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Thailand reported 405 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, continuing the spike of new cases in recent days.

 

Of the new cases, 391 were local transmissions, while 14 were imported from people entering quarantine.

 

Most cases were reported in Bangkok. However, cases have now been discovered in more than 30 provinces
 
A further 32 people were discharged from hospital having made a full recovery. 

 

2,114 people remain in hospital or held in a migrant worker quarantine centre.

 

Thursday’s cases bring the total number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand to 30,310 with 95 deaths.

 

 

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Official COVID-19 update in Thailand on Thursday
* 30,310 people infected (+ 405)
* 28,101 discharged from hospital (+32)
* 2,114 in hospital
* 95 deaths (+0)
 
The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration said the latest imported cases are:
France - 1
Switzerland - 1
Malaysia - 1
India - 1
Bangladesh - 2
United Arab Emirates - 6
United Kingdom - 1
Turkey - 1
Total: 14
 
Domestic cases - 197
 
Proactive case finding in communities - 194
 
 
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the original EN version of the government's list left off 1 case from India.
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I hope they're good at multi tasking, the situation surrounding the outbreaks in factories, markets and prisons may not be resolved yet either. I'd say its all hands to the pump on this, no holidays for the cabinet, get the outbreaks sorted first then bring the happiness back to the people...................🙏

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Thursday's EN language COVID news briefing video runs about 15 minutes:

 

8 April 2021-- An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

 

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https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/289339332755092/

 

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"The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has released a list of 21 restaurants and bars in eight districts of Bangkok warning people that if they went there after 22 March they could be at risk.
 
Please visit http://bkkcovid19.bangkok.go.th or call the hotline 02-203-2393, 02-203-2396, 02-203-2883 or use the QR code for self assessment."

 

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https://www.facebook.com/nbtworld/posts/10157936209572050

 

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The latest past week summary of daily local case totals, excluding imported cases:

 

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And the latest COVID case trendline map released by the Ministry of Public Health. It shows two subgroups of COVID cases overlapped on each other on the graph, the locally reported cases shown by the red line, and the outreach testing cases shown by the tan colored bars. The chart shows data going back to mid December 2020.

 

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Both charts were part of a nearly 40-page packet of slides/graphics released by the government in their COVID update for the day.

 

https://www.facebook.com/informationcovid19/posts/301957944755870

 

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Work from Home in April

In light of the emergence of the UK COVID strain in Thailand, "which spreads very very quickly," the government's CCSA spokesman today said the government is encouraging government agencies and the private sector to allow their employees to work from home for the remainder of April, as appropriate, as much as possible. (10 min, 55 second point in the video).

 

https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/videos/289339332755092/

 

 

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The question of quarantine for Song Kran travelers from COVID outbreak areas such as Bangkok heading to other provinces continues to get mixed and seemingly contradictory reporting today.

 

ThaiVisa has a news thread with a government NNT news report quoting the Public Health minister saying no quarantines.

 

 

Yet other sources such as the Thai Enquirer continue today to report on quarantines being enacted by various outlying provinces.

 

Provinces introduce different measures to curb spread of Covid-19

 

"Provinces around the country are placing restrictions on people traveling from the capital after a string of outbreak clusters in Bangkok, local authorities announced on Thursday.

 

Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Phitsanulok, Bueng Kan, Roi Et and Surin have all placed restrictions on people travelling from Bangkok, Pathumthani, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Nakhon Pathom.

 

The restrictions came after the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Wednesday that the new cluster, that was found at entertainment venues in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, had led to 291 confirmed cases between March 22 and April 6."

 

https://www.thaienquirer.com/26248/provinces-introduce-different-measures-to-curb-spread-of-covid-19/

 

Part of the confusion and contradictory reporting  may be related to the CCSA today clarifying that, contrary to an earlier proposal, BKK and the four other provinces were NOT being declared as "red zones" and would remain in the "orange zone" category.

 

 

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A bit more on the entertainment venues closure order affecting 41 provinces and the April work from home plans:

 

"The spokesman said the closure would take effect when Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha signs the order at a meeting on Friday.
 
Health and security officials agreed in talks on Thursday that a blanket closure in all provinces was not necessary. They opted for what Dr Taweesilp called "target therapy" in provinces with the potential to spread COVID-19."
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The CCSA spokesman said there would be no U-turn on the closure decision. The centre decided to make it public ahead of the signing of the order on Friday so that businesses could prepare in advance.
 
The meeting on Friday would also announce a work from home policy for state agencies and encourage private firms to allow their employees to also work from home."
 
 
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A small accommodation aimed at travelers who may be rethinking their Song Kran travel plans. No mention of air travel.

 

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"According to the the Transport Ministry, all departments providing public transport services to grant a full fare refund to those who wish to cancel their tickets purchased before the Songkran holiday.
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However, for people to receive the full refund they must return their tickets at least 24 hours before departure time.
 
Meanwhile, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) announced that it would allow customers who bought tickets for the April 9-18 period to get a full refund provided that they cancel their trip at least 24 hours before departure, or one hour before departure in the case that the destination is suddenly announced as a maximum control area by the government."
 
 
 
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2 hours ago, Bkk Brian said:

I hope they're good at multi tasking, the situation surrounding the outbreaks in factories, markets and prisons may not be resolved yet either. I'd say its all hands to the pump on this, no holidays for the cabinet, get the outbreaks sorted first then bring the happiness back to the people...................🙏

And the very first thing most of the Cabinet do is take a 14 Day self Quarantine / Isolation Break

Some of them did the same when the last outbreak started to put pressure on.

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has decided to cancel all [government-sponsored] Songkran activities in all districts to curb COVID-19 from spreading further after a new cluster of cases linked to entertainment venues in Thong Lo swiftly spread to other areas.
 
Deputy Bangkok Governor Kriangyos Sudlabha said the Songkran activities at Lan Khon Meuang Plaza in Phra Nakhon district and activities scheduled to be held in other districts will be cancelled, adding that all entertainment venues on Khaosan Road would also be shut from April 7 to 12.
 
He urged public and private organizations which cannot cancel their planned Songkran festivities to employ strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 
 
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6 minutes ago, Bkk Brian said:

TNAMCOT news reporting on twitter that Deputy Police commissioner says a total of 24 police officers are infected, 11 of those at the Thong Lor Police station

 

Had a similar report on that last night re Thong Lo police:

 

https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1212913-thailand-reports-334-new-covid-19-cases-on-wednesday/?do=findComment&comment=16372029

 

"NBT World / the National News Bureau of Thailand also is reporting that 9 of nearly 190 police officers tested at the Thong Lo police station thus far have tested positive for COVID and been hospitalized, and another 22 officers considered to be close contacts are going to serve 14-day quarantines.  The report said the 9 officers were among those who had been inspecting Thong Lo nightlife venues."

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Given that most of the vaccines Thailand has been administering thus far have been the Sinovac vaccine (bottom of the chart), and now there's increasing evidence of the UK variant of the virus spreading here, the following chart posted by the Thai media today is not good news.

 

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COVID-19 vaccine efficacy against variants
 
Source: UW Medicine; Reuters; Lancet; Lancet Preprint; Biorxiv; Moderna; Nature; New England Joural of Medicine; Imperial College London; CDC; CoV-lineages.org, Business Insider

 

https://www.facebook.com/nbtworld/posts/10157936367477050

 

The following chart from the government earlier this week shows that they have allocated, thus far, about 10 times as many doses of the Sinovac vaccine compared to their current availability of AstraZeneca doses.

 

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Yesterday, there was talk of the government preparing for the possibility of opening one or more emergency field hospitals in BKK or elsewhere -- in the event the COVID case numbers spiral beyond the levels the regular hospitals can accommodate [remember, the current policy is that confirmed COVID cases are hospitalized].

 

Today, for the first time, I also saw mention in one of their planning documents of something I believe they called "Alternate Hospital Quarantine" -- which was explained as the notion of potentially also allowing current ASQ hotels to take the overflow of confirmed COVID cases for people not showing symptoms or particular illness.

 

https://www.facebook.com/informationcovid19/posts/302027334748931

 

"Prepare 3 levels to support infections that may increase in the future if there aren't enough beds with the following directions.

 
1. Expanding more beds from state and private hospital.
2. AHQ (Alternative Hospital Quarantine) at a hotel working alongside a hospital that can support infected people who don't show symptoms or have lesser symptoms.
3. Prepare for the field hospital in ... province which can be opened immediately when ordering."
 

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