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      • Thai Sex workers left in cold by outbreak/Up to 200,000 made jobless by Covid-19

      Thousands of sex workers have been denied access to relief cash amid the coronavirus outbreak despite their contribution to the once-thriving tourism industry, a forum was told.

      Suparnee Pongruengphant, the project manager for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion at the United Nations Development Programme, said an agency survey has shown that up to 200,000 sex workers in Thailand suddenly lost their jobs when the government ordered the closure of nightlife venues in late March to curb the spread of Covid-19.

      "It is sad to say that the government is not doing enough to support this group of people and their immediate needs. They are denied support because they are not categorised as [formal] labourers and legalised in Thailand. … [They should be] entitled to the same protections and welfare services as other professions," she told the online forum on Thursday.

      The event, "Helping Thailand's most vulnerable: Sex workers & Covid-19, the fallout", was held by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand.

      Ms Suparnee said sex workers are marginalised because many of them do not have access to education or opportunities to seek employment in the formal sector, forcing them into the sex trade. It is even more difficult for migrant and transgender prostitutes to seek community support.

      On May 19, CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the government will reopen nightlife venues, with adjustments, if the number of new daily cases stays in single digits for the foreseeable future. But Ms Suparnee said when business resumes, sex workers will be put at risk of infection because a vaccine is still unavailable and the nature of their work requires close contact with clients.

      "The fact that many of them don't have enough savings to cover health and medical costs makes the situation even worse for them," she said.

      Assoc Prof Chalidaporn Songsamphan, a political science lecturer at Thammasat University and president of the Service Workers In Group Foundation, said many sex workers cannot gain access to state assistance because prostitution has been "an elephant in the room" despite their contribution to the tourism industry.

      "We surveyed female sex workers in Bangkok who applied for the 5,000-baht monthly cash handout. Those who outed themselves didn't get any support. There is no place for sex workers. … I don't think this government will even think about the existence of the sex industry," she said.: - -

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

      • Early update.

      Coronavirus Cases: 5,326,230

      Deaths: 340,383

      Underreported US death count: 97,655

      Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
      it's been blown way out of proportion.

      Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


        • Spain's far right hold car protest against Covid-19 lockdown

        Thousands of cars and motor-bikes honking horns and waving Spanish flags drove in procession through Madrid on Saturday as part of a nationwide protest called by the far-right Vox party against the country's coronavirus lockdown.

        Spain, which imposed one of Europe's toughest lockdowns on March 14, has started to ease restrictions, but Madrid and Barcelona have remained in lockdown for longer because of more severe coronavirus outbreaks.

        The protesters called for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias, of the centre-left Socialists and left-wing Podemos coalition, to resign over their handling of the coronavirus crisis, and, in particular, the lockdowns and the damage done to the economy and jobs.

        "It is time to end the #stateofabuse that Pedro Sanchez and Pablo Iglesias are using to gag Spaniards," Vox said in a statement, referring to a Twitter hash tag.

        "It is time to make a big noise against the government of unemployment and misery that has abandoned our self-employed and workers."

        Vox leader Santiago Abascal, who was leading the procession in Madrid, made a speech that was broadcast on EsRadio so people could listen in their cars. He said the government was "directly responsible for the worst management of this crisis on the entire planet."

        Sanchez is due to make a speech later on Saturday that will be broadcast on television.

        Protests against the lockdown started in Madrid's wealthy Salamanca neighbourhood last week, where people started banging pots and pans. But Saturday's procession marked the first organised protest against the government since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

        Vox urged people to protest in every regional capital, and similar car processions took place in Seville and Barcelona, among others.

        Madrid and Barcelona are preparing to ease their lockdowns from Monday as infections have slowed. This will allow outdoor dining and gatherings of up to 10 people.

        Spain has registered 28,628 deaths from COVID-19 and 234,824 cases.:
        • Today’s updae.

        Coronavirus Cases: 5,386,983

        Deaths: 343,401

        World population: 7,800,000,000 projection: 497,222,248 deaths

        Underreported US death count: 98,597

        Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
        it's been blown way out of proportion.
        Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


          • 'Incalculable loss': New York Times covers front page with 1,000 Covid-19 death notices

          1,000 obituaries pulled from the nearly 100,000 obituaries of americans dead from the coronavirus.: - -

          • early report.

          Coronavirus Cases: 5,427,555

          Deaths: 344,417

          Underreported US death count: 98,683

          Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
          it's been blown way out of proportion.
          Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


            • Jair Bolsonaro branded a 'killer' during hot dog trip as Covid-19 death toll soars

            Brazilian president subject to public anger after stepping out in Brasilia on fast food errand

            The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, was branded a “killer” by his opponents as he popped out for a Saturday night hot dog on the day a further 965 of his citizens were reported to have died from Covid-19.

            Bolsonaro, a rightwing populist who basks in comparisons to Donald Trump, has repeatedly flouted health ministry physical distancing guidelines – and continued to do so this weekend, even as Brazil’s coronavirus death toll rose to over 22,000.

            More than 347,000 infections have been confirmed in Brazil – the second highest number in the world after the US.:
            • Midday update.

            Coronavirus Cases: 5,446,869

            Deaths: 344,756

            Underreported US death count: 98,775

            Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
            it's been blown way out of proportion.
            Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


              • How Long Does Covid-19 Coronavirus Last On Different Surfaces?


              In fact, two scientific studies have shown that the virus can stay on surfaces for quite a while. In both studies, researchers applied the virus to various surfaces and then measured how the virus may degrade over time and how long the virus remained detectable. In the first study published in a research letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a team from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the CDC, Princeton University, and the University of California, Los Angeles conducted the study. Vincent J. Munster, Ph.D. from NIAID was the corresponding author for the publication so in theory you could call this the Munster study. In the experiments, the measured half-life of the SARS-CoV-2 was approximately 1.1 to 1.2 hours on copper, 5.6 hours on stainless steel, and 6.8 hours on plastic. The half-life is the time that it takes for half of initial amount of virus to no longer be detectable.

              Then there was the study published as a research letter in The Lancet Microbe and conducted by a team from the School of Public Health at The University of Hong Kong (Alex W.H. Chin, Julie T.S. Chu, Mahen R.A. Perera, Kenrie P.Y. Hui, Hui-Ling Yen, Michael C.W. Chan, Malik Peiris, and Leo L.M. Poon). Their experiments found the virus to be detectable on:

              Paper for up to 30 minutes.
              Tissue paper for up to 30 minutes.
              Wood for up to a day.
              Cloth for up to a day.
              Glass for up to two days.
              Bank notes for up to two days
              Stainless steel for up to four days
              Plastic for up to four days
              The inner layer of a mask for up to four days
              The outer layer of a mask for up to seven days

              This would be good news if your living quarters and all of your possessions happen to be made out of tissue paper. It could be bad news if you wear stainless steel underwear. In general, viruses tend to survive longer on surfaces that are hard and impermeable than those with lots of pores.

              Note how long the virus may remain on and inside a face mask. This is why you should treat a face mask like a reversed pair of underwear. Be very careful when handling it. Avoid touching your face with the outside of the mask.:
              • Today’s update:

              Coronavirus Cases: 5,481,142

              Deaths: 346,071

              World population: 7,800,000,000 Projection: 492,480,180 deaths

              Underreported US death count: 99,226

              Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
              it's been blown way out of proportion.
              Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                • Thailand reports 2 more Covid cases, 1 death Monday

                The government confirmed two new coronavirus cases and one additional death on Monday, a health ministry spokesman said.

                The new numbers brought the total number of cases in Thailand to 3,042 and deaths to 57 since the outbreak began in January, said Taweesilp Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the Covid-19 Administration Centre.

                One of the new confirmed cases was a Chinese citizen, the wife of an Italian who had been infected with the virus. Their family of five entered Phuket on March 9 and remained on the island due to the lockdown, Dr Taweesilp said.

                The other new patient was a female masseuse who returned to Thailand from Russia on Wednesday and is under state quarantine in Chon Buri province.

                Doctors found the two new patients were infected with the virus on Sunday.:

                Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.
                • US suspends travel from Brazil for foreigners

                The US has imposed travel restrictions on foreign nationals who have been to Brazil in the last 14 days.

                The South American nation recently became the world's second major hotspot for coronavirus cases.

                Brazil has recorded more than 360,000 cases, the country's health ministry announced on Sunday, while over 22,000 people have died with the virus.

                A White House spokeswoman said the restrictions would help ensure new cases are not brought into the US.

                "Today's action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.

                Non-Americans who have been in Brazil in the two weeks before they request entry to the US will be denied that entry. The restriction will not affect trade between the two countries.

                The suspension is to take effect on May 28 at 23:59 EDT (03:59 GMT).

                The travel ban will not apply to US citizens, or to the spouse, parent, legal guardian, or child of a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, and most siblings under the age of 21.

                "The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from [Brazil] threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security," said the suspension order published by the White House on Sunday.

                Earlier on Sunday, White House National security adviser Robert O'Brien told CBS "Face the Nation" that travel restriction for Brazil were expected shortly.

                "We hope that'll be temporary, but because of the situation in Brazil, we're going to take every step necessary to protect the American people," Mr O'Brien said.

                He added that "we'll take a look at the other countries on a country-by-country basis for sure".

                US President Donald Trump suggested earlier this week that he was considering imposing a ban on travel from Brazil.

                The US currently leads the world in coronavirus cases. It has over 1.6 million known cases and is nearing 100,000 deaths linked to the virus.:
                • Early update.

                Coronavirus Cases: 5,520,730

                Deaths: 347,014

                Underreported US death count: 99,300

                Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
                it's been blown way out of proportion.
                Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                  • Covid-19 Patients Not Infectious After 11 Days: Singapore Study

                  Covid-19 patients are no longer infectious after 11 days of getting sick even though some may still test positive, according to a new study by infectious disease experts in Singapore.

                  A positive test “does not equate to infectiousness or viable virus,” a joint research paper by Singapore’s National Centre for Infectious Diseases and the Academy of Medicine, Singapore said. The virus “could not be isolated or cultured after day 11 of illness.”

                  The paper was based on a study of 73 patents in the city-state.

                  The latest findings may have implications on the country’s patient discharge policy. The discharge criteria is currently based on negative test results rather than infectiousness.

                  Singapore’s strategy on managing Covid-19 patients is guided by the latest local and international clinical scientific evidence, and the Ministry of Health will evaluate if the latest evidence can be incorporated into its patient clinical management plan, according to a report by the Straits Times.

                  So far, 13,882, or about 45% of the total 31,068 Covid-19 patients in Singapore have been discharged from hospitals and community facilities. Singapore reported 642 new Covid-19 cases as of noon on Saturday.

                  The government has been actively screening pre-school staff as it prepares to reopen pre-schools from June 2. On Friday, two pre-school employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases among pre-school staff to seven, according to the Ministry of Health.

                  I don’t think I would ask any of them into my home:
                  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                    • WHO drops hydroxychloroquine from global study of experimental COVID-19 treatments

                    The World Health Organization said that it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the malaria drug U.S. President Trump has said he is taking — from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments, saying that its experts need to review all available evidence to date.

                    In a news briefing on Monday, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in light of a paper published last week in the Lancet, that found people taking hydroxychloroquine were at higher risk of death and heart problems than those that were not, there would be “a temporary pause” on the hydroxychloroquine arm of its global clinical trial.

                    “This concern relates to the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine in COVID-19,” Tedros said, adding that the drugs remain, as has been the case for decades, accepted treatments for people with malaria or autoimmune diseases.

                    Other treatments in the study, including the experimental drug remdesivir and an HIV combination therapy, are still being pursued.:
                    • Today’s update:

                    Coronavirus Cases: 5,567,673

                    Deaths: 346,892

                    World population: 7,800,000,000 projection:
                    485,976,385 deaths

                    Underreported US death count: 99,743

                    Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
                    it's been blown way out of proportion.
                    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                      • Thailand - Country under state of emergency until June 30

                      The Cabinet resolved on Tuesday (May 26) to extend the state of emergency until the end of June, while Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin explained that the decree had been enforced in the first place because it allowed more than 40 laws to be tied together to allow for quick enforcement.

                      He said this helped the government tackle the crisis more efficiently.:
                      • 25 of almost 400 Thais who returned home rushed to hospital with high fever

                      Twenty-five of the 399 Thais who returned home on Monday (May 26) from Japan, South Korea and the Maldives were found to have high fever and rushed to hospital, Suvarnabhumi Airport deputy director Kittipong Kittikachorn said.

                      The Thais arrived on five flights at the airport.

                      “Some 175 Thais in Japan, who are mostly students and staff of the Japanese Embassy in Thailand, arrived from Tokyo on All Nippon Airways Flight NH847, THAI Flight TG643 and Japan Airlines Flight JAL31,” Kittipong said. “Preliminary screening found that 14 passengers had high fever and they were rushed to hospital, while the other 161 were transported to the government’s specified quarantine facilities in Bangkok and Pathum Thani.”

                      Another 78 Thais stranded in the Maldives flew in from Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Maldivian Airlines Flight Q2-9350. Immigration staff found that one had high fever so the person was immediately sent to a hospital in Samut Prakan province, while the rest were transported to quarantine facilities in Chon Buri.

                      The other group of Thais arrived from South Korea, touching down at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 9.45pm.

                      “Among 150 passengers who came back from Seoul, 10 were found to have high fever and were sent to hospital, while the rest were sent to three hotels in Bangkok to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine,” Kittipong added.:

                      Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                      Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.
                      • COVID-19: Researchers Found Half of Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Spreading on Twitter Were From Bots

                      Social media platforms like Twitter are becoming hotspots for information surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, many of the information from these sites are fake news and filled with conspiracy theories that could be dangerous for everyone.

                      Bots Have Been Spreading Misinformation on Twitter

                      In a report by the Daily Mail, researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University for Informed Democracy and Social Cybersecurity estimates that around 40% to 60% of Twitter accounts that were promoting misinformation related to COVID-19 are bots.

                      The researchers analyzed around 200 million posts on Twitter regarding the coronavirus pandemic since January.

                      They then found out that 82% of the top 50 most influential retweeters are bots; 62% of the top 1000 retweeters were also not real people.

                      The group was able to identify the bots from real accounts through several markers.

                      According to the news outlet, these bot accounts often tweet and retweet several posts within a short period of time and that they usually copy and paste their content from other bots, including the exact same hashtags and messaging.

                      They also see the timing of these tweets and say that it's as if these posts were timed to be posted back to back or at the same time.

                      Increase in Bot Activity

                      "We're seeing up to two times as much bot activity as we'd predicted based on previous natural disasters, crises, and elections," said Kathleen Carley, a professor at the Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science.

                      Professor Carley said that because people have more time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they had more time to make do-it-yourself bots and that there are also bigger companies that hire firms to run some of these bots.

                      The professor also said that the reasoning behind this is for them to "meet political agendas."

                      That might be why one of the most popular tweets from these Twitter bot accounts is demanding the US government to reopen the country for the economy.

                      According to Carley and her group, 66% of tweets talk about the reopening of the US from both real accounts and bots, but the latter takes up 32% of the total number of tweets surrounding it.

                      Furthermore, the researchers found bots promoted over 100 different narratives regarding COVID-19 as well as coronavirus conspiracy theories.

                      Conspiracy Theories and Misinformation

                      There have been several conspiracy theories regarding COVID-19, but perhaps the ones that garnered more traction were about 5G towers that have been causing the disease as well as the one about Bill Gates engineering the virus, which enables him to insert microchips through a vaccine.

                      There's also one ludicrous theory saying that hospitals are only using mannequins to make it seem like they are full.

                      Unfortunately, the more these theories spread, the more people who believe them would become more irrational and may do stuff that could endanger them and the people around them, such as partaking in the so-called coronavirus parties and rallies.

                      To curb down misinformation, Twitter has started removing false information regarding COVID-19 on their site.:
                      • Early report.

                      Coronavirus Cases: 5,604,697

                      Deaths: 348,237

                      Underreported US death count: 99,805

                      Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
                      it's been blown way out of proportion.
                      Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                        • Spain Declares Unprecedented 10 Days Of Mourning For COVID Victims

                        The Spanish government has declared 10 days of mourning starting Wednesday for the nearly 27,000 people who have died with the novel coronavirus in Spain, the longest official mourning period in the country’s 4-decade-old democracy.

                        Flags will be hoisted to half-staff in more than 14,000 public buildings across the nation and on Spanish naval vessels until June 5, under the declaration made Tuesday. King Felipe VI, as Spain’s head of state, will preside over a solemn memorial ceremony once the country emerges from the lockdown imposed 2 1/2 months ago, the government said.

                        The dead are “men and women whose lives have been suddenly cut short, leaving friends and family in great pain, both from the sudden loss and from the difficult circumstances in which it has occurred,” government spokeswoman María Jesús Montero said following the Cabinet meeting where the grieving period was approved.

                        Opposition parties had criticized Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s left-wing coalition government for not paying tribute to the virus pandemic’s victims as Spain’s death toll – the world’s fifth-highest after the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy and France – became a point of political debate.:
                        • Airline stocks take off as COVID-19 restrictions ease, more travelers fly

                        TSA data show a 5th-straight week of increasing travelers per day; Germany’s TUI plans to resume flights in July

                        Shares of airlines took flight Tuesday, amid growing investor optimism over the easing of COVID-19 related lockdown restrictions and as government data showed a continued increase in air travelers.

                        Southwest Airlines Co.’s stock LUV, +12.64% got an extra boost, toward a 6-week high, after UBS analyst Myles Walton turned bullish, saying he believed the stock represented the best way in terms of risk-versus-reward to play the domestic travel recovery.

                        The U.S. Global Jets exchange-traded fund JETS, +11.75% shot up 11.8%, with all 33 of its equity components gaining ground. That marked the second-best one-day gain since the ETF in April 2015. The biggest gain was 19.0% on March 24.

                        The Jets ETF has now rocketed 91.1% since closing at a record low of $8.01 on May 15. Over the same time, the Dow Jones Transportation Average DJT, +5.02%, which includes six airline components, has advanced 14.6% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +2.16% has tacked on 5.5%. See Market Snapshot.

                        Southwest’s stock leapt 12.6% to the highest close since April 15, after UBS’s Walton raised his rating to buy from neutral. That makes Southwest the only stock Walton is bullish on, as he’s either neutral or bearish on the others.

                        “We believe [Southwest] is best positioned to weather the current demand drought given their clean balance sheet with relatively low leverage, entirely domestic network, 65%/35% leisure/corporate passenger composition and ample liquidity to manage operations in a depressed demand environment,” Walton wrote in a note to clients.

                        He expects domestic travel will first pick up with “even larger swaths” of leisure travel than corporate. Walton also expects travel will come back faster in areas of the country with the lowest number of COVID-19 cases, and he believes Southwest’s exposure to those areas is 15% to 20% better than average.

                        Among shares of other more actively traded air carriers, United Airlines Holdings Inc. UAL, +16.26% ran up 16.3%, American Airlines Group Inc. AAL, +14.84% hiked up 14.9% and Delta Air Lines Inc. DAL, +13.04% jumped 13.1%.

                        Also helping fuel investor optimism toward air carriers, data from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) show that the daily average of travelers that went through TSA checkpoints during the week ended May 23 rose to 262,734, the most since the week ended March 28, according to a MarketWatch analysis of the data.

                        On Friday, ahead of the long Memorial Day weekend, 348,673 travelers went through TSA checkpoints, the highest daily total since March 22, and four times the COVID-19 pandemic low of 87,534 travelers checked on April 14.

                        Shares of JetBlue Airways Corp. JBLU, +14.34% rallied 14.3%, Spirit Airlines Inc. SAVE, +21.04% shot up 21.0%, Alaska Air Group Inc. ALK, +12.92% gained 12.9%, Hawaiian Airlines parent Hawaiian Holdings Inc. HA, +13.22% advanced 13.2%, Mesa Air Group Inc. MESA, +6.85% rose 6.9% and SkyWest Inc. SKYW, +8.83% tacked on 8.8%.

                        Tuesday’s rally in travel stocks started in Europe, after a report that Germany-based travel operator TUI AG said it plans to resume flights at the end of July. In addition, Spain said it will lift the mandatory two-week quarantine period for travelers arriving from overseas destinations, starting July 1.

                        And last week, U.S. carriers started detailing what air travel would look like in a post-COVID-19 world, as they attempted to boost travel confidence. United said it was partnering with Clorox Co. for enhanced cleaning, and with the Cleveland Clinic for ways to keep passengers safe, while JetBlue said it would block the middle seats on some aircraft and the aisle seats on some others.:
                        • Rats may become "aggressive" due to COVID-19 restaurant shutdowns, CDC warns

                        Stay-at-home orders in many areas of the country may lead to an increase in rats and "aggressive rodent behavior," the CDC warns. Because many restaurants are closed or doing reduced business for takeout and delivery, rats that once relied on food and waste generated by these establishments are going hungry and seeking out new food sources.

                        "Community-wide closures have led to a decrease in food available to rodents, especially in dense commercial areas," the CDC says on its updated rodent control page. "Some jurisdictions have reported an increase in rodent activity as rodents search for new sources of food. Environmental health and rodent control programs may see an increase in service requests related to rodents and reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behavior."

                        According to the CDC, communities often experience a decline in rodent populations immediately after natural disasters like hurricanes, followed by an increase in rodents as commercial activity returns to normal. While the pandemic is not the type of natural disaster we're used to, it is affecting rat populations.

                        The CDC advises residents and business owners to eliminate conditions that may attract and support rodents. Sealing up access into homes and businesses, removing debris and heavy vegetation, keeping garbage in tightly covered bins, and removing pet food and bird food from yards are recommended preventative actions.: -
                        • Today's update.

                        Coronavirus Cases: 5,652,518

                        Deaths: 350,403

                        world population: 7,800,000,000 projection: 483,526,704 deaths

                        Underreported US death count: 100,468

                        Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
                        it's been blown way out of proportion.
                        Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


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                            • Hundreds of stranded Thais return home

                            A total of 385 Thais who were stranded abroad by the Covid-19 lockdown returned home on Tuesday on four flights - from Italy, Malaysia, Japan and Taiwan.

                            The first 37 arrived on Thai Airways International Flight TG8083 from Rome, Italy, landing at Suvarnabhumi airport at 7.20am. They were taken by buses to Le Bali Hotel in Pattaya, Chon Buri, and Mövenpick Hotel on Witthayu road in Bangkok for compulsory 14-day quarantine.

                            Thai Smiles Airways Flight WE8140 landed at Suvarnabhumi airport from Malaysia at 1.35pm with 148 Thais and one Malaysian diplomat. One of the Thai returnees was found to be a patient under investigation (PUI) and was admitted to a hospital. The Malaysian diplomat was met by embassy staff and taken to arranged quarantine.

                            The remaining Thais were taken by buses to Le Bali Hotel and Beverly Hotel in Pattaya, Chon Buri, H2DO Hotel in Samut Prakan, and Mövenpick Hotel on Witthayu road and Qiu Hotel in Sukhumvit Soi 79 in Bangkok for quarantine. (continues below)

                            An official in full protective gear prepares to disinfect the luggage of a person returning to Thailand on a special Thai Airways flight from Italy, at Suvarnabhumi airport. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb).

                            Japan Airlines Flight JL031 arrived at 3.35pm with 35 Thais on board. Most of them had worked in Japan and the others were students. They were taken for quarantine at Le Bali Hotel in Pattaya, Chon Buri, and Mövenpick Hotel in Bangkok.

                            The other 165 Thais arrived on Thai Smiles Airways Flight WE8095 from Taipei, Taiwan, at 4.20pm. Fourteen were found to be PUIs and admitted to a hospital for examination. One was detained under a court warrant.

                            The rest were taken to The Bazaar Hotel in Bangkok and a hotel in Samut Prakan for quarantine.:

                            Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                            Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.
                            • Dementia Gene Raises Risk of Severe COVID-19

                            Having a faulty gene linked to dementia doubles the risk of developing severe COVID-19, according to a large-scale study.

                            Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School and the UConn School of Medicine analyzed data from the UK Biobank, and found a high risk of severe COVID-19 infection among participants of European ancestry who carry two faulty copies of the APOE gene (termed e4e4). One in 36 people of European ancestry have two faulty copies of this gene, and this is known to increase risks of Alzheimer’s disease up to 14-fold and also increases the risk of heart disease. Now, the research team has found that carrying these gene mutations doubles the risks of COVID-19 – even in people who had not developed these diseases.

                            The team has previously found that people with dementia are three times more likely to get severe COVID-19. Part of the increased risk effect may have been exposure to the high prevalence of the virus in nursing homes. However, the new study, published on May 26 in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, indicates that a genetic component may also be at play. The team found that people with the APOE e4e4 genotype were at double the risk of developing severe COVID-19, compared to those with the common e3e3 form of the APOE gene. The team used data from the UK Biobank study, which collects health and genetic data on 500,000 people.

                            In this analysis, 2.36% (n=9,022) of participants with European ancestries (n=382,188) had the ApoE e4e4 faulty gene, but 5.13% (n=37) of those who tested positive for COVID-19 (n=721) had this gene variant, suggesting the risk is doubled compared to e3e3 (410 per 100,000 versus 179 per 100,000).:
                            • early update.

                            Coronavirus Cases: 5,704,172

                            Deaths: 352,671

                            Underreported US death count: 100,625

                            Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
                            it's been blown way out of proportion.
                            Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                              • EU governments ban malaria drug for COVID-19, trial paused as safety fears grow

                              PARIS/LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - European governments moved on Wednesday to halt the use of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients, and a second global trial was suspended, further blows to hopes for a treatment promoted by U.S. President Donald Trump.

                              The moves by France, Italy and Belgium followed a World Health Organization decision on Monday to pause a large trial of hydroxychloroquine due to safety concerns.

                              A UK regulator said on Wednesday that a separate trial was also being put on hold, less than a week after it started. The study, being led by the University of Oxford and partly funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was expected to involve as many as 40,000 healthcare workers.

                              “All hydroxychloroquine trials in COVID-19 remain under close review” while investigators assess any further risks, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said in an email to Reuters.

                              The swift moves by authorities in countries hit hardest by the pandemic highlighted the challenge for governments scrambling to find ways to treat patients and control the novel coronavirus.

                              After early reports that it might help some patients, regulators in several countries had allowed hydroxychloroquine to be used as a potential COVID-19 treatment.

                              Trump was a particularly strong supporter, describing the drug as a “gamechanger.” He later announced he was taking it to prevent infection.

                              However, more recent studies have raised serious safety issues. British medical journal The Lancet has reported coronavirus patients receiving hydroxychloroquine were more likely to die and experience dangerous irregular heartbeats.

                              On Wednesday, France’s health ministry cancelled a decree in place for nearly two months that had allowed hospital doctors to dispense it in specific situations for COVID-19.

                              Medicines agencies in France and Italy said the drug should not be used for COVID-19 outside clinical trials. Belgium’s regulator said trials aiming to evaluate the drug should also take potential risks into consideration.:
                              • Shhhhhh. Gossip. Someone in the Thai government has requested some to get ready to open a Thai airport for international flights (tourists).
                              • Today’s update.

                              Coronavirus Cases: 5,755,456

                              Deaths: 355,731

                              World population: 7,800,000,000 projection: 482,009,385 deaths

                              Underreported US death count: 101,817

                              Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
                              it's been blown way out of proportion.
                              Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                                • Thailand - The long wait for handouts

                                Some 1,000 locals in Chonburi province were queuing up from as early as 1am on Thursday (May 28) at Soi Thappaya 5 in Banglamung district to receive handouts of food and consumer products provided by the Norwegian Seamen's Church Pattaya.

                                The church distributes 2,000 packs of the handouts at 9am every Thursday to people who have been affected by the Covid-19 situation in Pattaya, the famous tourist city that has been shut down to avoid the outbreak.

                                At around 3am, police officers from Muang Pattaya Station came to disperse the crowd as 11pm to 4am are curfew hours imposed by the government. However, a news source said that the crowd dispersed only temporarily and queued up again once the police had gone.

                                One of the villagers, whose house is located near the church, expressed concern that the gathering of the crowd could increase the risk of Covid-19 spreading as social distancing measures are not maintained in the queue, which is almost half a kilometre long. “Furthermore, their loud chattering is really annoying and kept us up until dawn,” they added.:

                                Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                                Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.
                                • Aerosol Scientist: COVID-19 Is Likely Airborne

                                May 27, 2020 -- Something has been bothering Kimberly Prather, PhD: Everything she reads about COVID-19 points to a pathogen that travels through the air.

                                There’s how quickly it has spread around the world, studies showing how it spreads through restaurants (maybe by the air conditioning system?), how it attacked a church choir even though they were spread apart while they were singing, how it seems to spread like wildfire on planes and on cruise ships; all of this, she says, Prather should know. She studies aerosols -- particles so tiny they float freely through the air, traveling feet or even miles. She runs a large, government-funded research center at the University of California San Diego to study how viruses and other things that come out of the ocean float through the air.

                                “A lot of the evidence has been pointing to aerosol transmission of respiratory viruses,” she says. Influenza can be passed through the air, as can the virus that causes SARS. “This particular virus, a lot of evidence is mounting.”

                                Prather says she’s been alarmed not to see the CDC or WHO come out with a strong statement that people could catch COVID-19 by breathing it in.

                                “It’s just shocking to me, quite honestly, that this has not been factored in.”

                                And she believes masks can play a major role in stopping that transmission.

                                In an interview with America magazine on May 26, Anthony Fauci, MD, who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, referenced aerosol transmission in churches.

                                “When you sing, the amount of droplets and aerosol that come out is really, in some respects, scary,” Fauci said.

                                In a perspective article for the journal Science, Prather clearly lays out the evidence for aerosol transmission and explains what people need to do to protect themselves. It was quickly picked up on social media.

                                When a person coughs or sneezes, they generate large droplets laden with viral particles. Those droplets are heavy and fall to the ground or a nearby surface pretty quickly, within seconds. They are still somewhat wet and sticky when they land. That’s where the 6-foot rule comes in, she says. It’s based on studies of respiratory droplets conducted in the 1930s.

                                Science has become much more advanced since then. Prather and others have developed instruments that can “see” very tiny particles -- the aerosols. Aerosols are measured in microns, or one one-millionth of a meter. A human red blood cell is about 5 microns in size. These particles are so small that the moisture from a cough or sneeze evaporates while they’re still in the air. They float on air currents. It takes them hours to settle.

                                Aerosols, she writes, “can accumulate, remain infectious in indoor air for hours, and be easily inhaled deeply into the lungs.”

                                Prather realizes this is a scary thing to be telling people. “I hesitate. I don’t want to freak people out.”

                                She also believes knowledge is power.

                                “I have to say something because this could actually protect people,” she says. What airborne transmission means, she says, is that 6 feet is not far enough to stand apart. It also means we should probably be wearing masks a lot more often.: -

                                • Early update.

                                Coronavirus Cases: 5,810,107

                                Deaths: 357,826

                                Underreported US death count: 102,114

                                Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
                                it's been blown way out of proportion.
                                Keep your friends close and your enemies closer