out of the province because the outbreak is confined to the Muang district.

He added that the provincial administration is considering opening a field hospital as a precautionary measure, to accommodate more cases.

Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit, meanwhile, said that drastic measures are needed to address the outbreak, as he pleaded with people in the province to stay calm, as health officials adopt a pro-active approach to trace and screen more people.

He asked for cooperation from people at high-risk by reporting to health officials for tests, adding that a temporary station, to conduct swab tests, has been opened at the Noen-urai market, with a target pf testing 400 people a day.

A hotline has been opened to receive calls from the public and people have been advised to monitor information from the COVID-19 centre, issued at 1pm every day.

Dr. Sunthorn said officials are working out the timeline of every infected case and expect that information on the first ten cases will be available soon, adding that all the those infected are now under the care of doctors.

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