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Phuket locks down, brings all transport to standstill until April 30

By The Nation

 

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Phuket is locking down from Monday (March 30) until April 30 as the number of Covid-19 patients over the country is growing.

 

Phuket Governor Phakkhaphong Thawiphat announced on Sunday that all modes of transport except air would be halted until April 30 in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

 

Only vehicles that contain necessary supplies such as gas, medical, food and government vehicles are allowed land transportation. Others must seek permission from the Public Health Ministry.

 

As far as water transportation is concerned, ship crew will not be allowed to disembark at ports in Phuket and ships would be allowed to only bring essential supplies.

 

All beaches in Phuket closed indefinitely

 

 

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Can not imagine how this is going to work.  Many foreigners and many more Thais have to get to their other places.  It is fairly easy to enforce.  Only one big airport.  Only one land bridge right?  Sea travel for smaller craft might be a little tougher to enforce.  But I am pretty sure some water travel, over to Myanmar are going to happen, and also some land over towards the south crossings, roads or not

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They start to freak out ....

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Am I reading this correctly that he is only talking about transport on and off the island. Surely not banning vehicles and motorbikes across the islands roads?

 

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37 minutes ago, AhFarangJa said:

Am I reading this correctly that he is only talking about transport on and off the island. Surely not banning vehicles and motorbikes across the islands roads?

 

Yes, hardly any change with the previous situation.

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What strikes me the most.... the SARS epidemic happened in 2003.

And nobody ever bothered to produce a vaccine?

They say it takes a minimum of 1 to 1.5 years for a vaccine to be ready and safe for use for humans. Well, 17 years and no vaccine for SARS??

And with Covid-19 so close to SARS....

If the pharmaceutical industry did their job, we would have never heard of Covid-19.

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1 hour ago, brain150 said:

You give somebody unlimited power, you can be sure he will use it !

 

Based on what ? Based on fear of what you don't understand ?

 

The New England Journal of Medicine

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe2002387

This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.

I think the issue is the infection rate rather than the mortality rate. Some of the other viruses you mention had a much higher mortality rate but didn't transmit so easily which is why it was possible to prevent the spread. 

 

Covid 19 Is highly infectious so whilst most who are infected die if you don't try to stop it spreading that small percentage can be a loot of people. The actual mortality rate arms a bit difficult to pin down since you need accurate figures for those infected. Rhett are doubts about the figures from some countries and it's dependant on the extent of testing. More testing will give a lower mortality rate. Most estimates I've seen are 1% or below.

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15 minutes ago, spiekerjozef said:

What strikes me the most.... the SARS epidemic happened in 2003.

And nobody ever bothered to produce a vaccine?

They say it takes a minimum of 1 to 1.5 years for a vaccine to be ready and safe for use for humans. Well, 17 years and no vaccine for SARS??

And with Covid-19 so close to SARS....

If the pharmaceutical industry did their job, we would have never heard of Covid-19.

From what I can tell it isn't that they didn't bother. There have been some animal tests but they haven't been that successful. 

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15 minutes ago, spiekerjozef said:

What strikes me the most.... the SARS epidemic happened in 2003.

And nobody ever bothered to produce a vaccine?

They say it takes a minimum of 1 to 1.5 years for a vaccine to be ready and safe for use for humans. Well, 17 years and no vaccine for SARS??

And with Covid-19 so close to SARS....

 

You misunderstood...

 

They didn't make a vaccine against SARS... Because they... failed.

 

They tried ! But they failed.

 

So the right question to ask now is : why they continue to BS us by saying that a vaccine against the chinese virus will come soon ?

 

Several answers are possible. But the most obvious is : "to enhance the flow of fundings".

 

Chasing a ghost, forever... Perfect time to milk the cow : "oh yeah it's coming we are working on it"...

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1 hour ago, christophe75 said:

We were told that general Prayuth was officially in charge of the fight against the virus.

 

Isn't it ?

 

Thanks to an emergency decree, with broad powers.

 

So how a governor can take, unilaterally, such a hard, insane decision ?

 

A decision that :

-affects directly the life of half of million of people

-affects national security (yes !)

-affects Thailand international image (Phuket is known worldwide !)

 

People will think : "Is Phuket the new Wuhan ? What's going on in Thailand ?"

 

It's a PR disaster.

 

Reminds us how many cases...  do they have in Phuket ?

 

And if Phuket is locked-down why not Bangkok ?

 

Who is in charge ?

 

Where is Prayuth ?

 

It's just mind boggling.

I think we have over the years established that the southern Islands are run by others, I think they are known as "Influential People".

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55 minutes ago, spiekerjozef said:

If the pharmaceutical industry did their job, we would have never heard of Covid-19.

From what I understand COVID-19 leaked from labs that were doing exactly that.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-hypothesis-of-coronavirus-originating-from-a-laboratory-in-Wuhan-is-plausible-49550.html

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