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Samut Sakhon outbreak reaches Phuket
A Phuket man has been diagnosed with Covid-19 after being in close contact with a friend from Samut Sakhon who was infected with the virus.

Dr Thanis Sermkaew, chief of the provincial public health office, said the 40-year-old was a company manager.

On Dec 10 he had gone to nearby Koh Lanta in Krabi province for a get-together with about 40 friends, one of them from Samut Sakhon.

On Dec 11-12 he had close interaction with the friend from Samut Sakhon without wearing a face mask. The friend was later found to have Covid-19.

He returned to Phuket on Dec 13 and went to work on Dec 14, mixing with his employees without wearing a face mask. Of the 15 employees, some wore masks, some did not.

On Dec 16, he experienced head and body aches, a throat irritation and coughing.

He took Dec 17-18 off and returned to the office on Dec 19 to finish up some work. The following day he learned his Samut Sakhon friend was infected. He went to Vachira Phuket Hospital for testing. The result, on Tuesday, showed he was also infected.

Dr Thanis said  28 of the people he had been contact with were at high risk of infection, and 10 low risk. Three had developed Covid-like symptoms and had been treated as people under investigation (PUI) in hospital. The 25 others were now in quarantine. Their test results would be known by noon Wednesday.

Kajonkiet Pattana School, which the infected man's children attend, and other schools in the same chain were ordered to close on Wednesday and Thursday, pending the results of  tests on the children.

Some other schools have also been closed out of Covid-19 concerns. Phuket Withayalai, Satree Phuket, Phuket Vocational College and Phuket Technology College have been shut from Dec 23-25, and Kanokkhwan Kindergarten from Dec 23-Jan 4.

Asked about the Myanmar community in Phuket, he said there were an estimated 20,000 migrant workers living in 308 camps. Health officials began testing them for Covid-19 on Dec 21, Dr Thanis said

So far about 7,800 had been tested. None were positive.

Vikrom Jakthi, the Phuket deputy governor, said checkpoints had been set up to screen people travelling in and out of the island province - at the land crossing at Tha Chatchai, all sea ports and Phuket international airport.

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Lockdowns now in four provinces
Four provinces that are facing the risk of a new wave of Covid-19 infections have officially imposed lockdown measures to keep the coronavirus from spreading.

Samut Sakhon stepped up preventive measures, declaring that the province is now a "quarantined area" from December 19 to January 3.

Various public venues such as sports stadiums, public parks and educational institutions are now closed. Restaurants have only a takeaway option and grocery shops must be closed from 10pm to 5am.

Samut Songkram announced a lockdown on Wednesday, which will stay in effect until January 4, resulting in a closure of public venues and the cancellation of New Year festivities.

Samut Prakan also has also gone into lockdown – from December 23 to January 4, closing public venues and cancelling all public events.

Chiang Mai has meanwhile clamped a lockdown in three subdistricts – Tha Ton, Malika and Mae Ai.

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1,000-bed field hospital for Samut Sakhon Covid patients
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered a 1,000-bed field hospital be set up to treat Covid-19 patients in Samut Sakhon, the centre of a major outbreak of the disease

Gen Prayut, who is also defence minister, has also ordered the military and police to step up efforts to stop illegal migration and the use of illegal foreign labour. 

The outbreak in Samut Sakhon is centred on migrant worker communities.

Defence spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanit said the instructions were issued at a  meeting of the Defence Council on Wednesday.

Gen Prayut ordered all armed forces to be strict in patrolling the border and to stop illegal immigration by land and sea, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The prime minister had also ordered the arrest of traffickers in illegal migrants.

He ordered police to form a special team to target government officials who facilitate illegal migration, Lt Gen Kongcheep said.

Police and administrative officials were instructed to establish checkpoints on routes believed used by traffickers in illegal labour.

Lt Gen Kongcheep said the army and the navy would supply and equip a field hospital with 1,000 beds in Samut Sakhon. It had a still to be decided if it would be set up at a factory, in a residential zone or a military camp.

The field hospital must be in a place where there are the most patients, so that infected people would not have to be transported to areas outside, he said.

National police chief Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk said police were targeting traffickers and sparing illegal migrants.

The government would treat infected migrants for the good of their health and for the better well-being of all Thai people, he said.

It was time for migrant workers to believe in government officials, he said.

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CCSA spokesman urges sympathy for migrant workers
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has called for understanding and sympathy for Myanmar migrant workers who are being affected by a new surge of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"They are in the same boat as the rest of the country as far as the Covid-19 is concerned," said CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Wissanuyothin during a news briefing on Wednesday.

He said the migrant workers have made great contributions to the Thai society by working in sectors that most Thai people shun and they should be treated as part of the Thai society, especially in time of difficulty.

Taweesin cautioned against stigmatization of the migrant workers who are being seen as a source of the new spread of the virus. Samut Sakhon, the hotspot of the latest surge in Covid-19 infections, has one of the largest communities of Myanmar migrant workers who mostly work in the seafood industry.

So far more than 1,000 people in the province, mostly migrant workers, have tested positive for the virus.

"I appeal for understanding and sympathy for these migrant workers," he said.

Taweesin also suggested that to show their goodwill and empathy, Thai people may want to consider mobilizing efforts to help the affected migrant workers with necessary supplies and daily basic items.  He recalled that such act of kindness was most visible during the months of lockdown of the country earlier this year when people joined support groups to offer help to those affected by the impact of the pandemic.

The central seafood market and living quarters of the migrant workers in Samut Sakhon have been put under a virtual lockdown since Saturday after hundreds of their residents tested positive for the virus.

It is estimated that there are many as 300,000-400,000 migrant workers in the province, many of whom believed to have entered the country illegally. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday vowed a crackdown on smuggling rackets that brought in the illegal immigrants.

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NBT WORLD News
The Chilean army has reported 36 cases at its Bernardo O'Higgins research station on the Antarctic Peninsula.

The 36, 26 of whom are military personnel and 10 maintenance workers, have been evacuated to Chile.
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Thailand continues to reopen for travellers slowly and safely
TAT's special tourist initiatives support ongoing Thai government COVID-19 measures, including 14-day quarantine and Certificate of Entry documents

23 December, 2020 – Thailand's tourism sector continues to safely and slowly reopen welcoming international travellers to the country with special tourist initiatives, while also remaining vigilant by enforcing strict public health guidelines to protect all during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Royal Thai Government recently lifted restrictions on the Special Tourist Visa (STV), which allows entry for tourists from any country or territory worldwide. Prior to this, STV holders were only allowed from low-risk countries. The STV offers visitors an initial 90-day visa with two extensions totalling 270 days. The STV was also extended to allow arrival by private yacht.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021 May 2021 be a year of happiness

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Outbreak in Samut Sakhon rises above 1,200 cases
Health authorities on Wednesday announced that more than 1,200 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Samut Sakhon, after an outbreak in the seaside province last week.

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) said 1,202 infections had been confirmed in migrant workers and locals living around the Central Shrimp Market and other risk areas in the province since testing began last Thursday. Almost one in five (19 per cent) of the total 6,314 samples taken had so far come back positive for Covid-19, said Dr Sophon Iamsirithaworn, director-general of the DDC's Communicable Diseases Division.

Tests conducted on 2,052 people in a 2-kilometre radius around the Central Shrimp Market found 901 "positives" or an infection rate of 44 per cent. Of the 653 samples taken around the Talay Thai market, 137 came back positive (14 per cent). Meanwhile of the 2,074 samples taken in the nearby Soi Setthakit 13 community, 134 came back positive (6.5 per cent). Two infections were confirmed from 491 tests around the Saphan Pla market (0.4 per cent) and 18 of 449 tests in the nearby Tha Chin community were positive (4 per cent).

Cases were divided into three groups: cases self-admitted to hospital, cases detected by community testing and now confined at local hospitals and quarantine facilities, and cases staying in dormitories overseen by health officials.

The Public Health Ministry and local officials are now seeking ways to prevent crowding in worker dormitories that risks further spread of the virus.

Samut Sakhon's border is till open but checkpoints are being set up to provide temperature checks and other disease controls.

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Thailand situation, 24 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 5829 (+67)
- Recovered: 4,116 (+21)
- Active cases: 1653
- Deaths: 60 (+0)
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing 24 December 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation

English skip to 50:51  or watch on  https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/752041922337504/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos

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No lockdown, but Covid-control zoning of provinces
Four zones, depending on degree of infection

There will be no national lockdown but Covid-19 control zoning is being imposed, based on the number and degree of new cases, with New Year celebrations permitted only under strict conditions, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration announced on Thursday.

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin said there are four zones for Covid-19 control measures now being applied to provinces, effective immediately.

They are:

- Red zone: maximum control, considerable number of Covid-19 cases

- Orange zone: control zone, more than 10 cases and rising.

- Yellow zone: high surveillance, with no more than 10 cases and control possible.

- Green zone: surveillance, with no cases or likelihood of infection.

The red zone, maximum control, presently covers only Samut Sakhon province, the epicentre of the latest Covid-19 outbreak, he said.

In this zone, infected and at-risk people as well as at-risk businesses and activities are quickly identified. Infected people are admitted to a field hospital and at-risk people are quarantined.

At-risk premises are closed or have operating hours limited. Transport of migrant workers out of the area is banned. Transport of Thais is restricted while impacts on business and industries are limited. Work from home is maximized.

Education moves online. Crowd activities are banned. Maximum Covid-19 prevention is imposed at workplaces, factories and workers' dormitories.

Fishing continues but fishermen and seafood must be subject to active Covid-19 tests. Affected people are rehabilitated.

Measures in the three other zones are gradually relaxed in accordance with the degree of Covid-19 infection. The transport of migrant workers out of an orange zone is banned.

The control zone (orange) covers provinces surrounding Samut Sakhon - Bangkok, Samut Songkhram, Ratchaburi and Nakhon Pathom.

The high surveillance zone (yellow) comprises 25 provinces - Saraburi, Samut Prakan, Suphan Buri, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Uttaradit, Chachoengsao, Kamphaeng Phet, Phetchabun, Ayutthaya, Phuket, Phetchaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachin Buri, Krabi, Khon Kaen, Chai Nat, Udon Thani, Phichit, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Sawan and Ang Thong.

The surveillance zone (green) applies to provinces without an infected case.

Dr Taweesilp said New Year celebrations are banned in the maximum control zone, unless entirely online. Parties can be held in the control zone, on the condition the number of  attendees is limited.

Celebrations can be organised in the two other zones, but must be downsized and no crowded gatherings allowed.

Dr Taweesilp said the zone control designations of the various provinces could change,  depending on the situation ther

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Samut Sakhon locals hinder moves to set up Covid-19 field hospitals
Hundreds of locals showed up at the Thailand National Sports University Samut Sakhon campus at noon on Thursday to block efforts to turn the campus into a field hospital for Covid-19 patients.

Their argument was that some 10,000 people live near the university, and there are many kindergartens and nurseries nearby as well as a child development centre. They said that placing Covid-19 patients in the middle of the community would be unsafe, especially if a patient escapes or enough care is not taken to keep them sequestered. They also pointed out that it would be almost impossible to deal with the situation, especially since there is a shortage of staff.

Instead, the villagers said, the infected people should be placed on fishing boats or near infection hotspots like the Talay Thai market.

"Samut Sakhon authorities should find a better solution than this," a representative said.

As of Wednesday, 1,202 people had tested positive for novel coronavirus in Samut Sakhon and most of them are migrant workers.

Villagers continued with their stake out even after officials retreated for fear beds and patients may be smuggled in.

Residents also protested against plans to set up a field hospital near Pantai Norasingh Water Park, saying businesses around the area will be badly affected.

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CCSA confirms there will be no lockdown
(NNT) - The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has confirmed that there is no need to impose a lockdown in response to recent uptick in COVID-19 patients.

Deputy Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Natapanu Nopakun made the comment after a major CCSA meeting, while also adding that the center has decided to adjust its plan to tackling COVID, switching an area based management.

The first of these are Highly Controlled Areas with multiple cases that must perform "Active Case Finding" Operations, establish field hospitals, and impose restrictions during business operating hours if needed. These areas must also establish checkpoints to monitor people's movement. The spokesperson said factories and fisheries operators must also implement strict coronavirus prevention measures, while online classes and "work from home" policies are strongly encouraged. He further noted that migrant worker movement from these areas as well as mass gatherings are prohibited.

Meanwhile, Controlled Areas with more than 10 cases must maintain "Active Case Finding" operations, while providing governors with the authority to determine operating hour restrictions and closures for business. Online classes are also recommended. Natapanu said people traveling from "Highly Controlled Areas" to the "Controlled Areas" must work from home, and that migrant worker movement is prohibited while only small-scale gatherings are allowed.

In Closely Surveillanced Areas, with less than 10 cases, officials must conduct "Active Case Finding" operations, with governors making decisions on whether to impose restrictions on businesses operating hours, the necessity of online classes, and Work From Home measures. These areas are not encouraged to allow migrant workers movements, while events must be downsized with strict prevention measures in place.

Finally, officials in Surveillanced Areas with no reported cases that are nevertheless deemed risky must also perform "Active Case Finding" operations while upholding standard COVID-19 prevention measures. These areas are allowed to hold events with mass gatherings, though officials recommend that organizers consider downsizing attendance and maintaining healthy safety protocols.

Natapanu also gave his assurance that the government is capable of performing aggressive testings, regarding the Samut Sakhon COVID upsurge, he also ensured the safety of migrant workers in the province citing the capability of the Thai public health sector. The spokesperson reiterated that the Thai government has implemented strict and standard measures for all persons entering Thailand, including all health criteria and quarantine, and the administration will continue to do so.

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Ban on mass gatherings
Colour-coded system to determine restrictions

Public New Year celebrations and crowded events have been prohibited in Bangkok and many provinces.

The decision was announced by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Thursday as it announced a colour-coding system to identify which areas were most vulnerable to Covid-19 outbreaks.

Bangkok has been declared an "orange zone" -- and thus subject to strict measures. However, it has escaped a total lockdown.

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin announced four colour-coded zones for Covid-19 control measures, effective immediately.

Red, orange, yellow and green are used to illustrate the degree of Covid-19 infection in provinces affected by the disease.
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The red zone means maximum control and a considerable number of Covid-19 cases. The only province given this highest at-risk category is Samut Sakhon, the epicentre of the latest outbreak.

In this zone, crowd activities are banned and maximum Covid-19 prevention is imposed at workplaces, factories and workers' dormitories.

At-risk premises must close or limit their operating hours.

Transporting migrant workers out of the province is banned, transporting Thais is restricted in order to limit the impact on businesses and industries. Work from home should be maximised and online education encouraged.

Fishing can continue but fishermen and seafood must be subject to active Covid-19 tests. Affected people are rehabilitated.

Measures in the three other zones are more relaxed.

The second-highest control zone (orange) covers provinces surrounding Samut Sakhon -- Bangkok, Samut Songkhram, Ratchaburi and Nakhon Pathom. Transporting migrant workers out of an orange zone is also banned.

The high surveillance zone (yellow) comprises 25 provinces, while the surveillance zone (green) applies to provinces without infection cases.

Dr Taweesilp said New Year celebrations are banned in the red zone, unless entirely online. Public celebrations are banned in control or orange zones, including Bangkok. Parties can be held here, provided the number of attendees is limited.

In response to the CCSA order, two major New Year countdown celebrations in the capital have changed their plans. CentralWorld and Iconsiam on Thursday cancelled their countdown concerts. However, operators of the two destinations will still go ahead with their spectacular firework displays, focusing on a live broadcast as a countdown event on Dec 31.

CentralWorld's firework display will continue for at least five minutes under the theme "A Symbol of Hope".

Meanwhile, Iconsiam will broadcast its Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021 - Celebrate The Spirit of Thailand show of 25,000 fireworks along the Chao Phraya River.

Speaking after the CCSA meeting, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the CCSA has designated control zones depending on the severity of the situation so each zone could come up with appropriate measures.

"Many people have been waiting today to see whether I would impose a nationwide lockdown. We have to look at the severity of infection in each area," Gen Prayut said.

In each cluster of provinces, provincial governors, and provincial public health officers will decide which activities will be allowed, the prime minister said.

Gen Prayut said public health experts had confirmed the Covid-19 situation to be under control but cooperation from all sectors was still required. "I don't want you to panic. Medical personnel, nurses and the public health system are enough to handle the situation," he said.
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Thailand situation, 25 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 5910 (+81)
- Recovered: 4,130 (+21)
- Active cases: 1713
- Deaths: 60 (+0)

Live thai language  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we3w349lkfI   for Covid-19 Daily Briefing english skip to 46:42
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Thailand confirms 81 new coronavirus infections
(Reuters) - Thailand confirmed 81 new coronavirus infections on Friday, of which nine were imported from abroad, the public health ministry said. Around half the 72 locally transmitted cases reported were linked to an outbreak discovered at the weekend at a seafood centre near the capital Bangkok, the ministry said in a statement.

It did not say where the other cases were from. More than 1,400 infections have been linked to the seafood centre outbreak since last week, the majority of those migrant workers from Myanmar.  reuters.com

Six Covid-19 cases in Chai Nat province, including 5-year-old
A five-year-old is among six new Covid-19 cases in Chai Nat province.

Chai Nat Governor Somboon Sirivej told a press conference on Thursday afternoon that the province now had six confirmed cases of Covid-19 after the first case was reported on December 20.

The source of the infections is suspected to be a 35-year-old seafood vendor who had earlier visited Samut Sakhon province, a hotspot of recent mass infections.

"The second and third patients are a mother and son from Muang district who had visited the same clinic where the first patient had received testing," he said.

"The 41-year-old mother had reportedly brought her five-year-old for asthma treatment to the clinic."

The fourth and fifth patients are a married couple aged 34 and 31 from Han Kha district. They had earlier visited Thalay Thai Market in Samut Sakhon and been tested on December 22 at Chai Nat Narenthorn following a Ministry of Public Health recommendation for people who had visited the hotspot.

"The sixth patient is a 47-year-old woman who is a stepmother of the fifth patient. They live in the same house," said Somboon.

Somboon added that five other persons who had been in close contact with the patients had been tested and placed in isolation while awaiting the results. He also ordered the Huay Ngu subdistrict in Han Khan district, where three of the patients lived, to be a controlled area and public health officers must stay on high alert for possible new cases.

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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 25 December 2020
25 December 2020 -- An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

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Six new Covid cases in Bangkok
Four linked to Samut Sakhon, two still being investigated

Six new cases of novel coronavirus infection have been detected in Bangkok, most linked to the outbreak in Samut Sakhon province.

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang said the diagnoses were confirmed on Friday. Four of the six had visited Samut Sakhon.

He said one of the four was an official of the Dusit district office. He went to a restaurant in Samut Sakhon and later tested positive for Covid-19.

Another was a vendor who bought goods in Samut Sakhon for sale at a market in Lat Phrao area.

A vendor who lived in Bang Kapi district also bought seafood in Samut Sakhon, at the Talay Thai market, and delivered to a sukiyaki restaurant in Lat Phrao area.

The fourth case had travelled by car to a shrimp shop in Samut Sakhon, then went to a shopping centre in Suk Sawat area and visited relatives in Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan.

The other two were still under investigaton.

Since the Covid-19 outbreak early this year, Bangkok had logged 40 patients with the disease. Investigation was going in 27 of the cases. Seven of them were factory workers in Thawi Wattana and Bang Khuntian districts, Mr Pongsakorn said.

Health workers had tested 222 people at markets in the capital and all were negative. Most confirmed cases worked in factories where both Thais and migrant labour were employed, the BMA spokesman said.

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Koh Lanta big bike party turns out to be Covid cluster
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has revealed a new Covid-19 cluster from a "big-bike party" in Koh Lanta, with around 10 confirmed infections and 129 people at risk.

A Covid-19 patient travelled from Samut Sakhon on December 9 with two friends to attend the Multistrada Thailand Meeting of Ducati bikers on December 11 in Koh Lanta.

There he came in contact with 133 people, 129 of whom are at high risk and four not at such high risk. All these people have been tracked and contacted as the hotel had registered every partygoer.

So far, 10 cases related to this party have been detected, including the initial one from Samut Sakhon.

Four cases have been found in Krabi, one of whom attended the party in Koh Lanta and then transmitted the virus to his wife, daughter and relative.

One partygoer transmitted the virus to his two sons in Phuket, while two infections were recorded in Songkhla, as one of the big bikers transmitted the virus to his younger sister.

DDC has called on authorities in each province to look out for people who may have attended the Koh Lanta party and passed the infection on to others.

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Government House on alert after 6 officials test positive
Six officials in the Prime Minister's Office at Government House have tested positive for Covid-19 after random screening of its 700 staff. The six positive results came from the first batch of 350 staff whose saliva was screened with rapid test kits. The second batch will be tested on Monday.

The six whose results came back positive have been tested again via the swab method to confirm the infection, with the results due tomorrow (December 26).

Government House has now been closed to outsiders, while all documents delivered to the building are being sterilised in a UV cabinet.

The building will be sterilised in a deep-cleaning operation on Friday. Meanwhile the press pack at Government House have been warned they face rapid tests if the situation does not improve

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Thailand situation, 26 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 6020 (+110*)
- Recovered: 4,152 (+15)
- Active cases: 1808
- Deaths: 60 (+0)

*30 among migrant workers, 64 local transmissions (60 linked to the Samut Sakhon cluster) @ SaksithCNA
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 26 December 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/covid-19-daily-briefing-26-december-2020-1130-am/703419343867843/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos

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Government House on alert after 6 officials test positive
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PM's Office staff who had tested positive for Covid-19 cleared of infection
Six officials in the Prime Minister's Office at Government House who had earlier tested positive for Covid-19 via rapid test were ruled as not infected after swab test.
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94 domestic cases among 110 new Covid-19 patients
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Saturday revealed 110 cases in the past 24 hours, including 94 domestic cases and 16 in state quarantine.

Of the 94 cases, 64 were Thai nationals while 30 were migrant workers living in the country.

18 were in Bangkok,10 in Phetchaburi, seven in Samut Prakan, five in Chai Nat, four in Ratchaburi, three each in Nakhon Ratchasima and Rayong, two each in Saraburi, Chaiyaphum, Satun and Chachoengsao, one each in Ayutthaya, Pathumthani, Trang, Khon Kaen, Phichit, and Songkhla.

The new cases in quarantine facilities included two from Myanmar, four from Russia, three from the US, and one each from France, Turkey, the UK, Mozambique, India, Saudi Arabia and Germany.

The total number of confirmed cases in Thailand has risen to 6,020 -- 4,061 domestic cases, of which 1,338 were migrant workers, and 1,959 in quarantine centres -- 4,152 have recovered and been discharged while 60 people have died.

According to Worldometer, as of 10am on Saturday, the total number of confirmed cases globally had risen to 80.20 million (up by 472,443), 56.47 million have recovered, 23.73 million are active cases (105,785 in severe condition) and 1.75 million have died (up by 8,374).

Thailand ranks 144th for most cases in the world, while the US tops the list with 19.21 million, followed by India 10.16 million, Brazil 7.44 million, Russia 2.99 million and France 2.54 million.

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Famous Nonthaburi temple to serve as Covid-19 quarantine centre until Jan 8
Nonthaburi provincial authorities on Friday ordered Wat Boromracha Kanchanapisek Anusorn, also known as Wat Leng Noei Yi 2, a famous Chinese Buddhist temple located in Bangbuathong district, to be closed temporarily from December 25 until January 8.

"Officials will use the temple's premises as quarantine location for persons suspected of contracting Covid-19 but are yet to show symptoms," province officials said on the Facebook page of Nonthaburi Covid-19 Information Centre on Friday evening.

Two new Covid-19 cases have been recently reported in Nonthaburi -- both are Myanmar national female workers at the temple aged 54 and 46 years.

After the cases were found, 113 monks and staff of the temple were quarantined within the temple.

Health officials are tracing their travel history and testing people who might have had close contact with the patients.

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Two new COVID-19 infection clusters reported in Thailand
Thailand's Disease Control Department has reported two new clusters of COVID-19 infections, one involving 19 big bike enthusiasts, who had gathered for a celebration on Lanta Island in the southern province of Krabi, and the other involving a group of nine gamblers in the eastern province of Rayong.

Dr. Sophon Iamsirithavorn, director of the Communicable Disease Division, said today that the bikers, coming from Samut Sakhon, Phuket, Songkhla and Bangkok, had gathered on Lanta Island on December 11th and 12th.

The first infection among them was a 45-year old from Samut Sakhon. Then more bikers from Krabi, Phuket, Bangkok and Songkhla and their family members were found to be infected.

Disease Control Department Director-General Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong said today that another cluster involves nine gamblers and their family members in Rayong province.

He said that it is unclear whether it was an illegal gambling den, noting that the gamblers were reluctant to tell the officials, making it difficult to trace their contacts for screening, thusincreasing the risk of more infections.

Besides the nine known to be infected, four others are under investigation.

Meanwhile, in Samut Sakhon, the provincial communicable disease committee has decided to use the provincial stadium as a quarantine facility for people under observation.

Troops and police have been deployed to the stadium, as workers clear the land to erect tents. The quarantine facility will also be used for screening migrant workers from Myanmar.

Several residents had expressed concern about their safety, as authorities had been using the central shrimp market and surrounding dormitories as quarantine facilities for asymptomatic cases and workers awaiting screening.

So far, 1,300 migrant workers have been found to be infected,among about 13,000 tested.

In Bangkok, the Nittaya Gai Yang restaurant, in the Samyan Mitrtown mall, was closed for three days on Friday for disinfection after a member of the infected restaurant owner's family visited the restaurant on December 12th.

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Infections found in 33 provinces
PM prohibits public gatherings

Muang district of Rayong was on Saturday declared a red zone, where the tightest Covid-19 control measures are in place, after 27 new infections were confirmed in a single day, bringing the total number of cases there to 36, provincial governor Chanchana Iamsaeng said.

Eighteen new patients were confirmed at state-run hospitals and another nine at two private-run hospitals, said the governor.

Rayong had been free of Covid-19 for more than 200 days since the first wave of outbreak early this year.

In the new round of the Covid-19 outbreak, the province's first infection was confirmed on Thursday, followed by another eight on Friday and 27 on Saturday.

Under the circumstances, Muang district, where the infections are concentrated, has implemented maximisal Covid-19 control measures. Effective from Monday, all public places which are crowded are ordered to be shut, except for supermarkets.

The new cluster of infections in Rayong has raised the Public Health Ministry's concern of a possible major spread of the virus as an infected person in the province had gambled at a local underground casino prior to testing positive for Covid-19.

The disease outbreak now spans 33 provinces, beginning at the epidemic hotbed in the central shrimp market in Samut Sakhon last week.

Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Department of Disease Control (DDC), on Saturday told the media the gambler was a 55-year-old woman.

She infected a 51-year-old woman who shared a house with her.

The 51-year-old had also been driving a car to meet her sister and nephew.

These individuals caught the virus and passed it to nine others.

Meanwhile, four people suspected of contracting Covid-19 are waiting for the test results.

"We are worried about the cluster because the patient didn't tell the truth," said Dr Opas.

The lack of honesty made it difficult to track the disease. There was no telling how many people were in the casino with the woman at the time, he said.

Thailand on Saturday updated its tally, reporting 6,020 infections with 60 deaths.

Meanwhile, 234 infections in 33 provinces are traced to the central shrimp market in Samut Sakhon.

Dr Sophon Iamsirithavorn, the DDC's acting deputy chief, said it is likely the number of infections may reach 10,000 due to large-scale tests.

Previously, tests were performed only in cases where individuals developed a fever, which could be an early indication of Covid-19. However, 90% of infected people are asymptomatic.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Saturday exercised his power under the emergency decree to prohibit public gatherings nationwide and authorise governors to decide if a Covid-19 lockdown must be imposed in their provinces, said Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

He told a press briefing on Saturday the ban reduces the risk of the virus spreading.

"Basically, provincial governors will decide on their provinces' disease control measures," he said.

"At the same time, the ban on public gatherings is enforced nationwide."

In border district of Mae Sot in Tak, three new Covid-19 cases were confirmed on Saturday, said a source.

One patient was the owner of a bicycle shop and the other two were his employees.

In Krabi, two more cases were detected in a cluster of infections linked with a big bike group that travelled to the Lan Ta island, said a source. In total 17 people in this cluster have been confirmed to have Covid-19.

In Nakhon Pathom, the provincial health office recorded 13 new cases on Saturday, bringing the cumulative number to 30.

Phetchaburi also recorded nine new cases, raising the infection number there to 17 on Saturday. Nakhon Ratchasima recorded three new cases on Saturday, putting the total at six.

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Quarantine on people from Samut Sakhon
The chief of Phimai district ordered quarantine on anyone arriving from the Covid-19 epicentre Samut Sakhon province and also closed a big school for disease control.

Phimai district chief Amnuay Pongnan said on Sunday that the disease control response followed the government's declaration of Samut Sakhon as a maximum disease control zone and the Covid-19 cases of Nakhon Ratchasima linked to Samut Sakhon rising to six.

People arriving from high-risk areas, especially Samut Sakhon, must be quarantined at a state facility for 14 days, he said.

The policy coped with people who were returning from other provinces to Phimai district during the New Year period and local administrative and health officials would be checking arrivals, he said.

The district chief also ordered the closure of Phimai Wittaya School where there are more than 4,000 students as one Covid-19 case was confirmed in Phimai.

The school management would instead conduct online education until Covid-19 situations in Phimai and nearby areas improve, Mr Amnuay said.

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Thailand situation, 27 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 6141 *(+121)
- Recovered: 4,161 (+9)
- Active cases: 1902
- Deaths: 60 (+0)

*94 local transmissions, 18 migrant workers, other 9 are imported in quarantine @ SaksithCNA
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 27 December 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

Video link  https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/873823706718970/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos

Thai language https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4y12eMSX-E   English skip to 31:26
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Samut Sakhon stadium now a virus care centre
A provincial stadium has been designated as an additional field hospital to treat Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms after residents opposed proposals to use two other sites.

In an order signed by governor Verasak Vichitsangsri, the stadium, which is close to the provincial governor's residence, will be used to house a care centre for Samut Sakhon people.

Unauthorised people are prohibited to enter the area with violators subjected to one-year imprisonment, a maximum fine of 100,000 baht or both, under the communicable disease control law, and a two-year jail term, a fine of 40,000 baht or both, under the emergency decree declared to combat Covid-19.

The centre is designated to provide treatment and care to infected patients who are recuperating.

The isolated environment will allow authorities to contain the spread of the virus.

It will be equipped with an administration unit, lavatory trucks, and a waste management system in which bio-hazardous waste will be separated and disposed of.

The governor's order follows the opening of a field hospital at the Central Shrimp Market which is a hotspot of new Covid-19 infections among mostly migrant workers.

By tomorrow, 200 beds will be ready for Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms. The number of beds is expected to increase to 500 by the end of the year.

Provincial authorities' plans to set up a field hospital at Thailand National Sports University Samut Sakhon Campus and at Phan Thai Norasing Water Park have been opposed by locals who are concerned about the spread of the virus.

Following the outbreak in Samut Sakhon, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered a 1,000-bed field hospital to be set up to treat Covid-19 patients in the province.

Samut Sakhon has been designated as a maximum control zone.

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