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  • Daily infections reach new high on Wednesday at 13,002 infections and 108 deaths

    Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
    Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.


    Ministry of Public Health reported on Wednesday (July 21) morning that in the past 24 hours there are 13,002 new patients who tested positive for Covid-19, 1,049 of whom have been found in prisons.

    Death toll increased by 108, while 8,248 patients were cured and allowed to leave hospitals.

    Cumulative cases in the country are at 439,477 with 3,610 total deaths.: https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40003526

    Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
    Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.


    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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    • Senior Thai lung expert defends Sinovac vaccine against “biased” criticism

      Secretary-General of “Action on Smoking” and Health Foundation Professor Dr. Prakit Vathesatogkit has come to the defence of the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine, saying that the negative criticism of the vaccine is “unfair and biased”.

      As an expert on lung diseases at Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, and a former dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the university, Dr. Prakit said yesterday (Sunday) on social media that, although he is not a frontline medic treating COVID-19 patients, he has been closely following the performance of medical personnel, especially those specialised in lung diseases, with great concern.

      In the current critical situation, he said he has been urging people to get vaccinated, adding that he was inoculated with AstraZeneca vaccine in March, because he is over 60.

      He admitted, however, that quite a few Thai people view the Sinovac vaccine with extreme prejudice “not proportional with the truth”, to the point that several of them have rejected it.

      Then he cited information about the use of Sinovac vaccine among frontline medics, presented by Dr. Sophon Iamsirithavorn, deputy director-general of Disease Control Department, on July 10th.

      According to Dr. Sophon, almost all the 700,000 medics in Thailand were fully inoculated with Sinovac vaccine. Of these, only 800 were infected and seven have died. Of the seven fatalities, five were not vaccinated, one received one dose of Sinovac and the other had two doses.

      “That means only one fully inoculated, out of almost 700,000, has died so far,” he pointed out.

      He also quoted Dr. Sophon as saying that, in the US, the US CDC reported that, as of June 25th, 750 Americans, who were fully inoculated with mRNA vaccines, have died “which means that there are people who died even though there were fully inoculated with mRNA vaccines.”

      In conclusion, Dr. Prakit said all makes of vaccines can reduce the risk of death and severe symptoms, although Sinovac is not as efficacious as mRNA vaccines.

      He said that many more Thai medics, and people in general, might have died if they had not been inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine, as he doubted whether Thailand would be able to procure as much AstraZeneca as Sinovac “not to mention mRNA vaccines, which no one knows for sure when they will arrive and how much.”

      Dr. Prakit noted that Sinovac has been proven useful under previous circumstances but, as the pandemic situation has changed and the virus has mutated, it has reduced the efficacy of the vaccine.

      He urged Thai people to be mindful when judging the efficacy of a vaccine, instead of bias.: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/senior-...sed-criticism/

      Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
      Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

      Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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      • Covid-related depression drives nurse to suicide

        nurse in Nakhon Pathom jumped to her death on Monday morning, leaving behind her three-month-old baby.

        It is believed that depression and stress drove her to kill herself.

        Police said CCTV recordings show the 34-year-old jumping off the fourth-floor balcony of Mettapracharak Hospital in Sampran district.

        The nurse’s white shoes were found placed near the jumping-off point.

        The fourth floor is devoted to Covid-19 patients, and she was assigned to tend to them. CCTV recording shows the deceased walking around in the staff room for 10 minutes before walking out and jumping off the balcony.

        Her husband and colleagues said the deceased had been showing signs of stress and was worried she would transmit the virus to her child. She had shown symptoms of clinical depression earlier and had reportedly asked to be moved to another department in August.

        The body has been sent to the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Siriraj Hospital for autopsy.: https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40003457

        Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
        Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

        Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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        • Delta variant overtakes Alpha strain in Thailand

          The rapidly spreading Delta variant of COVID-19 has already overtaken the Alpha variant as the dominant strain in Thailand, with Delta accounting for 62.6% of 3,340 samples examined by the Medical Sciences Department, compared to 34.1% of Alpha cases.

          The department’s director-general, Dr. Supakit Sirilak, told the media today (Monday) that, of Thailand’s 77 provinces, the Delta variant has been found in 71.

          He expressed concern that the surge of infections by the Delta variant, which is easily transmissible, also heightens the risk of virus mutations, citing last week’s discovery of seven cases who were simultaneously infected with the Delta and Alpha strains but, fortunately, the viruses have not yet mutated.

          Dr. Supakit said, however, that mutations of viruses are occurring all the time and most of them are not a matter of concern, unless the mutations cause the virus to be more easily transmissible or more resistant to vaccines.

          As for the Beta variant, which was first detected in southern provinces, he said that 91 additional cases were found in Narathiwat province last week, as more cases were also found in the neighboring provinces of Pattani, Yala, Songkhla and Phatthalung, and up to Chumphon province.

          One case was found in the northeastern province of Bueng Kan, in a worker returning from Taiwan, with three family members put on high-risk watch. In Bangkok, one case was reported last week, believed to have been infected by a relative arriving from Narathiwat province.: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/delta-v...n-in-thailand/

          Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
          Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

          Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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          • Worker compensation packages in pipeline for Ayutthaya, Chonburi and Chachoengsao

            The Labour Ministry will propose Covid-19 compensation packages for workers in Ayutthaya, Chonburi and Chachoengsao at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. All three provinces were recently included in the Dark Red zone of maximum restrictions including curfew.

            The proposed compensation package will cover workers under the Social Security scheme, as per articles 33 and 40 of the Social Security Act.

            Like workers in other Dark Red provinces such as metropolitan Bangkok, employers will get 3,000 baht per employee, capped at 600,000 baht (200 employees). Meanwhile, eligible employees will each receive payments of 2,500 baht.

            Also, freelance workers aged 15 to 65 can register for compensation payments of 5,000 baht at www.sso.go.th, 7-Elevens or Big C complexes.: https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40003460

            Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
            Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

            Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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            • Klong Toey, Bang Khae, Ratchathewi, Din Daeng, Laksi top Bangkok’s districts with most infections

              Klong Toey, Bang Khae, Ratchathewi, Din Daeng, and Laksi are Bangkok districts with the highest number of COVID-19 infections since April 2021, according to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

              As the capital continues to report most infections and deaths in Thailand, with almost a third of all the cases found in the current wave, “Sentinel Surveillance”, which is monitoring rates of occurrence of specific diseases, has been conducted at markets, communities, construction worker housing facilities and factories in the capital on a random basis with the following results:

              Tests, conducted in communities between May 27th and July 18th, found 194 people, out of 12,222, or 1.3% tested positive for coronavirus.
              Tests, conducted between June 9th and July 18th in markets, found 365 out of 18,952, or 1.93% infected.
              Tests, conducted between June 10th and July 18th in worker camps, found 544 out of 6,446, or 8.44%, infected, and the camps have been sealed.
              Tests conducted between July 2nd and 18th in 72 factories, found 380 out of 5,892, or 6.45% infected.

              Over 2,000 cases have been found in Bangkok every day over the past week, with 2,166 reported yesterday (Monday). 26 deaths, of the 81 reported yesterday, were also found in the capital.: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/klong-t...st-infections/

              Contract signed for Thailand’s 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine, delivery in Q4 this year

              Thailand’s purchase contract for 20 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been signed, with delivery expected in the fourth quarter of this year, according to Pfizer and BioNTech today (Tuesday).

              Without revealing the prices or exact delivery schedule, both Pfizer and BioNTech said in a press statement that a contract has been signed with Thailand’s Disease Control Department under the Ministry of Public Health.

              “We are thrilled to have signed this important agreement with the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand as part of our shared commitment to be part of the country’s efforts to drive down COVID-19 infections,” said Deborah Seifert, Country Manager of Pfizer (Thailand) Ltd. and Indochina.

              “I would like to thank the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand for its support and for putting trust in our ability to develop a vaccine that, we believe, has the potential to help address this global pandemic threat. Our goal remains to deliver a global supply of a well-tolerated and effective COVID-19 vaccine for many people around the world, as quickly as we can,” said Sean Marett, Chief Business and Chief Commercial Officer at BioNTech.

              Pfizer and BioNTech aim to manufacture approximately 3 billion doses of their COVID-19 vaccine globally by the end of 2021. It is one of the two current mRNA vaccines, the other being US-made Moderna. Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved for emergency use by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration on June 24th.

              Thailand does not yet have any mRNA vaccines in use, with only Sinovac and Sinopharm from China, both are whole virus vaccines, and AstraZeneca, a vector vaccine, being provided.

              Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and other key health officials will meet representatives from six vaccine brands this afternoon to discuss importing more vaccines, including 50 million more Pfizer doses, separate from the newly signed agreement. Others are Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Sinopharm.: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/contrac...-q4-this-year/

              Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
              Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

              Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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              • Bangkok City Hall tightens COVID-19 lockdown restrictions until August 2nd

                The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has imposed additional lockdown restrictions on businesses, public venues and activities in line with the CCSA’s latest efforts to curb the relentless surge of COVID-19 infections in the capital.

                In its announcement, issued yesterday and which takes effect from today (Tuesday) until August 2nd, including the voluntary “stay at home” measure and the 9pm-4am curfew, the BMA has reactivated its previous announcements (32, 33, 34, 35 and 36) which close a wide range of businesses, public venues and activities.

                Businesses and venues which can stay open under the new restrictions include:

                Eateries may open until 8pm for take-home and delivery services, but no dine-in service;
                Convenience stores and fresh markets may open from 4am to 8pm;
                Hotels can operate as normal, but without conference, banquet or seminar activities;
                No on-site teaching at schools, educational institutes or training sessions;
                Malls, supermarkets and community malls may stay open until 8pm, but only their supermarkets, pharmacies or facilities for state-run vaccinations and health services.

                Venues and activities which can operate due to their necessity include hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, general stores, factories, financial transactions, stock market, health care facilities for the elderly which have overnight lodging, insurance business, rescue operations, car maintenance services, road maintenance services, public utilities, stores selling car batteries, public utilities maintenance services, natural gas and oil pipeline maintenance services, garbage collection services, cargo and food deliveries.

                Businesses and public venues which are closed, as ordered in BMA Announcement No 32, include bars, karaoke bars, snooker’s halls, water parks, amusement parks, boxing rings, children’s playgrounds, fitness clubs, steam or herbal saunas, bowling alleys, zoos, internet cafes, game arcades, learning centres, stadia for all kinds of competition, beauty salons, except for haircuts and hair washing without other customers waiting in the venues.: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/bangkok...il-august-2nd/

                Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

                Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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                • First jab available for expats aged 75+ at Bang Sue Grand Station

                  Foreigners aged 75 and above can now walk into Bang Sue Grand Station to get a free Covid-19 jab.

                  To be eligible they must carry their passport and evidence of residence in Thailand, such as visa, residence permit or work permit.

                  The service from 9am to 4pm is only available to those who have not had any Covid jabs.

                  For now, this service will be provided until the end of July but may be extended if more people need to be vaccinated.

                  Currently, some 10,000 seniors and 5,000 general citizens are vaccinated daily at the Bang Sue Grand Station.

                  Foreigners aged 60 and above can also register for their Covid-19 jab at the Foreign Ministry or their embassy.: https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40003498

                  Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                  Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

                  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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                  • Samut Sakhon sees surge in Covid cases

                    SAMUT SAKHON: Another 814 coronavirus infections were reported in Samut Sakhon on Tuesday as the Covid-19 outbreak continued unabated.

                    With Samut Sakhon one of the 13 provinces declared dark-red zones of maximum and strict Covid-19 control, 27 kinds of at-risk businesses have now been ordered to shut their doors and restrictions placed on other commercial outlets.

                    The figures are more recent than the 798 cases reported in the national daily update.

                    Of the 814 new infections, 135 were detected via mass testing, 16 found at bubbled and sealed factories and a prison and 663 confirmed at hospitals, the Samut Sakhon public relations office said on its Facebook page on Tuesday.

                    The new cases brought the provincial total to 36,392, of whom 26,459 had recovered, with 322 discharged over the previous 24 hours. A total of 9,851 were still under treatment at hospitals. Accumulated fatalities stood at 82. The province’s seven field hospitals still had 65 beds available.

                    Samut Sakhon governor Veerasak Vichitsangsri, chairman of the provincial communicable disease control panel, signed an order on Monday temporarily closing down 27 types of at-risk businesses - entertainment venues such as pubs, bars and similar places, and cockfighting rings, nurseries, amulet markets, games shops and internet shops, golf courses, and other places where people gather. Large hardware stores, similar to shopping malls, were also included.

                    Convenience stores must close from 8pm-4am. Wet markets, flea markets, floating markets, walking streets and similar places are allowed to open six hours a day but operators must get permission from their local administrative organisation, which will also set the hours.

                    Construction work and the movements of workers were also prohibited under the order.

                    The governor also signed an order setting up two more field hospitals, in Muang and Krathum Baen districts.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...in-covid-cases

                    Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                    Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

                    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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                    • One more Covid death, 537 new cases in Chon Buri

                      CHON BURI: One more Covid-19 death and 537 new infections were reported in this eastern province, which is now designated a dark-red zone for maximum and strict disease control.

                      The new infections brought the provincial total to 16,527 cases, of which 9,393 had recovered and 254 with discharged on Monday. The latest death brought the total to 82. The provincial public health posted the latest details on its Facebook page on Tuesday.

                      Of the 537 new cases, 176 caught the virus from infected family members and 83 at work. Two were from a cluster at Prime Product Industry Co in Bo Thong district, 11 were medical workers and 9 from CentralFestival Pattaya shopping mall.

                      Another four were in at-risk occupations, three were from New Thai Wheel Manufacturing Co in Rayong, 3 were from Summit Laemchabang Auto Work Co in Rayong, one from Honglin Electric Power Technology Co in Rayong.

                      Another six cases had travelled to at-risk provinces, 11 were infected patients from other provinces who sought treatment in Chon Buri, and 19 had come into contact with other confirmed cases.

                      The remaining cases were being investigated, the public health office said.

                      Bang Lamung district reported the highest number of new infections at 193, followed by Si Racha district (137), Muang district (88), and Bang Bung district (35). The other cases were reported in other districts.

                      Chon Buri now has 34 clusters – workplaces (15), construction workers’ camps (10), markets (5) and communities (4), said the provincial public health office.

                      Chon Buri, Chachoengsao and Ayutthaya are the latest provinces declared dark-red zones of maximum and strict Covid control, from Tuesday, joining Greater Bangkok and the four southern border provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani,Yala and Songkhla.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...s-in-chon-buri

                      Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                      Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

                      Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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                      • 131 new Covid cases in Kalasin, mostly quarantined arrivals

                        Another 131 coronavirus infections have been reported in this northeastern province, mostly quarantined arrivals from at-risk provinces.

                        Ninety-two had travelled from at-risk provinces and were now quarantined, 19 were people who returned home to seek treatment, 9 had been in contact with since confirmed cases and 11 were confirmed at hospitals, the provincial public health office said on Thursday.

                        The new infections brought the provincial total to 1,446 cases.

                        The Metthatham Thippayasathan rescue foundation had sent four vans to bring home Covid-19 patients who were natives of Kalasin from Busarakham field hospital in Nonthaburi and another field hospital in Bangkok for treatment in Kalasin province.

                        A total of 38 patients arrived home on Wednesday night and were sent to district hospitals near their houses.

                        The rescue foundation and other agencies were providing free transport for infected people wanting to seek treatment in their home province, the health office said.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...tined-arrivals


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                        • COVID-hit businesses in 3 new “Dark Red” provinces, employees to get help

                          he Thai Cabinet today (Tuesday) agreed to extend financial support to certain types of businesses and their employees in Chachoengsao, Chon Buri and Ayutthaya provinces, which were recently added to the COVID-19 “Dark Red” zones by the CCSA.

                          The business types eligible for state financial support include construction, entertainment, recreational activities, hotels, eateries, retailing, wholesaling, vehicle maintenance, transport operations, warehousing, management and services in support of scientific and technical activities, information and telecommunications.

                          Employees working in any of these businesses will each receive 2,500 baht, plus 50% of their normal salaries, but the combined amount of the support must not exceed 10,000 baht and is for one month only.

                          The employers will each receive 3,000 baht per employee, but not exceeding 200 employees.

                          Freelancers working in any of the nine businesses will each receive 5,000 baht.: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/covid-h...s-to-get-help/

                          Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                          Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

                          Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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                          • State of emergency extended for 2 months amid dire warning from Health Ministry

                            The Cabinet extended the nationwide state of emergency for another two months until September 30, government spokesman Traisulee Traisoranakul said on Tuesday.

                            The emergency was extended to tackle surging Covid-19 infections, with 288,643 cases reported between April 1 and July 9.

                            The epidemic is centred on Bangkok and surrounding provinces, where the caseload is now rising by thousands each day with dozens of fatalities every 24 hours. Bangkok logged 2,764 new cases and 41 deaths on Tuesday. Greater Bangkok, which includes surrounding provinces, recorded 5,468 new cases.

                            The Public Health Ministry warned that unless tighter restrictions are imposed, the current daily caseload of more than 10,000 new infections would generate more than 100,000 new cases over the next two weeks. This would bring the public health system to the point of collapse, it said. The state of emergency allows authorities to impose special measures to control the spread of Covid-19.: https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40003513

                            Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                            Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

                            Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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                            • Aid payout clarified for workers impacted by virus

                              The Social Security Office (SSO) on Tuesday clarified the latest aid payouts to workers affected by Covid-19, apparently to dispel confusion over eligibility and compensation amounts.

                              A payout is being offered to ease the financial burden on workers left struggling following the tightened lockdown and curfew announced last week.

                              Details about the aid money, however, have confused some people who have contacted the SSO to clarify matters.

                              SSO spokesman, Nanthachai Panyasurarit, said on Tuesday that the payout is split into two portions. Workers insured under Section 33 of the SSO law, who are mainly those working in offices, will either receive one or both portions.

                              The two portions come from assistance money worth 2,500 baht provided by the government and compensation not exceeding 7,500 baht from the SSO.

                              Workers can log on to the SSO’s website at to check if they are eligible for the 2,500-baht assistance money. This check can be done by keying in their Thai citizenship ID card number.

                              The money is remitted to a recipient’s bank account linked with the PromptPay electronic banking service by citizenship ID number.

                              Only Thai nationals working in companies determined by the government as having been impacted by the pandemic in the 13 hardest-hit provinces qualify to get the 2,500-baht assistance money.

                              People can check their eligibility throughout this month. The SSO has listed nine jom categories directly impacted by Covid-19 although more are being added. This might explain why some people ran checks only to find they were not eligible.

                              The SSO spokesman said the other portion, worth up to 7,500 baht, is being offered as compensation to employees of businesses that have suspended operations or closed as a result of the Covid-19 containment measures.

                              Those who qualify for the compensation must have contributed to the SSF for at least six months within the past 15 months. How much they contributed decides how much they will get, although the maximum amount is capped at 7,500 baht.

                              If employers have not suspended or closed down a business, employees will not receive any compensation but can still pick up the 2,500-baht payout from the government.

                              The compensation money will be given for three months while the 2,500-baht payout is a one-off payment, Mr Nanthachai said.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...acted-by-virus

                              Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                              Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

                              Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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                              • Daily infections reach new high on Thursday at 13,655 infections and 87 deaths

                                Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                                Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.


                                Ministry of Public Health reported on Thursday (July 22) morning that in the past 24 hours there are 13,655 new patients who tested positive for Covid-19, 545 of whom have been found in prisons.

                                Death toll increased by 87, while 7,921 patients were cured and allowed to leave hospitals.

                                Cumulative cases in the country are at 453,132 with 3,697 total deaths.: https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40003586

                                Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                                Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

                                Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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