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Title: Covid-19:
Post by: thaiga on March 24, 2020, 08:38:19 PM
Covid-19: Thailand declares 1-month emergency

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Thailand will be in an emergency mode from March 26 for a month to deal with the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told a news conference on Tuesday.

The emergency decree will mean the prime minister will have the executive power to declare further measures to contain the virus, including giving extra authority to officials and allowing the setting up of checkpoints to reduce movement, Prayuth said.

He said details of the measures will be announced later.

Thailand reported three deaths and 106 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday. The country now has 827 cases and four fatalities since the outbreak began. - Reuters

nst.com.my (https://www.nst.com.my/world/world/2020/03/577723/covid-19-thailand-declares-1-month-emergency)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Virus spread rate in Bangkok higher than global average
Post by: thaiga on March 24, 2020, 09:27:58 PM
as gold prices rise @ the rate 1,000 Baht a weight this morning (March 24) people rush to sell, while others want to know who was  those responsible for spreading virus at a boxing stadium in Bangkok As of now, 103 visitors to the stadium have been infected, there is a possibility that the number will rise
interesting story on that nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30384747)

Virus spread rate in Bangkok higher than global average

The spread of Covid-19 infection in Bangkok and its vicinity has exceeded the average rate globally with one infected individual passing on the virus to three and a half persons, said Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry. The situation in Bangkok is worrisome as the spread is wider and more intense than in other provinces, he said , citing the three southern border provinces where the infection rate is one to two other persons. He said the government's work-from-home measure had to be stricter by making an announcement of emergency holidays, but the public must follow instructions for a positive result.

The number of Covid-19 patients in Thailand has reached 827, making Thailand the 31th most-affected country.  nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30384746)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Virus spread rate in Bangkok higher than global average
Post by: Johnnie F. on March 24, 2020, 11:29:14 PM
Quote from: thaiga on March 24, 2020, 09:27:58 PM
The number of Covid-19 patients in Thailand has reached 827, making Thailand the 31th most-affected country.  nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30384746)

I keep myself up-todate through https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

That site not only gives figures about all countries, but also the different stadiums and the relation of total cases to population. For easy comparison one can click on the index line on top of the chart to sort the column.

The country pages give graphics to follow developments. Unfortunately Thailand does not have an own page, yet.

The "front runners" with lots of new cases in the last days are USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. Now why does DT have to insist "America first"?  :-[
Title: Re: Covid-19: alert: If you were at any of these places, contact officials
Post by: thaiga on March 25, 2020, 01:03:12 AM
yes, thanks for that, and it goes on there's an alert: If you were at any of these places, contact officials
The Department of Disease Control has released a list of 23 places it deems high-risk for Covid-19 in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani, Surin and Songkhla provinces.
for Nakhon Ratchasima
9. Live boxing in Kutchik subdistrict (March 8, from 12am to 8pm);
10. Cockfight stadium in Non-Thai district (March 8, from 11am to 8pm);  full list in link nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30384756)

as the US has potential of becoming coronavirus epicentre, says WHO (https://www.nst.com.my/world/world/2020/03/577818/us-has-potential-becoming-coronavirus-epicentre-says-who) as Global airports turn into parking lots as cases rise. Iran Covid-19 death toll nears 2,000, Germany Covid-19 cases rise by 4,764 in last 24 hours. Mexico reports 367 coronavirus and 2 more deaths and i hear Olympics tokyo will be postponed to 2021
experts say getting a vaccine ready could take a year or more.

Singapore scientists study genes to fast-track Covid-19 vaccine

Scientists in Singapore say they have developed a way to track genetic changes that speeds testing of vaccines against the Covid-19 coronavirus that has killed more than 16,000 people worldwide.

The scientists, at the city-state's Duke-NUS Medical School, say their technique needs just days to evaluate potential vaccines provided by Arcturus Therapeutics, an American biotech firm the school has partnered with for the trials.

That timeframe compares with the months usually required for testing based on human responses.

"You can know from the way the genes change - what genes are turned on, what are turned off," said Ooi Eng Eong, deputy director of the school's emerging infectious diseases programme.

Swift assessment of such changes triggered by a vaccine allows the scientists to determine its effectiveness and side effects, instead of relying solely on responses from humans who receive it, he added.

full article nst.com (https://www.nst.com.my/world/world/2020/03/577751/singapore-scientists-study-genes-fast-track-covid-19-vaccine)
Title: Re: Covid-19: worst case scenario if “stay at home” ignored
Post by: thaiga on March 25, 2020, 01:11:28 AM
if people are to be confined to their homes then you can't realy blame them for having stocked up on essentials

Medical expert sees worst case scenario if "stay at home" directive ignored
A leading medical expert has painted a grim scenario for the COVID-19 situation in Thailand over the next 30 days if people do not follow the advice to stay at home. He noted that during January and February, the rate of infections was stable, at about 40.  In March, however, infections jumped, largely due to two clusters, namely those linked to the Lumpini boxing stadium and those associated with entertainment venues.

The world is divided into two groups of nations. The first comprises most countries in Europe, where the contagion is out of control, and the other group comprises countries where the virus is now under control, which include South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The "Golden Period" means the period when infections exceed 100, the tipping point to determine which country will end up which group.

The countries where infections are beyond control are those which record a jump in new infections of between 100 and 200 within three days, compared to five days for countries which manage to contain the virus spread.

thaipbsworld.com (https://www.thaipbsworld.com/medical-expert-sees-worst-case-scenario-if-stay-at-home-directive-ignored/)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand records 107 new coronavirus cases
Post by: thaiga on March 25, 2020, 12:57:51 PM
Thailand records 107 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 934 - health official
(Reuters) - Thailand has recorded 107 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 934, a health official said on Wednesday.

The new cases consist of 27 patients linked to previous cases, 13 new cases including imported ones, and 67 people who tested positive and are awaiting investigation into how they contracted the disease, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a Public Health Ministry spokesman said.

Thailand has recorded four death since the outbreak while 70 patients have recovered and gone home. 860 patients are still being treated in hospitals.

Thanks to. Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan (Reuters)
Title: Re: Coronavirus isn't mutating quickly a vaccine could offer lasting protection
Post by: thaiga on March 25, 2020, 05:19:46 PM
Coronavirus isn't mutating quickly, a vaccine could offer lasting protection - scientists

The coronavirus is not mutating significantly as it circulates through the human population, according to scientists who are closely studying the novel pathogen's genetic code. That relative stability suggests the virus is less likely to become more or less dangerous as it spreads, and represents encouraging news for researchers hoping to create a long-lasting vaccine.

All viruses evolve over time, accumulating mutations as they replicate imperfectly inside a host's cells in tremendous numbers and then spread through a population, with some of those mutations persisting through natural selection. The new coronavirus has proofreading machinery, however, and that reduces the "error rate" and the pace of mutation. The new coronavirus looks pretty much the same everywhere it has appeared, the scientists say, and there is no evidence that some strains are deadlier than others.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease covid-19, is similar to coronaviruses that circulate naturally in bats. It jumped into the human species last year in Wuhan, China, likely through an intermediate species - possibly a pangolin, an endangered anteater whose scales are trafficked for traditional medicine.

Scientists now are studying more than 1 000 different samples of the virus, Peter Thielen, a molecular geneticist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory who has been studying the virus, told The Washington Post.

full article msn.com (https://www.msn.com/en-za/news/other/coronavirus-isnt-mutating-quickly-a-vaccine-could-offer-lasting-protection-scientists/ar-BB11Fuyn)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand to Impose Broad Lockdown
Post by: thaiga on March 25, 2020, 09:35:36 PM
Thailand to Impose Broad Lockdown to Fight Novel Coronavirus
Thailand will become the latest country to go into a broad lockdown when a state of emergency is enforced from Thursday to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The nation's borders will be closed to foreign visitors, social gatherings will be banned, domestic travel restricted and all but essential shops shut until the end of April. The details were spelled out by the government Wednesday, a day after the planned emergency was announced.

"Thailand is at a turning point in the outbreak and the situation could get a lot worse," Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said in a televised speech in Bangkok. "It's important that we impose stricter rules to reduce the spread."

bloomberg.com (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-25/thailand-to-impose-broad-lockdown-to-fight-spread-of-coronavirus)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Closes Down Border, Tells Elderly Citizens to Stay Home
Post by: thaiga on March 25, 2020, 09:53:47 PM
Thailand Closes Down Border, Tells Elderly Citizens to Stay Home
The first raft of measures issued under the emergency decree on Wednesday instructed senior citizens and those with vulnerable health conditions to refrain from leaving their homes unless absolutely necessary.

The same order, which will come into effect a minute after midnight, also bars traveling into Thailand through its land, sea, and air border checkpoints, with several exceptions. Facilities like nightclubs, playgrounds, and sports venues in Bangkok metropolis will remain closed down indefinitely.

The announcements, which are effective nationwide from tomorrow to April 30 unless stated otherwise, include:

full article khaosodenglish.com (https://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2020/03/25/thailand-closes-down-border-tells-elderly-citizens-to-stay-home/)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Inter-provincial border checkpoints to be deployed
Post by: thaiga on March 26, 2020, 12:47:01 PM
Inter-provincial border checkpoints to be deployed from midnight of March 25
Governors of all provinces have been ordered to strictly comply with the government's declaration of a state of emergency throughout the Kingdom with effect from Thursday due to the escalating new coronavirus (Covid-19) situation.

Permanent secretary at the Interior Ministry, Chatchai Phromlert, issued the order on Wednesday (March 25) asking all provincial governors to coordinate with local administration offices, police and military personnel in deploying checkpoints at borders between provinces from midnight of March 25 throughout April.

The checkpoints must be staffed at all times to monitor and facilitate traffic, as well as screen travellers for any sign of infections.

nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30384846)
Title: Re: Covid-19 curfew, if imposed
Post by: thaiga on March 26, 2020, 01:57:28 PM
Covid-19 curfew, if imposed, should be 24-hour lockdown , says Wissanu
If the government imposed a curfew, it should be round-the-clock , said Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam March 25.

Curfews enforced in the past were for reasons of national security with duration of curfew hours. But to deal with a virus, which can infect people at all time, it should be 24 hours, he said.

However, even if occurs , there will be timeframe/s where people are allowed to leave their homes to buy foods and for logistics firms to deliver consumer goods, he added.

He said currently Thailand is not under a lockdown as people can still return to the country.

The government has also allowed many venues to continue operations , including factories, banks, pharmacies, financial institutions, eateries, and shops that sell necessary consumer items , he added.

He said the government did not announce a curfew today, adding that the declaration of a curfew and a state of emergency is not the same.

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved the government's proposal to invoke the emergency decree which will be enforced from March 26 (tomorrow) until April 30.

Following the state of emergency declaration, Thailand will close all ports of entry for travellers with the exception of those granted entry permits  by the prime minister, shippers, non-Thais with work permits, embassy staff and representatives of international bodies and foreign governments.

He added that the state of emergency decree mainly deal with banning, permitting, and disallowing activities in society.

It prohibits entry into high-risk venues ordered closed temporarily by provincial governors. The governors of other provinces, where the closure order is not in force, should consider following suit to create a concerted front in the fight against Covid-19.

In term of what people should do, he said they should stay at home except for essential travels such as going to see a doctor.

He advised the three high-risk groups - people aged over 70, those with existing illness such as diabetes, respiratory problems, and children under 5 years of age - to stay home at all time.

He added that the government did not ban people from travelling to other provinces but measures will be implemented to make such outings less convenient. Checkpoints will be set up on the ways to see if travellers are wearing masks and temperature- scanning will also be conducted selectively. They will also be required to download an application to track their locations.

Thailand's total number of Covid-19 cases rose to 934, after 107 new infections were confirmed over a 24-hour period, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, said on Wednesday (March 25). 

nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30384825)
Title: Re: Covid-19 state of emergency declared
Post by: Johnnie F. on March 26, 2020, 02:23:55 PM
Thailand wakes up to state of emergency, here are the provisions enacted so far

Thailand's government has declared a state of emergency from March 26 to April 30 to combat against the coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha's government has put in place several rules and regulations that are designed to mitigate the growing number of cases and ensure the rule of law over the next few weeks.

Here are the new provisions we know of so far.
                                               
Violaters of the new provisions could face up to two years in jail or a fine of 40,000 baht or both.

Thai Enquirer (https://www.thaienquirer.com/10077/thailand-wakes-up-to-state-of-emergency-here-are-the-provisions-enacted-so-far/)
Title: Re: Covid-19: past the 1,000 mark 111 new cases in 24-hour period
Post by: thaiga on March 26, 2020, 04:51:39 PM
Thailand"s total number of Covid-19 cases went past the 1,000 mark with 111 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period
The total number of cases are now 1,045. Thailand"s total number of Covid-19 cases went past the 1,000 mark with 111 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period, Sujariyakul Anupong, senior expert in preventive medicine at the Department of Disease Control, said on Thursday (March 26).
full article nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30384861?utm_source=slide_relate&utm_medium=internal_referral)
Title: Re: COVID-19 website launched to report official data on infections in Thailand
Post by: thaiga on March 26, 2020, 05:09:50 PM
COVID-19 website launched to report official data on infections in Thailand

http://covid19.ddc.moph.go.th/en

The website is available in Thai and English (top right hand corner) with an interactive map which shows the location of infections throughout Thailand
with self assessment that people use to try and determine if they are displaying symptoms

meanwhile Travellers being screened for Covid-19 at road checkpoints   full article nationthailand.coms (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30384858)
Screening for Covid-19 began on Thursday (March 26) at checkpoints on Kanchanaphisek Road.

Travellers were asked about travel history and checked for fever. The effort is a collaboration between Highway Police Division, Tourist Police Bureau, Health Department of Bangkok and Municipal Office of Prawet district.

At the checkpoint, police use thermometer guns to check for fever. If a traveller's body temperature exceeds 37.5 degrees Celsius, Public Health officials will take them to screen for risk of Covid-19.
(https://media.nationthailand.com/images/news/2020/03/26/30384858/800_e6e8303c7913d6c.png?v=1585202462)
Title: Re: Covid-19: carry ID when travelling - foreigners should carry their passport
Post by: thaiga on March 26, 2020, 06:27:14 PM
Thai police ask people to carry ID with them when travelling
Thai police on Thursday said that people in Thailand should carry official identification with them in order to help with screening for COVID-19.

Thai people are asked to carry their ID card, while foreigners should carry their passport. (Presumably a valid Thai driving license or pink ID card would also be acceptable. It wasn't immediately clear if a photocopy of a passport would suffice.)  source (https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1155998-thai-police-ask-people-to-carry-id-with-them-when-travelling/)

a video posted by TNAMCOT showed the screening process at a checkpoint in Bangkok

Title: Re: Covid-19: Daily briefing in english on the situation
Post by: thaiga on March 28, 2020, 04:06:42 PM
A daily briefing on Covid19 situation at the Center for Administering the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on 28 March 2020, given by Mr. Natapanu Nopakun, Deputy Spokesperson and Deputy Director-General of Information Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Link  https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/498295470813673/

Title: Re: Covid-19: - Leading Thai doctor in dire warning
Post by: thaiga on March 29, 2020, 01:29:11 PM
Leading Thai doctor in dire warning: Deadly Italian strain of Covid-19 now set to wreak havoc in Thailand

A leading physician in the fight against Covid-19 has sounded a dire warning about the spread of the virus in Thailand.
He said that prior to this month Thailand was only affected by a milder strain of the virus. But now the strain that has devastated Italy and overwhelmed medical services there has arrived in Thailand.

The virus was introduced to a so called "super spreader" after a relative arrived back from Italy. Suddenly 50 people were infected at a boxing event and these have gone on to cause a rocket in cases in Thailand.

The virus strain has the power to kill far more people than Asian strains, he said, suggesting that eight times as many people might die, many from respiratory disease.

Dr Manoon Leechawengwong is the ICU chief and disease expert at Bangkok's Vichaiyut Hospital in Phayathai district. He is a leading expert in respiratory illness. On his personal Facebook page he painted a disturbing picture of the potential future course of the outbreak in Thailand and indicated that measures to contain its spread were not introduced in time.

He said that at first Thailand had 30-40 cases and one death and there was little change for many weeks, reported Thai Rath. Thais who were infected had got a milder strain prevalent in other parts of Asia like Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong.
But all that changed after a boxing event at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok on March 6th.

He said that a relative of a person in the boxing fraternity who had been to Italy started the spread of the Italian strain of the virus.

The person in the boxing fraternity was a "super spreader" who infected 50 people at Lumpinee and these have gone on to infect others resulting in a rapid rise and rapid expansion in the location of cases in Thailand.

He said that this strain is much more severe and has a far higher mortality rate because of its ability to cause onset of severe respiratory disease and even heart related problems. He pointed to the fact that in Italy there had been 47,021 cases and 4,032 deaths or 8.6%. By comparison in South Korea 8,799 had been infected with only 102 deaths making the death rate just 1.1%.

He accepted that there are a lot of older and thus more vulnerable people in Italy but he countered that argument by saying that Japan, where the aging population is very similar, have been able to keep deaths to a far lower level than Italy again because the virus strain is different.

He said that the closure of places like boxing - now in force in Bangkok and other areas in Thailand - came too late to save the country from being infected with the virulent strain from Italy.  If closures had been ordered before the beginning of March, it could have been averted. Likewise if all people at the boxing - and there were 5,000 attendees - were quarantined it could have been contained.

It was clear from his comments that too little was done too late and now Thailand is facing the consequences of an explosion in cases of a strain of Covid-19 far more severe than was previously being experienced.

thairath.co.th (https://www.thairath.co.th/news/society/1801534)
thaivisa.com (https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1155313-leading-thai-doctor-in-dire-warning-deadly-italian-strain-of-covid-19-now-set-to-wreak-havoc-in-thailand/#comments)
Title: Re: Covid-19: medical staff are turning to snorkelling masks
Post by: thaiga on March 29, 2020, 05:48:57 PM
Erasme Hospital on the outskirts of Belgium's capital, hospitals face an overload of Covid-19 patients struggling to breathe, innovative medical staff are turning to snorkelling masks from sports stores to stop their lungs collapsing. if it works and gives some relief breathing better than nothing.

This helps prevent the collapse of alveoli, lung air sacs needed for the intake of oxygen into our bodies and the exhalation of carbon dioxide. Pneumonia brought on by COVID-19 inflames the lung membrane and fills those sacs with liquid.   more here bangkokpost.com (https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1888760/hospitals-turn-to-snorkel-masks-amid-respirator-overload)

(https://static.bangkokpost.com/media/content/20200329/c1_3581935.jpg)

Title: Re: Covid-19: Daily briefing in english on the situation
Post by: thaiga on March 30, 2020, 03:58:27 PM
Quote from: thaiga on March 28, 2020, 04:06:42 PM
A daily briefing on Covid19 situation at the Center for Administering the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on 28 March 2020, given by Mr. Natapanu Nopakun, Deputy Spokesperson and Deputy Director-General of Information Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Link  https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/498295470813673/
The Thai government gave the daily updates regarding Thailand's COVID-19 situation, reporting from the government's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at the Government House, on 30 March 2020

link https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/611988562684283/
Title: Re: Covid-19: FOR YOUR SAFETY: Key statistics, advice from doctors
Post by: thaiga on March 30, 2020, 08:17:34 PM
FOR YOUR SAFETY: Key statistics, advice from doctors

Prince Songkla University infectious disease doctor Prof Khachornsakdi Silpapojakul provides important Covid-19 statistics and advice, including the percentage of infection, the effectiveness of masks, and places and things which can attract the dreaded virus.

Here are his statistics:

* At least 4-14per cent of elders aged 60 and above who have contracted Covid-19 have died, while those aged 15 and younger have not got pneumonia from the virus.

* Covid-19 patients with mild or severe symptoms accounted for approximately 93 per cent and 7 per cent of cases, respectively.

* Most patients cough and have fever on the fifth day of infection, and start to suffocate on the tenth day. Only 4 per cent of patients who initially had nasal discharge were infected by the virus.

* Ten seconds of holding hands can lead to a 70% chance of infection.

* There is a 50 per cent possibility of infection if persons sit together for 10 hours, or when a person is a metre from another.

* However, a person will not be infected if he/she is separated from others at a distance of 4 to 5 metres, according to the World Health Organisation. WHO has advised a 2-metre distance.

* Initially, 41 per cent of Wuhan residents became infected with Covid-19 after visiting a hospital. "So please do not visit a hospital for unnecessary cases," Khachornsakdi said.

* Patients wearing masks can reduce the spread of the virus by 90 per cent.

* Surgical masks and N95 masks can prevent Covid-19 from spreading by 56 per cent and 66 per cent respectively, and if the edges of these masks are taped, this can prevent the virus from spreading by 95 per cent and 99 per cent respectively. The doctor recommended using micropore tape because it hurts less than transpore or other tapes when in contact with the skin, while he preferred using a face shield during an operation.

Meanwhile, another doctor, Theeraphap Tanisaro, said that N95 masks can be reused if they are worn with a face shield and disinfected after use.

"If you are afraid that the virus may stick to the mask, you can wear another layer of surgical mask. We believe this method may be useful if there is a shortage of N95 masks," he said.

Khachornsakdi warned that elevators could become a dangerous place if they were used to move Covid-19 patients. He advised using your foot, shoulder, or back, or calling to other people to open the doors from outside.

"If negative-pressure rooms are not sufficient, patients must be placed near windows and fans used to blow the interior air outside," he advised.

"The patients' ward must be separated into two zones – a contaminated zone holding patients and a coordination zone for paperwork."

Khachornsakdi said it is not necessary to use alcohol to disinfect equipment – just using detergent, any cleaning solution or UV steriliser can act as effective disinfectants.

"The virus often exists on computers, keyboards, tables and door knobs," he also warned.

nationthailand.com (http://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385081)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Blood Centre reserves inadequate
Post by: thaiga on March 30, 2020, 10:12:02 PM
as people are scared of catching the virus and stay at home, causing the blood centre reserves to run short, The centre, under the Thai Red Cross Society, has asked people to urgently donate blood in order to help patients who are in need nationwide. the centre came out to assure people that they can donate their blood under safe conditions. The place, it said, is free from the coronavirus.

(https://media.nationthailand.com/images/news/2020/03/30/30385079/800_3f36daf6c8bd93c.jpg?v=1585557475)

nationthailand.com (http://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385079)
Title: Re: Covid-19: 27 Metropolitan Police infected
Post by: thaiga on March 31, 2020, 02:19:39 AM
as soon as you think things are getting better. bang another one hits the headlines

27 Metropolitan Police infected   nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385091)
27 Metropolitan Police Bureau officers are infected with Covid-19 while another 326 were ordered to undergo self-quarantine.
According to an inspection, most policemen who contracted the virus either visited Spain or attended a boxing stadium event in Bangkok or had a meal with an infected person. He has ordered six officials related to the patient to go into self-quarantine for 14 days.

Public Health Ministry officials at risk of contracting Covid-19  nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385071)
At least 30 officials of the Ministry of Public Health are at risk of being infected with Covid-19 after a civil service employee under its management was diagnosed as a Covid-19 patient. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the Covid-19 Administration Centre's spokesman, said on March 30 that a Public Health official, 46, who had attended several meetings showed symptoms of Covid-19 such as runny nose and cough on March 26. The test revealed that he was infected with Covid-19 and was sent to Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute in Nonthaburi province for treatment. He had visited Government House and had interactions with about 30 officials in the meeting but there was no hint that the high-ranking executive had any symptoms of Covid-19, Taweesin said.
Title: Re: Covid-19: U.S. records 700 coronavirus deaths in a single day for first time
Post by: thaiga on April 01, 2020, 12:56:54 PM
could be Thailand is the best place to be as U.S. records 700 coronavirus deaths in a single day for first time as The U.S. government raced to build hundreds of makeshift hospitals to ease the strain on overwhelmed healthcare systems as the United States marked 700 deaths in a single day from COVID-19 for the first time on Tuesday. That is the equivalent of a person dying every two minutes.
channelnewsasia.com (https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/coronavirus-covid-19-united-states-deaths-12596400)

Tracking the novel coronavirus in the U.S.  https://graphics.reuters.com/HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-USA/0100B5K8423/index.html

The French prayer meeting that set a virus time bomb
Around 2,500 confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been linked to one prayer meeting in the French city of Mulhouse, contributing to the country's biggest COVID19 cluster. - REUTERS

Title: Re: Covid-19: - Worst case scenario for April is 25,000 cases
Post by: thaiga on April 01, 2020, 05:45:34 PM
as Thailand confirms 120 new coronavirus cases, 2 more deaths, more and more are closing down businesses
the latest is the Poipet casino Cambodia, bit more movement there with up to 1,000 Thai workers expected back in Thailand.

not good news at all as a prison warden gets the virus. The warden of Nakhon Nayok prison has tested positive for Covid-19. with the close quarter conditions at a prison that could be dangerous. Road checkpoints have been set up across the country to screen travelers for symptoms of COVID-19. The 12 checkpoints in Bangkok have already screened some 38,000 persons over the past seven days, with no one found to be infected with the disease.

in Samut Prakan: Governor orders all convenience stores shut overnight, everyone must wear masks when outdoors. i hear an alcohol ban might be imposed


Worst case scenario for April is 25,000 cases

Worst case scenario for April is 25,000 cases but Thais told: YOU can make a difference
A deputy in charge of battling the Covid-19 crisis in Thailand has told the Thai people that their behavior can make a big difference to how many people get infected.

He has also debunked claims online that Italians have suffered so badly because they wear shoes in the house.
Dr Thanarak Phaliphat gave three scenarios for the spread of the virus in April:

Scenario 1: If Thais didn't follow rules and practice social distancing there would be 24-25,000 cases.

Scenario 2: Social distancing practised and 50% of the rules would mean 17,000 cases.

Scenario 3: Social distancing and 80% compliance would lead to 7,000 cases.

Dr Thanarak said that these figures were not meant to worry Thais, but show by acting responsibly they could make a difference.

He also dismissed ideas circulating in Thailand that Italians were suffering badly because the infection was spread on shoes they wore in their houses.

He said this was nonsense. He stressed that the disease is spread through droplets that come into contact and enter the body through the eyes, nose and mouth.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: - An update from the Thai government
Post by: thaiga on April 01, 2020, 06:23:12 PM
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House - April 1, 2020

Link https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/582815615916629/

Title: Re: Covid-19: Thx Roger - Sorry folks! Alcohol will not kill the virus
Post by: thaiga on April 02, 2020, 04:12:43 PM
Thanks for the mention roger  :wai PLEASE SHARE well informed, well armed

Thailand on Thursday announced 104 new coronavirus cases, and 3 deaths, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,875.
59 people discharged full recovery.the total number of people who have been discharged 505. To date, 15 people have died from COVID-19 in Thailand. 

as usual Duterte ain't messing around with violators. shoot them dead are his words
'Shoot them dead' - Philippine leader says won't tolerate lockdown violators
story on that @reuters.com (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-philippines-dutert-idUSKBN21K0AY)

Sorry folks! Alcohol will not kill the virus - in fact it might just kill you quicker!
an article in the dailynews.co.th (https://www.dailynews.co.th/regional/766459) states, Sorry folks! Alcohol will not kill the virus - in fact it might just kill you quicker!

not so sure on that one myself, some of us might remember the old folk years ago, milk stout, in fact they advertised guiness is good for you. drinking in moderation of course

bearing in mind - He said that drinking alcohol might be detrimental to the drinker and make them more susceptible to the virus.
He explained that people who drink have weaker immune systems. So What happens when you drink - especially to excess - is that white blood cells that fight disease die off leaving the drinker more exposed to viruses like Covid-19.

so what do our experts on t.visa think - do they know more than the good doctor. could be they do.  :drink

Don't care, I like it, I'm doing it.
I'm waiting for them to announce having sex with your partner, watching TV or using the internet are all banned.

Like people actually listen to these clowns?

It sounds like he's already had a few!


German health expert claims drinking alcohol can protect against coronavirus
here's the story whatdoyer believe. 7news.com (https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/german-health-expert-claims-drinking-alcohol-can-protect-against-coronavirus-c-948116)       :cheers
Title: Re: Covid-19: - Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 2, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 02, 2020, 05:05:00 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 2, 2020 - PLEASE SHARE
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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Title: Re: Covid-19: - curfew starting Friday + halt to arrivals from overseas
Post by: thaiga on April 02, 2020, 06:57:16 PM
Thailand to announce nationwide curfew starting Friday
(Reuters) - Thailand is to announce a nationwide curfew between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. starting Friday to try to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the government said in a statement on Thursday.

The curfew will have some exceptions, including for the transport of medical supplies, movement of people into quarantine, patients and travel of medical personnel, according to the statement shown to reporters.
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Prayut orders halt to arrivals from overseas to curb virus spread
The government is focusing its attempts to curb the spread of the coronavirus on Thais and foreigners entering Thailand from overseas as the 104 new infection cases were reported today with three deaths.

The Foreign Ministry has been assigned to work out measures to restrict their arrivals for the next two weeks, according to Dr. Thaveesilp Wissanuyothin, spokesman of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Thaveesilp said Thais who returned from overseas and foreign visitors are partly responsible for the continuing rise in the number of new infections.

"Though the number of travelers from overseas has significantly declined, the prime minister believes more need to be done to stem overseas arrivals in order to further flatten the curve," said Thaveesilp.

thaipbsworld.com (https://www.thaipbsworld.com/prayut-orders-halt-to-arrivals-from-overseas-to-curb-virus-spread/)
Title: Re: Covid-19: - Curfew starts today
Post by: thaiga on April 03, 2020, 01:30:12 PM
Curfew starts today
All travel to nation halted for 2 weeks

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The government has imposed a curfew, banning all people nationwide from leaving their homes from 10pm to 4am starting tonight, in its latest move to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Appearing on the TV pool Thursday evening, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha announced the curfew, effective until further notice. The prime minister called for calm and asked the public not to stock up on food as they will still be allowed to go out during the daytime, though they will be required to observe social distancing.

Medical and banking personnel -- as well as logistics workers handling consumer goods, agricultural produce, pharmaceutical products, medical supplies and equipment, newspapers, fuel, post, products bound for export and imported goods -- are exempt from curfew restrictions.

The travel of people to quarantine venues is also allowed.

Exemptions also apply to employees working night shifts, individuals heading to or from airports with necessary documents stating their purpose, officials carrying out official orders and those who have received prior permission from officials to leave for emergencies.

Violations will result in a jail term of no more than two years and/or a fine of no more than 40,000 baht.

Existing curfew orders in other provinces with stricter requirements shall remain in effect, he said.

Gen Prayut added that outlets will be set up to distribute face masks.

"I won't let anyone hoard the products and take advantage of people during this difficult time," he said.

More economic stimulus packages will be introduced, which include financial aid, debt suspension and restructuring, and a liquidity boost.

In terms of disease mitigation, a centre will be set up to manage travel in and out of the kingdom with more strict screening, quarantine and monitoring measures.

In terms of communication, a briefing will be held every day at the government's Covid-19 centre.

Unauthorised people will not be allowed to give interviews, Gen Prayut said.

He again warned of the consequences of spreading fake news or sharing information from unknown sources, before urging everyone to cooperate for the ultimate goal of "zero infections".

Earlier in the day, Gen Prayut said the government will block all travel to Thailand including by Thais, starting today until April 15, to prepare quarantine facilities after more local cases were linked to "imported" cases.

He said the government needs time to prepare.

"In the meantime, agencies will prepare the venues and coordinate with Thai embassies to ensure all Thais returnees will be quarantined and get proper medical checks," he said.

Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said on Thursday Gen Prayut told the officials at the centre that arrivals of foreigners and Thais from abroad will have to be slowed down "to stop the disease".

The new ban does not apply to people who already received permission to travel to Thailand, he said, before urging affected travellers to contact Thai embassies and follow their instructions.

Dr Taweesin said arrivals from abroad have proved to be a major source of infections.

Recent cases included an infected Thai man who had visited Pakistan and died on a South-bound train in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

He also cited six Thais who returned from meetings in Italy, four of whom tested positive. The cases led to 50 other people being quarantined.

Out of the 132 Thais who attended a religious gathering in Malaysia, 47 contracted the disease, four died and about 1,000 others were quarantined.

Meanwhile, out of the 56 Thais who had attended a similar gathering in Indonesia, 32 were infected and about 500 were quarantined.

Four Thais who recently returned from the United Kingdom contracted the disease and one of them died.

This group included a patient who concealed his symptoms to return to the country, Dr Taweesin said. About 200 people were quarantined as a result.

Furthermore, 19 Thais crossing the border from Poipet, Cambodia were found to be infected and about 300 had to be quarantined.

The government on Thursday reported 104 new local cases of Covid-19 infections -- bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,875.

Three more deaths were also reported, raising the death toll from the novel coronavirus disease in Thailand to 15.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 3, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 03, 2020, 04:11:53 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 3, 2020 - PLEASE SHARE - 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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Title: Re: Covid-19: - Govt will impose 24-hr curfew if Covid-19 does not improve
Post by: thaiga on April 03, 2020, 07:35:04 PM
Govt will impose 24-hour curfew if Covid-19 situation does not improve

The government might take recourse to a 24-hour curfew within a week if the number of Covid-19 patients kept rising.

Government Spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat said that a curfew from 10pm to 4am was imposed after it was found people were still leaving their houses, leading to a rising trend in Covid-19 cases.

The number of cases has been rising by an average of over 100 a day, and even though the government does not want to impose more stringent measures, a 24-hour curfew was still an option if the situation got worse, she said.

"The prime minister does not want to be tough on this matter. So, he has asked for more cooperation from the public to reduce their outdoor movement.

"Don't leave the house if not necessary. Follow the social distancing measure, which people have not completely complied with," Narumon said.

She said the premier understood that there were situations that required people to leave the house during a curfew, especially for medical personnel, bankers, delivery service and people who worked on shifts.

He wanted those people to prepare documents to show to the officials. Those who leave their residences without permission will face a legal penalty, she warned.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: - Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 4, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 04, 2020, 03:37:09 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 4, 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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Title: Re: Covid-19: - Coronavirus may spread through normal breathing: US scientists
Post by: thaiga on April 04, 2020, 04:29:13 PM
Thailand reported 89 new cases of Covid-19 and one more death on Saturday (April 4), bringing the total number of confirmed cases nationwide to 2,067.  The total number of deaths rose to 20, while 612 patients have recovered, according to Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Covid-19 Situation Administration Centre.  Of the new cases, 31 are in Bangkok.

Until now, US health agencies have said that the primary pathway of transmission is respiratory droplets. an article in the bangkokpost.com reports
Coronavirus may spread through normal breathing: US scientists

The new coronavirus might spread through the air via normal breathing and speaking, a top US scientist said Friday as the government was poised to recommend the use of face masks for everyone.

Anthony Fauci, head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told Fox News the guidance on masks would be changed "because of some recent information that the virus can actually be spread even when people just speak, as opposed to coughing and sneezing."

As it stands, the official advice is that only sick people need to cover their faces, as well as those caring for them at home.

Fauci's comments come after the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) sent a letter to the White House on April 1 that summarised recent research on the subject.

It said that though the research isn't yet conclusive, "the results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathing."

Until now, US health agencies have said that the primary pathway of transmission is respiratory droplets, about one millimeter in diameter, expelled by sick people when they sneeze or cough.

These quickly fall to the ground around a meter away.

But if the virus can be suspended in the ultrafine mist we expel when we exhale, in other words an aerosol, it becomes much harder to prevent its spread, which in turn is an argument in favor of everyone covering their faces.

The aerosol debate

A recent NIH funded study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus could become an aerosol and remain airborne for up to three hours.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: - Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 5, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 05, 2020, 03:08:37 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 5, 2020

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(Reuters) - Thailand reported 102 new coronavirus cases and three more deaths, the country's public health ministry said on Sunday.
The latest numbers raised the total in the Southeast Asian nation to 2,169 cases. Twenty three people have died in Thailand since the outbreak first emerged in January.

(Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday he would ask parliament to extend lockdown measures by 15 days until April 26, as the rate of new coronavirus infections and deaths slowed again in one of the world's worst-hit countries.
Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 rates showing signs of decline as 102 cases found
Post by: thaiga on April 06, 2020, 03:03:24 PM
it could even improve more if people abided by the rules as

Ubon woman who skipped Bangkok quarantine tests positive for Covid-19  nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385482)

Covid-19 rates showing signs of decline as 102 cases found

The country recorded 102 new Covid-19 infections and three deaths on Sunday, although the rate of infections in Bangkok may be on the decline, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

The number of imported cases, meanwhile, was no more than 10 per day. Most of them were from people who had travelled from Europe, said CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin.

Three new Covid-19 deaths were reported on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 23, while the accumulated number of infections rose to 2,169, including the 674 people who have recovered, he said.

The first of the three deaths reported on Sunday was a 46-year-old Thai man who had returned from London on March 22, admitted to a hospital with Covid-19 symptoms on March 25 and died on Friday, Dr Taweesin said.

The second death was an 82-year-old Swiss man with a history of heart disease and high blood pressure, who two weeks ago attended a party in Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan and another party at a bar and restaurant on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok on March 29, Dr Taweesin said.

This patient was admitted to a private hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan on March 31 with a high fever, high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat and fatigue, said Dr Taweesin, adding doctors first thought he had pneumonia and acute heart failure.

The patient was later referred to another private hospital in neighbouring Phetchaburi on April 1, where he died the following day, Dr Taweesin said.

The third death was a 30-year-old Thai construction worker with a drinking habit who had travelled from the southern province of Phatthalung to work in the northeastern province of Surin on March 20, Dr Taweesin said.

On March 29, he fell ill with Covid-19 symptoms. He was then rushed to Prasat Hospital in Surin on April 2 and later died, Dr Taweesin said.

The new 102 confirmed cases fall into three groups -- patients with close contact to the people with Covid-19 virus, patients who have recently returned from abroad and patients whose sources of infection are under investigation, of which there are 12, Dr Taweesin said.

Of the new 102 infections, most of them were in Bangkok and Phuket, 34 and 24 respectively, he said. However, Dr Taweesin added infection trends in Bangkok are showing signs of declining, while those in the provinces are starting to level off.

To date, the average Covid-19 mortality rate in Thailand stood at 0.97%.

"From our experience in the past three to four months, just one or two infected people who had returned from overseas could spread the virus to a huge number of people," he said.

He said this has been known to happen to recent returnees who showed no fever and had medical certificates declaring them fit to fly.

"This is why the standard 14-day quarantine period is recommended," Dr Taweesin said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 6, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 06, 2020, 04:11:28 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 6, 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

Title: Re: Covid-19: No 24-hour curfew soon: Interior Ministry
Post by: thaiga on April 06, 2020, 07:08:50 PM
No 24-hour curfew soon: Interior Ministry

The Interior Ministry today (April 6) denied rumours that a 24-hour curfew will be announced soon, saying there is no current plan and that it has not issued any such order.

"The ministry recently dispatched an order to provincial governors to prepare five measures in case the Covid-19 situation escalates," Deputy Interior Minister Niphon Bunyamanee said. "These preparations are not for an all-day curfew."

The five measures are:

1) Prepare quarantine facilities for Thais who have returned from abroad.

2) Coordinate with local administration offices and related agencies regarding steps to prevent Covid-19 from spreading in communities.

3) Prepare food supplies and product distribution centres.

4) Ready personnel in case the curfew is extended or expanded.

5) Report the situation and all problems to the ministry's Covid-19 centre.

"The authority to announce extension or expansion of the curfew rests with the Covid-19 Administration Centre at Government House," he said.

"The Interior Ministry centre will be mainly responsible for making sure people in all provinces have access to necessary consumer products and medical supplies, while local agencies are ready to comply with any new government policies," he added.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thai govt dismisses rumours on 24-hour curfew
Post by: thaiga on April 07, 2020, 01:14:18 PM
Thai govt dismisses rumours on 24-hour curfew

April 6 (Xinhua) -- The Thai government on Monday categorically dismissed rumors that a 24-hour curfew would shortly be imposed nationwide from the upcoming Friday, compared to the six-hour curfew currently.

Thaveesilp Wisanuyothin, spokesman of the government-run Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), dismissed the 24-hour curfew rumors widely circulated in social media. A daily curfew between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. were imposed from April 2.

Thaveesilp commented such unconfirmed hearsay may have stemmed from a written directive recently sent from the Ministry of Interior's Permanent Secretary Chatchai Phromlert to all provincial governors calling for "preparations to upgrade the measures and operations" against the COVID-19 pandemic at local level throughout the country.

Many people may have been misled or misinterpreted the message as a step to be promptly taken in advent of curfew around the clock, according to the CCSA spokesman.

Thailand has reported 51 new cases on Monday. Given the number of cases reported on daily basis by the Ministry of Public Health, no such thing as a 24-hour curfew will be declared anytime soon, according to the CCSA spokesman.

Thaveesilp commented such unconfirmed rumors have merely sent panics and that those who might share untruthful, misleading content such as the 24-hour curfew could possibly be faced with severe legal penalties under current emergency rule.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 7, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 07, 2020, 04:20:15 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 7, 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

Title: Re: Covid-19: Virus situation sees encouraging improvement but ...
Post by: thaiga on April 07, 2020, 06:45:58 PM
Virus situation sees encouraging improvement but 'not statistically satisfactory'
The Covid-19 situation in the country has seen some improvement due to the government's new measures to tackle the spread of the virus but is "not statistically satisfactory", Dr Yong Poovorawan, a virologist at Chulalongkorn University, said.

After Covid-19 began spreading, thanks in large part to people contracting the virus after attending Lumpinee Boxing Stadium events, the number of infections has been drastically increasing. Statistically, one infected individual could spread the virus to 2.5 others.

Foreign tourists, especially from Europe and America, and crowded locations were other reasons behind the spread of Covid-19 in Thailand.

Last week, however, the infection rate dropped to one person spreading the disease to 1.5. This is the result of new directives imposed by the government. Still, the number is not considered satisfactory until the rate drops to a 1:1 ratio, Yong pointed out.

He believes the infection rate tomorrow will be lower, but the path to zero new cases still has some way to go.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Test, test, test for the virus and look towards South Korean model
Post by: thaiga on April 08, 2020, 12:30:39 PM
Test, test, test for the virus and look towards South Korean model, says former DPM

A former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand went on his personal Facebook page to look into the number of people tested for Covid-19 in Thailand and appeal for wider testing.

He gave several reasons why testing has been poor and sluggish but said that now is the time to expand testing to asymptomatic individuals to prevent more cases swamping the health system.

With an improved number of  testing labs the country now has the capacity to do 20,000 tests daily - they could do as many tests as they have done since January in the next few days.

Dr Surapong Seubwonglee said that testing for the virus has been low in Thailand though it is higher than reported on worldometers.info that said 25,071 had been tested equating to just 359/million inhabitants. 

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Testing done in Thailand January to April 4th

He showed data that suggested 71,860 tests had been done from January to April 4th. The great majority of these were in Bangkok with Chula (pink on the graph) and Ramathibodi Hospital (Blue) the most.

Dr Surapong said that the testing done in Thailand was a fraction of that done in South Korea and Germany.

Yet Thailand found a greater percentage of people infected. This was because they had targeted high risk individuals rather than the asymptomatic population.

He said that tests in Thailand need to be ramped up so that more people with the virus could be found and given medication early before their symptoms might become dangerous. This model has been widely praised around the world, notes Thaivisa, after it was adopted in South Korea.

Dr Surapong said there were several reasons for the sluggish approach to testing. There were few testing labs at first and most of those were in Bangkok.

There are now 77 nationwide and the capacity for testing daily is 20,000. There will be 107 labs later this month.

He conceded that problems over the cost of the tests and the lack of uniformity created difficulties. Now the cost has been fixed at 3,000 baht he said and Thais could access a test on their social security or other insurance.

Test, test, test was the former DPM's message, especially now that the country has the labs to do so. 

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 8,
Post by: thaiga on April 08, 2020, 03:31:15 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 8, 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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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand reported 54 new coronavirus cases and 2 more deaths
Post by: thaiga on April 09, 2020, 03:22:06 PM
(Reuters) - Thailand reported 54 new coronavirus cases and 2 more deaths on Thursday, including a 74-year-old French national.

An 82-year-old Thai man also died, said a spokesman for the government's Center for CoVID-19 Situation Administration.

The new cases include five Thais repatriated from Indonesia who had traveled to South Sulawesi province for a religious gathering last month before the event was postponed. Thailand has reported a total of 2,423 cases and 32 fatalities, while 940 patients have recovered and gone home since the outbreak started in January.   straitstimes.com (https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thailand-reports-54-new-coronavirus-cases-2-more-deaths)

Chaiyaphum woman infected with Covid-19 for second time

A Chaiyaphum woman has contracted Covid-19 for the second time after having been cured of the virus while she was in Bangkok in the middle of March.

The woman, 38, had also returned from overseas in March and was found to be infected with the novel coronavirus. She was admitted to Phyathai 2 Hospital in Bangkok and completely cured. Then she decided to return to her hometown.

However, from April 3-5 she became sick again and went for a test. The result showed that her throat was infected with Covid-19.

Another case was a 42-year-old construction worker who returned from Qatar on April 2.

Both cases are now under treatment in local hospitals. Authorities will try to trace people who might have been in close contact with them.

On April 8, a report showed that Chaiyaphum has 109 Covid-19 patients. Eight were new cases. The local government has asked its residents to strictly follow curfew directives to limit the spread of the virus.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: there's no place like home
Post by: thaiga on April 09, 2020, 04:27:09 PM
Taiwan's aggressive efforts are paying off in fight against COVID-19
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, Taiwan seems to have it under control. The island is only 80 miles off the coast of mainland China and very near to where the virus originated; plus there were many daily flights to it from Wuhan. But Taiwan has only 329 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and only five people have died from it. Nick Schifrin reports on this COVID-19 success story.

Title: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 9, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 09, 2020, 04:48:42 PM
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House. April 9, 2020

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Confirmed new Covid-19 cases Thailand one of the lowest in weeks
Post by: thaiga on April 10, 2020, 01:19:08 PM
Confirmed new Covid-19 cases in Thailand one of the lowest in weeks
Thailand's total number of Covid-19 patients rose to 2,423, with 54 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period -- one of the lowest in weeks -- and two more deaths, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Thursday (April 9).

The cases can be divided into four groups.

The first group of 22 had had close contacts with others previously confirmed as infected (mostly in Bangkok, 11)

The second group comprised 21 people of whom five had just returned from overseas (three Thais and two foreigners), eight were working in crowded areas or close to foreigners, four went to crowded areas, and four are medical staff.

The third group of six are being investigated on the source of the infection.

The last group of five had returned from Indonesia and are now under state quarantine in Pattani province.

Meanwhile, 52 people have fully recovered and returned home.

A 74-year-old French man died on April 7 in Chonburi province. He did not have any chronic disease but developed flu-like symptoms and diarrhoea. He was later found to be infected with Covid-19. He started to have difficulty breathing and needed a respirator on April 7. He died later that day.

An 82-year-old Thai man in Samut Prakan province who bad difficulty breathing died on Wednesday.

As of April 9, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stood at 2,423-- 1,451 are under treatment, 940 have recovered and been discharged, and there have been 32 deaths.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 10, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 10, 2020, 03:33:17 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 10, 2020

10 April 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

Title: Re: Covid-19: current measures proving effective
Post by: thaiga on April 11, 2020, 01:17:44 PM
PM condemns curfew breakers

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday slammed more than 6,500 curfew violators for lacking a social conscience but insisted he will not impose any tougher restrictions as current measures in dealing with Covid-19 over the past 100 days are proving effective.

Gen Prayut insisted that the government will not extend the current curfew hours beyond 10pm-4am yet or impose any additional drastic measures that restrict people's rights as public cooperation has seen infection rates fall.

"Since Jan 4, we have been fighting together against Covid-19 for almost 100 days with preparation, strict monitoring, a strong public health system and cooperation from all sides.

"We now have the number of infected patients at a controllable level, and a low death rate compared to other leading countries," said Gen Prayut who is also in charge of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

This is proof that the country's operations are effective and several countries have held Thailand up as a successful example of dealing with Covid-19, the prime minister said in a TV Pool broadcast on Friday evening.

However, the prime minister was dissatisfied with the large number of people who have defied curfew restrictions which rose to more than 6,500 since the curfew started on April 3, and has led many people to call for tougher measures or a longer period of curfew.

"People who lack conscience and responsibility will make life miserable for those who are struggling to earn their living. I want to warn them to correct themselves, though the CCSA still has no plan to extend the current curfew hours," he said.

Gen Prayut also emphasised that the Songkran festival has been postponed, and the public must not take part in any kind of informal celebrations or return to their home provinces during the period. He also urged people to forgo the Rot Nam Dam Hua water-pouring ceremony, a traditional rite for young people to show respect to elders and ask for their blessings.

Gen Prayut did, however, say that he had signed an order to allow people in some groups or sectors to work during the night curfew.

The order includes authorities and their assistants, including civil servants, on duty under the order of state agencies.

Patients in need of medical attention, their care-takers and all health personnel are also allowed to travel during the curfew, according to the order issued on Friday

The transport of medical supplies, consumer products, newspapers and goods for import and export is also allowed.

Those who need to be quarantined are also allowed to travel as are staff at petrol stations and public utilities.

Food delivery and refuse collection workers are exempted during the curfew hours, as well as people who need to work at night such as security guards, fishermen, rubber tappers and nightshift staff.

Meanwhile, a total of 33 Thais stranded overseas returned to Thailand on Friday, according to spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin at the CCSA's daily press conference.

Of them, 15 from the Netherlands arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport and will be quarantined at a hotel near the airport for 14 days.

The other 18 arrived back from Singapore and will be placed under quarantine at a hotel on Rama IX Road in Bangkok.

Dr Taweesilp also said that a total of 21 Thais stranded in Moscow, Russia will fly home on Saturday and will be quarantined at a hotel in Bangkok.

A group of 152 Thai students studying in the US on a scholarship from the American Field Service will also fly to Thailand at a date yet to be confirmed, and be quarantined at a Bangkok hotel, Dr Taweesilp said.

Chutintorn Gongsakdi, the Thai ambassador to India, said that the embassy in New Delhi has prepared for the first batch of 200 Thais who have registered to return home.

More than 1,600 Thais in India have signed up to return so far, he said, adding that upon arrival they will be quarantined for 14 days.

Mr Chutintorn said that the embassy is ready to charter flights to bring them home between April 15-17 when the Indian government allows aircraft from other countries to enter the country on April 14.

Currently, more than 20,000 Thais stranded overseas have registered with Thai embassies in foreign countries to return home.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has banned inbound flights until April 18 due to the risk of returnees being infected with Covid-19.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 11, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 11, 2020, 03:24:57 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 11, 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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Title: Re: Covid-19: World observing Easter under lockdown
Post by: thaiga on April 11, 2020, 11:26:15 PM
World observing Easter under lockdown
Global update: US about to overtake Italy for most deaths, Singapore and India take more steps

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Hospital beds are laid out in a chapel inside the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine for a temporary field hospital to deal with coronavirus patients in New York City. (Reuters Photo)

The United States became the first country to report more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day, marking a grim milestone as billions around the world celebrated the Easter weekend under lockdown from home.

The global death toll from the virus surged past 103,000, with total cases rising to 1.7 million, of which 501,000 or 29% were in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

While the US has become the icentre of the pandemic that first emerged in China late last year, Europe has so far shouldered the majority of all deaths and infections. However, there were signs of hope that the curve could be starting to flatten in some of the hardest-hit countries.

Numbers out of Madrid own Saturday offered a glimmer of hope, as the 510 new deaths represented a drop in fatalities for the third day in a row.

In France, nearly 1,000 new deaths were confirmed on Friday but the country reported a drop in the number of intensive care patients for a second day running.

Italy, meanwhile, said the number of daily deaths was starting to level off — though the government resisted pressure to lift its lockdown, extending confinement measures until May 3.

With 18,849 dead, Italy has the highest death toll, but it is expected to be overtaken by the United States on Sunday.

But President Donald Trump said that with the US infection trajectory "near the peak" and social distancing working well, he was considering ways to reopen the world's biggest economy as soon as possible.

He acknowledged the risk of higher death tolls if businesses restart too soon — after the World Health Organization on Friday cautioned countries against lifting lockdown measures too quickly.

"But you know what? Staying at home leads to death also," Trump added, pointing to the massive economic suffering for millions of Americans.

Empty churches

Easter weekend began in near-empty churches around the world as most Roman Catholic parishioners remained locked in their homes.

More than 4 billion people — over half the world's population — are confined to their homes from New York to Naples to New Delhi as governments scramble to contain the pandemic's deadly march.

Pope Francis was due to livestream his Easter Vigil from an empty St Peter's Basilica later on Saturday, after he presided over an empty Good Friday Service to start the weekend, the most important in the Roman Catholic calendar.

Across Europe, governments urged citizens to stay home for the weekend, fearing people would flock outdoors to enjoy warm weather or flee to holiday homes.

France deployed some 160,000 gendarmes to patrol busy roads, while Lithuania set up roadblocks to prevent travellers from leaving cities.

And Turkey announced with little warning Friday that a 48-hour lockdown order would be in place in dozens of cities, including Ankara and Istanbul, as its virus death toll crept past 1,000.

Shoppers crowded supermarkets in Istanbul late Friday in a rush to stock up on supplies before the curfew started at midnight.

The World Health Organization has warned that prematurely easing lockdown measures — as has started in central China where to virus first emerged — could spark a dangerous return of the disease.

"Lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Friday.

Some countries, especially in Asia, are worried about a possible second wave of infections imported from travellers as life creeps back to normal.

But governments are under pressure to strike a balance between keeping people safe and keeping already battered economies stable.

Singapore takes more steps

Singapore closed its beaches, and will make it mandatory for commuters to wear masks on public transport even after the end of the partial lockdown period to further control the spread of the coronavirus.

"Tougher measures" are necessary as safe-distancing measures aren't being strictly followed, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong wrote in a Facebook post. The government closed off some areas in parks and nature reserves on Friday.

"In theory, we could keep most places open, so long as safe distancing measures are strictly adhered to," Wong said on Saturday. "But increasingly we see that this is hard to achieve."

Singapore has banned social gatherings and shuttered most workplaces until at least May 4 as part of measures to slow the pace of infections. Schools are also closed, and only those providing essential services are allowed to remain open during what it's calling a "circuit breaker" period.

The government has distributed face masks to each household and will make it compulsory to wear them on public transport even after the partial lockdown is over and buses and trains become crowded again, according to Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

The country reported its highest daily increase of infections on Thursday with more than 200 of the 287 new cases linked to foreign worker dormitories, where inhabitants often stay in cramped conditions.

Singapore will set up two floating accommodations to temporarily house healthy foreign workers starting next week. Foreign workers will go through health checks including swab tests before boarding, and the government will arrange for their daily essential needs while a medical facility will be set up nearby on land.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Majority not confident in govt's handling - poll
Post by: thaiga on April 12, 2020, 01:17:59 PM
United States logs world's highest coronavirus death toll
(Reuters) - The United States surpassed Italy on Saturday as the country with the highest reported coronavirus death toll, recording more than 20,000 deaths since the outbreak began, according to a Reuters tally.
Britain's COVID-19 death toll neared 10,000 on Saturday after health officials reported another 917 hospital deaths, while one senior minister said Prime Minister Boris Johnson will need time off as he recovers from being seriously ill with the virus. (Reuters)

Majority not confident in govt's handling of Covid-19: Poll
A majority of people worry about the Covid-19 outbreak and are not confident in the government's handling of the situation, according to an opinion survey carried out by Suan Dusit Rajabhat Univerisity, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted online on April 7-10 on 2,970 people throughout the country.

A huge majority - 89.30% - said they worried about the situation, while 10.70% said otherwise.

Regarding their confidence in government's ability to stem the spread of Covid-19, 58.75% were not confident - 36.09% not quite confident and 22.66% not confident at all. On the other side, 33.07% said they were quite confident and 8.18% very confident.

Asked to outline what worried them the most in this situation, with each respondent allowed to give more than one answer, 87.68% pointed to the government's handling of the problem; 86.71% the work of medical personnel; 85.11% the possibility of being infected; 77.14% their daily expenses; 76.59% their work; 76.32% travel; 74.32% acquisition of items for self-protection such as hand sanitising gel, face masks and tissue papers; 73.23% their debts; and, 71.64% availability of food.

Asked what they wanted the government to do as soon as possible, 87.10% wanted it to limit the Covid-19 spread; 71.38% to take serious control of goods prices; 68.22% to extend testing for infections; 65.49% to reduce water and electricity prices or provide free water and electricity; 63.91% to introduce a debt moratorium for all groups of people; 59.80% to provide money to assist low-income earners; 58.25% to give compensation to the unemployed or people laid off jobs; 45.93% to introduce tax reduction; 44.44% to provide low-interest loans or lower the interest rate; and, 30.88% to ensure effective and transparent administration of all measures taken to tackle the coronavirus-related problems.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand announces another fall - PM praises COVID-19 containment
Post by: thaiga on April 12, 2020, 02:47:48 PM
The number of new COVID-19 cases in Thailand have fallen for a fourth consecutive day reports thaivisa.com
On Sunday, health officials announced 33 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 2,551.

Three new deaths were reported, bringing the total number of fatalities to 38.
Meanwhile, a further 83 people have been discharged having made a full recovery, bringing the total number of people discharged to 1,218.

PM praises COVID-19 containment efforts

(NNT) - The Prime Minister has commended related agencies and staff on their collaborative efforts to lessen the COVID-19 crisis, confirming that there is no need to extend curfew hours.

The Prime Minister and Minister of Defence has addressed the nation in a televised broadcast, highlighting the government's efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.

He said the government has been promoting social distancing practices and encouraging companies to allow employees to work from home, as well as activating a village health volunteer network with some 1 million members assigned to check on local households and villagers in quarantine. The volunteer network is considered an important mechanism in Thailand's robust primary health care system.

The government is working to support medical staff and increase treatment capacity. It has ordered 200,000 more N95 masks for medical staff, which can be disinfected properly under UV-C light and reused four times. 1.5 million surgical masks are being delivered to hospitals across the country daily.

The government has so far imported 187,000 Favipiravir tablets, a medicine found to be effective in treating coronavirus complications, in five batches from China and Japan. The government is targeting the importation of 200,000 more of these tablets, along with preparation of patient beds and other equipment to accommodate patients, both in Bangkok and other provinces.

The Prime Minister has said that inter-provincial travel restrictions and nightly curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. are still in place, with some 6,500 persons found to be violating these regulations by gathering at nighttime despite the prohibition. He has asked the general public to refrain from holding any special events for this year's Songkran festival, in order to stop the ongoing transmission.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 12, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 12, 2020, 03:00:57 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 12, 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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Title: Re: Covid-19: PM warns ignoring safety measures will only delay return to normal
Post by: thaiga on April 12, 2020, 07:37:24 PM
PM warns ignoring safety measures will only delay return to normal life
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha visited state quarantine locations and checkpoints to evaluate the situation during Songkran festival.

The premier attended a briefing in Government House and was informed about improvement in containing Covid-19.

He asked people to not celebrate Songkran festival as usual and expressed his gratitude to the public and the officials for collaboration during the Covid-19 outbreak.

He was also informed about errors in the working process and ordered immediate improvements.

"It would be harder to return to our previous way of life if we do not help each other and don't follow the government's measures. Every single one of our officers is exhausted but has not given up saving people's lives," Prayut said.

He urged everyone to continue living under the strict measures for the sake of public health.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Deadly coronavirus comes in three variants, researchers find
Post by: thaiga on April 13, 2020, 12:57:24 AM
Deadly coronavirus comes in three variants, researchers find
Types A, B and C are all derived from the pathogen first found in bats but have evolved in different ways, according to a report by British and German geneticists.  Findings show the virus has become well adapted to human transmission and mutates as it spreads, Chinese epidemiologist says

Geneticists from Britain and Germany have mapped the evolutionary path of the coronavirus
that causes Covid-19 and determined there are currently three versions of it spreading around the world

The discovery of how the variants were formed and then spread could help scientists to identify its source and explain why it is so contagious.

The researchers analysed the first 160 complete viral genomes sequenced from human patients between December 24 and March 4, then reconstructed the early evolutionary pathway of Covid-19 in humans through its mutations.

"There are too many rapid mutations to neatly trace a Covid-19 family tree. We used a mathematical network algorithm to visualise all the plausible trees simultaneously," said Peter Forster, a geneticist at University of Cambridge and lead author of the study.

"These techniques are mostly known for mapping the movements of prehistoric human populations through DNA. We think this is one of the first times they have been used to trace the infection routes of a coronavirus like Covid-19," he said in a report about the study on the university's website.

The world is under attack from three variants of the deadly coronavirus, according to new research. Photo: EPA-EFEThe world is under attack from three variants of the deadly coronavirus, according to new research. Photo: EPA-EFE
The world is under attack from three variants of the deadly coronavirus, according to new research. Photo: EPA-EFE
Geneticists from Britain and Germany have mapped the evolutionary path of the coronavirus
that causes Covid-19 and determined there are currently three versions of it spreading around the world

The discovery of how the variants were formed and then spread could help scientists to identify its source and explain why it is so contagious.

The researchers analysed the first 160 complete viral genomes sequenced from human patients between December 24 and March 4, then reconstructed the early evolutionary pathway of Covid-19 in humans through its mutations.

"There are too many rapid mutations to neatly trace a Covid-19 family tree. We used a mathematical network algorithm to visualise all the plausible trees simultaneously," said Peter Forster, a geneticist at University of Cambridge and lead author of the study.

"These techniques are mostly known for mapping the movements of prehistoric human populations through DNA. We think this is one of the first times they have been used to trace the infection routes of a coronavirus like Covid-19," he said in a report about the study on the university's website.

The team labelled the three variants A, B and C.
Type A was closest to the coronavirus discovered in bats and although found in Wuhan
– the central China city that was the epicentre of the initial outbreak – was not the primary type there, they said.

Type A was also found in Americans who had lived in Wuhan, and in other patients diagnosed in the United States
and Australia.

The most common variant found in Wuhan was type B, the study said, though this appeared not to have travelled much beyond East Asia before mutating, which the researchers said was probably due to some form of resistance to it outside that region.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: China’s new coronavirus cases rise to near six-week high
Post by: thaiga on April 13, 2020, 02:01:13 PM
China's new coronavirus cases rise to near six-week high, Russian border becomes new battleground

(REUTERS) - China's north-east Heilongjiang province which borders Russia has become the new battleground against the coronavirus as the authorities reported the highest number of new daily cases in nearly six weeks, driven by infected travellers from overseas.

China fears a rise in imported cases could spark a second wave of Covid-19 and push the country back into a state of near paralysis.

A total of 108 new coronavirus cases were reported in mainland China on Sunday (April 12), up from 99 a day earlier and marking the highest number of cases since 143 infections were reported on March 5.

The National Health Commission said 98 of the new cases were imported, a new record.

A total of 49 Chinese nationals who entered Heilongjiang province from Russia tested positive.

"Our little town here, we thought it was the safest place," said a resident of the border city of Suifenhe, who only gave his surname as Zhu. "Some Chinese citizens they want to come back, but it's not very sensible, what are you doing coming here for?"

Though the number of daily infections across China have dropped sharply from the height of the epidemic in February, China has seen the daily toll creep higher after hitting a trough on March 12 because of the rise in imported cases.

Chinese cities near the border with Russia are tightening border controls and imposing stricter quarantines in response to influx of infected patients from the country.

Suifenhe last week announced restrictions on movements and gatherings similar to those imposed in Wuhan city, where the coronavirus outbreak first emerged late last year, and extended the closure of its border with Russia.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: cases in Thailand fall for fifth consecutive day
Post by: thaiga on April 13, 2020, 03:24:00 PM
Number of new COVID-19 cases in Thailand fall for fifth consecutive day

(Reuters) Thailand reports 28 new coronavirus cases, two new deaths on Monday. Of the new cases, 18 are linked to previous cases, 7 without connection to old cases, and 3 are Thai nationals who had traveled to South Sulawesi province, Indonesia for a religious gathering last month.

Majority of the new cases are in the capital Bangkok, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman of the government's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

Since the outbreak escalated in January, Thailand has reported a total of 2,579 cases and 40 fatalities, while 1,288 patients have recovered and gone home.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 13, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 13, 2020, 04:12:13 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 13, 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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Title: Re: Covid-19: Mass-testing not that effective in battle against contagion
Post by: thaiga on April 14, 2020, 01:51:27 PM
Mass-testing not that effective in battle against contagion   nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385921)

Contact tracing has proved to be the most effective in Thailand in the battle against the Covid-19 outbreak, government officials say.

However, due to Thailand's limited resources, it cannot afford mass screening to uncover new infections, Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said on Monday (April 13).

He pointed to the lesson learned from Thailand's top tourist destination Phuket, which got hit by the highest number of infections, 44.03 cases for every 100,000 people, followed by Bangkok at 23.03 and Yala at 15.72.

Of the total 2,579 cases in Thailand as of Monday, 182 are in Phuket alone, compared to 1,306 in Bangkok and 150 in Nonthaburi.

Bangkok's population is 8.281 million versus just 416,582 in Phuket and 254,375 in Nonthaburi.

In Phuket, the first infection was found on January 26 and the numbers have been rising rapidly, leading to a severe lockdown.

In response to criticism about the lack of mass screening, Taweesin cited four hospitals that have conducted tests on fairly large sample groups and found relatively low rate of infections. For instance, Patong Hospital tested 1,712 people and found 19 infections or just 1.11 per cent; Vachira Phuket Hospital tested 763 and found 2 infections or just 0.26 per cent; while Cherngtalay (Thalang) Hospital conducted 103 tests and found 5 infections or 4.85 per cent, which is very large. In comparison, Thalang Hospital tested 337 people and found no infections, he said.

"Judging by these statistics, contact tracing has proved to be the most cost-effective and efficient means of finding infections," he said.

The CCSA has highlighted four key lessons learned from the Covid-19 battle:

1. Those in high-risk contact groups have to be identified, and to ensure this measure is effective, the authorities need to enforce strict screening measures and the police have to step in and identify those evading the process;

2. Those in high-risk contact groups have to be completely isolated;

3. Active hunting for cases has to be applied to communities that have a high rate of infections or when contact tracing cannot be applied to all high-risk people;

4. Mass screening is not cost effective as the rate of infection is not high enough.

In response to criticism that Thailand's number of cases is low because the authorities have been testing far too few people, Taweesin said mass screening is very expensive and does not guarantee success.

Meanwhile, in a separate interview with The Nation, Somchai Jitsuchon, research director at Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), said he agrees that contact tracing is the most effective measure to identify new infections. "But it should be combined with other measures. The best combination varies from place to place and how far the virus has spread," he said.
Title: Re: Covid-19: WHO gives an update on the global coronavirus outbreak (video)
Post by: thaiga on April 14, 2020, 02:02:42 PM
WHO gives an update on the global coronavirus outbreak

Title: Re: Covid-19: Slight increase in cases shows 'we cannot ease restrictions yet'
Post by: thaiga on April 14, 2020, 02:42:36 PM
Slight increase in Covid-19 cases shows 'we cannot ease restrictions yet'

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

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

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

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

The cases can be divided into four groups.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 14, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 14, 2020, 03:39:16 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 14, 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 'Mixed picture' in Europe, vaccine at least 12 months off : WHO
Post by: thaiga on April 14, 2020, 09:48:46 PM
'Mixed picture' in Europe, COVID-19 vaccine at least 12 months off: WHO

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

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

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

"The most important one is, is your transmission controlled?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Trump eyes reopening US economy sparks polemic over 'king' powers
Post by: thaiga on April 15, 2020, 12:54:14 PM
Trump eyes reopening US economy but sparks polemic over 'king' powers
President Donald Trump's plan to reopen the post-pandemic US economy, starting with the unveiling of a new task force Tuesday, was mired in controversy after he was accused of seeking king-like powers.

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

"We don't have King Trump, we have President Trump," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on CNN. full article bangkokpost.com (https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1899710)

Cuomo says if Trump ordered New York to reopen, he 'wouldn't do it'
Title: Re: Covid-19: Trump says WHO funding will be halted (video)
Post by: thaiga on April 15, 2020, 01:08:10 PM
Trump says WHO funding will be halted amid coronavirus pandemic
President Trump said Tuesday that he is instructing his administration to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) during an investigation

Title: Re: Covid-19: Failure: Debunking Trump's Dangerous New Attack
Post by: thaiga on April 15, 2020, 01:20:57 PM
Failure: Debunking Trump's Dangerous New Attack On W.H.O During Pandemic

Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports 30 new coronavirus cases, two new deaths
Post by: thaiga on April 15, 2020, 02:36:04 PM
Thailand reports 30 new coronavirus cases, two new deaths

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 15, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 15, 2020, 02:56:01 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 15, 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Prayut will reconsider lockdown in last week of April
Post by: thaiga on April 15, 2020, 09:46:11 PM
Prayut will reconsider lockdown in last week of April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Restrictions can be lifted, but very gradually, experts say
Post by: thaiga on April 15, 2020, 10:30:50 PM
Restrictions can be lifted, but very gradually, experts say
Experts suggest that restrictions can be eased in some areas, provided it is not done all at once and everywhere.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Govt mulls easing curfew as cases drop
Post by: thaiga on April 16, 2020, 01:03:36 PM
Govt mulls easing curfew as cases drop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Another fall in new COVID-19 cases in Thailand
Post by: thaiga on April 16, 2020, 03:24:47 PM
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The government on Thursday reported 29 new local cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), lifting the total to 2,672, and three new deaths, increasing the toll to 46.

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 16, 2020 Re: Covid-19:
Post by: thaiga on April 16, 2020, 03:30:33 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 16, 2020
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 16, 2020 An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports 28 new coronavirus cases, one more death
Post by: thaiga on April 17, 2020, 02:32:59 PM
Thailand reports 28 new coronavirus cases, one more death

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

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

Since the outbreak escalated in January, Thailand has reported a total of 2,700 cases and 47 fatalities, while 1,689 patients have recovered and gone home.
Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 17, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 17, 2020, 02:56:54 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 17, 2020
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 17, 2020 An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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Title: Re: Covid-19: "New Normal" living amid virus situation is now being drafted
Post by: thaiga on April 17, 2020, 07:45:48 PM
"New Normal" living amid virus situation is now being drafted

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Disease transmission is under control.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advice for operators

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

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

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

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

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

Advice for service recipients

- Wear a cloth mask all the time in the barbershop

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Prayut appeals to the 20 richest Thais for help
Post by: thaiga on April 17, 2020, 10:06:45 PM
Prayut appeals to the 20 richest Thais for help

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand's Covid-19 mortality rate among lowest in the world
Post by: thaiga on April 18, 2020, 12:46:17 PM
Thailand's Covid-19 mortality rate among lowest in the world

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand, hospitals are already reaching capacity
Post by: thaiga on April 18, 2020, 02:33:09 PM
well there's a turn around from what we are led to believe, if the article is correct, The country has just 200 ventilators that can trap air without spreading the virus, and most of them are in use. The three main hospitals in Bangkok specialising in Covid-19 treatment are already full, one of which is Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute. it goes on to say, the beds they provide for coronavirus patients are already full, more than 100 patients a day, we are in trouble

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 33 new cases, no death, total 2,733
Post by: thaiga on April 18, 2020, 02:59:09 PM
33 new cases, no death, total 2,733
65% of all cases recovered

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 18, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 18, 2020, 03:35:46 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 18, 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Government 'not seeking donations' from tycoons
Post by: thaiga on April 19, 2020, 12:53:22 PM
Quote from: thaiga on April 17, 2020, 10:06:45 PM
Prayut appeals to the 20 richest Thais for help
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when will they get the news right ::)

Government 'not seeking donations' from tycoons

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Most people want to be informed daily via TV: poll
Post by: thaiga on April 19, 2020, 12:56:48 PM
Most people want to be informed of Covid-19 daily via TV: Poll

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports 32 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths
Post by: thaiga on April 19, 2020, 02:16:00 PM
Thailand reports 32 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

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

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

No new fatalities were reported. Thailand has had 47 deaths from the coronavirus. REUTERS
Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 19, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 19, 2020, 04:02:18 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 19, 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Daily new cases must fall below 10 to contain Covid-19
Post by: thaiga on April 20, 2020, 01:17:04 PM
Daily new cases must fall below 10 to contain Covid-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Number of Covid-19-free provinces in two weeks increases to 33
Post by: thaiga on April 20, 2020, 01:20:17 PM
Number of Covid-19-free provinces in two weeks increases to 33

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Statement by the Prime Minister on 17 April 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 20, 2020, 02:48:25 PM
Statement by the Prime Minister on 17 April 2020

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

Dear Thai people,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you very much.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline
Post by: thaiga on April 20, 2020, 03:05:05 PM
Number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline

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

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

No new deaths were reported for the third consecutive day.
Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 20, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 20, 2020, 04:56:50 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 20, 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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


Title: Re: Covid-19: Plan to lift some restrictions in 32 provinces considered
Post by: thaiga on April 20, 2020, 10:21:48 PM
Plan to lift some restrictions in 32 provinces considered

The Public Health Ministry has come up with a plan on lifting restrictions on some businesses in 32 provinces, which will be submitted to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for consideration.

Kamnuan Ungchusak, an adviser to the public health minister on the Covid-19 outbreak, said at a meeting with related agencies, it was agreed that the measures should be relaxed slowly so people's lives and businesses can return to normal. However, he said, some measures should remain in place such as screening arrivals from overseas and quarantining them for 14 days.

Also, he said, provinces should keep a close lookout for new infections and monitor crowded areas, while laboratory tests should never be slackened.

"People should also continue wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and refraining from assembly to cut down on the risk of new cases," Kamnuan said.

Meanwhile, there are seven to 10 million people who have lost their jobs and health officials believe that some leniency based on the level of risk in different areas should be granted to businesses. However, some businesses such as entertainment venues, pubs, bars, karaoke clubs, massage parlours and boxing stadiums should remain closed until the outbreak ends.

As of April 14, no new cases were reported in 32 provinces for over two weeks, hence some restrictions will be relaxed in these provinces from May 1, while life in other provinces may return to normal by mid-May.

However, businesses in the the provinces of Bangkok, Chonburi, Nonthaburi, Phuket, Samut Prakan, Pattani and Yala – where new cases are constantly being found – may start operating from the beginning of June.

As for department stores, operators will be required to screen each shopper for temperature, limit the number of shoppers and the time they spend in the store, not allow queues in the toilets, collect customer data and desist from holding sales promotion events.

It is believed that parks will be the first to be reopened, provided people agree to exercise on their own and not in a group. Schools that are planning to reopen in July will have to make plans to adapt to the situation, especially in terms of the space between each student's desk

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Private sector offers ideas lifting restrictions rejigging economy
Post by: thaiga on April 21, 2020, 12:46:56 PM
Private sector offers ideas on lifting restrictions, rejigging economy

After meeting with representatives of the private sector, Tossaporn Sirisamphan, secretary-general of the National Economic and Social Development Board, said it was concluded that measures for economic recovery can be split into three: immediate action; proposals that need relevant government agencies' approval; and long-term measures.

Actions that can immediately be implemented include relief for farmers and employing daily wage earners for more than four hours a day.

Measures that will have to be discussed with relevant government agencies include proposals such as reducing employers' social security contributions from 4 per cent to 1 per cent for 180 days, granting businesses tax benefits for expenses incurred by Covid-19 prevention measures and extending procurement contracts with the government, etc.

Long-term measures include things such as amending the law to support an e-government and establishing a farmer-funded joint venture of Bt50 billion.

Kalasin Sarasin, chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, suggested that provinces and businesses should be split into three types when it comes to lifting restrictions.

For instance, green provinces where no Covid-19 cases have been reported for 14 days should be allowed to open low-risk businesses that do not require contact, such as department stores and restaurants provided social-distancing measures are used. At present there are 32 such provinces.

The same measures can be applied to yellow provinces, where there are not that many Covid-19 cases, though this will be left up to the discretion of the governor.

In red provinces, which have high levels of infection, no businesses should be opened.

He added that restrictions should initially be lifted in just three green provinces (two small provinces and one large province with a big business sector) as a test for two weeks.

If there are no new cases, then the government can consider entering the first phase of lifting restrictions on businesses in green and yellow provinces for one month, to see there are any infections.

The second phase will be opening both green and yellow provinces at the same time for a month to evaluate the infection levels, while the third phase will be opening businesses in all provinces.

However, for businesses to open, operators must follow strict sanitation standards. For instance, customers in shopping malls and restaurants must maintain at least a metre's distance, each mall and eatery must limit the number of visitors allowed in and hand-sanitising gel must be provided at regular intervals. Each customer's temperature must be measured before they enter the area, everyone is required to wear a mask at all times and no activity is allowed.

Businesses failing to follow these requirements will be closed.

Also, at least 50 per cent of people should continue working from home in both private and public agencies.

Prapat Panyachatiraksa, president of the National Farmers Council (NFC), suggested that as a relief measure, the government pay Bt5,000 to each agricultural household for at least three months or until the situation returns to normal because the agricultural sector is also affected by Covid-19. Thailand has some 8 million to 9 million households in the farming sector.

It has also been proposed that the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) and the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry suspend the repayment of loans taken by farmers for at least 12 months.

The government should also open online platforms to help farmers sell their products as well as negotiate an extension of payment period for farmers who have taken loans from private financial institutions.

Financial subsidies for farmers can come from the Bt135 billion that the Finance Ministry has earmarked to help those affected by Covid-19.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Govt mulls easing Covid curbs - curfew likely to be extended
Post by: thaiga on April 21, 2020, 01:30:35 PM
Govt mulls easing Covid curbs
Emergency, curfew likely to be extended

The government will likely extend the emergency decree for another month as it weighs up when to ease the current restrictions and allow some businesses to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

How to proceed was high on the agenda at a meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday, with the current emergency decree set to expire on April 30.

A source at the meeting said that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, as CSSA chairman, expressed concern for people affected by the lockdown, and instructed the Public Health Ministry to liaise with business operators and consider allowing some to reopen, such as markets and department stores, particularly in provinces which remain free of coronavirus infections.

Entertainment venues will remain closed and the nationwide 10pm to 4am curfew is expected to be extended for at least another month, the source said, although Gen Prayut told security officers to allow some additional types of delivery vehicles to operate during the night.

The source also said that the extension of the emergency decree will not be on the agenda of today's cabinet meeting, although National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Somsak Rungsita has said that the NSC will present a proposal for the extension sometime this week.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said on Monday that Gen Prayut had stressed at the meeting the need for weighing up the battle against the virus with the need for businesses to reopen.

"They have to stay in balance, and go along with each other," the spokesman said.

"The government will ease restrictions on businesses reopening only when it does not place people at a higher risk of catching the disease."

The message from the prime minister was that the government would consider measures proposed both by state agencies and the business sector to contain the virus before making a decision, according to Dr Taweesilp.

Dr Taweesilp said provinces with no virus cases were high on the list to be allowed to ease restrictions.

Nine provinces remain free of reported infections -- Ang Thong, Bung Kan, Chai Nat, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, Nan, Ranong, Sing Buri and Trat.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul met with deans of faculties of medicine from various universities to discuss guidelines for easing the lockdown, which will be presented to the CSSA for consideration.

Speaking after the meeting, Dr Kamnuan Ungchusak, an adviser to the public health minister, said that the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trade of Thailand, and the Federation of Thai Industries have agreed that before any businesses will be allowed to reopen, they must be categorised according to the level of risk.

They must also calculate how much space they have and how many customers should be allowed inside to keep possible transmission to a minimum while they must also ensure their premises are well-ventilated, Dr Kamnuan said.

He said that high-risk businesses such as bars, pubs, entertainment venues, and karaoke establishments will remain closed.

Medium-risk businesses, such as barber shops, hair salons, restaurants, food shops, department stores and shopping malls, would be allowed to reopen gradually, though they must not hold sales which draw large numbers of customers and record entry and exit information to track customers, Dr Kamnuan said.

He said that it was also agreed at the meeting that a nationwide real-time monitoring system should be implemented to provide people with updates on local transmissions.

If these guidelines are followed, pro­vinces which have no new infections may be allowed to reopen first, Dr Kamnuan said, adding that a total of 32 provinces have not reported any new infections over the past 14 days.

Restrictions would also be eased in provinces which remain free of infections until the end of this month, as well as another 38 provinces that have only had sporadic infections, he said.

However, Dr Thira Woratanarat, a health expert at Chulalongkorn University's faculty of medicine, on Monday issued an open letter asking Gen Prayut to think carefully.

"Restrictions should be eased only when we are actually ready. If the transmission comes back in a second wave as in Japan and Singapore, controlling the virus will be twice as hard," he wrote.

Also on Monday, a government source disclosed details of the message Gen Prayut sent to 20 wealthy businessmen in which he requested their assistance with projects to help vulnerable people affected by the outbreak.

The source told the Bangkok Post that the prime minister would definitely not be asking for direct financial contributions.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 21, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 21, 2020, 04:08:09 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 21, 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

New cases =19, deaths = 1, total cases = 2,811, total deaths = 48, and total cured = 2,108
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has extended the ban on the sale of alcohol, from 20 April until the end of the month

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Title: Re: Covid-19: PM puts decision on lockdown off by a week
Post by: thaiga on April 21, 2020, 08:57:43 PM
PM puts decision on lockdown off by a week
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday (April 21) that he will decide in a week's time whether the state of emergency should be extended beyond April 30.
He added that people's collaboration in curbing the infections and updated information from the Public Health Ministry will be key to his decision.

Though the situation appears to be improving, he said he does not want to lift the restrictions in a rush. He added that he will not be pressured into anything and will instead rely on medical information and on whether the country prepared to handle the situation after restrictions are lifted.

He said that if things get worse after the easing of restrictions, all the good work in curbing the contagion will be a waste of time. The prime minister also called on business operators to propose measures they will take after the lockdown is relaxed.

Businesses are hoping that the government will ease some restrictions this week to give them some breathing space after it has been hit badly by the Covid-19 outbreak.

The government put the country under a state of emergency from March 26 to April 30 and imposed a 10pm to 4am curfew on April 3 until further notice.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Humans to blame for spread of coronavirus and other 'zoonoses'
Post by: thaiga on April 22, 2020, 01:51:49 PM
Humans to blame for spread of coronavirus and other 'zoonoses'
Whether it came from a bat or a pangolin is not certain, but one thing is: the coronavirus outbreak that has killed tens of thousands and turned the world upside down comes from the animal world. It is human activity that enabled the virus to jump to people, and specialists are warning that if nothing changes many other pandemics of this nature will follow. The name given to diseases transmitted from animals to humans is "zoonoses", based on the Greek words for "animal" and "sickness".

They are not new -- tuberculosis, rabies, toxoplasmosis, malaria, to name just a few, are all zoonoses.  full article bangkokpost.com (https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1904370)

Somewhere in China, perhaps in the southern Yunnan province, there's a cave that may hold the mysterious origins of the deadly coronavirus that's infected thousands, cut off millions of Chinese from their jobs and families and wreaked havoc in global financial markets.

Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 22, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 22, 2020, 03:27:36 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 22, 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

Thailand has the lowest number of new cases in this month. Korat no new cases within 14 days
New cases = 15, deaths = 1, total cases = 2,826 total deaths = 49, and total cured = 2,352 - While working at home, it's essential to keep physical distancing, separate the garbage, wear masks, and take hygienic measures with contaminated masks.- Regarding automatic visa extension, the Cabinet has approved the second visa extension for temporary stay in Thailand.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand logs 13 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death
Post by: thaiga on April 23, 2020, 02:07:15 PM
Thailand logs 13 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death Thursday
The government on Thursday reported 13 new coronavirus (Covid-19) patients, raising the total to 2,839, and one more death, bringing the accumulated toll to 50.  The tally of new cases is two than the 15 recorded on Wednesday.  It is the lowest since March 14, and marks the fifth consecutive day of declines. Because of limited testing, however, the actual number of infections is believed to be higher. bangkokpost.com (https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1905985/thailand-logs-13-new-covid-19-cases-1-more-death-thursday)

What the coronavirus looks like up close
Title: Re: Covid-19: hope for the day
Post by: thaiga on April 23, 2020, 02:15:43 PM
Hope for the day
A one-month-old Thai baby, the country's youngest coronavirus patient, has successfully recovered from the illness  facebook.com (https://www.facebook.com/dawndotcom/photos/a.250924510441/10163579762725442/?type=3&theater)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 23, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 23, 2020, 05:52:12 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 23, 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

New cases = 13, deaths = 1, total cases = 2,839, total deaths = 50, and total cured = 2,430

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Why are the numbers here in Thailand so low
Post by: thaiga on April 24, 2020, 01:11:48 PM
Quote from: thaiga on April 23, 2020, 02:07:15 PMThailand logs 13 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death Thursday
It is the lowest since March 14, and marks the fifth consecutive day of declines. Because of limited testing, however, the actual number of infections is believed to be higher. bangkokpost.com (https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1905985/thailand-logs-13-new-covid-19-cases-1-more-death-thursday)

Why are the numbers here in Thailand so low, because of the above statment or is it the heat killing off the virus. I would like to think it was the heat, as the Vitamin D3 absorbed through the skin by sunlight just might fortifie the immune system. the daily sunshine, might be enough to keep the body levels high. with the high humidity, the drops might fall to the ground and not be absorbed.

I know lets ask TRUMP he will know  ::) After U.S. government researchers determined that the coronavirus loses potency when temperatures and humidity rise, Trump threw out the idea for medical doctors to see if there's any way that you can apply light and heat to a cure
Title: Re: Covid-19: 15 new Covid-19 cases
Post by: thaiga on April 24, 2020, 02:44:12 PM
15 new Covid-19 cases close to Thursday's lowest number in a month

Thailand continued to make gains in containing the Covid-19 outbreak with 15 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period and no death, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Friday (April 24).

He said Friday's number was close to Thursday's 13 -- the least number of new cases in a month since the peak of 188 on March 22.

The number of fatalities remained at 50, while 2,490 patients have recovered and returned to their homes and 314 are undergoing treatment in hospitals. Cumulative cases since the outbreak reached 2,854.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Daily Briefing: April 24, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 24, 2020, 03:52:36 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 24, 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

New cases = 15, deaths = 0, total cases = 2,854, and total cured = 2,490 - People around the world are at risk from the second wave of the disease. We should do everything we can to prevent it from happening. - 10 provinces in Thailand have had no reports of new cases for 28 days.

The Government hasn't decided to lift the curfew by the end of this month yet. The decision to update, extend, or relax the existing measures will be considered based on the current situation and will have to be approved by the Cabinet.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Nakhon Ratchasima lowers Covid guard
Post by: thaiga on April 24, 2020, 04:08:09 PM
Nakhon Ratchasima lowers Covid guard

Provincial authorities have reduced the number of curfew checkpoints on the roads because it has been more than two weeks since the last Covid-19 infection was detected in the province.

Governor Vichien Chantaranothai said on Friday that it was 16 days since the last coronavirus case was reported.

The government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration allowed provinces to ease some disease control measures after at least 14 days had lapsed without a new infection.

Therefore, the province was cutting the number of curfew checkpoints from 53 to 25, to make it easier for people who were allowed to travel between the 10pm-4am curfew.

The number of health screening checkpoints was also reduced, from five to two - in Pak Chong and Wang Nam Khieo districts. Community-based checkpoints were partially closed to allow local administrators to focus on the quarantine of people arriving back from other provinces.

The relaxation started on Thursday. Local authorities would wait for the government's instructions on other key restrictions - such as those on fresh markets, barbers and hairdressers, and bus terminals, Mr Vichien said.

Nakhon Ratchasima accumulated 18 cases of Covid-19 infection, and 12 patients had so far fully recovered and been discharged from hospitals, he said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Govt can consider reopening some virus free districts, says expert
Post by: thaiga on April 24, 2020, 10:02:42 PM
Govt can consider reopening some virus free districts, says expert
Dr Chalermchai Boonyaleepun, vice president of the Public Health Committee, said on Friday (April 24) that the government should consider lifting restrictions in some districts that have been free of new Covid-19 infections for the past 28 days.

However, he said, before easing any lockdown measures, the government should ensure that there will not be a spike in new infections.

"Meanwhile, all sectors will still have to follow preventive measures such as maintaining social distances, wearing masks, refraining from gatherings and washing hands regularly," he said.

"If the number of Covid-19 patients is likely to increase, then the government must put in place even stricter measures."

He said that if reopening some districts was far too risky, then the government can consider easing restrictions on some activities that pose a low risk of infection.

"The government should also issue additional measures to mitigate risks, such as screening people constantly," he said.

He added that people's behaviour will have to be changed in the long-term because this disease may last for at least one year if not up to five years.

"This outbreak has had and will have an effect on people's daily lives. If, for example, it is found later that the virus can be transmitted in the space of four metres, then people will have to maintain a distance of at least four metres from each other.

"This new normal will hit all aspects of life, including economy, health, culture and even the very philosophy of life."

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 53 new Covid-19 cases highest in weeks
Post by: thaiga on April 25, 2020, 02:42:34 PM
53 new Covid-19 cases highest in weeks

Thailand saw a sudden spurt in Covid-19 patients with 53 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period, and one death, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Saturday.

The number was the highest since April 9 when there were 54 new cases.

The total number of Covid-19 patients rose to 2,907.

Of the total, 2,547 have recovered while there have been 51 fatalities.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 25, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 25, 2020, 03:57:59 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 25, 2020
25 April 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

New cases = 53, deaths = 1, total cases = 2,904, total deaths = 51, and total cured = 2,547

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Daily Briefing: April 26, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 26, 2020, 03:42:31 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 26, 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government

New cases = 15, deaths = 0, total cases = 2,922, and total cured = 2,594

Title: Re: Covid-19: Billionaires dip into deep pockets to fight Covid-19
Post by: thaiga on April 27, 2020, 01:12:20 PM
Billionaires dip into deep pockets to fight Covid-19
As Covid-19 infections and fatalities continue to rise across the world, many billionaires are stepping up to help ease the blow for the poorest people while also fighting back against the deadly disease.

Contributions by moguls – many of them among the world's richest – range from supporting their employees and helping the vulnerable, to procuring medical equipment for hospitals and funding vaccine research.

In Thailand, wealthy tycoons have joined their fellow citizens in donating to people worst-hit by the temporary closure of businesses to curb the spread of the virus.

Charoen Pokphand Group patriarch Dhanin Chearavanont, Thailand's richest man with a net worth of US$14.1 billion (456.8 billion baht), has spent Bt100 million of that money to build a factory making 100,000 free surgical masks per day for healthcare workers. Several of Dhanin's wealthy peers have also donated expensive medical equipment for the treatment of Covid-19 patients, particularly ventilators and negative pressure isolation rooms.

While generous billionaires in other countries have followed suit by directing help towards their own compatriots, some of the world's wealthiest tycoons are looking beyond their countries' borders and fighting Covid-19 on an international scale.

American billionaire Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, announced in early April that he would donate $100 million (3.2 billion baht) to Feeding America, a national non-profit network of food banks and soup kitchens.

Founder and CEO of online retail giant Amazon, Bezos tops the global rich list with a net worth of $140 billion (4.5 trillion baht). His company Amazon has also created a $5-million relief fund for small businesses and contributed $2 million to efforts to help those worst-affected by the pandemic.

Microsoft co-founder and noted philanthropist Bill Gates, through the foundation named after him and his wife Melinda, has committed $255 million (8.26 billion baht) to aid global detection, isolation and treatment of Covid-19, with a large portion of the pledge going toward developing vaccines.

"Covid-19 doesn't obey border laws," the multibillionaire said. "Even if most countries succeed in slowing the disease over the next few months, the virus could return if the pandemic remains severe enough elsewhere".

Bill Gates – with a net worth of $99.5 billion (3.2 trillion baht) and the world's second richest man – called for "an unprecedented level of international funding and cooperation" to tackle the pandemic.

"The world community must understand that so long as Covid-19 is somewhere, we need to act as if it were everywhere," he said.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma, China's richest man, has pledged $14 million to help develop a Covid-19 vaccine. He has sent large amounts of medical supplies and testing kits to the United States, Italy and several other countries across Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Through his foundation, Ma – the world's 18th wealthiest individual with a net worth of $43.8 billion (1.4 trillion baht) – also donated hundreds of ventilators to the US state of New York for use in its hospitals.

As well as their money, wealthy entrepreneurs and business executives are also furnishing advice on how to deal with the economic fallout of the Covid-19 crisis. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha famously sought the counsel of Thailand's richest people, but he is not alone in tapping the wisdom of tycoons.

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump set up an economic revival council that features several American billionaires, including Amazon's Bezos, Oracle co-founder and chairman Larry Ellison, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, and Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Dubbed the Great American Economic Revival, the council of some 200 business leaders will provide the White House with advice on how to get the US back on track after an unprecedented shutdown. The White House said the council will meet in videoconferences to discuss ideas for kick-starting the stalled economy.

Sustained damage

The virus crisis has left 26 million Americans without jobs and applying for unemployment benefits, countless firms out of business, and many local governments bracing for billions of dollars in lost tax revenues.

The damage to Thailand's economy from Covid-19 is estimated at1.3 trillion baht, with as many as 10 million people set to lose their jobs if the pandemic lingers for the next few months.

PM Prayut recently wrote an open letter to the Kingdom's 20 richest individuals, asking for their "input and ideas" on lifting Thailand out of its worst crisis in generations. Critics were quick to claim that government was "begging the rich for their money", but Thai billionaires were eager to extend their help in other ways.

Germany-born B Grimm chairman and owner Harald Link, who ranks 12th among Thailand's wealthiest with $2.5 billion (81 billion baht), said he was "very happy and very excited" to get the prime minister's letter. He said B Grimm, which has donated more than 46 million baht to fighting the outbreak's impact, was "pleased and prepared" to join the government-led fight against Covid-19.

Muangthai Capital chairman Chuchat Petaumpai, the country's 10th richest with $3.1 billion (100 billion baht), said he was "pleased and ready to fully help".

His nano-financing company has set aside 110 million baht in aid, donating 200,000 relief kits for the jobless and 50 million baht to buy equipment for hospitals. Also, the billionaire said, the company's more than 400 branches all over the country would serve as outlets for distribution of relief to the needy.


Meanwhile, Dr Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, who owns Bangkok Airways and Bangkok Dusit Medical Services, is looking beyond the Covid-19 crisis. He has promised to spend 100 million baht digging ponds and artesian wells in Sukhothai province to help people fight drought after the pandemic.

"For Thailand, the next problem will be water shortage. So, I want to help the government in this matter," said Prasert, who ranks 11th among the wealthiest Thais with a net worth of $2.7 billion (87.5 billion baht).

Jintana Panyaarvudh

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Five realities of the post-Covid-19 'new normal'
Post by: thaiga on April 27, 2020, 01:27:54 PM
Five realities of the post-Covid-19 'new normal'

Looking at the "new normal" from a business perspective, it is self-evident that companies will have to adjust according to changing buyer behaviour that was forced by the Covid-19 outbreak. Overall, five changes loom after the pandemic is tamed.

The measures and ideas to prevent and cope with this pandemic will change customer behaviour during and after the epidemic, which is called the "new normal". It could be summarised into five new realities:

1. The world will be driven by technology, which will destroy or disrupt the old business model and traditional businesses that are unable to adapt to the changing behaviours of consumers, such as online teaching. Human labour will be replaced by more technology, and robots will directly affect labour and players in various industries. It is a catalyst for those businesses to adapt to the fast-paced world.

The number of workers will be reduced, aside from people being replaced by technology. When various businesses will survive this crisis, the "work from home" experiment would let employers know how many employees they really need.

2. Online trading will grow enormously as the crisis has forced consumers to change their familiar shopping habits, which will eventually become familiar and become a new normal. Technology will directly connect the manufacturer with the end-user -- the same as the from-farm-to-table concept. Middlemen will be reduced to an important role but the online marketing and delivery platforms will grow, such as posting info about products on various member groups such as Line or Facebook platform.

In the short term, before supply is balanced with new demand, perishable products such as meat, vegetables, and fruits will be reduced or processed to preserve the value and extend their life. Consumers will have more power to buy things because manufacturers need to adjust, such as delivering products to the home. Processed products or supplies will be worth buying.

3. Customers will think closely before buying goods and services because of the fragile economy and the crisis that makes us know what is necessary for life and what is superfluous. Shopping for reasons will be more popular than emotions, such as buying residences that are useful more than beautiful and costing exorbitant prices. Spending on luxury goods and services will be reduced and converted into savings, with reduced spending on expensive jewellery, restaurants and cafes.

The tourism industry and related services will be directly affected as these costs will be cut first, due to the difficult economic conditions. But businesses that can create a new image for products or services that focus on value for money can still survive.

4. An aseptic society will be a public concept with guidelines. There will be measures to prevent and detect germs to prevent the outbreak of other diseases in the future, such as campaigns for cleanliness and hygiene in public or travelling by public and international transportation. Cleaning and sanitising of public places will be more common. Public gatherings such as concerts will have new public health measures to support.

5. Service activities will be more private, such as massage, beauty, see a doctor or receiving medication online by scheduling appointments to prevent unnecessary integration. Aside from being a valuable thing, the risks of integration are reduced by the use of modern technology.

The business will change according to the changing buyer behaviour. After being accustomed and forced to adapt to the outbreak of this virus, it is the "New Normal" that will allow those who are ready to accept this change.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand logs 9 new Covid cases, 1 new death Monday
Post by: thaiga on April 27, 2020, 03:01:46 PM
Thailand logs 9 new Covid cases, 1 new death Monday the bangkokpost reports
It was the first single-digit rise since March 14.

Hmmm! Since testing has been limited, the actual number of infections may be much higher.

Title: Re: Covid-19: State of Emergency likely to be extended for one more month
Post by: thaiga on April 27, 2020, 03:31:48 PM
State of Emergency likely to be extended for one more month
The government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reportedly resolved today that the state of emergency should be extended for another month after it was to expire on April 30. The resolution is in line with recommendations from national security officials and the Public Health Ministry.

The centre also reportedly resolved to postpone all May holidays, while some restrictions on businesses will be relaxed.

The government clamped the state of emergency on March 26 until April 30 and imposed a 10pm to 4am curfew on April 3.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Emergency decree extended
Post by: thaiga on April 27, 2020, 03:49:02 PM
Quote from: thaiga on April 27, 2020, 03:31:48 PM
State of Emergency likely to be extended for one more month

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Emergency decree extended

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday decided to extend the Emergency Decree for another month after it expires on April 30.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said on Monday the decree will be extended to the end of May.

The reason is concern about the return of the virus, with the centre still battling to stop it spreading any further.

The decision means the night curfew from 10pm-4am will continue, no social gatherings allowed and only limited inter-provincial travel, among other restrictions, Dr Taweesilp said.

The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and brought together all agencies to discuss the impact of the decree.

The National Security Council told the meeting that it surveyed public opinion, and it favoured the extension of the decree, Dr Taweelsilp said. He gave no other details of the survey.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Daily Briefing: April 27, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 27, 2020, 06:46:20 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 27, 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. thanks to Mr. Natapanu Nopakun

Thailand has the lowest number of new cases in this month.  New cases = 9, deaths = 1, total cases = 2,931 total deaths = 52, and total cured = 2,609

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Option of lifting some restrictions considered
Post by: thaiga on April 27, 2020, 07:07:35 PM
Option of lifting some restrictions considered
The authorities are mulling the option of relaxing some restrictions for certain businesses, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Monday (April 27).

The relaxation of the measures will be divided into four levels, 25 percent to 100 percent, with the situation reviewed every 14 days. For instance, if 100 percent of the restrictions are lifted in an area and new confirmed cases are found within 14 days, the restrictions will return.

Also, even if the restrictions are completely lifted, four measures will still be in place: control on international arrivals; 10pm to 4am curfew; ban or restricted interprovincial travel; and prohibition on social gatherings.

The Public Health Ministry, meanwhile, has come up with three scenarios:

1. Best: Where strict control on transportation is applied and new infections maintained at between 15 and 30 daily (current stage);

2. Controlled: Low-risk businesses are allowed to reopen and some international travel allowed, resulting in 40 to 70 new infections daily (bringing the total confirmed cases to around 4,661 in June which is acceptable);

3. Outbreak: No measures in place for both domestic and international travel resulting in uncontrolled transmissions with 500 to 2,000 new cases found daily (bringing the total number of confirmed cases to around 45,596 by June or July).

Separately, the private sector has suggested that business should be assessed and split into four levels depending on the risk, namely white, green, yellow and red. They also suggested that 50-per-cent of employees should be allowed to return to office while the rest should continue working from home.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: WHO chief says pandemic ‘far from over’
Post by: thaiga on April 28, 2020, 01:46:00 PM
WHO chief says pandemic 'far from over', worried about children  video below

(Reuters) – The coronavirus pandemic is "far from over" and is still disrupting normal health services, especially life-saving immunisation for children in the poorest countries, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

The U.N. agency is concerned about rising numbers of cases and deaths in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and some Asian countries, even as the numbers flatten or decline in some wealthier nations.

"We have a long road ahead of us and a lot of work to do," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference in Geneva, adding that a second wave of infections could be prevented with the right actions.

The novel coronavirus, which emerged late last year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has alrady infected 2.97 million and claimed 205,948 lives, according to the latest Reuters tally.

Tedros expressed concern that the health of children was being threatened by the impact of the coronavirus emergency on vaccination programmes for other diseases.

"Children may be at relatively low risk from severe disease and death from COVID-19 – the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus – but can be at high risk from other diseases that can be prevented with vaccines," said Tedros.

Some 13 million people have been affected worldwide by delays in regular immunisations against diseases including polio, measles, cholera, yellow fever and meningitis, he said.

Shortages of vaccines against other diseases are being reported in 21 countries as a result of border restrictions and disruptions to travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Tedros said, citing the GAVI global vaccine alliance.

"The number of malaria cases in sub-Saharan Africa could double," he said, referring to the potential impact of COVID-19 on regular malaria services. "That doesn't have to happen, we are working with countries to support them."

WHO's top emergencies expert Dr. Mike Ryan, asked about some U.S. states lifting restrictions despite a lack of contact-tracing and the government's handling of the crisis, said the United States seemed to have a "very clearly laid-out", science-based federal plan for fighting its coronavirus epidemic.

"The federal government and the system of governors are working together to move America and its people through this very difficult situation," Ryan said.

But the federal system linking 50 states made the situation "complex", he added.

Ryan also repeated an earlier WHO warning against easing restrictions too soon.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand logs 7 new Covid cases, 2 deaths
Post by: thaiga on April 28, 2020, 02:13:29 PM
The government on Tuesday reported seven new coronavirus cases and two additional deaths, bringing the total in Thailand to 2,938 infected and 54 deceased.

The number of confirmed new infections marks the second consecutive day of single-digit increases after the nine new cases recorded on Monday.

Since testing has been limited, the actual number of infections may be much higher. reports the  bangkokpost

Title: Re: Covid-19: Daily Briefing: April 28, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 28, 2020, 03:54:02 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 28, 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

Thailand has the lowest number of new cases in this month. New cases = 7, deaths = 2, total cases = 2,938 total deaths = 54, and total cured = 2,652
- Extension of a temporary ban on all international flights to Thailand until 31 May 2020 thanks to Mr. Natapanu Nopakun

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand reported on Wednesday nine new infections but no deaths
Post by: thaiga on April 29, 2020, 02:58:52 PM
(Reuters) - Thailand reported on Wednesday nine new coronavirus infections but no deaths, taking to 2,947 cases and 54 deaths its tally since the outbreak began in January.

It was the third day that new infections stayed in the single digits, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman of the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.
Title: Re: Covid-19: Daily Briefing: April 29, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 29, 2020, 03:23:53 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 29, 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

New cases = 9, deaths = 0, total cases = 2,947 total deaths = 54, and total cured = 2,665 - The Cabinet did not cancel four public holidays in May – Labor Day on 1 May, Coronation Day on 4 May, Visakha Puja Day (Day of Vesak) on 6 May, and Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day on 11 May.
thanks to Mr. Natapanu Nopakun

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Title: Re: Covid-19: PM issues plea for 'patience'
Post by: thaiga on April 29, 2020, 04:48:11 PM
PM issues plea for 'patience'
Emergency 'needed to flatten virus curve'

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged people and business operators to be patient for a little longer as the government has decided to extend the state of emergency for another month in its continued efforts to flatten the Covid-19 infection curve.

"I realise that everyone, including low-income earners, farmers and those with independent careers, is experiencing hard times. The government will take good care of you with existing budgets and an executive decree on borrowing, the details of which will come out later."

"I would like business operators to be patient a little bit longer. I also share your pain," the prime minister said after a cabinet meeting which approved the extension on Tuesday.

Gen Prayut, who is also chief of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), gave assurances that the government will take great care of people affected by the economic slowdown caused by Covid-19.

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"When it is time to lift the lockdown, I will let you know. Don't make too many demands... We still have to watch out for a resurgence in infections," Gen Prayut said.

The cabinet on Tuesday officially extended the state of emergency to control the coronavirus for another month to May 31, maintained the curfew and set guidelines for easing the lockdown of businesses.

Issued on March 26, the decree which led to the lockdown, curfew and other restrictions will expire tomorrow.

Government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said the cabinet agreed with the proposal from the National Security Council that the state of emergency be extended from May 1 to 31.

The cabinet also decided to maintain disease control measures. Inbound traffic by land, water and air into Thailand will remain heavily restricted. Inbound flights will be banned for another month from May 1 to 31.

The curfew will remain in place from 10pm to 4am. Unnecessary inter-provincial travel must be cancelled or postponed.

People will be prohibited from entering crowded areas for activities that facilitate the spread of the virus. Provincial governors will set their own restrictions accordingly.

The cabinet also ordered the Foreign Affairs Ministry to quickly determine the exact number of Thais stranded in other countries who want to return home, and coordinate with the CCSA to prepare to handle them and place them in quarantine.

Regarding the relaxation of restrictions, the cabinet resolved that public health be the main determining factor.

Control measures can be eased for activities that are necessary to support life, but disease prevention protocols must be implemented strictly, according to the cabinet.

If disease control measures are effective, there will be further relaxation, but if they are violated or the spread of Covid-19 worsens, the easing of restrictions will be terminated right away, Ms Narumon said.

As measures are relaxed, Covid-19 testing will be accelerated, especially among at-risk groups of people including service providers and migrant workers.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration plans to reopen restaurants, markets, exercise venues, parks, hairdressers, clinics, animal hospitals and grooming parlours, golf courses and driving ranges.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said on Tuesday the city's current lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 was set to expire at midnight on Friday.

The BMA had informed the government of its plan to reopen venues in eight categories, with strict conditions.

Among the venues that would be allowed to reopened are restaurants which would have to seat customers 1.5 metres apart, comply with opening hours as restricted by the emergency decree, and not sell alcoholic beverages, Pol Gen Aswin said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Lockdown eased, country closed to foreign tourists another month
Post by: thaiga on April 30, 2020, 01:34:02 PM
Lockdown eased, but country remains closed to foreign tourists for another month
Though Thailand will allow some businesses to reopen from Friday (May 1), the country is still not ready to welcome foreign tourists, say government officials. Tourists would find it difficult to enter the country anyway, since incoming flights are banned until the end of May, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said on Wednesday (April 29).

He was responding to news reports that Chinese tourists have expressed a desire to visit Thailand next month. Last year the number of Chinese visitors rose 4.4 per cent to 10.99 million, out of a total 39.7 million tourist arrivals in Thailand, up 4.2 per cent.

Thailand will prioritise public health followed by economic matters, said Taweesin, adding that the CCSA will announce categories of businesses that can resume operations before Friday (May 1).

Disease prevention guidelines for both businesses and customers will also be announced in the few days, he said.

Social distancing and wearing of face masks would continue, he added.

"We want to keep new daily confirmed cases in single digits for as long as possible, till the spread of the virus outside Thailand starts falling," he said.

The Kingdom's daily total of new cases has fallen below 10 for three consecutive days. Monday was the first time the case count dropped into single digits at 9 – the lowest since the peak of 188 on March 22 –while Tuesday saw 7 new cases followed by 9 on Wednesday (April 29).

Taweesin also said Thailand should learn lessons from other countries which had eased lockdown restrictions too early and then experienced a second wave of contagion.

Economists project the Thai economy this year will be hit hard by the pandemic, with the Bank of Thailand forecasting a 5.3 per cent drop in GDP. Supavud Saicheua, adviser to Kiatnakin Financial Group, meanwhile predicts an economic contraction of much as 10 percent.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 7 new Covid-19 cases, no new deaths
Post by: thaiga on April 30, 2020, 03:46:42 PM
7 new Covid-19 cases, no new deaths - It was the fourth day in a row were fewer than 10 new cases - Thailand 59th in the global ranking of countries by the number of Covid-19 cases. reports the bangkokpost
Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 30, 2020
Post by: thaiga on April 30, 2020, 03:58:08 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 30, 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

The ban on alcohol sales is continuing until further notice.

The "White Group" of businesses and venues, or low-risk and essential services, will be allowed to open from 3 May. They have to strictly follow the general safety principles. thanks to Mr. Natapanu Nopakun

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Nakhon Ratchasima bans labourers from travelling outside province
Post by: thaiga on April 30, 2020, 08:56:53 PM
Nakhon Ratchasima bans labourers from travelling outside province

Nakhon Ratchasima has tightened its lockdown by banning factory and other workers from travelling outside the province.

The provincial communicable disease committee announced on Wednesday (April 29) that labourers must refrain from travelling until the Covid-19 outbreak is resolved.

Workers who have to leave the northeastern province must first get permission from their factory.

On their return, they must inform public health officials and undergo 14-day quarantine.

Meanwhile, labourers and factory operators have been ordered to comply strictly with any instructions from public health official.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand logs 6 new Covid cases, no deaths
Post by: thaiga on May 01, 2020, 02:01:55 PM
Thailand logs 6 new Covid cases, no deaths Friday - The government on Friday reported six new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 2,960 across Thailand. No additional deaths were recorded, leaving the toll at 54.

New daily infections have stayed in the single digits for five consecutive days. The six cases also marked the fewest new daily infections since early March.

One of the new cases was in Bangkok, and the other five in the southern province of Yala. bangkokpost.com
Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 1 May 2020
Post by: thaiga on May 01, 2020, 03:23:06 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 1 May 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

26 provinces in Thailand have had no reports of new cases for 28 days

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thais not afraid of Covid-19 - they were afraid of not going out
Post by: thaiga on May 02, 2020, 02:05:55 PM
The mgronline.com (https://mgronline.com/local/detail/9630000045806) & thaivisa (https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1162388-covid-19-thais-returning-to-provinces-for-long-weekend-ignore-governments-restrictions/page/2/#comments) are reporting Thais returning to provinces for long weekend ignore government's restrictions and ignoring government pleas to stay home. yesterday they reported tailbacks to holiday places and beaches and crowds gathering at beaches ignoring social distancing rules. Krating Lai beach near Pattaya was packed with people collecting shellfish. The beach is supposed to be closed. The Bang Saen was also crowded

but as The rules change that often maybe they are not sure, well we will soon findout if the number start to rise, we know why. i read the rules are - anyone coming from Greater Bangkok & other covid hit areas must report to health officials within 24hrs then do 14 day home quarantine.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 2 May 2020
Post by: thaiga on May 02, 2020, 03:10:46 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 2 May 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

Thailand reports 6 new cases and another day day of zero deaths which is great news!! This raises the total to 2,966 cases since the outbreak began and a total of 54 fatalities sadly. 13 more people have recovered in the last 24 hours nationwide making a total of 2,732 discharged to date, with 180 patients currently in hospital with the disease.    Thanks to Mr. Natapanu Nopakun

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Korat imposes quarantine on people from 10 provinces
Post by: thaiga on May 02, 2020, 06:27:52 PM
Korat imposes quarantine on people from 10 provinces    bangkokpost.com (https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1911580)

At least one province, Nakhon Ratchasima, has required that people from 10 provinces with the most coronavirus cases who plans to stay in the province enter 14-day quarantine.

The communicable disease panel of the province issued the announcement on Saturday as people have been heading upcountry during the long holidays from Friday. It was signed by governor Vichian Chandaranothai, as chair of the committee.

The people planing to stay in the province, whether they are visitors or returnees, must report within 24 hours to village health volunteers responsible for the area where they will stay.

The 10 provinces subjected to the new rule are those with the most cumulative virus cases as of Saturday: Bangkok, Phuket, Nonthaburi, Yala, Samut Prakan, Chon Buri, Pattani, Songkhla, Chiang Mai and Pathum Thani.

Health officials will advise those who come from other provinces will give advice on what they should do and put them under observation by taking into account social distancing.

If there is a need to quarantine them, they can do so immediately. Violators will face legal action.

The announcement issued under the emergency decree on Friday evening and coming into effect on Sunday urged people not to travel to other provinces or delay their trips unless in cases of emergencies. If they travel, they have to give officials evidence of their business and undergo health and screening measures.

A van is stopped for fever screening of its passengers at a checkpoint on Mitrapharb Highway to Nakhon Ratchasima on Saturday. (Photo from ถนนมิตรภาพ-รถติดบอกด้วย Facebook)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports three new coronavirus cases
Post by: thaiga on May 03, 2020, 02:20:31 PM
(Reuters) - Thailand reported three new coronavirus cases and no new deaths on Sunday, as the country started lifting restrictions on some businesses and aspects of life.
Title: Re: Covid-19: People told avoid travelling to other provincess unless essential
Post by: thaiga on May 03, 2020, 02:48:08 PM
To late - the escape is well and truly underway - what with allowing this long weekend hoiday - lifting the alcohol ban - well lets wait and see if the infections rise or not - you can understand the people, some whole families cramped inside one room or a flat, is depressing to say the least and of course some missing their families. looking around other countries the thai government hasn't done a bad job. people travelling to their homes will have no reason to go back if they no longer have a job to go to, also it will be cheaper to have them home. was this the plan. ;)

People told to avoid travelling to other provincess unless essential  nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30387179?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral)

The government has urged people to refrain from inter-provincial travel except for necessary cases, according to a notification in the Royal Gazette published on May 1 but effective from May 3.

In essential cases, they have to show evidence of the need and be screened for Covid-19.

The gazette also bans mass gathering such as seminars, meetings and food giving. It has also authorised governors to close risky venues, such as pubs, bars, movie theatres, playgrounds, water theme parks, zoos, skate rinks as well as department stores.

The moves are in line with the government extension of the state emergency to May 31 from April 30.


Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 3 May 2020
Post by: thaiga on May 03, 2020, 03:44:44 PM
report from the Irish Community Thailand - 7 more people have recovered in the last 24 hours nationwide making a total of 2,739 discharged to date, with 176 patients currently in hospital with the disease.

Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 3 May 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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Title: Re: Covid-19: Bangkok extends closure of 34 risky locations
Post by: thaiga on May 03, 2020, 06:28:01 PM
does this indicate that something is not quite right - if the virus is under control - is it a u turn - although most of these make sense to remain closed for a while longer. O.M.G. the amulet shop is on the list ;)

Bangkok extends closure of 34 risky locations until May 31
Bangkok Governor Aswin Khwanmuang signed an order on Sunday (May 3) for temporary closure of 34 locations that pose a risk for Covid-19 infection until May 31.

The 34 locations are:

1. Theatre, cinema, playhouse

2. Pub, bar, entertainment venue

3. Water park, amusement park

4. Playground, children's play areas in the market including floating markets and flea markets

5. Zoo

6. Skating or rollerblade park

7. Billiards or snooker venue

8. Bowling alley or arcade

9. Game centre and internet cafe

10. Public pool or similar business

11. Rooster fight ring

12 Fitness centre

13. Exhibition location, exhibition centre and convention hall.

14. Museum

15. Library

16. Nursery

17. Elderly care

18. Boxing stadium

19. Martial arts school or gym

20. Tattoo parlour

21. Dance school

22. Race track

23. Sauna or steaming room

24. Massage parlour

25. Amulet shop

26. Weight loss shop or beauty clinics

27. Massage house

28. All types of arenas

29. All performances in public areas

30. Banquet hall

31. Department stores (except the supermarket area, pharmacies, miscellaneous goods that are essential, retail stores, telecommunication businesses, banks and government and state enterprises offices)

32. Beauty salon (only allowed to cut, wash, and set the hair without other customers waiting in the shop)

33. Sports stadium (only sports that do not need multiple players while clubhouse must be closed to prevent people from gathering)

34. Parks (open only for individuals to exercise, such as walking, running, or bicycling while keeping social distancing).

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Only 3 new Covid-19 patients but report awaited on 40
Post by: thaiga on May 03, 2020, 07:02:04 PM
Only 3 new Covid-19 patients but report awaited on 40 suspected cases in Yala
Thailand had its best day in months battling the Covid-19 with only three new cases over a 24-hour period, and no deaths, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Sunday (May 3).

It was the seventh consecutive day of single-digit new cases, since the peak of 188 on March 22.The total number of Covid-19 cases increased to 2,969.

Sunday's was the sixth consecutive day of single-digit new cases.

Of the new cases, two had a history of contact with patients and one got infected from the Narathiwas state quarantine area.

Meanwhile, seven people have fully recovered and returned home, taking the total number of patients under medical care below 200 for the first time in months. Patient recovery percentage is 92.25.

As of May 3, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stood at 2,969 -- 176 are under treatment, 2,739 have recovered and been discharged, and there have been 54 deaths.

Globally, there have been more than 3.4 million confirmed cases and around 243,000 deaths

Regarding reports that 40 people were found to be infected in Yala, Taweesin said the cases were found during Yala's proactive testing. He said 311 people were tested of whom 271 were negative and 40 were positive. However, the provincial health officers doubted the positive result because of the high rate of 30 per cent when the average rate is 4-5 per cent. "The cluster finding was good news. However, more data needs to be analysed and all will be retested," said the spokesman. "After the process, this piece of information will be reported as soon as possible," he added.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 40 new Covid cases confirmed in Yala
Post by: thaiga on May 03, 2020, 09:41:14 PM
40 new Covid cases confirmed in Yala
The provincial public health office has confirmed 40 new coronavirus cases after thorough testing among at-risk groups, including those recently returned from neighbouring countries.

Provincial public health chief Songkran Maichum said on Sunday that intense testing since April 20 had uncovered 40 new cases, now confirmed in lab results.

Four new cases were found in Muang, 24 in Yaha, seven in Bannang Satar and five in Raman districts.

Dr Songkran said the new cases would cause some hospitals, including Yaha Hospital, to approach their full capacity.

"The quicker we find them, the better it is for health officials," he told the media, adding that officials will be mobilised to prevent the virus spreading out of control.

People at risk of infection were pilgrims returning from religious activities in Malaysia, Indonesia and Pakistan, those working in Malaysia, attendants of religious events in the province and those returning from other provinces.

The latest discovery will be the highest in the province after it is officially confirmed by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said earlier the reports of new infections needed to be verified as some areas posted an unusually high percentage of positive test results.

Dr Taweesilp said the discovery of the large number of new transmissions of the virus showed the effectiveness of thorough testing by officials on the ground. "But accuracy must come first," he added.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Checkpoints, curfew to be strictly enforced for 28 days
Post by: thaiga on May 03, 2020, 10:22:15 PM
Checkpoints, curfew to be strictly enforced for 28 days
Stringent enforcement of Covid-19 checkpoints and night curfew will continue for the next 28 days, the chief of the Defence Forces said.

With Thailand starting to ease some lockdown restrictions from Sunday (May 3) after confirmed new cases fell to single digits for a week, authorities reminded people to not let their guard down.

Chief of Defence Forces General Pornpipat Benyasri on Sunday (May 3) expressed his disapproval of the large number of people rushing to travel to other provinces on Friday and the long weekend.

About 3,000 moved out of Phuket after being locked down for a month, as they had lost their jobs because of the shutdown of tourism-related businesses.

People should avoid interprovincial travel unless it is essential, he said.

People are still urged to stay at home and businesses should also allow employees to work from home, he said.

"Businesses which reopen operations must comply with social distancing by limiting the number of customers and requiring everyone to wear face masks. If businesses fail to follow the preventions, they could be asked to shutdown again," he warned.

The military will support police in enforcing surveillance at checkpoints and curfew compliance.

Although Covid-19 checkpoints nationwide had been reduced to 312 and curfew checkpoints reduced to 690, officers will continue to enforce the rules strictly for the next 28 days in order to prevent the virus from spreading, he said.

Those who travel have to experience inconvenience and have to comply with the quarantine requirements specified by each province, he said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Billionaire highlights social contributions
Post by: thaiga on May 04, 2020, 02:15:43 AM
Billionaire highlights social contributions
Dhanin says millions spent to offset crisis

Thai billionaire and senior chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) Dhanin Chearavanont has donated over 700 million baht to fund the company's projects to fight the spread of Covid-19 and insisted the company has no plans to lay off staff.

The donation was revealed on Friday in a letter written by Mr Dhanin, who topped Forbes' "Thailand's 50 Richest" 2020 list, to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Mr Dhanin said CP was ready to throw full support behind the government to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and give moral support to the prime minister to overcome the deadly disease.

Furthermore, CP praised medical staff in the country for their sacrifice in helping prevent the spread of Covid-19 infections and assisting those who contracted the disease to recover, Mr Dhanin said in the letter.

"CP and I have already donated over 700 million baht [to fund projects helping vulnerable people affected by Covid-19] and are ready to propose further projects to be carried out in the next phase," he said.

For example, Mr Dhanin said the company has carried out projects to support the work of medical staff and helped vulnerable people and staff affected by the spread of Covid-19.

Of the donated money, the group has set up a CP mask factory worth about 175 million baht to produce face protection to beat shortages, he said, adding the factory has produced and delivered around three million items a month to those who need them for free.

As well as this, Mr Dhanin said CP has donated other protective equipment necessary for the prevention of the disease and test kits for the detection of Covid-19. Both cost around 30 million baht.

Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has spent around 200 million baht to provide healthy food to medical staff and people under quarantine in state shelters.

CP All has donated 176.6 million baht in projects provided for those affected by Covid-19 and 77 million baht for 77 hospitals around the country.

True Corporation has spent 120 million baht on a project to give out communication devices to hospitals.

Mr Dhanin said Thailand should set a goal to help lead the recovery of the world's economy after the Covid-19 crisis because the country has prepared.

Mr Dhanin said CP still has more projects in the pipeline. They include water source development, an agriculture scheme to increase farmers' incomes, an online learning project and a project to develop a test kit, research and medicine for fighting Covid-19.

He said the group has retained its staff during the crisis and has created more jobs since March.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: curtailing movement of people -14 interprovincial trains suspended
Post by: thaiga on May 04, 2020, 01:06:32 PM
14 interprovincial trains suspended
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has suspended 14 interprovincial trains from Sunday (May 3) until further notice, SRT governor Nirut Maneephan announced. The suspension of services was in compliance with the government's extension of its Emergency Decree to control the further spread of Covid-19 that includes curtailing the movement of people across provinces, with close monitoring by public health officials.

"The SRT decided to halt interprovincial train services on selected routes to prevent bottlenecking at screening checkpoints," he said. "We will refund those who had bought tickets."

The 14 trains suspended are:

Express train No 135 (Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani)

Express train 136 (Ubon Ratchathani-Bangkok)

Train 201 (Bangkok-Phitsanulok)

Train 202 (Phitsanulok-Bangkok)

Train 257 (Thonburi-Nam Tok)

Train 258 (Nam Tok-Thonburi)

Local train 415 (Nakhon Ratchasima-Nong Khai)

Local train 418 (Nong Khai-Nakhon Ratchasima)

Local train 421 (Nakhon Ratchasima-Ubon Ratchathani)

Local train 426 (Ubon Ratchathani-Nakhon Ratchasima)

Local train 439 (Kaeng Khoy-Bua Yai)

Local train 440 (Bua Yai-Kaeng Khoy)

Local train 489 (Khirirat Nikhom-Surat Thani)

Local train 490 (Surat Thani-Khirirat Nikhom).

Passengers can receive a refund at any stations. For more information, contact the SRT call centre via 1690.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports 18 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths
Post by: thaiga on May 04, 2020, 02:30:29 PM
Thailand reports 18 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

(Reuters) (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-thailand/thailand-reports-18-new-coronavirus-cases-no-new-deaths-idUSKBN22G0BJ?il=0) - Thailand's new coronavirus cases rose to 18 on Monday, after falling to single-digits for the past week, but the country reported no new deaths.

Monday's report brought the total number of cases to 2,987 since the new virus was detected in Thailand in January, with a total of 54 deaths.

The new cases were migrants who were entering Thailand through an immigration checkpoint in the southern province of Songkhla, which shares a border with Malaysia, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman of the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

They were all being quarantined in an immigration detention centre, along with 42 cases found previously on April 25, Taweesin said.

Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: May 4, 2020
Post by: thaiga on May 04, 2020, 03:04:55 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: May 4, 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. from the Irish Community Thailand

Link https://www.facebook.com/IrishCommunityThailand/videos/239516680601605/
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thai government gets high marks for its handling - poll
Post by: thaiga on May 04, 2020, 05:07:25 PM
Yes i think they have done well & there is probably a reason for the way they do things. i read around the expat forums nothing but complaints, where would any of us prefer to be and accept the way they do things. in a country with high death rates, no thanks, will these moaners leave Thailand if we ever get back to normal - do i need to answer that  ::)

Thai government gets high marks for its handling of coronavirus pandemic

The majority of respondents to an opinion poll support the Government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the assistance provided to help ease the resulting economic hardships.

The Suan Dusit Poll, of Suan Dusit University, sampled the opinions of 1,801 people between April 27th and 30th.

When asked about the actions taken to control the spread of COVID-19, the survey showed:

    14-day quarantine for foreign arrivals: 94.18% very satisfied.
    Temporary suspension of in-bound flights: 92.55% very satisfied.
    Monitoring people in quarantine by public health volunteers: 89.23% approved.
    Quarantine and stay at home policy: 88.01% approved.
    Screening of high-risk groups: 87.08% approved.
    Lockdown measures: 85.45% approved.
    Curfew: 85.40% approved.
    Work from home measure: 85.01% approved.

On economic measures, the poll results show the following:

    Postponement of tax return filing until end of August: 83.51% approved.
    15,000 baht subsidy for farmers: 81.43% approved.
    Unemployment compensation from social security scheme: 80.86% approved.
    Reduction of employee and employer contributions to Social Security Fund. 79.11% approved.
    Reduction of electricity charges: 79.03% approved.
    Refund of the deposits for electricity meters: 78.89% approved.
    Discount sale of face masks by Blue Flag shops: 75.76% approved.
    Subsidies from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Dignity: 74.10% approved.
    Free internet service for 30 days: 73.00% approved.
    3% discount on utility charges: 70.29% approved.
    5,000 baht/month cash subsidy: 66.91% approved.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: update of infections by province
Post by: thaiga on May 04, 2020, 06:56:58 PM
18 illegal immigrants found to carry Covid-19 in Songkhla

Thailand's Covid-19 count rose sharply over a 24-hour period with 18 people testing positive, ending a week of single-digit new cases.

Cumulative cases rose to 2,987, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said on Monday (May 4).

All 18 of the new cases were found at the Songkhla Immigration Detention Centre in Songkhla province. The patients are illegal immigrants. An official investigation traced the source of the cluster to an immigration officer working at the Sadao border crossing.

Of the total 2,987 cases, 2,470 have recovered, 193 remain under treatment at hospitals while deaths remain unchanged at 54.

Meanwhile, Taweesin said the 40 suspected new cases in Yala province reported on Sunday turned out to be negative when retested. He said the tests would done again at a Bangkok lab, and the CCSA will report the outcome later.

The spokesman said that a total 227,860 Covid-19 tests had been conducted nationwide as of May 1, 92,840 by private agencies, and 135,020 by government agencies.

He also gave an update of Covid-19 infections by province

Nine provinces have recorded no cases since the start of the outbreak. They are Chainat, Trat, Sing Buri, Kamphaeng Phet, Nan, Phichit, Buengkan, Ranong, and Satun.

Thirty-four provinces have recorded no cases in the past 28 days: Phetchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Chanthaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Lop Buri, Samut Songkhram, Sa Kaeo, Saraburi, Chiang Rai, Phetchabun, Phrae, Mae Hong Son, Tak, Lamphun, Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Uthai Thani, Kalasin, Buri Ram, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Yasothon, Roi Et, Si Sa Ket, Sakon Nakhon, Surin, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lamphu, Amnat Charoen, Udon Thani, and Ubon Ratchathani.

Another thirty-four provinces have detected Covid-19 in the past 28 days: Bangkok, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Prachin Buri, Ayutthaya, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Suphanburi, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Sawan, Phayao, Phitsanulok, Lampang, Loei, Khon Kaen Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Krabi, Chumphon, Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phang-nga, Phatthalung, Phuket, Yala, Songkhla, and Surat Thani.

The spokesman said the government would reimpose restrictions if easing of the lockdown resulted in a daily rise of 14 or more new cases.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thai government gets high marks for its handling - poll
Post by: Taman Tun on May 04, 2020, 08:10:05 PM
Yes, the btl comments on Bangkok Post are just incredible...so many negative people. 
Title: Re: Covid-19: Second-stage contagion now a real danger
Post by: thaiga on May 05, 2020, 01:07:05 PM
Second-stage contagion now a real danger, public health chief warns

Although the absence of new Covid-19 cases in 36 provinces for the past 14 days pointed to success in containing the outbreak, new infections would arise next week, the director of the Division of Communicable Diseases warned on Monday (May 4).

Sopon Iamsirithaworn said that after six types of businesses and activities had been allowed to restart on Sunday (May 3), people would start leaving their homes more often and gathering in large numbers. This would lead to a rise in the number of new Covid-19 cases, he predicted.

The director added that many provinces had assigned officials to test asymptomatic members of the public for Covid-19 infection. Tests were conducted last week at crowded places such as prisons and worker's shelters across the country, but no traces of the virus were found.

Sopon said officials were now monitoring for signs of a second wave of infections, including a spike in the number of patients with respiratory complaints. They were also checking to ensure people maintained tight hygiene measures to prevent transmission of the virus.

Singapore is among several countries around the world that have suffered a second wave of infections that has brought more cases than the first. It was important to contain the virus before the onset of the rainy season, Sopon added, since Covid-19 may stay active for longer in the cool and humid weather than in the heat of summer.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 05.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 05, 2020, 02:40:15 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 05.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation.
Tuesday, 5th May 2020.

Thailand reports 1 new case and another day of zero deaths which is great news!! Today is the 6th straight day with no fatalities reported.

This raises the total to 2,988 cases since the outbreak began but a total of 54 fatalities sadly. 7 more have recovered in the last 24 hours making a total of 2,747 discharged to date, with 193 patients currently in hospital with the disease.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Coronavirus impact may last another 9 months
Post by: thaiga on May 05, 2020, 05:43:07 PM
Coronavirus impact may last another 9 months: Prayut

Thailand may see the economic impact from the coronavirus pandemic spread over another nine months, the prime minister said on Tuesday, as disruption from the global crisis drags on tourism and domestic activity.

The country could lose more than 1.3 trillion baht and up to 10 million jobs due to the outbreak, according to estimates from business groups.

"We expect the impact on the economy to last for quite awhile, not only three months, but possibly six or nine months," Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha told a news conference.

"We need to prepare measures to cope with that," he said.

Gen Prayut said he might ask more rich people for cooperation in addressing the economic fall-out from the outbreak, as he did with the country's 20 richest people last month.

The government has introduced economic measures worth billions of dollars to mitigate the impact from the virus, including its latest package worth 1.9 trillion baht that was approved in early April.

The Bank of Thailand has forecast the economy will shrink 5.3% this year, which would be the worst contraction since the Asian currency and debt crisis of 1998.

The country has reported a total of 2,988 infections and 54 deaths since the outbreak emerged in January. The government allowed some businesses to start reopening on Sunday.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: PM threatens return of restrictions
Post by: thaiga on May 06, 2020, 03:04:30 PM
Booze there are limitations on how many bottles can be sold

PM threatens return of restrictions if Covid-19 prevention measures not observed

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced on Tuesday (May 5) that both the public and private sectors should strictly apply social-distancing measures once the lockdown is lifted or restrictions will be applied again.

"As for people crowding stores to purchase alcohol, I have complained and issued new controls on the sale of alcoholic beverages. Now there are limitations on how many bottles can be sold and during what hours, so this does not happen again," the premier said.

He also warned that if people still crowd stores to purchase booze, the government will once again impose a ban.

He also said that customers should spend no more than two hours in shopping malls, so they don't get crowded and insisted that people's body temperature should be checked at every entrance.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports one new coronavirus case, one new death
Post by: thaiga on May 06, 2020, 03:27:36 PM
(Reuters) - Thailand on Wednesday reported one new coronavirus case and one new death, a senior health official said.

The death was of a 69-year-old Australian male who was a hotel manager in the southern province of Phang-nga, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, spokesman for the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

The new case of infection by the coronavirus was of a 27-year-old female patient who had returned from Russia, he said.

Thailand has reported a total of 2,989 cases and 55 fatalities since the outbreak began in January.

There are 173 patients being treated at hospital and a total 2,761 patients have recovered
Title: Re: Covid-19: press-ups and jumping jacks not wearing face masks (Video)
Post by: thaiga on May 06, 2020, 04:28:47 PM
Amazing Thailand - public ordered to do press-ups and jumping jacks for not wearing face masks
public health officials at checkpoints ordering people riding motorcycles and driving cars to do 20 press-ups or jumping jacks for not wearing masks. 77kaoded.com (https://www.77kaoded.com/news/nopparat-chotikasemkul/1609029)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 06.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 06, 2020, 04:30:51 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 06.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand
Wednesday, 6th May 2020.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Govt needs longer term post-Covid recovery strategy
Post by: thaiga on May 07, 2020, 01:07:26 PM
Govt needs longer term post-Covid recovery strategy: Banthoon

The government needs a back-up plan to help people in case the Covid-19 crisis drags on, Kasikornbank chair emeritus Banthoon Lamsam said in an interview with Krungthep Thurakij newspaper.

He said that though the immediate job is to restart the economy, the authorities also need to carefully consider the extent to which restrictions will be eased and how to prevent a second wave of infections.

Banthoon noted that another big challenge is pinpointing the groups of people that are suffering the most from the crisis and finding out how their problems can be solved without using too many resources.

Since the impact is has been huge, the government also needs to think carefully about how long it can continue providing financial support to those affected. He said at this point, some affected people might be thinking that the government will keep launching support measures indefinitely, which is why the state should explain to the public that everything has a limit and schemes can only be introduced up to a certain level.

However, he said, the government must not forget the poor if the situation drags on and the Bt5,000 cash handouts run out. The government also needs to see if it will be able to find new funds for the assistance or if it needs to come up with a new scheme.

Banthoon also suggested that the government set up food banks that are easily accessible. This way, he said, at least people will have food on their plate.

He also said that the government needs to think ahead and work out where it will find extra finances once the planned Bt1 trillion loan has been used up. He said the government is in dire need for a back-up plan, and should call different parties to brainstorm on the issue. He also said that the powers that be should shift from money-based solutions to other options.

Also, the government needs to come up with ideas on how people will earn a living once the outbreak ends and how the country's competitiveness can be improved.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: More people violating curfew after easing of lockdown
Post by: thaiga on May 07, 2020, 01:16:00 PM
It is obvious that the lifting of the ban on alcohol sales has caused more people to gather to drink

More people violating curfew after easing of lockdown

The number of people violating the night curfew has risen after the government eased lockdown measures that had been imposed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in many provinces, an official said.

"In the past 24 hours, officials have reported 104 cases of public gatherings and 699 cases of people leaving their residences after the start of curfew," Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said on Wednesday (May 6).

"Some 45 per cent of the violations were to drink alcohol, 20 per cent to gamble and 18 per cent for other reasons. It is obvious that the lifting of the ban on alcohol sales has caused more people to gather to drink."

The spokesman also added that CCSA officials have performed random checks on 12,996 establishments that were allowed to open. "The majority [12,547 establishments] complied with the Ministry of Public Health's regulations and maintained social distancing, while 449 operators failed random checks and were ordered to rectify," he said. "Restaurants are the best at cooperating with the CCSA with 4,403 out of 4,559 passing the random checks."

The Royal Thai Police Headquarters reported that in the past 24 hours, the provinces with the highest number of curfew violators were: Phuket (55 people), Pathum Thani (54), and Ratchaburi (31).

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports 3 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths
Post by: thaiga on May 07, 2020, 02:28:54 PM
Thailand reports 3 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

Thailand on Thursday (May 7) reported three new coronavirus cases, bringing its total to 2,992, a senior official said.

Of the new cases, two were Thai men who had returned from Kazakhstan and have been in state quarantine, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman of the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

The third case was a 59-year-old Thai woman in the southern province of Yala, he said.

Thailand has recorded 55 fatalities from the coronavirus since the outbreak began in Januaray. Authorities have been cautiously allowing some businesses to reopen this week after weeks of near-lockdown.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 07.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 07, 2020, 02:39:50 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 07.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation - Irish Community Thailand

11 more have recovered in the last 24 hours making a total of 2,772 discharged to date, with 165 patients currently in hospital with the disease.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand to expand coronavirus testing as new cases dwindle
Post by: thaiga on May 07, 2020, 06:59:32 PM
Thailand to expand coronavirus testing as new cases dwindle

(Reuters) - Thailand plans to expand coronavirus testing for critical groups as the number of new cases is dwindling into single digits and some business are reopening, a senior official said on Thursday.

The government aims to reach a total of 400,000 tests from the current level of around 230,000, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

"This is about 6,000 tests for every million individual ... and considered a moderate amount globally," Taweesin said.

Thailand has a population of about 66.5 million and has recorded 2,992 infections since January, with a total of 55 deaths.

The criteria for testing will be expanded to include flu-like symptoms without a fever or the loss of the sense of smell, which will account for 85,000 new tests, he said.

There will also be additional testing for high-risk professions such as medical personnel, screening authorities, migrant workers, public transportation drivers and delivery workers - but not widespread random testing in the population.

"The theory of casting a wide net will not work, but this approach is effective," Taweesin said.

The number of new cases in Thailand has been declining since April and authorities have said they will consider a second phase for easing of restrictions such as re-opening of businesses next week after allowing smaller businesses to open earlier this month.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Millions make resubmission for cash handout
Post by: thaiga on May 08, 2020, 02:08:35 AM
Millions make resubmission for cash handout
Hundreds of people suffering from the Covid-19 impact queued up at the Government Public Relations Department in Bangkok on Thursday (May 7) to resubmit their claim for the government's Bt5,000 monthly cash handout. The government said it wanted to help affected people whose applications were rejected earlier to resubmit their case via website www.เราไม่ทิ้งกัน.com ("We do not leave anyone behind").

The ministry officials said that 12.8 million applications had been approved for the Bt5,000 payments, which were expected to be paid within the next week. "Over 5 million people have already resubmitted their cases," the officials said. The officials added that the ministry would allow people to resubmit their case until May 10, while review of eligibility is expected to be completed by May 17.  nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30387438?utm_source=bottom_relate&utm_medium=internal_referral)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Strict measures still needed to beat COVID-19: PM
Post by: thaiga on May 08, 2020, 01:48:18 PM
Strict measures still needed to beat COVID-19: PM

(NNT) - The Prime Minister has thanked the people of all sectors for helping slow the spread of COVID-19, stressing that strict measures must remain in place, even though the current situation is satisfactory.

Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has chaired a meeting of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), where he outlined policies for the transitional period as the outbreak situation in Thailand is much improved.

He said proactive and stringent measures are still needed, as well as strict regulation of persons entering and exiting the country over land borders, who must be subject to state quarantine and other disease control measures.

The Prime Minister has ordered government agencies to continue enforcing measures in line with the State of Emergency, asking the CCSA, security agencies, public health agencies, the military, and the police to remain on high alert, and work collectively with local authorities to regulate and monitor actual enforcement of the measures.

He has ordered the CCSA to assess the possible impact of the relaxation of restrictive measures, assist impacted persons, consider proposals from businesses, as well as promoting such measures to the general public.

On the relaxation of restrictive measures, the Prime Minister said related agencies are instructed to address issues which have arisen, such as overcrowding on city train lines, while the Ministry of Public Health is instructed to disclose data regarding testing, on its website and social media pages, to create a better understanding among the general public.

The Prime Minister has urged all sectors to focus on a restoration of confidence, and the balance between aid measures and public health measures, asking them to collectively consider individual steps over the three months ahead.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports eight new coronavirus cases, no new deaths
Post by: thaiga on May 08, 2020, 02:22:21 PM
Thailand reports eight new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

(Reuters) - Thailand on Friday reported eight new coronavirus cases but no deaths, bringing the total to 3,000 cases and 55 deaths since the outbreak started in January.

Of the new cases, three are from the southern province of Yala where authorities are aggressively testing the population due to high infection rates, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, spokesman for the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

Five other new cases are migrants who have been detained at an immigration detention centre in southern Songkhla province, Taweesin said. The centre has seen 60 other cases in the past two weeks.

Slowing numbers of new cases have prompted Thailand to cautiously allow some businesses this week to reopen after weeks of semi-lockdown.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 08.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 08, 2020, 02:45:21 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 08.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation - Irish Community Thailand

Thailand reports 8 new cases and zero deaths today, this raises the total to 3,000 cases since the outbreak began and a total of 55 fatalities sadly. 12 more have recovered in the last 24 hours making a total of 2,784 discharged to date, with 161 patients currently in hospital with the disease.

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Title: Re: Covid-19 centres to be set up in all provinces
Post by: thaiga on May 09, 2020, 02:17:26 AM
Covid-19 centres to be set up in all provinces

nterior Ministry permanent secretary Chatchai Promlert ordered all provincial governors on Thursday (May 7) to set up Covid-19 operations centres.

According to the order, the centre will cover different levels of administration, including the provinces, districts, subdistricts, and municipalities.

The administrative chiefs, such as governors and chiefs of district or sub-chiefs, will be assigned as chiefs of each level of the centres. Other officials of each administrative body will be assigned to participate in the centres as well.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 2.4 million people to get Bt5,000 cash handouts next week
Post by: thaiga on May 09, 2020, 02:20:51 AM
2.4 million people to get Bt5,000 cash handouts next week

The Ministry of Finance expects to disburse the Bt5,000 handouts to the 2.4 million approved registrants who were yet to receive the cash assistance by next week, Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, secretary to the finance minister, said on Friday May 8.

"As of yesterday, the ministry had disbursed money for the first month to 11 million people, while the rest should get their handouts next week," he said.

The "Rao Mai Thing Gun" ("We Do Not Leave Anyone Behind") campaign gives eligible citizens whose livelihoods have been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis Bt5,000 a month for three months. To be eligible, candidates must be Thai nationals aged over 18 and self-employed, freelance or non-permanent employees who are not insured under social security.

"The registrations of some 1.7 million people had not been completed yet due to missing evidence or information. We have set up booths at the Department of Public Relations in Soi Aree Samphan in Bangkok's Phya Thai district since early this week to let people submit additional documents. The booths will stay open daily until May 15."

Thanakorn added that the ministry had also prepared 1,000 meals a day as well as cloth face masks, drinking water and alcohol gels for people who came down to the Department of Public Relations. "People in other provinces can submit additional evidence to make their case at Damrong Dhama Centre, an agency under the Ministry of the Interior, in their respective provinces," he said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: PM confirms May 17 timeline for easing lockdown
Post by: thaiga on May 09, 2020, 02:26:15 AM
PM confirms May 17 timeline for easing lockdown

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday May 8 confirmed that the government was eyeing a move to the second phase of eased lockdown restrictions on May 17.

His remark came a day after the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration revealed a National Security Council timeline earmarking May 17 as the date to launch the second phase of lockdown easing.

Prayut asked the public to be patient with the situation, saying that the government was doing its best to tackle the problem with the budget available.

The planned further easing of restrictions on May 17 combined with the first phase of relaxation of measures may generate daily public spending of Bt6 billion to Bt8 billion, estimates the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce's Centre for Economic and Business Forecasting.

Thanawat Phonvichai, the university's president, said the lockdown in response to the Covid-19 outbreak had brought consumer spending down by Bt10 billion daily, though the first round of easing measures on May 3 brought Bt2 billion to Bt3 billion back into daily circulation.

The centre estimates that the second phase of easing will generate spending of between Bt4 billion to Bt5 billion daily, which added to the money brought in circulation from the first round, will see consumer spending of up to Bt8 billion daily.

The centre has also forecast Thailand's economic growth this year at -3.5 percent to -5 percent, though believes growth may enter positive territory if the tourism sector recovers in the fourth quarter.

Thanawat added that according to the university's survey, the Consumer Confidence Index in April was 47.2, the lowest in nearly 22 years, reflecting people's concern that the country will be hit with recession in the wake of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said on Friday May 8 that he will have a plan on strengthening community-level economy ready for Cabinet consideration next week.

He said this plan aims to revive the economy in the Covid-19 fallout, adding that the criterion for the spending will come out later this month and funds will be injected into the economy in June.

The minister also called on all state agencies to join forces to help steer the country out of the crisis.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 18 months of pandemic pain ahead
Post by: thaiga on May 09, 2020, 12:36:18 PM
18 months of pandemic pain ahead, warns govt panel

Thailand must plan for another 12 to 18 months of serious impacts from Covid-19, a government advisory panel investigating the pandemic's consequences has concluded.

After assessing Public Health Ministry data, the advisory committee on the social and economic impacts of the pandemic agreed the outbreak will have serious long-term consequences for health, the economy and society.

As such, a plan was needed to handle the impacts of Covid-19 up until December 2021, committee chief Prof Dr Jaras Suwanwayla told the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), the government's thinktank.

Jaras said that aside from government remedial measures, help and cooperation from both the private and civil sectors was required to overcome the effects of the virus crisis.

His committee is currently gathering information to draw up the plan, which will be proposed to the government as a matter of urgency within three months. The advisory panel will hear from the Public Health Ministry on Monday (May 11).

The panel was set up on the Prime Minister's orders on April 30.

Dr Jaras also admitted he was concerned about the scheduled reopening of malls and other outlets on May 17 as part of gradual easing of the lockdown. He said the reopening was unavoidable but had to proceed with extreme caution to avoid sparking a second-phase outbreak that could swamp the health system with a new wave of cases. He noted examples in many countries where the Covid-19 mortality rate is as high as 10-20 percent.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: WHO expert: novel coronavirus origins linked to bats
Post by: thaiga on May 09, 2020, 12:42:38 PM
WHO expert: novel coronavirus origins linked to bats

The novel coronavirus belongs to a group of viruses that are found in bats, an expert from the World Health Organization said at a press briefing amid international debate on the origins of the disease.

Peter Ben Embarek, a WHO scientist who studies animal-to-human transmission of diseases, said that there is evidence that cats and other felines are susceptible to the disease. He said it is important to establish which animals can get infected in order to monitor potential reservoirs for the virus.

Embarek said it is safe to say that a traditional food market in Wuhan played some role in the spread of the disease, though the WHO is yet to determine the source of the disease or which exact animal species it came from initially.

He said that the novel coronavirus finds its origins in animals, much in the same way that previous outbreaks of diseases, including SARS, MERS and types of bird and swine flu,began through close contact between humans and other species. Embarek was speaking at aUN news conference on Friday, amid ongoing discussions around the globe about the origins of the novel coronavirus.

Some politicians in the United States and elsewhere have promoted the theory that the novel coronavirus was engineered or manipulated by scientists in a laboratory setting.

"The origin is not unique, we have seen several of these events," Embarek said. "It is not unusual to have these events but of course this one is totally unique in the scale and size of how it has impacted public health and our daily life in recent months."

Embarek said further research needs to be done to uncover the precise source of the disease. He said that while the food market in Wuhan played a role in the spread of the disease, the WHO does not know if the virus first infected humans at the market, or if the spread of infection was amplified there. They also do not know if an animal was the first to spread the virus at the market, or if an infected person arrived at the market and transmitted it to other people.

Embarek said that it is vital that sanitary standards are improved at traditional food markets, which act as a source of fresh produce for millions around the world.

"Food markets are often overcrowded, in poor condition, and maintaining hygiene and food safety is difficult, so it's not surprising that these events happen," he said. "It is therefore critically important that we pay more attention and give more resources to improving traditional food markets."

He said that more research needs to be done to establish what animal species are susceptible to COVID-19 infection. This is because some species could act as reservoirs for the virus, and potentially trigger future outbreaks.

Cats are known to be susceptible to infection and can pass on infection to each other. Embarek said there is some evidence that dogs are also susceptible, but to a much lesser extent. He said that pigs and poultry are not known to carry the virus. More work needs to be done to establish susceptibility in other farm animals.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports four new coronavirus cases, one new death
Post by: thaiga on May 09, 2020, 02:45:19 PM
Thailand reports four new coronavirus cases, one new death

(Reuters) - Thailand reported four new coronavirus cases and one more death on Saturday, bringing the total to 3,004 cases and 56 deaths since the outbreak started in January.

A 68-year-old man from Bangkok died, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, spokesman for the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

Of the new cases, two are from the southern province of Yala, where the authorities are aggressively testing people due to high infection rates. One was linked with previous cases and one had a risk history from public places, he said.

Slowing numbers of new cases have prompted Thailand to cautiously allow some businesses to reopen after weeks of semi-lockdown.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 09.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 09, 2020, 02:53:15 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 09.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation - Irish Community Thailand

3 more have recovered in the last 24 hours making a total of 2,787 discharged to date, with 161 patients currently in hospital with the disease

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 29 Thais attempted to sneak over the border arrested
Post by: thaiga on May 10, 2020, 01:05:37 PM
well there's one way infections could increase - i wonder how many never got caught - 18 men and 11 women rode through forests on 15 motorcycles to avoid immigration checks. All were sent to a state quarantine facility.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 10.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 10, 2020, 02:41:47 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 10.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation - Irish Community Thailand

Thailand reports 5 new cases and zero deaths today, this raises the total to 3,009 cases since the outbreak began and a total of 56 fatalities sadly. 7 more have recovered in the last 24 hours making a total of 2,794 discharged to date, with 159 patients currently in hospital with the disease. Of the new cases reported on Sunday, two were linked to previous cases and three had travelled abroad.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: gamechanger in the Covid-19 fight?
Post by: thaiga on May 11, 2020, 02:18:26 AM
Tests show UVC lamps could light the way in virus fight  full article bangkokpost.com (https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1915600)
Could a new type of ultraviolet lamp be used in stations, airplanes and schools to kill dangerous viruses, becoming a gamechanger in the Covid-19 fight?

Researchers at Columbia University have been working on such uses for years, and the current pandemic could confirm the value of their efforts.

UVC lamps have long been used to kill bacteria, viruses and moulds, notably in hospitals and in the food-processing industry. As the coronavirus pandemic knocks world economies on their heels, this technology is experiencing a boom.

But UVC (for Ultraviolet-C) rays are dangerous, causing skin cancer and eye problems, and can be used only when no one is present.

Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports six new coronavirus cases, no new deaths
Post by: thaiga on May 11, 2020, 02:20:34 PM
Thailand reports six new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

(Reuters) (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-thailand/thailand-reports-six-new-coronavirus-cases-no-new-deaths-idUSKBN22N0I9) - Thailand reported six new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing its total to 3,015 cases since the outbreak began in January.

The new cases were all in Thailand's southern provinces, including four on the tourist island of Phuket and one each in Narathiwat and Yala provinces, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman of the government's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 11.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 11, 2020, 02:46:06 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 11.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation - Irish Community Thailand

2 more have recovered in the last 24 hours making a total of 2,796 discharged to date, with 163 patients currently in hospital with the disease

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand is winning the battle - 46 provinces no new cases 28 days
Post by: thaiga on May 12, 2020, 01:40:12 PM
Lets hope Thailand is winning the battle as - Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Health, revealed that more than half of provinces in Thailand have not reported a new COVID-19 case for 28 consecutive days.

The 46 provinces that reported no new cases are:

Kanchanaburi Kalasin Chanthaburi Chachoengsao Chaiyaphum Chiang Rai Chiang Mai Trang Tak Nakhon Nayok Nakhon Phanom
Nakhon Sawan Buri Ram Prachuap Khiri Khan Phayao Phatthalung Phitsanulok Phetchaburi Phetchabun spread Maha Sarakham Mukdahan
Mae Hong Son Yasothon Roi Et Rayong Ratchaburi Lop Buri Lampang Lamphun Si Sa Ket Sakon Nakhon Samut Songkhram Samut Sakhon
Sa Kaeo Saraburi Sukhothai Surat Thani Nong Khai Nong Bua Lam Phu Amnat Charoen Udon Thani Uttaradit Uthai Thani Ubon Ratchathani

there are still 10 provinces which have not reported a single case of COVID-19. These are:

Kamphaeng Phet Phichit Chai Nat Ranong Trat Sing Buri Nan Ang Thong Bueng Kan Satun

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 12.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 12, 2020, 02:40:21 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 12.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation - Irish Community Thailand

Thailand reports 2 new cases and zero deaths today, this raises the total to 3,017 cases since the outbreak began and a total of 56 fatalities sadly. 2 more have recovered in the last 24 hours making a total of 2,798 discharged to date, with 163 patients currently in hospital with the disease.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: relaxed measures may cause 2nd wave
Post by: thaiga on May 13, 2020, 02:01:46 PM
CCSA worries that relaxed measures may cause 2nd wave of infection

(NNT) - The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration or CCSA has admitted that there are concerns about the possibility of a second wave of a COVID-19 viral outbreak. However the authority has resolved to do its best.

Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, as CCSA spokesperson expressed the CCSA's concerns about a further relaxation of measures that may lead to a second outbreak. The spokesperson said today the authority has been evaluating collected information and surveys since the first phase of relaxation, and assured the public that the CCSA will work with care to prevent renewed infections in the future.

As for the second phase of relaxed measures, a misunderstanding has been identified concerning television program production that could be limited to five people in total. The spokesperson said it was only a draft that will need to be addressed. The public sector can send advice to CCSA.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports ZERO new COVID-19 cases
Post by: thaiga on May 13, 2020, 02:16:00 PM
 :thankyou   Zero new Covid-19 cases, for the first time in months   :thankyou

There were no new cases of Covid-19 over a 24-hour period, or any deaths, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Wednesday (May 13), marking one of the best days for Thailand since the outbreak of the pandemic.

"This is the first time that there have been no new cases since we started the daily Covid-19 reports," he said.

It is the best result, thanks to cooperation from the people, but we should not get complacent; we still have to be vigilant," he warned.

Cumulative number of Covid-19 patients remains 3,017 as of Wednesday, of whom 2,844 have recovered and been discharged, 117 remain at hospitals for treatment, while the death toll remains at 56.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 13.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 13, 2020, 02:33:47 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 13.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation - Irish Community Thailand

zero new cases and zero deaths today. The total stands at 3,017 cases since the outbreak began and a total of 56 fatalities sadly.
46 more have recovered in the last 24 hours making a total of 2,844 discharged to date, with 117 patients currently in hospital with the disease.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: PM thanks Thais for making zero new infections today a reality
Post by: thaiga on May 13, 2020, 10:03:22 PM
PM thanks Thais for making zero new infections today a reality

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has thanked the Thai people for their collective efforts in making it possible for Thailand to achieve no new COVID-19 infections today.

In the meantime, he urged everyone to continue to be disciplined and to adhere strictly to all the measures imposed to prevent the spread of the disease.

He said that he is concerned about the safety of everyone and asked them not to lower their guard and continue to wear face masks outdoors, observe social distancing and regularly wash their hands with soap or sanitizer.

The Prime Minister visited Rakangkositaram Temple today, to pay respects to the abbot and to statues of late revered monks, and to visit a kitchen in the temple.

The Prime Minister also said that he is proud that several people have come forward to help their fellow countrymen, suffering from economic hardships, by donating to food banks, which are sprouting up in many provinces.

He, however, criticized those seen scrambling for food at several such places, without sharing with other needy people.

Meanwhile, Mr. Narong Song-arom, director of the National Office of Buddhism, said today that the Supreme Patriarch has ordered his office and temples, which are financially stable, to set up kitchens to offer cooked food to the needy.

Currently, 914 kitchens have been set up in temples and they have been able to feed about 274,000 people a day, said Mr. Narong, adding that similar kitchens have been set up at Thai temples abroad.

It is reported that some temples are considering opening drive-through kitchens or mobile kitchens in poor communities.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 14.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 14, 2020, 03:02:59 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 14.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation - Irish Community Thailand

One new case and zero deaths today reported. The total stands at 3,018 cases since the outbreak began and a total of 56 fatalities sadly.
6 more have recovered in the last 24 hours making a total of 2,850 discharged to date, with 112 patients currently in hospital with the disease

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Title: Re: Covid-19: The 'Thai Chana' phone application for use when entering shops
Post by: thaiga on May 14, 2020, 10:56:25 PM
bit more info on the 'Thai Chana'
New anti-Covid phone app for use when entering shops

The government will launch a new mobile phone app to facilitate disease-control tracking of customers as shops reopen with the easing of the coronavirus lockdown.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Thursday that shop owners would register online for a QR code that would be placed in front of their shop.

Customers would use their mobile phone to scan the code as they enter and leave the premises.

"The 'Thai Chana' application will tell customers if their targeted shop, such as a barber, is still vacant enough to welcome them," Dr Taweesilp said.

"Shopping centres will use the application when they open their rest areas, in addition to their already opened supermarkets and electrical appliance sales."

Dr Taweesilp said the Thai Chana app would serve 70-80% of people based on the number of mobile phone users, who account for 70-80% of Thailand's population.

"Young children and elderly people who do not use mobile phones will be able to use manual registration," he said.

The app would facilitate the government's attempts to quickly track people infected with Covid-19 and those in close contact with them. Its effectiveness would lead to the further reopening of businesses and activities, he said.

Dr Polawat Witoolkollachit, inspector-general of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, said the new app would be launched on Friday afternoon, along with details of how to register. All kinds of shops could use it, including street vendors.

He said customers could also use the app to tell the government if the shops they visited followed Covid-19 control measures.

He said customers' privacy would be protected. Only the Disease Control Department would have access to customers' information, and only for the sake of disease control.

"The system will help prevent a second wave of Covid-19. Those who come in close contact with infected people at shops will be called in for testing.

"With this system, a call will go out only to the mobile phones of customers who visited the shop in the same hour as the infected person. Previously, the call for testing went to all visitors to the premises that day," Dr Polawat said.

No details have yet been released on how customers would download the app to their phones, and what personal information they would expose.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports 7 new coronavirus cases
Post by: thaiga on May 15, 2020, 03:15:53 PM
Thailand reports 7 new coronavirus cases, all from overseas

(Reuters) - Thailand reported seven new coronavirus cases on Friday, while the number of deaths remained unchanged at 56.

The new cases were all patients who arrived from Pakistan last week and have been in state quarantine, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

Thailand has confirmed a total of 3,025 cases since the coronavirus outbreak started in January and earlier in the week reported zero new daily cases for the first time in two months.

reuters.com (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-thailand/thailand-reports-7-new-coronavirus-cases-all-from-overseas-idUSKBN22R0P8)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 15.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 15, 2020, 03:38:48 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 15.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

Thailand reports 7 new cases today and zero deaths, this raises the total to 3,025 cases since the outbreak began and a total of 56 fatalities sadly. 4 more have recovered in the last 24 hours making a total of 2,854 discharged to date, with 115 patients currently in hospital with the disease. the curfew will be shortened by one hour starting from Sunday 17 May. It will now be from 11:00pm to 4:00am the following morning

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand reports no new coronavirus cases, no additional deaths
Post by: thaiga on May 16, 2020, 02:25:45 PM
Thailand reports no new coronavirus cases, no additional deaths

(Reuters) - Thailand on Saturday reported no new coronavirus cases or deaths as the country begins to reopen businesses and ease restrictions.

"Today there are two zeros ... thank you all Thais who have given their cooperation," a spokesman for the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, said.

This is the second day since March 9 that the country has reported no new daily cases.

Thailand on Sunday will allow malls and department stores to re-open. It will also shorten a nighttime curfew by one hour, to 2300 to 0400, from 2200 to 0400.

Thailand has reported a total of 3,025 cases of the coronavirus and 56 fatalities.

reuters.com (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-thailand/thailand-reports-no-new-coronavirus-cases-no-additional-deaths-idUSKBN22S08L)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 16.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 16, 2020, 02:45:51 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 16.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

For the second time Thailand reports Zero new cases and Zero deaths today, The total number of cases still stands at 3,025 cases since the outbreak began and a total of 56 fatalities sadly. 1 more patient has also recovered in the last 24 hours making a total of 2,855 discharged to date, with 114 patients currently in hospital with the disease.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Government Spokesmen
Post by: Taman Tun on May 16, 2020, 03:38:58 PM
Congratulations to Natapanu Napakun.  He is doing a great job with his daily bulletins.  He set me thinking about other government spokesmen and the name of Ian McDonald came to mind. (Not to be confused with Ian McDonald  of King Crimson).  Ian was a UK government spokesman at the time of the Falklands War.  If he were around today he would have bored the virus to death in no time at all.

Title: Re: Covid-19: Always look on the bright side of life
Post by: thaiga on May 16, 2020, 05:00:16 PM
Hi T.T. remember that well - During the Falklands war, while the HMS Sheffield was sinking it's crew burst into song, singing Monty Python's "Always look on the bright side of life"

A different fight we have on our hands now, fighting something we no very little of and can't see, all we see is the destruction and hurt it has caused the world. poverty has to follow in time as in history. yes i was worried thais wearing masks, as they fail to wear crash helmets, thinking i'll be ok just nipping down the road. but ... surprise! suprise! most thai's do wear a mask. well done Thailand, once again i'll say, best place to be, opening up, we just have to wait and see.  on saying that yesterday on the roads there were 44 deaths and 2,209 injuries, 38 deaths were motorcyclists, will that be the next thing to sort out, i hope so.

Little story , lady dies near to us, not virus but the dreaded C. so off goes the missus to the watering ceremony, the only worrier being me.
the report i got back was, 10 or somors untrained nurses if you like, local community taking care. no mask no come was the order of the day. hands sprayed on entrance. chairs were laid out spaciously, distance was kept between people,  no alcohol, food was cooked put in bags for you to take home.  in out job done.

could be the sensible people will save the rest. so many thai people pay their respects when someone they know dies, as we know thai people are so afraid of ghosty things that's maybe why. Lets hope the virus dies then we can have a real party.
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 17.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 17, 2020, 02:56:51 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 17.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

Thailand reports 3 new cases today and zero deaths, this raises the total to 3,028 cases since the outbreak began and a total of 56 fatalities.
1 more patient has also recovered in the last 24 hours making a total of 2,856 discharged to date, with 116 patients currently in hospital with the disease. The three new cases, detected in state quarantine, were students returning from overseas, one from Pakistan and two from Egypt, a spokesman for the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, said on Sunday.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand’s PM thanks billionaires for their help
Post by: thaiga on May 17, 2020, 03:29:34 PM
Thailand's PM thanks billionaires for their help
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his heartfelt thanks to the 20 Thai billionaires from whom he sought help during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

In his Facebook post today, he said that all of them had responded energetically to his call to help people affected by business closures as a direct result of the contagion.

He said that what matters is not the not the amount of money or the value of the projects the tycoons undertook to assist those in difficulty, but their willingness to offer a helping hand to ease the hardships of the Thai people at an extremely challenging time.

"The unity, generosity and care of Thai people for their fellow countrymen and others are unique," said the Prime Minister.

In addition to the billionaires, from whom he sought help directly, he disclosed that there were others who volunteered their help, as well as members of the public who did whatever they could to share happiness with others.

With the support of all sectors of society, the Prime Minister said he is confident that Thailand will survive this severe crisis.

thaipbsworld.com (https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thailands-pm-thanks-billionaires-for-their-help/)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Three new coronavirus cases discovered in Thailand
Post by: thaiga on May 18, 2020, 01:57:11 PM
Three new coronavirus cases discovered in Thailand

The Thai government said on Monday that it had discovered three new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.

That brings the total number of cases discovered in the country to 3,031 total cases.

There were no new fatalities with the death toll still at 56.

One more patient has recovered bringing the total number of discharged patients to 2,857.

118 people remain in hospital.

Of the three new cases, government spokesman Dr Thaweesin Visanuyothin said that they were discovered in Bangkok including one transmission in an office.

Overcrowding from the relaxation of lockdown measures has prompted fears of a second wave of infections.

thaienquirer.com (https://www.thaienquirer.com/13137/three-new-coronavirus-cases-discovered-in-thailand/)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 18.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 18, 2020, 02:56:08 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 18.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Restrictions lifted gradually to avoid second wave
Post by: thaiga on May 18, 2020, 07:53:17 PM
Restrictions lifted gradually to avoid second wave

Lifting all restrictions will only bring about a second wave of infections as has happened in other countries, government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Monday (May 18) when explaining why the measures were being eased very gradually.

As for lifting the state of emergency, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has considered the issue from all aspects, ranging from public health and economy to society, she said.

"The prime minister acknowledged that the state of emergency has adversely affected the country's society and economy, which is why he is calling on all relevant agencies to step up and provide help," she said, adding, "the lifting of other measures will depend on the number of new Covid-19 cases found in the future".

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Summer unlikely to curb coronavirus pandemic growth
Post by: thaiga on May 19, 2020, 01:34:55 PM
then if the hot weather makes no difference to the pandemic - then it must be the chillis that keeps Thailand safe  :)

Summer unlikely to curb coronavirus pandemic growth

The higher summer temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere are unlikely to significantly limit the growth of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Princeton University study published Monday in the journal Science.

Several statistical studies conducted over the past few months have shown a slight correlation between climate and the novel coronavirus -- the hotter and more humid it is, the less likely the virus is to spread.

But the findings remain preliminary, and much remains unknown about the exact relationship between climate and Covid-19.

The Princeton study does not rule out the correlation entirely but concludes that the impact of climate on the spread of the virus is "modest."

"Our findings suggest, without effective control measures, strong outbreaks are likely in more humid climates and summer weather will not substantially limit pandemic growth," the study said.

"We project that warmer or more humid climates will not slow the virus at the early stage of the pandemic," said Rachel Baker, a postdoctoral research associate in the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI).

While climate, particularly humidity, plays a role in the spread of other coronaviruses and the flu, the study said a more important factor is the absence of widespread immunity to Covid-19.

"We do see some influence of climate on the size and timing of the pandemic, but, in general, because there's so much susceptibility in the population, the virus will spread quickly no matter the climate conditions," Baker said.

Baker said the spread of the virus seen in countries such as Brazil, Ecuador and Australia indicates that warmer conditions do little to halt the pandemic.

"It doesn't seem that climate is regulating spread right now," Baker said.

Without strong containment measures or a vaccine, the coronavirus may continue to infect a large proportion of the world's population, the researchers said, and only become seasonal later, "after the supply of unexposed hosts is reduced."

"Previously circulating human coronaviruses such as the common cold depend strongly on seasonal factors, peaking in the winter outside of the tropics," said co-author Bryan Grenfell, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at PEI.

"If, as seems likely, the novel coronavirus is similarly seasonal, we might expect it to settle down to become a winter virus as it becomes endemic in the population," Grenfell said.

For the study, the researchers conducted simulations on how the pandemic would respond to various climates. They ran scenarios based on what is known about the effect seasonal variations have on similar viruses.

In all three scenarios, climate only became a mitigating factor when large portions of the human population were immune or resistant to the virus.

"The more that immunity builds up in the population, the more we expect the sensitivity to climate to increase," Baker said. "If you run the model long enough, you have a big pandemic and the outbreak settles into seasonal infection."

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19TH UPDATE (19 May 2020)
Post by: thaiga on May 19, 2020, 01:55:42 PM
COVID19TH UPDATE (19 May 2020)

- 2* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,033 total) - no new discharges (2,857) - 120 in hospital - no new deaths (56)
*2 family members in Narithiwat of a prev case - credit Saksith Saiyasombut
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 19.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 19, 2020, 03:16:36 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 19.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

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Title: Re: Covid-19: UPDATE (20 May 2020)
Post by: thaiga on May 20, 2020, 01:47:53 PM
Covid-19 UPDATE (20 May 2020)

- 1* new confirmed #COVID19 case (3,034 total) - 31 more discharged (2,888) - 90 in hospital - no new deaths (56)
a Thai national who returned from Bahrain was tested positive in state quarantine. He showed no symptoms.   credit @ Saksith Saiyasombut
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 20.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 20, 2020, 02:41:48 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 20.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Third phase of easing considered if no new cases in 15 days
Post by: thaiga on May 20, 2020, 06:43:49 PM
Third phase of easing considered if no new Covid-19 cases in 15 days

The government is planning announce the third phase of easing restrictions if the number of new Covid-19 cases does not rise within the next two weeks, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Wednesday (May 20).

Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said the total number of Covid-19 cases had risen by one to 3,034 and that there had been no Covid-19 related deaths over a 24-hour period.

Anutin believes that once businesses resume operation, people will adapt to the new normal such as maintaining social distancing, wearing face masks and washing hands frequently.

"Thailand's situation has improved as can be seen from the number of infections and those who have fully recovered," he said. "The ministry has earmarked more than Bt5 billion for the development of a vaccine and we have already stockpiled antiviral drugs."

The minister said it was good that Songklanagarind Hospital was successful in treating Covid-19 patients with blood plasma until they fully recovered.

"However, further study is required because the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute has tried to use this treatment and failed," he said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: State of emergency set to stay
Post by: thaiga on May 21, 2020, 12:47:45 PM
State of emergency set to stay

The emergency decree looks set to continue for another month as security authorities are still "not confident" about the Covid-19 situation following the easing of the lockdown since early this month, a military source says.

Their stance was revealed as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday met military top brass to address the Covid-19 outbreak that was "wreaking havoc on people from all walks of life", the source said.

The source said military chiefs are ready to act in line with the government's wishes if it decides to extend the decree. Staunch enforcement will continue until the pandemic eases off, the source said.

The National Security Council, the National Intelligence Agency and military agencies have been keeping a close watch on the easing of business shutdowns since May 17, a day which saw large numbers of people flocking to shopping malls.

According to the source, security agencies are worried over the impact on public health if the state of emergency does not continue when the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) allows more businesses and activities to reopen in June.

In this "phase 2 easing period", the government needs to wait for at least 14 days to assess whether new lockdown easing will lead to further Covid-19 outbreaks.

Without the executive decree, the source said, the CCSA will be dissolved and the government will lack the legal tools, including shutdowns and a curfew, it has used since March 26 to quickly contain the spread of novel coronavirus should further action be necessary.

In the view of security authorities, the enforcement of the Communicable Diseases Act alone is not enough as legal power will be mostly exercised by the Public Health Ministry.

This is different from the ongoing CCSA management with Gen Prayut authorised to give a "single command" integrating the work of both security and health officials.

National Security Council secretary-general Somsak Roongsita said he will call a meeting today on the executive decree enforcement, which is due to end on May 31, between security officers and representatives from health and business sectors.

Whether to further enforce the law will depend largely on the "actual Covid-19 situation", he said. The mostly one-digit infection rates a day which are being reported at the moment are the result of strict measures under the decree last month, he said.

bangkokpost.com (https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1921504/state-of-emergency-set-to-stay)
Title: Re: Covid-19: UPDATE (21 May 2020)
Post by: thaiga on May 21, 2020, 01:45:44 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (21 May 2020)

- 3 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,037 total) - 9 more discharged (2,897) - 84 in hospital - no new deaths (56) credit @ Saksith Saiyasombut
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 21.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 21, 2020, 02:53:03 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 21.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

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Title: Re: Covid-19: more info on the 3 new confirmed inc. 1 german
Post by: thaiga on May 21, 2020, 03:11:07 PM
German man among three new Covid-19 cases

Three new Covid-19 cases were found over a 24-hour period but there were no deaths, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration(CCSA), said on Thursday (May 21).

The total number of Covid-19 patients increased to 3,037.

All the new cases found in Bangkok and Chonburi; two in community areas while one patient, who had returned from the Philippines, was in state quarantine.

The first case is a Thai man, 72, who suffers from diabetes and lung cancer. He is being treated in a state hospital. He went to have a haircut at a salon on Prachachuen Road four days ago after which his symptoms start to show up on May 18.

The second case is a 42-year-old German man who lived in Bangkok but had gone to Chaiyaphum province from April 30 to May 16. His relative had a fever on May 8 but did not go to hospital. He also went to a shopping mall in Chaiyaphum during his stay. After returning to Bangkok, he went to check-up his health and was found to be infected on May 18.

The third case is a 25-year-old female student who had returned from the Philippines. She entered the state quarantine area on May 13 and was found to be infected on May 19 though none of the symptoms were visible.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Heat inside car parked in sunlight ‘can kill most of the virus’
Post by: thaiga on May 21, 2020, 09:41:51 PM
Heat inside car parked in sunlight 'can kill most of the virus', says professor

A new study by the University of Georgia in the US shows that the heat inside a parked car on a sunny day can kill 99.99 per cent of the novel coronavirus.

If a car is parked for 30 minutes in sunshine, the temperature inside the car can rise up to 45 degrees Celsius thanks to shortwave radiation of sunlight.

Travis Glenn, a professor of environmental health science at the university's College of Public Health, said the virus can live on surfaces for up to three days, but does not last very long in heat.

"So, if it faces hot temperatures like 45 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes, 99.99 per cent of the virus will die," he said. "It will take only five minutes to kill the virus in 65-degree Celsius heat."

However, he said, more tests are required to confirm that the virus can be killed by heat.

"We still encourage people to wear face masks when shopping or running errands outside their homes," he added. "You can also disinfect masks by leaving them inside the car, as long as it is parked somewhere warm."

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID UPDATE (22 May 2020)
Post by: thaiga on May 22, 2020, 01:59:37 PM
COVID UPDATE (22 May 2020)

zero* new confirmed #COVID19 caes (3,037 total - 13 more discharged (2,910) - 71 in hospital - no new deaths (56, no new deaths since 2 weeks) *pending test results from 2 people under state quarantine  credit @ Saksith Saiyasombut
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 22.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 22, 2020, 03:12:06 PM
the English language briefing with Mr. NatapanuN will only be from Monday-Friday in the future

Thailand Covid-19 Situation 22.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

Thailand reports Zero new cases today and Zero deaths, which is great news!
Keep up the good work Thailand!  The total number of cases since the outbreak began still stands at 3,037 with a total of 56 fatalities sadly.
Fantastic to hear there's a further 13 recoveries nationwide making a total of 2,910 discharged to date, with only 71 patients with the disease remaining in hospital. Here's to a speedy recovery!

Keep up the good work Thailand!

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Title: Re: Covid-19: CCSA approves extension of emergency for a month
Post by: thaiga on May 22, 2020, 03:59:58 PM
CCSA approves extension of emergency for a month

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meeting approved on Friday (May 22) extension of the state of emergency for a month until June 30, as proposed by the National Security Council (NSC).

The NSC on Thursday (May 21) decided to propose the emergency matter as well as those related to the next phase of relaxation of the lockdown and curfew to the CCSA. It invited representatives from related agencies like national security, public health and economy to hold a meeting in order to discuss the state of emergency, which has been enforced since March 26.

After approval by the CCSA, the NSC will propose this matter again to the Cabinet next Tuesday

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Title: Re: Covid-19: more info on the 3 new confirmed inc. 1 german - update
Post by: thaiga on May 22, 2020, 10:26:12 PM
Quote from: thaiga on May 21, 2020, 03:11:07 PM
German man among three new Covid-19 cases

Three new Covid-19 cases were found over a 24-hour period but there were no deaths, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration(CCSA), said on Thursday (May 21).

The total number of Covid-19 patients increased to 3,037.

All the new cases found in Bangkok and Chonburi; two in community areas while one patient, who had returned from the Philippines, was in state quarantine.

The first case is a Thai man, 72, who suffers from diabetes and lung cancer. He is being treated in a state hospital. He went to have a haircut at a salon on Prachachuen Road four days ago after which his symptoms start to show up on May 18.

The second case is a 42-year-old German man who lived in Bangkok but had gone to Chaiyaphum province from April 30 to May 16. His relative had a fever on May 8 but did not go to hospital. He also went to a shopping mall in Chaiyaphum during his stay. After returning to Bangkok, he went to check-up his health and was found to be infected on May 18.

The third case is a 25-year-old female student who had returned from the Philippines. She entered the state quarantine area on May 13 and was found to be infected on May 19 though none of the symptoms were visible.

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Adherence to protection measures reducing new Covid-19 cases

Director of communicable diseases, Dr Sopon Iamsirithaworn, said on Friday (May 22) that the two newest Covid-19 cases reported two days ago may not have transmitted the virus to others because they observed prevention guidelines and wore face masks while in public places.

The first case was a 72-year-old Thai man, who recently underwent treatment at a private hospital in Bangkok, and later visited a barber in the capital's Prachachuen area. Knowing that his immunity was low, the man has always been careful and never leaves home without a mask. Though there were no other customers at the barbershop when the man visited, there were eight members of staff at the time.

Since all members of staff were wearing masks at the time, they are considered low-risk contacts. However, the owner decided to temporarily close the shop and have all staff go into self-quarantine.

The man's two or three family members are considered to be at high risk and are being tested for infection.

The second case was a 42-year-old German man who travelled to Thailand in January, but recently visited his mother-in-law in Chaiyaphum province. He returned to Bangkok in a private car and had no symptoms, though he tested positive for Covid-19 when he underwent tests before returning to work. His wife and children tested negative.

However, officials are continuing to test people he may have come in contact with in Chaiyaphum province. Over the past two months, three cases were reported in Chaiyaphum and officials believe there is a possibility that there may be more asymptomatic Covid-19 cases in the province.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Heat inside car parked in sunlight ‘can kill most of the virus’
Post by: thaiga on May 23, 2020, 02:11:09 AM
Quote from: thaiga on May 21, 2020, 09:41:51 PM
Heat inside car parked in sunlight 'can kill most of the virus', says professor

A new study by the University of Georgia in the US shows that the heat inside a parked car on a sunny day can kill 99.99 per cent of the novel coronavirus.

If a car is parked for 30 minutes in sunshine, the temperature inside the car can rise up to 45 degrees Celsius thanks to shortwave radiation of sunlight.

Travis Glenn, a professor of environmental health science at the university's College of Public Health, said the virus can live on surfaces for up to three days, but does not last very long in heat.

"So, if it faces hot temperatures like 45 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes, 99.99 per cent of the virus will die," he said. "It will take only five minutes to kill the virus in 65-degree Celsius heat."

However, he said, more tests are required to confirm that the virus can be killed by heat.

"We still encourage people to wear face masks when shopping or running errands outside their homes," he added. "You can also disinfect masks by leaving them inside the car, as long as it is parked somewhere warm."

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (23 May 2020)
Post by: thaiga on May 23, 2020, 02:14:02 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (23 May 2020)

- 3* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,040 total)
- 6 more discharged (2,916)
- 68 in hospital
- no new deaths (56)

* 2 returnees in state quarantine, 1 Italian in Phuket showing no symptoms

credit @ Saksith Saiyasombut
Title: Re: Covid-19: 'Building back better'
Post by: thaiga on May 23, 2020, 03:16:08 PM
Prayut: 'Building back better'

Never in our recent history have we faced a major challenge such as coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19). This pandemic is going to bring about drastic changes to our economies and societies, and will force us to adapt and change our way of life. We can no longer return to a "Business as usual" mode and must be prepared to embrace the "New Normal".

I wish to take this opportunity to commend and extend support to every country in surmounting this crisis. Thailand is fully committed to controlling and responding to the spread of Covid-19 in the most effective manner. The Thai government has undertaken upstream, midstream and downstream measures, including screening and restrictions of international travel and the stay-at-home campaign. We have ensured adequate medical services, supplies and equipment; provision of accurate and transparent information to the public; as well as the promotion of community participation, including through the more than one million village health volunteers nationwide. Medical treatment for both Thai and non-Thai patients residing in Thailand along with remedial measures to alleviate social and economic effects have also been provided. The Thai government is confident that we can contain the outbreak, but we will remain vigilant while taking a step-by-step approach to ensure that we do not see a second wave of outbreak.

While we practise social distancing, we are not only keeping distance from one another but also from the environment and natural resources. Curbs on travel and tourism including the closure of national parks, seas and beaches have provided space for the environment to recuperate. It is now more evident than ever that human activities have greatly contributed to nature's imbalance and its degradation. As we embark on our recovery from this crisis, we must bear in mind the importance of maintaining balance among economic, social, environmental and development activities with a view to reviving nature and ensuring a balanced and sustainable ecosystem.

The theme of this commission session underscores the importance of the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and seas which are of great significance to Thailand. Last year, as chair of Asean, Thailand took part in the advocacy efforts of member states to adopt the "Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in the Asean Region", which emphasises enhanced cooperation to prevent, reduce and manage marine debris by supporting innovation, enhancing research capability, applying scientific knowledge as well as promoting inclusive participation of all relevant sectors. Therefore, I hope to be able to carry forward cooperation on this matter with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) and its members. At the same time, the apparent restoration of nature that I referred to as we implemented measures to combat Covid-19, in particular the reappearance of various wildlife and marine species, should give all of us impetus to be more environmentally conscious as we move forward.

The Covid-19 crisis has gravely impacted national and global economies. It will also affect our endeavours to achieve the sustainable development goals or SDGs. But in every crisis lies an opportunity. I would like to encourage all of us to rethink and find new and sustainable ways to advance cooperation in various areas such as food and energy security, public health, the environment, employment, digital and supply chain connectivity, the facilitation of transport of goods and logistics and people-to-people connectivity.

In addition, utilising the full potential of the digital economy will help mitigate economic impacts and disruptions to the supply chain, especially for essential goods, medicines and medical equipment caused by the pandemic.

The Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP), Thailand's path to achieving sustainable development, underlines the balance between economic, social and environmental development. SEP emphasises a people-centred approach to development that leaves no one behind, which entails grassroots empowerment and returning opportunities to the people, particularly to the vulnerable. When individuals and communities are empowered, the society and country will be resilient and continue to grow, immune to future challenges.

In our efforts to build back better, Thailand stresses the importance of supporting local economies, digital development and the promotion of the agricultural sector by ensuring food security, strengthening community businesses and fostering sustainability of grassroots economies. Bio Circular Green Economy (BCG) is a business model that will help promote sustainable growth that is environmentally friendly and inclusive.

This year marks the United Nation's 75th anniversary, and the Covid-19 pandemic has posed a litmus test to multilateralism. In ensuring its continued relevance, the UN and the multilateral system need to evolve to better reflect the interests of member states. We must cooperate, listen and exchange more knowledge with one another. As the main regional forum, Escap plays a vital role as a platform for the exchange of experiences and best practices among countries. Covid-19 has clearly demonstrated that the effects of crises do not respect boundaries. We must, therefore, assist one another. Otherwise, we will all fail and will be defeated by this pandemic. The recent Special Asean Summit on Covid-19 demonstrated common political will and resolve of Asean member states to address this critical issue.

As we build back better, we must stand firm and united in our pursuit for sustainability. In moving forward together, we must survive today. Tomorrow, we must become stronger. We must leave no one behind as we advance toward the goals ahead. The clock is ticking for the remaining decade of action and delivery to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We must, therefore, accelerate our collective efforts to build back better, drawing upon lessons learned and intensify cooperation in order to pass on a sustainable world to future generations.

An adaptation of remarks by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha at the opening of the 76th Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific on Thursday.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: South America new coronavirus 'epicentre'
Post by: thaiga on May 23, 2020, 03:41:50 PM
The World Health Organization says Latin America has become the new epicentre of the pandemic, with Brazil reporting the highest number of coronavirus cases in the region. The number of new infections on the continent has now surpassed the US and Europe's.

Title: Re: Covid-19: 10 "new normal" behaviors - poll
Post by: thaiga on May 24, 2020, 12:37:22 PM
10 "new normal" behaviors following Covid-19 pandemic: Suan Dusit Poll

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Weaponising the origin of Covid-19
Post by: thaiga on May 24, 2020, 12:45:20 PM
Weaponising the origin of Covid-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And therein lies the problem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (24 May 2020)
Post by: thaiga on May 24, 2020, 02:04:49 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (24 May 2020)

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

*no new deaths for over 2 weeks now (last reported death on 9 May)  credit @ SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: update on todays report
Post by: thaiga on May 24, 2020, 06:57:57 PM
No new coronavirus infections reported on Sunday in Thailand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Dr. Panprapa Yongtrakul becomes the new face of the CCSA.
Post by: thaiga on May 25, 2020, 01:47:30 PM
From beauty queen to new face in Thailand's COVID-19 battle
Crowned Miss Thailand 2008, Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul returned to the spotlight last week as assistant spokeswoman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Her task in this new position is to update the public about the pandemic every weekend from May 23. While Panprapa did just fine on her first weekend at the job, her appointment was a big surprise given that Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin has been the sole reassuring face and voice of CCSA since it was established on March 26.  full article  thaipbsworld.com (https://www.thaipbsworld.com/from-beauty-queen-to-new-face-in-thailands-covid-19-battle/)
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (25 May 2020)
Post by: thaiga on May 25, 2020, 01:59:04 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (25 May 2020)

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

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

The two new cases are: a Chinese who is the wife of the Italian man in Phuket who was reported with #COVID19 on Saturday (also no symptoms). The other was found in state quarantine in a Thai woman who returned from Russia, also with no symptoms.  credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 25.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 25, 2020, 03:22:55 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 25.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: BEWARE of fake Thai Chana apps
Post by: thaiga on May 25, 2020, 03:55:51 PM
as above pic BEWARE of fake Thai Chana apps

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: NSC meets Wednesday to sort out 3rd phase of lockdown easing
Post by: thaiga on May 25, 2020, 03:56:47 PM
NSC meets Wednesday to sort out 3rd phase of lockdown easing

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Probe to find out the where 72-year old was infected
Post by: thaiga on May 25, 2020, 10:25:34 PM
Probe to find out the where 72-year old was infected   thaipbsworld.com (https://www.thaipbsworld.com/probe-to-find-out-the-where-72-year-old-was-infected-with-coronavirus/)

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: WHO Warns of 'Second Peak' in areas where declining
Post by: thaiga on May 26, 2020, 01:14:01 PM
WHO warns of 'second peak' in areas where COVID-19 declining
The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak, WHO emergencies head Dr Mike Ryan told an online briefing. Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an "immediate second peak" if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Monday.  news18.com (https://www.news18.com/news/world/who-warns-of-second-peak-in-areas-where-covid-19-declining-2637387.html)

Coronavirus outbreak: WHO says countries must watch for possible "2nd peak" not just "2nd wave"
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (26 May 2020)
Post by: thaiga on May 26, 2020, 01:43:54 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (26 May 2020)

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

*all found in state quarantine, all Thai returnees from Russia and Kuwait   credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 26.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 26, 2020, 03:00:56 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 26.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Taweesin explains the need to extend state of emergency
Post by: thaiga on May 26, 2020, 08:05:09 PM
Taweesin explains the need to extend state of emergency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Five students arriving from Saudi Arabia test positive
Post by: thaiga on May 27, 2020, 02:06:18 AM
Five students arriving from Saudi Arabia test positive for coronavirus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Most people want a vacation from the lockdown, survey shows
Post by: thaiga on May 27, 2020, 02:21:28 AM
Most people want a vacation from the lockdown, survey shows  nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30388542?utm_source=bottom_relate&utm_medium=internal_referral)

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

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

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

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

Of the women surveyed, 11 per cent said they wanted to go to the beauty salon for skin and hair treatment and manicures.
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (27 May 2020)
Post by: thaiga on May 27, 2020, 02:15:35 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (27 May 2020)

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

*all Thai returnees in state quarantine (1 from the US, 2 from Qatar, 6 from Saudi Arabia)   credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 27.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 27, 2020, 02:30:10 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 27.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Haircuts come first after lockdown: Poll
Post by: thaiga on May 28, 2020, 01:34:07 AM
Haircuts come first after lockdown: Poll

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regarding age, different generations seemed to have different lifestyles.

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (28 May 2020)
Post by: thaiga on May 28, 2020, 01:47:36 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (28 May 2020)

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

*all of them recent Thai returnees detected in state quarantine  credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 28.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 28, 2020, 02:43:27 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 28.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

https://www.facebook.com/IrishCommunityThailand/videos/280907459745959/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos
Title: Re: Covid-19: Complete end to lockdown on July 1
Post by: thaiga on May 28, 2020, 09:58:39 PM
Complete end to lockdown on July 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

bangkokpost.com (https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1925768/complete-end-to-lockdown-on-july-1)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand’s unsung Covid-19 success story
Post by: thaiga on May 29, 2020, 02:35:36 AM
Thailand's unsung Covid-19 success story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

full article  asiatimes.com (https://asiatimes.com/2020/05/thailands-unsung-covid-19-success-story/)
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (29 May 2020)
Post by: thaiga on May 29, 2020, 01:56:46 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (29 May 2020)

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

*all Thai returnees from Kuwait found in state quarantine   credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 29.05.2020
Post by: thaiga on May 29, 2020, 02:32:08 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 29.05.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

https://www.facebook.com/IrishCommunityThailand/videos/1108169772898527/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand warned to brace for the second wave
Post by: thaiga on May 29, 2020, 02:55:40 PM
pass the salt - a pinch of - fearmongering or what - this same guy In March this year, predicted that COVID-19 infections in Thailand would peak at over 100,000 with hundreds of fatalities by mid-April.

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

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

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

here's the article  thaipbsworld.com (https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thailand-warned-to-brace-for-the-second-wave-of-covid-19-infections/)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Provincial Travel
Post by: Taman Tun on May 29, 2020, 03:11:21 PM
Sounds as if provincial travel will be back on Monday.  This could be the end of WFH :(
Title: Re: Covid-19: Provincial Travel
Post by: thaiga on May 29, 2020, 03:28:25 PM
Quote from: Taman Tun on May 29, 2020, 03:11:21 PM
Sounds as if provincial travel will be back on Monday.  This could be the end of WFH :(
you go careful T.T. give it another couple of weeks to be sure of things running smoothly.
give us a wave as you go by - not a second wave  ;D could not resist that. boom! boom!

Title: Re: Covid-19: Provincial Travel - Curfew reduced
Post by: thaiga on May 29, 2020, 03:37:31 PM
Quote from: Taman Tun on May 29, 2020, 03:11:21 PM
Sounds as if provincial travel will be back on Monday.  This could be the end of WFH :(
Inter-provincial travel will be allowed to restart on June 3 for those who had necessary journeys to make

Curfew reduced to 11pm-3am

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

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

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

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

Department stores could also open until 9pm.

nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30388721)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Foreigners allowed to enter Thailand on case-by-case basis
Post by: thaiga on May 30, 2020, 01:22:10 PM
Foreigners allowed to enter Thailand on case-by-case basis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30388723?utm_source=bottom_relate&utm_medium=internal_referral)
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (30 May 2020)
Post by: thaiga on May 30, 2020, 01:40:26 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (30 May 2020)

- 1 new confirmed #COVID19 case (3,077 total)
- 16 more discharged (2,961)
- 59 in hospital
- no new deaths (57)

The new case is another returnee from abroad found in state quarantine.  credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Trump cuts ties with WHO as pandemic grips Latin America
Post by: thaiga on May 30, 2020, 02:37:29 PM
Trump cuts ties with WHO as pandemic grips Latin America

US President Donald Trump said he is severing ties with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as the death toll from the disease spiked again in the United States and Brazil.

Trump's move signals an end to hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to the United Nations agency just when it needs it most, with outbreaks in many parts of the world yet to reach their peak.

Countries in Latin America are bracing for difficult weeks ahead, especially Brazil, where the death toll shot up by 1,124 on Friday and there were a record number of new infections.

Trump initially suspended funding to the WHO last month, accusing it of not doing enough to curb the early spread of the virus and being too lenient with China, where the virus emerged late last year.

On Friday he made that decision permanent in a major blow for the UN agency's finances, as the United States is by far its biggest contributor, pumping in $400 million last year.

"Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization," Trump told reporters.

The Republican leader said the US would be redirecting WHO funds "to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs."

"The world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency," Trump said.

Beijing has furiously denied US allegations that it played down or even covered up the threat from the virus after it was detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, insisting it has been forthcoming.

- 'Living in fear' -

The pandemic has since claimed almost 364,000 lives globally and the number of cases is nearing six million.

Populations are now learning to adjust to life with the long-term threat of infection as the virus continues its march around the globe and a vaccine remains elusive.

As the disease spreads across South America, the poor have been hit hard in countries like Brazil, which now has the second highest number of cases in the world after the United States.

Lockdowns have interrupted the meager services many depend on, such as school lunches for hungry children and water deliveries.

"In 26 years, I've never seen so many people living in fear, so many people going hungry," said Alcione Albanesi, founder of charity Amigos do Bem, which distributes supplies to communities in the hot, dry and impoverished Sertao region of Brazil's northeast.

"Everything has ground to a stop. But hunger doesn't stop."

Chile also logged another record number of deaths on Friday, pushing its total to almost 1,000.

The surge in the Americas comes as the number of infections continues to fall in much of Europe, which is pressing on down the path to economic re-opening after months of crippling lockdowns.

Italy's iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa is set to open Saturday, cinemas will reopen in Austria, and parks are scheduled to throw open their gates in Paris.

Tourism-dependent Greece said it will restart its two main airports for arrivals from 29 countries from June 15 as the summer travel season picks up. But some European nations hard hit by the virus are not on the list, such as France, Spain, Britain and Italy.

In Austria, hotels were on Friday allowed to take in tourists again under special guidelines, provided masks are worn.

"It's of course a lot more effort now. But the most important thing is that guests return," Gilbert Kratschmann, marketing manager at the Das Triest boutique hotel in Vienna, told AFP.

Turkey too moved ahead with easing its restrictions as mosques opened for the first time in months, drawing hundreds of worshippers in masks for mass prayers in Istanbul.

And Denmark said it would reopen its border to visitors from Germany, Norway and Iceland from June 15, although Britain and the rest of the European Union will have to wait a few more months for access.

Across the Atlantic, the US capital Washington resumed outdoor dining with social distancing precautions in place, and in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state was "on track" to begin reopening in the week of June 8, even as the death toll in the US spiked again by 1,225 on Friday.

Disney World in Florida said it will be up and running again from July 11.

The economic damage from weeks of lockdowns continues to pile up, with Chile taking out a two-year $24 billion credit line with the IMF Friday to tackle the virus fallout.

India's economy grew at its slowest pace in two decades in the first quarter, and Canada and Brazil also said their GDP figures shrank.

Germany and the European Commission meanwhile reached agreement on a giant Berlin-funded rescue plan for virus-hit Lufthansa, a commission spokeswoman and a source close to the negotiations said.

But there were signs of progress in the sporting world, with England's FA Cup final set to take place on August 1, football authorities announced, and competition in Spain's La Liga will resume on June 11.

bangkokpost.com (https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1926764)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Govt clarifies on Inter-provincial transport during curfew hours
Post by: thaiga on May 31, 2020, 01:03:37 PM
Govt clarifies on Inter-provincial transport during curfew hours

The government has suggested that people defer inter-provincial travel, or travel only if it were necessary, as that would help slow or prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Phase 3 of the easing of lockdown measures, which comes into effect from June 1, permits inter-province travel to allow people to return to normal life and help revive the economy.

Travel across provinces in phase 3 as published in the Government Gazette sets the following conditions:

▪︎No one should be out during curfew hours between 11pm and 3am the following day.

▪︎Passenger vehicles as well as those involved in public transport of people or goods that depart from a province before 11pm can arrive at the destination in another province after 3am the next day.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 13 Thais return from South Korea with high fever
Post by: thaiga on May 31, 2020, 01:08:04 PM
13 Thais return from South Korea with high fever

A Korean Airlines flight arrived at 9.25pm on Saturday (May 30) at Suvarnabhumi Airport bringing 194 Thais from South Korea.

The screening officer found 13 of the passengers with high fever and immediately sent them to hospital. The rest took the bus to14-day state quarantine areas according to state measures while 18 were sent to alternative state quarantine at the designated hotel.

nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30388816)
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (31 May 2020)
Post by: thaiga on May 31, 2020, 01:43:53 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (31 May 2020)

- 4 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,081 total)
- 2 more discharged (2,963)
- 61 still in hospital
- no new deaths (57)

All new cases found in state quarantine.  credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Private quarantine facilities at own cost offered to foreigners
Post by: thaiga on May 31, 2020, 06:21:01 PM
Private quarantine facilities at own cost offered to returning foreigners

Foreigners and Thai nationals returning to Thailand from abroad can choose special services at their own expense during their 14 days of quarantine on arrival.
The Public Health Ministry has collaborated with private organisations to provide Alternative State Quarantine accommodation, the PR Thai Government Facebook page informed this week.

This kind of quarantine venues are for those who need more services and conveniences compared to normal state quarantine.

According to the Facebook page, participating hotels must have a contract with a hospital to take care of their guests, regarding healthcare and treatment, throughout the quarantine period.

Hotels offering Alternative State Quarantine are required to pass the assessment of the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Defence, it said.

There are currently five places ready to accommodate people returning from foreign countries -- Movenpick Wellness BDMS Resort Hotel, Qiu Hotel Sukhumvit, Grand Richmond Hotel, Royal Benja Hotel, and The Idle residence. The places are located in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, and Pathum Thani.

The quarantine promotions offered by the hotels vary in price and service. Those interested in the Alternative State Quarantine accommodation can check the hotels' websites or their social media channels.

According to Qiu Hotel Sukhumvit, around 90 guests have totally taken its Alternative State Quarantine accommodation since the service started. Also, the hotel informed that total rooms, prepared for being Alternative State Quarantine, were 79.

Moreover, Qiu Hotel revealed that around 600 to 700 people have asked it about this service, estimated from those Facebook's direct messages and comments.

On Friday (May 29), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that foreigners with work permits or permission from the Labour Ministry or other government agencies would be allowed to enter the country after registration, under the third phase of lockdown relaxation.

Eligible foreign nationals can submit their applications to the Thai embassies in their respective countries, deputy spokesman Natapanu Nopakun said. "They must have a health insurance and a health certificate, and will also be subject to 14 days quarantine in Thailand, either at a state facility or in a private facility at their own cost," he added.

nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30388808)
Title: Re: Covid-19: 20 Thais back from UK have high fever
Post by: thaiga on June 01, 2020, 01:17:42 PM
20 Thais back from UK have high fever, rushed to hospital

Twenty of the 251 Thais who returned home on Sunday (May 31) from the United Kingdom were found to have high fever and rushed to hospital, Suvarnabhumi Airport deputy director Kittipong Kittikachorn said.

"The 251 Thais departed from London on Thai Airways International Flight TG917 and arrived at the airport at 2.20pm," Kittipong explained. "Preliminary screening found that 20 passengers had high fever and they were rushed to hospital."

"There are 16 passengers who expressed an interest in entering alternative state quarantine facilities, while the rest were transported to the government's specified facilities in Bangkok and Samut Prakarn."

As of today, the UK has reported 274,762 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 38,489 deaths. It is one of the coronavirus hotspots in Europe following Spain.

nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30388844?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=internal_referral)
Title: Re: Covid-19: New coronavirus losing potency
Post by: thaiga on June 01, 2020, 01:28:29 PM
New coronavirus losing potency, top Italian doctor says

The new coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, a senior Italian doctor said on Sunday

"In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy," said Alberto Zangrillo, the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan in the northern region of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of Italy's coronavirus contagion.

"The swabs that were performed over the last 10 days showed a viral load in quantitative terms that was absolutely infinitesimal compared to the ones carried out a month or two months ago," he told RAI television.

Italy has the third highest death toll in the world from COVID-19, with 33,415 people dying since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21. It has the sixth highest global tally of cases at 233,019.

However new infections and fatalities have fallen steadily in May and the country is unwinding some of the most rigid lockdown restrictions introduced anywhere on the continent.

Zangrillo said some experts were too alarmist about the prospect of a second wave of infections and politicians needed to take into account the new reality.

"We've got to get back to being a normal country," he said. "Someone has to take responsibility for terrorizing the country."

The government urged caution, saying it was far too soon to claim victory.

"Pending scientific evidence to support the thesis that the virus has disappeared ... I would invite those who say they are sure of it not to confuse Italians," Sandra Zampa, an undersecretary at the health ministry, said in a statement.

"We should instead invite Italians to maintain the maximum caution, maintain physical distancing, avoid large groups, to frequently wash their hands and to wear masks."

A second doctor from northern Italy told the national ANSA news agency that he was also seeing the coronavirus weaken.

"The strength the virus had two months ago is not the same strength it has today," said Matteo Bassetti, head of the infectious diseases clinic at the San Martino hospital in the city of Genoa.

"It is clear that today the COVID-19 disease is different."

reuters.com (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy-virus/new-coronavirus-losing-potency-top-italian-doctor-says-idUSKBN2370OQ)
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID UPDATE (1 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 01, 2020, 01:48:49 PM
COVID UPDATE (1 June 2020)

- 1* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,082 total)
- 2 more discharged (2,965)
- 60 still in hospital
- no new deaths (57)

*Thai returnee from Russia, first test in state quarantine was negative, but second test was positive, albeit no symptoms.  credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 01.06.2020
Post by: thaiga on June 01, 2020, 02:49:05 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 01.06.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation.- Irish Community Thailand

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Title: Re: Covid-19: New ThaiChana app ‘solves check-out problem’
Post by: thaiga on June 02, 2020, 02:17:30 AM
New ThaiChana app 'solves check-out problem'

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Eighteen-and-a-half million people have used the new ThaiChana smartphone app to check in and out of 133,694 venues across the country, Polawat Witoolkollachit, inspector-general at the Digital Economy and Society Ministry, said on Monday (June 1).

The app version of the platform had been downloaded by 125,773 smartphone users, while users of both the old platform and the app had checked in and out of venues about 90 million times. The app was developed after shops and users complained that people were neglecting to check out of venues, negating the platform's effectiveness as a tool for social distancing.

"After we launched the application version, the check in and out ratio increased from 56 per cent to 92 per cent," said Polawat.

With interprovincial travel allowed again after the third phase of lockdown easing, Polawat asked restaurants and convenience stores in filling stations to register for ThaiChana so the government can collect people's travel history to trace potential Covid-19 outbreaks.

Meanwhile, he cautioned users that spam received via Apple's iMessage system is not related to ThaiChana, adding that data from the platform was managed by the Department of Disease Control.

"The iMessage system is different from the SMS system because iMessage can send messages via the internet without using a telephone number, so we urge Apple to solve this issue as soon as possible," he said. "We advise people to delete such messages and report them to Apple Inc."

He confirmed that the Android version of the ThaiChana app only recorded check in and out information, adding that the iOS version would be available for download soon.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Songkran holidays will rely on number of new infections
Post by: thaiga on June 02, 2020, 02:24:33 AM
Songkran holidays will rely on number of new infections

Whether the Songkran holidays will be rescheduled in July depends very much on the number of new Covid-19 infections there are now that the third phase of lockdown easing began on Monday (June 1), Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said.

Thailand had postponed the Songkran holidays in April to help curb the pandemic.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Distancing and masks cut COVID-19 risk
Post by: thaiga on June 02, 2020, 12:18:54 PM
Distancing and masks cut COVID-19 risk, says largest review of evidence

Keeping at least one metre apart and wearing face masks and eye protection are the best ways to cut the risk of COVID-19 infection, according to the largest review to date of studies on coronavirus disease transmission.

In a review that pooled evidence from 172 studies in 16 countries, researchers found frequent handwashing and good hygiene are also critical - though even all those measures combined can not give full protection.

The findings, published in The Lancet journal on Monday, will help guide governments and health agencies, some of whom have given conflicting advice on measures, largely because of limited information about COVID-19.

"Our findings are the first to synthesise all direct information on COVID-19, SARS, and MERS, and provide the currently best available evidence on the optimum use of these common and simple interventions to help 'flatten the curve'", said Holger Schünemann from McMaster University in Canada, who co-led the research.

Current evidence suggests COVID-19 is most commonly spread by droplets, especially when people cough, and infects by entering through the eyes, nose and mouth, either directly or via contaminated surfaces.

For this analysis, an international research team conducted a systematic review of 172 studies assessing distance measures, face masks and eye protection to prevent transmission of three diseases caused by coronaviruses - COVID-19, SARS and MERS.

The researchers noted that the findings, while comprehensive, have some limitations for the current pandemic since most of the evidence came from studies of SARS and MERS.

They found, however, that physical distancing of at least 1 metre lowers risk of COVID-19 transmission, and that a distance of 2 metres could be more effective. Masks and protective eye coverings may also add protective benefits, though the evidence for that was less clear cut, they added.

Derek Chu, an assistant professor at McMaster University who co-led the work, said people should understand that "wearing a mask is not an alternative to physical distancing, eye protection or basic measures such as hand hygiene." REUTERS

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID UPDATE (2 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 02, 2020, 01:46:06 PM
COVID UPDATE (2 June 2020)

- 1 new confirmed #COVID19 case (3,083 total)
- 1 more discharged (2,966)
- 59 in hospital
- 1 new death (58)

New case is a Thai student in state quarantine who returned from Saudi Arabia. Latest death is an 80 year old man in Narathiwat.  credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 02.06.2020
Post by: thaiga on June 02, 2020, 02:27:05 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 02.06.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Culture Ministry proposes holidays July 4th to 9th for Songkran
Post by: thaiga on June 02, 2020, 09:16:03 PM
Culture Ministry proposes holidays from July 4th to 9th for Songkran celebrations

Thailand's Ministry of Culture will propose, to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), the declaration of special public holidays, from July 4th to 9th, for belated Songkran celebrations, which were postponed from mid-April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Culture Minister Itthiphol Khunpluem said today that the period is suitable because July 4th and 5th are a weekend and, since July 5th is the Asalha Puja religious observance day, July 6th can be another holiday.

By declaring the special Songkran holidays, Thai people will have a total of six days off to celebrate the water-splashing festival, said the Minister.

Alternatively, the celebrations could be held at the end of July, when there is a special holiday for the birthday of His Majesty the King, he added.

The Culture Minister added, however, that the issue must be discussed with health officials in the CCSA and the results of the easing of lockdown restrictions in the third phase in June will need to be assessed.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand plans ‘travel bubbles’ when borders reopen
Post by: thaiga on June 03, 2020, 02:01:35 AM
Thailand plans 'travel bubbles' when borders reopen

The government plans to create so-called "travel bubbles" through bilateral agreements designed to keep the novel coronavirus in check when Thailand's borders are reopened.

"Once the situation improves, we'll allow travel between countries that we have an agreement with," Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said in a briefing in Bangkok on Tuesday, adding no such pacts have reached the cabinet yet.

The country's borders are restricted under a state of emergency that lasts until June 30, and most incoming international flights are banned. At the same time, officials are easing a lockdown after coronavirus cases dwindled, and mulling how to restart the crucial tourism sector to help counter a recession.

"There won't be free movement because we don't want another outbreak that could hurt both the origin and the destination," Gen Prayut said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Work permit holder boost but no news for separated families
Post by: thaiga on June 03, 2020, 02:16:50 AM
Work permit holder boost but no news for separated families

The Foreign Ministry has informed Thailand's foreign chambers of commerce that foreigners who have work permits or permission from Thai government agencies will soon be allowed to enter the kingdom.

Currently, Thai nationals who wish to return to the country are being accommodated while some particular groups of foreigners such as diplomats or humanitarian workers are also allowed to enter.

Foreigners with work permits will be allowed to return once the aviation rules change although spouses and families are not included in the stipulation.

"It is for one group of non-Thai nationals, those with work permits. We understand that this has not included every group yet, but it's one good development," said Natapanu Nopakun, deputy spokesman of the ministry.

"We are going to implement step by step so please understand the measures that we have to take," he said adding that the discussion about whether to allow other groups of foreigners, including tourists, is still going on.

Eligible foreign nationals are invited to submit applications at Thai embassies in their countries. They must have health insurance and a health certificate.

Upon entry into the kingdom, non-Thai nationals will be subjected to a 14-day state quarantine at a government-designated or alternative approved facility at their own expense, and obliged to comply with the government's disease-prevention measures, according to information from the ministry.

In reaction to the announcement, a Twitter user wrote on Friday: "Pointless. By the time you have everything in order it would be mid-June and after quarantine July. Might as well just wait until July when likely there will be none of this nonsense."

The ministry has sent a letter, signed on May 28, to foreign chambers of commerce in Thailand stating that a regulation issued under the said emergency decree also allows non-Thai nationals who either possess a valid work permit or have already been granted permission from a Thai government agency to work in the kingdom, to apply for permission to enter the country.

"It is, however, requested that only those who urgently need to enter the kingdom may submit an application for entry.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in consultation with the Board of Investment and the Ministry of Labour, will consider all requests for entry on a case by case basis, taking into account urgency and economic importance, among others," the letter says.

Non-Thai nationals who wish to submit an application for entry are advised to contact the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General in their country of departure to apply for a "Certificate of Entry into the Kingdom of Thailand" at least 10 working days before the date of intended departure.

It also requires a valid health insurance policy covering all expenditures for medical treatment, including Covid-19 worth at least US$100,000 (3.2 million baht).

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

At the port of departure/embarkation, the approved applicant is required to present the certificate issued by the Royal Thai Embassy Consulate-General; a completed and signed "Declaration Form" obtained from the Embassy/Consulate-General; and a "Fit to Fly Health Certificate" issued no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (3 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 03, 2020, 01:43:01 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (3 June 2020)

- 1* new confirmed #COVID19 case (3,084 total)
- 2 more discharged (2,968)
- 58 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

*A Thai returnee from Saudi Arabia found in state quarantine.  credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: 17 new coronavirus cases
Post by: thaiga on June 04, 2020, 02:14:01 PM
(Reuters) - Thailand reported 17 new coronavirus cases on Thursday and no new deaths, taking the total number of infections to 3,101, of which 58 were fatalities. The new cases were Thai nationals in quarantine who recently returned from the Middle East, including 13 from Kuwait alone, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government's COVID-19 Administration Centre.

There are 2,968 patients who have recovered since the outbreak started. (pic below @TNAMCOT)

Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: June 4, 2020
Post by: thaiga on June 04, 2020, 03:04:59 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: June 4, 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

- New cases = 17, deaths = 0, total cases = 3,101 total deaths = 58, and total recoveries = 2,968

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID UPDATE (5 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 05, 2020, 01:48:17 PM
COVID UPDATE (5 June 2020)

- 1 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,102 total)
- 3 more discharged (2,971)
- 73 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New case is a Thai returnee from Kuwait, was not found in state quarantine until second test and showed no symptoms.  credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: June 5, 2020
Post by: thaiga on June 05, 2020, 02:53:29 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: June 5, 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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Title: Re: Covid-19: Ministry authorises resumption of all public transport
Post by: thaiga on June 05, 2020, 06:12:52 PM
Ministry authorises resumption of all public transport

The Ministry of Transport has allowed all public transport, such as buses, trains and planes to resume to meet the people's demand for travel, except to some provinces that had not ended the lockdown measures.

Anon Luangboriboon, the ministry's deputy permanent secretary, said that the move followed the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration's third phase of lockdown relaxation.

"However, the service methods depend on authorities that supervise each public transport, such as the Department of Land Transport, State Railway of Thailand, and Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand," he said.

He said that of 19 provinces that were locked down, up to 12 provinces have allowed people to travel but they might have to undergo additional Covid-19 preventive measures.

"The ministry is requesting information about Covid-19 preventive measures from another eight provinces, expecting to receive the information soon," he said.

He added that all public transport were instructed to undergo the ministry's Covid-19 preventive measures, such as maintaining social distancing, wearing face mask, providing hand sanitising gels, and using the ThaiChana platform to monitor Covid-19 patients.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 'Not over til no virus in the world': WHO
Post by: thaiga on June 05, 2020, 10:22:43 PM
i think she means   "It ain't over till the fat lady sings"   ::)

The World Health Organization says the COVID-19 crisis will not over until there is no virus anywhere in the world.

Some countries have seen "upticks" in COVID-19 cases as lockdowns ease, and populations must continue to protect themselves against the coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

"It's not over. It's not over until there is no virus anywhere in the world," WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a UN briefing on Friday in Geneva.

Some countries have seen upticks in COVID-19 cases as lockdowns ease, and populations must protect themselves from the coronavirus while authorities continued testing, Harris said.

The epicentre of the pandemic is in countries of central, south and north America, particularly the United States, she said.

"On 'upticks' (in cases), yes we have seen in countries around the world - I'm not talking specifically about Europe - when the lockdowns ease, when the social distancing measures ease, people sometimes interpret this as 'OK, it's over'."

Harris, referring to US demonstrations since the killing of George Floyd 10 days ago, said protesters must take precautions. "We have certainly seen a lot of passion this week; we've seen people who have felt the need to be out and to express their feelings," she added. "We ask them to remember still protect yourself and others."

To avoid infection, the WHO advised people to maintain a distance of at least one metre, frequently wash hands and avoid touching their mouth, nose and eyes, Harris said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 2 Thais out of 120 returning from India hospitalised high fever
Post by: thaiga on June 06, 2020, 12:35:50 PM
Two Thais out of 120 returning from India hospitalised with high fever  nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30389141?utm_source=bottom_relate&utm_medium=internal_referral)

Two of the 120 Thais who returned home on Friday (June 6) from India were found to have high fever and rushed to hospital, Suvarnabhumi Airport deputy director Kittipong Kittikachorn said.

"The 120 Thais departed from Mumbai on Air India Flight AI 340 and arrived at the airport at 4.20pm," Kittipong said. "Preliminary screening found that two passengers had high fever and they were rushed to hospital."

The rest 188 passengers were transported to the government's facilities in Chonburi province to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

India is one of the current hot spots of the Covid-19 outbreak in Asia, with more than 220,000 confirmed cases and over 6,300 deaths.
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (6 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 06, 2020, 02:19:29 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (6 June 2020)

- 2 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,104 total)
- no new discharges (2,971)
- 75 in hospital
- no new deaths

New cases again in state quarantine, they returned from Russia and Kuwait, respectively. Both showed no symptoms.  credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: G20 pledges more than $21 billion to fight coronavirus
Post by: thaiga on June 07, 2020, 02:03:55 AM
G20 pledges more than $21 billion to fight coronavirus
(Reuters) – The Group of 20 rich and emerging economies has pledged more than $21 billion to fight the coronavirus, the group said early on Saturday.

"The G20, with invited countries, has coordinated the global efforts to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, G20 members and invited countries have pledged over US$21 billion to support funding in global health," the group said in a statement.

The pledges will be directed towards diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutics, and research and development, the statement added.

In April the group called on all countries, non-governmental organizations, philanthropies and the private sector to help close a financing gap estimated at over $8 billion to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saudi Arabia, the current G20 chair has pledged $500 million to support global efforts to combat the pandemic. It said then it would allocate $150 million to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation, $150 million to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations, and $200 million to other health organisations and programmes.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Stringent new normal measures imposed nationwide
Post by: thaiga on June 07, 2020, 12:57:28 PM
Stringent new normal measures imposed nationwide
(NNT) - Provinces have stepped up measures following the third phase of the lockdown relaxation, with Chanthaburi province announcing a D-Day against people leaving their homes without masks.


The authorities in Chanthaburi have noted travelers dropping their guard in terms of COVID-19 avoidance practices, with local public health official, Dr. Apirak Pisutaporn, urging visitors to closed spaces to keep their masks on, and to avoid crowded places.


Chanthaburi Governor Witurat Srinam admitted that locals have been seen commuting without waering masks and thereby posing a risk of a second wave of infections. The province will enforce mask-wearing stringently with a 20,000 baht fine from June 6 onward.


At Phuket's second transport terminal meanwhile, a large number of people were seen buying tickets to return home. The hub is practicing strict checks including temperature screenings and distancing. Sritrang Tours, which runs between Phuket and Hat Yai has reduced its bus loads from a maximum of 39 to only 19, and mandated that passengers scan the Thai Chana platform, with those unable to do so required to fill out a form.

People traveling to Phuket are required to register on the PHUKET SMART CHECK-IN application in accordance with anti-communicable disease measures.

Phang Nga Transport Terminal, has similarly seen an uptick in activity after restrictions on inter-provincial travel were lifted on June 4. Drivers at the terminal are required to report for temperature screenings as part of safety measures. They noted passengers have not reached their maximum yet, as only journeys to the south, including Phuket, Su-ngai Kolok and Betong are available.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (7 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 07, 2020, 02:10:46 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (7 June 2020)

- 8 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,112 total)
- 1 more discharged (2,972)
- 82 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

13th day in a row without a local new case. All new cases today found in state quarantine (5 from UAE, 2 from Kuwait, 1 from India)  credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: 14 days without domestic Covid-19 cases Thailand can 'consider itself safe'
Post by: thaiga on June 07, 2020, 10:00:54 PM
Only after another 14 days without domestic Covid-19 cases can Thailand 'consider itself safe'
Thailand has had 13 days without any Covid-19 case and can consider itself safe if the trend continues for another 14 days, Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul, deputy spokeswoman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Sunday (June 7)

According to epidemiology and disease investigation for Covid-19, there is a 14-day incubation period but the low-risk virus period is two times the incubation period, which is 28 days, she said.

Panrapa added that even though the country has not found any domestic cases for 13 days, people still have to act responsibly and follow disease prevention and control measures, wear a face mask, keep a distance, wash hands, and avoid going to crowded places.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: tourism MICE business will first reboot with low-risk countries
Post by: thaiga on June 08, 2020, 12:32:44 PM
Thailand's tourism and MICE business will first reboot with low-risk countries
When Thailand's international borders are prised open, sometime after July 1 this year (that's the current date anyway), the first tourists and travellers are likely to come from a select group of fellow Asian nations who have had either low Covid-19 cases or been able to manage the number of cases to low, manageable levels.

Countries like Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, China and Hong Kong all have 'manageable' Covid-19 situations. Even Singapore, which has had a huge spike in cases since the start of April, mostly from its migrant worker population, now appears to be getting a grip on new cases.

Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn says that talks have already begun with some nearby Asian countries to set up short term 'travel bubbles'. The idea behind the travel bubble is that countries can share travellers and tourists with low risk and allow them to enter other countries without having to do mandatory 14 day quarantine.

Yuthasak also noted that the first groups of travellers to Thailand could be for the MICE industry – Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions, Exhibitions. Thailand will be touted as a safe and reliable location for meetings but will probably need to rely on patronage from the regional 'low risk' countries in the early days.

Thailand MICE industry was already in decline before the Covid-19 crisis with the Thai baht and alcohol taxes making it difficult for Thailand to provide a price-advantage over other countries in the region. How the Covid-era MICE business will function is yet to be codified by the government although talks are underway between industry players and government officials about the new-look MICE business.

Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed talks between Tourism and Sports Ministry and other 'low risk' Asian countries to set up regional travel bubbles as a first step to re-opening Thailand's borders and restarting the tourist engine. Places like Pattaya and Phuket, that rely almost totally on tourism-related activities, are in desperate need of tourists to restart their local economies. Up to 60,000 workers have taken the opportunity to leave Phuket over the past month and return to their homes because of the lack of work. The island's land border was opened for restricted provincial travel for Thai workers to return home at the start of May.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 13 returnees with high fever rushed to hospital
Post by: thaiga on June 08, 2020, 12:39:36 PM
13 returnees with high fever rushed to hospital
Thirteen of the 281 Thais who returned home on Sunday (June 7) from Israel and Singapore were found to have high fever and rushed to hospital, Suvarnabhumi Airport deputy director Kittipong Kittikachorn said.

"The 106 Thais departed from Israel on El Al Flight LY 081 and arrived at the airport at 11.45am," Kittipong said. "Preliminary screening found that six passengers had high fever and they were rushed to hospital."

Three expressed an interest in entering alternative quarantine while the other 97 were transported to the government's quarantine facilities in Chon Buri and Bangkok to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Isarel has reported 17,783 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 297 deaths.

"The second flight carrying Thais home came from Singapore," Kittipong added. "Singapore Airlines Flight SQ 976 touched down at Suvarnabhumi at 4.56pm. Out of 175 passengers, seven were found to have high fever and rushed to hospital."

Six passengers chose to go to alternative quarantine facilities while the other 162 were transported to the government's quarantine facilities in Bangkok.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (8 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 08, 2020, 01:41:20 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (8 June 2020)

- 7 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,119 total)
- 1 more discharged (2,973)
- 88 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New cases are Thai returnees in state quarantine: 2 from Pakistan, 4 from the UAE (showed no symptoms), 1 from the US (no symptoms).     
credit @SaksithCNA     
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 08.06.2020
Post by: thaiga on June 08, 2020, 02:46:16 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 08.06.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation - Irish Community Thailand.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: State of Emergency May be Extended
Post by: thaiga on June 08, 2020, 07:05:45 PM
State of Emergency May be Extended
(TNA) -- The state of emergency may be extended while schools and airports will reopen and there will be long holidays next month, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.

"It is possible to extend the imposition of the emergency decree. It is being considered. The choice is to either extend or end it. However, measures will be reduced. For example, the curfew will be lifted and crowd gathering will be allowed. The emergency decree may remain in effect for the sake of swift solutions," Mr Wissanu said.

Without the imposition of the executive decree on public administration in emergency situations, officials assigned by the public health minister could not integrate operations among the police, the military and civil service officials, the deputy prime minister said.

Under the state of emergency, officials assigned to cope with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) could bring returnees from airports to state quarantine facilities in provinces right away and the government paid for the quarantine, he cited.

Without the emergency decree, provincial authorities would have to approve the inter-provincial travel of returnees and payment for their quarantine, he said.

With the emergency decree, the government could close particular beaches, schools and shops just after infection is detected there, Mr Wissanu said.

The state of emergency was earlier set to be imposed until June 30. (TNA)

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Title: Re: Covid-19: future travel will need more than just a passport and visa
Post by: thaiga on June 09, 2020, 12:27:12 PM
Thai travel bubbles are bursting out all over
It seems a great idea to reconnect countries which have had a good level of success in controlling the coronavirus pandemic domestically. Such travel bubbles or tunnels could in theory be used to kickstart commerce and tourism between partner countries. But no deal has yet seen the light of day.

The term appears to have originated in the Australian government which suggested in May an agreement between that country and neighboring New Zealand. It has also cropped up in the context of the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia which are also proximate as well as inter-dependent.

The Thai government has taken up the bubble idea with alacrity, but without a consensus what exactly the term means. The prime minister recently stated that foreign tourism would begin with a travel bubble between Thailand and countries such as Vietnam and China which had got a firm grip on the pesky virus.

The Thai tourist authority also weighed in with a suggestion that limited tours from favoured neighbors could fly into Bangkok but would be sent, without any stops, to the holiday destination which might well be a Thai island cut off from the mainland. It was also suggested that priority might be given to business travellers, supply chain coordinators and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) delegates.

The various announcements indicate that the Thai authorities are still exploring options rather than rolling out a planned policy. Thus a travel bubble ought to mean no hassle between those countries involved. But various Thai spokespeople have mentioned the ongoing need for a 14-day quarantine on arrival plus a file of documents which seem to include a pre-flight health certificate and hefty insurance premiums.

There is also still-mooted talk of requiring all foreigners entering the country to download an app to monitor their movements whilst enjoying their vacation. There is even discussion of introducing an immunity passport which China has already rolled out domestically to check on the health status of the individual. All citizens have their own QR code which changes colour dependent on health status and needs to be shown in many Chinese restaurants and malls.

In other words, the term travel bubble means not much until you know much more. As ever with state bureaucracies, the devil is in the detail. For the moment, the public at large must wait for a considered and clear approach to a very thorny set of issues.

The point to be taken on board by Europeans and Americans (amongst others) is that they do not in official Thai eyes hail from countries with a good track record in controlling the pandemic. Thus they are most unlikely to appear in any pilot entry schemes which the Thai government may eventually introduce within Asia. Exceptions may be made for special interest groups such as farang work permit holders, permanent residents and husbands of Thai wives currently stranded abroad. But there has been no indication of dates and regulations even for these groups, let alone the bulk of potential travellers without any special pleas to offer.

Mass foreign tourism is indeed a vital part of the Thai economy. But what is clear is the government's intention to make health issues a priority and relax the immigration rules slowly and step by step. This is hardly surprising as almost 100 percent of recent coronavirus infection cases originated outside the country and were brought back by returning Thai nationals.

Farang living in Thailand and those impatient to vacation here – assuming they exist in sizeable numbers – are very distant from the welcome-all immigration policy of yesteryear which has seen foreign visitors (yes a lot of Chinese) soar to a total of nearly 40 million in 2019. But there is a growing consensus that the traveller of the future is going to need a lot more documentation than a passport and a visa. International travel in the 2020s could even become a privilege rather than a right. Best pray for an effective vaccine real soon.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: WHO says pandemic 'far from over' as daily cases hit record high
Post by: thaiga on June 09, 2020, 12:37:28 PM
WHO says pandemic 'far from over' as daily cases hit record high
New coronavirus cases had their biggest daily increase ever as the pandemic worsens globally and has yet to peak in Central America, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday (Jun 8), urging countries to press on with efforts to contains the virus.

"More than six months into the pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal," WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told an online briefing.

After removing cumulative numbers for coronavirus deaths in Brazil from a national website, the Health Ministry sowed further confusion and controversy by releasing two contradictory sets of figures for the latest tally of infection cases and fatalities.

Ryan said Brazil's data had been "extremely detailed" so far but stressed it was important for Brazilians to understand where the virus is and how to manage risk, and that the WHO hoped communication would be "consistent and transparent".

Maria van Kerkhove, a WHO epidemiologist, said that a "comprehensive approach" was essential in South America.

More than 7 million people have been reported infected with the coronavirus globally and over 400,000 have died.

"This is far from over," van Kerkhove said.

Van Kerkhove said that many countries doing contact tracing had identified asymptomatic cases but were not finding that they caused further spread of the virus, adding: "It is very rare."

Ryan, asked about technical cooperation with the United States, after President Donald Trump's announcement 10 days ago that it was "terminating" its relationship with the WHO, said the WHO relies heavily on experts from the Centers for Disease Control and National Institute of Health.

"We will continue to do that until we are otherwise instructed or informed," he added.

Source: Reuters

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Title: Re: Covid-19: everything depends largely on the number of new infections
Post by: thaiga on June 09, 2020, 12:45:14 PM
Skies may open to tourists end of June, though country may remain under state of emergency

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Bangkok's popular tourist attraction, the Grand Palace, reopened to visitors on June 7.

Though Thailand is gradually preparing to reopen its doors to international flights, the state of emergency may not be lifted by the end of this month, senior officials said on Monday June 8.

Chula Sukmanop, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, said the authorities will meet with local airlines next week to find out if they are ready to resume international services.

"At the moment, we haven't yet decided whether we will extend the ban on incoming passenger flights as we are waiting for instructions from the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration [CCSA]," he said, referring to the flight ban order which is due to expire at the end of this month.

"We also have to see if other countries will open their skies. Things will become much clearer in the next week or two," he said.

Many European countries have lifted the ban on flights within Europe, while many other countries plan to reopen their international flights on July 1.

An informed source said Thailand may start reopening its skies to countries that have been successful in controlling the spread of Covid-19, or may only allow some groups, such as businesspersons, to fly in.

Meanwhile, Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam said the government's decision on whether it lifts or extends the state of emergency depends largely on the number of new infections in the country. He said the current situation is acceptable and the government may further ease restrictions in the fourth phase.

"However, my biggest concern is that schools will reopen on July 1, the state of emergency is scheduled to expire on the same day and international flights will resume bringing foreigners into the country. We have to take all these factors into account when considering the easing of more restrictions," he said.

He added that in case the government decides to extend the state of emergency, it may allow large gatherings of people.

Putting the country under a state of emergency allows the government to respond quickly, but under the Communicable Disease Act, the public health minister cannot mobilise police or military personnel to enforce the law, he said in reference to proposals to replace the state of emergency with the law.

Civil groups, meanwhile, have been accusing the government of using the state of emergency to silence the voice of political activists and people.

Wissanu, however, said if the Communicable Disease Act was used, it would not be clear how to control interprovincial travel, because this comes under the jurisdiction of governors.

One perfect example of the difference between the state of emergency and authority under the Communicable Disease Act is that the government can close all pubs right away in case there is a second wave of infections, but under the law's regulations, the authorities can only close individual pubs, he said.

As to whether the government will lift the state of emergency before allowing foreigners to land in the country, Wissanu said that closing the country to foreigners was consistent with the state of emergency. "However, stringent rules can be eased as it depends on the advice of medical doctors," he said.

Thailand plans to launch the fourth phase of easing lockdowns next week now that there have been no new Covid-19 infections in the country over the past two weeks, with the exception of infections among Thais who have been repatriated from overseas and put under state quarantine. Though foreigners holding residence or work permits were allowed recently to register for their return, the flight ban imposed in early April remains in place until June 30.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (9 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 09, 2020, 02:54:41 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (9 June 2020)

- 2 new confirmed #COVID-19 cases (3,212 total)
- 1 more discharged (2,973)
- 90 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New cases in state quarantine. 15 days w/o confirmed local cases, but CCSA dep-spokesperson Dr Panprapa cautions "not low risk yet". 
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thai doctor slams WHO over U-turn on face masks
Post by: thaiga on June 09, 2020, 10:15:25 PM
Thai doctor slams WHO over U-turn on face masks
A Thai expert in respiratory diseases has slammed the World Health Organisation (WHO) for reversing its guidance on face masks and recommending that all people wear one in public.

Dr Manoon Leechawengwongs, who works at Bangkok's Vichaiyut Hospital, said the (WHO) had misled the world after previously saying there was no clear evidence that a cloth mask could help prevent the spread of the disease.

The new guidance comes after many countries around the world, including Thailand, advised people months ago that they should wear masks outside the house.

This is not the first time the WHO has disagreed with disease control measures in Thailand and other countries. The WHO also warns against spraying disinfectants to reduce the spread of the disease, citing risks to health and the environment. The Thai Public Health Ministry and Infectious Disease Association have defended the measure at the WHO.

Meanwhile, Dr Manoon also shared his experience of another dispute with WHO representatives.

"Back in 1997, the World Health Organisation stated that examining tuberculosis drug sensitivity in developing countries is useless and wasteful. I contested that position in 1998, saying Thailand needs to check. Not knowing the [patient's] sensitivity to a drug may mean the doctor can't use it, because otherwise the germ targeted could become more resistant and continue to spread to others. WHO representative in Thailand at that time said my advice was irresponsible, pulling money from others' budgets."

He founded a fund for research into anti-tuberculosis drug sensitivity under the patronage of Princess Galyani Vadhana in 2001, to aid treatment in public hospitals. Eventually, the WHO changed its advice and recommended that all countries check sensitivity before starting treatment – but not before it earned criticism for its original policy from the Wall Street Journal in 2012.

Dr Manoon concluded that it was time for the WHO to reform and listen to different opinions so as to offer quick and accurate guidance on how to combat disease.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: ‘To defeat virus, 9 out of 10 Thais must follow Covid-19 rules’
Post by: thaiga on June 10, 2020, 02:42:05 AM
'To defeat virus, 9 out of 10 Thais must follow Covid-19 rules'
Dr Rungruang Kitpati, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, on Tuesday (June 9) advised on Facebook that three things were necessary to defeat the Covid-19 outbreak so the country could return to normal.

The government is expected to announce the fourth phase of lockdown easing soon, after the number of new daily Covid-19 cases dropped to a trickle.

Rungruang explained that the first action necessary to defeat the virus was reducing the infection rate as much as possible.

"For example, if 1 million people are infected, up to 100,000 people will die because medical personnel will be overwhelmed by the situation," he said.

The second action was conducting proactive testing to seek out new Covid-19 infections, he said, adding that this was the trump card in beating the virus.

"We need to find these patients so we can contain the spread of this disease as soon as possible," he said.

The final thing needed was cooperation from everyone.

"If 90 per cent of people act in line with the government [health] measures, I can confirm that we will definitely win the battle against Covid-19."

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (10 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 10, 2020, 01:50:30 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (10 June 2020)

- 4* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,125 total)
- 8 more discharged (2,981)
- 86 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

*In state quarantine from Madagascar, Pakistan and India.

This comes as #Thailand is mulling plans for "phase 4" of reopenings.  credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Curfew to be lifted, emergency powers to remain
Post by: thaiga on June 10, 2020, 02:40:47 PM
Curfew to be lifted, emergency powers to remain
The night curfew could be lifted for 15 days, as a trial, but the emergency decree will remain in force to ensure continued containment of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Deputy army chief Gen Nathapol Nakpanit, who is also deputy of the government's committee on Covid-19 control, said on Wednesday the committee planned to lift the 11pm-3am curfew for 15 days.

However, use of state of emergency power under the executive decree on public administration in emergency situations will continue.

"Without the curfew people can resume their normal lives, but the state of emergency will remain in place in case the government needs to take swift action to stop Covid-19 from spreading," he said.

Normal laws would not facilitate swift and effective responses to the disease, he said.

The responses include 14-day quarantine for people arriving from other countries. The emergency decree prevented airlines from suing the government for banning their flights, Gen Nathapol said.

He did not say when the curfew would be tentatively lifted. He did say that during the 15 days officials would evaluate public feedback.

Gatherings would not be prohibited, to show that imposition of the emergency decree had nothing to do with any political interests, Gen Nathapol said.

Gen Somsak Roongsita, secretary-general of the National Security Council and head of the disease control committee, said that boxing stadiums might reopen in the fourth stage of relaxation of business and other activities.

However, all disease control decisions would be made by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, he said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 10.06.2020
Post by: thaiga on June 10, 2020, 04:58:49 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 10.06.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. Irish Community Thailand.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: consider reopening more businesses as virus appears contained
Post by: thaiga on June 10, 2020, 10:32:26 PM
Thailand to consider reopening more businesses as virus appears contained
(Reuters) - Thailand will consider a plan to reopen more businesses and establishments from as early as June 15, an official said on Wednesday, after the country has reported no local transmissions of the coronavirus in the past 16 days.

The government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration will consider the plan for the next phase of more "high risk" reopenings on Friday, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, the centre's spokesman.

A draft of the plan currently includes schools, alcohol sales in dine-in restaurants, concerts with seating arrangements, amusement parks and playgrounds, and outdoor sports facilities, he said.

The businesses and activities could resume as early as June 15, or sometime before the end of the month, said Taweesin.

The plan does not yet include nightlife venues or "soapy massage" parlours, he said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Are asymptomatic people spreading the coronavirus?
Post by: thaiga on June 11, 2020, 02:07:36 AM
Are asymptomatic people spreading the coronavirus? A WHO official's words sparks confusion, debate
The World Health Organization moved Tuesday to clarify its position on whether people without symptoms are widely spreading the new coronavirus, saying much remains unknown about asymptomatic transmission.

A comment by a WHO official on Monday - calling such asymptomatic transmissions "very rare" - touched off a furious scientific debate over the unresolved question and attracted widespread criticism of the organization.

Less than 24 hours later, WHO convened a special news conference to walk back its comments, stressing that much remains unknown. But the comment from Monday had already spread widely and been seized upon by conservatives and others to bolster arguments that people do not need to wear masks or maintain social distancing precautions.

The episode sparked criticism of WHO's public health messaging and highlighted just how fraught and easily politicized such work remains months into the pandemic.

Calling the controversy "a misunderstanding," Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the WHO's emerging disease and zoonosis unit, said that during the news conference Monday, she was trying to respond to a journalist's question when she said asymptomatic transmission was "very rare."

"I wasn't stating a policy of WHO or anything like that," she said. "We do know that some people who are asymptomatic, or some people who do not have symptoms, can transmit the virus on."

It was not the "intent of WHO to say there is a new or different policy," added Mike Ryan, head of emergency programs for WHO. "There is still too much unknown about this virus and still too much unknown about its transmission dynamics."

While asymptomatic transmission does occur, no one knows for sure how frequently that happens. Studies and models have suggested many of those infected never show symptoms. And it remains an open question whether they are a large force driving transmission. At the same time, however, some countries using contact tracing to work backward from confirmed cases have not found many instances of asymptomatic spread, WHO officials noted.

Differing definitions of what it means to be asymptomatic complicate matters. Some people who are infected never show symptoms - experts would considered those truly asymptomatic cases. But some only show symptoms later on and could be spreading the virus before those symptoms manifest - they would be considered presymptomatic case.

Further complicating matters is the fact that in some people, symptoms are so mild - or manifest themselves in less expected ways such as diarrhea or muscle aches, instead of the classic fever and cough - that people aren't aware of them until later on.

"It's a mess. I don't know why they would say asymptomatic transmission is very rare when the truth is we simply don't know how frequent it is," said Eric Topol, a professor of molecular medicine at Scripps Research. "And it doesn't change the facts we do know, which is that this virus is very transmissible and is very hard to combat."

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Summer might slow coronavirus but is unlikely to stop it
Post by: thaiga on June 11, 2020, 11:54:22 AM
Summer might slow coronavirus but is unlikely to stop it
(Reuters) - The arrival of warmer weather in the Northern Hemisphere raises the question of whether summer could slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Here is what science says.

While warmer weather typically ends the annual flu season in temperate zones, climate alone has not stopped the COVID-19 pandemic from sweeping any part of the globe. In fact, outbreaks in hot and sunny Brazil and Egypt are growing.

Still, recent data about how sunlight, humidity and outdoor breezes affect the virus gives some reason for optimism that summer could slow the spread.

IS THE NEW CORONAVIRUS 'SEASONAL'?

The virus has not been around long enough to be certain.

Respiratory infections like flu and the common cold follow seasonal patterns in temperate regions. Environmental conditions including cold weather, low indoor humidity, and spending more time indoors can all hasten the spread of an epidemic.

Real-world evidence about the effect of weather on the new virus is mixed. One study of 221 Chinese cities found that temperature, humidity and daylight did not affect speed of spread.

Two other studies did find an effect, including a look at new infections in 47 countries that linked higher temperatures to slower transmission in places like the Philippines, Australia and Brazil. "The Northern hemisphere may see a decline in new COVID-19 cases during summer and a resurgence during winter," concluded the authors of another study of 117 countries, which found that each 1-degree of latitude increase in distance from the Equator was associated with a 2.6% increase in cases.

WHY DO RESPIRATORY DISEASES SPREAD DIFFERENTLY IN SUMMER AND WINTER?

"The reason why cold weather is presumed to cause spreading of coughs, colds and flu is that cold air causes irritation in the nasal passages and airways, which makes us more susceptible to viral infection," said Simon Clarke, an expert in cellular microbiology at Britain's University of Reading.

Winter weather tends to inspire people to spend more time indoors, although air conditioning may also bring people back inside in the summer.

In the lab, when temperatures and humidity rise, coronavirus particles on surfaces more quickly lose their ability to infect people - and they are inactivated especially fast when exposed to sunlight, U.S. government researchers found.

It is still a good idea for people to wash hands frequently, practice social distancing and wear a mask in summer, experts say. While virus particles coughed or exhaled by an infected person will disperse faster outdoors, one study found a gentle breeze could carry saliva droplets up to 6 meters (19.69 feet).

WHAT ELSE ABOUT SUMMER COULD SLOW THE VIRUS?

Vitamin D: Researchers are investigating whether levels of immunity-regulating vitamin D in people's blood affect how vulnerable they are to infection with the new coronavirus or how sick they become. The majority of vitamin D in the body comes from skin exposure to sunlight.

Pollen: A study in the Netherlands of all "flu-like" illness, including COVID-19, in recent years concludes that pollen concentrations are a better predictor than sunlight of respiratory disease trends. Clouds of pollen act as air filters, snagging virus particles, and pollen activates immune responses, even in people without overt allergies.

The study found that flu-like illness started to drop when pollen in the air reached 610 grains per cubic meter, a typical level from early spring to October in most middle latitudes.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (11 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 11, 2020, 01:59:32 PM
COVID UPDATE (11 June 2020)

- ZERO new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,125 total)
- 6 more discharged (2,987)
- 80 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)   credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: ‘Good news about curfew' in pipeline
Post by: thaiga on June 11, 2020, 06:39:25 PM
'Good news about curfew' in pipeline
"Good news" about the curfew would be announced on Friday (June 12), declared National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general, General Somsak Rungsita, on Thursday.

He made his remarks following Thursday's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration meeting presided over by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Earlier this week, the NSC proposed lifting the curfew for a 15-day trial period while maintaining the state of emergency. The 15 days would be used to evaluate whether a return to normal life minus the curfew had any effect on the spread of Covid-19.

"Related authorities have reported guidelines for venues at high risk for Covid-19 infections," he said.

"Meanwhile, the prime minister did not give any orders [during the meeting] because the process of lockdown relaxation is 95 per cent completed, while we have received good cooperation from the public as well."

He added that the government will ease lockdown measures as much as is safely possible to allow people to return to their normal daily activities.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: why is the number of Covid-related deaths in Asia so low
Post by: thaiga on June 11, 2020, 07:22:09 PM
Second wave of infections may not be so bad if everyone cooperates: expert
A respiratory diseases expert believes that Thailand may be able to avoid a second wave of Covid-19 infections if people do not let their guard down.

Dr Manoon Leechawengwongs, a respiratory diseases expert based in Bangkok's Vichaiyut Hospital, said on Thursday (June 11) that Thailand has had an exceptionally low fatality rate, with only 58 deaths, seven of whom were foreigners.

The virus has only claimed lives at a ratio of 0.08 to 100,000 people in Thailand, compared to 0.33 in China and 0.72 in Japan. Thailand's ratio is even lower when compared to 33.56 in the US, 43.51 in France and 60.95 in the United Kingdom.

Also, compared to countries in Europe or in the Americas, the virus has claimed fewer lives in Asian countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand.

Scientists, meanwhile, are working on finding out why the number of Covid-related deaths in Asia is so low, with many believing that this may be due to many factors such as genetic differences, ethnicity or immunity. Also, experts say, Asians may have been affected by a weaker version of the virus because the infection has not been too severe among many elderly patients or those who have chronic conditions. They also believe this version of the virus does not spread so easily.

The lower number of deaths can also be put down to cultural differences, such as people not holding hands or kissing each other in greeting. Public cooperation in wearing masks, washing hands frequently and maintaining social distancing may have a hand, as well as the hot weather, humidity, better public health system and the devotion of doctors and nurses may also have played a part.

Thailand learned from its mistake, when it allowed a large number of people to gather in a boxing stadium, Dr Manoon said, adding that now Covid-19 tests have become faster and the country is better prepared to handle the outbreak.

"We have not had a local infection for 16 consecutive days now. However, after the government eases some measures, people should keep their guard, because if there is a second wave of the outbreak, we will have the strength to deal with it," the expert said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (12 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 12, 2020, 03:31:26 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (12 June 2020)

- 4 new confirmed COVID19 cases (3,129 total)
- no new discharged (2,987)
- 84 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)   

All 4 new confirmed COVID19 cases are Thai returnees from India found in state quarantine. They also all showed no symptoms
credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 12.06.2020
Post by: thaiga on June 12, 2020, 04:07:21 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 12.06.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. Irish Community Thailand.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: CCSA shoots down July Songkran holiday compensation
Post by: thaiga on June 13, 2020, 02:23:56 AM
CCSA shoots down July Songkran holiday compensation
Culture Minister Ittipol Khunpluem revealed today (July 12) that the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) had decided to scrap plans to move the postponed three-day Songkran holiday to July.

"The panel now aims to compensate people with one day of holiday per month over three months, near the weekend, not six consecutive days of holiday [as before]," said the minister, adding that plan would be firmed up later.

Ittipol initially proposed June 2 as a Songkran substitute holiday, but Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the CCSA needed to monitor the virus situation and capacity of medical personnel to deal with unforeseen events after months of battling the virus.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (13 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 13, 2020, 02:42:48 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (13 June 2020)

- Total confirmed: 3,134 (+5)
- Recovered: 2,987 (+0)
- Active cases: 89
- Deaths: 58 (+0)

credit @SaksithCNA

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Government assures emergency will be lifted
Post by: thaiga on June 13, 2020, 03:17:37 PM
Government assures emergency will be lifted
Ending the night curfew is one step towards lifting the state of emergency, which the prime minister will surely do, Suporn Atthawong, vice-minister of the Prime Minister's Office, said on Friday (June 12).

He made his remarks in reply to red-shirt leader Nattawut Saikuar's comments that ending the night curfew was not good news because the government could use the state of emergency to reimpose curfew.

"We want Nattawut to understand that the government and the Office of the Consumer Protection Board worked on the process and found that if there were no state of emergency, the night curfew cannot be announced," he said. "The allegation that the government is continuing the state of emergency to maintain political power is an old way of thinking."

He added that the government had achieved success in dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak, adding that 95 per cent of the lockdown measures had been eased.

"Once the situation returns to normal, the government will certainly allow people to live a normal life," he added.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Ban on overseas entry to stay + getting back to business
Post by: thaiga on June 13, 2020, 09:45:24 PM
Ban on overseas entry to stay
'Low-risk' local flights don't need distancing

From Monday, there will be no night curfew, but strict controls under the emergency decree will continue to be enforced especially on entry into Thailand because Covid-19 is still present in other countries, a senior government spokesman announced on Friday.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said the curfew would be lifted on June 15 to allow local people to travel, because there had been no cases of local coronavirus infection for some time now.

However, the emergency decree remains in effect and the government would maintain controls on all entry -- by land, water and air -- because all new Covid-19 patients were people returning from other countries, he said.

The CCSA had also agreed on other aspects of the fourth stage of relaxation of restrictions on business and other activities, effective from Monday, Dr Taweesilp said.

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International, cram and informal schools, as well as small formal schools with no more than 120 students each will reopen. If there are larger numbers of students, they will have to submit management plans, according to a source.

Meetings and seminars, exhibition, convention and event halls can also resume activities, along with theatres, but social distancing must be observed.

Alcoholic beverages can be served at restaurants, food centres and hotels, but pubs, bars, karaoke shops and entertainment venues will remain closed.

Parlours offering Thai massage and saunas can reopen, with only a limited number of customers allowed to use facilities at the same time. Soapy massage parlours will remain closed. Group exercise in parks and other outdoor locations can resume, with up to 50 people participating.

Dr Taweesilp said domestic airlines can sell all seats on a flight, because planes have good ventilation systems and flights are short, about one hour. Becoming infected needs at least two hours of exposure to the coronavirus, he said. However, airline passengers must continue to wear masks.

However, occupancy rates on buses would be limited to 70% of seats, because bus trips are longer and their ventilation systems are poor, he said.

Water parks, playgrounds and amusement parks can reopen, except for ball pits and inflatable playgrounds, which are difficult to disinfect. Sports can resume, but without spectators. Game arcades in malls can reopen.

Officials would announce detailed measures of the relaxation this weekend before it takes effect on Monday. All businesses and activities that resume must be subject to disease-control measures, Dr Taweesilp said.

Panpimol Wipulakorn, director-general of the Department of Health, said that pubs and restaurants that have registered as eateries can reopen in the fourth stage of relaxation, while venues that will be allowed to serve alcohol on their premises must also have liquor sale licences.

Eateries which have licences to play live music can also reopen, but places that have registered as night entertainment venues will remain closed, Dr Panpimol said.

"Eateries will still have to comply with disease-control measures, especially mask-wearing, providing hand sanitisers, regular cleaning, physical distancing, and limiting the number of visitors, as well as using the Thai Chana app for check-ins and check-outs," she said.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that when the fourth stage of relaxation takes effect from Monday, he hoped that it will reinvigorate the economy and more people will go back to work.

"I have sympathy for people on low incomes. I believe they will earn more money after the lockdown easing on June 15. The government cannot afford to find money to look after people forever," the prime minister said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Hunt for crowned bats to discover if they carry the virus
Post by: thaiga on June 14, 2020, 02:07:35 AM
Hunt for crowned bats in Thailand to discover if they carry COVID-19 virus

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Officials from Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, and from the Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, have been in Khao Soi Dao wildlife sanctuary, in the eastern province of Chanthaburi, to hunt for crowned bats for research into whether they carry the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2).

Mr. Pattharaphol Manee-on, chief of the department's wildlife health management section, said that they went to a cave in Tambon Tapsai, home to millions of bats, to capture up to 100 crowned bats on Thursday night, in order to take samples of their blood, saliva and excrement for lab tests.

He disclosed that there are about 23 species of crowned bats in Thailand, and this is the first time that the bats have been captured for tests.

During this expedition, the officials also met with community leaders, teachers and students in Tambon Nong Ta Dong to educate them on how they can safely co-exist with the bats and about the risks of being infected if they eat bat meat.

Ms. Supaporn Watchaprueksadee, a researcher at the Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases at Chulalongkorn hospital, who was the first to identify COVID-19 in Thailand, said that it is necessary to study the bats, because the strain of coronavirus in China was reported to be the same as that found in crowned bats.

Although research on viruses in various species of bats in Thailand has been underway for almost two decades, she said that crowned bats have not yet been studied.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Slight majority no longer afraid of Covid-19: Nida Poll
Post by: thaiga on June 14, 2020, 01:14:28 PM
Slight majority no longer afraid of Covid-19: Nida Poll
A slight majority of people say they are no longer afraid of the Covid-19, reasoning that the pandemic has been brought under control and that they are confident in the work of the country's health personnel, according to an opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll.

The poll was conducted on June 8-9 on 1,270 people aged 15 and over of various levels of education and occupations throughout the country to gauge their readiness for the easing of the Covid-19 lockdown in the fourth stage.

Asked to mention places and activities that should be allowed to reopen in the fourth stage of the easing of the lockdown, with each allowed for more than one answer, their replies were:

- Schools and educational institutes (82.28%);
- Scientific centres for education (80.94%);
- National parks and botanic parks (78.35%);
- Beaches and coastal areas (70.24%);
- Sport fields, gyms and fitness centres for training and competitions (69.29%);
- Nurseries and homes for elderly care (63.70%); and
- Shooting of movies and video (63.46%).

Places and activities which should not be allowed to re-open yet were:

- Entertaining venues, pubs, bars and karaoke outlets (82.20%);
- Massage parlours (78.74%);
- Concerts, musical shows, events and goods exhibitions in an area of over 20,000 square metres (75.59%);
- Amusement parks, water parks, children's playgrounds and game shops (70.08%); and
- Assemblies of more than 200 people (65.83%).

Asked whether they were now afraid of being infected with Covid-19, a slight majority - or 52.76% - said "no." Of them, 32.83% said they were no longer afraid of it, reasoning that the number of cases had considerably reduced, most of the people had protected themselves well against the pandemic and they were confident in the work of the country's health personnel; and, 19.93% were not afraid of it at all, saying the Covid-19 situation had considerably improved, no new infections were found in the country, and they believed Covid-19 would definitely disappeared from the country.

On the other side, 33.39% said they were still afraid of it as there were still new cases and some people were paying no attention to protect themselves, leading them to fear that there could be a second wave of the outbreak; and, 12.91% were most afraid of it as long as the virus had not disappeared from Thailand and there were still no vaccine against it.

The rest, 0.94%, had no answers or were not interested.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (14 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 14, 2020, 05:01:47 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (14 June 2020)
- 1 new confirmed #COVID19 case (3,135 total)
- no new discharges (2,987)
- 90 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New case is a Thai repatriated from the US and tested positive in state quarantine. She did not show any symptoms.  credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Phase 3 reopening generates more than 200bn baht monthly cash flow
Post by: thaiga on June 14, 2020, 05:14:06 PM
Phase 3 reopening generates more than 200bn baht monthly cash flow  thainews.prd.go.th (http://thainews.prd.go.th/en/news/detail/TCATG200613115431292)
(NNT)-With many establishments returning to business as usual, Phase 3 of COVID-19 restriction easing has generated no less than 200 billion baht cash flow in the economy per month. To encourage businesses to adapt to the New Normal, the Thai Chamber of Commerce has launched a forum for the brainstorming of ideas on the next business trends that must comply with health regulations for safe business operations.

Title: Re: Covid-19: Gov’t approves Travel Bubble concept
Post by: thaiga on June 14, 2020, 05:19:18 PM
Gov't approves Travel Bubble concept
(NNT)-In addition to the announcement of Phase 4 restrictions being eased today, the government's COVID-19 center has agreed on a resumption of international tourism within a

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: How has Thailand kept the lid on Covid?
Post by: thaiga on June 15, 2020, 02:32:27 AM
How has Thailand kept the lid on Covid?
It's a mystery, although a very welcome one.

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

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

Inaccurate numbers?

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

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

Climate, customs and other variables?

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

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

Cooperation from the public?

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand is ranked 2nd in global COVID-19 recovery index
Post by: thaiga on June 15, 2020, 02:41:18 AM
Thailand is ranked 2nd in global COVID-19 recovery index

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Source: wwwcovid19.who.int

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

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

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

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

The GCI top 20 are:

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (15 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 15, 2020, 02:25:20 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (15 June 2020)

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 15.06.2020
Post by: thaiga on June 15, 2020, 02:43:06 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 15.06.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand will be very choosy about who can visit
Post by: thaiga on June 15, 2020, 10:21:43 PM
Thailand will be very choosy about who can visit, insists Anutin
Only countries that have not had a severe outbreak of Covid-19 will be made part of Thailand's "travel bubble" and the Kingdom will restrict the type of travellers allowed into the country, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Monday (June 15).

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Updates: Many thanks to Thaiga
Post by: Taman Tun on June 16, 2020, 01:17:46 PM
Hi Thaiga,
I hope you will not be too embarrassed by this.  During the Covid 19 outbreak in Thailand, KF has been the outstanding go-to source of information on the situation.  Not only the daily bulletins, but many other Covid related posts.  So, well done Thaiga, your efforts are greatly appreciated.  So lets hope we get back to near normal as soon as possible. 
Title: Re: Covid-19: Updates: Many thanks to Thaiga
Post by: thaiga on June 16, 2020, 01:36:17 PM
Quote from: Taman Tun on June 16, 2020, 01:17:46 PM
Hi Thaiga,
I hope you will not be too embarrassed by this.  During the Covid 19 outbreak in Thailand, KF has been the outstanding go-to source of information on the situation.  Not only the daily bulletins, but many other Covid related posts.  So, well done Thaiga, your efforts are greatly appreciated.  So lets hope we get back to near normal as soon as possible.
Aw! T.T. that's nice words & thankyou - just try to update some out there who have missed out on what might be important to them - not only covid wise, immig & other amusing articles. this thread shows (Read 9180 times)  that's another thankyou in itself.

Thanks again T.T.      :cheers    Thaiga.
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (16 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 16, 2020, 01:55:45 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (16 June 2020)

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

Second day in a row without any new cases, three weeks without any local transmissions.
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thais now see WHO as unreliable source of information
Post by: thaiga on June 16, 2020, 05:53:45 PM
Thais now see WHO as unreliable source of information: medical specialist
After the Covid-19 pandemic, Thais now view the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an unreliable source on health issues, Dr Manoon Leechawengwongs, a specialist at Bangkok's Vichaiyut Hospital, said.

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 6 more days, no new infections, Thailand termed a low-risk country
Post by: thaiga on June 16, 2020, 08:09:03 PM
No new Covid-19 case reported for second consecutive day
Thailand has seen no new Covid-19 cases or deaths over a 24-hour period, Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul, assistant spokeswoman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said today (June 16).

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Checkpoints to remain despite lifting of curfew
Post by: thaiga on June 17, 2020, 02:30:43 AM
Checkpoints to remain despite lifting of curfew
More than 500 checkpoints that were set up nationwide to catch curfew violators will now focus on criminal activities, accidents and illegal gatherings at night, as per the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) orders.

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (17 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 17, 2020, 01:53:26 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (17 June 2020)

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

Third day in a row without new cases. No new deaths since June 2.
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 17.06.2020
Post by: thaiga on June 17, 2020, 02:49:45 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 17.06.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

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Title: Re: Covid-19: ThaiChana app to soon facilitate group check-in
Post by: thaiga on June 17, 2020, 08:16:55 PM
ThaiChana app to soon facilitate group check-in

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: UN Praises Thailand’s Management of COVID-19 Threat
Post by: thaiga on June 17, 2020, 08:19:55 PM
UN Praises Thailand's Management of COVID-19 Threat
(NNT) - Due to the well-managed COVID-19 situation in Thailand, the kingdom has been receiving compliments from many countries as well as from the United Nations.

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (18 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 18, 2020, 02:20:09 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (18 June 2020)

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

New cases are Thai returnees found in state quarantine: 5 from Saudi Arabia (all asymptomatic), 1 from India.  credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: new version of travel bubble
Post by: thaiga on June 19, 2020, 02:19:27 AM
CCSA to reconsider new version of 'travel bubble' scheme next week after rejecting initial proposal
Despite gaining Cabinet approval, the "travel bubble" proposal was rejected by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) because the scheme does not make any provisions for a 14-day quarantine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (19 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 19, 2020, 02:21:35 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (19 June 2020)

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

New ones are all Thai students from Saudi Arabia in state quarantine. 15 cases in total have now been found on the same return flight.
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 19.06.2020
Post by: thaiga on June 19, 2020, 02:29:40 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 19.06.2020

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Prayut launches 'new normal'
Post by: thaiga on June 19, 2020, 02:41:13 PM
Prayut launches 'new normal'
Pep talk to nation as Covid-19 crisis eases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Tourists banned from first wave of ‘travel bubbles’
Post by: thaiga on June 19, 2020, 06:24:06 PM
Tourists banned from first wave of 'travel bubbles'
The "travel bubble" scheme will open first to business groups and international-school teachers who can be easily tracked, not general tourists, said Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Friday (June 19).

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Covid-19: We will be living with the pandemic well into 2021
Post by: thaiga on June 20, 2020, 02:29:01 AM
We will be living with the pandemic well into 2021
The virus is winning. That much is certain more than six months into a shape-shifting pandemic that's killed more than 454,000 people worldwide, is gaining ground globally and has disrupted lives from Wuhan to Sao Paulo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trouble is ....     full article  thetelegraph.com (https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/We-will-be-living-with-the-pandemic-well-into-2021-15351749.php)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 20 June 2020,
Post by: thaiga on June 20, 2020, 02:15:00 PM
Thailand situation, 20 June 2020,
- Total confirmed: 3,147 (+1)
- Recovered: 3,018 (+10)
- Active cases: 71
- Deaths: 58 (+0)   credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 21 June 2020
Post by: thaiga on June 21, 2020, 01:46:24 PM
Thailand situation, 21 June 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,148 (+1)
- Recovered: 3,018 (+0)
- Active cases: 72
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
Wear mask, hand washing, keep physical distancing - credit @SaksithCNA

1 new case is a person in state quarantine
Title: Re: Covid-19: WHO reports record daily increase in coronavirus cases
Post by: thaiga on June 22, 2020, 12:57:46 PM
WHO reports record daily increase in coronavirus cases June 22, 2020

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

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

The previous record for new cases was 181,232 on June 18.   who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports (https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200621-covid-19-sitrep-153.pdf?sfvrsn=c896464d_2)  reuters.com (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-who-idUSKBN23S0V2)
Title: Re: Covid-19: swift action was the key to successful containment
Post by: thaiga on June 22, 2020, 01:28:57 PM
Fast-acting Thailand and South Korea hold key to dodging 'second wave'
Lessons from first coronavirus wave show need to impose strict policies quickly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neil Ferguson, a professor at Imperial College London, stressed that .... full article  asia.nikkei.com (https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Datawatch/Fast-acting-Thailand-and-South-Korea-hold-key-to-dodging-second-wave)
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (22 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 22, 2020, 03:02:15 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (22 June 2020)
- 3 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,151 total)
- 4 more discharged (3,002)
- 71 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

All 3 are Thai returnees from India in state quarantine (asymptomatic). This marks 28 days w/o any (reported) local transmissions.
credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 22.06.2020
Post by: thaiga on June 22, 2020, 03:17:00 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 22.06.2020

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

https://www.facebook.com/IrishCommunityThailand/videos/545048069509278/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos
Title: Re: Covid-19: CCSA consider opening Thailand’s borders limited entry foreigners
Post by: thaiga on June 22, 2020, 06:52:00 PM
CCSA to consider opening Thailand's borders to limited entry by foreign visitors
Thailand's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is to consider opening the country's borders to allow a limited number of foreigners to enter the country under the proposed travel bubble tourism program.

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said on Monday that the CCSA will divide foreign arrivals into categories. Namely those requiring quarantine for 14 days and those who will visit for a short period and, therefore, do not needed to be isolated.

The first category includes businessmen, skilled workers, those who have Thai families and those who have residences in Thailand. Dr. Taweesin said that there are already 700 foreign businessmen and investors, and some 22,000 skilled foreign workers and experts, who have applied to enter Thailand.

Moreover, there are 2,000 foreign expatriates who want to return to visit their families, he said, adding that these foreigners do not mind if they are asked to spend 14 days in quarantine, because they are long term stayers.

There are also people who seek medical services in Thailand. Dr. Taweesin said that there are about 30,000 such potential visitors, who do not have problem being quarantined in hospital.

Those who do not have to be quarantined include businessmen and investors who want to make short 3 to 5 day visits, foreigners who are guests of the Government and are attending conferences or meetings, and ordinary tourists from countries listed as low risk, such as Japan and South Korea.  thaipbsworld.com (https://www.thaipbsworld.com/ccsa-to-consider-opening-thailands-borders-to-limited-entry-by-foreign-visitors/)

10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of June 22, 2020 pic @ thaipbsworld.com
Title: Re: Covid-19: Severn groups of foreigners expected to be allowed entry
Post by: thaiga on June 22, 2020, 07:34:48 PM
Bit more on the above post with pics from the nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30390085?utm_source=homepage_hilight&utm_medium=internal_referral)

Seven groups of foreigners expected to be allowed entry

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The government plans to allow seven groups of foreigners to enter the country, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, announced today (June 22). The committee has divided these into two main groups.

The first group may not include those under the so-called "travel bubble" international pact as they may be required to undertake state quarantine on entry:

1. Businessman and investors (around 700 have registered to enter).

2. Skilled labourers and exporters who need to inspect factories or for specific business purposes (around 22,000 have registered).

3. Foreigners married to Thais, or permanent residents of Thailand (around 2,000 have registered).

4. Medical and wellness tourists (around 30,000 have registered).

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The other group comprises travellers who won't need to go into quarantine on entry:

1. Businessman on short-duration stays, including those coming into the country for business discussions. This group might need a specific area and intense screening both before travel and at arrival at airports. Considered a "power group", these are entrepreneurs who will visit the country to sign business contracts or inspect sites or factories, which is essential to the economy.

2. Government guests who are invited for ceremonies or specific seminars.

3. Tourists under the travel bubble. Dr Taweesin said that the target countries are China, Japan and South Korea, which are presently trying to contain the virus.

The CCSA aims to discuss the issue in depth with the Cabinet after finalising the details.
Title: Re: Covid-19: Confirmed: Investors, medical tourists to be allowed in first
Post by: thaiga on June 23, 2020, 12:20:52 PM
Confirmed: Investors, medical tourists to be allowed in first
It was confirmed on Monday that investors and businessmen based in Thailand, and medical tourists, would probably be the first foreigners allowed in when the kingdom gradually reopens its doors to outsiders.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said visitors allowed in would have to submit to quarantine for 14 days, like returning Thais do.

The first group would be investors and businessmen based in the country, with 700 people having already requested entry.

About 22,000 highly-skilled workers and experts comprised the second group, along with 2,000 foreigners waiting to return to their Thai families, and other expats.

The third group comprised 30,000 people who want to come for medical services.

Gen Natthaphol Nakpanich, deputy army chief and deputy chairman of the lockdown-easing committee, would propose the lists to the CCSA meeting on Friday for confirmation.

"It will be proposed they be allowed to enter the country to drive the economy forward," Dr Taweesilp said.

Medical tourists would be among those who go directly to hospitals, where they would be quarantined and receive other medical treatment at the same time, he added.

Short-term businessmen and guests had been placed in another batch for future consideration by the CCSA, which would look for measures to allow them in without the requirement they go into state quarantine, because their stay would be short.

Dr Taweesilp said tourists from China, Japan and South Korea could be among the first groups allowed back, because their governments had been successful in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

bangkokpost.com (https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1939084/confirmed-investors-medical-tourists-to-be-allowed-in-first)
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (23 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 23, 2020, 06:25:00 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (23 June 2020)

- 5 new confirmed COVID19 cases (3,156 total)
- 1 more discharged (3,023)
- 75 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

new cases are Thais in state quarantine who returned from Egypt (2) and Qatar (3).
credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thais must brace for virus spike following the lifting lockdown
Post by: thaiga on June 23, 2020, 10:27:10 PM
Thais must brace for virus spike, warns expert
A second wave of Covid-19 is likely to occur following the lifting of all lockdown measures, and the kingdom must be ready for it, a medical expert has warned.

Dr Prasit Watanapa, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Mahidol University, took to Facebook Live to warn the public. He said a second wave could occur, but it would be limited and found in contained areas.

Some countries that previously recorded low numbers of new cases have recorded a resurgence of Covid-19.

Second waves of the Covid-19 have been reported in countries with previously few to no recorded cases such as China, Japan, South Korea and Germany after lockdown measures were lifted.

The Thai government is expected to lift most of its lockdown measures next month. It has been almost one month since the country began recording zero cases of new local transmissions. Most of the newly recorded cases have been attributed to those returning from abroad.

Dr Prasit said a second wave appears to be unavoidable without lockdown measures, in the absence of herd immunity.

He added that people have not developed natural antibodies.

"We want to be able to limit the number of cases and contain infections during a second wave so our healthcare workers can deal with the cases without creating a financial burden for the government," Dr Prasit said.

"We don't want to reimpose the lockdown and force everything to stop," he added. "The key is to win public cooperation by not lowering our guard."

bangkokpost.com (https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1939768/thais-must-brace-for-virus-spike-warns-expert)
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (24 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 24, 2020, 02:23:36 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (24 June 2020)
- 1 new confirmed #COVID19 case (3,157 total)
- 3 more discharged (3,026)
- 73 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New case is a Thai returnee in state quarantine from the Philippines. This marks 30 days without a reported local transmission.
credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 24.06.2020
Post by: thaiga on June 24, 2020, 02:47:42 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 24.06.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

https://www.facebook.com/IrishCommunityThailand/videos/590963188498209/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos
Title: Re: Covid-19: Diagnosed Covid patients allowed to fly to Hong Kong
Post by: thaiga on June 24, 2020, 07:09:09 PM
Infected passengers on Hong Kong flights show risks of reopening
People diagnosed with coronavirus were able to board aircraft and travel to Hong Kong in recent days, highlighting the challenge of controlling the pandemic at the same time governments seek the safest ways to reopen borders.

Hong Kong's health authority said one infected passenger arrived Sunday from Manila on a Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd flight, and another was on a Cathay Dragon flight from Kuala Lumpur. Both were diagnosed with Covid-19 before they travelled. It also said 45 passengers on Emirates flights from Dubai over the weekend either were confirmed or probable cases. The airline only restarted flights to Hong Kong this month.

The infections underscore the risk of peeling back restrictions while the global pace of infections keeps accelerating. Airlines worldwide, largely propped up by government bailouts, have been lobbying to get their planes back in the air as they face more than $84 billion in losses this year.

The International Air Transport Association, which represents almost 300 airlines, in May recommended steps to protect passengers and crew from infection, such as temperature checks at the airport and wearing face masks on the plane.

But the Hong Kong cases show that infected passengers can bypass voluntary requirements, and there's little airlines can do.

"Taking temperatures and having passengers wear masks on flights are steps we can do to ensure the virus doesn't spread," Korean Air Lines Co said in a statement. "For measures to be put in place to ensure infected passengers don't fly, it has to be done by the authorities and it's not something an airline like us can do on our own."

IATA last week outlined recommendations for Covid-19 testing, saying it ideally would be done before arriving at the airport and within 24 hours of travel. If testing is required during the travel process, it should be done at departure, and governments would need to mutually recognize test results, IATA said.

Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection said the 30 new cases on Monday and 16 on Tuesday all had a travel history during the incubation period. The passenger flying on Cathay Flight 906 from Manila, a 58-year-old man, tested positive in the Philippines on Saturday, the day before he arrived.

Cathay said it learned about the passenger from health authorities after the plane landed. The airline is following "prescribed procedures in conducting disinfection of aircraft and informing the operating crew and employees," as well as helping to trace those who were in close contact with the man.

A spokesman for the Philippine Immigration Bureau said it wasn't the agency's job to check health clearances.

"We only check the passport and boarding" pass, spokesman Melvin Mabulac said.

The passenger on Cathay Dragon Flight 734 was a 39-year-old woman returning from India via Malaysia, Hong Kong's health department said Tuesday. After landing, she declared she'd tested positive and had been treated for the virus in India last month.

The Centre for Health Protection, which advises against all non-essential travel outside Hong Kong, said it is in contact with authorities in the Philippines and India to obtain more information about the cases.

The Hong Kong arrivals aren't likely to be isolated cases. While some countries, including Australia, have said their borders are likely to be effectively closed for the rest of the year, others -- including members of the European Union -- are working on allowing more international flights.

Biogen Inc said in March it fired a female worker who returned to China from Massachusetts without disclosing her infection. Local media said the 37-year-old took a large dose of anti-fever medication before she boarded to hide her illness.

JetBlue Airways Corp banned a passenger who flew from New York to Florida and notified the crew after landing that he had tested positive for coronavirus, CNN said in March.

straitstimes.com (https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/coronavirus-infected-passengers-on-hong-kong-flights-show-risks-of-reopening)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand’s reopened nightlife to close at midnight
Post by: thaiga on June 25, 2020, 01:07:10 AM
Thailand's reopened nightlife to close at midnight
Entertainment venues, such as bars, pubs, karaoke bars and massage parlors, are expected to be allowed to operate up to midnight, when the CCSA meets on Monday to consider further easing of restrictions on business and leisure activities, in the fifth phase of lockdown relaxations.

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said today that the subcommittee tasked with easing lockdown restrictions met today, to discuss measures to be applied to the country's nightlife.

The proposals include requirements for patrons to register their entry and exit to and from venues via the Phu Pitak Thai Chana application, health screening of both customers and staff, social distancing, no mingling, no shouting, no dancing, groups no larger than 5 customers, the wearing of face masks by customers and staff and a prohibition on staff sitting with customers.

Under this phase, he said that shopping and community malls can resume unrestricted operations.

Age limits will be imposed on game and internet cafes. Customers aged between 15 and 18 can use the service from 2pm to 8pm on weekdays and from 10am to 8pm on weekends.  Those over 18 can use the service without restrictions, but all of them must wear face masks at all times and must be seated one metre apart.  The premises must be disinfected every two hours and the service time for each round is two hours.  No food or drinks are allowed.

As for massage parlors, Dr. Taweesin said masseuses will be required to wear face masks all the time and observe social distancing, except while bathing, and all customers are required to register via the Thai Chana app.

All staff must be periodically tested for COVID-19.

thaipbsworld.com (https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thailands-reopened-nightlife-to-close-at-midnight/)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand eyes opening borders to those from Australia, NZ, Ja ...
Post by: thaiga on June 25, 2020, 12:33:26 PM
Thailand eyes opening borders to those from Australia, NZ, Japan, Taiwan and some Chinese cities

Thailand's National Communicable Diseases Committee has approved a proposed relaxation of travel restrictions, to allow certain foreigners, from countries deemed as low risk, such as New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and some Chinese cities, to enter Thailand.

Thailand's Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, who chaired the meeting today (Wednesday) said that, in the initial stage, Thailand will pair with countries considered low risk, under a travel bubble tourism arrangement, which will be reassessed periodically.

The first to be allowed into Thailand again are members of the diplomatic corps, foreigners who need to visit Thailand for economic and social reasons, such as businessmen, investors and expatriates with residences in Thailand.

The easing of travel restrictions will be in three phases. The first is for short and long term arrivals, including guests of the Thai government, businessmen and students among others. The second are those seeking Thai health services and the third are tourists and migrant workers.

Mr. Anutin said those who stay in Thailand for fewer than 14 days will not be required to spend time in state quarantine, but will have to follow the rules of the Diseases Control Department, which include presentation of a doctor's certificate to show that they are free from the virus and evidence of insurance that covers medical examinations and treatment.

The proposed relaxations will be submitted to the CCSA, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, on June 29th.

thaipbsworld.com (https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thailand-eyes-opening-borders-to-those-from-australia-nz-japan-taiwan-and-some-chinese-cities/)
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (25 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 25, 2020, 02:52:33 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (25 June 2020)
- 1 new confirmed #COVID19 case (3,158 total)
- 12 more discharged (3,038)
- 62 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New case is another Thai returnee found in state quarantine who came back from Egypt. credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: State of emergency set to be extended through July
Post by: thaiga on June 26, 2020, 02:04:56 AM
State of emergency set to be extended through July
The committee on lockdown easing will ask the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to extend the state of emergency until the end of July, National Security Council secretary-general Gen Somsak Rungsita said today.

Speaking after meeting with the committee, Gen Somsak said members had agreed to extend the state of emergency for another month to prevent a second wave of contagion after schools reopen next week.

"In the fifth phase of lockdown easing, the government will allow venues that have high risk of infection to reopen, so we believe the state of emergency is needed to contain the spread of Covid-19," he said.

"We will propose this issue to the CCSA on Monday (June 29) and to the Cabinet on Tuesday (June 30)."

He said the move was not related to politics, adding that the state of emergency can be ended at any time if the situation returns to normal. Critics have accused the government of using the emergency decree – which bans large gatherings and gives officials legal immunity over human rights violations – to suppress free speech.

"So far, the government has prioritised protecting children and the elderly, so this move is aimed to ensure the safety of children and parents after the new semester opens," he said.

"The important thing is to contain the spread of the virus effectively and conduct as many Covid-19 tests as possible."

Somsak said the government needs to see the results of fifth-phase easing before making a decision on whether to allow spectators at sports stadiums.

Meanwhile, he said "travel bubbles" would likely take another couple of months to organise before being launched. The "bubbles" will allow travel between Thailand and countries at low risk for Covid-19 without the need for quarantine.

nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30390286?utm_source=slide_relate&utm_medium=internal_referral)
Title: Re: Covid-19:
Post by: Taman Tun on June 26, 2020, 07:48:50 AM
This seems to be a sensible move.  No doubt it will get the BTLers on Bangkok Post foaming at the mouth.
Title: Re: Covid-19:
Post by: thaiga on June 26, 2020, 12:53:14 PM
Quote from: Taman Tun on June 26, 2020, 07:48:50 AM
This seems to be a sensible move.  No doubt it will get the BTLers on Bangkok Post foaming at the mouth.
you don't have to go that far to listen to the moans & groans of the expat community, around the forums continuous knocks at every thing that is proposed or done. in the sittuation we are in, i think this government has fared most favourite when you look around the world. just count the deaths in other countries and we are still here to tell the story, or have a moan.  ;)
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (26 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 26, 2020, 01:47:39 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (26 June 2020)
- 4* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,162 total)
- 2 more discharged (3,040)
- 64 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

*Thai returnees in state quarantine from Sudan and UAE, respectively (2 each).
credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 26.06.2020
Post by: thaiga on June 26, 2020, 04:59:10 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 26.06.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation.- Irish Community Thailand

https://www.facebook.com/IrishCommunityThailand/videos/641562859764080/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos
Title: Re: Covid-19: Malls warned to tighten disease controls after ratings drop
Post by: thaiga on June 26, 2020, 08:35:13 PM
Malls warned to tighten disease controls after ratings drop
Malls and phone shops have been warned to tighten up disease control measures after their customer ratings on the ThaiChana platform dropped.

The warning came from the Digital Economy and Society Ministry today during its regular update on the QR code platform, which has also added more languages.

The digital platform has been used almost 31 million times (30,792,286) to check into shops and other businesses, while 230,768 shops have registered nationwide, the ministry's inspector-general Polawat Witoolkollachit reported today.

Meanwhile, only 55.5 per cent who check-in via the website are remembering to check out, though that figure rises to 86.7 per cent for users of the ThaiChana app.

However, customer ratings for shopping malls and phone shops have begun to drop, said Polawat, who warned them to keep up with other operators. He also advised shop operators to take better care of books in which customers record their names and phone numbers, since there were reports that fraudsters were stealing the numbers to use in scams.

The ThaiChana platform is now available in Thai, English, Burmese and Malay, with more languages to be added in future, he said.

It also features a group check-in facility, for the convenience of families with children and elderly members.

Over the next week, ThaiChana will enable customers to make reservations via a QR code which can be shown on entry. Meanwhile, users will be able to check customer density at locations before they visit.

Polawat confirmed that the platform only records the name and phone number of users. Those who entered at-risk areas would be sent a direct and strictly private message advising them to get a test for Covid-19.

nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30390353)
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (27 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 27, 2020, 02:15:55 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (27 June 2020)
- no new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,162 total)
- 13 more discharged (3,053)
- 51 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: 3Rs to handle COVID-19
Post by: thaiga on June 27, 2020, 07:39:27 PM
PM Urges for 3 Ways of Cooperation in ASEAN
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presented three steps to sustainable cooperation comprising responsiveness, recovery and resilience in the meeting of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC).

He sent his message to the teleconference from Government House at 5.35pm. on Friday.

The prime minister said that the world faced great challenges brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) over the past six months and there were severe impacts on health, safety, economy and trade. All countries had to balance public health against economic rehabilitation, he said.

He said that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was an important production base of the world and he supported ASEAN-BAC in pushing for united responses to COVID-19.

Gen Prayut emphasized 3Rs to handle COVID-19. The first one is "responsiveness" to economic impacts, which includes transport conveniences and the protection of supply chains.

The second one is "recovery" of economies through the promotion of trade and investment and free trade agreements including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

The third one is "resilience" in coping with health crises in the future and developing digital economy and electronic commerce.

The prime minister promised to support the private sector in developing the economy of Southeast Asia. (TNA)

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (28 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 28, 2020, 02:33:17 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (28 June 2020)
- no new confirmed #COVID19 case (3,162 total)
- no new discharges (3,053)
- 51 in hospital
- no new deaths (58) 

34 days no new local cases
Title: Re: Covid-19: What can we expect next?
Post by: thaiga on June 29, 2020, 01:28:07 PM
always nice to have an opinion - Andrew J Wood, eTN Correspondent and SKAL President from Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand Travel Restrictions: What can we expect next?
Right at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, I was absolutely sure people will only travel again if they feel it is safe to do so in the new Covid-19 world, and when they have the spare cash to do so. My conviction to that mantra is as solid today as it was all those months ago.
Whilst Thailand today is considered safer, with no new local infections for the past 4 weeks – what about the rest of the world? With new regrettable milestones being reached this weekend – now over 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths globally – most predictions appear to have been widely off the mark. No more so than in the United States.

With 1 in 4 of all coronavirus cases and deaths globally within its borders – 2,510,000 cases including 44,000 new cases daily and 125,000 deaths – the USA is worst of all.
I was sorry to read via the BBC that in India, Delhi is now the country's worst-hit area, with about 73,000 recorded cases of Covid-19 and at least 2,500 deaths.

Delhi has had many challenges including a fragmented local and regional provincial government that did not always see eye-to-eye and a population that lacked the will to follow hygiene and social distancing guidelines. It is also a state with many borders making containment difficult.

For Thailand, we have been well managed. No new coronavirus cases or deaths reported for a long time leaving the total number at 3,162 cases and 58 deaths since January. No new local infection for 31 days, and no new deaths.
We have been very strict, with a strong Thai government in control, and excellent compliance from its citizens even during the curfew, when it was in place.

What is happening across the world is important to Thailand. We must sit up and take notice. WHY?
Whether we like it or not we are very much interconnected. With 10 million cases globally that is 1.5 people in 100 who are infected with the coronavirus GLOBALLY and some reports suggest it to be higher. Without Covid-19 under control globally we are all affected.
Is it RESPONSIBLE to open our borders and airports in Thailand to visitors from around the world when countries in Europe, the Americas, Middle East, and Asia are still seeing coronavirus hotspots and deaths? As a person heavily invested in hospitality and tourism I am reluctant, but have to say YES it would be irresponsible.

If I were the Thai PM what would my answer be? I don't think I need to spell it out.

Next week Thailand is expected to make a number of major announcements. The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will on Monday disclose details of the easing of Phase 5 restrictions, due to begin on the first of July. Apart from our land neighbors I cannot see the government risk all the good work of the past 95 days since the State of Emergency in Thailand was declared on the 26 March 2020. As much as I wish it were not so – for the sake of travel and tourism jobs – the Thai PM will not gamble on opening borders and airports completely. It would be such a risky move.

I was encouraged by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen when talking about vaccinations she announced that the European Union will do all in its power to ensure that all peoples of this world have access to a vaccine, IRRESPECTIVE of where they live. She also said that we must be ready to manufacture and deploy such a vaccine across Europe and the world. Especially to poorer countries. WHY?
Because she too also recognizes our connectivity. That we are ALL interlinked. No-one is an island and we must all play our part to protect our one world, we are one people. We are all interconnected.I would like to say safe travels however in its place let me say:

Stay safe, stay healthy.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: CCSA finalizes Phase 5 restrictions easing plan
Post by: thaiga on June 29, 2020, 01:45:32 PM
CCSA finalizes Phase 5 restrictions easing plan
(NNT)-The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will on Monday disclose details of the easing of Phase 5 restrictions, due to begin on 1st July, while stressing the need for effective disease control measures to prevent a second wave.

The CCSA Spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said today the CCSA will be holding a major meeting this Monday to finalize the details of further restriction easing in Phase 5, which may allow businesses such as pubs, bars, karaoke venues, gaming centers, internet cafes, and soapy massage parlors to reopen.

Addressing criticism of remaining restrictions in Phase 5 being too stringent as the situation in the country has already improved, the CCSA spokesman said there is a possibility of new locally transmitted cases, albeit no such case has been reported for 32 consecutive days.

He pointed out an example in China, where no locally transmitted cases were reported for 50 days, however, a second wave of infections eventually came.

On Monday the CCSA will consider measures related to international arrivals; the State of Emergency extension by one month; the reopening of schools in border areas, and the easing of some social distancing measures on public transport. It's likely passengers will be allowed to sit in any of the seats on metro trains which are now blocked. However, passengers must stand 1 foot away from one another, and wear face coverings.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (29 June 2020) + Thailand prepares "phase 5"
Post by: thaiga on June 29, 2020, 03:10:28 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (29 June 2020)
- 7* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,169 total)
- no discharges (3,053)
- 58 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)        *Thai returnees in state quarantine (6 from India, 1 from the US).

Thailand prepares "phase 5" of reopenings.

Thailand's #COVID19 task force is announcing the new measures for the "5th phase" reopenings:
allowed to reopen are internet cafes, arcades and "soapy massage" parlors that also have to adhere to public health restrictions...

schools are open (on 1 Jul) - shops can close whenever (incl. 24/7 convenience stores) - bars, nightlife venues can reopen, but must close at 12am, safe distancing and no mingling etc
the task force has recommended to extend the state of emergency for yet another month, following the Natl Securitry Council's recommendation. Final decision tomorrow by the cabinet.  credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 29.06.2020
Post by: thaiga on June 29, 2020, 04:07:01 PM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 29.06.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation. - Irish Community Thailand

https://www.facebook.com/IrishCommunityThailand/videos/2419825934983101/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos
Title: Re: Covid-19: Another 6 groups of foreigners to be allowed entry in July
Post by: thaiga on June 29, 2020, 07:25:19 PM
Another 6 groups of foreigners to be allowed entry in July
Six more groups of foreigners are set to be allowed to enter Thailand in July, the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced on Monday (June 29).

Authorities had already permitted experts and foreigners with Thai work permits to enter Thailand from July 1.

The six additional groups proposed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry are:

1. Foreign spouses and children of work permit holders.

2. Foreigners with residency rights in Thailand.

3. Foreigners married to Thais.

4. Foreigners and their carers seeking medical treatment in Thailand (except for Covid-19).

5. International students and their guardians.

6. Short-stay business travellers and guests of the government from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China and Hong Kong – as per special arrangements made with these countries.

The special arrangement will initially allow entry to 200 foreigners per day. That number will increase when more alternative state quarantine (ASQ) rooms are made available. The special arrangement will allow entry to groups of no more than 10 people for a short period. Visitors will be tested for Covid-19 prior to travel and on arrival in Thailand, where they will be monitored constantly by health and security officials. They must submit their Thailand itinerary in advance and will only be allowed to travel by private car.

Foreigners work permit (WP3) and/or BOI certificate holders should contact their local Royal Thai Embassy or consulate for a permit to travel to Thailand. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) will arrange seats aboard repatriation flights for eligible passengers.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: More groups of foreigners to be allowed entry from tomorrow
Post by: thaiga on June 30, 2020, 12:31:28 PM
More groups of foreigners to be allowed entry from tomorrow
Additional groups of foreigners will be allowed to enter Thailand from tomorrow (July 1), the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced on Monday (June 29).

The announcement, which was signed by CAAT director-general Chula Sukmanop and takes effect on July 1, stipulates that eleven groups of people will be allowed to enter the country via flights:

1. Persons with Thai nationality.

2. Persons who were invited by the prime minister or authorities responsible for the emergency.

3. Foreign spouses, parents or children of persons with Thai nationality.

4. Foreigners with residency rights in Thailand.

5. Foreign spouses and children of work permit holders.

6. Transporters of necessary products, who must leave the country immediately after their work is done.

7. Drivers and staff of vehicles that have to carry out necessary or important missions in Thailand and have a clear schedule for leaving.

8. International students and their guardians.

9. Foreigners and their carers seeking medical treatment in Thailand (except for Covid-19).

10. Staff of embassies, consulates, international organisations or representatives of foreign governments who have to carry out their mission in Thailand as allowed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, as well as their spouses, parents, children.

11. Foreigners who are allowed to enter Thailand as per special arrangements.

All visitors will be tested for Covid-19 and need to follow the regulations issued by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration and the Department of Disease Control, including completing a mandatory quarantine period.

CAAT will also allow in state or military aircraft or emergency landings, technical landings without any passengers disembarking, humanitarian aid and medical or relief flights, repatriation flights and cargo aircraft.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (30 June 2020)
Post by: thaiga on June 30, 2020, 02:16:04 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (30 June 2020)
- 2 more new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,171 total)
- 3 more discharged (3,056)
- 57 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

The new cases are Thai returnees in state quarantine from Qatar. 3 other cases were on the same repatriation flight (21 Jun)
credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Pandemic 'is not even close to being over', WHO chief says
Post by: thaiga on June 30, 2020, 02:40:22 PM
'Not even close to being over': WHO chief says pandemic 'speeding up'
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the coronavirus pandemic is "speeding up" as the global death toll surpasses 500,000 and cases top 10 million.

Tedros addressed the pandemic from the WHO headquarters in Geneva on Monday. He warned that as COVID-19 cases continue to surge, there is still far more work that needs to be done in order to stymy the spread.

"Although many countries have made some progress, globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up," he told reporters. "We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives, but the hard reality is that this is not even close to being over."  full article  washingtonexaminer.com (https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/not-even-close-to-being-over-who-chief-says-pandemic-is-speeding-up)

Title: Re: Covid-19: EU to allow in visitors from Thailand
Post by: thaiga on July 01, 2020, 02:02:10 AM
EU to allow in visitors from Thailand
Thailand is among 14 countries whose citizens are deemed "safe" to be let into EU from 1 July, despite the pandemic, according to BBC.

It said the US, Brazil and China are excluded but the EU is ready to add China if the Chinese government offers a reciprocal deal for EU travelers.

EU border controls have been lifted for EU citizens travelling inside the bloc. Rules for UK travellers are covered separately in the Brexit negotiations.

BBC said on the current "safe" list, still likely to be amended, are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

The UK is currently negotiating "air bridges" with several EU member states, so that coronavirus does not totally block summer holidays – the busiest season in Europe for tourism, which employs millions of people.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (1 July 2020)
Post by: thaiga on July 01, 2020, 02:16:47 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (1 July 2020)
- 2 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,173 total)
- 3 more discharged (3,059)
- 56 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New cases are Thai returnees in state quarantine from Kuwait.
credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: 40th day no new domestic cases - This is a great time for Thailand
Post by: thaiga on July 01, 2020, 07:47:30 PM
Today marked the 40th day in the capital without a single new domestic case of Covid-19

making Thailand a great place for outsiders to visit feeling a bit safer from the dreaded virus, that other countries are suffering from. as we've seen in the thai media, the elite visa is the choice that many have gone for, after seeing the covid results, this country could be, or already is a sought after destination.

I get the impression and imho the authorities never liked the bars, booze and prostitution which is illegal and what goes with it, but it was the flow of money that it earned, which made it attractive, so it all went on.

BUT now ...This is a great time for Thailand to shrug off it's image of the cheap charlies, two weeks millionares, sex & booze, kiss me quick hats style and go for quality not quantity tourist. if they wanted to.

Thinking on that, will the cheap charlies or anyone else, go through all that paperwork that will probably be needed along with covid free papers and maybe insurance. then sit on a plane mask on for 12 hrs flight, no drink, maybe a quaranteen as well, that's if Thailand accepts travellers from their country.

not to mention a lot are now unemployed, money short. don't stop there, exchange rates never been so bad, not a lot of baht for your pound UK pound barely touching 37 baht.

Thailand has some great sites to see as a visitor to this country, temples, malls for shopping lovers, some fantastic hotels to choose from. the attractions here are tops, some of the best in the world. a good job has been done by Thailand, keeping us safe, which the whole world has taken note of. they talk of a second wave, we haven't had a first one yet, have we.

lets hope it stays that way.
Title: Re: Covid-19: CCSA Urges People to Continue Wearing Face Masks
Post by: thaiga on July 02, 2020, 01:31:42 AM
CCSA Urges People to Continue Wearing Face Masks
People can resume their normal life while wearing face masks and using the Thaichana check-in app after the 5th round of lockdown relaxation, according to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said the 5th round of business resumption started today and resulted in the restoration of normal life. He strongly recommended people seriously protect themselves from possible infection because, he said, newly resumed businesses posed high risks of transmitting the coronavirus disease 2019.

"People must continue to wear surgical or cloth masks," he said.

According to him, 32 million people registered to use the Thaichana application for check-ins and checkouts at places and 250,000 shops also use it. Pubs, bars, karaoke shops and soapy massage parlors must register for the app use before reopening.

Dr Taweesin also said that Thailand was among 14 countries from which visitors received a green light from the European Union today. The countries were selected on their COVID-19 situation over the past 14 days, infection trends and disease control, he said. (TNA)

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (2 July 2020)
Post by: thaiga on July 02, 2020, 01:48:09 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (2 July 2020)
- 6 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,179 total)
- no new discharges (3,059)
- 62 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

All cases are in state quarantine among Thai returnees from Indonesia (4 people), South Africa and Sudan (1 each).
credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Certificate of entry required for foreigners to enter Thailand
Post by: thaiga on July 03, 2020, 02:04:31 AM
Certificate of entry from Thai embassy or consulate required for foreigners to enter Thailand
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) today (July 2) issued the "Notification on Conditions for Aircraft Permission to Enter Thailand (No.2)", reiterating that its ban on international commercial aircraft remains in place, reports the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Although, Thailand allows entry to several groups of foreigners from July 1, the eligible travellers must seek advance certificate of entry from local Thai embassies or consulates abroad as well as the relevant necessary documents as required under the order of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), the TAT said in an announcement today.

The TAT announcement explained as follows:

With the ban on international commercial aircraft remaining in place, only the following types of aircraft can enter Thailand:

(1) State or military aircraft

(2) Emergency landing flights

(3) Technical landing flights without disembarkation

(4) Humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights

(5) Repatriation flights

(6) Cargo flights

(7) *Passenger flights carrying the persons permitted to enter Thailand.

*The entry into Thailand of the persons of any of the following types, by aircraft, shall be permitted, provided that they comply with the conditions, time limits and rules of the authorised persons under the Thai immigration law, communicable diseases law, air navigation law, and the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation, for the prevention of the spread of disease, and the organisation of the number of persons entering Thailand in accordance with the capability of the competent officers or the communicable disease control officers for the screening and arrangement of facilities for isolation, quarantine and control for observation:

(1) Thai nationals.

(2) Persons with exemption or persons being considered, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, pertaining to necessity. Such consideration, permission or invitation may be subject to specific conditions and time limits.

(3) Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under international organisations, or representatives of foreign governments performing their duties in the Kingdom, or persons of other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pertaining to necessity, including their spouse, parents, or children.

(4) Carriers of necessary goods, subject to immediate return after completion.

(5) Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom on a mission, and have a specified date and time for return.

(6) Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national.

(7) Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of permanent residency in the Kingdom, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom.

(8. Non-Thai nationals who have a work permit or have been granted permission from government agencies to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.

(9) Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students, except for students of non-formal educational institutions under the law on private schools and of other similar private educational institutions

(10) Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID-19.

(11) Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country.

To enter the Kingdom, the persons as prescribed in the 11 aforementioned groups are required to comply with the relevant laws on disease prevention measures.

CAAT's Notification on Conditions for Aircraft Permission to Enter Thailand (No.2) takes effect from 03 July, 2020.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand and Japan cautious on EU travel
Post by: thaiga on July 03, 2020, 12:47:09 PM
Thailand and Japan cautious on EU travel despite priority status
Visitors from South Korea also given green light, but obstacles remain

Travelers from Japan, South Korea and Thailand are now welcome in the European Union. But business groups and travel industry figures from the three countries do not expect a rush, citing remaining obstacles and a lingering fear of a coronavirus second wave.

The EU took the first step towards restoring global ties interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic on July 1, saying visitors from 15 countries, including the three from Asia, would now be allowed entry. The group is united in achieving low infection rates, according to the EU.

But the most powerful business lobby in Japan said it expected only limited impact from the EU's move. "Japanese business travelers still need to undergo testing and a 14-day quarantine when they return to Japan," said one executive from the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren. "As for European nationals living in Japan, they can't even come back to Japan."

In Thailand there was also caution. "I think business travelers would be the first group to go abroad when the EU opens up. But, I don't think Thais would like to travel abroad at this moment as they are not confident about hygiene standards out there," said Kritapas Patamanate, managing director of AOM Travel, a tour operator in Thailand.

The EU's list of nations from which entry will be allowed also covers Australia and New Zealand. Chinese travelers will also be allowed, but only if China announces that it will also accept European visitors.

The list will be reviewed every two weeks, looking at the latest infection situations and containment measures.

Even after the EU's step toward opening, confusion persists. It is up to EU member states and associated countries in the "Schengen" passport-free area to decide to lift travel restrictions, making it unclear whether travelers will be allowed to enter the region. Any requirement for quarantine or testing also depends on each country.

As a result countries are putting in place a patchwork of measures. For example, Greece -- which relies on an influx of visitors for its tourism-heavy economy -- and the Netherlands have said they grant access to travelers arriving from countries on the EU list. France now also welcomes visitors from the enlisted countries but it is unclear whether a quarantine period and other measures will be required.

Meanwhile Italy -- which had also been pressing for opening -- said it would keep "a prudent line" and would maintain 14-day quarantine restrictions for arrivals from countries on the EU "green list."

"We must prevent the sacrifices the Italian people have made in recent months from being wasted," Health Minister Roberto Speranza said.

Nor can citizens of those countries granted access easily travel to the EU in the near future, since international travel links are still limited.

Korea Air Lines said that it may take some time to restart flights to Europe as it needs to consult with the transportation ministry. As of July 1, it operates flights from Incheon to Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Vienna, but stopped flights to Zurich, Budapest and eight other cities.

"We cannot make decisions by ourselves," said a spokesperson for KAL. "We also need time to set up schedules. We should discuss this with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport."

While Japan Airlines has increased the number of international flights connecting Japan and Europe, links are still far from normal. In July only 21% of scheduled flights to the continent will take place, compared with 6% in June.

While it only had a flight connecting Haneda and London in June, it will also resume Haneda-Paris, Narita-Frankfurt and Haneda-Helsinki this month.

"While the infection is still increasing globally, we will provide flights as public transport to those who need them," said a spokesperson for the Japanese carrier.

Japan's largest travel agency JTB has canceled all of its package tours to Europe until Aug. 31 and a spokesperson said lifting of the EU travel ban "would not impact our decision."

As for Thailand, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has not yet allowed any normal commercial flights, making it hard for Thai travelers to go abroad.

The lack of reciprocity with Europe is another big challenge as well, since it means that while entry into the EU might be easier, certain restrictions still exist for anyone who does travel from Asia and wants to return.

Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare told the Nikkei Asian Review that a business fast-track with Europe is "under consideration," but so far Japan is only allowing Japanese nationals to enter, even barring foreigners with permanent residency.

Acting on a request from the Japanese government, the Keidanren has asked member companies to consider offering PCR testing to employees going on business trips abroad to "facilitate the restart of the Japanese economy through the recovery of global traffic."

The Japanese government is in talks with Vietnam, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand over resuming business travel -- but still only aims to allow a daily maximum of 250 business travelers from these countries.

Thailand allows entry for Thais and foreigners but insists all who enter the country must be quarantined. "Those who want to enter Thailand need to comply with our [state of emergency] law, which stipulates visitors to be quarantined for 14 days," said Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration.

Kritapas from AOM Travel said: "I don't think people would like to travel abroad if they have to be quarantined for up to 14 days when they get back home."

Thailand plans to allow business travelers holding passports from Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Japan, along with Chinese from some provinces, as part of proposed "business travel bubbles" from July. South Korea has already allowed business travel with China.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Phase 5 easing of social restrictions Anutin Stresses Safety
Post by: thaiga on July 03, 2020, 12:54:59 PM
Anutin Stresses Safety in Phase 5 of Eased Restrictions
More activities are allowed to resume, including businesses that are considered to be most at risk of spreading the feared virus, such as entertainment venues. Public health authorities are working hard to monitor the venues and ensure all parties comply with the regulations.

Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy PM and Minister of Public Health called an online conference this week with directors of provincial public health offices, and directors of hospitals all over the country, to assign policy to be followed in the new Phase 5 easing of restrictions.

He stressed that all health sectors must be prepared for an emergency situation especially with the anticipated arrival of international visitors. The disease control department and the department of medical sciences will use COVID-19 rapid test kits to avoid congestion in screening.

Entertainment venues and restaurants must be strict in screening customers and ensure their patrons follow all the regulations. If there is any outbreak of infection related to a venue, the venue will be charged over the incident . The ministry will also send officers to randomly inspect entertainment venues and restaurants to ensure the safety of all involved.

As for schools, there must be screening of students every morning. If any student is found to have a high fever, the whole class of students won't be allowed to enter the school building. If they are identified during lessons, they will be detained individually in a room prepared for an emergency situation, until a medical team arrives.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (3 July 2020)
Post by: thaiga on July 03, 2020, 07:49:23 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (3 July 2020)
- 1 new confirmed #COVID19 case (3,180 total)
- 7 more discharged (3,066)
- 56 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New case in state quarantine: a Thai returnee from Bahrain.
credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 03.07.2020
Post by: thaiga on July 04, 2020, 02:54:51 AM
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 03.07.2020
The Thai Government is providing an English language broadcast on Thailand's COVID-19 situation.

Title: Re: Covid-19: “Hero Covid-19” project
Post by: thaiga on July 04, 2020, 12:51:36 PM
Ministry launches research into immunity against Covid-19
The Ministry of Public Health is planning to conduct research on immunity against the new coronavirus by inviting those who have recovered from Covid-19 and those who have had close contact with patients to participate.

"This "Hero Covid-19" project will be funded by Health Systems Research Institute with a budget of Bt3 million," said Dr Kanawat Chantaralawan, consultant to Deputy Public Health Minister Dr Satit Pitutecha, who is heading the project. "The research aims to study how to build immunity against Covid-19, the period that a patient body requires to build immunity, and how long the immunity will last in the human body."

"To be eligible volunteers for the study, candidates must be over 18 years old and either be a recovered patient or have had close contact with a patient," he added. "Researchers will draw blood for the study three times: at three months, six months and nine months, while the volunteers' identity will be kept confidential.

"Additional data and statistics required by the study will be supported the Department of Disease Control and the Department of Medical Sciences," added Kanawat. "The study could help unveil the secret to prevention of Covid-19 in the future."

Interested candidates can join the project at the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University on tel 02-256-4132 ext 404 or e-mail: [email protected]

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 4 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 04, 2020, 02:17:24 PM
Thailand situation, 4 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,185 (+5)
- Recovered: 3,066 (+0)
- Active cases: 61
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
new cases are in state quarantine  credit @SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: Hope fear as kingdom's gates creak ajar
Post by: thaiga on July 05, 2020, 12:28:06 PM
Hope, fear as kingdom's gates creak ajar
Islands prepare to receive first batches of foreign tourists allowed in since Covid-19 struck

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Tourism operators and residents in five southern tourist destinations which may open up to foreign travellers next month are optimistic about the government's travel bubble scheme.

They are ready to open their doors again but on the condition the government implements disease control measures to guard against the re-emergence of Covid-19 in the kingdom.

The Bangkok Post talked to both groups after the Tourism and Sports Ministry recently proposed five islands -- Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao in Surat Thani province, Phi Phi in Krabi and Phuket -- return to hosting foreign tourists as early as next month.

Currently, only a select group of pre-approved foreigners may enter the country.

The first countries allowed to send foreign tourists under the proposal would be those who have controlled the virus successfully in the eyes of the government.

Tourism is one of the sectors most seriously affected by the pandemic. As one of Thailand's main sources of revenue, the industry has been slated for hefty aid from the state.

As the government gradually relaxes travel restrictions, all five destinations famous for their beaches have expressed a readiness to welcome back tourists, despite many countries still fighting high infection rates.

WORSE THAN THE 2004 TSUNAMI

In Phuket alone, tourism generated over 420 billion baht from 10.6 million foreign tourists in 2019. However, from February to July 2020, a study by the Prince of Songkla University, Phuket campus, found Phuket will likely lose as much as 127 billion baht in tourism revenue.

President of the Phuket Tourist Association Sarayuth Mallam said the province is ready to welcome tourists as long as disease control measures are imposed.

"Sooner or later we have to reopen," he said. "If we wait until early next year, it may be too late ... what is important is that we continue to keep our guards up with clear measures and stringent disease screening."

Should the government allow foreign tourists to enter Thailand in August, they must come from travel bubble markets in Asia, Chalermlak Kepsap, Patong municipality mayor says, adding the pandemic situation in Europe must improve before its people are allowed in.

"We should not allow all nationals in yet. It is too scary ... we can accept specific groups first such as business travellers, medical tourists and those with families in the area. Upon arriving, they must be screened for symptoms and quarantined," said the mayor.

Without foreign tourists, Phuket has diverted its attention to the domestic market.

Ms Chalermlak pointed out most Thai tourists still think Patong beach is too expensive and said she had urged local businesses to lower their prices and run promotions. Locals should also turn to agriculture more instead of relying only on tourism, she added.

Narong Phonladet, 50, a Patong local, said that without tourists the local economy was suffering more now than during the 2004 tsunami.

"We want the government to allow foreign tourists in but they must be screened for the virus at the departure country and quarantined in Phuket after arrival ... but Phuket must have tourists. Without them, it dies," said Mr Narong.

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PARADISE FOUND: A couple sits on a hill admiring the beauty of Koh Phi Phi in Krabi which is expected to be one of the five southern islands to welcome foreign tourists again next month. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports last week asked the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration to consider its plans.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation update on COVID-19, 5 July, 2020.
Post by: thaiga on July 05, 2020, 03:07:51 PM
Thailand situation update on COVID-19, 5 July, 2020.
Confirmed total 3,190 cases (5 new cases).
- Admitted 61 cases.
- Discharged 3,071 cases.
- Death 58 cases.   
credit pr_moph

new cases are Thais in state quarantine
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thais less worried about Covid-19 - poll
Post by: thaiga on July 05, 2020, 07:27:50 PM
Thais less worried about Covid-19 but want to remain alert: poll
Following the sharp fall in the number of new Covid-19 cases and the gradual relaxation of lockdown measures, most people's concerns about the pandemic have eased but they want the government to monitor the situation and help the affected people, according to a Suan Dusit poll.

The poll about "The lives of people after the relaxation of the Covid-19 measures" surveyed 1,109 people between July 1- 4.

Suan Dusit found that most of people's concerns about Covid-19 had eased (52.93 per cent). Some 39.40 per cent of respondents are hopeful Thailand will return to normalcy by the end of 2020; 94.77 per cent think they are helping to control the situation by wearing a mask and 88.19 per cent believe they are helping by frequently washing their hands.

As the virus situation gets better, 77.5 per cent of people want the government to remain vigilant about the situation, while 71.78 per cent want measures to help people who are continuously affected.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: scientists say coronavirus is airborne
Post by: thaiga on July 06, 2020, 01:40:42 PM
Hundreds of scientists say coronavirus is airborne, ask WHO to revise recommendations
WHO has said virus spreads primarily through small droplets from the nose or mouth

Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that the novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organization to revise its recommendations, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

The WHO has said the coronavirus disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks.

In an open letter to the United Nations agency, which the researchers plan to publish in a scientific journal next week, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined the evidence showing smaller particles can infect people, the NYT said.

The WHO did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

Whether carried by large droplets that zoom through the air after a sneeze, or by much smaller exhaled droplets that may glide the length of a room, the coronavirus is borne through air and can infect people when inhaled, the scientists said, according to the NYT. full article  cbc.ca (https://www.cbc.ca/news/SOMNIA-1.5638444)

Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (6 July 2020)
Post by: thaiga on July 06, 2020, 01:45:09 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (6 July 2020)
- 5 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,195)
- 1 more discharged (3,072)
- 65 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

All new cases are Thai returnees from Kuwait in state quarantine (the same return flight also had another 5 cases).
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Locals pin hopes on travel bubble
Post by: thaiga on July 07, 2020, 02:33:28 AM
Locals pin hopes on travel bubble
Most Thais prefer the travel bubble scheme to have strict regulations for entry, but they would allow in more than 2,000 people a day because it would help revive the economy.

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With Thailand set to reopen its borders to international leisure tourists in August at the earliest, public opinion towards the travel bubble plan is one component that the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is considering before announcing a final draft, said Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

The TAT and the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) released poll results yesterday from 3,000 local residents and tour operators in eight tourism provinces.

A majority of locals (82.9%) agree with the principle of limited entry under a travel bubble scheme, while 87.2% of tour operators in those provinces agreeing with reopening with some restrictions.

Some 74% of locals agree with travel bubbles if the government can impose strict regulations and have specific criteria that assure them about the screening process, such as requiring a health certificate (free of Covid-19) 72 hours before arrival and temperature checks at the place of origin, and not visiting risky countries 14 days before arrival.

Most of them prefer to have an initial number for the pilot project larger than 2,000 persons per day, as they have the impression that international travellers set to come via this scheme will help boost the economy.

"Even though the previous opinion survey from other agencies showed that Thais don't want foreign tourists to return soon, we have to acknowledge that this survey was different because we specified the questions towards stringent travel bubble rules that could be used in the initial phase," Mr Yuthasak said. "So people understood more about the elaborate plan that will assure health safety in the country."

He said the Tourism Ministry and the TAT already talked with the Office of Insurance Commission about additional requirements for foreigners to buy Covid-19 insurance from insurance firms in Thailand.

The two parties have yet to reach a conclusion on the price of the insurance package, saying the range being discussed is between 400 and 1,000 baht. But the Tourism Ministry would like to lower the price to accommodate foreign tourists.

Meanwhile, the TAT and the Finance Ministry yesterday launched tourism stimulus packages that are expected to spur 700 billion baht in spending in the economy.

Lavaron Sangsnit, director-general of the Fiscal Policy Office, said the scheme operates on a first-come, first-served basis, as local tourists have to finish both registration and booking transactions to receive the benefit.

The tourism stimulus measures will subsidise 40% of 5 million nights of hotel stays, limited to 3,000 baht per night for up to five nights.

Each hotel room reservation can also book two air tickets with a 40% discount on 2 million air tickets, with the discount limited to 1,000 baht per seat.

Eligible users will also get a 600 baht e-voucher upon check-in to be used at restaurants or tourism sites in any province except for their own.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand is moving with much more caution
Post by: thaiga on July 07, 2020, 12:28:41 PM
Thailand Still Tepid on Tourists as Virus Fears Linger
Economists and industry insiders predict a slow rebound for Thailand's all-important tourism sector as one of the world's top travel spots slowly opens its borders after more than three months of virus-induced lockdown.   

While some European countries, with far more confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths, have already begun welcoming visitors from the rest of the continent and beyond, Thailand is moving with much more caution.

The government says the first few thousand non-essential foreigners were cleared for arrival as of July 1 — mostly permanent residents and work permit holders, investors, teachers, students and those seeking medical care.

The country is eyeing the return of tourists from a select few Asian countries in August or September, just ahead of peak tourist season. Even then the visitors will be kept on a short leash and likely made to download phone apps that track their moves and to stick close by their hotels.

The size of Thailand's tourism sector has made the pandemic especially hard on the country. The World Bank predicts that the Thai economy will see one of the sharpest contractions in the East Asia and Pacific region this year, at about 5%, throwing an estimated 8.3 million people out of work.

"And the main reason for that is that Thailand has a large exposure as a tourism hub; close to 15% of GDP is tourism-related earnings," said Kiatipong Ariyapruchya, the World Bank's senior country economist for Thailand.

Thailand was the 8th  most-visited country in the world last year, welcoming 39.8 million foreign guests, according to the UN. In its own 2019 index, Mastercard named its sprawling capital, Bangkok, the world's most visited city.

It will take time to get the tourism sector humming again. World Bank economist Arvind Nair said the economy will need at least two years to recover, owing substantially to the "gradual normalization of tourism over the course of 2021."

The Travel Authority of Thailand is expecting to finish 2020 with 10 million foreign tourists at most, about a quarter of last year's total.

Numbers like that are setting the industry back some 10 to 20 years, said Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, a vice president of the Thai Hotels Association, "so I think we're bracing for a very slow recovery."

The government is hoping to make up some of the lost business from abroad by trying to stimulate more domestic tourism with a  number of incentives, from discounts on travel and accommodation to subsidies for tour companies that book trips for health care workers. Airlines are coming up with deals of their own.

"So hopefully that will bring in some income for hotels, but nowhere near normal levels at all,"  Sukosol said. "We need international income from tourists to be able to resuscitate the hotel sector."

The World Bank warned also that schemes to stimulate domestic tourism, while welcome for now, could backfire if misdirected and prolonged. It said they may fail to prove tempting enough to lure Thais still wary of the virus away from home.

The Hotels Association says about 8 of every 10 hotels in the country closed their doors to ride out the COVID-19 lockdown and that few of them have reopened to try and cash in on the domestic tourism push.

In Pattaya, a beach town on the Bay of Thailand popular with foreign tourists, the Sunbeam Hotel is not planning to throw its doors open again until November or December, choosing instead to wait for the return of foreign guests.

"For us [the] international market is around 80 to 85% of our total room occupancy..., so for us it's very, very important," said general manager Boonkerd Suksrikarn.

In a typical peak season, the Sunbeam could expect to fill anywhere from 75% to 85% of its 270 rooms on an average night. This season hotel officials are hoping it can fill half of them.   Much like the World Bank, Boonkerd is not expecting numbers to return to normal for another two to three years.

"This year ... we'll be happy if we break even or make just a little bit of a profit," he said. "That's our goal — survival."

Before the lockdown, Thailand's hotels nationwide relied on international guests for nearly two-thirds of their business. While a vaccine will do much to draw many of them back,  Sukosol  says the industry can ill afford to wait that long. But she also understands the government's caution. Thailand has kept total confirmed infections below 3,200 thus far and gone more than a month without a locally transmitted case; Its leaders are keen to avoid importing a second wave.

"We only have one chance to recover," she said. 

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation update 7 July, 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 07, 2020, 02:35:02 PM
Thailand situation update on COVID-19, 7 July, 2020.
Confirmed total 3,195 cases (0 new case).
- Admitted 65 cases.
- Discharged 3,072 cases.
- Death 58 cases.

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Title: Re: thailand a Covid success story but economic outlook said to be worst in Asia
Post by: thaiga on July 07, 2020, 03:01:34 PM
Thailand's economic outlook 'worst in Asia': analysts
Thailand has been cited as a success story in containing the coronavirus outbreak, having gone more than 40 days without any local transmission of Covid-19. Yet its economic outlook is the darkest in Asia.

Gross domestic product is forecast to contract 8.1% this year, according to the Bank of Thailand. That's worse than official forecasts for any of the main economies across Asia, and would be the country's biggest GDP decline ever, surpassing even its plunge during the Asian financial crisis two decades ago.

"Thailand has large exposure as a tourism hub, close to 15% of GDP, and it also has large exposure of the export-oriented sector," said Kiatipong Ariyapruchya, senior economist for Thailand at the World Bank. "Hence the large shock to GDP."

Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg predict the kingdom's economy will contract more than others in Southeast Asia, at 6%, and with a weaker rebound in 2021 of 4%.

Here's what's weighing down the Thai economy:

The state of emergency, night-time curfew and business closings imposed across the country to fight the virus have crushed private consumption and investment, which were already on a modest downtrend last year. Purchases are expected to pick up as the lockdown restrictions are lifted and as government stimulus measures filter through to the economy, but investors could be slow to return given the gloomy prospects.

Thailand recorded no foreign tourist arrivals or receipts for a second straight month in May as the pandemic forced border closings. Annual tourist arrivals are forecast to drop to 8 million, just one-fifth of last year's total.

Despite plans for travel bubbles with select countries, authorities are proceeding to open the country slowly and carefully. Efforts to kindle domestic tourism won't offset the tremendous losses to this critical industry, which last year made up about one-fifth of the economy.

At first glance, exports appear to have held up relatively well this year, contracting for only two of the first five months of 2020.

As it turns out, distortions in one commodity have helped cushion the overall blow. Rising gold prices during the outbreak have led local investors to sell gold, boosting total exports. Excluding gold, total shipments have been hit hard by weak global demand and supply-chain disruptions.

Baht Troubles

The Thai baht has gained almost 6% against the US dollar in the past three months, the second-best performer in Asia tracked by Bloomberg. Despite the Bank of Thailand's three interest-rate cuts this year, which have brought the benchmark rate to a record low of 0.5%, the country's success in containing the pandemic has kept the currency strong.

The central bank has showed concern about the baht's strength, which hampers exports and will complicate the economic recovery. Officials have warned they're considering additional steps to tame the baht if needed.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Dr. says Thai people are inviting the return of COVID-19
Post by: thaiga on July 07, 2020, 08:05:58 PM
Dr. Thanarak Plipat says Thai people are inviting the return of COVID-19
Thai people are becoming less concerned about the prospect of a second wave of COVID-19 infections and may actually be encouraging the return of the contagion, said Dr. Thanarak Plipat, Deputy Director-General of Thailand's Disease Control Department.

Writing on his Facebook page on Monday, Dr. Thanarak asked if the country is ripe for a second wave. His answer is "yes", as evidenced in the behavior of many Thais "who are putting Thailand at increased risk", citing the many stores and shops which are no longer insisting on the wearing of masks and customers appearing to be more confident about not wearing them.

"Whether the disease will return again depends on the Thai people, and I personally feel that they are not afraid of COVID-19 and want it to return," said Dr. Thanarak, adding that this attitude is very dangerous, as he wants them to come to their senses.

He referred to a report by Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, CCSA spokesman, saying that about 3,000 migrant workers reentered Thailand, after the easing of lockdown restrictions, noting that these people may be infected and may spread the disease.

"The best protection we currently have is to wear masks and observe the other safety measures," said Dr. Thanarak.

Meanwhile, Dr. Sopon Iamsirithavorn, Director of the General Contagious Diseases Division, said the fact that Thailand has been without a single case of local infection for 42 consecutive days does not mean that the disease has been eradicated from the country.

He warned that the disease may return with a vengeance "if we lower our guard and ignore basic safety measures," citing lessons from several countries where cluster infections are being reported in congested places.

During the long weekend, he said that several venues and tourist attractions were congested with people, providing an ideal environment for the spread of the disease.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Visiting team led by US Army chief not to be quarantined
Post by: thaiga on July 08, 2020, 02:20:43 AM
Visiting team led by US Army chief not to be quarantined
A delegation led by the United States' Army chief of staff won't be quarantined at state facilities as they are "not a Covid-19 risk group" but will be required to wear face masks during talks with the prime minister, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said.

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said there were six reasons why the group, led by Army chief General James McConville, won't need to be quarantined – they are from a "high-ranked organisation", not more than 10 persons (9), travelled for a short distance, screened for the virus in the last country they departed, accompanied by public health officials and travelled in private vehicles.

"The visit is related to delicate international ties and Thailand must welcome its guests," Taweesin said. "We have exchanged [Covid-19] information with the US and they understand."

General McConville is to meet Thai Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong and Prime Minister Prayut Cha-o-cha on July 9 and 10.

He and his group will be the first foreign guests to visit the country after it went into lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

He met with Thailand's RTA Combat Team in Hawaii on July 5 and discussed improvements in manoeuvres under the Lightning Forge 2020 exercise and Covid-19 preventive measures.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: WHO acknowledges emerging evidence of airborne spread of COVID-19
Post by: thaiga on July 08, 2020, 01:17:35 PM
WHO acknowledges emerging evidence of airborne spread of COVID-19
The World Health Organization says it acknowledges emerging evidence of the airborne spread of COVID-19,... after a group of scientists urged the WHO to update its recommendations. Speaking at a virtual press briefing on Tuesday,... a senior WHO official explained there is a possibility of airborne and aerosol transmission,.. but more evidence needs to be collected and analyzed

Until now,... the WHO has insisted the virus spreads primarily through droplets expelled from the nose and mouth of an infected person that quickly sink to the ground.

Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (8 July 2020)
Post by: thaiga on July 08, 2020, 02:17:10 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (8 July 2020)
- 2 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,197 total)
- 2 more discharged (3,074)
- 65 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New cases are Thai returnees in state quarantine, 1 from India and 1 from Indonesia.
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand expects delay plans for 'travel bubble' on virus worries
Post by: thaiga on July 08, 2020, 08:34:39 PM
Keep them doors shut at least till a vaccine is available :-[

Thailand expects to delay plans for 'travel bubble' on virus worries
(Reuters) - Thailand expects to delay plans for so-called travel bubbles given a resurgence in coronavirus infections in countries that had managed to contain the initial outbreak, a senior official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Thailand partially lifted a three-month ban on foreign visitors this month and had been planning to further boost tourism, a key contributor to its economy, by creating travel bubbles later in the year with countries like Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong that had managed to contain the virus.

But fresh outbreaks are creating uncertainty, Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said.

"The travel bubble that was going to begin in the fourth quarter could be delayed," he added. The government had previously said the travel bubble could begin in September.

"We adjusted our forecast for foreign arrivals this year to 8.2 million from 10-12 million," Yuthasak said.

Thailand recorded 6.7 million foreign arrivals in the first five months and is allowing business travelers and tourists seeking medical treatment to enter for the rest of the year.

The government this month will roll out a $722 million domestic tourism stimulus to boost revenue.

Tourism, mainly international visitors, is crucial to Thailand's economy. A record 39.8 million foreign tourists visited the country last year and spent 1.93 trillion baht, accounting for 11% of its GDP.

Thailand on Wednesday marked 44 days without a local transmission. It has reported total 3,197 virus infections, with Thai nationals returning from overseas accounting for new cases.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: CAAT’s recommendations: for 11 exempt types of travellers
Post by: thaiga on July 09, 2020, 01:02:25 PM
CAAT's recommendations for 11 exempt types of travellers planning a trip to Thailand
11 types of Thai and non-Thai nationals, currently allowed to enter the country, must comply with the conditions, time limits and rules of the authorised persons under the Thai law.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued recommendations for the 11 exempt types of travellers planning a trip to Thailand during the current time as the nation continues its unprecedented effort to maintain zero new local cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection in the country.

The eligible travellers as listed below must seek in advance a 'Certificate of Entry' from their local Thai embassies or consulates abroad as required under the order of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
Here are the CAAT's recommendations:
Predeparture

Check whether they are individuals as described in the 11 exempt types issued by the CAAT.
Prepare the necessary relevant documents as required for the different types of individuals.
Contact the nearest Thai embassy or consulate to submit the documents and follow the terms and conditions for the flight bookings to obtain the 'Certificate of Entry'

Departure date

Show the following documents and items to the airline at the check-in counter:

Passport.
Certificate of Entry.
Health certificate clarifying no risk of COVID-19, using a RT-PCR laboratory technique, issued no more than 72 hours before travelling (required from passengers in Types 2, 3, and 6-11).
Health insurance policy showing a minimum coverage for COVID-19 of not less than US$100,000 (required from passengers in Types 5-11).
Surgical masks and alcohol-based hand sanitiser (per the approved amount).

Onboard the aircraft

Wear a surgical mask during the flight.
Follow the airline's infection control guidance and restrictions.

Upon arrival

1. For visitors staying no more than 14 days.

    Undergo the COVID-19 testing using a RT-PCR laboratory technique at the airport.
    Download the tracking mobile phone app for COVID-19 incidents.

2. For visitors staying longer than 14 days.

    Undergo the COVID-19 screening (checking symptoms and body temperature).
    Download the tracking mobile phone app for COVID-19 incidents.
    Enter a 14-day local or state quarantine.

List of the 11 exempt types of travellers:

1)   Thai nationals.

2)   Persons with exemption or persons being considered, permitted, or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, pertaining to necessity. Such consideration, permission or invitation may be subject to specific conditions and time limits.

3)  Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under international organisations, or representatives of foreign governments performing their duties in the Kingdom, or persons of other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pertaining to necessity, including their spouse, parents, or children.
   
4)  Carriers of necessary goods, subject to immediate return after completion.

5)  Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom on a mission and have a specified date and time for return.
   
6)  Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national.
   
7)  Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of permanent residency in the Kingdom, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom.
 
8.)  Non-Thai nationals who have a work permit or have been granted permission from government agencies to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.
   
9)  Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students, except for students of non-formal educational institutions under the law on private schools and of other similar private educational institutions.
   
10)  Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID-19.
   
11)  Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (9 July 2020)
Post by: thaiga on July 09, 2020, 02:16:16 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (9 July 2020)
- 5 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,202 total)
- 11 more discharged (3,085)
- 59 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New cases are Thai returnees in state quarantine: 4 from the UAE, 1 from Egypt.
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Title: Re: Covid-19: first wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand has ended
Post by: thaiga on July 10, 2020, 02:06:49 AM
first wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand has ended
The first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand has come to an end, after the country has not seen a case of local, or community infection for 44 consecutive days, said Dr. Anupong Sujariyakul, an expert attached to the Disease Control Department, today (Wednesday).

He warned, however, that Thailand must now be prepared for the possibility of a second wave of infections, as the contagion is still spreading in many parts of the world, with several countries already experiencing a second wave.

As far as Thailand is concerned, Dr. Anupong said that the Ministry of Public Health supports the Government's plan to open the country cautiously, in order to restart its ailing economy, while still keeping our guard up, by strictly observing the basic rules of wearing face masks, regular hand cleaning and social distancing.

Regarding the warning from scientists in 32 countries to the WHO, that coronavirus can be transmitted through airborne droplets smaller than 5 microns, Dr. Anupong said that the Thai Public Health Ministry had previously explained that the contagion can be transmitted through airborne droplets in an enclosed environment, such as in intensive care units, but not in open spaces with good ventilation and sunshine.

"If COVID-19 can be easily transmitted through the air, like tuberculosis, then worldwide infections would not be just 11-12 million cases, but many more," he said, as he advised the public not to be overly concerned about airborne contagion at this point.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: PM accelerates 'New Normal'
Post by: thaiga on July 10, 2020, 02:11:25 AM
PM accelerates 'New Normal'
Health safety and the poor are priority

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is keeping faith with his "New Normal" to steer Thailand foward, prioritising public health safety and tackling the economic problems of the poor.

The prime minister said his government was moving ahead with a package to employ 400,000 people.

He also vowed to expedite efforts to address the economic woes caused by the pandemic by picking the most skilled people should he decide a cabinet reshuffle was the best way to proceed.

Gen Prayut on Wednesday led his team on a visit to the Bangkok Post, which he chose as the first stop on his tour of 10 publishing companies to listen to their opinions on how to move the country forward amid the Covid-19 crisis.

His latest moves follow his announcement on June 17 of a nation-building programme called "Thais Together Build Thailand", describing his plan to invite all sectors of the country to map out the future as a "New Normal".

The prime minister raised two issues for the media in asking them to give their opinions. The issues were: What should Thai people and the country prioritise in the current situation? and What factors can drive Thailand to move forward?

He agreed with the Post's executives and editorial teams that maintaining public health continued to be the priority. Although Thailand has gone 44 days without any local infections, the pandemic still continues unabated overseas.

Strict enforcement of health precautions was required if foreigners were to be allowed to enter the country, so the current policy would continue to focus on those who want to come to Thailand for medical treatment, he added.

The government will also come up with additional measures to help people affected by the economic impact of the pandemic.

Gen Prayut expressed concern about the economic impact on poor and low-income people, especially when they pile up debts or lose their jobs. Strict legal measures will be taken against loan sharks that abuse loans to those people, he said.

He had also met associations of business people and discussed ways to minimise lay-offs, at the same time as his government has launched a package that creates 400,000 jobs for Thais.

He said that while 500 billion baht had been spent to relieve the immediate impact of Covid-19 for the people over the past three months, another 550 billion baht had been earmarked to combat ongoing problems. A large slice of that --200,000 billion baht -- will be reserved in case of a second wave of infections.

On the political scene, Gen Prayut said a cabinet reshuffle was not easy to implement because, bearing in mind the need to adhere to democratic principles, the new generation of skilled people were reluctant to enter politics and cope with all the problems it entails.

"I will find the best people and we have to give them the chance to work. Unless it goes well, we will have one [a reshuffle]," he said. "The big problem is nobody wants to come as they are afraid of politics."

Speaking at Government House earlier in the day, Gen Prayut said that the 400-billion-baht spending plan for economic rehabilitation would be undertaken in two phases.

He said the cabinet had on Wednesday approved a budget allocation of 100 billion baht for the first phase, aimed at strengthening the farming sector and creating more jobs.

The second phase is worth 300 billion baht and details will be made available later, he said.

The government will also roll out measures to help small and medium-sized entrepreneurs (SMEs) access funding, with the collaboration of the Bank of Thailand and the Thai Bankers Association.

"It is important to create jobs because some businesses cannot operate and export their goods due to a decline in demand overseas," he said.

The cabinet on Wednesday also approved five projects worth 15.5 billion baht proposed under the government's economic stimulus packages altogether worth 400 billion baht.

The first is a One Tambon One New Theory Cluster project worth 9.8 billion baht, which focuses on increasing farmers' income and employment.

Another, worth 4.7 billion baht, aims to increase farmers' income and employment.

A third project worth 169 million baht involves developing soil and fertiliser businesses and a fourth project involves boosting safety at tourism spots.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: allay fears of airborne threats of coronavirus
Post by: thaiga on July 10, 2020, 12:21:36 PM
COVID-19 Transmitted Via Contact with Droplets: Disease Control Dept
(TNA) - The Disease Control Department reiterated that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is transmitted through respiratory droplets when people cough or sneeze to allay fears of airborne threats of coronavirus.

Dr Anupong Suchariyakul, a specialist at the Disease Control Department said on Wednesday that the first wave of Covid-19 outbreak had come to an end in Thailand as the country had not seen any new local case of coronavirus for 44 consecutive days.

However, he warned people to be prepared for a second wave of outbreak due to the continuing spread of COVID-19 in many countries. He instructed people to stay vigilant and wear masks.

Regarding scientists from 32 countries, calling for the World Health Organization (WHO) to acknowledge COVID-19 can spread in the air, Dr. Anupong said about the cases in Thailand that the virus is spread via respiratory droplets when people cough or sneeze and they pose a risk of exposure at distances of 1-2 metres.

He said the risk of airborne transmission occurred closed space such as ICU rooms which tiny respiratory particles could remain aloft in the air. But the aerosol transmission would not occur in outdoor space with wind, sunlight and better airflow.

He said the possibility of aerosol transmission must be verified by academic information.

If COVID-19 can be easily transmitted like Tuberculosis, the number of coronavirus patients worldwide would be higher than 11-12 million people.

He allayed public concerns, saying the existing knowledge showed that Covid-19 was transmitted through respiratory droplets and WHO needed to further investigate airborne risk of coronavirus.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 10 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 10, 2020, 02:32:14 PM
Thailand situation, 10 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,202 (+0)
- Recovered: 3,087 (+2)
- Active cases: 57
- Deaths: 58 (+0)

Wear mask, hand washing, keep physical distancing
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Follow 7 steps for a safe return to Thailand + 9th july briefing
Post by: thaiga on July 10, 2020, 02:48:01 PM
Follow seven steps for a safe return to Thailand    (http://koratfart.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10747/spointing_down_100-100.gif)  9 july briefing video below

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At the daily briefing on the Covid-19 situation in Thailand on Thursday (July 9), Natapanu Nopakun, deputy director general of the Foreign Ministry's Information Department, announced the steps Thais and foreigners under 11 groups need to follow before they are allowed entry into the country.

The steps are:

1. Contact the Thai embassy or consulate in your country to book a seat on a repatriation flight;

2. Foreigners must book a room at an alternative state quarantine site, get a fit-to-fly health certificate as well as a Covid-19 test that is negative and has been taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Foreigners are also required to have insurance coverage of US$100,000 specifically for Covid-19. Thais, on the other hand, only need to provide a fit-to-fly certificate;

3. All these documents must be submitted to the embassy or consulate to secure a seat on the flight;

4. Follow preventive measures while awaiting departure;

5. Upon arrival, foreigners will undergo health screening before they are transported to the alternative state quarantine site;

6. On the third to fifth day of quarantine, individuals will undergo Covid-19 tests. If negative, a second test will be applied between the 11th and 13th day of quarantine to confirm the end of the virus's incubation period;

7. People can travel around Thailand, provided they notify health authorities of their whereabouts, strictly follow health instructions as well as download and use the ThaiChana platform for tracking.

Meanwhile, foreign fathers who are not legally married to their children's mother can return to Thailand provided their name is mentioned in the child's birth certificate. However, foreigners with a partner in Thailand whom they are not legally married to will not be allowed to return.

Natapanu said every Thai mission overseas will follow the government's guidelines, but the arrangement of repatriation flights also depends on local regulations.

He added that Thailand will now allow 600 stranded foreigners per day to take repatriation flights that are heading to their country to pick up stranded Thais. Foreigners seeking to return home must contact their embassy, submit required documents and wait to be allocated a seat, because some countries are still not allowing commercial flights.  nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30391019)

Title: Re: Covid-19: Thais Lower Guard against COVID
Post by: thaiga on July 11, 2020, 02:17:41 AM
Thais Lower Guard against COVID
(TNA) -- Thai people are lenient in protecting themselves from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin said a survey on more than 400,000 people in the country found that 80.7% of respondents were serious about the self-protection. The percentage dropped from 85.3% in a previous survey.

The latest survey also showed that failure to use the Thaichana app for check-ins and checkouts to facilitate disease investigation happened to 46.9% of wet markets, 17.1% of department stores and 15.4% of shops at malls.

Of the respondents, 44.5% supported the arrivals of Thai returnees, 45.2% disagreed with 'travel bubble' tourism and 69.2% opposed international tourism. Meanwhile, 40.5% were confident that the government would be able to control the second spread of COVID-19.

Dr Taweesin also said a green light for the reception of foreign medical and wellness visitors supported private hospitals but the hospitals had already served such visitors before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The visitors would stimulate the national economy because they would be quarantined for 14 days and could visit local tourist destinations afterwards. About 2,000 selected foreigners would arrive from this month to September. They would not seek major operations and thus would not affect Thai medical resources, Dr Taweesin said.

The CCSA spokesman said security officials and local health volunteers would join forces to stop illegal migrant workers from entering the country and health officials would test more people for possible infection in order to control COVID-19.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thai People Confident of COVID-19 Control
Post by: thaiga on July 11, 2020, 01:19:42 PM
Thai People Confident of COVID-19 Control
The majority of Thai people are confident that the government can cope with the second spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to a survey by the Public Health Ministry.

Dr Tares Krassanairawiwong, director-general of the Health Service Support Department, said the Public Health Ministry, the World Health Organization's South-East Asia office and partners conducted their latest survey on people's efforts to control COVID-19 during business lockdown relaxation.

It was one of surveys conducted online, on phone and by local health volunteers with 407,008 respondents from May 15 to July 2.

It found that Thai people feared that pubs, bars and karaoke shops posed the highest risks of the second spread of COVID-19, followed by wet markets, nurseries and schools. However, 55.3% of respondents said they believed the government would be able to contain COVID-19 but 38.8% doubted the government's capability.

The survey also showed that people were protecting themselves less. In the first-week survey, 85.3% of respondents protected themselves from infection but the percentage dropped to 80.7% in the 7th-week survey.

Of respondents, 87.9% wore face masks, 86.2% used personal spoons, 84.9% regularly washed hands, 73.4% observed social distancing, and 72.4% avoided touching faces.

The survey also found that more people traveled to provinces in groups and many people did not use the Thaichana app for check-ins and checkouts because they were worried about their privacy and shops did not use the app or did not register their visits.

Of respondents, 88% supported the returns of Thai people from other countries, 80% thought the 'Travel Bubble' measure would revitalize tourism, and 70% opposed travel between Thailand and the countries where COVID-19 were spreading.

Six more such surveys will be conducted from July 16 to Sept 24.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: WHO advance team heads to China probe into coronavirus origin
Post by: thaiga on July 11, 2020, 01:24:31 PM
WHO advance team heads to China to set up probe into coronavirus origin
A two-member advance team of World Health Organization (WHO) experts has left for China to organise an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus behind a pandemic that has killed more than 550,000 people globally, the UN agency said on Friday (Jul 10).

The virus is believed to have emerged in a wholesale market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year after jumping the species barrier from the animal kingdom to infect humans.

The two WHO experts, specialists in animal health and epidemiology, will work with Chinese scientists to determine the scope and itinerary of the investigation, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said, declining to name them.

"We know it's very, very similar to the virus in the bat, but did it go through an intermediate species? This is a question we all need answered," Harris told a news briefing.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus later told a news conference: "Two WHO experts are currently en route to China to meet with fellow scientists and learn about the progress made in understanding the animal reservoir for COVID-19 and how the disease jumped between animals and humans."

He added, "This will help lay the groundwork for the WHO-led international mission into the origins."

COVID-19 is the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

The United States, the WHO's largest WHO donor, this week notified the agency that it was withdrawing in a year's time after accusing it of being too close to China and not doing enough to question Beijing's actions at the start of the crisis.

"We view the scientific investigation as a necessary step to having a complete and transparent understanding of how this virus has spread throughout the world," Andrew Bremberg, US ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, said in a statement to Reuters.

"We expect that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) will offer the team of scientists full access to data, samples, and localities, and look forward to its timely report," Bremberg said.

US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have said the pathogen may have originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, although they have presented no evidence for this and China has denied it. Scientists and US intelligence agencies have said it emerged in nature.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (11 July 2020)
Post by: thaiga on July 11, 2020, 01:52:58 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (11 July 2020)
- 14* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,216 total)
- 1 more discharged (3,088)
- 70 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

*All Thai returnees in state quarantine: 1 from Bahrain, 1 from the US and 12 from Sudan.
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Nine points proposed to strengthen new normal
Post by: thaiga on July 12, 2020, 11:12:04 AM
Nine points proposed to strengthen new normal
(NNT) - The Spokesperson for the government's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has presented nine points for strengthening the new normal and protecting against a resurgence of the pathogen, encouraging all sectors to circulate productive information.


Despite an easing in the COVID-19 situation, the state continues to call for strict measures to be observed, to protect against a second wave of the virus. The Thai Media Fund held a forum to collect views from the public, private and civilian sectors on preventive measures.

Advisors to the CCSA have presented nine points, aimed at avoiding a second outbreak of COVID-19. They include the production of media targeted at specific groups, such as teenagers, teachers and children, the creation of coordination spaces, the production of media promoting Thailand as a center for global health, based on its success against the virus, the production of media promoting charitable activities, promotion of religious activities centered on dealing with COVID-19, historical documentation of the phenomenon, analysis of the situation and promotion of self-care.


The forum heard from other groups suggesting approaches, with some calling for guidelines on how to attend temple and how to engage in religious practices. All practical ideas collected at the forum will be used to design the next iteration of COVID-19 preventive measures.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 12 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 12, 2020, 02:55:02 PM
Thailand situation, 12 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,217  (+1)
- Recovered: 3,088 (+0)
- Active cases: 71
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph - 1 new case Thai in state quarantine returned from Japan
Title: Re: WHO reports record daily increase global coronavirus cases up over 230,000
Post by: thaiga on July 13, 2020, 01:21:32 PM
WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, up over 230,000

(Reuters) - The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 230,370 in 24 hours.

The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report. The previous WHO record for new cases was 228,102 on July 10. Deaths remained steady at about 5,000 a day.

Global coronavirus cases were approaching 13 million on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than 565,000 people in seven months.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thais remain cautious over opening up to arrivals
Post by: thaiga on July 13, 2020, 01:41:58 PM
Thais remain cautious over opening up to arrivals
Most people are still opposed to opening the country to foreigners not infected with Covid-19, as the threat of global pandemic remains very serious, according to a survey carried out by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll.

The poll was conducted on July 6-8 among 1,251 people aged 18 and over of various levels of education and occupations throughout the country.

A proposed "medical and wellness" programme would open the country to foreigners who test negative for Covid-19 to receive medical treatment. They would be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine before being allowed to travel in the kingdom.

A majority -- 55.3% -- disagreed with the programme. Of them, 41.41% strongly disagreed with it, saying those admitted could be carriers and cause a second wave of the pandemic, while Thailand already has many infections imported by Thai returnees from abroad. Another 13.9% said they disagreed because the situation does not yet warrant the entry of foreigners even if they have health certificates.

On the other side, 23.1% agreed, saying this would enhance the reputation of Thai medical facilities and spur the economy; and 21.58% moderately agreed, reasoning that measures taken by Thailand had proved effective.

A second proposed programme would allow those foreigners admitted for medical treatment to travel around Thailand after undergoing a 14-day quarantine. Asked about this second programme, 37.8% were against it and wanted Covid-19 to be 100% eradicated first because they had no confidence in the 14-day quarantine, while 14.5% disagreed with it, but less strongly, for fear of a second wave of the pandemic since Covid-19 was mostly imported by foreigners.

On the other side, 24.1% strongly supported the programme, saying it would help rehabilitate tourism and stimulate the economy, while another 23.2% somewhat agreed with it for showing confidence in Thai medical services.

Asked about the travel bubble programme that would allow foreigners from countries free of Covid-19 to visit the country, a majority -- 54.3% -- supported it. Of that number, 25.9% strongly agreed, saying it would help spur the economy and revitalise the airline industry, while another 28.4% were in moderate agreement for the same reason.

On the other side, 29.65% strongly opposed the programme, and a further 14.95% were in moderate disagreement for fear of a second wave of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Thailand and Japan are expected to finalise a travel bubble agreement under which Japanese investors are permitted to enter or re-enter Thailand now that the Covid-19 lockdown has been eased. Details are being wrapped up including what health measures will be required to support the scheme, said Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob.

He was speaking after meeting Japanese ambassador to Thailand Nashida Kazuya on Friday.

The Thailand Board of Investment was assigned to lead the Thai side in working together with its Japanese counterparts on the bubble arrangement, the minister said.

The most likely Covid-19 quarantine option for Japanese investors under this programme would be at private facilities, which will possibly be required along with a health insurance policy covering up to around US$100,000 (3.1 million baht), said Mr Saksayam.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (13 July 2020)
Post by: thaiga on July 13, 2020, 01:47:51 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (13 July 2020)
- 3 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,220 total)
- 2 more discharged (3,090)
- 72 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

All cases are Thai returnees in state quarantine (1 each from Kuwait, Bahrain and Egypt).
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Title: Re: Covid-19: interview CCSA Spokesman on disinformation, virus numbers, and ...
Post by: thaiga on July 13, 2020, 03:16:06 PM
An interview with the CCSA Spokesman on disinformation, virus numbers, and spreading the right message

Natapanu Nopakun is a Deputy Director-General at the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but is better known as the face of Thailand's English-language Covid-19 public communications. At the height of the pandemic in March and April, the Covid-19 press briefing took place daily. Mr. Nopakun would take the 15 minutes after Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the Thai-language spokesman of the government's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), translating live the contents of Dr. Taweesilp's briefing and supplementing it with information more relevant to his English-speaking audience.

Now, the press briefings take place three times a week – soon to be scaled down to once a week. The press conference area is particularly casual: the carefully laid out chairs are empty (as they have been since reports of a government official infected with COVID-19 in the vicinity), and the camera crew far outnumbers the officials present. When Dr. Taweesilp and Mr. Nopakun speak, their staffers continue their work in the background, typing away on laptops. The whole affair is finished in less than an hour.

But the moment you leave the Government House, immediately the briefings come up in conversation with taxi drivers and shopkeepers.

In his own words, Mr. Nopakun has some points to say about the broader context behind communicating Covid-19.

Some contents of the interview have been edited for concision and clarity:

Has disinformation been a problem in publicly communicating Covid-19?

Disinformation and misinformation are two different things. Disinformation involves intentionally misleading people with malicious or false information, while misinformation is erroneously saying the wrong thing. During the Covid-19 period, there was an important piece of disinformation that was spread, where some people tried to create the impression that Thais returning were bringing back the virus and spreading it in the country.

Thais have a right, according to the constitution, to return to their country. Everyone has a right to return to their own country – no matter how sick. Some took a surface-level approach to the issue, seeing only that some Thais coming back were infected. But in fact those who returned were all put in controlled environments, and all had to go to state quarantine. Of course, there were initial problems in April where some were not willing to go into quarantine, but now we have six or seven different types of quarantine that are utilized for both Thais and foreigners

This is important, because it created stigma and discrimination against not just Thais but also foreigners, anyone coming into the country.

Has it been a challenge coordinating with various organizations to ensure transparency and clarity?

Every organization has their own objective. When there's a crisis, you need to integrate policy, which is a challenge because in the beginning of a crisis anywhere in the world, there would be complete bureaucratic confusion. But from my perspective, you need to look at the broader picture. We can't try to pinpoint protection for one particular group, because the disease is borderless, boundary-less. As far as the MFA was concerned, our main challenge was trying to stop the stigma around people from other countries coming home.

There was a poster for example, which was produced by an agency that was slightly misleading, which said: there are now zero Thai infections, but there are a number of migrants infected.

It made it seem as if the migrant infection numbers didn't matter. Of course, migrants matter, and Thailand has international commitments in terms of human rights and respect migrant health and safety. We've spoken at IOM specifically about this. And in the end, they changed this poster, but it's important to communicate things in a way that is politically correct for everyone in the nation.

What is the power and role of the MFA in all of this?

Every organization has the right to communicate on their own behalf, every organization has their own interests. But when it's something at the macro or national level, we can provide input, especially if there's an international dimension. We're lucky that many people listen to the MFA, because we have the global perspective on many issues like migrants' rights.

When there's a crisis, of course, it can be difficult to get together and iron out an integrated message, because people turn to their own advisers and committees. But it's now much more integrated because of the CCSA.

The CCSA has ten operations centers, and we head the operation center on foreign affairs, which manages and takes care of people coming in from abroad (while the security agencies and Interior Ministry controls the enforcement of curfews or social distancing).

But in terms of communication specifically, there's English and Thai. In Thai the Ministry of Health communicates because the doctors have technical details, but as the Prime Minister also recognizes the importance of communicating directly with English speakers, so we handle that.

It's the first time we've ever had extensive English-language briefings from the government during a crisis. We receive our complaints from social media, and I channel it directly through the CCSA's clearing house, so the government is aware, and my team listens to that.

The problem is, despite the fact that our economy is becoming fairly advanced, we are very rarely internationally oriented and have very few English language channels. People have told me that we should do this more in the future, that when we speak directly to the English language audience and answer their questions, they feel confident that the government cares.

Of course, there are people who say I don't give enough detail in my briefings, but I only have fifteen minutes of airtime to speak which I make full use of.

How do you manage communicating contradictory information? For example, when the government was changing its policy daily on inbound travel?

It's a good thing, actually, that in situations like this you can adapt and adjust on a daily basis. The circumstances are very fluid, so you can't anchor yourself on what was said on a particular Monday if there's a changing situation in the days that follow.

In this sense, some people look too broadly, and other people look too narrowly. The ministry needs to be able to balance between many factors. For example, in terms of inbound travel, we take into account three factors: is there enough space for quarantine? Are there enough flights? Are there enough doctors? So when people ask us why they can't fly immediately, even if they have the right documents, we need to take into account these other factors too.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Concern over infected Egyptian soldier in Rayong quarantine
Post by: thaiga on July 13, 2020, 04:22:41 PM
Concern over infected Egyptian soldier in Rayong quarantine – among 3 new Covid-19 cases
Thailand saw three new confirmed Covid-19 cases, including that of an Egyptian soldier, in state quarantine without any death over the past 24 hours, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), reported today (July 13) – the 49th day without any domestic case.

The latest cases are an asymptomatic 48-year-old male worker, who returned home from Kuwait, where he stayed at a campsite which was previously hit by at least 10 cases, and a 22-year-old woman, who came back from Bahrain.

What has especially caused concern is the third case – of an asymptomatic 43-year-old male Egyptian soldier, who travelled with a military crew to Thailand on July 8. He was found positive yesterday when under state quarantine. He and his group travelled from Cairo to the United Arab Emirates (July 6), then to Pakistan (July 7) and Thailand July 8. He and the crew reportedly visited a Rayong shopping and community area. They left their hotel on July 9 and travelled to China on an unspecified military mission via U-Tapao Airport. They returned to Thailand the same day. On July 10, the crew of 31 got tested. However, they were allowed to go home on July 11 though their Covid-19 test results weren't confirmed. The soldier was found to test positive on July 12. Health authorities were questioning the staff of the unnamed hotel in which the group stayed.

Meanwhile, two local patients have fully recovered and returned home in the past 24 hours.

As for Saturday's case of a 9-year-old African girl, who is the daughter of an ambassador and was found to be infected with Covid-19 on arrival, she travelled with four other family members to Thailand on July 10, having been tested at the foreign airport she departed. She was taken to a hospital on July 11 while other members of her family stayed in a condominium in Bangkok.

"The CCSA has discussed such cases and the need for some measures to be tightened," Dr Taweesin said. "The government has allowed foreigners to enter but they need to undergo a 14-day quarantine. Officials have to further discuss the issue of relaxing this quarantine for short-stay visitors and other measures at every airport to meet public health standards. A medical team is investigating and checking the condominium to ensure the safety of Thais," he added.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: officials tracing anyone who may been infected by Egyptian soldier
Post by: thaiga on July 13, 2020, 09:44:26 PM
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Thai officials tracing anyone who may have been infected by Egyptian soldier
The CCSA is asking anyone who thinks they may have had physical contact with an Egyptian soldier, who was on a short visit to Thailand last week and later tested positive for COVID-19, to come forward for testing, said CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin told a news briefing today (Monday)

The Egyptian soldier is one of the three new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand today by the CCSA.

Dr. Taweesin said that the 43-year Egyptian was among a group of 30 personnel who flew into Thailand on July 8th and entered quarantine at a hotel in the eastern province of Rayong. The following day, the group left for China and returned to Thailand the same night, checking into the hotel for a one-night stay, before departing for Egypt on July 11th.

Dr. Taweesin said that all the men were screened and swab tests taken on their arrival from China on July 10th.  Second swab tests were conducted the next day, before their departure, but the results, which came back yesterday, showed one of them was positive for COVID-19, he added.

While in Rayong province, the infected soldier is reported to have left the hotel to visit a shopping mall and a few other venues, said Dr. Taweesin, adding that Thai public health officials have been tracing people who might have had physical contact with the soldier.

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Rayong hotel where an infected Egyptian stayed partially closed
The provincial administration of Rayong province has ordered the quarantining of some staff at, and partial closure of the hotel where a member of an Egyptian military delegation, who was later found to be infected with COVID-19, stayed.

Health officials in the province have been working frantically to trace anyone who may have been in physical contact with the infected soldier, after it was reported that several members of the delegation had left the hotel and visited a mall, among other places.

Governor Surasak said that it isn't known how many of the Egyptians went shopping, but officials are checking CCTV systems at the hotel and mall.

He said, however, that the two upper floors of the hotel, where the group had stayed, have been closed for disinfection and two hotel staff, who reportedly took room service orders to their rooms, were quarantined.

Meanwhile, the Passione Shopping Destination web page reported that Holiday Inn & Suites, Rayong City Centre, did not accommodate the Egyptian delegation, because the hotel does not accept foreign guests who have not entered 14-day quarantine.

The hotel is not a state quarantine facility, said the web page, adding that the venue will be cleansed with disinfectant tonight, to ensure safety for shoppers.

According to regulations, government guests and foreign delegations, on short visits to Thailand, are exempted from 14-day mandatory quarantine, but they are required to confine themselves to their hotels.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Family of infected girl from Sudan investigated
Post by: thaiga on July 14, 2020, 02:10:58 AM
Family of infected girl from Sudan investigated
The family of a nine-year-old girl found infected with Covid-19 are being investigated after they were not in state quarantine and required only to self-isolate.

On Saturday, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported a nine-year-old girl who came from Sudan with her family tested positive.

CCSA spokesmanTaweesilp Visanuyothin said on Monday she was at a hospital but the other four family members were not in state quarantine because they were the family of a diplomat.

They reportedly self-isolated at a condominium in Bangkok, which the CCSA did not name.

Before the trip, the mother took everyone to get tested in Sudan last Tuesday. All tested negative.

Three days later, they were tested on arrival and the results were negative. But more comprehensive tests showed the girl was infected.

The CCSA spokesman said officials were investigating this case.

"Diplomat families are required to self-isolate at embassies or residences for 14 days and up until now there were no problems. The CCSA will rethink its measures to make them more comprehensive," said Dr Taweesilp.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand tightens borders over fears of second wave of coronavirus
Post by: thaiga on July 14, 2020, 02:16:31 AM
Thailand tightens borders over fears of second wave of coronavirus
(Reuters) - Thailand ordered security stepped up at its land borders on Monday after concerns surged over a possible second wave of coronavirus infections, following the arrests of thousands of illegal migrants in the past month.

Since the start of June, authorities have arrested 3,000 migrant workers for overland entry attempts, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for Thailand's task force on the disease.

Taweesin also raised concern about weak regulation for foreign arrivals by air, after two such visitors tested positive, with one breaking quarantine rules.

The government identified a 43-year-old crewman of an Egyptian military plane and a nine-year-old girl in the family of a Sudanese diplomat as the new cases that could potentially trigger a second wave.

"This exposes a weakness, but there is no damage yet if we can control and correct this weakness and issue more thorough regulation," said Taweesin.

With no locally transmitted case reported for more than six weeks, Thailand's virus tally since January stands at 3,220 infections and 58 deaths.

Air crew and the families of foreign diplomats are among the few groups of foreigners allowed into the country since March, on condition of spending 14 days in quarantine.

The Egyptian arrived on Wednesday and spent time in the eastern province of Rayong before leaving on Saturday. After a virus test came back positive on Sunday, authorities found he had left the hotel where he was supposed to stay in isolation.

The Sudanese girl was hospitalised on arrival in Thailand, but her family was allowed to self-quarantine in its Bangkok condominium with no official supervision. There were no reports that the family had left the residence.

Although Thailand has partly lifted its entry ban on foreigners, including permanent residents, business travellers and medical tourists, it still bars ordinary tourists and migrant workers.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: crisis may get ‘worse and worse and worse’, warns WHO
Post by: thaiga on July 14, 2020, 12:31:36 PM
Coronavirus crisis may get 'worse and worse and worse', warns WHO
The raging coronavirus pandemic has the potential to get far worse if all nations do not adhere to basic healthcare precautions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. "Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one," Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva. "If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go, it is going to get worse and worse and worse. But it does not have to be this way."

Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand scrambles contact trace Egyptian military officer (video)
Post by: thaiga on July 14, 2020, 01:19:50 PM
Thai health officials are scrambling to contact trace people and places in Rayong after a Egyptian military officer was tested positive for COVID19 and his group went to public places. credit @SaksithCNA

Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 14 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 14, 2020, 02:48:53 PM
Thailand situation, 14 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,227  (+7)
- Recovered: 3,091 (+1)
- Active cases: 78
- Deaths: 58 (+0)

credit @ thaimoph

7 new cases Thais in state quarantine
Title: Re: Covid-19: CCSA offers an apology for mishandling foreign VIP arrivals
Post by: thaiga on July 14, 2020, 07:30:45 PM
CCSA offers an apology for mishandling foreign VIP arrivals
Thailand's CCSA has offered a public apology, especially to the people of Bangkok and Rayong, over the mishandling of foreign VIP arrivals, and has promised to review all privileges extended to foreign diplomatic and military missions and their families, particularly the exemption from 14-day quarantine for short-term visits.

"I am sorry that our officials lowered their guard. We have discussed improvements.  We apologize for the incidents and we promise to close the loopholes.  We thought they (the Egyptian military delegation) would land at Suvarnabhumi airport, but they landed in U-tapao instead, for which we had not planned," said CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin.

He said that the Egyptians also refused to be tested for COVID-19 during their stay at a hotel in Rayong, requiring Thai officials to seek intervention by the Egyptian Embassy.  Several of them also left their hotel to go shopping and sightseeing, causing concern among the town's residents, once it was discovered, post departure, that one of the members of the delegation was infected.

The Egyptians visited Leamthong and Central malls at the same time as 394 Thais at Leamthong and 1,488 at Central, according to the check-in records. Dr. Taweesin said that officials from the Disease Control Department have been trying to trace these people for testing, adding that, if anyone is in doubt, they can ask for free tests.

Regarding the visit of the Egyptian delegation, he said that the request was made through the Thai embassy in Egypt and the Thai Foreign Ministry, and permission was granted by the Royal Thai Air Force to land at U-tapao airport, in the compound of the Sattahip naval base.

According to Regulation 5 under the 7th Emergency Decree, Dr. Taweesin said there is no requirement for the aircraft's crew to be subjected to COVID-19 tests, but it was reported that they had already been tested in their home country.

In the incident involving the family of a Sudanese diplomat, who stayed at a Sukhumvit condominium after their arrival in Bangkok, a young girl in the family tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival, which was confirmed by a second test at a private hospital.  She was immediately admitted for treatment and later moved to a state hospital.  The other four family members tested negative, but they are to be tested again.

The incidents have drawn heavy criticism from the public over what is being seen as lax enforcement of regulations regarding VIPs, and Dr. Taweesin admitted that the CCSA was accountable.

He disclosed that eight Egyptian Air Force flights, which were granted permission to land in Thailand, have now been cancelled, and short visits by diplomats and businessmen are suspended.

Meanwhile, seven new COVID-19 cases have been recorded today, all of them are returnees from abroad and currently in state quarantine.

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Title: Re: Covid-19:
Post by: belzybob on July 14, 2020, 09:37:21 PM
Just further proof that exceptions are the path to destruction. The resurgence in Eastern Australian states is another example. You cannot give away safety for convenience.
Title: Re: Covid-19: Visits by foreign diplomats, business reps suspended
Post by: thaiga on July 14, 2020, 10:03:44 PM
Visits by foreign diplomats, business reps suspended
Loopholes being plugged in quarantine measures

The government has temporarily banned the entry of foreign diplomats and special business representatives after the young daughter of the Sudanese attache was found to be infected with the coronavirus after the family arrived from Khartoum.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, on Tuesday announced the suspension of arrivals by privileged foreigners and business reps under special arrangements, and foreign diplomats and their families.

He said it would remain in force while the CCSA plugged loopholes in its disease control measures.

Privileged visitors are people the prime minister or an emergency state supervisor invited to the country. Business reps under special arrangements plan on only short stays. Both categories have been allowed in since July 1.

Dr Taweesilp said that in future arriving foreign diplomatic staff and their families would have to stay for 14 days at "alternative state quarantine" facilities that the government would arrange. It would be dangerous for them to stay at embassies, he said.

The CCSA decision was a response to the case of the 9-year-old daughter of the Sudanese attache in Bangkok, he said.

The girl's mother took their family of five for health checks in Sudan on July 7, and they were given clearance to travel.

They left Sudan that day and arrived in Thailand at 5.40am on July 10. They reached their residence at One X condominium in Sukhumvit area at 9.25am. The same flight also carried 245 Thai returnees.

Upon arrival, the family was asymptomatic but samples were taken for Covid-19 tests. It was known later that morning that the girl was infected.

Her father took her to a hospital in Bangkok, where a second test confirmed the first result.

On July 11 the girl was diagnosed with pneumonia and was referred to Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health in Bangkok on Juy12. The same day, her family moved into the Sudanese embassy on Soi Suan Phlu.

The family had been staying on the 19th floor of the One X condominium building, which has 329 rooms of which 200 were occupied.

About 70% of the residents were foreigners and about 50% of them wore face masks while using elevators there, Dr Taweesilp said.

Seven people were deemed at high risk of infection - the girl's parents and younger sister, a limousine  chauffeur, two airport van drivers and a Sudanese embassy official.

Fifteen other people who used the same elevator the family used were deemed at low risk of infection, he said. The family and drivers would be tested on Wednesday.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 9 Thais returning from Jordan South Korea hospitalised high fever
Post by: thaiga on July 15, 2020, 11:32:11 AM
Nine Thais returning from Jordan, South Korea hospitalised with high fever
Nine of the 320 Thais who returned home on Tuesday (July 14) from Jordan and South Korea were found to have high fever and rushed to hospital, Suvarnabhumi Airport deputy director Kittipong Kittikachorn said.

He said 120 Thais departed Jordan on Royal Jordanian Flight RJ 6180 and arrived at the airport at 3.35pm.

"Preliminary screening found that eight passengers had high fever and were rushed to hospital. "The rest were transported to the government's quarantine facilities for the mandatory 14-day quarantine, except one person for whom there was an arrest warrant and was taken to official custody."

Jordan has reported 1,183 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 10 deaths.

"The second flight repatriating Thais came from South Korea," Kittipong added. "Korean Air Flight KE651 touched down at Suvarnabhumi at 9.15pm. Out of 200 passengers, one was found to have high fever and rushed to hospital. The rest were transported to the government's quarantine facilities in Bangkok."

South Korea has reported 13,511 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 289 deaths.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Plug virus loopholes, orders PM
Post by: thaiga on July 15, 2020, 12:25:57 PM
Plug virus loopholes, orders PM
Egyptian saga triggers 'privileges' review

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to review privileges given to foreign diplomats and family members, and military delegations after an Egyptian soldier and the daughter of a Sudanese attache who tested positive were exempted from quarantine.

He ordered the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to review the easing of Covid-19 restrictions to plug loopholes in disease control measures.

Besides diplomats and their families, flights from foreign countries, including military aircraft, will have to follow these measures, Gen Prayut said.

The prime minister, who chairs the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), on Tuesday apologised to the public for an incident in which an Egyptian soldier confirmed to be infected with Covid-19 was found to have visited shopping malls in Rayong province.

As a result, 1,889 local people who went to the same malls as the Egyptian who tested positive now face home quarantine.

"This incident should not have happened. It's a lack of discipline, showing disregard for the rules and the common good," Gen Prayut said.

Gen Prayut said the visitors who left the quarantine facility breached regulations. He has asked the Foreign Ministry to discuss the matter with the Egyptian embassy in Thailand.

"It was a lack of responsibility and failure to keep a promise. But they [the Egyptian delegation] still ventured outside. I've told the Foreign Affairs Ministry to discuss the matter with the [Egyptian] ambassador to make sure this will not happen again," Gen Prayut said.

"All flights will not be allowed into Thailand temporarily until the problems are fixed. The CCSA has been told to review the easing of the measures. This problem has affected public confidence and safety. The government will do its best. Give the CCSA some time to fix the problem," Gen Prayut said.

However, there was no need to put the country back under a lockdown, though proper measures will be devised to respond to the current situation, the prime minister said.

Gen Prayut also expressed concern that many Thais and business operators are lowering their guard, adding that he has ordered officials to ensure that premises, particularly nightlife venues, strictly follow health measures.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the CCSA, on Tuesday that in future arriving foreign diplomatic staff and their families would have to stay for 14 days at "alternative state quarantine" facilities that the government would arrange. It would be dangerous for them to stay at embassies, he said.

Privileged visitors are people the prime minister or an emergency state supervisor have invited to the country. Business reps under special arrangements plan on only short stays. Both categories have been allowed in since July 1.

The Sudanese attache's family had been staying in Bangkok, he said, on the 19th floor of the One X condominium building, which has 329 rooms -- 200 of them occupied. About 70% of the residents were foreigners, Dr Taweesilp said.

Seven people were deemed at high risk of infection -- the Sudanese girl's parents and younger sister, a limousine chauffeur, two airport van drivers and a Sudanese embassy official.

Fifteen other people who used the same elevator the family used were deemed at low risk of infection, he said. The family and drivers would be tested today.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said on Tuesday that all foreign visitors must inform authorities of their residences and travel schedules. Violators will face legal punishment under the Communicable Disease Act, he said.

The CCSA on Tuesday reported seven new imported cases of the novel coronavirus, all Thai nationals who recently returned from abroad -- six from Egypt and one from the US. The death toll remained unchanged at 58.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Govt pins blame on Egypt embassy
Post by: thaiga on July 15, 2020, 12:50:02 PM
Govt pins blame on Egypt embassy
The government said yesterday the Egyptian embassy dodged quarantine for its 31-strong military party visiting Rayong province, and 1,889 local people who went to the same mall as the Egyptian who tested positive for Covid-19 now face home quarantine.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), put the blame squarely on the Egyptian embassy in Thailand for arranging hotel accommodation for the Egyptian delegation instead of sending the visitors to a state quarantine facility.

"Regulations required quarantine during their stay but the embassy contacted the hotel directly. Health and security teams learned later about the incident and did their best to cope," he said.

Dr Taweesilp was referring to the 31 Egyptian military visitors who stopped over in the eastern province of Rayong on their way to China. One of them was later found infected with the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

The spokesman said the delegation arrived on the EGY1215 and EGY1216 military flights at U-Tapao airport in Rayong at 7pm on July 8. They reached D Varee Diva Central Hotel in Muang district, Rayong, at 11pm the same day.

On July 9 they left U-Tapao at 5.30am for Chengdu City, China. They returned to the airport at 11.30pm the same day and arrived at the D Varee Hotel at 2am on July 10. At 11am that day, 27 of the 31 visitors walked into the Passione Shopping Destination mall and stayed there until 2.56pm. Four others caught taxis to Centralplaza Rayong department store and stayed there from 2pm to 6pm.

After learning about their trips, local disease investigators tried to convince the visitors to take Covid-19 tests. They finally cooperated when the embassy was contacted. The delegation left for Egypt at 11.30am on July 11.

"CCTV showed that three of the visitors wore face masks. The others had face masks but did not wear them. The infected person wore his face mask while in public," Dr Taweesilp said. He assured reporters that the visitors did not go out at night. He said nine people are considered at high risk of having contracted Covid-19 from the infected Egyptian officer: two van drivers at U-Tapao airport and seven staff at the hotel in Rayong. The seven were two two managers, one salesperson and four maids.

The Egyptian embassy yesterday expressed its most sincere regrets and sympathies to all those who may have been adversely affected by this unfortunate incident.

It also said the embassy wants to take this chance to reassure the Thai public that it is working closely with the Thai authorities to ensure swift containment and any mitigation of any possible threat to public health safety that may have been caused by this incident.

Because of the visitors' behaviour, the CCSA has cancelled eight Egyptian air force flights due to bring visitors on July 17-20 and 25-29, he said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: PM says sorry over Covid-infected Egyptian soldier
Post by: thaiga on July 15, 2020, 02:06:13 PM
PM says sorry over Covid-infected Egyptian soldier

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today came out to apologise over the case of a visiting Egyptian soldier who was allowed to roam Rayong city before being found to be infected with Covid-19 virus.

He added that as the head of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, he regretted the incident and took full responsibility.

The 43-year-old Egyptian soldier landed at Rayong's U-Tapao Airport last Wednesday along with a delegation of 30 who were on their way to China on unexplained military business. They were not confined to their Rayong hotel and visited a shopping mall. On Sunday, the soldier's Covid-19 test came back positive.

Prayuth admitted the case should never have happened, and said he had instructed the CCSA to review all relaxed measures, and ensure tight rules apply for all incoming and departing flights.

Prayut also asked Thais to remain confident in the country's public health system.

He added that the incident will not lead to a return of Thailand's full lockdown but would boost efforts to plug loopholes in disease control.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (15 July 2020)
Post by: thaiga on July 15, 2020, 02:23:22 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (15 July 2020)
- 5 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,232 total)
- 1 more discharged (3,092)
- 82 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

All new cases are Thai returnees in state quarantine: 1 from the US, 2 from Singapore, 2 from UAE.
credit SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (16 July 2020)
Post by: thaiga on July 16, 2020, 02:13:35 PM
COVID19 UPDATE (16 July 2020)
- 4 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,236 total)
- 3 more discharged (3,095)
- 83 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New cases are Thai returnees in state quarantine: 2 from UAE, 1 from the US and 1 from Egypt (no connection to military officers).
credit SaksithCNA
Title: Re: Covid-19: CAAT tightens up control of stopover charter and special flights
Post by: thaiga on July 17, 2020, 12:10:03 PM
CAAT tightens up control of stopover charter and special flights

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has tightened the control of chartered and special flights by Thai airliners and international flights, which land in Thailand for refueling or brief stopovers with their passengers remaining on board.

CAAT director Mr. Chula Sukmanop said today that the new regulation will require all passengers on such flights to carry fit-to-fly certificates, to ensure that they were cleared of COVID-19 before their embarkation.

He explained that the new regulation is designed to prevent a repetition of two recent incidents involving chartered flights of Thai Lion Air and Thai Air Asia X, originating in Indonesia and Malaysia respectively and heading to Tianjin and Guangzhou in China, with non-disembarking stopovers in Bangkok.

Upon arrival in the China it was discovered, by Chinese health officials, that there were people infected with coronavirus among passengers. Both Thai airlines have now been temporarily prohibited from landing in China.

Mr. Chula said that the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) will immediately ban any airline from landing in China for one week, if it is discovered there up to ten infections among the passengers on each flight, and four weeks if the number of infections are more than 10.

He added that most chartered flights are repatriation flights.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: No One Knows What Thailand Is Doing Right - So Far It’s Working
Post by: thaiga on July 17, 2020, 12:32:22 PM
No One Knows What Thailand Is Doing Right, but So Far, It's Working
No one knows exactly why Thailand has been spared.

Is it the social distancing embedded in Thai culture — the habit of greeting others with a wai, a prayer-like motion, rather than a full embrace — that has prevented the runaway transmission of the coronavirus here?

Did Thailand's early adoption of face masks, combined with a robust health care system, blunt the virus' impact? Was it the outdoor lifestyle of many Thais, or their relatively low rates of pre-existing conditions?

Is there a genetic component in which the immune systems of Thais and others in the Mekong River region are more resistant to the coronavirus? Or is it some alchemy of all these factors that has insulated this country of 70 million people?

One thing is certain. Despite an influx of foreign visitors early in the year from countries badly hit by the coronavirus, Thailand has recorded fewer than 3,240 cases and 58 deaths. As of Thursday, there had been no cases of local transmission for about seven weeks.

Thailand's low rate of infection appears to be shared by other countries in the Mekong River basin. Vietnam has not recorded a single death and has logged about three months without a case of community transmission. Myanmar has confirmed 336 cases of the virus, Cambodia 166 and Laos just 19.

Yunnan, the southwestern Chinese province through which the Mekong flows before meandering to Southeast Asia, had fewer than 190 cases. None are active now.

"I don't think it is about immunity or genetics alone," said Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the Covid-19 spokesman for Thailand's Ministry of Public Health. "It has to do with culture. Thai people do not have body contact when we greet each other."

"This is how the countries in the Mekong region greet each other as well," Dr. Taweesin added.

It didn't always look so upbeat. In January, Thailand confirmed the world's first case of the coronavirus outside of China — in a tourist from Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the outbreak is believed to have begun.

Another wave of infections was set off by people arriving from Japan, Europe and the United States. A Thai boxing event turned into a super-spreader event. But after a lockdown was enforced in March, shuttering businesses and schools, domestic transmissions subsided. All of Thailand's recent cases have been among people who arrived from overseas.

Dr. Wiput Phoolcharoen, a public health expert at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok who is researching an outbreak of the coronavirus in Pattani in southern Thailand, noted that more than 90 percent of those who tested positive there were asymptomatic, much higher than normal.

"What we are studying now is the immune system," he said.

Dr. Wiput said Thais and other people from this part of Southeast Asia were more susceptible to certain serious cases of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne virus, than those from other continents.

"If our immune systems against dengue are so bad, why can't our immune system against Covid be better?" he asked.

Though Thailand's hospitals have not been overwhelmed by coronavirus patients, the country's tourism-dependent economy has been battered.

In April, Thailand banned almost all incoming flights, amid the tightening lockdown. Holidaymakers stopped coming to Bangkok, once the world's most visited city. The Thai tourism and sports ministry estimates that 60 percent of hospitality businesses could close by the end of the year.

The International Monetary Fund predicts the Thai economy will shrink by at least 6.5 percent this year. More than eight million Thais may lose their jobs or income in 2020, the World Bank has said, in a nation already cleaved by a yawning gap between rich and poor.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 17 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 17, 2020, 02:43:25 PM
Thailand situation, 17 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,239  (+3)
- Recovered: 3,096 (+1)
- Active cases: 85
- Deaths: 58 (+0)   credit SaksithCNA

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Three new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in state quarantine with no deaths over a 24-hour period, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, reported on Friday (July 17).

Friday also marked the 53rd day without a single domestic case since May.

The new cases were three women aged 22, 23 and 28, who had taken the same flight from Sudan as the Sudanese ambassador's daughter.

Two of the patients are asymptomatic, while one has a fever, sore throat and coughing.

Meanwhile, one patient from an earlier case recovered fully and returned home.

As of Friday, the total number of confirmed cases in Thailand stood at 3,239 (302 found in state quarantine) – 85 are being treated, 3,096 have recovered and 58 have died

Globally, the total number of confirmed cases is 13.9 million, up by 255,010 (the highest daily number for new cases so far), with 8 million having recovered and 586,000 dead.

Thailand has dropped to 101 in the list of countries with most Covid-19 cases, while the US tops the list with 3.6 million, followed by Brazil 2 million and India 1 million.
Title: Re: Covid-19: Ambassadors entering Thailand will be quarantined: CCSA
Post by: thaiga on July 17, 2020, 02:53:03 PM
Ambassadors entering Thailand will be quarantined: CCSA

The ambassador of Estonia, who was refused entry by a condominium building where she had rented a unit, on Thursday night moved to Grand Centralpoint Bangkok Hotel, which is one of the registered state quarantine hotels, the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Friday.

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said the centre had resolved on Friday that all ambassadors who entered Thailand would have to be in Alternate State Quarantine on arrival for 14 days.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: July 17, 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 17, 2020, 03:27:38 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: July 17, 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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Title: Re: Covid-19: New civil aviation rules require medical cert before buying ticket
Post by: thaiga on July 17, 2020, 07:17:19 PM
New civil aviation rules require Covid-19 medical certificate before buying ticket
Following China's decision to ban Thai Lion Air from flying the Bangkok-Guangzhou route and Thai AirAsia from flying Bangkok-Tianjin, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has ordered the implementation of new regulations for international flights.

The CAAT has said all passengers must have a medical certificate before booking the ticket.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on Wednesday said it was banning Thai AirAsia X and Thai Lion Air flights on those routes from July 20 to 27 as a punishment for bringing Covid-19 patients into the country.

The news of a possible second Covid-19 wave has affected international flights in the country, while CAAT director Chula Sukmanop announced that the authority had to adjust its regulations.

The amended regulations stipulate that Thai flights, or flights that land in the Kingdom for any purpose, cannot allow passengers to leave the plane, and all of them must be certified as Covid-19-free before they buy the tickets.

The tightening of regulations was aimed at preventing Thai flights and chartered flights that land in Thailand from spreading the new coronavirus. If they are found to have carried Covid-19 patients, they will be immediately blacklisted.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 situation in Thailand as of 18 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 18, 2020, 02:41:32 PM
COVID19 situation in Thailand as of 18 July 2020
Thailand reported 7 new confirmed cases from people on repatriation flights.

New Confirmed Cases: 7
Cumulative number of cases: 3,246(+7)
Receiving medical treatments: 92
Recoveries: 3,096 (+0)
Fatalities: 58 (+0)
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Over 1,100 overseas Thais returning home in next two days
Post by: thaiga on July 18, 2020, 07:58:04 PM
Over 1,100 overseas Thais returning home in next two days
There were seven cases of Covid-19, the big increase over a 24-hour period in weeks, the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported on Saturday (July 18).

But Thailand has gone 56 days without a domestic case.

All the new patients had returned from foreign countries and were in state quarantine.

Two had returned from the US, one from Bahrain and four from Egypt.

In Thailand, the total number of cases since the outbreak, as of Saturday, was 3,246, with 58 deaths, 3,096 recoveries, and 92 undergoing treatment in hospitals.

Thailand has dropped to 101 in the list of countries with most Covid-19 cases, while the US tops the list with 3.7 million, followed by Brazil 2 million and India 1 million.

Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, the CCSA spokesperson, also mentioned that 607 Thai nationals will return home on Saturday while 510 will return on Sunday.

Of the 607 returnees on Saturday, 171 were coming from Austria, 156 from Netherlands, 44 from Ethiopia and 236 from the US. Flights on Sunday will bring 246 from Bahrain and 264 from Australia.

As of Friday (July 17), the total number of people in state quarantine since the outbreak was 59,519, of whom 51,122 had already returned home. Total infected persons in state quarantine were 309.

The spokesperson added that sports tournaments and concerts would be held in Rayong in August to promote tourism in the province.

He also clarified that those who visit Rayong from other provinces and return will not be ordered to quarantine themselves.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 situation in Thailand as of 19 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 19, 2020, 01:55:51 PM
COVID19 situation in Thailand as of 19 July 2020

Thailand reported 3 new confirmed cases from people on repatriation flights.

New Confirmed Cases: 3
Cumulative number of cases: 3,249(+3)
Receiving medical treatments: 95
Recoveries: 3,096 (+0)
Fatalities: 58 (+0)   credit @ prdthailand
Title: Re: Covid-19: Over 90% of Thai people want a total ban on foreign arrivals
Post by: thaiga on July 20, 2020, 01:04:30 PM
Over 90% of Thai people want a total ban on foreign arrivals
Over 90% of respondents to a recent opinion poll fear the prospect of the second wave of COVID-19 infections and they want a complete ban on foreign arrivals in Thailand, according to a Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll gauged the opinions of 1,459 people, between July 14th and 18th, about their concerns over the possibility of a second COVID-19 outbreak, following two incidents last week. One concerned Egyptian military mission members breaking self-confinement rules and the other involved a Sudanese diplomatic family, staying at a condominium instead of state quarantine facility, with one member of the family infected by the virus.

The poll shows 52.23% of the respondents are very concerned about the two incidents and 39.68% are quite concerned, while the rest are not concerned at all.

On the question of how to prevent a second wave of infections, 94.51% want the Government to forbid all foreigners from entering Thailand, 86.41% suggest stringent screening processes, 83.80% say people must wear face masks and regularly wash their hands, 81.40% suggest the Government keeps people updated about the pandemic and 76.73% want free access to COVID-19 tests.

95.89% of the respondents are most concerned about the prospect of a second wave of infections, 94.45% are most concerned about losing their jobs, 92.05% are worry most about business closures, 84.17% about their children's schooling and 82.39% fear a new round of lockdown restrictions.

73.82% believe there will be another round of lockdowns, while the rest dismiss it as a possibility.

In order to ease public concerns, 47.38% of the respondents suggest the Government should tighten up screening measures without exceptions, 33.43% want a total ban on foreign arrivals and 23.20% want the Government to address any problems related to the disease quickly.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Foreigners, migrant staff influx
Post by: thaiga on July 20, 2020, 01:21:25 PM
Foreigners, migrant staff influx
Public 'still opposed' to opening doors

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Five select groups of foreigners and migrant workers are expected to be allowed to enter the country as the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will consider the 6th phase of Covid-19 easing this week.

However, although the country has been free of local transmissions for 55 days, an opinion survey issued yesterday showed that public sentiment was still against plans to open the doors to foreigners.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said at a press briefing on Sunday that a committee assigned to consider the easing of Covid-19 restrictions has discussed the 6th phase of relaxation and the issue will be tabled to a full meeting of the CCSA this week.

The relaxation will cover migrant workers in the construction business and food export industry, foreign visitors who co-organise trade exhibitions, foreign visitors in film production crews, and foreign travellers who are members of the Thailand Elite Card scheme, Dr Taweesilp said.

He insisted the government still gives top priority to public health safety, while keeping the economy functioning is of secondary importance. Effective disease control measures will restore public confidence, he said.

He said checks by officials have found that operators of businesses that are in the "red" or high-risk category and which have been allowed to reopen have cooperated and complied with disease control guidelines to curb the spread of the disease.

Asked by reporters what factors are taken into account when considering whether to extend or lift the emergency decree, Dr Taweesilp said the CCSA's subcommittee will discuss every angle of the situation based on information on public health, the economic impact and national security.

The spokesman denied claims the government had allowed people infected with Covid-19 from abroad, including Thai returnees and foreigners, to enter the country for the purpose of deterring anti-government protests.

"The Mam Pho Dam Facebook page has claimed that a plot is under way to import infected people to trigger a second small wave of infections and extend the emergency decree to prevent student protests," Dr Taweesilp said.

The spokesperson said Thai returnees from abroad have been allowed back home so they can go about their businesses which in turn will help improve the economy affected by the pandemic, though the government has made it mandatory for them to be quarantined at facilities arranged by the state upon arrival first.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 20 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 20, 2020, 01:48:53 PM
Thailand situation, 20 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,250  (+1)
- Recovered: 3,096 (+0)
- Active cases: 96
- Deaths: 58 (+0)

credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: Travel Bubble Can Wait: Don
Post by: thaiga on July 21, 2020, 02:08:12 AM
Travel Bubble Can Wait: Don
(TNA) -- Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said the government could contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) but the Travel Bubble idea would progress on a stage-by-stage basis.

Mr Don was responding to an interpellation of Senator Jate Sirataranont on the return of Thai people stranded in other countries and the government's decision to delay the arrival of foreign visitors.

The minister said that about 8,200 Thai people already registered for their return by the end of this month and were waiting for their flights. From April 4, about 50,000 people returned and 310 of them were infected with COVID-19.

Mr Don assured that officials of his ministry were seriously implementing disease control measures and closely helping Thai people stranded in other countries. The help included disease investigation before their flights. Most Thai people took good care of themselves overseas and thus not so many returnees were infected, he said.

Mr Don said that disease control measures were effectively applied to visitors but the Travel Bubble idea to revitalize the economy would have to be implemented on a stage-by-stage basis because COVID-19 was spreading in many countries while they were preparing Travel Bubble.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 21 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 21, 2020, 02:33:03 PM
Thailand situation, 21 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,255  (+5)
- Recovered: 3,105 (+9)
- Active cases: 92
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: People are more likely to contract COVID-19 at home, study finds
Post by: thaiga on July 22, 2020, 01:48:00 AM
COVID-19 from members of their own household, South Korean study finds
South Korean epidemiologists have found that people were more likely to contract the new coronavirus from members of their own households than from contacts outside the home.

A study published in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Jul 16 looked in detail at 5,706 "index patients" who had tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 59,000 people who came into contact with them.

The findings showed just two out of 100 infected people had caught the virus from non-household contacts, while one in 10 had contracted the disease from their own families.

By age group, the infection rate within the household was higher when the first confirmed cases were teenagers or people in their 60s and 70s.

"This is probably because these age groups are more likely to be in close contact with family members as the group is in more need of protection or support," Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and one of the authors of the study, told a briefing.

Children aged nine and under were least likely to be the index patient, said Dr. Choe Young-june, a Hallym University College of Medicine assistant professor who co-led the work, although he noted that the sample size of 29 was small compared to the 1,695 20-to-29-year-olds studied.

Children with COVID-19 were also more likely to be asymptomatic than adults, which made it harder to identify index cases within that group.

"The difference in age group has no huge significance when it comes to contracting COVID-19. Children could be less likely to transmit the virus, but our data is not enough to confirm this hypothesis," said Choe.

Data for the study was collected between Jan 20 and Mar 7, when the new coronavirus was spreading exponentially and as daily infections in South Korea reached their peak.

KCDC has reported 45 new infections as of Monday, bringing the country's total cases to 13,816 with 296 deaths.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Scientists confirm airborne coronavirus is probably infectious
Post by: thaiga on July 22, 2020, 12:48:46 PM
Scientists confirm airborne coronavirus is probably infectious
Scientists have known for several months the new coronavirus can become suspended in microdroplets expelled by patients when they speak and breathe, but until now there was no proof that these tiny particles are infectious.

A new study by scientists at the University of Nebraska that was uploaded to a medical preprint site this week has shown for the first time that SARS-CoV-2 taken from microdroplets, defined as under five microns, can replicate in lab conditions.

This boosts the hypothesis that normal speaking and breathing, not just coughing and sneezing, are responsible for spreading Covid-19 -- and that infectious doses of the virus can travel distances far greater than the six feet (two meters) urged by social distancing guidelines.

The results are still considered preliminary and have not yet appeared in a peer-reviewed journal, which would lend more credibility to the methods devised by the scientists.

The paper was posted to the medrxiv.org website, where most cutting-edge research during the pandemic has first been made public.

The same team wrote a paper in March showing that the virus remains airborne in the rooms of hospitalized Covid-19 patients, and this study will soon be published in a journal, according to the lead author.

"It is actually fairly difficult" to collect the samples, Joshua Santarpia, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center told AFP.

The team used a device the size of a cell phone for the purpose, but "the concentrations are typically very low, your chances of recovering material are small."

The scientists took air samples from five rooms of bedridden patients, at a height of about 30 centimetres over the foot of their beds.

The patients were talking, which produces microdroplets that become suspended in the air for several hours in what is referred to as an "aerosol", and some were coughing.

The team managed to collect microdroplets as small as one micron in diameter.

They then placed these samples into a culture to make them grow, finding that three of the 18 samples tested were able to replicate.

For Santarpia, this represents proof that microdroplets, which also travel much greater distances than big droplets, are capable of infecting people.

"It is replicated in cell culture and therefore infectious," he said.

- Why we wear masks -

The potential for microdroplet transmission of the coronavirus was at one stage thought to be improbable by health authorities across the world.

Later, scientists began to change their mind and acknowledge it may be a possibility, which is the rationale for universal masking.

The World Health Organization was among the last to shift its position, doing so on July 7.

"I feel like the debate has become more political than scientific," said Santarpia.

"I think most scientists that work on infectious diseases agree that there's likely an airborne component, though we may quibble over how large."

Linsey Marr, a professor at Virginia Tech who is a leading expert on aerial transmission of viruses and wasn't involved in the study, said it was rare to obtain measurements of the amount of virus present in air.

"Based on what we know about other diseases and what we know so far about SARS-CoV-2, I think we can assume that if the virus is 'infectious in aerosols,' then we can become infected by breathing them in," she told AFP.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 22 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 22, 2020, 03:02:03 PM
Thailand situation, 22 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,261 (+6)
- Recovered: 3,105 (+0)
- Active cases: 98
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ pr_moph
Title: Re: Covid-19: 4 types of foreigners allowed to enter + emergency decree extended
Post by: thaiga on July 23, 2020, 01:41:31 AM
Four types of foreigners to be allowed to enter Thailand: CCSA 
1. Foreigners participating in trade fairs in Thailand, who will be allowed to only stay until the fair wraps up;
2. Foreign film crew who will follow a specific itinerary, which can be controlled;
3. Migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar for the food industry and for construction. The government has decided to let these people in, so work can begin and the economy starts moving forward again. They are all required to undergo Covid-19 tests before entering the country and must spend 14 days in quarantine under the supervision of a public health officer;
4. Medical tourists.

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Thailand to extend emergency decree until end of August
(Reuters) - Thailand will extend a state of emergency until the end of August, a senior official said on Wednesday, maintaining the security measure put in place to contain its coronavirus outbreak.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Don't expect first COVID-19 vaccinations until early 2021 - WHO
Post by: thaiga on July 23, 2020, 12:17:30 PM
Don't expect first COVID-19 vaccinations until early 2021 - WHO's Ryan
(Reuters) - Researchers are making "good progress" in developing vaccines against COVID-19, with a handful in late-stage trials, but their first use cannot be expected until early 2021, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Wednesday.

WHO is working to ensure fair vaccine distribution, but in the meantime it is key to suppress the virus's spread, said Mike Ryan, head of WHO's emergencies programme, as daily new cases around the globe are at near-record levels.

"We're making good progress," Ryan said, noting that several vaccines were now in phase 3 trials and none had failed, so far, in terms of safety or ability to generate an immune response.

"Realistically it is going to be the first part of next year before we start seeing people getting vaccinated," he told a public event on social media.

WHO was working to expand access to potential vaccines and to help scale-up production capacity, Ryan said.

"And we need to be fair about this, because this is a global good. Vaccines for this pandemic are not for the wealthy, they are not for the poor, they are for everybody," he said.

The U.S. government will pay $1.95 billion to buy 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer Inc and German biotech BioNTech if it proves safe and effective, the companies said.

Ryan also cautioned schools to be careful about re-opening until community transmission of COVID-19 is under control. Debate in the United States over restarting education has intensified, even as the pandemic flares up in dozens of states.

"We have to do everything possible to bring our children back to school, and the most effective thing we can do is to stop the disease in our community," he said. "Because if you control the disease in the community, you can open the schools."

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Title: Re: Covid-19: THAI plans SOS flights to London
Post by: thaiga on July 23, 2020, 12:37:55 PM
THAI plans SOS flights to London
Thai Airways International (THAI) has arranged three flights to London next month targeting students, business people and foreign nationals stranded by the Covid-19 pandemic.

THAI acting president Chansin Treenuchagron said on Wednesday the flights, code TG916, would fly on Aug 9, 16 and 23, departing Suvarnabhumi airport at 12.50pm and arriving in London at 7.10pm local time.

The flights will operate under tight public health safety restrictions and enforce strict social distancing regulations.

On board, flight attendants will conduct their work in compliance with public health measures.

Mr Chansin said only one-way tickets could be booked so far and the flights were intended for Thais returning to study in the UK, foreign nationals stranded in Thailand due to the pandemic, and business people.

The return flights from London are being arranged in cooperation with the Foreign Affairs Ministry to bring home UK-based Thais.

Mr Chansin said those travelling on the special flights would be required by British regulations to go into self-isolation for 14 days upon arrival.

The flights represent an early sign of THAI moving to restore its operations after it suspended all scheduled flights in early April.

The struggling airline, which has filed for debt rehabilitation in the Central Bankruptcy Court, has repeatedly deferred its resumption of scheduled flights.

It is due to submit its rehabilitation plan to the court on Aug 17.

Until that time it continues to be covered by a ruling that temporarily prevents creditors from trying to recover their debts.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 23 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 23, 2020, 02:41:40 PM
Thailand situation, 23 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,269 (+8)
- Recovered: 3,105 (+0)
- Active cases: 106
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand helping the World Health Organisation
Post by: thaiga on July 24, 2020, 01:43:06 PM
Kingdom helps WHO provide lessons on controlling an outbreak
Thailand is helping the World Health Organisation (WHO) develop guidelines and teach other international bodies and institutions on how to prevent and control a pandemic.

In a five-day event, which kicked off on July 20, Thai representatives presented the nine key pillars used in the prevention and control of Covid-19.

Tanarak Plipat, deputy director-general of the Disease Control Department, said the nine pillars Thailand followed to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak are:

1. Coordination, planning, monitoring and evaluation at the national level;

2. Communication and community participation;

3. Surveillance, disease investigation and follow-up;

4. Blocking access to the country;

5. Strengthening the national laboratory system;

6. Preventing and controlling new infections;

7. Effectively managing patients, sharing knowledge, innovation and research;

8. Supporting operations and transport in the supply chain as well as human-resource management;

9. Maintaining essential health services despite the outbreak.

Though Thailand has not had any local Covid-19 cases for several weeks now, there have been reports of infected patients returning from overseas. Dr Sombat Thanprasertsuk, from the Disease Control Department, said that though these patients are being kept isolated in government-sponsored quarantine centres, cooperation from all sectors is still necessary.

Meanwhile, WHO has also selected Thailand and New Zealand to film a documentary on successful models for handling and controlling Covid-19, though the schedule of the filming is yet to be revealed.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 24 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 24, 2020, 02:15:22 PM
Thailand situation, 24 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,279 (+10)
- Recovered: 3,107(+2)
- Active cases: 114
- ภDeaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: July 24, 2020 + Visa Extension Briefing
Post by: thaiga on July 24, 2020, 04:22:27 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: July 24, 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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Title: Re: Covid-19: Steps required to enter Thailand
Post by: thaiga on July 25, 2020, 02:06:44 AM
Steps required to enter Thailand
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has issued the following guidelines on entering Thailand for non-Thai residents and travellers:

Before departure

Travellers are required to contact the Royal Thai Embassy or consulate to get an entry visa and a certificate of entry, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the urgency, need and reasons provided in the application form.

Applications must include travel details, health insurance with a coverage of at least US$100,000, booking at an alternative state quarantine site and any other documents that the CCSA may require.

The approval process will take approximately seven working days, and the applicant will be contacted when approved.

Day of travel

Travellers are required to carry a certificate of entry, health insurance, certificate of a Covid-19 test taken within a 72-hour period with a negative result and a fit-to-fly certificate.

Upon arrival

Travellers will undergo tests at the airport and then be transferred to an alternative state quarantine site that should have been booked in advance.

Required documents for Non-Thai Nationals

Spouses, parents or children of Thai nationals

1. Certificate or evidence of family ties with the Thai national

Non-Thais who have been permitted to reside in Thailand

1. Proof of residency in Thailand

Non-Thais who hold a work permit or have been granted permission to work in Thailand, along with their spouse and children.

1. Work permit or letter of employment

2. Evidence of family ties (in the case of spouse and children)

Non-Thais who are students at educational establishments in Thailand that have been approved by Thai authorities, including their parents or guardians.

1. Proof of student status or letter of acceptance from the educational institution

2. Proof of relationship with parents or guardians

Non-Thais in need of medical treatment in Thailand, except for treatment of Covid-19, including people accompanying them (not exceeding three persons). These tourists are only allowed to arrive by air.

1. Evidence showing financial ability to bear medical expenses or equivalent documents

2. Health insurance or other forms of insurance

3. Letter from referring hospital in the country of origin stating reasons for medical treatment in Thailand

4. Letter from the receiving hospital in Thailand accepting the applicant for treatment and confirmation of quarantine arrangements for the applicant and accompanying persons.

For more information

Covid-19 Information Centre hotline 1111

Department of Consular Affairs, Foreign Ministry Tel: (+662) 572 8442

Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand Tel: (+66) 2568 8800.

Department of Disease Control, Public Health Ministry at 1422, (+669) 6847 8209, (+669) 2726 0474

Immigration Bureau hotline 1178 or (+662) 287 3101

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Title: Re: Covid-19: can remain in air for hours, warns Thai respiratory doctor
Post by: thaiga on July 25, 2020, 02:10:30 AM
Covid-19 can remain in air for hours, warns Thai respiratory doctor
Latest tests show that the Covid-19 virus can spread via airborne transmission, Dr Manoon Leechawengwongs, a respiratory specialist at Bangkok's Vichaiyut Hospital, said today (July 24).

He said scientists now believe the virus can spread in airborne droplets smaller than 5 microns when patients exhale, speak, cough or sneeze. The droplets can spread more than 2 metres and remain in the air for several hours.

"Recently, US scientists at the University of Nebraska took an air sample from a Covid-19 patients' room to cultivate in a Vero-E6 cell culture and found that the number of Covid-19 viruses increased," he explained on Facebook. "The test showed that Covid-19 virus can spread through airborne transmission."

He said that the World Health Organisation and government agencies worldwide now recognised the airborne spread of this disease and were advising people to wear face masks.

"Currently, we can conclude that Covid-19 can spread through aerosol, droplets, and by touching contaminated surfaces," he said.

He added that wearing a face mask is the best way to prevent the spread of Covid-19 because it has been shown to cut chances of transmission by up to 75 per cent.

"Also, people should maintain distance with others and wash their hands regularly," he added.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 25 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 25, 2020, 02:28:34 PM
Thailand situation, 25 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,282 (+3, Sudan 1 and USA 2)
- Recovered: 3,109(+2)
- Active cases: 115
- ภDeaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 26 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 26, 2020, 02:29:55 PM
Thailand situation, 26 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,291 (+9, all Thai)
- Recovered: 3,109 (+0)
- Active cases: 124
- ภDeaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: THAI plans two special flights to Frankfurt next month
Post by: thaiga on July 26, 2020, 10:56:04 PM
THAI plans two special flights to Frankfurt next month
Thai Airways will operate two special Bangkok-Frankfurt return flights in August to facilitate travel for passengers who wish to return to Germany and for those who want to come back to Thailand.

Chansin Treenuchagron, acting president of Thai Airways, said that the flights were aimed at German people who were stranded or anyone who would fly to Frankfurt before travelling to other cities.

TG922 will leave Bangkok for Frankfurt at 12.25am on August 10 and 21 and they will reach Germany at 7pm local time.

The flights will strictly follow preventive measures for Covid-19 and physical distancing will be applied in every process including cargo.

Thai people who are still stranded in Germany can also return by those flights by registering via the website of the Thai Embassy in Berlin.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 27 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 27, 2020, 02:38:51 PM
Thailand situation, 27 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,295 (+4, all Thai)
- Recovered: 3,111 (+2)
- Active cases: 126
- ภDeaths: 58 (+0)  new cases state quarantine returned from US (3) and Taiwan (1)
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Update: Air Travel domestic flights (video)
Post by: thaiga on July 28, 2020, 12:31:20 PM
Thailand Update: Air Travel

Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 28 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 28, 2020, 02:21:46 PM
Thailand situation, 28 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,297 (+2, all Thai)
- Recovered: 3,111 (+0)
- Active cases: 128
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand tops global ranking for handling of Covid-19 crisis
Post by: thaiga on July 29, 2020, 01:01:28 PM
Thailand tops global ranking for handling of Covid-19 crisis

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Thailand ranked highest in a global survey for its effective handling of Covid-19 and recovery from the crisis. The Global Covid-19 Index (GCI), published yesterday (July 28), gave Thailand an index score of 82.06, putting it on top of the global chart as an example of best practices in tackling the dreaded virus.

South Korea ranked second with a recovery index of 81.09, followed by Latvia (80.81), Malaysia (79.37), Taiwan (78.94) and New Zealand (78.55). Australia, which used to top the chart in previous months, now ranks 6th, with a recovery index of 77.18.

In the previous ranking published on June 14, Thailand came 2nd in Covid-19 recovery among 184 nations across the globe.

The GCI bases 70 per cent of its calculation on big data and daily analysis from 184 countries, while the other 30 per cent comes from the Global Health Security Index, an assessment of global health security in 195 countries prepared by the Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security.

As of yesterday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand stood at 3,297 (including 360 who tested positive in state quarantine). Of these, 128 are being treated, 3,111 have recovered and 58 have succumbed to the virus.

Globally, the number of confirmed cases has gone beyond 16.6 million, up by 229,000 in 24 hours, with 10.2 million patients having recovered and 652,000 dying.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 29 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 29, 2020, 02:32:31 PM
Thailand situation, 29 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,298 (+1, Thai)
- Recovered: 3,111 (+0)
- Active cases: 129
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 30 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 30, 2020, 02:03:20 PM
Thailand situation, 30 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,304 (+6, Thai)
- Recovered: 3,111 (+0)
- Active cases: 135
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: The worst of Covid-19 is yet to come
Post by: thaiga on July 31, 2020, 01:05:27 AM
Don't panic as the heading The worst of Covid-19 is yet to come  :(  bit frightening that sounding - article from Chartchai Parasuk, PhD, who is a freelance economist. the worst to come meaning the covid has knocked the stuffing out economy wise, but teflon Thailand, as we have seen in the past always seems to get back on his feet.

The worst of Covid-19 is yet to come
I am not talking about the pandemic. I optimistically assume the Covid-19 pandemic is over for Thailand as we have had zero domestic infections for almost two months. The lockdown, aimed at barring visitors from entering Thailand, is substantially relaxed and most economic activities are permitted to resume.

So, what I am fussing about? Shouldn't the bottom of the economy already have been reached in the second quarter when the lockdown was enforced? Even Virathai Santipraphob, then governor of the Bank of Thailand, said earlier this month the economy bottomed in the second quarter and would recover in the third and fourth quarters of this year. By the end of next year, the Thai economy would be at the same level as the pre-Covid time of 2019.

I disagree with this prediction for three reasons.

First, the lockdown comes with many assistance packages. The lockdown in the 2nd quarter did bring a great havoc to the economy. But, at the same time, the quarter benefitted from numerous fiscal stimulus packages worth 1.9 trillion baht. Admittedly, not all the money came in that quarter, but a huge amount of 352 billion baht in cash handouts from "Leaving No One Behind" and "Farmer's Relief" schemes was distributed to 15.1 million people and 10 million families in the farm sector during those three months.

That amount is equivalent to 8.3% of quarterly GDP and provides financial relief to more than half of the Thai population. That is not all. The Bank of Thailand allows small, individual debtors to postpone loan payments for six months. So far, 11.5 million debtors with a total loan value of 3.8 trillion baht have opted for such assistance. The programme will end in September and small debtors will have to resume at least 100 billion baht of monthly loan payments.

With no more cash handouts and resumption of loan payments, how will the third and fourth quarters be better for Thai people? For those who love numbers, the extra income from the two main packages is 626.5 billion baht in the second quarter, reduced to 350 billion baht in the third quarter, and becomes zero in the fourth quarter. How will the economy recover with less and less extra income?

Second, outbreaks have worsened in the major economies. No country is infection-free like Thailand. Even Vietnam is now locking down Da Nang and evacuating 80,000 people over fears of a second wave outbreak. Hong Kong does not allow gatherings of more than two people. And Texas hospitals are sending patients to die at home as hospitals are way over-capacity. In light of this, Thailand can pretty much forget about recoveries of export demand for this entire year. Of course, foreign tourist income will be likely to remain nil until the end of year or until an effective vaccine is found.

That is not good news for a country where 60% of GDP depends on export of goods and services while private consumption accounts for only half of GDP. There is no possible way the economy will bounce back without recovery in export and tourism sectors. Maybe it is time to promote a "Get Fat for Thailand" campaign to boost consumption of domestic products. But where would Thai consumers find money to consume in the first place?

Third, massive lay-offs will happen in the third and fourth quarters. This is a delayed effect of economic contraction. Businesses will hold on to their valuable workforce until (a) they are sure their businesses will not recover any time soon, and (b) they run out of cash to operate the businesses. That is happening right now. The World Bank has estimated that 8.3 million Thai workers, or 21.7% of the total workforce, could risk unemployment or reductions in income. At present, layoffs are concentrated in the tourism sector and export-oriented industry. But it will not be long before lay-offs spread to all sectors as the World Bank has predicted.

GDP figures are a bunch of numbers but unemployment is the real tragedy of the economy. The Great Depression of 1930s is remembered for images of jobless workers lining up for food, not for negative GDP growth figures. Even if the economy, for whatever reason, improves in the second half of this year as the governor said, millions of Thais will still be thrown out of jobs from the tourism and export sectors. What should the government do to prepare to lessen the pain of jobless and starving Thais?

The answer could not be anything but more stimulus packages. The European Union has approved a new stimulus package of 750 billion euros and US Republicans are proposing an extra US$1 trillion package to extend unemployment benefits. You will see more and more of these bigger stimulus packages coming out around the world. No economist disagrees with more stimulus packages. The question is: Can the governments afford them?

In most countries, these stimulus packages will be financed by having central banks printing money as domestic and international savings are not enough to finance them. The world's savings are about 25% of GDP and half of that, 12.6% of world GDP, has already been used for the first-round stimulus packages of $11.1 trillion. The second, or maybe the third and fourth, packages will have to be financed by printing money. No other choice, unless the country is prepared to borrow from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In the case of Thailand, domestic savings are clearly not enough to finance any more government debt. The option of borrowing from the IMF or abroad is not acceptable politically or economically. Therefore, the remaining option is for the Bank of Thailand to print money. The consequences are inflation and current account deficits. Luckily, Thailand has international reserves equivalent to 12 months of imports of goods and services, and we can sacrifice half of that to finance more fiscal stimulus packages.

Before raising your eyebrows, Singapore is using its international reserves to finance part of the Covid-19 stimulus package. An amount of $11.78 billion in reserve drawdown has been approved in principle.

Based on this idea, the Bank of Thailand can support new stimulus packages up to 4.2 trillion baht or equivalent to 25% of GDP before destabilising the economy. That should give the government room to breathe during this difficult time and save millions of Thais from starvation.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Repatriation flights laid on for those stuck abroad
Post by: thaiga on July 31, 2020, 01:17:40 AM
Repatriation flights laid on for those stuck abroad
Special flights are being organised to pick up Thais stranded overseas after a student died of the coronavirus in Egypt, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday.

The premier said he had ordered the Foreign Ministry to urgently arrange the "rescue" flights.

Speaking after yesterday's cabinet meeting, Gen Prayut said repatriation flights would be provided on an ongoing basis to bring back tens of thousands of Thais now waiting to return home.

Gen Prayut said he was concerned for the welfare of the stranded Thais and had also asked the ministry to provide them with essential supplies.

The Thai embassy in Egypt was first alerted to a male university student being seriously ill there on July 24. Officials arranged with the Egyptian public health ministry to immediately take him to hospital.

The embassy said it learned four days later that the student had died due to lung inflammation caused by Covid-19. This was the first case of a Thai national dying in Egypt of Covid-19.

Cherdkiat Atthakor, a spokesman for the ministry, said a friend of the sick student contacted the embassy in early July and reported he had a cough.

It was not until three weeks later that the student was diagnosed as having a problem in his lungs.

He was sent to a hospital but his condition kept worsening. He died on Tuesday and was buried on the same day at an Islamic graveyard in Cairo.

More than 300 Thais who returned on a repatriation flight from Egypt yesterday were tested for Covid-19 by the embassy. Six of them failed to pass screening.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Egypt on Tuesday was 92,482 and the death toll 4,652. It is known that 127 Thais in the country have contracted the virus, with 100 receiving treatment, 26 recovered and one died.

Three Thai monks at a temple in Las Vegas, Nevada, have reportedly been infected with the virus -- two were so sick they were taken to hospital and required the use of a respirator. The other had only mild symptoms and has been isolated at the temple.

In Taiwan, 29 people who had been in close contact with an infected Thai factory worker have been tested for Covid-19 -- 28 have been given the all-clear and the other result is still due.

Meanwhile, 54 Thais were arrested for allegedly sneaking back into the country in Narathiwat's Sungai Kolok district yesterday. They were fined and placed in state quarantine for 14 days.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: survey: ‘What will affect your decision to travel?
Post by: thaiga on July 31, 2020, 01:51:10 AM
CAAT launches public survey: 'What will affect your decision to travel?'

PHUKET: The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has launched an online survey asking what factors would affect travellers' decision to fly to Thailand, whether for business, a holiday or personal reasons.

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Google Translate offers a clear enough version of the survey launched by CAAT for English speakers to take part. Image: CAAT / Google Forms

The survey is titled "(For the general public survey): Questionnaire for survey of traveling by airlines affecting the situation of Covid-19".

"The results of the questionnaire will be used for policy recommendations and measures for the recovery of tourism and the aviation industry," the survey header explains.

The survey has been posted in Thai language only, but is written in simple enough language to allow Google Translate to give a reliable translation for English speakers to complete.

The questions asked include which protection measures inspire confidence in the decision to travel, and which aspects of travel travellers are most concerned about at airports, including handing their passport and other travel documents to officials and airline staff and having to receive them back in hand, waiting in queues and collecting luggage.

Concerns to be rated about while travellers are inside the aircraft include, using toilets, sitting next to unknown passengers, breathing inside the cabin, touching seats and overhead cabins as well as handling magazines and other materials while in-flight.

The survey also asks whether airline ticket prices would directly affect respondets' decision to travel to thailand.

One key question posed is "When do you think it is possible to travel safely by air again?" Answers available are: 1) Between 1 - 3 months from now; 2) Between 3 - 6 months from now; 3) Between 6 - 12 months from now; and 4) More than a year after this.

The survey does ask whether airline ticket prices would deter people from travelling and the last page of the survey asks respondents to declare their monthly personal income in Thai baht. This last question is non-optional.

The survey is anonymous but does ask people their age range, gender, postcode of address and occupation. All these fields are required in order to submit the completed survey.

To take part in the survey, click here. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScX5ar472qfvYc8Lw2ZnPdCeOBnKNkFCW0imn3YrlBQcecMNw/formResponse)

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 31 July 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 31, 2020, 02:08:35 PM
Thailand situation, 31 July 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,310 (+6, Thai)
- Recovered: 3,125 (+14)
- Active cases: 127
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: Everyone must help prevent second wave
Post by: thaiga on July 31, 2020, 02:36:26 PM
Everyone must help prevent second wave of Covid-19 infections: virologist
In a Facebook post on Friday (July 31), virologist Dr Yong Poovorawan called on people to work together in preventing a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

The expert from Chulalongkorn University said a second wave of infections has emerged in several Asian countries like Hong Kong, Vietnam and China, while the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan are getting up to 1,000 new Covid-19 cases daily.

"Until a vaccine or medicine is found, we have to do our best to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Thailand," he said, adding that as more people are returning to normal life, the number of children and adults with respiratory complaints is increasing.

"If a second wave emerges, medical personnel will have to conduct Covid-19 tests on these patients as well," he said. "This is why, we must all help each other so we can lead normal lives."

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid 19 Daily Briefing 31 July , 2020
Post by: thaiga on July 31, 2020, 07:51:25 PM
Covid 19 Daily Briefing 31 July , 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

Title: Re: Covid-19: There is no 'zero risk' in easing travel restrictions, WHO says
Post by: thaiga on July 31, 2020, 08:22:18 PM
There is no 'zero risk' in easing travel restrictions, WHO says
(Reuters) – There is no "zero risk" strategy for countries easing international travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and essential travel for emergencies should remain the priority, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

In a long-awaited update to its guidance on travel, the United Nations global health agency said cross-border trips for emergencies, humanitarian work, the transfer of essential personnel and repatriation would constitute essential travel.

"There is no 'zero risk' when considering the potential importation or exportation of cases in the context of international travel," it said in the updated guidance posted on its website on Thursday.

A surge of new infections in many parts of the world has prompted some countries to reintroduce some travel restrictions, including testing and quarantining incoming passengers.

The WHO had said in June it would update its travel guidelines before the northern hemisphere summer holidays.

The WHO's guidance can be used by governments and industries to help shape policies, but is not enforceable.

The updated travel advice is little changed from previous guidance, which also included infection control advice applicable to other settings such as social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands and avoiding touching the face.

The WHO urged each country to conduct its own risk-benefit analysis before lifting any or all travel restrictions. Authorities should take into account local epidemiology and transmission patterns, it said, as well as national health and social distancing measures already in place.

Countries that choose to quarantine all travellers on arrival should do so after assessing the risks and consider local circumstances, the WHO said.

"Countries should continuously plan for and assess their surge capacities for testing, tracking, isolating and managing imported cases and quarantine of contacts," it said.

The WHO said this week that international travel bans cannot stay in place indefinitely, and countries will have to do more to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus within their borders.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 1 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 01, 2020, 02:30:48 PM
Thailand situation, 1 August 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,312 (+2)
- Recovered: 3,135 (+10)
- Active cases: 119
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph

2 new Thais in state quarantine returned from Serbia (1) Denmark (1)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 2 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 02, 2020, 02:20:00 PM
Thailand situation, 2 August 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,317 (+5,  all Thai)
- Recovered: 3,142 (+7)
- Active cases: 117
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: After 99 days of success, virus returns to haunt Vietnam
Post by: thaiga on August 02, 2020, 06:33:05 PM
Will we ever rid of this evil thing, i can see masks being worn forever, you can never let your guard down, not for a moment, here in my area i have noticed folk not wearing masks as like they used to, giving alms early morning they don't, but the monks do. what a shame for Vietnam after 99 days of success, this could go on for a long time. let's hope n pray that the fat lady sings soon. as the article reads. When you haven't heard about new virus cases for a while, you begin to forget very quickly and you return to normal life.

After 99 days of success, virus returns to haunt Vietnam

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Vietnamese COVID-19 patients in protective gear, holding Vietnamese flags and carrying a portrait of the national leader Ho Chi Minh, arrive at the Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The 129 patients who were working in Equatorial Guinea are brought home in a repatriation flight for treatment of the coronavirus. (Tran Huy Hung/VNA via AP)

(AP) — For 99 days, Vietnam seemed to have defeated the coronavirus. There wasn't a single reported case of community transmission. Not a single death. A handful of cases were caught and isolated at the border, but otherwise people were returning to their normal lives. The country of 96 million people was hailed globally as a standout success.

But then a week ago, an outbreak began that has now grown to 48 cases in six parts of the country, including three of the largest cities, and forced authorities to reimpose restrictions many thought they had put behind them. And experts worry the outbreak could be much larger than currently known.

The outbreak began last Thursday in the picturesque coastal city of Da Nang, where thousands of tourists were taking their summer vacations on golden beaches. A 57-year-old man was hospitalized with a fever and tested positive. His condition soon worsened and he was put on a ventilator.

Health authorities swung into action. But the man's case was puzzling. He hadn't left his hometown for over a month and tests on his family and 100 other possible contacts all came back negative.

Then health workers found three other infections in Da Nang over the weekend. And then on Monday, another 11. All of those were other patients or health workers at the Da Nang Hospital, where the man remains in critical condition.

On Monday, authorities encouraged 80,000 tourists to leave the city by providing extra flights. Hotels emptied out and thousands canceled their plans to visit.

Then on Tuesday, the city was put into lockdown. The packed beaches were closed, roamed only by patrolling security guards. But the order of events left some scratching their heads. Surely the fleeing tourists had the potential to spread the virus further?

Indeed by Thursday, authorities had found 43 cases, including two people in the capital, Hanoi. All of the cases seemed to link back to Da Nang and returning travelers.

The cases included an American who had been a patient last week at Da Nang Hospital before moving to another hospital in Ho Chi Minh City in the south. His companion also tested positive.

Authorities are now reimposing broader restrictions. They're closing nonessential services and banning large public gatherings in Da Nang and other nearby cities, and closing bars and clubs in Hanoi. They're also planning to test 21,000 people in the capital who recently returned from Da Nang.

Pham Hien, owner of a noodle restaurant in Hanoi, said she will no longer have seated guests and instead will offer only takeout service or deliveries. She said her business is hurting but she will abide by government recommendations.

"What is important now is that all citizens join hands together with the government in this fight," she said.

Just how the virus crept back remains a mystery. Authorities say they think the source was from outside Vietnam because this time the virus is a different strain.

"One big difference I've noticed between this wave and the previous one is that the cases we have right now, a lot of them are severe," said Marc Choisy, a Hanoi-based bio-mathematician with the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit.

He said such a high proportion of severe cases could indicate that hundreds more asymptomatic cases remain undetected in the community.

"It's very likely the disease is transmitting silently at the moment," he said.

The government, meanwhile, has been cracking down on people being smuggled into the country to avoid quarantine, making a string of arrests in cases of smuggled Chinese nationals. But authorities have yet to make any direct links between the people smuggling and the new outbreak.

Vietnam's struggle to contain the virus even after its initial success has been reflected in other places around the world. Australia was down to single-digit daily increases when an outbreak exploded in the city of Melbourne this month. On Thursday, authorities reported more than 700 new cases in and around Melbourne, a record. Other places from Hong Kong to Spain are battling new outbreaks after seemingly having the virus under control.

Vietnam's quick actions in the face of its latest outbreak reflect the speed with which the government reacted to the initial virus threat, which experts say helped halt its spread.

In mid-February, for example, Vietnam put all 10,000 residents of the town of Son Loi, near Hanoi, under a three-week lockdown, even though there were only 16 confirmed cases in the entire country at that time.

The Communist government also used texts and social media to deliver concise instructions to its citizens. It even added short messages to every phone call.

By March 22, Vietnam had essentially closed itself off to the outside world, stopping most international flights and shutting down the 900-mile (1,440-kilometer) land border it shares with China.

Whenever authorities saw even a single case of community transmission, they jumped on it with contact tracing, lockdowns and widespread testing. The country also drew on its past experience defeating the SARS outbreak in 2003 and was able to limit its confirmed coronavirus cases before the recent outbreak to just 416.

But Choisy, the bio-mathematician, worries authorities have caught this coronavirus wave much later in its cycle than the first wave.

"When you haven't heard about new virus cases for a while, you begin to forget very quickly and you return to normal life," Choisy said. "You get used to it."

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Tourism chiefs mull ways to open safely
Post by: thaiga on August 03, 2020, 01:15:26 PM
I can't see tourists going through all the trouble of getting here with the paperwork, tests, and rules, masks and the rest of it, only to be contained to phuket, after coming all that way, i should imagine they will want to travel around, Bangkok, Khaosan rd. and all that goes with it.

Tourism chiefs mull ways to open safely
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says that if the country remains closed in the last quarter of the year, the number of foreign tourists will dramatically shrink to seven million for 2020.

TAT deputy governor for tourism products and services Thapanee Kiatphaibool said while domestic tourism has started to rebound, most businesses are still feeling the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the first six months of this year, the number of foreign tourists stood at 6.69 million, a contraction of 66% compared with 2019.

The industry, however, has been helped by Thai tourists, who numbered 54.5 million over the same period, she said.

This year's tourism revenue has been forecast by the TAT at 1.23 trillion baht against 1.93 trillion baht in 2019. The number of foreign tourists will likely stand at just seven million, lower than the TAT's target of nine million.

Yet some foreign visitors such as film crews, some businessmen and people seeking medical treatment have been permitted to enter the country.

Soon 200 foreigners with the Thailand Elite Card are expected to travel to Thailand as the government eases lockdown measures in the sixth phase, according to the TAT deputy governor.

Following an increase in demand for Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ), many hotels in Bangkok and other provinces such as Phuket have expressed an interest in registering with the Health Service Support Department to operate the service.

Direct flights to Phuket will be provided to take travellers to ASQ hotels, said the deputy governor. She expected that entry will be allowed for foreign travellers in October this year.

Director-general of the Department of Health Panpimon Wipulakorn said Phuket is a closed area where it is easier to manage pandemic control efforts, when asked about the government's plan to open Phuket first to foreign tourists.

The Urban Design and Development Centre and Centre of Excellence in Urban Strategies (UddC-CEUS) recently also proposed a project to revive tourist cities using Phuket as a case study to design a tourism ecosystem that suits public health measures.

The project's main objective is to attract a new group of tourists who are looking for a sanctuary from the pandemic.

The UddC-CEUS seeks to turn Phuket into a safe destination for travel by making the island an isolated community to reassure visitors of its virus-free status during their stay.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: WHO praises Thailand for its actions to prevent COVID-19
Post by: thaiga on August 03, 2020, 01:29:01 PM
WHO praises Thailand for its actions to prevent COVID-19

According to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Thailand is one of the countries that has carefully and consistently followed the WHO's guidelines and suggestions to prevent COVID-19.

He stated that when the public follows preventive measures, for example, keeping physical distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands, new cases in that country go down. Therefore, informing, engaging, and listening are key pillars that will help us get through this worldwide crisis together.  facebook.com (https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/photos/a.251619424861479/3437554336267956/?type=3&theater)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 3 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 03, 2020, 02:25:31 PM
Thailand situation, 3 August 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,320 (+3,  all Thai)
- Recovered: 3,142 (+7)
- Active cases: 120
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph    new cases are Thais state quarantine  UAE  2 and India  1
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand lifts barriers for more foreigners
Post by: thaiga on August 03, 2020, 06:29:26 PM
Thailand lifts barriers for more foreigners
Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said on Monday (August 3) that more types of foreigners will be allowed to return to Thailand, such as:

• Foreigners who hold a residential permit as well as their spouse and children;

• Foreigners who hold a work permit and their spouse and children, as well as migrant workers who hold official documents allowing them to stay and work in Thailand;

• Foreigners granted entry under special agreements, such as Thailand Elite cardholders.

These groups are required to follow the Public Health Ministry's measures strictly and spend 14 days at an alternative state quarantine site.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand confirmed these measures.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation update 4 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 04, 2020, 04:19:25 PM
Thailand situation update on COVID-19, 4 August, 2020
Confirmed total 3,321 cases (1 new case).
- Admitted 121 cases.
- Discharged 3,142 cases.
- Death 58 cases.
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Title: Re: Covid-19: "Safely open the Thai borders for Love!"
Post by: thaiga on August 04, 2020, 05:27:45 PM
♥ ♥ ♥ Petition lobbies Thai govt to allow unmarried couples to enter Thailand ♥ ♥ ♥
Not sure whether this article should be in half as serious thread. where would you draw the line on this one, petition has been started to open up Thailand to couples separated by the pandemic @ change.org (https://www.change.org/p/thai-government-safely-open-the-thai-borders-for-love-loveisnottourism) urging the government to Safely open the Thai borders for love! LoveIsNotTourism.

The closure of international borders in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic was - and still is - sensible and even necessary. It is obvious that we must halt tourism to protect us and others.

But love is not tourism. This is not just about a summer holiday, it is about mental health and the future of people all around the world.

International lovers and families urge the Thai authorities to amend their travel restrictions.
Title: Re: Covid-19: CAAT lifts entry ban but 'Ordinary tourists' still not allowed in
Post by: thaiga on August 04, 2020, 10:37:22 PM
That's bad luck on the guys petition on the above post, as they say ... if your names not down you can't come in even if you are in love  :-[ i found in life the harder you make something available, the more it's wanted

CAAT lifts entry ban on select foreigners
'Ordinary tourists' still not allowed in

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has lifted its entry ban on four groups of foreign nationals, in line with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration's (CCSA) easing of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

CAAT director Chula Sukmanop said the agency's easing of travel restrictions for non-Thai nationals, which will take effect today, does not apply to ordinary tourists, but only to select groups of foreigners.

The four groups are non-Thai nationals with a certificate of permanent residency, including their spouses and children; non-Thai nationals with work permits, including their spouses and children; non-Thai nationals permitted to enter under a special arrangement, and migrant workers whose employers are allowed to bring in workers.

According to Mr Chula, all incoming visitors are required to strictly observe the country's disease-control measures.

To be allowed to enter Thailand, they must have a certificate of entry issued by a Thai embassy or consular office in their country, a health certificate showing they are free of Covid-19 and a health insurance policy. Upon arriving, they will be quarantined for 14 days at state venues or alternative locations.

Meanwhile, the CCSA yesterday reported three new imported Covid-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 3,320.

Seventy days have elapsed since the last confirmed case of local transmission of the novel coronavirus.

All of the new cases involve recently repatriated Thais, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday.

Two were returnees from the United Arab Emirates -- a 26-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man -- who are staying a state quarantine facility in Chon Buri. The third case was a male student, 19, who arrived from India and was placed in state quarantine in Bangkok.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the CCSA was concerned about a possible resurgence of the virus, as new waves have wreaked havoc in Australia, Hong Kong, Israel and Croatia.

"We hope to delay [any rebound] as long as we can," Dr Taweesilp said.

"It would be even better if we have no second wave."

Dr Taweesilp also assured that health screening procedures would remain as strict as it was prior to the easing of travel restrictions.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: More than 100 US soldiers arrive for joint exercises
Post by: thaiga on August 04, 2020, 11:05:55 PM
   :-[
Joint US military drills get thumbs down from Thais amid COVID-19 fears
This month's joint US-Thai military exercises in Thailand have drawn criticism from Thais on social media after authorities announced that dozens of visiting American troops would be undergoing their mandatory 14-day quarantine in Bangkok hotels.

About 106 American soldiers will join three separate exercises from Aug 18 to 30 in three provinces, and would be subjected to the same requirements as anyone entering the country, said the head of the Thai Army's anti-coronavirus unit, Nattapon Srisawat.

Thailand has gone over two months without a local transmission of COVID-19 and has kept infections to just over 3,300.

It has closed borders and airspace to tourists to keep the virus out and allows entry only to Thai repatriates or foreigners with special permission. All must undergo quarantine.

A popular Thai Facebook page attracted 25,000 likes when it questioned the necessity of holding joint exercises between the two historic allies amid a global health crisis.

"Is it really necessary to take in foreign soldiers now? If it does not impact the relationship just postpone it," it said.

"Even citizens who need to travel have delayed their plans, why can't the military training be postponed?"

More than 70 American soldiers arrived from the US Pacific territory of Guam on Monday and would be staying in alternative state quarantine, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the country's coronavirus task force, referring to the mandatory quarantine that foreigners must undergo at their own expense.

More troops were due to arrive on Tuesday from Japan.

Asked about the criticism of the drills, Nattapon said that participants will have undergone two tests and would not be exposed to the public during the exercises.

"These soldiers will not be able to leave the barracks," he added.

The exercises come as Thailand's military suspended sending forces abroad after nine Thai personnel tested positive for the coronavirus upon return from training in Hawaii.

The US embassy in Bangkok did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 5 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 05, 2020, 02:58:31 PM
Thailand situation, 5 August 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,328 (+7, Thai/ Foreigner)
- Recovered: 3,144 (+2)
- Active cases: 126
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Operators await clarity on travel bubble progress
Post by: thaiga on August 05, 2020, 03:46:22 PM
Operators await clarity on travel bubble progress
Inbound tour operators want a clear decision on travel bubbles from the government so they can prepare marketing campaigns in advance, saying 80% of them may exit the market if no new tourists arrive this year.

"Thailand has allowed some groups of travellers, but it's definitely not enough to feed the whole supply chain of the industry," said Vichit Prakobgosol, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents.

At Atta's annual meeting on Thursday, operators voiced concern about the current situation as the government continues to ponder travel bubbles for leisure tourists.

Mr Vichit said most inbound operators are calling for the same thing, namely practical terms for the travel bubble schemes that the Tourism Minister aims to implement in October.

He said tour operators will have to prepare services two months in advance to ensure that the new conditions are well received.

Atta will urge the government to connect Thailand with coronavirus-free cities first and ask regulators to settle the travel rules and requirements for travellers as soon as possible, as operators have to contact other services in the system, such as airlines and ticket agents, about cooperation.

They also have to partner with provinces that consent to receive international tourists to arrange routes and services in those destinations.

"Without sufficient inbound revenue this year, most of us will not survive," Mr Vichit said.

Tourism operators in Phuket are urging the government to allow international direct flights to the province as demand from foreigners for alternative state quarantine (ASQ) increases.

Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, president of the Phuket Tourist Association, said international flights can consist of both chartered flights and private jets, for which there have been many requests.

At present, Phuket has three ASQ facilities. Another 16 hotels are awaiting approval.

Mr Bhummikitti said tourists in ASQ will help drive the industry and are likely to stay longer than the 14-day quarantine period, while tourists under travel bubbles may have a shorter length of stay.

The province is preparing capacity for up to 20,000 tourists a day with 50 ICU beds equipped for coronavirus cases.

The plan to open the province to chartered flights and become an ASQ destination was discussed with the Phuket provincial governor last week. The idea of welcoming private jets from Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore will be discussed later.

"If Phuket cannot get international flights until the end of the year, then the province will have only 80 billion baht in tourism inflow, compared with 440 billion baht last year," Mr Bhummikitti said.

In regard to the conflict between operators and Germany's TUI Group, he said the tourism company has come up with more practical conditions to repay local operators and some hotels have received payment already.

The company also asked about bringing in tourists during the upcoming high season.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: deaths exceed 700,000, 1 person dies every 15 seconds on average
Post by: thaiga on August 05, 2020, 10:08:26 PM
Global coronavirus deaths exceed 700,000, one person dies every 15 seconds on average
(REUTERS) - The global death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 700,000 on Wednesday (Aug 5), according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities.

Nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from Covid-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks.

That equates to 247 people per hour, or one person every 15 seconds.

The US and Latin America are the new epicentres of the pandemic, and both are struggling to curb the spread of the virus.

The coronavirus was initially slower to reach Latin America, which is home to about 640 million people, than much of the world.

But officials have since struggled to control its spread because of the region's poverty and densely packed cities.

More than 100 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean live in slums, according to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.

Many have jobs in the informal sector, with little in the way of a social safety net, and have continued to work throughout the pandemic.

The US, home to around 330 million people, has also been battered by the virus despite being one of the richest nations in the world.

The US government's top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, on Monday said states with high coronavirus case counts should reconsider imposing lockdown restrictions, emphasising the need to get cases to a low baseline before the autumn flu season.

Even parts of the world that appeared to have curbed the spread of the virus have recently seen single-day records in new cases, signalling the battle is far from over.

Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel all recently had record increases in cases.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Proportion of youth with COVID-19 triples in five months: WHO
Post by: thaiga on August 05, 2020, 10:18:06 PM
Proportion of youth with COVID-19 triples in five months: WHO
(Reuters) - Young people who are hitting nightclubs and beaches are leading a rise in fresh coronavirus cases across the world, with the proportion of those aged 15 to 24 who are infected rising three-fold in about five months, the World Health Organization said.

An analysis by the WHO of 6 million infections between Feb. 24 and July 12 found that the share of people aged 15-24 years rose to 15% from 4.5%.

Apart from the United States which leads a global tally with 4.8 million total cases, European countries including Spain, Germany and France, and Asian countries such as Japan, have said that many of the newly infected are young people.

"Younger people tend to be less vigilant about masking and social distancing," Neysa Ernst, nurse manager at Johns Hopkins Hospital's biocontainment unit in Baltimore, Maryland told Reuters in an email.

"Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19," she said, adding young people are more likely to go to work in the community, to a beach or the pub, or to buy groceries.

The surge in new cases, a so-called second wave of infections, has prompted some countries to impose new curbs on travel even as companies race to find a vaccine for the fast-spreading virus that has claimed more than 680,000 lives and upended economies.

Even countries such as Vietnam, widely praised for its mitigation efforts since the coronavirus appeared in late January, are battling new clusters of infection.

Among those aged 5-14 years, about 4.6% were infected, up from 0.8%, between Feb. 24 and July 12, the WHO said, at a time when testing has risen and public health experts are concerned that reopening of schools may lead to a surge in cases.

Anthony Fauci, the leading U.S. expert on infectious diseases, urged young people last month to continue to socially distance, wear masks and avoid crowds, and cautioned that asymptomatic people could spread the virus, too.

Indeed, health experts in several countries have urged similar measures as they report that infected youth show few symptoms.

"We've said this before and we'll say it again: young people are not invincible," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news briefing in Geneva last week.

"Young people can be infected; young people can die; and young people can transmit the virus to others."

Last month, Tokyo officials said they would conduct coronavirus testing in the city's nightlife districts, and instructed nightclubs to provide customers with enough space with good ventilation and to ask them to avoid speaking loudly.

In France last month, authorities shut down a bar where people breached hygiene rules and caused an outbreak.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: ‘No Immediate Plan’ to Permit More Foreigners Into Thailand
Post by: thaiga on August 06, 2020, 12:47:37 AM
'No Immediate Plan' to Permit More Foreigners Into Thailand
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said there is currently no plan to expand the list of foreigners allowed to enter the country, including retirees with homes and families in Thailand.

Press officer Yajai Bunnag said only four groups of non-Thai nationals announced in the latest regulation are permitted into the Kingdom at the moment. They include those holding a certificate of permanent residency, a work permit, those who have a special arrangements with the government, and migrant workers.

Many had hoped the list would be expanded to cover retiree visa holders and unmarried couples.

One of the campaigns was launched by Love Is Not Tourism Thailand, a Facebook page dedicated to couples and families who are torn apart by the pandemic. They are calling on the government to take their loved ones into consideration.

"We're asking the government to issue visas or allow entry for family members and lovers to reunite with each other for humanitarian reasons," the page wrote. "Evidence such as a passport with an entry stamp into Thailand, photos, and text messages should be able to verify their unions."

Since the coronavirus pandemic broke out, Thailand closed its borders to tourists and visitors, standing many Thai overseas and foreigners in the kingdom.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Gov’t seeking reopening guidelines balancing safety, and economics
Post by: thaiga on August 06, 2020, 12:25:38 PM
Gov't seeking reopening guidelines balancing safety, and economics  thainews.prd.go.th (http://thainews.prd.go.th/en/news/detail/TCATG200805093714032)
(NNT) - The Prime Minister has ordered related agencies to devise guidelines allowing foreign nationals to enter the kingdom under strict measures mandated by the CCSA, while the government is seeking to raise public confidence following a COVID-19 scare in Rayong last month, by holding a mobile Cabinet meeting there on 24-25 August.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul, announced that the Prime Minister has ordered the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) and the Ministry of Public Health to find ways to safety allow foreign nationals to enter the country, in order to allow economic activities to proceed.

The initiative to allow foreign nationals to enter the country will be focused first on trade persons conducting business negotiations, as well as technicians and installers of specific machinery, whose visits are generally short and less than the 14-day quarantine period.

An allowance of limited international arrivals must ensure public safety and help stimulate local economies, and strike a balance acceptable to all sides, without raising complaints of unfair treatment among people required to enter 14-day quarantine.

The DPM and Public Health Minister also disclosed that the Cabinet will be holding a mobile meeting in Rayong on 24-25 August, in an attempt to boost public confidence in the province.
Title: Re: Covid-19: 'Safe and Sealed'
Post by: thaiga on August 06, 2020, 12:44:03 PM
'Safe and Sealed' brings hope for tourism rally
Industry survivors hanging by a thread

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Tourists take sunset pictures at Promthep Cape in Phuket. A new plan aims to draw at least 500,000 tourists to Thailand. Sarot Meksophawannakul

Tourism operators are proposing a new inbound tourism plan, called Safe and Sealed, to replace travel bubbles and keep Thailand from realising the worst-case revenue scenario of 675 billion baht next year, down from 3.01 trillion baht in 2019.

At Wednesday's joint meeting of the Tourism and Sports Ministry and the private sector chaired by Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, tourism-related groups offered a proposal to let inbound tourists restart their trips to Thailand in the fourth quarter with safer screening and more flexibility for many countries than the bilateral travel bubble scheme would have afforded.

Vichit Prakobgosol, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, said that while Thailand has started to welcome certain groups of foreigners, the total will be fewer than 100,000 visitors and cannot prevent tourism-related businesses from falling into bankruptcy.

The new inbound plan is expected to draw at least 500,000 tourists to Thailand and generate 50 billion baht in revenue. The cost of the package would be 100,000 baht per person, higher than the average price of 50,000 baht before the pandemic.

Mr Phiphat said the scheme is the last bid to let the majority of tourism businesses survive and avoid layoffs in the fourth quarter if Thailand continues to close its borders to international tourists.

"Safe means we will select only guests from a city with a record of no infections for at least 30 days, and they can travel under the sealed conditions provided by tour operators in designated hotels and provinces that agree to welcome those tourists," he said.

Other necessary screening processes are also required, such as an infection-free certificate 72 hours before a flight, as well as insurance and swab tests.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Yuthasak Supasorn said Mr Phiphat will forward the proposal to related organisations, including the idea of setting up a tourism fund to provide soft loans to the industry, which has struggled to secure loans from commercial banks.

Tourism businesses want the government to help start the fund with a 100-billion-baht budget.

Mr Yuthasak said employment in the tourism sector totalled 4 million workers before the outbreak.

As most operators have had zero revenue in the past six months, unemployment in the sector could grow to 2.5 million as businesses cannot bear more losses, he said.

The agency also shared its 2021 tourism scenario with representatives from the private sector.

The worst case sees Thailand earning just 675 billion baht in revenue, down 9% from this year, which is likely to close at 742 billion baht, down 75% from the 3.01 trillion baht obtained in 2019.

If Thailand can gain momentum by receiving international tourists, the best case shows that tourism revenue can climb to 50% of 2019 levels, or 1.52 trillion baht.

The National Economic and Social Development Council previously set the tourism revenue goal at 3.9 trillion baht for 2021.

Mr Yuthasak said the goal has become a far-fetched ambition unless a vaccine is found.

Supawan Tanomkieatipume, the Thai Hotels Association president, said the Thai hotel industry saw 30-40% of 1.5 million jobs vanish during the past six months and just 50% of hotels have reopened.

She said the greatest burden for hotel operators is loan payments for investments made before the outbreak, an amount totalling roughly 700 billion baht.

Hotel operators are asking banks to extend the suspension period for principal and interest payment for an additional six months because tourism has yet to recover.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 6 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 06, 2020, 02:56:49 PM
Thailand situation, 6 August 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,330 (+2, Thai)
- Recovered: 3,148 (+4)
- Active cases: 124
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: Asymptomatic coronavirus carriers have high viral loads
Post by: thaiga on August 07, 2020, 01:32:13 PM
Asymptomatic coronavirus carriers have high viral loads: South Korean study
(AFP) - People who are infected with the coronavirus carry similar levels of the pathogen in their nose, throat and lungs whether they have symptoms or not, a new study from South Korea showed on Thursday (Aug 6).

The paper, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, is an important biological line of evidence in support of the idea that asymptomatic carriers can spread Covid-19.

Until now, experts have relied on inferring asymptomatic spread when people contract the virus without contact with a known carrier.

A team of researchers led by Seungjae Lee at Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine analysed swabs taken between March 6 and March 26 from 303 people isolated at a centre in Cheonan, following an outbreak among a religious group in another city.

The group ranged in age from 22 to 36 and two-thirds were women. Of the total, 193 were symptomatic and 110 were asymptomatic.

Among those who were initially asymptomatic, 89 never developed symptoms at all - about 30 per cent of the total.

This finding itself helps gives a sense of what portion of infected people are truly asymptomatic rather than merely "presymptomatic", a subject of confusion.

All were sampled at regular intervals after day eight of isolation, and the samples returned comparable values of the virus' genetic material from the upper and lower airways.

The median time taken for the patients to return negative tests was marginally less for asymptomatic patients compared with symptomatic: 17 and 19.5 days, respectively.

The authors wrote their findings "offer biological plausibility" to reports of asymptomatic transmission.

But they added that their study only looked at the amount of viral genetic material present and did not attempt to follow the subjects to see if that translated to the spread of infectious virus.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 7 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 07, 2020, 01:52:30 PM
Thailand situation, 7 August 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,345 (+15, Thai)
- Recovered: 3,148 (+0)
- Active cases: 139
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph 
Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: August 7, 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 07, 2020, 05:40:11 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: August 7, 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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Title: Re: Covid-19: (CCSA) on Friday approved proposals for a return to normalcy
Post by: thaiga on August 08, 2020, 12:44:45 PM
Schools, stadiums to open next
A panel under the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Friday approved proposals for a return to normalcy in the country by allowing schools, sports stadiums, public transport and meals on flights, National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Gen Somsak Roongsita said.

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The proposals approved by the Gen Somsak-led panel on measures to tackle Covid-19 under the CCSA, will now be tabled for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to approve on Aug 21.

They include the opening of schools with normal-sized classes with all students required to attend classes five days a week.

For sports events, people would be permitted to attend them, including going to boxing rings while public transport vehicles would no longer have to allocate empty spaces for social distancing.

However, Gen Somsak said the extension of entertainment venues' operating hours until 2am was not discussed at yesterday's meeting.

"Alcoholic drinks will be allowed for sale until midnight, anyway," he said.

Gen Somsak said the committee has agreed to allow sports fans back into competition venues under social-distancing rules and strict disease-control measures.

He said when the full reopening of schools is approved by the prime minister, travel restrictions on the public transport system will also be relaxed further to facilitate students' travel.

According to Gen Somsak, some of the proposals will have to be approved by the CCSA while some do not have to.

Gen Somsak said the committee has also agreed to allow Chinese fruit importers to resume visits to Thailand help stimulate the local economy. Even though they are required to undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine, they do not have to inform authorities of their itinerary, he said.

Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan said students at schools would no longer have to stay 1.5 metres apart from each other and the number of students in each classroom would be allowed to exceed 25.

However, students will have to write down where they have been each day after school to help with tracking and tracing if there is a school outbreak.

"I am confident that the Thai public health system will be able to manage safety in the country and I urge teachers, parents and students not to forget to keep track of their whereabouts," Mr Nataphol told media yesterday.

The 100% school re-opening proposal does not have to be submitted to the CCSA but it needs to be approved by the premier, said the education minister.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 8 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 08, 2020, 02:16:54 PM
Thailand situation, 8 August 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,348 (+3, Thai)
- Recovered: 3,150 (+2)
- Active cases: 140
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: Painful economic transformation begins
Post by: thaiga on August 09, 2020, 01:30:12 PM
Painful economic transformation begins
From July 1, Covid-19 restrictions have gradually been eased to the extent that people's lives are slowly returning to normal. All schools, shopping malls, convenience stores and even pubs and bars, as well as soapy massage parlours, can now open so the economy can revive.

Now a panel under the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is eyeing further loosening by allowing normal-sized classrooms, crowds in sports stadiums, all seats to be taken in public transport and meals on flights.

However, one month on, life for many has not really returned to normal as intended.

PEOPLE SPEND LESS

Sanga Ruangwattanakul, president of the Khao San Business Association and CEO of Buddy Group, said most businesses in the Khao San area are still struggling to shore up their cash flow even though the lockdown of all businesses and activities has been lifted.

"During the daytime, Khao San is still like a ghost town because there are only a few visitors. At night business activities are a little better due to local tourists. However it is a long way from what you might call a normal level," he said.

Mr Sanga said 70-80% of business activities on Khao San Road rely on foreign tourists, so as long as the country's borders remain closed to international arrivals, business operators can only count on the support of domestic travellers to survive.

"For some businesses such as massage shops and souvenir shops, there are no customers at all. Many of them have decided to shut down and switch to doing something else," he said.

Kriangkrai Tiannukul, vice-chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), a core member of the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB), said purchasing power also dropped partly because people lost their jobs in tourism and related business.

Almost 40 million foreign tourists visited Thailand last year and generated about 2 trillion baht, compared with around 1 trillion baht from Thai tourists. The foreign tourist figure is likely to drop to 8 million people this year while domestic tourists are reluctant to spend money.

Spenders have been cautious, as they are unsure whether they would be laid-off or whether their businesses would survive or not, due to the impact of the pandemic.

"The people came out just to relax after having to stay at home during the Covid-19 lockdown. They choose to visit only nearby provinces and eat out only at the restaurants that provide the meals that are good only in restaurants [not at home]," he said.

''Only some categories of non-essential goods are still selling well, such as home decoration and gardening products," he said.

GRIM FORECAST FOR TOURISM

A tourism planning expert of a state-run university, who asked not to be named, said tourism businesses were only slowly recovering. Shops and street vendors were still suffering.

Take for example the popular Bang Saen seaside attraction in Chon Buri. Fewer vendors traded in designated spots because of social distancing rules.

It was also observed that visitors were mostly families who come on long weekends. Many packed their own lunch and snacks rather than buying from vendors, he said.

The expert warned the tourism section remains mired in a massive slump which is expected to get worse before it sees any silver lining.

"Although the lockdown is pretty much behind us, it hasn't been of much help to the industry which is struggling to get back on its feet," the expert said.

The second half of the year could be tough for the sector.

For the rest of the year, however, the pace of rebuilding the sector will be held back by the continued proliferation of infections in other parts of the world, which takes away people's will to travel, he warned.

Despite the government's economic stimulus package aimed at boosting domestic tourism, the employment situation in the hotel and hospitality sectors in Phuket remained unimproved, said Chamrat Thotthing, secretary-general of Phuket Federation of Hotel and Service Labour.

"None of those who have lost their jobs since April have found new work. The situation is hopeless as the Covid-19 pandemic situation in other countries such as the US, Europe and Japan remains serious," he said.

Because Phuket's tourism relies largely on foreign tourists, if they can't return any time soon, job cuts will surge after job suspension assistance ends, he said.

MINIMAL REBOUND

Ratthawit Charoenwat, a manufacturing supervisor with Bogart Lingerie (Thailand), said the company had called its workers to return to work since mid-June. This month it began paying workers overtime again as more orders have been received.

Chalee Loysoong, deputy chairman of the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee, said orders in the auto, electricity and electronics making sectors have risen to 30% to 40% of their usual levels, which prompted a number of workers to be called back to work, he said.

However, many more workers still need help and he wonders if the government will be able to extend those financial assistance programmes -- the 5,000 baht given from April to June, for another three months, he said.

Yongyuth Chalamwong, a director for labour research with the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), said the actual unemployment rate is now lower than expected. However, the minimum number of job losses projected for the entire year is 2 million.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on businesses actually varies from one to another, he said.

"More concerns now lie with 2021 when clearer signs as to whether the country's economy will recover are expected," he said.

ON THEIR GUARD

Meanwhile, Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, chief of the Department of Disease Control, said he applauded the government's efforts on Covid-19 disease control after the lockdown order had been lifted, saying infections are only being found among returnees staying at quarantine sites. No local transmissions have been found for some time.

Dr Suwannachai said that on the bright side, people know how to protect themselves and medical staff are now experienced in treating the virus. The rate of mortality is still low with 58 cases and only 139 cases being hospitalised.

"We can't avoid the domestic transmission cases from now on. But what we need to see is the public free from fear and panic," he added.

It is a challenge to strike a balance between health and economic affairs because shutting down the country is no longer the right answer, he said.

A helping hand

To help the people economically, Mr Kriangkrai said it is important the government expedite the 400 billion baht budget, part of the loan money set aside to relieve the economic impact of Covid-19.

"A lot of people have lost their jobs and returned to their home provinces. The money must be used to create jobs. The money must be allocated sufficiently for each particular project to create the desired impact, and the spending must be effective without any leakage," he said.

At the same time, the government must help small and medium enterprises access the capital with low-interest rates. Debt repayments should also be halted and businesses should keep workers employed, he said.

In the medium term, the government should support and promote industries that still work.

In his opinion, food, health and agriculture-related industries such as bio-energy and bio-economy must be developed, in addition to digital and robotic and logistics industries.

In the long run, the structure of the economy must be reformed, he said. As wages are likely to hike, workers' skills must be enhanced and technologies must be used to reduce costs and add to the value of products.

"The economy must be reformed to be more self-reliant. Recently 65-70% of the GDP came from exports and 10% from tourism," he said.

"A lot of our income came from foreigners. This proportion [of the money generated from foreign and domestic consumption] should be changed to 50-50."

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 9 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 09, 2020, 02:14:10 PM
Thailand situation, 9 August 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,351 (+3)
- Recovered: 3,151 (+1)
- Active cases: 142
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand listed in US travel advisory as 1 of 7 low risk locations
Post by: thaiga on August 09, 2020, 08:14:23 PM
Thailand listed in US travel advisory as one of seven COVID-19 low risk locations

Thailand is among only seven countries and territories categorized in the latest US travel advisory as being at low-risk for COVID-19 infection.

Professor Dr. Nop Siriruek Songsivilai, Secretary-General of the National Research Committee, said on Sunday that the inclusion of Thailand in the low risk list is a significant change and welcome news for Thailand.

The other low risk places on the list are New Zealand, Fiji and islands in the Caribbean, including Bonorae, Saba and Saint Barthélemy.

The travel advisory was prepared by the US State Department and the Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) based on periodical infection assessments, travel problems, basic healthcare infrastructure and medical professionals, as well as the management of disease control in each location.

Of the world's 241 countries and territories, 207 are in the high-risk group, 13 in the very low-risk group, such as Brunei, Laos, Macau, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, and there is insufficient information to enable assessment of the remaining locations.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 9 August 2020 - update
Post by: thaiga on August 09, 2020, 08:46:37 PM
Quote from: thaiga on August 09, 2020, 02:14:10 PM
Thailand situation, 9 August 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,351 (+3)
- Recovered: 3,151 (+1)
- Active cases: 142
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
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first reports said three Thais had returned with covid19. Latest is 2 foreigners and a Thai test positive in state quarantine
Two foreigners and a Thai test positive in state quarantine

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 2 Thai embassies hit by Covid-19 outbreaks
Post by: thaiga on August 09, 2020, 10:45:25 PM
2 Thai embassies hit by Covid-19 outbreaks

Staff members of Thai embassies in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have contracted the novel coronavirus, according to the Foreign Ministry.

The embassy in Manama reported that a foreign employee suffering mild symptoms tested positive for Covid-19, ministry spokesman Cherdkiat Atthakor said on Sunday.

The official was receiving medical treatment at a residence and for the sake of public safety, the embassy would suspend its consular service until Aug 22. The embassy has also suspended arrangement of repatriation flights for stranded Thais, the spokesman said.

At the Thai embassy in Riyadh, he continued, one foreign employee and one Thai official have contracted the virus. The Thai government official was admitted to a hospital, while the local employee, whose symptoms were mild, was being treated at a residence.

The embassy has asked people who need its services to make appointments in advance to comply with disease control measures.

Mr Cherdkiat said that Thai embassies and consulates-general were on the frontlines, taking care of Thai people abroad, both those who were infected and those wishing to return to Thailand. Since April over 67,000 stranded Thais have returned home, he said.

"Foreign Ministry personnel have been dedicated to their work for months, taking care of Thai people while at risk of infection," Mr Cherdkiat said.

He assured people that officials would continue to do their duty.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: TAT deputy governor dashes hopes of 2020 reopening for borders
Post by: thaiga on August 10, 2020, 12:44:05 PM
TAT deputy governor dashes hopes of 2020 reopening for Thailand's international borders
Thailand is unlikely to reopen its borders to international leisure visitors this year, predicted a deputy governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Speaking at a webinar hosted by Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office and TravelMole, Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, deputy governor for international marketing at TAT, said that there has been no talk of or timeline issued for reopening the country to inbound or outbound leisure travel during weekly Covid-19 national meetings.

He added that as part of the government's "very, very cautious" approach to reopening borders, he does not expect Thailand to welcome leisure visitors until 2021.

Noted Ayudhya: "I see no signal from the government that the country will open this year. That's putting lot of pressure on the tourism industry. The Christmas period, usually the high season, is in jeopardy and I'm looking horribly even to Chinese New Year in February, which is an iffy proposition at best now. Unfortunately, this is not a rosy picture."

He added that discussions over creating travel bubbles have also been halted. Said Ayudhya: "Last month, there was talk about forming travel bubbles. That talk has not continued so far because of outbreaks in many of the countries we were hoping to get tourists from, unfortunately, including Vietnam."

However, the list of groups allowed into Thailand under strict measures has been expanded from diplomats, UN officials, as well as business people and investors who have an agreement with the government to include film crews and exhibition personnel.

This is only applicable to visitors from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China and Hong Kong. Every arrival must spend 14 days in quarantine.

Thailand will also open up to select countries for medical tourism.

Ayudhya added plans are being mooted for when safe bubbles can be formed for leisure travel, with a proposal that all visitors spend a minimum of 30 days in the country. This would be in designated areas – probably islands, such as Koh Samui or Phuket.

"Currently, this is not moving forward as the government is taking a wait-and-see attitude. They want to see how the current groups of foreigners, such as film crews and diplomats, do first. There is still a lot of nervousness," he said.

With uncertainties surrounding the reopening of borders to international travel, Thai tourism operators are proposing a new inbound tourism plan, called Safe and Sealed, to replace travel bubbles, reported the Bangkok Post.

The scheme is designed to help tourism businesses tide through and avoid layoffs this year, should Thai borders remain shut to international visitors.

During a joint meeting of the Tourism and Sports Ministry and the private sector chaired by tourism minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, tourism-related groups proposed to allow tourists to enter Thailand in 4Q, said the report. As compared to the travel bubble scheme, the plan envisages safer, more flexible screening procedures for many countries, it added.

Under the plan, explained Vichit, only visitors from cities with a record of zero infections for at least a 30-day window will be selected, and they will be able to travel and stay in designated hotels and provinces. Other safety protocols will include a Covid-free certificate 72 hours before flights, as well as insurance and swab tests.

The report also quoted Vichit Prakobgosol, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, as saying that although Thailand has started allowing entry for certain group of foreigners, the tally will be below 100,000, which is inadequate to buoy the tourism industry.

The new inbound plan is expected to draw at least 500,000 tourists to Thailand and generate 50 billion baht in revenue, according to the report.

TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said Phiphat will forward the proposal to related organisations, said the report. According to Yuthasak, the tourism sector employed four million workers pre-Covid, but with businesses having zero revenue over the past six months, unemployment in the sector could grow to 2.5 million.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 10 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 10, 2020, 02:50:36 PM
Thailand situation, 10 August 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,351 (+0)
- Recovered: 3,160 (+9)
- Active cases: 133
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: Outbreak 'likely' if public drops guard
Post by: thaiga on August 11, 2020, 12:21:46 PM
Outbreak 'likely' if public drops guard
Thailand is likely to report new cases of local Covid-19 transmission as the global pandemic continues, but the likelihood of a large-scale outbreak in Thailand can be reduced if the public keeps up their guard, the Ministry of Public Health said on Monday.

The warning was relayed at the ministry's daily press briefing about the country's Covid-19 infections tally by the chief of the Department of Disease Control chief Tanarak Plipat.

Dr Tanarak noted on Monday that since Thailand has not reported any local transmission in more than 70 days, people are beginning to lower their guard against the virus.

He went on to use the example of Vietnam, which had been widely touted as a pandemic success story until the number of locally transmitted cases of the novel coronavirus disease suddenly spiked.

"We've been keeping a close watch on the situation in Vietnam after local infections were reported again. Until now, the origin of the outbreak has yet to be confirmed," Dr Tanarak said.

"Thailand is likely to be in the same boat as Vietnam. We will find locally transmitted cases, but there might not be an [large-scale] outbreak if all stakeholders come together and help prevent a second wave," he said.

Dr Tanarak said a large-scale outbreak can be prevented or brought under control if public health officials are quick to carry out comprehensive contact tracing and enforce strict quarantine regulations.

Most importantly, he said that people should not panic if a locally transmitted case is discovered.

"Individuals should ramp up preventative measures and do what they did when the first wave happened back in March," Dr Tanarak said.

"The most effective way to control the disease is self-prevention. And even if we have a vaccine, we must not lower our guard. Vaccines are the way to prevent the disease, but the virus will still exist," he added.

There are currently seven vaccines which are currently in the third phase of human testing -- one of which may be ready within the next six months, he said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Ministry proposes opening islands to tourists
Post by: thaiga on August 11, 2020, 12:54:49 PM
just how many ministry proposals are we going to have - they need to get the economy working - so sooner or later imo it'll happen, but how many foreigners will come anyway and puting the fear of christ up the locals  :-[

Tourism and Sports Ministry proposes opening islands to tourists
(NNT) - The Ministry of Tourism and Sports will propose the opening of five islands to foreign tourists, emphasizing confidence in safety measures for both tourists and communities.

Ms Wanthana Jaengprajak, Deputy Director General of the Department of Tourism and Sports, disclosed today that the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will propose to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) the opening of five islands including Phuket island in Phuket, Phi Phi island in Krabi and Samui, Pha Ngan and Tao islands in Surat Thani because such areas could be easily regulated in terms of care, quarantine and monitoring of tourists in different areas to ensure the safety of both the community and the tourists themselves.

A meeting of heads of government agencies and private organizations of all the three provinces was held, to ready the areas by determining entry requirements and to assess the level of approval of people in the communities. The private sector quite clearly agreed on a common approach to safety and a new normal tourism style which still adhere to the public health principles of wearing face masks and social distancing.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 11 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 11, 2020, 02:17:15 PM
Thailand situation, 11 August 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,351 (+0)
- Recovered: 3,163 (+3)
- Active cases: 130
- Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 12 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 12, 2020, 02:29:10 PM
Thailand situation, 12 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,356 (+5)
Recovered: 3,169 (+6)
Active cases: 129
Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph

The latest cases are a 50-year-old American man found positive on August 10 in alternative state quarantine, three male students (aged 23-29) who returned from Egypt on the same flight that reported six previous cases, and an 18-year-old male student who came home from India.
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Title: Re: Covid-19: No plans to open Thai skies yet + AOT posts worst quarter
Post by: thaiga on August 12, 2020, 03:19:11 PM
No plans to open Thai skies yet: Aviation authority
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has yet to consider allowing international commercial flights to enter Thailand but was monitoring the improving Covid-19 situation in many countries, said director-general Chula Sukmanop.

It will need to consult with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) before deciding whether to open Thai skies to international traffic, he added. CAAT has given the green light for certain groups of foreigners to enter Thailand from July 1.

The 11 groups permitted to fly into the country range from Thai nationals to foreigners and their carers seeking medical treatment in Thailand (except for Covid-19). All arrivals will be tested for Covid-19 and must follow CCSA and Department of Disease Control rules, including mandatory two-week quarantine. nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30392823?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=internal_referral)

Airports of Thailand posts worst quarter
(Reuters) - Airports of Thailand Pcl on Tuesday booked its worst quarter ever after volumes plummeted due to coronavirus-related restrictions.

State-owned AOT reported a loss of 2.96 billion baht ($95 million) for the three months to June 30 versus a profit of 5.89 billion a year earlier.

The shortfall was larger than the 2.1 billion baht loss expected, according to four analysts polled by Refinitiv.

Foreign tourist arrivals in Thailand fell 66% in the first half of 2020 reflecting global travel restrictions, including some from Thailand's aviation regulator.

The country has put discussions of a 'travel bubble' on hold.

AOT's revenue, including landing charges and concessions, fell 88% to 1.7 billion baht, it said.

Flight and passenger numbers fell by 88% and 95%, respectively, said AOT, which manages the country's main Suvarnabhumi Airport and five others.

For the nine months to June 30, it recorded 438,000 flights and 65.15 million passengers, down 35% and 39%, respectively.

It will proceed with the construction of a satellite terminal in Bangkok, it said, but delay its opening until 2022.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: More Restrictions Lifted
Post by: thaiga on August 12, 2020, 09:37:14 PM
Restrictions on schools, public transport, sports events to be lifted

Existing virus-related restrictions on educational institutions, public transport and sporting events will be lifted from tomorrow (August 13), the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration announced today.

Here are some details:

1) Educational institutions across the country will be allowed to reopen to conduct teaching and learning as normal. However, this measure is voluntary and could be applied according to the situation and decision by school officials.

2) Public transport – by land and water – can go back to operating at normal capacity, allowing for a full number of passengers.

3) Outdoor or indoor sporting events will be allowed to increase their audiences in stadiums but must still have a limit on the number of entrants to keep the situation from getting out of control.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 13 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 13, 2020, 02:26:33 PM
Thailand situation, 13 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,359 (+3)
Recovered: 3,169 (+0)
Active cases: 132
Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: What we know about transmission from freight and packages
Post by: thaiga on August 13, 2020, 08:31:30 PM
Explainer: What we know about possible COVID-19 transmission from freight and packages
(Reuters) - China reported several cases of frozen food packaging contaminated with the novel coronavirus this week, while New Zealand said it is investigating the possibility that its latest COVID-19 cases could be traced to imported freight.

New Zealand reported its first COVID-19 cases in more than three months on Wednesday, prompting a swift reimposition of movement restrictions. Health officials raised the possibility that the virus had arrived in New Zealand via freight, given one of the infected people works at a cool store that takes imported frozen goods from overseas.

-China said on Thursday a sample of frozen chicken wings imported into Shenzhen from Brazil had tested positive for the virus. The discovery by local disease control centres was part of routine screenings of meat and seafood imports that have been carried out since June, when a new outbreak in Beijing was linked to the city's Xinfadi wholesale food centre.

-Earlier this week, traces of the virus were found in China on the packaging of frozen shrimp from Ecuador and on the outer packaging of imported frozen seafood that arrived at Yantai port from Dalian in northeast China.

-Chinese customs officers first found the virus in packaging from Ecuador on July 10. It marked the first positive results from 227,934 samples that had been taken from imported foods, their packaging, and the environment.

WHAT EXPERTS SAY ABOUT THE RISK OF INFECTION FROM PACKAGING:

-Studies suggest the virus can linger on packaging material between hours and days, depending on the material here, temperature and humidity, according to the World Health Organization. The virus can stay 4-5 days on plastic or paper.

-There is currently no evidence that people can catch COVID-19 from food or food packaging, according to the WHO here a view backed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government agencies. Coronaviruses cannot multiply in food – they need a live animal or human host to multiply and survive.

-Since the new coronavirus cannot replicate on the surface of food or packaging, it can only become gradually weaker outside a living cell, said Jin Dong-Yan, virology professor at the University of Hong Kong.

He did not rule out that a person could spread droplets containing the virus on the surface of food, or a package, and someone else could then contract the virus by touching the surface and then their mouth or nose. But such a case would be rare, he said.

-Infection from contact with a frozen virus through imported food "is still not to be considered a major route of infection and still not an event that should substantially affect policy at the public health levels," said Eyal Leshem, director of the Center for Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases at Sheba Medical Center in Israel.

-"The number of virus particles coming out a person's mouth or nose is far greater than a few virus particles remaining on frozen foods, somebody touching it and then spreading it," said T. Jacob John, retired professor of clinical virology at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India.

"Among all the risks, I think these are very low risks."

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Title: Re: Covid-19: COVID19 situation in Thailand as of 14 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 14, 2020, 02:59:15 PM
COVID19 situation in Thailand as of 14 August 2020
New Confirmed Cases: 17
Cumulative number of cases: 3,376 (+17)
Receiving medical treatments: 145
Recoveries: 3,173 (+4)
Fatalities: 58 (+0)

17 new confirmed cases from people on repatriation flights
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Elite Card aims to lure expats seeking virus haven
Post by: thaiga on August 14, 2020, 07:33:20 PM
Elite Card aims to lure expats seeking virus haven
Thailand's "pay to stay" visa programme for wealthy foreigners is seeing an expansion opportunity, with visions of the country becoming a haven for expats thanks to its relative success in containing the coronavirus.

The Thailand Elite Card is a residential-visa programme for affluent expats, investors and long-stay groups. Membership, which ranges from 500,000 baht to 2 million baht, provides for a renewable five-year visa. It also comes with perks, which at the top end include limousine transport, jet and yacht charters, medical checkups and golf at championship courses in Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya.

With borders currently closed and global travel at a near standstill, this would seem like the worst possible time for a visa programme. But Thailand Elite, which has been around for 17 years, is holding up during the pandemic. It forecasts 2,288 new enrollees in the fiscal year through September, up 6.8% from the previous year, and revenue is seen climbing 7.7% to 1.4 billion baht.

Expats already living in the country on other types of visas have accounted for 70% of subscriptions this year, having concluded that it's better than dealing with one-year work, retirement or marriage permits that often require multiple trips to government offices, lawyers and fixed-deposits in local banks.

"We have refocused our business by targeting people who are within the country, want to stay for the long-term and are not confident of the virus situation back in their home countries," said Somchai Soongswang, president of the card's state-controlled operator, Thailand Privilege Card Co, in an interview.

The possibilities of attracting subscribers outside of Thailand are currently limited because of the tight border controls, but Mr Somchai believes there's a growing market of people abroad who want a safe, comfortable home, with Thailand being a good choice.

Thailand is heavily dependent on tourism, and virus containment measures have taken a heavy toll on the economy, with expectations it will shrink by 8.5% this year.

With its coronavirus situation relatively under control — it has about 3,400 cases, and has been free of local transmissions since May 26 — Thailand has been exploring ways to ease restrictions.

Currently, mainland Chinese account for about a quarter of Thailand Elite cardholders. The company will make another push to attract overseas markets in 2021, expecting that's when border restrictions will be eased. Hong Kong and Australia residents are potential customers, Mr Somchai said.

Membership is essentially open to anyone who is looking for a long-term stay and is willing to "contribute to the economy," he said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 15 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 15, 2020, 01:52:47 PM
Thailand situation, 15 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,376 (+0)
Recovered: 3,193 (+20)
Active cases: 125
Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: Samui brainstorms tourist entry plan
Post by: thaiga on August 16, 2020, 01:23:36 PM
Samui brainstorms tourist entry plan
The president of the Tourism Association of Koh Samui will meet a sub-committee of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to brainstorm guidelines to allow foreign tourists to visit Samui.

Worasit Phong-amphan said last year Samui saw 2.3 million tourists but there are almost none right now because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Worasit will represent tourism entrepreneurs on Koh Samui in Surat Thani at the meeting with the CCSA on Wednesday.

He spoke at a recent forum between business operators on the resort island and the Immigration Bureau about new standard operating procedures during the Covid-19 era.

Mr Worasit said tourism entrepreneurs are ready to welcome back foreign tourists, though none have yet to arrive.

However, foreign tourists will be required to be quarantined at a hotel for 14 days before they can go outside if found to be uninfected.

Eligible foreign tourists must travel to Thailand with Thai Airways International and undergo swab testing once they arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport.

They can then take a flight to Samui without going through an immigration process.

After arrival, the tourists will have to undertake swab testing again before entering a quarantine facility, he said.

If the tourists test negative for seven days, they can leave their room but not the hotel.

After 14 days, they will be allowed to travel outside with a special wrist band, said Mr Worasit.

Mr Worasit also called on the government to work with Thai Airways International to provide discounted air tickets for foreign tourists.

Pimporn Thongsuk, an executive of The Fair Hour Beach Resort and Hotel on Samui island, said the Covid-19 pandemic is really an unprecedented situation.

Samui today has no tourists -- Thai or foreign -- and all types of entrepreneurs are still seriously affected by the virus despite the government's measures to help tourists pay for their hotel rooms, said Ms Pimporn.

At the same time, local entrepreneurs still have to rely on the only airline that provides direct flights to Samui.

The Samui airport's flight monopoly makes fares expensive, even during this period when the government is promoting domestic tourism, said Ms Pimporn.

She called on the government to help with this matter, saying expensive air tickets prevent tourists from visiting the island although hotels are open.

"One of our hopes is the construction of a 17-km bridge to connect the mainland in Khanom district, Nakhon Si Thammarat, to Samui island. This is the shortest way to reach Samui.

"Hotels with combined rooms of 40,000 are pinning their hopes on the bridge. Now we [the local businesses and people] are raising a petition the province to build the bridge," she said.

Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang, commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, said the standard operation procedures must be implemented by immigration officers, hotels, entertainment venues and restaurants to prevent Covid-19 from spreading in the country again.

Immigration officers must wear a face mask or face shield and wear gloves while on duty.

They must also wear a PPE suit and have their body temperature checked before and after work, he said.

Pol Lt Gen Sompong said the Thai and foreign tourists travelling to Samui must present essential documents required by the government and must also have Covid-19 screening tests that conform to the standards of the Department of Disease Control.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 16 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 16, 2020, 02:17:10 PM
Thailand situation, 16 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,377 (+1)
Recovered: 3,194 (+1)
Active cases: 125
Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph   Thai in state quarantine who returned from Singapore (1)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Can Thailand escape a second wave
Post by: thaiga on August 17, 2020, 12:39:56 PM
Can Thailand escape a second wave of COVID-19?

Despite impressive results in controlling COVID-19, Thailand is not immune to a second wave of infections, experts warn.

Many factors could trigger a fresh surge of infections nationwide, according to Prof Dr Thiravat Hemachudha, director of the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Disease Health Science Centre.

"First and foremost, Thais have become convinced that the country is completely free from COVID-19 cases and are now lowering their guard. By not wearing a face mask, frequently washing hands and maintaining social distancing, they have built risks," the medical expert pointed out.

Thailand has not seen a local transmission of the virus for about 80 days, according to data from the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

However, Thiravat warned it was impossible for Thailand to be completely free of local COVID-19 cases just six months after the virus began spreading across the world and when many countries are still experiencing high infection rates. It may appear that coronavirus has been eradicated from the country, but only because infected people are asymptomatic, he said.

"Young people who are still healthy may not show any symptoms after getting the virus. But though asymptomatic, they can spread the disease," he explained.

He added that using public transportation heightened the risk of infection because bus users, for example, were no longer socially distancing.

Allowing young children to return to class is also a big risk because it is difficult to keep them apart, he said.

"As for people travelling here from overseas, strict screening and quarantine must be in place."

Dr Tanarak Plipat, deputy director-general of the Disease Control Department, agreed that the chances of Thailand facing a second wave of COVID-19 are high. "But we hope that the spread of the new coronavirus, if it happens, will be limited," he said.

The two doctors were speaking at a time when many businesses in Thailand are struggling under the weight of the COVID-19 fallout, including disease control measures that have hit businesses. The virus has, so far, infected 21 million people worldwide and killed at least 745,000.

Tanarak said Thailand's goal was not zero coronavirus cases, but to control its spread as efficiently as possible.

"If we detect COVID-19 infections in Thailand, we must try to ensure the outbreak is controlled and does not spread widely," he said.

However, to achieve this, the public will need to change their attitude. He said it was time people realised that they could go out even if COVID-19 existed. "Actually, even after a COVID-19 vaccine is made available, the disease will still be around. It's just that precautions and vaccinations will prevent COVID-19 from overwhelming hospitals," he added.

Fresh surges overseas

He emphasised that Thailand should learn from Vietnam, which had successfully controlled the COVID-19 outbreak until local cases suddenly began emerging in the tourist city of Danang. The city has suffered at least 355 cases and 11 deaths since the outbreak hit late last month.

"It remains unclear how COVID-19 suddenly resurfaced in Vietnam," Tanarak said, adding the virus may have lingered under the radar for weeks before exploding again when people lowered their guards. Another possible cause was flawed quarantine of people returning from overseas, or illegal migrants slipping across the border, he said.

Hong Kong, which won global praise for its effective battle to contain COVID-19 earlier this year, has since been hit by a second and third wave of infections. Experts have slammed the Hong Kong government's decision to waive tests and quarantine for over 200,000 arrivals, as well as a measure allowing people to self-quarantine with electronic monitoring devices.

Meanwhile New Zealand has been hit by a second wave, and will have to decide soon whether to retain its hard lockdown given the huge economic cost as well as mounting global evidence that the virus cannot be permanently suppressed.

Potential second wave

Tanarak said precautions taken by people and organisations, plus early detection of COVID-19 cases, were crucial to any effort to rein in the second wave of infections, if and when they start surfacing in Thailand.

He insisted that people should continue wearing face masks, frequently wash their hands, eat well-cooked hot food, and avoid crowded places.

He recommended that organisations keep workers at home as much as possible, or at least arrange flexible working hours to avoid crowding. He emphasised that physical distancing measures must also be in place. "Closed, air-conditioned places have a 19-times higher risk of COVID-19 transmission than outdoor spots," he said.

Medical facilities, meanwhile, must continue to actively seek COVID-19 cases, he added. For example, they should conduct a COVID-19 test on any patient suffering from lung inflammation. "Don't wait until a cluster happens," he said.

Tanarak revealed that trace-and-test efforts were up and running. For example, when an Egyptian soldier visiting Rayong was found to be COVID-19-positive, about 1,000 samples per day were quickly collected with the help of a medical vehicle to determine if people living in the nearby area had been infected.

Authorities have also prepared for a possible new eruption of COVID-19. For example, there are now 1.12 million N95 face masks and 511,000 personal-protective-equipment sets in stock for medical staff.

"We also have 11,000 ventilators available," Tanarak said. "This is over and above the supply of medicines such as Favipiravir for treatment of coronavirus patients."

He added that all returnees from overseas faced mandatory COVID-19 tests and immediate isolation and medical treatment if found infected.

"Being alert and reacting fast should help us contain the second wave, when it occurs," he said.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 17 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 17, 2020, 01:57:03 PM
Thailand situation, 17 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,378 (+1)
Recovered: 3,194 (+0)
Active cases: 126
Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Title: Re: Covid-19: The top-10 safest destinations across the world are: Thailand, ...
Post by: thaiga on August 17, 2020, 03:12:21 PM
Thailand ranked world's safest tourist destination amid Covid-19 - but no tourists

Thailand ranked world's safest tourist destination amid Covid-19

Thailand was ranked the safest destination in the world to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The country topped the list because of its high International Health Regulations score of 85 per cent, moderate population density and very low number of Covid-19 cases.

Malaysia's Malay Mail news agency recently reported that a Berlin-based travel startup, Tourlane, had carried out a study on August 10 to determine safe holiday destinations amid the outbreak. The company assembled data and analysed various metrics, including hours of sunshine per day for outdoor activities as well as the national 14-day notification rates of new Covid-19 cases published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Also taken into account for the list were each country's population density and its IHR score, which evaluates a country's ability to respond to public health risks and emergencies of national and international concern.

The top-10 safest destinations across the world are: Thailand, Jordan, French Polynesia, Greece, Uruguay, Italy, Cambodia, Japan, Ireland, and Botswana.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Virologist hopes Thailand can hit 100 days without Covid-19 cases
Post by: thaiga on August 17, 2020, 03:25:09 PM
Virologist hopes Thailand can hit 100 days without Covid-19 cases
In a Facebook post on Monday (August 17), Dr Yong Poovorawan, an expert virologist at Chulalongkorn University said he hopes Thailand will be able to hit the 100-day Covid-free mark.

He said both China and Hong Kong were hit by a second wave of infections even though no rallies were held, while Vietnam encountered a second wave despite being free of Covid-19 cases for 99 days.

"New Zealand is also facing a second wave even after being free of Covid-19 cases for 102 days. So, will Thailand be free of Covid-19 for 100 days?" he asked.

He also said that respiratory diseases usually surface during the July to October rainy season every year because the virus flourishes in cool, humid weather.

"Also, social distancing has become more difficult due to political rallies and schools reopening fully, which is resulting in more young people getting respiratory infections," he said.

"Hence, patients with respiratory complaints need to be tested for Covid-19 because there are many patients who don't show symptoms."

He also said that the length of time Thailand remains free of Covid-19 will depend on everybody keeping their hands clean with alcohol gel, wearing face masks and practising social distancing.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Southeast Asia detects mutated virus strain sweeping the world
Post by: thaiga on August 17, 2020, 08:42:24 PM
Southeast Asia detects mutated virus strain sweeping the world
Southeast Asia is facing a strain of the new coronavirus that the Philippines, which faces the region's largest outbreak, is studying to see whether the mutation makes it more infectious.

The strain, earlier seen in other parts of the world and called D614G, was found in a Malaysian cluster of 45 cases that started from someone who returned from India and breached his 14-day home quarantine. The Philippines detected the strain among random Covid-19 samples in the largest city of its capital region.

The mutation "is said to have a higher possibility of transmission or infectiousness, but we still don't have enough solid evidence to say that that will happen," Philippines' Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a virtual briefing on Monday.

The strain has been found in many other countries and has become the predominant variant in Europe and the U.S., with the World Health Organization saying there's no evidence the strain leads to a more severe disease. The mutation has also been detected in recent outbreaks in China.

There's no evidence from the epidemiology that the mutation is considerably more infectious than other strains, said Benjamin Cowling, head of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Hong Kong. "It's more commonly identified now than it was in the past, which suggests that it might have some kind of competitive advantage over other strains of Covid-19," he said.

As Southeast Asian countries take various steps to prevent a resurgence while reopening limited travel, they struggle with people breaching quarantine rules after returning from overseas as well as false negative test results at borders.

The man who returned from India had tested negative when he arrived in Malaysia. He has since been sentenced to five months in prison and fined for breaching quarantine.

People's cooperation

"People need to be wary and take greater precautions because this strain has now been found in Malaysia," the country's Director-General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah wrote in a Facebook post, saying the strain can make it 10 times more infectious without citing a study. "The people's cooperation is very needed so that we can together break the chain of infection from any mutation."

The strain "might be a little bit more contagious. We haven't yet got enough evidence to evaluate that, but there's no evidence that it's a lot more contagious," University of Hong Kong's Cowling said.

Noor Hisham warned that the strain could mean existing studies on vaccines may be incomplete or ineffective against the mutation. That's even as a paper published in Cell Press said the mutation is unlikely to have a major impact on the efficacy of vaccines currently being developed.

While Malaysia has largely managed to prevent a resurgence of the virus seen elsewhere in the world, the number of new cases found in the country has been picking up. The country reported 26 new cases on Saturday, the most since July 28.

Confirmed cases in the Philippines have surged 76% from the end of July to a total of 164,474 as of Monday. It overtook Indonesia more than a week ago to become the country with the largest outbreak in Southeast Asia.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Ministries of Public Health and Defense, Prepare for New Wave
Post by: thaiga on August 18, 2020, 12:55:51 PM
Ministries of Public Health and Defense, Prepare for New Wave of COVID-19
(NNT) - In order to prepare for a possible second wave of the viral epidemic, the Ministry of Defense together with the Ministry of Public Health hosted a training session to prepare for such a situation.  thainews.prd.go.th (http://thainews.prd.go.th/en/news/detail/TCATG200817160433725)

Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 18 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 18, 2020, 01:51:21 PM
Thailand situation, 18 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,381 (+3)
Recovered: 3,198 (+4)
Active cases: 125
Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Koh Samui hotels to be proposed for alternate state quarantine
Post by: thaiga on August 18, 2020, 05:04:54 PM
must travel Thai Airways - ASQ hotels that'll set you back a bit - tests, medical certificates, insurance, all to be quarantined on arrival  :-[
short time holidays will they be a thing of the past, maybe a quarantine when you return home as well. so long stay, or them with relationships might be up for it. interesting to see how it all turns out.


Koh Samui hotels to be proposed for alternate state quarantine
Some hotels in Koh Samui will be proposed this week to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to be considered for alternative state quarantine (ASQ) in order to help the local economy.

Tourism Association of Koh Samui president Worasit Pongkampan added that tourists travelling to the island in the near future should pass the polymerase chain reaction test and have medical certificates from their countries. The certificate must be issued within 48 hours of the tourists departing from their countries, he added.

He also informed that tourists must travel via Thai Airways and must be quarantined in ASQ hotels. After 14 days of quarantine, the tourists will be allowed to travel in the island with special wristbands, which would show that they are not infected by the virus.

Initially, tourists allowed to visit Koh Samui will come from five pilot countries -- New Zealand, Australia, Germany, China (some cities), and Vietnam.

The association president explained that the countries were chosen due to their low rate of infection recently.

The president informed that if the CCSA agreed to the idea, the association would conduct a referendum among local people in the island. Their voices will determine whether the plan should be carried out or not.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 3 PPE suits for next phase of virus battle
Post by: thaiga on August 19, 2020, 12:44:54 PM
GPO launches level 3 PPE suits for next phase of virus battle

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The first batch of Thai-made level 3 PPE suits are ready to be shipped to hospitals nationwide for the next phase in the battle against Covid-19.

The Reusable Isolated Gown Level 3 PPE is the fruit of a collaboration between the government and private sector. Made from recycled material, the suits can be washed a reused up to 50 times, the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) announced today. The GPO previously developed the higher-protection level 2 "We Fight" PPE suits to defend Thai medics at the height of the virus outbreak.

"It is gratifying that Thailand has successfully manufactured the level 3 recycled PPE series using 100 per cent recycled PET bottles. Previously we had to import the [level 2 suits] from abroad. Citizens and organisations have helped by collecting used PET bottles for development of the new suit. This also promotes waste-plastic separation, recycling and environmental responsibility," said Dr Sopon.

During the height of the pandemic from April to May, the demand for PPE rose to 35,000 sets per day. The Thai-made level 2 PPE suits helped meet the peak demand. Now, with no new domestic cases for more than 80 days, level 3 recycled PPE will help meet demand from hospitals while reducing contaminated waste since it can reused 50 times.

One level 2 suit is made from 18 bottles (600ml) of recycled polyethylene (PET) fibres. The fibres are woven into two layers then coated with a water repellent chemical that protects against contamination by blood or viruses for up to 50 washes. At least 13 factories have been contracted to produce the new PPE suits and sets, which have been certified by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 19 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 19, 2020, 01:24:52 PM
Thailand situation, 19 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,382 (+1)
Recovered: 3,199 (+1)
Active cases: 125
Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Title: Re: Covid-19: More infectious coronavirus mutation may be 'a good thing'
Post by: thaiga on August 19, 2020, 05:54:43 PM
More infectious coronavirus mutation may be 'a good thing', says disease expert
(Reuters) - An increasingly common mutation of the novel coronavirus found in Europe, North America and parts of Asia may be more infectious but appears less deadly, according to a prominent infectious diseases doctor.

Paul Tambyah, senior consultant at the National University of Singapore and president-elect of the International Society of Infectious Diseases, said evidence suggests the proliferation of the D614G mutation in some parts of the world has coincided with a drop in death rates, suggesting it is less lethal.

"Maybe that's a good thing to have a virus that is more infectious but less deadly," Tambyah told Reuters.

Tambyah said most viruses tend to become less virulent as they mutate.

"It is in the virus' interest to infect more people but not to kill them because a virus depends on the host for food and for shelter," he said.

Scientists discovered the mutation as early as February and it has circulated in Europe and the Americas, the World Health Organization said. The WHO has also said there is no evidence the mutation has led to more severe disease.

On Sunday, Malaysia's director-general of health Noor Hisham Abdullah urged greater public vigilance after authorities detected what they believe was the D614G mutation of the coronavirus in two recent clusters.

Sebastian Maurer-Stroh of Singapore's agency for science, technology and research said the variant has also been found in the city-state but that containment measures have prevented large-scale spread.

Malaysia's Noor Hisham said the D614G strain detected there was 10 times more infectious and that vaccines currently in development may not be effective against this mutation.

But Tambyah and Maurer-Stroh said such mutations would not likely change the virus enough to make potential vaccines less effective.

"(The) variants are almost identical and did not change areas that our immune system typically recognise, so there shouldn't be any difference for vaccines being developed," said Maurer-Stroh.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 'Test-&-trace' crucial but won't beat coronavirus alone: study
Post by: thaiga on August 19, 2020, 06:12:49 PM
'Test-&-trace' crucial but won't beat coronavirus alone: study
Testing for COVID-19 and tracing the prior contacts of those found to be infected are crucial measures for slowing the disease's spread, but inadequate unless combined with other measures, researchers said Wednesday.

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Romain ALLIMANT Experts are still unsure as to what percentage of a population must be immune -- a threshold known as "herd immunity" -- to prevent the virus from continuing to spread

By itself, the test-and-trace approach can reduce the virus' reproduction rate, or R number, by 26 percent, they reported in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, using mathematical models to examine data from previously published studies.

The reproduction rate measures the number of people in a population, on average, infected by each person carrying the virus.

Anything above "1" means the disease is continuing to expand; below that threshold, it will eventually peter out.

Some countries that brought the spread of COVID-19 under control but are now struggling to prevent a resurgence have R numbers well above 1.

In France, for example, it hovered at about 1.33 during the first week of August, according to national health authorities.

But the new finding comes with a caveat, said lead author Nicholas Grassly, a professor at Imperial College's School of Public Health.

"Our results show that test and trace can help reduce the R number but needs to be carried out effectively and quickly to do so," he said in a statement.

Concretely, that means immediate testing with the onset of symptoms and results within 24 hours; the quarantine of contacts, also within 24 hours; and the identification of 80 percent of cases and contacts.

Very few countries -- notably South Korea, Taiwan and Germany -- have come close to staying within these guidelines, and most are still falling well short.

In France, for example, it generally take days to get an appointment for a so-called PCR nasal test, and on average 3.5 days for a result, according to official figures.

- Herd immunity not close -

In the United States and the UK, delays can be even longer.

Even if nations do adhere to these guidelines, it will still not be enough to bring the infection rate down sufficiently by itself, the new study concludes.

"Test and trace alone won't be enough to control transmission in most communities, and other measures alongside will be needed to bring the R number below 1," said Grassly.

Weekly screening of high-risk groups such as health and social-care workers -- regardless of whether they have symptoms or not -- can reduce transmission by an additional 23 percent, his team found.

Experts are still unsure as to what percentage of a population must be immune -- a threshold known as "herd immunity" -- to prevent the virus from continuing to spread.

Estimates range from below 50 to 70 percent.

It is possible that some of the hardest hit regions -- New York City, northern Italy -- may be close to these levels, but at a national scale the numbers are still far lower, probably barely in double digits.

WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said Tuesday that the planet was "nowhere close to the levels of immunity required to stop this disease".

People should "not live in hope of herd immunity being our salvation. Right now, that is not a solution," he added.

A vaccine, of course, would also provide immunity, but is unlikely to be available until next year.

Currently, only people who have fought off COVID-19 and survived have some degree of immunity, though it remains unclear how robust it is and how long it lasts.

It is also unclear the extent to which people with mild or asymptomatic cases have immunity at all.

The novel coronavirus has killed nearly 775,000 people and infected almost 22 million since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 20 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 20, 2020, 01:47:28 PM
Thailand situation, 20 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,382 (+7)
Recovered: 3,218 (+19)
Active cases: 113
Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph  All 7) Thais in state quarantine from UAE 3) Hong Kong 1) Singapore 2) and Egypt 1)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Virus DNA Found in Two Thai Women
Post by: thaiga on August 20, 2020, 01:57:47 PM
Investigating Cases of COVID-19 Virus DNA Found in Two Thai Women
The Department of Disease Control and Ramathibodi Hospital are investigating jointly the cases of COVID-19 virus DNA found in two Thai women, who were about to travel abroad  for employment overseas.

Director-General of the Department of Disease Control Dr. Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai said that the two women had earlier returned from the United Arab Emirates and were in state quarantine. The woman in the first case returned on 2 June and her COVID-19 test on 5 June showed an inconclusive result.

In the second test, conducted on 13 June, no infection was found. She was then allowed to go to her hometown in Chaiyaphum province after 14 days in state quarantine. Before going abroad again, she was tested for COVID-19 on 17 August at Ramathibodi Hospital. The result of the test showed that minimal COVID-19 virus DNA was found.

The woman in the second case retuned to Thailand on 24 June and her two tests for COVID-19 showed no infection. She was allowed to go to her hometown in Loei province after 14 days in state quarantine. On 18 August before traveling abroad again, she was tested for COVID-19 at Ramathibodi Hospital, and COVID-19 virus DNA was found.

Epidemiological statistics show that there is a low possibility of local COVID-19 infection. However, the two women are now in hospital for observation. This is not a second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Suwannachai urged the people to be confident about the standards of the disease control in Thailand.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: new patients carried 'dead' Covid-19 cells
Post by: thaiga on August 20, 2020, 04:15:56 PM
Quote from: thaiga on August 20, 2020, 01:57:47 PM
Investigating Cases of COVID-19 Virus DNA Found in Two Thai Women
The Department of Disease Control and Ramathibodi Hospital are investigating jointly the cases of COVID-19 virus DNA found in two Thai women, who were about to travel abroad  for employment overseas.
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DDC: Risk of second wave of infections low as new patients carried 'dead' Covid-19 cells
The Public Health Ministry's Department of Disease Control (DDC) confirmed two new Covid-19 cases were found out of state quarantine, but said the risk of a second wave of infections was still low as the two had a small amount of genetic virus material, meaning the virus was "dead" and could not be transmitted to others.

Director-general Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai said both patients had undergone a 14-day-quarantine and were now being treated at Ramathibodi Chakri Naruebodindra Hospital. The two women had separately sought a Covid-19 test to apply for a health certificate because they were going aboard, but the hospital tests found they had traces of the virus in their bodies.

One case is a 34-year-old woman who returned from the United Arab Emirates on June 24 without any symptoms and completed her quarantine period. A first test on June 5 found a small quantity of genetic material, but she was hardly considered as infected. A second test, conducted on July 13, again came back with a negative result. After the 14-day state quarantine, she returned to her hometown in Chaiyaphum province and continued her quarantine at home for another 10 days. Later, on August 10, she decided to go abroad and went to Ramathibodi Chakri Naruebodindra Hospital for a medical certificate. However, her virus result was suddenly positive, though it showed she had a small amount of genetic virus material in her body. She is being treated at the hospital, but doctors say she didn't contract the virus from another person, which meant there was no risk of the virus spreading.

The other case is a 35-year-old woman, who also returned from the United Arab Emirates on June 24 without any symptoms and passed the quarantine period after two tests showed negative results. She then returned to her hometown in Loei province. But on August 16, she came to Bangkok for a medical certificate as she planned to work abroad. A test result on August 18 was positive, due to the presence of virus antibodies, and the hospital immediately admitted her for treatment.

The DDC said that even though both patients had a small quantity of genetic material in their systems, the virus was dead and hence not capable of transmitting.

The department is nevertheless tracing the history and close contacts of both patients to make sure nobody else has got infected and inform them to undergo quarantine.

Dr Sopon Iamsirithaworn, director of the Disease Control Department's Bureau of General Communicable Diseases, noted that according to the USCDC, there was a possibility that a patient could carry the virus for up to three months without showing any symptoms. In Thailand, there was a case in which a patient carried the virus for two months. However, the virus has a low ability to multiply or spread after day 8.

As for the case of the infected Malaysian, who claimed to have contracted Covid-19 in Thailand, the DDC hasn't yet received any information from that country's health authorities. Some 11 close contacts of the Malaysian in Thailand have been tested for the virus and cleared after all results were negative.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: 14-day quarantine may not be enough, says virologist
Post by: thaiga on August 20, 2020, 09:53:28 PM
14-day quarantine may not be enough, says virologist
There are four possibilities that Covid-19 can be found in people who have already undergone the 14-day quarantine, said Dr Yong Poovorawan, an expert virologist at Chulalongkorn University.

In a Facebook post on Thursday (August 20), he listed the possibilities as follows:

• The incubation period of the Covid-19 virus is usually two to seven days, but can also take as long as 14 to 21 days. "So, those who have already undergone 14-days quarantine are advised to self-isolate themselves for another 14 days to ensure they don't spread the disease," he said.

• People may get infected while undergoing quarantine in facilities, such as a cruise ship. "Hence, we will have to prevent people who have undergone quarantine in state facilities from coming into contact with others," he said.

• There is still a small possibility of Covid-19 infection in Thailand. "Though this possibility is slim because Thailand has been free of local Covid-19 for more than 80 days, it can still happen," he said.

• There is a possibility that the patient has been infected from overseas, and they may carry a small amount of genetic viral material that is difficult to detect. "After the patient arrives in Thailand, they may test negative at first but turn positive later as was seen at the start of the outbreak," he said.

The virologist said in a study conducted on 212 patients, he found that 6.6 per cent of them showed symptoms four to 12 weeks after they were allowed to return home.

"However, the virus was very weak, so the possibility of spreading the disease to others is very low," he added.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Global situation, 21 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 21, 2020, 01:47:19 PM
Global situation, 21 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,390 (+1)
Recovered: 3,219 (+1)
Active cases: 113
Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: August 21, 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 21, 2020, 03:13:45 PM
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: August 21, 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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Title: Re: Covid-19: Phuket travel bubbles may begin from Oct 1
Post by: thaiga on August 21, 2020, 08:01:02 PM
Phuket travel bubbles may begin from Oct 1
Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakan has announced that travel bubble tours to Phuket may begin from Oct 1.

Mr Phiphat revealed the news at the "SMEs New Normal" event held at Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok yesterday (Aug 20).

During his speech to attendees at the event, Mr Phiphat said that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had approved Phuket travel bubbles to begin from Oct 1.

He added that he hoped to do the same in main tourism provinces in other regions.

Minister Phiphat explained that at the latest meeting of the newly formed "Center for Economic Situation Administration" on Wednesday (Aug 19), the committee unanimously agreed to open Phuket as the first destination in the travel bubble campaign and called the procedures to be set as the "Phuket Model".

"I have been explaining for the past three months that we need foreign tourists to come to the country in September or October. I presented Oct 1 to be the first day to let foreigners come to Phuket, and the PM has already approved to do so." Mr Phiphat said.

Minister Phiphat further explained that tourists arriving in travel bubbles will not be permitted to venture outside specified areas for at least 14 days.

"For example, on the well-known Patong Beach, there may be three or four good hotels located near each other. Tourists will be allowed to go to certain areas around the hotel, but not more than one kilometre, and they must stay in the area for 14 days.

"After the 14 days, if they want to go out of Phuket, they have to stay in the hotel for seven more days," he said.

"Before coming to Thailand, they [tourists] have to be tested first, and they will be tested again on the last day of the 14-day quarantine. If they want to go out of Phuket, they will be tested again on the 21st day of quarantine," he explained.

"Not only will the foreign tourists have to stay within the specified areas, but also hotel and restaurant staff [serving the foreign tourists]. If they leave the area, they will have to self-quarantine at their place for 14 days." he added.

"The Prime Minister also asked me to research and choose six main provinces in each region to open up for travel bubbles, like Phuket. The main provinces may be Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani, Chonburi, Ratchaburi and Krabi," Mr Phiphat explained.

"However, one very important thing is the acceptance and readiness of local people. We have to listen to the local people's opinions first before doing anything," he said.

Minister Phiphat together with officers from the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Interior will inspect Phuket on Sept 5-6 to check the island's readiness, Mr Phiphat noted.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: TAT takes a gamble promoting Phuket Model
Post by: thaiga on August 22, 2020, 12:56:33 PM
The risk has to be taken as the article states there is a bigger risk for the economy, being as a safe country they will no doubt attract those who can afford it, while the great unwashed look on. i wish them all the luck in the world, relying on tourism hmm, who'd a thought we would see times like this.

TAT takes a gamble promoting Phuket Model
Thailand has to risk reopening borders to tourists with a pilot project in October acting as a decisive point for the inbound market in the upcoming high season, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

"There is a risk in the new tourism model, but if we don't open there is a bigger risk for the economy," said TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

If the first international tourists to Phuket complete their trips without local transmissions, Thailand will be ready to seize the long-stay market seeking a warmer climate during the winter months.

Thailand has an advantage in that its healthcare system has a glowing reputation.

Mr Yuthasak said tour agents in Europe have started to ask when they can sell tour packages to Thailand again.

Inbound flights during the early trial period will likely be chartered services only, as tourists are required to register with the Foreign Ministry and pass many procedures before entry.

Mr Yuthasak said each guest may spend a minimum of 30 days in Thailand to make a worthwhile trip, since 14 days must be spent in quarantine.

TAT staff on Friday inspected the supply side in Phuket, particularly the capacity of its healthcare services, and discussed conditions with hotels that are ready to be included in the sealed area for tourists.

The Tourism and Sports Ministry's Phuket Model will be the first location to try the new Safe and Sealed plan, whereby a group of alternative state quarantine (ASQ) hotels can jointly provide a restricted one-kilometre space for guests over two weeks.

There are strict measures, such as performing several swab tests before travel, on arrival, after the 14-day quarantine and before departing Phuket.

Mr Yuthasak said the target can be either Asian and European guests from six-hour-flight origins or nations that don't impose travel restrictions on their citizens.

Another priority for the TAT is to look for demand from international tourists and match them with their destination.

"Starting with the Phuket Model, this tourism stimulus plan will expand and reflect in GDP when attracting more international tourists during high-season months," Mr Yuthasak said.

The agency hopes the plan can help fix the quantity-versus-quality issue of tourist destinations by encouraging worn-down areas to rejuvenate.

As for domestic travel, if 5 million room nights under the stimulus campaign are not redeemed by the end of October, there's an opportunity to extend the deadline.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: WHO hopes COVID pandemic will be over in under two years
Post by: thaiga on August 22, 2020, 01:18:44 PM
WHO hopes COVID pandemic will be over in under two years
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization, believes the outbreak could be shorter than the 1918 flu.
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 22 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 22, 2020, 02:17:01 PM
Thailand situation, 22 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,390 (+0)
Recovered: 3,220 (+1)
Active cases: 112
Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19 'may claim 5 million lives' by year-end
Post by: thaiga on August 22, 2020, 09:48:40 PM
Covid-19 'may claim 5 million lives' by year-end
The number of Covid-19 cases worldwide by the end of this year is expected to be over 50 million people, while the death toll could exceed 5 million, Dr Yong Poovorawan, an expert virologist at Chulalongkorn University, said on Friday (August 21).

He said though Thailand had been free from Covid-19 for almost 90 days, the situation in other countries still poses challenges.

According to statistics on Saturday (August 22), a total of 23.1 million people had been infected, 802,950 people had died, and 15,7 people had recovered.

"Considering the rise in the number of cases, we expect Covid-19 cases worldwide at the end of this year to be over 50 million people, while the death toll is expected to be up to 5 million people," he said.

"Covid-19 antiviral drug and vaccine are the only hope to overcome this crisis. We believe that vaccine development will be completed by the end of this year as more than six companies are conducting the third phase of clinical trials on humans."

Regarding two Thai returnees who tested positive for Covid-19 after completing their 14-day quarantine, he said Thailand had been free from Covid-19 for over 80 days.

"Meanwhile, Covid-19 tests on people who were in contact with these returnees were negative, so it is possible that these returnees had been infected from overseas," he said.

"The Covid-19 test on returnees may have been negative at first, but turned positive later because they carried only a small amount of genetic viral material that was difficult to detect."

He added that the current Covid-19 testing was very fast and accurate, thanks to advanced technology that enabled medical personnel to search for genetic viral material.

"However, they may not have found the genetic viral material because the viral material may remain in a spot where medical personnel cannot swab, so it is not a surprise if the Covid-19 test on some people may be negative at first, but turn positive later," he added.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 23 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 23, 2020, 01:57:22 PM
Thailand situation, 23 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,395 (+5)
Recovered: 3,221 (+1)
Active cases: 116
Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand seeks safe way of reopening borders to boost economy
Post by: thaiga on August 24, 2020, 12:56:00 PM
Thailand seeks safe way of reopening borders to boost economy hit by Covid-19
(BLOOMBERG) - Thailand is cautiously looking at plans to reopen its borders as it struggles to survive an extended period without international visitors, who account for about two-thirds of the country's tourism income.

"The virus won't go away soon and we have to think about the economy. But we can't just reopen the borders. We have to be careful," Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said in an interview. "Thailand has a limited budget so we have to make sure we can control the disease well."

Thailand may allow some foreign visitors into the country as early as October.

Tourists from countries with limited infections will probably be required to wear wristbands with GPS tracking systems and will need to be quarantined in a hotel for the first 14 days, Minister Saksayam said. The plan is likely to be tested in Phuket province, he said.

Thailand's borders have been closed to most visitors since late March. While there have been several proposals for international travel arrangements, the government keeps adjusting plans to reopen for tourism, which makes up 20 per cent of the economy.

The government has been trying to promote domestic tourism with a campaign to foot 40 per cent of travellers' hotel bills, but local spending alone cannot compensate for a loss of foreign receipts.

Thailand faces one of the worst outlooks among emerging countries in Asia as the pandemic batters its manufacturing sector and upends international travel, the two pillars of its economy. The Finance Ministry predicts gross domestic product will shrink by 8.5 per cent this year, its worst contraction on record.

While the pandemic wreaks havoc on the economy, Thailand has managed to control the spread of coronavirus, with no locally transmitted cases reported in almost three months. In total, it has had 3,390 cases and 58 deaths.

straitstimes.com (https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thailand-seeks-safe-way-of-reopening-borders-to-boost-economy-hit-by-covid-19)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 24 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 24, 2020, 01:33:05 PM
Thailand situation, 24 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,397 (+2)
Recovered: 3,222 (+1)
Active cases: 117
Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Title: Re: Covid-19: THA president backs safe and sealed tours
Post by: thaiga on August 24, 2020, 02:36:22 PM
Might be a good idea to take the time to ask prospective tourists overseas what they think of all this, would they go for it, or nah.

THA president backs safe and sealed tours
Newly elected Thai Hotel Association president, Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, backs the plan to introduce a trial of "safe and sealed travel" this October.

The government-backed pilot project will focus on Phuket allowing tourists to visit the island via strictly controlled and isolated transfers that will see travellers quarantined in hotels for 14 days before they are allowed to travel freely on the island. They will be allowed to stay for 30-days with public health officials providing surveillance and testing.

Plans are unfolding led by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the country's Ministry of Public Health to ensure the project lives up to its name and 'safe and sealed'.

Asked for a comment, the THA president said: " I fully agree. The private sector has had the opportunity to share thoughts regarding unlocking travel at several forums. The government has been very inclusive in this process... I think that no matter what the restrictions will be, we have to start somewhere. October will be a good time to begin."

The country's travel and hospitality industries have their back to the wall facing financial ruin if the ban on international leisure travel to Thailand continues to the end of the year.

"The hotel industry cannot persist much longer without opening our borders to travellers," the THA president warned in response to TTR Weekly's questions. "Less than 50% of all hotels have re-opened, most are running at single-digit occupancies. Some are considering re-closing because of low demand."

Looking forward over the next two months she underscored the urgency.
"It is imperative that we start to allow general tourists to travel to Thailand, albeit with restrictions and strict guidelines. While protecting the health and well-being of local residents needs to be our government's prime concern, we also have to change people's sentiment toward foreign travellers.

In reference to studies that showed more than 90% of Thais objected to opening the door to foreign tourists, while Covid-19 remains a threat, she pointed out that the chance of someone carrying the virus was extremely low if visitors were screened before travelling to Thailand and tested after arrival during the 14-day quarantine.

"Thailand has been extremely successful at managing the outbreak, but we also have to realise that realistically, we cannot sustain a zero risk. There will always be risk and error. We just need to manage and keep those at a minimum."

THA initially focused on securing financial support for the hotel sector by obtaining social security aid for staff for three months and also negotiating electricity cost reductions for hotels.

Since the start of Covid-19 pandemic back in March, the THA board worked closely with TAT governor Khun Yuthasak Supasorn in identifying financial needs to the banking sector, especially to help SMEs survive during the crisis.

"Hotels are still a viable business," she noted. " We are just facing temporary set-back due to the pandemic. We have to ask what more can we do to help owners keep employees and survive financially through this tough period?"

She points out the responsibility of banks saying they need to play a role in recovery by recognising the plight facing the hotels and hospitality sectors.

"Banks need to be more lenient with soft-loan financing. Perhaps the government can set up a fund to assist the hotel sector with short-term financing?" she concluded.

ttrweekly.com (https://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2020/08/tha-president-backs-safe-and-sealed-tours/)
Title: Re: Covid-19: ‘travel bubbles’ poll
Post by: thaiga on August 24, 2020, 02:43:48 PM
Phuket is ready to open for 'travel bubbles', says poll

More than 80% of respondents to an online poll have voted that Phuket is ready to open to 'travel bubble' tourists, with more than 60% voting that reopening to tourism must come sooner or later despite concerns of COVID-19 being brought into the country.

More than 1,200 people voted in the poll, which ran online for a week and closed at midnight last night.

A total of 63% of respondents voted "Yes – Get started, we can't hide from COVID-19 forever."

A further 19% voted "Yes – But only if the checking procedures, hotels and tour venues are properly vetted and approved."

Only 4% of respondents voted "No – More needs to be done to ensure Phuket is safe from international visitors."

A further 14% voted "No – The risk for anywhere to reopen to tourists right now is too great."

Of note, 38% of the people who voted in the poll were Thai nationals. Of those taking part in the poll, 34% identified themselves as a "Local expatriate resident" and 27% identified themselves as a "Foreign visitor to Phuket".

poll results, click here. thephuketnews.com (https://www.thephuketnews.com/poll.php?poll_id=90)

thephuketnews.com (https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-is-ready-to-open-for-travel-bubbles-says-poll-77087.php)
Title: Re: Covid-19: how many tourists will want to or be able to participate (Phuket)
Post by: thaiga on August 24, 2020, 07:11:03 PM
Tourism Phuket's 'safe and sealed' plan does nothing for the majority of the island's hospitality sector
OPINION

Damned if they do and damed if they don't. Thailand is now taking a decisive step towards reopenits its borders to tourists with a pilot project in Phuket this October. The pilot precedes the annual high-season, and if successful, then will form the basis of a wider push for re-opening the country's borders to the lucrative tourist market.

TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn says there are risks, whatever they decide.

"There is a risk in the new tourism model, but if we don't open there is a bigger risk for the economy."

But the restrictions put on the 'experiment' are still considerable and Phuket tourism and hospitality players wonder just how many 'tourists' will be wanting to, or even able, to participate. We'll soon know.

Firstly, you'll need to be visiting for a minimum of 30 days. Secondly, almost half that time will be in 'quarantine'. But the quarantine will be bigger than staring at the walls of your hotel room and will include a radius of 1 kilometre. During the mandatory 14 day quarantine, each tourist will be required to pass two Covid-19 tests. After the 14 days, tourists will be free to travel within Phuket. After another week, and another test, they'll be allowed to travel anywhere in Thailand.

Add to this, inbound flights during the trial period starting October 1, will most probably be chartered services only, as tourists are required to register with the Foreign Ministry and jump through additional paperwork hoops before entry.

In other words, you'll REALLY want to be coming to Phuket to have go through all this fuss.

But the TAT and Tourism Ministry are confident that Thailand will be ready to seize the long-stay market seeking a warmer climate as the northern autumn and winter kick in. By the way, Phuket's wettest month, by far, is also October

Yuthasak says each guest may spend a minimum of 30 days in Thailand to make a worthwhile trip, since 14 days must be spent in quarantine. TAT staff visited the Phuket hotels that have been registered for the scheme, particularly the capacity of the healthcare services, and discussed conditions with hotels that will be in place in the 'safe and sealed' area for their new guests.

All this will, of course, push up the cost of a tourist's stay – the hotels WON'T be cheap. And the tourist will likely be under some sort of 'microscope' 24/7 as the government will want to keep track of their movements, even inside the 1 kilometre radius. Ankle bracelets? If not, how are the movements of the tourists 'tracked'?

And will locals be able to mingle inside the 1 kilometre radius area? Will there be shops open within the 1 kilometre radius and do those staff have to 'register' or have regular health checks? If you're a 3-star, or lower, or a guest house in Patong, good luck!

The Tourism and Sports Ministry's "Phuket Model" will be the first location to try the new "Safe and Sealed" plan, where a group of alternative state quarantine hotels can jointly provide a 1 kilometre safe-space for guests during the first 14 days.

Phuket, whilst catering well for the high end tourist market, also has a long list of 3 star, and lower, hotels plus an entire tour and travel segment for the mass tourism market. Nothing in this plan will assist the vast majority of Phuket hotels and tour operators.

thethaiger.com (https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/tourism/phukets-safe-and-sealed-plan-does-nothing-for-the-majority-of-the-islands-hospitality-sector)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 25 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 25, 2020, 01:41:07 PM
Thailand situation, 25 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,402 (+5)
Recovered: 3,229 (+7)
Active cases: 115
Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Title: Re: Covid-19: fifth extension of the Emergency Decree
Post by: thaiga on August 25, 2020, 08:53:56 PM
The fifth extension of the Emergency Decree will be implemented for another month, from 1 to 30 September 2020.

According to the decision made at the CCSA's latest meeting, on 21 August 2020, the fifth extension of the Emergency Decree will be implemented for another month, from 1 to 30 September 2020.

The Government is working with the balance to protect people's health and revive the economy. This decision is based on the following two main factors;

1. In terms of the legal basis, it is implemented to ensure an effective way to keep everyone safe;

2. In terms of the functional basis, officials will be able to maintain public health and safety.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Pandemic pace slows worldwide except for southeast Asia
Post by: thaiga on August 25, 2020, 08:56:04 PM
Pandemic pace slows worldwide except for southeast Asia, eastern Mediterranean: WHO
(Reuters) - The COVID-19 pandemic is still expanding, but the rise in cases and deaths has slowed globally, except for southeast Asia and the eastern Mediterranean regions, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

In its latest epidemiological update, issued on Monday night, it said that the Americas remains the hardest-hit region, accounting for half of newly reported cases and 62% of the 39,240 deaths worldwide in the past week.

More than 23.65 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and 811,895​ have died, according to a Reuters tally on Tuesday.

"Over 1.7 million new COVID-19 cases and 39,000 new deaths were reported to WHO for the week ending 23 August, a 4% decrease in the number of cases and (a 12% decrease) in the number of deaths compared to the previous week," the WHO said.

Southeast Asia, the second most affected region, reported a jump accounting for 28% of new cases and 15% of deaths, it said. India continues to report the majority of cases, but the virus is also spreading rapidly in Nepal.

In WHO's eastern Mediterranean region, the number of reported cases rose by 4%, but the number of reported deaths has consistently dropped over the last six weeks, the WHO said. Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan reported the highest increase in cases compared to the previous week.

The number of cases and deaths reported across Africa decreased by 8% and 11% respectively in the past week, "primarily due to a decrease in cases reported in Algeria, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal and South Africa", it said.

"In the European region, the number of cases reported has consistently increased over the last three weeks," it said. "However, only a slight decrease (1%) was reported in the most recent week, and the number of deaths have continued to decrease across the region."

In WHO's western Pacific region, the number of new cases dropped by 5%, driven by less spread in Japan, Australia, Singapore, China and Vietnam. South Korea reported an 180% jump in cases, "mainly due to an increase in cases associated with religious gatherings".

reuters.com (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-who-idUSKBN25L0TK)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Hotel body demands govt reopen the country to foreigners
Post by: thaiga on August 25, 2020, 10:00:39 PM
Hotel body demands govt reopen the country to foreigners

The Thai Hotel Association (THA) has demanded that the government reopen the country to foreigners, especially since occupancy in hotels is almost zero, with some small operators being forced to close up.

Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, THA chairman, said the government should consider specific countries or cities and come up with promotions to bring back tourists.

She added that operators in the tourism sector were also finding it difficult to take loans, and called on the government to set up a fund to help them out.

Separately, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said the prime minister has spoken to Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration about allowing foreign tourists to visit specific areas in Phuket.

He said if this scheme proves to be effective, it will be applied to other provinces such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani or Chonburi.

nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30393484?utm_source=bottom_relate&utm_medium=internal_referral)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 26 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 26, 2020, 01:33:13 PM
Thailand situation, 26 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,403 (+1)
Recovered: 3,237 (+8)
Active cases: 108
Deaths: 58 (+0)
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Title: Re: Covid-19: United Nations praises Thailand for COVID-19 success
Post by: thaiga on August 26, 2020, 08:27:17 PM
๊United Nations praises Thailand for COVID-19 success

In January, Thailand became the second country to confirm a COVID-19 case but, since then, the country has shown remarkable resilience and, as of late July, there had not been any recorded cases of domestic transmission for nearly two months.

Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand, explains that this success is thanks to a combination of government action, social responsibility, and community solidarity.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand delays human testing
Post by: thaiga on August 27, 2020, 01:53:45 AM
Thailand delays human testing for COVID-19 vaccine
Thailand will delay human trials of its coronavirus vaccine due to limited production capacity at overseas facilities, a senior official said on Wednesday (Aug 26), but it hopes to resume trials by the end of the year.

Thai health authorities had planned human testing of the vaccine by October, but must delay that by several months as factories abroad are at full capacity, said Kiat Ruxrungtham, director of the Chulalongkorn University vaccine development programme.

The delay will be a setback for Thailand's push to quickly create its own vaccine and comes as developers worldwide race to complete trials and secure regulatory approval.

A race is on among countries to guarantee a supply amid concern about competition for access, with Britain and the United States in the lead in securing six vaccine deals with drugmakers each.

Thailand's cabinet on Tuesday approved a budget of 1 billion baht (US$31.8 million) for vaccines, 60 per cent of which would be invested in Oxford University's vaccine programme and the remainder in its domestic programme.

Thailand has reported 3,403 confirm cases of the coronavirus and 58 deaths. It has gone without a local transmission for more than three months.

channelnewsasia.com (https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thailand-delays-human-testing-for-covid-19-vaccine-13055310)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 27 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 27, 2020, 01:56:03 PM
Thailand situation, 27 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,404 (+1)
Recovered: 3,237 (+0)
Active cases: 109
Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph 
Title: Re: Covid-19: THAI ready to fly in tourists from 6 nations, even China
Post by: thaiga on August 27, 2020, 04:00:45 PM
THAI ready to fly in tourists from 6 nations, even China
Thai Airways International Plc is ready to arrange special direct charter flights from six countries to Phuket under the government's plan to revive the subdued tourism sector, said acting president Chansin Treenuchagron.

The six countries are Denmark, Germany, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong.

The airline can make two flights per month on each of these routes, Chansin said.

THAI is expected to begin these special flights in late November. The airline will even increase the flights on these routes if it sees rising demand, he said.

It is also expected to make special charter flights from China to Phuket.

Chansin said THAI has given utmost importance to the security and health of passengers on all these routes.

Tourism businesses have asked the government to open up the country to some groups of foreigners to help boost the struggling sector, which is suffering from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday (August 26) that he was in talks with state agencies on how to open the country to foreign tourists once the Covid-19 situation improves.

nationthailand.com (https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30393604)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Emirates to resume flights to Bangkok from 1 September
Post by: thaiga on August 27, 2020, 10:56:19 PM
Is there something we don't know :o

Emirates to resume flights to Bangkok from 1 September
Emirates' global network boosted to 78 destinations in September, including 15 cities in South East and East Asia

Dubai, 27 August 2020 – Emirates announces the resumption of passenger services to Bangkok with daily flights starting from 1 September.

The resumption of flights to Bangkok will expand Emirates' current network to 78 cities in September, offering travellers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific convenient connections via Dubai to the popular Thai destination.

Flights between Dubai and Bangkok will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft offering seats in First, Business and Economy class. Starting from 1 September, flight EK384 will depart Dubai daily at 01:50 and arrive in Bangkok at 11:30, while the return flight, EK385, will depart Bangkok at 03:25, and arrive in Dubai at 06:35, from 2 September

emirates.com (https://www.emirates.com/media-centre/emirates-to-resume-flights-to-bangkok-from-1-september/)
Title: Re: Covid-19: CCSA names groups that can return
Post by: thaiga on August 28, 2020, 01:09:00 PM
CCSA names groups that can return
Long-term foreign residents and foreigners with permanent residences in Thailand stranded overseas will receive priority when seeking to return to Thailand, under strict disease control measures, the head of a panel under the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said.

Deputy army chief Natthapon Nakpanich, chairman of the CCSA's panel on the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, said the panel will recommend the CCSA allow these two groups of foreigners back into Thailand as they have high purchasing power.

Upon arrival, they will still be subject to a 14-day-quarantine, Gen Natthapon said, adding that about 100 of them are ready to return to Thailand and willing to follow the disease control measures.

However, the CCSA will have to be careful in allowing those returning from countries with high infections back into the country, Gen Natthapon said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Thursdayassured the screening system for returnees is efficient.

They will undergo medical examination before boarding a flight and will be re-checked upon arrival before being placed in state quarantine facilities, the minister said.

However, he has raised concern about migrant workers from neighbouring countries who have entered Thailand illegally without going through disease control procedures.

The public has been urged to keep an eye out and alert authorities about illegal migrants, Mr Anutin said.

He added that the ministry has been working with other agencies in terms of deploying medical personnel and providing medical supplies, protective gear and treatments to deal with any potential second wave of local transmissions.

According to the Facebook account of the Thai embassy in Washington, the embassy and three consulates in the US have been given the green light by the government to send another 2,150 Thais stranded in the US in 17 separate flights back to Thailand next month.

Chansin Treenuchagron, acting president of Thai Airways International Plc, said the company will arrange special chartered flights which will fly directly from Denmark, Germany, the UK, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong to Phuket as part of efforts to support the government's policy to boost domestic tourism after Covid-19 eases.

Flights are expected to begin in November, Mr Chansin said, adding that the company will operate two flights monthly on each route and will increase flights if demands increase.

Thailand and Singapore have discussed the possibility of reopening travel for businesses as the two work towards a green lane travel procedure that's safe for all.

bangkokpost.com (https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1975751/ccsa-names-groups-that-can-return)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 28 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 28, 2020, 01:18:08 PM
Thailand situation, 28 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,410 (+6)
Recovered: 3,237 (+0)
Active cases: 115
Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand Has Excellent COVID-19 Screening System
Post by: thaiga on August 28, 2020, 07:08:25 PM
Thailand Has Excellent COVID-19 Screening System
Thailand has an excellent system to screen arrivals for the coronavirus disease 2019 and people can be helpful by informing officials of illegal migrants, Deputy Prime Minister/Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said.

Mr Anutin said the screening system included COVID-19 tests before travelers board their planes and after they land. Besides, arrivals must be quarantined for 14 days, during which time they will be repeatedly tested for the disease. Arrivals must also undergo immunity tests to determine if they earlier had the disease.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that new COVID-19 cases were arrivals and all of them were quarantined. Infected people were sent to treatment immediately. Those having traces of the dead disease are subject to an efficient disease control system and officials reach people in close contact with them to contain the disease.

He expressed his concern about the arrivals of illegal migrant workers who dodge disease control. He asked people not to help illegal migrants and to inform officials of their presence so that officials can implement disease control measures immediately.

"The Ministry of Public Health joins forces with all organizations to cope when the new spread of the disease occurs. This refers to the preparation of personnel, medicine, preventive gear, treatment, knowledge and experiences. When people are helpful by wearing face masks, observing social distancing and frequently washing hands, the chance of infection and a super spreader will be little," Mr Anutin said. (TNA)

tna.mcot.net (https://tna.mcot.net/english-news-522473)
Title: Re: Covid-19: No Green Light for Foreign Tourists Yet
Post by: thaiga on August 28, 2020, 07:13:26 PM
28 August 2020
No Green Light for Foreign Tourists Yet
A deputy government spokesperson said the Phuket Model of welcoming foreign tourists would not be implemented in the near future and Thai people should go on vacation to help the local economy.

Traisulee Traisoranakul said the Phuket Model project planned to set an example of welcoming foreign tourists was being discussed in details and concerned officials had yet to consider many relevant factors including the methods of receiving visitors, the categories of visitors to be accepted and measures to screen them and prevent COVID-19 transmission.

"It will take quite sometimes until it can be guaranteed that when foreigners are allowed in, they will not pose the risk of the second spread of COVID-19," she said.

"Phuket people and Thai tourists can rest assured that the door has not been opened to foreign tourists. Actions will be taken in the most careful manner and properly and will not pose the risk of spreading COVID-19 for the second round."

Miss Traisulee said that the Phuket Model would see the limited areas of tourist destinations, 14-day quarantine upon arrivals and visitors from COVID-19-free countries.

"Now the government is inviting Thai people to have vacation to help stimulate the economy and distribute income to local people," she said. (TNA)

tna.mcot.net (https://tna.mcot.net/english-news-522482)
Title: Re: Covid-19: Thailand situation, 29 August 2020
Post by: thaiga on August 29, 2020, 01:37:23 PM
Thailand situation, 29 August 2020
Total confirmed: 3,411 (+1)
Recovered: 3,242 (+5)
Active cases: 111
Deaths: 58 (+0)
credit @ thaimoph
Title: Re: Covid-19: Long-stay visits possible this winter
Post by: thaiga on August 29, 2020, 08:56:45 PM
Long-stay visits possible this winter
Healthcare magnate Boon Vanasin says stays of up to nine months could be allowed

Authorities are finalising a plan that would make it possible for retired, sun-seeking foreigners to spend the coming winter months in Thailand in an effort to save the ailing tourism industry, says a prominent hospital executive.

Although the country's borders have been closed to most foreigners since late March to fight the pandemic, the government is proposing to grant visas to foreigners who want to stay in Thailand for up to nine months, said Boon Vanasin, chairman of Thonburi Healthcare Group Plc, the country's third largest private hospital firm, which runs hospitals and retirement homes.

These long-term visitors would begin their stay with a mandatory 14-day quarantine and frequent virus tests in of Phuket. After three weeks on the island and negative test results, they would be free to travel to other regions of the country, according to Dr Boon, who said he has direct knowledge of the government's plan and expects the arrivals to begin before winter.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn reiterated on Saturday that he supported the idea of a long-stay tourist visa for selected groups.

Speaking at a news conference during a tour arranged for several ambassadors in Samut Prakan, Mr Phiphat said the initial visa would be for 90 days and could be extended twice more for a total of 270 days.

Traisulee Traisoranakul, deputy spokeswoman in the Prime Minister's Office, said earlier that while the government had approved the plan in principle, it is still finalising measures to reduce the risk of virus infections.

The opening-up would offer a lifeline to the devastated tourism and hospitality industry, which is struggling to survive after five months without foreign visitors. Although Thailand has been one of the world's most successful countries in curbing Covid-19 — it has not had a locally transmitted case for more than three months — the tourism-reliant economy has been one of the worst-hit globally, projected to shrink by a record 8.5% this year.

On Saturday, the country reported one imported coronavirus infection.

The move comes as other economies dependent on tourism — from Bali in Indonesia to Hawaii in the United States — grapple with the pandemic, which has brought global travel to a virtual halt. Bali had planned to start allowing foreigners to return on Sept 11 but the Indonesian government this week said no foreign tourists would be allowed until the start of 2021.

Reopening to tourists has led to the resurgence of infections in some places such as the Caribbean island of Aruba, and governments are fearful of striking the wrong balance between public health and economic revival.

The new plan being studied in Thailand would make it possible for millions of seniors from European countries like Germany and Sweden, who usually spend their winter months in warmer Mediterranean climates, to consider Thailand instead as it is safe from infection risk, said Dr Boon.

He said his company had fielded queries from European retirement communities that could amount to 50,000 seniors making the journey to Thailand for the coming winter.

Dr Boon plans to partner with hotels to provide quarantine facilities and long-term accommodation for senior citizens and other long-stay visitors, who could arrive via chartered flights before winter begins.

Thai Airways International said it would operate at least two such flights a month starting in late November to connect Phuket with countries including Denmark, Germany and the UK.

"Many seniors don't want to spend their time in a cold harsh winter. They want tropical weather," said Dr Boon. Around 90% of Thonburi Healthcare Group's customers before the pandemic were international.

But it's unclear if the government intends to let so many foreigners in. On Thursday, the deputy army chief said officials were considering plans to reopen to long-stay visitors and foreigners who own local property, but this would amount to only "hundreds" of people.

The economy is in desperate need of a boost. Before the pandemic, European tourists would vacation in Phuket and surrounding areas for between two weeks to two months, said Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, president of the Phuket Tourist Association.

More than 6.7 million Europeans visited Thailand in 2019 and contributed 461 billion baht to the economy, according to government data. They made up about 17% of total foreign visitors and 24% of total foreign spending.

"Phuket's economy needs foreign demand to bounce back but we also have to balance infection risks and the economy," said Mr Bhummikitti.

The government has been trying to promote domestic tourism with a campaign to foot 40% of travellers' hotel bills, but local spending alone can't compensate for a loss of foreigners. In Phuket, foreign visitors accounted for two-thirds of overall tourists but contributed to 90% of its tourism receipts.

"We'll allow a small number of foreign visitors into the country first to test our system," Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Wednesday. "We have to do something so that the situation doesn't get worse with businesses closing down and people losing jobs."

bangkokpost.com (https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1976599)
Title: Re: Covid-19: new 'Phuket Model' to let tourists in LIKELY next month
Post by: thaiga on August 29, 2020, 11:16:05 PM
Pilot launch of new 'Phuket Model' to let tourists in likely next month
A new model to reopen Phuket to foreign tourists was expected to be piloted in the middle of next month, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said.

He said that on August 25, the Cabinet had approved in principle that Thailand Longstay, in which Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) owns 30 per cent, should coodinate with tourists on visa application and purchase of insurance. But the tourists would have to bear the cost of visa and insurance.

The tourists will be required to undergo Covid-19 test 48 hours before their departure for Phuket and they will be tested again when they arrive. They will have to stay in alternative state quarantine in Thailand for 14 days before they are allowed to travel in Phuket.

If they want to travel to other provinces outside Phuket, they will have to stay in the quarantine facility for 21 days.

The minister added that this new model should assure people that the tourists would not bring the infection to Thailand.

Phiphat said that this model was expected to be piloted in the middle of September with a first group of around 200 tourists. Most of them will be from Australia and New Zealand.

He said that tourists under this model must be from the countries where there has been no outbreak for at least 30 days.

The ministry will work out final details of the model, which will be forwarded to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

He added that this new model was different from the first "Phuket Model" that allowed tourists to travel only in "sealed areas".

He said the ministry would push for the Phuket Model to be piloted in October. Around 10 hotels in Phuket are keen to participate in the Phuket Model.

He assured that utmost care would be taken to reopen the country.

Representatives from TAT, Public Health, Interior and Transport ministries, will visit Phuket on September 5-6 to survey the opinions of Phuket residents on the new model and the Phuket Model. The same team will also visit Samui Island next month to see if it is ready to serve the "Samui Bubble" model.

Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul said on Friday (August 28) that Thailand would not be fully reopened to foreign tourists along the lines of the so-called "Phuket Model" any time soon because the government has to consider too many details.

She added that Phuket residents and Thai tourists can rest assured that no steps to reopen the country had been taken, and that utmost precaution would be ensured when borders are reopened.

Thai Airways International announced on Thursday it planned to launch charter flights to Phuket from six international destinations in late November this year.

The six destinations are: Denmark, Germany, Britain, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong. The airline will operate flights twice a month or more on each route based on demand. THAI is also expected to fly charter flight tourists from China to Phuket.

Phiphat said that the ministry had maintained the target of 2 million foreign visitors during October 2020 to March 2021, focusing on high-end tourists who want to escape winter to stay longer than one month in Thailand. Most of them are regular visitors.

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Title: Re: Covid-19: Little backing for govt's plan to reopen
Post by: thaiga on August 30, 2020, 01:05:42 PM
As the time draws nearer it's still maybe, nothing certain, IMHO i think if it gonna happen then now is the time as the cold creeps in as we draw up to christmas, westerners wanna come for the warm climate. BUT ... reading todays article in the bangkokpost.com (https://www.bangk