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Gambling-related Covid cases soar in Rayong
Covid cases surged by 49 in Rayong over the past 24 hours, raising total cases linked to a gambling den in the eastern province to 85, health authorities say.

Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said on Sunday that the sharp increase justified maximum disease control in Rayong and fast active testing. He asked at-risk people to seek free Covid tests at a temporary testing site at the Noen Urai market in Muang district.

Rayong governor Charnna Iamsaeng said the total number of Covid cases linked to gambling rose to 85 and was rising. Therefore, a field hospital would be set up, he said.

Rayong has not been locked down and ordinary people are free to travel to and from the province as usual, the governor said.

Dr Soonthorn Rianphumikarakit, Rayong health chief, said Rayong, Klaeng and Chalerm Phrakiat Map Ta Phut hospitals have been readied to treat Covid-19 cases in the province.

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A clip on Rayong which is been hard hit once again, after the Egyptian soldier scare, it now takes a further blow, the eastern coastal province deserted taking a toll on local businesses.

A video from Thai Rath who has reported a normally busy beach now deserted with nobody interested in seafood after the Samut Sakhon outbreak.

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December 27, 2020
COVID-19 alert in Rayong province as gambling cluster infections increase to 85
Forty-eight more people in Thailand's eastern province of Rayong have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, raising the number of gambling cluster infections to 85 so far. The province is not yet locked down, according to a joint announcement by Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutacha, Governor Charna Lamsaeng and provincial health chief Dr. Sunthorn Rienpoomkarnkit in a hastily held press conference this afternoon (Sunday).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thailand situation, 28 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 6,285 (+144*)
- Recovered: 4,180 (+19)
- Active cases: 2045
- Deaths: 60 (+0)

*115 local transmissions, 14 among migrant workers. There are 43 provinces with at least 1 local #COVID19 cases now. @SaksithCNA
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 28 December 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link  https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/265504898475234/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos

Thai language  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBY41ccK-TE    English skip to 31:23
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Covid situation 'more serious'
Cooperation urged to avoid harsh measures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The number has increased to 85 as of Sunday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rayong police commander removed over gambling-related COVID-19 outbreak
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death confirmed from Rayong gambling den
Deputy Health Minister Satit Pituthecha has confirmed the fresh outbreak of Covid-19 has claimed its first life, pushing Thailand's death toll up to 61.

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

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

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

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Road accidents biggest health crisis
If we go by the number of deaths, the coronavirus is not the country's biggest health public health problem. Road accidents are. The coronavirus deaths in the past six months are about the number of road casualties in just one day.
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Bangkok closes entertainment venues, Chiang Mai imposes travel restrictions
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has ordered the closure, until January 4th, of horse race tracks, cock-fighting and fish-fighting rings, as well as entertainment venues as COVID-19 infections spread to at least 43 provinces. Entertainment venues facing closure include those serving food and beverages, offer music or karaoke or allow their waitresses to
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Hail the warriors in white gowns
Widely praised as heroes for boosting the country's recovery rate from Covid-19, Thai health workers battling at the frontlines are the Post's person of the year. In every crisis, there is a hero. And for the annus horibilis 2020, no one deserves the "Person of The Year" title more than the "Warriors in White Gowns" -- a term which the public use to praise medical workers and over a million health volunteers on the frontlines of looking after the ill. 
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 29 December 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link  https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/2879783055634264/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos

Thai language   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeJI-fuG5_0   Eng language skip to 28:21
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Thailand situation, 29 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 6,440 (+155)
- Recovered: 4,180 (+4)
- Active cases: 2195
- Deaths: 61 (+1)
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Quote from: thaiga on December 29, 2020, 02:27:11 PM
Thailand situation, 29 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 6,440 (+155)
- Recovered: 4,180 (+4)
- Active cases: 2195
- Deaths: 61 (+1)
Yesterdays recovered count being reported the same as todays @ Recovered: 4,180 (+4) see above posts
now corrected as pic below from facebook clip.

Recovered: 4,184 (+4)   
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Outbreak spreads to 45 provinces, could grow to 'thousands of cases per day'
The latest outbreak has now spread to 45 provinces, said Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rayong records 56 new cases as schools, malls closed
Rayong recorded 56 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, as schools and pubs in the eastern province were ordered to shut.

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

Meanwhile, test results for 20 suspected cases are pending.

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

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

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

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

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

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WHO warns Covid-19 pandemic is 'not necessarily the big one'
Experts tell end of year media briefing that virus is likely to become endemic and the world will have to learn to live with it

World Health Organization experts have warned that even though the coronavirus pandemic has been very severe, it is "not necessarily the big one", and that the world will have to learn to live with Covid-19.
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Thailand situation, 30 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 6,690(+250)
- Recovered: 4,212 (+2)
- Active cases: 2,417
- Deaths: 61 (+0)
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Infected Bangkok goods transporter visited several department stores
A 36-year-old transporter of goods from Bangkok, who contracted Covid-19 last week, had travelled to Samut Sakhon province and then visited several department stores in the capital.

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

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

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

On December 17, he stayed home.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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241 of 250 new Covid-19 cases transmitted locally
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported 250 new cases over a 24-hour period from various sources on Wednesday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meanwhile, 28 patients have recovered and been discharged.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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21 more staff at Bangkok karaoke shop found to have Covid
Twenty-one more employees of a karaoke shop in Bangkok visited by an infected person from Nonthaburi province have tested positive for Covid-19.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pattaya, rest of Chon Buri's Bang Lamung locked down
Pattaya and the rest of Bang Lamung district has been locked down until further notice to curb a surge in Covid-19 infections, the provincial disease control committee said on Wednesday.

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

The following measures are to be taken under the order:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thailand situation, 31 December 2020
- Total confirmed: 6,884 (+194)
- Recovered: 4,240 (+28)
- Active cases: 2,583
- Deaths: 61 (+0)   
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: 31 December 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

video link  https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/covid-19-daily-briefing-31-december-2020

Thai language   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCT4pr7e8Gk  Eng language skip to 28:04
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Thai PM assures no national lockdown despite a surge in COVID-19 cases
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reassured that the Thai government will not resort to a lockdown of the entire country in the wake of the surge in COVID-19 infections, noting that provincial governors are authorized to make decisions about necessary measures in their provinces to stem the spread of the contagion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other provinces were marked in green as there were no reported cases in this latest wave of infections.  nationthailand.com
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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As the outbreak spreads infections found in 51 provinces, not a good time for the revellers celebrating, not the same but much safer to see the new year in on the box.

Covid-19 infections found in 51 provinces

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

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

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