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Mar 14, 20, 4:35 pm
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Posted By paolo64

I know we tend to look back at SPG through...

I know we tend to look back at SPG through rose-coloured glasses ( myself included), but it never worked all that well...often points failed to post. Under Marriott things are no worse ( other than...
Mar 13, 20, 9:44 pm
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Views: 763,561
Posted By paolo64

The Australian Minister for Home Affairs ( Peter...

The Australian Minister for Home Affairs ( Peter Dutton) has been hospitalised after testing positive. He became unwell after returning from Washington DC ( meetings on Five Eyes security group)....
Mar 13, 20, 9:34 pm
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Views: 203,118
Posted By paolo64

Under ‘normal’ circumstances ,taking an antibody...

Under ‘normal’ circumstances ,taking an antibody test ( to show a previous infection) would lessen some of the anxiety, and perhaps speed economic recovery , as those with a positive result (...
Mar 13, 20, 9:17 pm
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Views: 105,323
Posted By paolo64

This was timely and gave me exactly 2 hours to...

This was timely and gave me exactly 2 hours to cancel a reservation for Sunday. Had it not come , I would have been very disgruntled indeed...although my $160 one night pales into insignificance...
Mar 12, 20, 8:48 am
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Posted By paolo64

Relevant web page, yes, it seems PUI means...

Relevant web page, yes, it seems PUI means patient in Thailand, and this page ( and another on the same site) suggests hospitalisation ( but it’s not 100% clear)
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Mar 12, 20, 7:44 am
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Posted By paolo64

Situation in Thailand: According to the Ministry...

Situation in Thailand: According to the Ministry of Public Health there are now just under 2,000 Patients Under Investigation ( PUI), ie hospitalised. The official confirmed number seems to be 70.
Mar 11, 20, 11:50 am
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Posted By paolo64

BBC reports that India now requires all...

BBC reports that India now requires all international arrivals to undergo 14 day quarantine ( diplomats exempted), from worst affected countries ( including those in Europe); plus many types of visas...
Mar 11, 20, 10:00 am
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Posted By paolo64

Regardless of the efficacy of masks, as...

Regardless of the efficacy of masks, as contemplated by Trueblu and others, there is a far greater acceptance of using them in a number of Asian countries, including China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and...
Mar 10, 20, 8:26 pm
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Views: 17,097
Posted By paolo64

Very poor that you had to ask at reception rather...

Very poor that you had to ask at reception rather than be told directly...
Mar 10, 20, 8:22 pm
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Posted By paolo64

Suite upgrade on a 1 night stay ( not sure if...

Suite upgrade on a 1 night stay ( not sure if that’s courtesy of my should-have-expired-already faux-Ambassador status or as a frequent guest), pleased to get it. Room 3211, top floor with angled...
Mar 9, 20, 10:19 pm
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Views: 4,353
Posted By paolo64

This mimics my observation/experience, although...

This mimics my observation/experience, although the concerns were there long before this current threat. What is it about people that makes them want to start eating while standing at a buffet? It’s...
Mar 9, 20, 9:43 pm
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Posted By paolo64

There are no masks in most of Asia. Although in...

There are no masks in most of Asia. Although in Thailand it’s reported that a staff member of a government minister met with a ‘businessman’ to discuss a deal to send 200 million masks to China....
Mar 9, 20, 6:52 pm
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Posted By paolo64

This is now confirmed. K-Bank Thailand has ceased...

This is now confirmed. K-Bank Thailand has ceased in-branch forex and has closed all forex booths nationwide. Staff in those booths have been asked to quarantine at home for 14 days.
Mar 8, 20, 10:16 pm
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Views: 142,632
Posted By paolo64

Recent stay. The hotel has new owners. They have...

Recent stay. The hotel has new owners. They have invested in a renewal of the IT system , due for completion in 2-3 months ( in some rooms the wifi doesn’t work well , requiring the provision of an...
Mar 8, 20, 10:01 pm
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Posted By paolo64

Agree. The latest news from Vietnam underscores...

Agree. The latest news from Vietnam underscores the point: 10 new cases confirmed, all having flown London to Ho Chi Minh on the same Vietnam Airlines flight.
Mar 8, 20, 9:37 pm
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Posted By paolo64

There is always some community criticism of the...

There is always some community criticism of the levels of protection afforded by the seasonal flu vaccine, but the reality is it can never be more than a cocktail of “best guess” , based on estimates...
Mar 8, 20, 9:18 pm
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Posted By paolo64

I was in a K-Bank branch on Friday, not for...

I was in a K-Bank branch on Friday, not for forex, but it was otherwise operating quite normally. All the exchange booths around Bangkok seems to be functioning as normal; certainly Superrich is (...
Mar 8, 20, 3:55 am
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Posted By paolo64

No. There is more than sufficient good quality...

No. There is more than sufficient good quality data to support the WHO projection of a mortality rate in the order of 2%, ie between 10 and 20 times more deadly than season flu.
While it is true...
Mar 7, 20, 10:19 pm
Replies: 143
Views: 24,555
Posted By paolo64

Ibis Sukhumvit Soi 4 I had a brief stay here. I...

Ibis Sukhumvit Soi 4
I had a brief stay here. I didn’t know what to expect, but it turned out to be better than OK. Yes, tiny rooms. But impeccably clean, good strong AirCon, quiet ( possibly...
Mar 7, 20, 9:19 pm
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Views: 105,323
Posted By paolo64

It would be appreciated if Marriott ( and other...

It would be appreciated if Marriott ( and other chains) could offer some reassurances ( or at least information) about the way in which rooms are cleaned/disinfected between guests. Having staff wear...
Mar 7, 20, 6:58 pm
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Posted By paolo64

New case in Tasmania, Australia. A student...

New case in Tasmania, Australia. A student arrived from Nepal , via Singapore and Sydney; had cold-like symptoms for a couple of days, called the ‘phone line and was advised to self-isolate. Ignored...
Forum: Thailand
Mar 6, 20, 6:39 am
Replies: 371
Views: 37,353
Posted By paolo64

Case #48...

Case #48 (https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=48) : a 43 year old Brit, presented with symptoms the day after arrival from London via Hong Kong.
It would be nicer to...
Forum: Thailand
Mar 3, 20, 7:49 pm
Replies: 371
Views: 37,353
Posted By paolo64

One hopes the face masks in question were not...

One hopes the face masks in question were not from the factory “recycling” used masks, by paying workers 1 Baht to iron.fold and repackage them to be sold as new. If it gets any lower than this, I’m...
Mar 3, 20, 11:42 am
Replies: 131
Views: 20,773
Posted By paolo64

So a stay is defined as “consecutive nights”, NOT...

So a stay is defined as “consecutive nights”, NOT one night or consecutive nights. So is this a 2 night minimum or just the sloppy language for which Marriott is legend? I would define a stay as one...
Mar 2, 20, 7:36 pm
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Views: 546,647
Posted By paolo64

I think all hotels ( and certainly airlines) are...

I think all hotels ( and certainly airlines) are doing the same thing: it has very little, if anything, to do with public health...and everything to do with containing costs. I’m not ‘pointing the...
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