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Covid from Ang Thong cockfighting cluster spreads to 5 provinces
Covid-19 clusters traced to two cockfighting arenas in Ang Thong, 100 kilometres north of Bangkok, have so far spawned 38 cases across five provinces, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Wednesday.

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

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

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

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Cases of the virus infections are popping up across the country, golf courses in Sattahip District, & Banglamung District, at Chonburi Province.
A supervisor at the 4 toll booths on Kanchanapisek Expressway Bang Phli-Suksawat has tested positive for Covid-19, the Expressway Authority of Thailand Exat announced on its Facebook page on Wednesday. the government on Wednesday tightened Covid-19 control measures in the country's most at-risk provinces, with an emphasis on screening people leaving and entering them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

full article bangkokpost.com
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Thailand situation 7 january 2021
- Total confirmed: 9636 (+305)
- Recovered: 4,521 (+103)
- Active cases: 5,115
- Deaths: 67 (+1)
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 7 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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

Thai language  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCbfkBKbEiU    English skip to 44:28
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Buriram reports first new Covid-19 case, Chiang Mai sees four more
Buriram reported its first new Covid-19 case on Thursday, while Chiang Mai saw the number of its patients increasing by four.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Loei closes schools and lottery market after finding infections. four new cases found in Chiang Mai, all linked to one venue, making active cases in the province 11. The areas that need to have a permit to travel were seen queuing for hours to get a permit.(pic below)

Four new cases found in Chiang Mai, all linked to one venue
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Loei closes schools and lottery market after finding more COVID-19 cases
Loei province has ordered all schools and a lottery market to close for 14 days after a family tested positive for COVID-19.

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

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

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

The province stated that there are a total of 35 high-risk people waiting for test results. These new infections were discovered as a result of proactive screening of over 1,200 people, especially among lottery vendors in the province.
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Covid travel permit 'impractical'
Lines at local offices as new curb kicks in
Emotions ran high at a number of district offices, where residents of eastern provinces which had been declared maximum and strict Covid-19 control areas were seen queuing for hours to get a permit to travel.

Within the first hour of opening, the district office at Rayong's Muang district saw more than 100 people stream in to apply for travel permits. As the day progressed, the sheer number of applicants forced authorities to move the dedicated booth to a meeting hall which offered more space.
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Thailand situation 8 january 2021
- Total confirmed: 9841 (+205)
- Recovered: 5,255 (+734)
- Active cases: 4,519
- Deaths: 67 (+0)
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 8 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link            https://www.facebook.com

Thai language   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEtzqSP2-Gw    English skip to 38:00
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Out of 77 provinces, 37 have reported at least one new case the last 7 days, 16 have no reported a new case in the last 7 days, 4 haven't had one in the last 2 weeks and 20 provinces haven't had one at all since Dec 15, 2020. @SaksithCNA

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


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

Dr. Prasit said, if we do not start setting up field hospitals now, the outbreak in Thailand will get worse. He said field hospital is one of the tools for containing the outbreak, and enable the effective management of limited resources.
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Health Ministry expects COVID-19 cases to increase over next two weeks
(NNT) - Health authorities are now expecting the number of cases in the current wave of COVID-19 infections will continue to increase over the next two weeks, asking people visiting high-risk areas to monitor their symptoms for 14 days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The government earlier revealed it will also be procuring additional dosages of vaccines for Thailand, with the first batch of vaccines from China's Sinovac expected to arrive as early as late-February.
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Twenty provinces had not reported an infection since Dec 15. Despite the increased cases being reported Thailand is still open to Special Tourist Visa applicants

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

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

"Yes, we're open to everyone," Yuthasak said by phone. "The same requirements still apply to foreigners travelling on the Special Tourist Visa. It's not related to the situation in our country since they are required to get tested and spend 14 days in quarantine."
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Thailand situation 9 january 2021
- Total confirmed: 10,053 (+212)
- Recovered: 5,546 (+291)
- Active cases: 4,440
- Deaths: 67 (+0)

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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 9 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link            https://www.facebook.com

Thai language   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Byo4XM9-Z_E    English skip to 42:30
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Chiang Mai airport staffer tests positive
Chiang Mai International Airport has confirmed that one of its staffers had contracted Covid-19.
The airport urged those who had passed through the airport on January 3 or before to get themselves tested and go to hospitals in case they have suspected conditions.
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25 new Covid-19 cases in Samut Prakarn
Samut Prakarn saw 25 people testing positive for Covid-19 on Friday, taking the total number of cases in the latest outbreak to 209, provincial authorities said.
Ten of the new cases were in Muang district, six in Bang Phli district, two in Phra Pradaeng district and one in Bang Bo district. Six patients were those who had been transferred from other areas. Of the total cases, the authorities said that 132 were found in Samut Prakarn, while 77 were transferred ones.
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Thailand situation, 10 January 2021
- Total confirmed: 10,298 (+245)
- Recovered: 6,428 (+882)
- Active cases: 3,803
- Deaths: 67 (+0)
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 10 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link
            https://www.facebook.com

Thai language   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV1-a_k63x4    English skip to 30:30
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As the media is reporting Public Health Minister has floated the idea of denying free medical treatment to illegal gamblers & illegal immigrants who get covid-19. could be soon they might have to foot their own hospital bills. 

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

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

There are 19 provinces with one to 10 cases, 10 provinces with 11-50 cases, eight provinces with over 50 cases, 20 provinces with no new cases reported in the last seven days and 20 provinces with zero infections.
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Thailand situation, 11 January 2021
- Total confirmed: 10,547 (+249)
- Recovered: 6,566 (+138)
- Active cases: 3,914
- Deaths: 67 (+0)
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 11 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link            https://www.facebook.com

Thai language   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXL-reRjPTs    English skip to 29:40
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An article in the bangkokpost.com reports Illegal returnees and gamblers have been identified as the ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

200 navy soldiers isolated
Navy spokesman Rear Adm Chettha Jaipiem said more than 200 soldiers on HTMS Chakri Naruebet were isolated at a hospital and other facilities at the Sattahip base in Chon Buri after two tested positive for Covid-19. The move came after some of the soldiers from the ship spent time at Pah Daeng beer house in Sattahip district.
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Education blitz for huge inoculation programme
The Ministry of Public Health is launching a campaign to educate people about the Covid-19 vaccine ahead of the country's biggest-ever vaccination programme.
Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said a new sub-committee would discuss how best to inform the public about the vaccine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thailand situation, 12 January 2021
- Total confirmed: 10,834 (+287)
- Recovered: 6,732 (+166)
- Active cases: 4,035
- Deaths: 67 (+0)
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 12 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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

Thai language  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi5UVJdsTcw    English skip to 22:00
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Thailand logs 287 new Covid cases Tuesday
Thailand on Tuesday reported 287 new coronavirus cases, 278 of them local transmissions, bringing the total since Covid-19 first appeared in January 2020 to 10,834.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Atta seeks vaccinated arrivals
Offering an estimate of 80% of inbound travel companies closing, the Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta) encourages the government to allow vaccinated visitors to visit the country without quarantine in the third quarter to boost demand.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fourth Samut Sakhon field hospital to open on Friday
A fourth field hospital has been set up in Samut Sakhon and will be ready to receive patients from Friday, vice governor Surasak Phonyangsong said on Tuesday. Located in the Nadee area of Muang district, the hospital is a two-building facility of 350 beds which will treat asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic Covid-19 patients. full article  nationthailand.com
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Thailand situation, 13 January 2021
- Total confirmed: 10,991 (+157)
- Recovered: 6,943 (+211)
- Active cases: 3,981
- Deaths: 67 (+0)
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 13 january 2021
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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

Thai language  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o-Q6ici5_0    English skip to 32:00
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Sunlight, disinfectant can kill Covid-19 even in winter
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) said on Wednesday that the cool temperature is not making the Covid-19 virus more transmissible, adding that disinfectants can still kill the virus.

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

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

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

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Government can handle COVID-19 outbreak
(NNT) - Yesterday (Jan 12), the Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, posted a message on Facebook discussing efforts to address the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, while saying that the government is more prepared than in the first wave, in terms of medical equipment and supplies and hospitals. Members of the public also have a better understanding of ways to protect themselves and most people are complying with measures, as advised by the government.

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

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

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

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

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

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