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Old Jan 31, 20, 5:42 am
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COVID-19 - Situation and response in Thailand

FML.

"Thailand has its first case of human-to-human transmission of the new coronavirus inside the country, a health official said on Friday, as authorities raised the total number of cases in the country to 19, the second-highest after China.

The first patient to contract the virus inside Thailand is a Thai taxi driver, said Tanarak Pipat, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control.

“(He) ...does not have the record of traveling to China, and it is likely that he was infected (by) a sick traveler from China,” Tanarak said."

https://www.reuters.com/article/chin...-idUSL4N2A03OJ
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Old Jan 31, 20, 4:29 pm
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On January 30th, 78 passengers met the criteria of patients under investigation (PUI),
raising the total number of PUI to 280 people. Of those, 37 PUI were detected from the airport
screening. 236 people sought medical services on their own at hospitals, including 141 PUI at
private hospitals, 95 PUI at government hospitals and seven PUI at others (a hotel residence, the
Erawan Medical Center, a local university and a tour group). Among all PUI, 175 are admitted at
hospitals, including 109 at government hospitals and 66 at private hospitals, and 38 are in isolation
rooms for healthcare providers to monitor their clinical signs. 67 cases recovered from their
illnesses and returned to their homes. Laboratory results identified the novel coronavirus
2019 in 14 cases. Six of them were discharged from the hospitals.

The etiologic agents for the other cases (44) were identified in the final diagnoses as
Influenza A virus (11 cases), Influenza B virus (12 cases), Influenza C virus (1 case), Adenovirus
(1 case), Streptococcus pneumoniae (1 case), Bronchitis (4 cases), Nasopharyngitis (2 cases),
Pharyngitis (3 cases), common cold (2 cases), RSV infection (3 cases), Tonsillitis (1 case),
Rhinovirus (1 case), Hyperthyroid Fever (1 case) and Pneumonia (1 case). There are 220 cases
in which laboratory results are pending.



https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumoni...o27-300163.pdf
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Old Feb 1, 20, 5:32 pm
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According to Al Jazeera this morning - local news is a bit unreliable/made intentionally upbeat by the authorities - confirmed cases steady at 19, cases in which lab results are waiting at 344. There was a charter flight out of Thailand to Wuhan yesterday transporting Chinese citizens who may not have been able to board commercial flight(s).

The push/pull between the health of its citizens and tourism cash means that there are no restrictions on travel between China and Thailand as of today. ~ 17% of the GDP is tourism based. China represented ~ 27% tourist arrivals last year, at ~ 11 million. ~ 2 million Chinese tourists arrived in Thailand since the outbreak. The "government" is said to be setting up a committee to study the "options", like Visa restrictions. Local industries that rely on the bulk/zero dollar trade are said to be suffering.
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Old Feb 1, 20, 10:04 pm
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Am I stupid for still wanting to go to Thailand.
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Old Feb 2, 20, 12:06 am
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Originally Posted by transpac View Post
~ 2 million Chinese tourists arrived in Thailand since the outbreak.
I have a 2 day stopover in BKK coming up in a week (booked many months ago). Looking at the totals for reported incidents in Thailand, I wasnít worried but the 2M number above has me a bit more concerned. My NH/TG ticket is non-refundable though I can change it to a later date with a penalty+will need to write off prepaid hotel costs. And would need to pay for a new ticket to the planned destination that avoids BKK. Irrational or prudent?
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Old Feb 2, 20, 3:35 am
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Originally Posted by samplat View Post
I have a 2 day stopover in BKK coming up in a week (booked many months ago). Looking at the totals for reported incidents in Thailand, I wasnít worried but the 2M number above has me a bit more concerned. My NH/TG ticket is non-refundable though I can change it to a later date with a penalty+will need to write off prepaid hotel costs. And would need to pay for a new ticket to the planned destination that avoids BKK. Irrational or prudent?
Assuming that the travel is an absolute requirement then maybe scope out options, have them ready if needed, but stick to the current itin. Maybe limit travel around Bangkok, stay in a hotel near the airport, avoid mass transpo? The biggest problem would be if Thailand were to be blacklisted. That might happen if it looks like the Thai authorities are not managing the situation up to acceptable standards.

Nothing really gets addressed here until it is fully engulfed in flames.
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Old Feb 2, 20, 9:00 am
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Originally Posted by Annalisa12 View Post
Am I stupid for still wanting to go to Thailand.
No, Iím here now. Iím being on the cautious end by wearing a mask and washing hands after being in crowded areas/China tourist zones ( eg on the bts or at chatachuk) but apart from that itís basically bangkok as normal. Drinks this afternoon at house on salthorn, watch sun go down from octave, popped into iron balls for some drinks and dinner at supanniga.

The whole situation is getting a bit silly.
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Are there currently temperature checks on arrival? If so, I presume they're delaying the immigration process?

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Just the camera which was being monitored in a particularly Thai fashion.
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Thailand claims to have successfully treated a corona virus patient:

https://viewfromthewing.com/a-corona...ay-be-working/


A Chinese woman infected with the new coronavirus showed a dramatic improvement after she was treated with a cocktail of anti-virals used to treat flu and HIV, Thailand's health ministry said Sunday.

The 71-year-old patient tested negative for the virus 48 hours after Thai doctors administered the combination, doctor Kriengsak Attipornwanich said during the ministry's daily press briefing.

"The lab result of positive on the coronavirus turned negative in 48 hours," Kriengsak said.

"From being exhausted before, she could sit up in bed 12 hours later."

The doctors combined the anti-flu drug oseltamivir with lopinavir and ritonavir, anti-virals used to treat HIV, Kriengsak said, adding the ministry was awaiting research results to prove the findings.

The news comes as the new virus claimed its first life outside China -- a 44-year-old Chinese man who died in the Philippines -- while the death toll in China has soared above 300.

Thailand so far has detected 19 confirmed cases of the virus believed to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, which is under lockdown.

That is the second highest number of cases outside of China, with Japan recording 20.

So far, eight patients in Thailand have recovered and returned home, while 11 remain in hospital.

In a video released Sunday, health minister Anutin Charnvirakul visited a patient from Wuhan who had recovered from the coronavirus, chatting with her amicably in Mandarin as she thanked him and the medical staff.

Thai authorities are trying to balance screening of inbound Chinese visitors with the economic needs of its tourist sector, which is heavily reliant on arrivals from the mainland.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/thailand-...135019586.html

OK if the Thais are trying to preserve its tourism business, they might be inclined to make claims of curing the virus. But that health minister either really believes the cure works for he's going to become infected. Unless he was in full hazmat suit when talking to the patient.
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Old Feb 2, 20, 5:15 pm
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
Are there currently temperature checks on arrival? If so, I presume they're delaying the immigration process?

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For departures at SBIA/BKK there are reports (from yesterday) that Chinese passengers have to pass through a dedicated area. They might be doing the same for arrivals, within the VoA (even though the fee is waived) area? The regular departing security area was backed down the escalator, but once through that departing stamp-out at Immigration was not bad.

I'd allow plenty of time for a departure, maybe an extra hour just to be safe.

"Thai authorities are trying to balance screening of inbound Chinese visitors with the economic needs of its tourist sector, which is heavily reliant on arrivals from the mainland."

The "government" is taking quite a bit of heat for this stance. Add in the air pollution, shortage of masks, water shortages and the populace is losing confidence in their government.


I've seen temperature monitoring/thermal imaging stations around town, mostly in the entrances to BTS-connected malls. No clue what they do if they see someone hot?
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"Thai authorities are trying to balance screening of inbound Chinese visitors with the economic needs of its tourist sector, which is heavily reliant on arrivals from the mainland."

The "government" is taking quite a bit of heat for this stance.
Translated: Something bad needs to happen, and then we'll be REactive if it does.
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"From 24 January to 2 February 2020 the screening protocol was implemented at Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi airports among 12,163 passengers and air crew members from 229 flights travelling from China."

~ 40 flights arriving today (BKK+DMK) from mainland China

PUI up to 485
405 cases waiting for lab results

https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/situation.php

https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumoni...0-020263_1.pdf

It could be worse. In Cambodia, the dictator Hun Sen admonished people for wearing masks, plans to leave Cambodians in China and said it was too hot there for the virus.

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/nation...-too-hot-virus
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Going to be in both Thailand & Cambodia within the next week. Flying into Bangkok for one night then off to Cambodia for 9 days and back to Bangkok for a few more days.

Annual winter vacation is becoming stressful. First it was with Iran air space since we are flying QR from Canada and now this. Oh well, I guess a person can't live in a bubble. We will try and take every precaution we can but life goes on.
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Old Feb 4, 20, 5:42 am
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Today's news:

- Six more infections confirmed, total of 25. Two were taxi drivers so.....

- S. Korean tourist contracts virus after visiting Thailand. No visits to China on record recently.

- Thai minister states coronavirus is in "transmission stage" in Thailand.
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