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Kingdom signs deal to secure vaccine
Thailand officially signed an agreement on Friday with AstraZeneca securing the kingdom's access to the company's Covid-19 vaccine and authorising the right for a local manufacturer to produce it.

Opas Kankawinphong, the director-general of the Disease Control Department, and Nakorn Premsri, director of the National Vaccine Institute, signed the deal with James Teak, president of AstraZeneca Thailand, at Government House.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the signing ceremony.

The contract is worth 6 billion baht.

ACM Sathitphong Sukwimol, the company chairman of Siam Bioscience, a local pharmaceutical company, also attended the event.

Siam Bioscience plans to produce AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine at its manufacturing plant in Pathum Thani province.

The number of doses to be supplied to Thailand was not disclosed on Friday.

However, Gen Prayut reportedly said on Thursday that the contract was for the purchase of 26 million doses, enough for 13 million people, as each person needs two shots.

The government had approved a budget of 6 billion baht to secure a Covid-19 vaccine and produce more with Siam Bioscience.

In addition to supplying the vaccine to Thailand, AstraZeneca will also support the local mass production of the doses by Siam Bioscience.

Countries are reportedly rushing to secure access to Covid-19 jabs after news of progress in various vaccine projects.

AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical company, also signed a deal with the Philippines for 2.6 million shots of its vaccine.

Malaysia, meanwhile, announced an agreement with Pfizer Inc to obtain enough of its jab to vaccinate 6.4 million people.

Gen Prayut expects vaccination will start sometime next year and the government will be ready to give all people access to it, government spokesman Anucha Buranachaisri said.

The government has prepared a research and development fund for Thailand to produce the AstraZeneca/Oxford formula locally.

Siam Bioscience reportedly hopes to supply Asean with the vaccine.

AstraZeneca is currently in the last stage of vaccine trials before seeking final regulatory approvals for broad distribution of the long-awaited vaccine against Covid-19.

Thailand has recorded 3,961 confirmed infections, including 60 deaths.

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One domestic case among five new Covid-19 patients
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Saturday reported five new cases, including a domestic patient.

The domestic case was reportedly a Thai woman, 29, who had come back from Myanmar. Her case was found in Chiang Mai province, and the infected person is currently being treated in Nakornping Hospital in the province. She had suspected symptoms such as anosmia, headache and diarrhoea, since November 23.

The other cases in quarantine included an Indian man, 27, and Indian woman, 31, who were both asymptomatic, and two Thai men, aged 24 and 34, who had returned from the Philippines and Sweden.

The total number of confirmed cases in Thailand has risen to 3,966 (1,004 in state quarantine), 111 are in hospital, 3,798 have recovered and been discharged and 60 people have died.

According to Worldometer, as of 10am on Friday, the total number of confirmed cases worldwide since the outbreak rose to 61.98 million (up by 612,825), 42.78 million have recovered, 19.2 million are active cases (105,224 in severe condition) and 1.44 million have died (up by 10,814).

Thailand ranks 151st for most cases in the world, while the US tops the list with 13.45 million, followed by India 9.35 million, Brazil 6.23 million, Russia 2.21 million and France 2.19 million.

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Officials tracing 326 contacts of Chiang Mai patient
Mall and pub visits, Grab car rides focus of investigations

Authorities say a total of 326 people came in contact with a Thai woman in Chiang Mai who was diagnosed with Covid-19 and had visited a karaoke bar, a shopping mall and movie theatre and used public transport and Grab car services.

The revelation prompted an order by Chiang Mai governor Charoenrith Sa-nguansat for all affected venues to be disinfected, including the Central Festival Chiangmai shopping centre, which closed at 4pm on Saturday for a "big cleaning". It will reopen at the normal time on Sunday.

Central Pattana Plc, the mall operator, said those who had been in contact with the woman while she was in the mall had been contacted by authorities and would proceed to a 14-day quarantine in line with protocols.

Officials from the Disease Control Department provided in-depth details about the woman's movements at a briefing on Saturday as part of the contact-tracing exercise.

The 29-year-old Thai returnee from Myanmar was the only local case among five new coronavirus infections reported earlier in the day.

Dr Sopon Liamsirithavorn, director of the Communicable Diseases Division, said the woman is believed have become infected while in Myanmar. Drawing on the investigation by health workers, he presented the following timeline:

    From Oct 24 to Nov 23, the woman was in Myanmar. On Nov 23, she developed a fever, watery diarrhoea and lost her sense of smell.
    On Nov 24, she still had a fever, and developed a cough and a headache. Around 5am on that day, she travelled from Myanmar to Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai by public van.
    Around 11am on Nov 24, she left Chiang Rai for Chiang Mai by bus.
    At 2.51pm the same day, the woman arrived at her condominium in a Grab car. That night, she used another Grab car to visit a karaoke bar in the Santitham area with two friends. They smoked a cigarette and shared it.
    On Nov 25, she stayed overnight at a condominium with one of the friends who had returned from the entertainment venue around 2am. Two other friends who lived in the room opposite came to the room to drink alcohol.
    About noon on Nov 25, the woman left the condominium in another Grab car. She arrived at her condo building at around 1pm.
    Between 3.30pm and 8.30pm, she used another Grab car to visit a shopping mall and watched a movie there, had meals and went shopping. She wore a face mask most of the time. She later used another Grab car to return to her condominium.
    On Nov 26, the woman took a Grab car to a private hospital in Chiang Mai for a medical check-up around 3.30pm after she lost her sense of smell, had watery diarrhoea and a body temperature of 36.9C. She underwent a Covid-19 test.
    Around 10pm, she was sent to Nakornping Hospital for another Covid-19 test. On Nov 27, the tests turned out positive.

Of the 326 people who came in contact with the woman, 105 were deemed at high risk of infection and 149 low risk. Officials said 72 people were in close contact with her.

Questions had been raised about why the woman was not quarantined after returning from Myanmar. However, health authorities said they suspected the woman might have entered the country illegally.

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Thailand situation, 29 November 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,977 (+11)
- Recovered: 3,800 (+2)
- Active cases: 117
- Deaths: 60 (+0)
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Infected woman has DDC startled
Officials fear she's a super-spreader

A shopping mall and a bar in Chiang Mai have been closed while anxious officials test more than 300 people for Covid-19.

The urgent action follows the revelation that a 29-year-old Thai woman caught the virus in Myanmar and despite going down with a fever, returned to Thailand and visited several places before finally going to hospital and testing positive for the coronavirus. She was able to do so without entering quarantine, which has alarmed the authorities.

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) said it will take two weeks to establish whether the woman is a super-spreader after it discovered that she came into contact with at least 326 people. The DDC added that strong legal action must be applied in this case after finding that she was not in the quarantine system.

Opas Kankawinpong, acting chief of the DDC, said on Saturday the timeline of the woman's movements was quite clear: she was infected while in Myanmar from Oct 24 to Nov 23, when she began to develop a fever and diarrhoea.

The DDC's Chiang Mai provincial committee says the woman entered the country illegally on Nov 24 through a natural border in Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district and took a public bus the same day to her condo in Chiang Mai.

Later she met her friends at a pub in the Santitham area, and also went shopping at CentralFestival Chiang Mai, even while suffering from the fever.

CCTV camera footage shows she wore a face mask at least some of the time she was in public areas.

"My big question is why she didn't attend the quarantine system. All returnees must enter the 14-day quarantine with no exception," said Dr Opas.

"Illegally entering Thailand carries a heavy punishment. It will be necessary to apply all immigration and public health laws in this case. It is dangerous to the community and the country. We need all stakeholders to prevent it."

Dr Opas also urged people to contact authorities immediately if they knew of anyone who was breaking the laws in this regard. The infected woman was tested for the virus on Nov 26 and admitted to Nakornping Hospital, Chiang Mai.

According to the DDC, she was admitted suffering from a fever and had lost her sense of smell, a common symptom found in Covid-19 patients.

A disease investigation team found that 105 people are at high risk of contracting the virus from the woman, including friends that shared a cigarette with her, 40 bus passengers, 55 bar staff and six people from the department store.

A further 140 people are regarded as being at low risk: 138 from department stores, two from the pub, nine medical staff and 72 around the community.

Sophon Iamsirithavorn, director of the Division of Communicable Diseases, said the investigative team had since Thursday contacted those people at highest risk and put them under 14-day surveillance. He suggested anyone who thinks she came into contact with her should be alert for any sign of a fever or be tested for the virus at a nearby hospital.

CentralFestival Chiangmai closed for a major cleaning operation on Saturday and will reopen today.

Meanwhile, the Chiang Mai Municipality on Saturday sprayed chemicals into pubs along the Santitham area to kill the virus and ordered them to shut for a while. Chiang Rai governor Prajol Pratsakul said he had made contact with various agencies to prevent illegal entry along the border but does not yet know how the woman sneaked into the country.

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Pass touted as quarantine alternative
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says it is in the final development phase of the IATA Travel Pass, a digital health certificate that will support the safe reopening of borders and contribute to a speedy recovery of the airline industry worldwide from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Governments are beginning to use testing as a means of limiting the risks of Covid-19 when reopening their borders without imposing quarantines on travellers. The Travel Pass will verify the secure flow of necessary testing and vaccine information among governments, airlines, laboratories and travellers.

It follows Thailand's agreement with AstraZeneca that secured the kingdom access to the company's Covid-19 vaccine and authorised a local manufacturer to produce it.

The IATA, meanwhile, called for systematic Covid-19 testing of all international travellers at its 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Nov 24, which resolved to urgently call on governments to reopen borders to travel.

The trade association of world's airlines has revised its outlook for the airline industry in 2020 and 2021, saying deep losses will continue next year, even though performance is expected to improve over the coming months.

A net loss of US$118.5 billion (3.6 trillion baht) is expected for 2020 (worse than the US$84.3 billion forecast in June) while a net loss of US$38.7 billion is expected in 2021.

Improvements are expected in the second half of 2021 after a difficult first half. Aggressive cost-cutting may combine with increased demand during 2021 to see the industry turn cash-positive in the fourth quarter of 2021, which is earlier than previously forecast, according to the IATA.

"Today, borders are double locked. Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures," said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's director-general and CEO. "The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matched with travellers' identities in compliance with border control requirements. That's the job of the IATA Travel Pass.

"We are bringing this to market in the coming months to also meet the needs of the various travel bubbles and public health corridors that are starting operation."

The Travel Pass incorporates interoperable modules which include a contactless travel app which enables passengers to create a "digital passport"; receive test and vaccination certificates and verify that they are sufficient for their itinerary; and share testing or vaccination certificates with airlines and authorities to facilitate travel.

The IATA and International Airlines Group (IAG) have been collaborating in the project and will arrange a trial to demonstrate that this pass, combined with Covid-19 testing, can reopen international travel and replace quarantines, which they say "essentially kill demand for air travel".

"Our main priority is to get people travelling again safely," said Nick Careen, the Association's Senior Vice President.

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Thailand situation, 30 November 2020
- Total confirmed: 3,998 (+21)
- Recovered: 3,803 (+3)
- Active cases: 135
- Deaths: 60 (+0)
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2 new Covid cases linked to Myanmar nightspot
They work in same venue with infected woman in Chiang Mai

Thailand has recorded two new coronavirus cases in this northern province, both women who crossed the border illegally and worked at the same entertainment venue -- on the Myanmar side of the border -- as the infected woman feared to be a superspreader in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Rai public health chief Thossathep Boonthong said on Monday the women, 26 and 23, illegally entered Mai Sai district from Tachilek town in Myanmar under cover of darkness on Thursday night.

Both worked at the same entertainment venue in Tachilek as the 29-year-old Covid-positive woman who sneaked across the border last Tuesday, caught a bus to Chiang Mai and visited a shopping mall and a bar while showing symptoms of the disease.

All three went to work in the Myanmar border town last month, but decided to return to Thailand after Myanmar authorities imposed a curfew from midnight to 4am in a bid to contain an outbreak of Covid-19.

Unlike the woman now being treated at a hospital in Chiang Mai, the new cases in Chiang Rai did not go to public places, instead staying in a local hotel and ordering food from delivery apps, Dr Thossathep said.

"We are less worried about the situation in Chiang Rai because they did not go out," he said.

The 26-year-old woman decided to seek a virus test at Bangkok Hospital Chiang Rai in Muang district on Saturday after hearing that her colleague now in Chiang Mai had contracted the disease. Two tests confirmed she was Covid-positive on Sunday, and she was later transferred to Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital in Muang district.

Public health officials on Sunday ordered her 23-year-old friend, who was also staying in Mae Sai, to get tested. At around midnight on Monday she was also confirmed to have the virus.

The Chiang Rai public health office has identified four people as being at high risk of contracting the disease, and at least another 22 in a low-risk category.

Dr Thossathep said officials will try to test all of them on Monday.

Chiang Rai governor Prachon Pratsakul said some additional people, including food delivery personnel, could be contacted but the total number at risk would not exceed 30.

The new cases have prompted security authorities to stiffen security measures along the border with Myanmar as they expected more Thais working in Tachilek to return home after Myanmar authorities used the curfew to shut down nightlife.

"Many Thais working across the border are returning with the virus and those who are ill want to come back for treatment in Thailand," the governor said.

The two cases in Chiang Rai were included in the 21 new infections reported by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Monday.

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Time to make an example of those that put the whole country at risk

Border school closes over Covid-19 alert

A school on Chiang Rai's border with Myanmar will close for a week following a Covid-19 scare triggered by illegal returnees from Myanmar.

Anuban Mae Sai School will shut its doors from December 1-6 after local residents voiced concern over a potential Covid-19 outbreak.

The announcement was made on Monday after a group of Thai women were caught illegally sneaking back across the border, triggering heightened health and security monitoring.

Chiang Rai immigration police on Sunday arrested three women and a transexual after one of them boasted online of their illegal return from Myanmar.   nationthailand.com

Eight more Thais caught sneaking back from Myanmar

Eight other Thai nationals were arrested on Monday for crossing the border illegally from Myanmar's Tachileik city to Chiang Rai district.

All women, the group had worked in Myanmar and decided to return to Thailand due to the Covid-19 situation. Each paid Bt6,500 to Myanmar traffickers so as to avoid border checks.

On the same day, Chiang Rai authorities revealed that two Thai women who returned from Tachileik earlier had tested positive for Covid-19.

They added that most Thais returning from Myanmar recently had crossed the border illegally to work in entertainment venues in the neighbouring country.

Four more people were arrested in Chiang Rai for sneaking over the border on Sunday, after one of the group announced their planned illegal crossing on Facebook last week. None were found to be suffering fever.

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Army worried illegal border crossers are spreading Covid-19
Thais in Myanmar asked to return only via official

Thais working in Myanmar who wish to return home should do so only through two permanent border checkpoints, in Tak's Mae Sot district and Chiang Rai's Mae Sai, and go immediately into state quarantine to stem the spread of Covid-19, 3rd Army commander Lt Gen Apichet Suesat said on Monday.

They should not return home through natural border passes, he said.

Lt Gen Apichet was responding to reports of Thais using unofficial crossings and re-entering the country without reporting to authorities or going into quarantine, sparking fears they could be infected in Myanmar and spread the virus in Thailand.

A woman infected with Covid-19 in Myanmar is feared to be a superspreader in Chiang Mai,  and there are two new coronavirus cases in Chiang Rai, both women who crossed the border illegally and had worked at the same entertainment venue in Myanmar.

Lt Gen Apichet said the 3rd Army was concerned about the number of illegal border crossers in Tak, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces.

"I understand that Thais working in Myanmar are afraid they could be infected, causing some of them to have sneaked across the border.

"Please bear in mind that as Thai nationals you can return home via permanent checkpoints and go into state quarantine, either in Mae Sot or Mae Sai. You should not enter the country via illegal channels because we will then not be able to contain the spread of the virus," Lt Gen Apichet said.

The 3rd Army chief said he had ordered the Pha Muang Force to step up patrols along the border to prevent illegal crossings.

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Thailand situation, 1 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 4,008 (+10)
- Recovered: 3,811 (+8)
- Active cases: 137
- Deaths: 60 (+0)
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'No time for complacency': WHO chief urges caution over festive season
Spending time with friends and family at Christmas is 'not worth putting them or yourself at risk', says Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization. People should consider not travelling during the next few months, and the WHO chief urged 'extreme caution' despite last week seeing the first decline in newly reported cases globally since September, saying these gains could easily be lost

Nov 30, 2020
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Fourth woman who sneaked back from Myanmar found infected
'Selfish' illegal border crossers face full legal action

Another Thai woman who crossed the border illegally from Myanmar to Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province has been found to be infected with the coronavirus disease.

She is the fourth woman recently diagnosed with Covid-19 after sneaking back into Thailand through a natural pass after working in Myanmar,  permanent secretary for public health Kiattiphum Wongrajit said on Tuesday.

Sophon Iamsirithavorn, director of the Division of Communicable Diseases, said the woman's  Covid-19 infection was confirmed on Tuesday morning.

Another case, a 29-year-old woman in Chiang Mai province, was announced on Saturday and two others, women aged 26 and 23 from Chiang Rai, were announced on Nov 30.

"The Covid-19 test results of a 25-year-old woman, the latest case, were confirmed this morning (Tuesday).

"Her hometown is Phayao province. She had travelled to work in Myanmar's Tachilek township with two friends," Dr Sophon said.

"On  Nov 24, she and the two friends crossed the border via a natural border pass to Mae Sai district. They wore face masks."

Between Nov 24 and 27, she stayed at a hotel in Mae Sai and did not leave the room. She ordered meals using Grab services, he said. On Nov 28-30, she moved to stay at a hotel in Muang district of Chiang Rai and contacted officials for health tests.

On Nov 30, she was quarantined and underwent a Covid-19 test, which returned positive. She was sent to Chiang Rai Phrachanukhoh Hospial for treatment.

"The two other friends who are at high risk tested negative, but are still being closely monitored. Other people are at low risk,'' Dr Sophon said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Tuesday said he had ordered the fullest legal action against the Thai women who returned illegally from Tachilek with Covid-19 and dodged quarantine.

"These selfish people caused trouble to so many other Thai people.... They caused national damage and do not deserve sympathy," he said at Government House.

"We were about to reopen the country, but easing measures must be revised now."

He was referring to six Thai women who sneaked into the northern province of Chiang Rai through a natural passage on Nov 24 and had since travelled around. Four of them have already tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The women's failure to go into quarantine had caused a costly effort by the government to test all people close to them, to contain the disease, Mr Anutin said. He said they had travelled around, visited restaurants and had intimate contact with other people, and concealed their illness.

He ordered local health officials to prepare cases for provincial governors to take legal action against the women. The Public Health Ministry would also take separate legal action.

"Officials will exercise all sections of relevant laws including those relating to immigration and communicable diseases, and the 14-day quarantine requirement, in taking legal action.

"The operators of their hotels may also face legal action for failing to inform authorities of the arrival of suspicious customers," Mr Anutin said.

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Maximum Law Enforcement for Illegal Returnees
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has ordered relevant officials to take full legal action against the illegal returnees who carried the novel coronavirus and dodged immigration and quarantine procedures, saying they caused damage to the nation.

Mr Anutin's order responded to a group of Thai women who sneaked back from Myanmar's border town of Tachileik into Chiang Rai province and later tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019.

"That should not have happened. The selfishness of a few people troubles many other Thai people. Although immigration is being restricted, the group of people sneaked through the border at will. They violated laws," Mr Anutin said.

"I ordered provincial health officials through disease control committees chaired by provincial governors to file complaints to take all possible legal action against the group of people. We are about to reopen the country but now measures must be reviewed."

According to him, the illegal returnees violated laws on immigration and communicable diseases and 14-day compulsory quarantine. The hoteliers who accommodated them can also be prosecuted for failing to inform officials of their visits.

Health officials were trying to conduct COVID-19 tests on as many people as possible in Chiang Rai and adjacent Chiang Mai province to contain the disease, Mr Anutin said. (TNA)

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Thailand hikes price of 5-year visa as foreigners seek COVID haven
Residency program aims for profit in 2 years on surge of Chinese applicants

Thailand plans to raise the price of its bestselling five-year residency permit by 20% in January, after the program dubbed "elite" visas drew record new memberships this year as people sought to stay in the largely coronavirus-free country.

Starting Jan. 1, the Easy Access -- one of the nine elite-visa packages -- will be offered for 600,000 baht ($19,850), up from the current 500,000 baht, according to Thailand Privilege Card, the operator of the elite visas.

Thailand Privilege Card, a company under the Tourism Authority of Thailand, added 2,674 members during its fiscal 2020 ended in September, a 24.8% increase. This brought in fees of 1.6 billion baht, or nearly $53 million. Over 60% of the new members were Easy Access holders.

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Chiang Mai offers virus patient payouts
The Tourism Industry Council of Chiang Mai and seven other groups in the tourist-reliant province on Tuesday vowed to pay 100,000 baht to anyone who contracted Covid-19 while visiting the province.

The move is designed to boost tourists' confidence in local Covid-19 control and prevention measures and comes after a new local infection was confirmed that placed more than 300 people at risk.

This latest case has dealt the province yet another bitter blow just as its tourism industry finally begins to recover from the destructive pandemic.

About 5% of hotel rooms booked in the province have been cancelled since news broke of the latest infection and that is thought to be people scared off by it, said Industry Council president Phanlop Saechiew.

The 100,000 baht compensation offer is aimed at reassuring all visitors about Chiang Mai's Covid-19 measures, he said, adding that in the case of death from the virus, the payout would be one million baht.

December is normally the start of the peak tourism season in Chiang Mai, said Mr Phanlop.

He sought to allay people's fears, saying that more than 95% of those considered at risk of contracting the virus from the latest patient had already been located and tested.

More tourism promotion campaigns will soon follow to boost confidence in Chiang Mai's Covid-19 prevention measures, he said.

The announcement of the compensation promise came on the day that a fourth Covid-19 positive test linked with Chiang Mai's latest infection was confirmed.

Dr Sopon Iamsirithaworn, director of the Division of Communicable Diseases, said the fourth confirmed case was a 25-year-old Thai woman from Phayao who worked at the same entertainment venue in Myanmar as the first three women confirmed to have Covid-19.

The three are a 29-year-old from Chiang Mai, a 26-year-old from Chiang Rai and a 23-year-old from Phayao, who on Nov 24 all illegally sneaked back across the border to Thailand through a natural trail.

Four people have been identified as close contacts of the fourth Covid-19 case and at high risk of contracting the virus, said the doctor, including one woman who indeed has tested positive.

Twenty-three other people, including medical staff, are considered to be only at low risk of contracting Covid-19 from this woman, said Dr Sopon.

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Thailand situation, 2 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 4,026 (+18)
- Recovered: 3,822 (+11)
- Active cases: 144
- Deaths: 60 (+0)
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All six Thai women who sneaked in from Myanmar test positive for Covid-19
At a press briefing held by the Public Health Ministry on Covid-19 outbreak, Dr Sophon Iamsirithaworn from the Department of Disease Control, said six additional cases were detected among people who sneaked into Thailand via Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district.

• A 28-year-old Phayao resident who went to work at the 1G1 entertainment venue in Myanmar's Tachilek district in early November, illegally entered the country on November 27 with a Myanmar national. A motorbike picked her up at the border to deliver her at Chiang Rai's Mae Sai bus terminal at 3pm, where she takes a taxi to the Big C department store near her home in Phayao at 6pm.

She goes out again on November 28 at 9pm to grab dinner, wearing a mask at all times.

On November 29, her boyfriend accompanies her to an outdoor Singha beer garden. They park their car at 8pm and seat themselves, but do not go near the stage. They then return home at 11pm, before heading downtown and checking in at Hop Inn at 4am. Later the same day they drive to Chiang Mai.

On November 30 at 5pm, the woman goes to a private hospital in Chiang Mai to be tested for Covid-19.

They then decide to return to Phayao the same night and she is admitted into Phayao Hospital. Results from the private hospital in Chiang Mai on December 1 confirm she is infected, as does a test conducted in Phayao Hospital the same day.

A 25-year-old Thai woman enters Thailand on November 28 with the 21-year-old above. After arriving in Don Mueang Airport on the same day, she takes a flight to Phichit to stay with another friend. They go out to dinner at Bird Bar in Phichit with another three friends. None of them wear masks.

Between November 29 and 30, this woman dines at both Bird Bar and Crocodile pub.

She is caught on December 1 after her friend in Bangkok tests positive and is taken to a local state quarantine facility, where she too tests positive.

• A 36-year-old Thai woman who had been in Myanmar since November 3 and had visited the 1G1 entertainment venue between November 23 and 24 develops Covid-19 symptoms on November 26. She treats her cough, runny nose and body ache with over-the-counter drugs, and is helped by a Myanmar national to sneak into Thailand via a natural border in Chiang Mai on November 29.

She then goes to Chiang Mai airport in a friend's car, wearing a mask at all times, and takes a Thai Lion Air flight at 10.40am to land in Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport at midday on the same day.

She then takes a taxi to Mo Chit Bus Terminal, where she takes a van to Big C department store in Ratchaburi. She then heads to a private hospital after learning from a friend in Myanmar that someone from her group of friends had been infected. She is then transferred to the state hospital in Ratchaburi and confirmed to be positive on December 2.

• Two women, aged 23 and 35, who reportedly worked in Myanmar's Tachilek district with a woman who had sneaked into Chiang Mai on November 24, tested positive but are asymptomatic. The duo had entered Thailand illegally via Chiang Mai and headed home to Mae Sot district in Tak province on November 26. They decided to go in for a test after learning their friend was infected.

After learning of the above cases, the Public Health Ministry has called on people to stop sneaking into the country like this because the government provides free quarantine facilities as well as food. People entering the country illegally are encouraged to report for a test.

The ministry has confirmed that there are no local transmissions, but believes measures need to be in place to curb the risk.

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Covid-19 patients sneak into Thailand, take separate flights to Don Mueang, Phitsanulok
A 21-year-old woman, who sneaked into Thailand from Myanmar before taking a plane to Bangkok, was found to be infected with Covid-19.

The Thai woman, who visited Myanmar with a friend from November 17 to 27, crossed the natural border in Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district in the wee hours of November 28.

She and her friend, both suffering from a fever, cough and runny nose, then checked into a hotel before calling a Grab Car to Chiang Rai airport later in the day, where she took a flight to Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport and her friend to Phitsanulok.

Reports say that she was not wearing her mask properly when travelling by taxi from the airport to her condo in Udomsuk.

She reportedly visited a clinic nearby with her boyfriend on November 29 for treatment of her symptoms, but was told to go to hospital. Her infection was detected at a private hospital in Bangna that day. Her boyfriend is deemed to be at high risk due to close contact.

Meanwhile, her friend apparently flew to Phitsanulok with plans to travel to Phichit. No data of her whereabouts was available as of press time.

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A global team of experts has found 10 FATAL FLAWS in the main test for Covid and is demanding it's urgently axed. As they should.

A peer review of the paper on which most Covid testing is based has comprehensively debunked the science behind it, finding major flaws. They conclude it's utterly unsuitable as a means for diagnosis – and the fall-out is immense.

Last week, I reported on a landmark ruling from Portugal, where a court had ruled against a governmental health authority that had illegally confined four people to a hotel this summer. They had done so because one of the people had tested positive for Covid in a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test – but the court had found the test fundamentally flawed and basically inadmissible.

Now the PCR testing supremacy under which we all now live has received another crushing blow. A peer review from a group of 22 international experts has found 10 "major flaws" in the main protocol for such tests. The report systematically dismantles the original study, called the Corman-Drosten paper, which described a protocol for applying the PCR technique to detecting Covid.

The Corman-Drosten paper was published on January, 23, 2020, just a day after being submitted, which would make any peer review process that took place possibly the shortest in history. What is important about it is that the protocol it describes is used in around 70 percent of Covid kits worldwide. It's cheap, fast – and absolutely useless.

Read on here.  https://www.rt.com/op-ed/508383-fatal-flaws-covid-test/


we will soon findout, i hope he's right :o

COVID under Control in Chiang Mai: Governor
Authorities in the northern province of Chiang Mai have confirmed that the novel coronavirus was under control after a Thai woman infected with the disease illegally returned from Myanmar through Chiang Rai province and visited Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat said that after the infection case of the 29-year-old woman, officials had not detected the spread of the disease and people there could continue with their "new normal" life with infection-prevention habits.

He also ordered checkpoints on routes from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai until it could be concluded that there is no more local infection in his province.

Joining a press conference by the Chiang Mai governor, representatives of the private sector including tourism operators in the northern province promised payouts worth 100,000 baht for each COVID-19 infection and 1 million baht for each COVID-related death for any visitor who happen to contract the disease there. The offerings were aimed at restoring tourism confidence in Chiang Mai.

Meanwhile, Chiang Mai's health chief Dr Jatuchai Maneerat said 312 at-risk people were identified in the province. They include 90 with high risks of infection from the 29-year-old woman. Officials had yet to find two of them. Of all at-risk people, 220 tested negative initially.

In Chiang Rai which borders Myanmar, soldiers from the Pha Muang Task Force intensified their border patrols in Mae Sai, Mae Chan and Mae Fa Luang districts. The patrols focused on areas in jungles and along the Sai border river in Mae Sai district where three COVID-infected women sneaked into Thailand and about 30 illegal migrants were arrested recently.

All schools in Mae Sai will be closed until Dec 6 and all cargo trucks and drivers from Myanmar's border town of Tachileik were disinfected upon arriving in Mae Sai in the wake of reports on the infected illegal returnees. (TNA)

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


PM orders natural borders to be strictly monitored to prevent illegal entries
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered related officials to stop people from using natural borders to sneak into the country, Prateep Keeratirekha, the PM's deputy secretary on political affairs, said on Wednesday.

As for the Thai woman who tested positive after crossing over from Myanmar via Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district, Prateep said tests on the more than 100 people the patient had come in contact with had come in negative.

"The government has also instructed village health volunteers to check whether anyone in their community had entered Thailand via illegal channels," he said.

Meanwhile, the PM has instructed officials at alternative state quarantine sites nationwide to strictly perform their duties to gain public confidence.

He said Thailand has been recognised by many countries for its disease prevention efforts and is working on policies to help the economy recover.

"Hence, we call on people to have faith that the government will be able to curb the spread of Covid-19 effectively," he said.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


TAT launches 'ASQ Paradise' website for foreigners wanting to visit Thailand
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has joined up with real-estate firm Locanation and the ASQ Thailand Club to develop the ASQ Tourist Information Centre.

Though the Covid-19 situation in Thailand is improving, and the government is taking steps to promote tourism and rebuild the economy, it is still mandatory for visitors to spend 14 days at an alternative state quarantine (ASQ) site.

Since information about travelling to Thailand in the Covid era has been scarce and confusing, TAT hopes the new information centre will help answer all queries potential visitors may have on alternative state quarantine facilities for foreigners.

The information is available at asq.locanation.com.

It has taken TAT eight weeks to create this platform after it received many complaints and emails asking for information. The website, titled "ASQ Paradise", allows tourists to book their stay at one of the 115 ASQ hotels. Accommodation is offered in hotels ranging from three to five stars, with stays costing anything from Bt27,000 to Bt220,000 per person.

TAT is also offering activities, albeit virtual, to keep people engaged during their quarantine period, such as the TAT Department Store, which sells anything from luxury helicopter trips to Otop souvenirs.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Thailand to prosecute illegal entrants found Covid-19 positive
Thailand ordered officials to press criminal charges against four people infected by the coronavirus after illegally entering the country from neighbouring Myanmar.

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul asked the governors of two northern provinces to prosecute four Thais who entered the South-east Asian nation without permit and did not undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine, according to a ministry statement on Wednesday (Dec 2).

Thai authorities found the new cases of local transmissions over the past week in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 4,026.

The South-east Asian nation, the first outside China to report the deadly virus, has kept the outbreak under control with strict border closures and quarantine requirements for those arriving from overseas under various exemptions.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's government has extended a state of nationwide emergency through Jan 15 and deferred a proposal to shorten quarantine period for foreign tourists to prevent a resurgence in virus during the peak holiday season.

The national Covid-19 centre said it had no plan to ban travel to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces.

Thailand received more than 1,000 foreign tourists in October, the first set of visitors in six months after the authorities unveiled a special long-stay tourist visa to revive the battered industry.

A revival in tourism, which netted more than US$60 billion (S$80.27 billion) in revenue from about 40 million visitors in 2019, is seen as key to returning the nation's economy to the pre-pandemic levels. (BLOOMBERG)

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Thailand situation, 3 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 4,039 (+13)
- Recovered: 3,832 (+10)
- Active cases: 147
- Deaths: 60 (+0)
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Hunt launched for more than 500 people who came into close contact with infected border crossers
Health officials are working on tracking those who have been in close contact with people who sneaked into Thailand from Myanmar, Disease Control Department's director-general Dr Opas Karnkawinpong told the press on Thursday.

So far, 10 Thai women have been found to have sneaked into the country since November 24 and most of them are in the North and Central regions, namely Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phichit, Ratchaburi, and Bangkok.

The cases include a 29-year-old who entered Chiang Mai on November 25 and has put 108 people at high-risk through close contact and 224 at low-risk.

Two women, aged 26 and 23, who entered Chiang Rai on November 28 have put four people at high risk and 24 at low risk.

An asymptomatic 25-year-old woman who entered Chiang Rai on November 26 and checked into a hotel in Mae Sai district put nine people at high risk and 11 at low risk.

Three asymptomatic women, aged 28, 25 and 23, who entered Chiang Rai and Phayao between November 27 and 30, have put 21 people at risk in total, 14 of whom are at high risk, and seven at low risk.

Three women, aged 21, 25 and 36, who entered Bangkok, Phichit and Ratchaburi between November 27 and 30 have put a total of 298 people at risk of infection, of whom 40 face a very high risk.

Dr Opas has asked agencies and locals to cooperate in finding out if there are more people who may have sneaked across the border. He also said that those who are concerned about being at risk can ask to be tested, especially those who were in Zone C of the Singha beer garden in Chiang Rai, where one of the Covid-19 patients had stopped for a drink.

He has also called the general public to stay calm and strictly follow hygiene practices since that is always the best weapon against infections.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Thailand to launch nationwide Covid-19 vaccination in May
Thailand's Covid-19 vaccination programme will begin in May 2021, according to the Department of Disease Control (DDC)'s action plan revealed on Thursday.

The country last week signed a Bt6-billion deal to buy 26 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine to immunise 13 million people.

The vaccine will first have to pass safety and quality checks applied by the Thai Food and Drug Administration and Department of Medical Sciences under the Public Health Ministry, said DDC director-general Opas Karnkawinpong.

Secondly, the DDC will prepare vaccination centres at more than 10,000 subdistrict health promotion hospitals nationwide to reach communities quickly and prevent crowding in large hospitals. A cold-chain transport system to maintain vaccine quality is now being prepared, and officials are being trained for the mass vaccination programme. The first to be called for registration will be medical staff, young children, the elderly, and vulnerable groups.

Local health authorities will then summon registered participants for vaccination at health promotion hospitals or mobile health units.

The vaccinations will begin in May 2021, according the DDC action plan.

A programme to monitor any adverse side effects will run from July until January 2022.

A public information campaign will also explain that groups with high natural immunity don't need to be vaccinated right away.

Opas confirmed that vaccination will be provided free of charge by the government. Private hospitals can source their own vaccine supply, he added.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


150 Thai nationals seek to return home as Covid-19 infections rise in Tachilek
As many as 150 Thais who work or live in Myanmar's Tachilek district have asked for permission to return to Thailand via Chiang Rai, Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, told the press on Thursday.

In addition, more than a million health volunteers will be deployed to knock on doors to see if anyone has sneaked across the border from Myanmar.

Maj-General Narit Thawornwong, commander of the Pha Muang Force, said on Wednesday that he had met with relevant agencies to come up with a plan to block crossings via the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge in Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district. Agencies at the meeting have also agreed to deploy more troops and at least 80 officials to intercept illegal border crossings.

As of press time, 15 new Covid-19 infections had been detected in Tachilek, bringing the total number of cases to 64.

The local border committee was told by the manager of the 1G1 hotel-cum-entertainment complex that up to 180 Thai nationals work there. Many of the Thai women who sneaked back into Thailand and were found to be infected with Covid-19 worked at the 1G1.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


People in Close Contact with Infected Women Test Negative

Health Minister Confirms COVID Control

Doctor warns of possible second wave of COVID-19 spread by illegal returnees

Myanmar woman flees COVID-19 test in Phang Nga, found in Phuket
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Thailand situation, 4 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 4,053 (+14)
- Recovered: 3,839 (+7)
- Active cases: 154
- Deaths: 60 (+0)
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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