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  2. Flashermac

    The Covid-19 thread

    Roundup of airport escapees begins The government vows to take legal action against those who fled quarantine after returning on a flight to Thailand on Friday night and failed to report themselves by deadline last evening. It has demanded the 158 people who arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport enter 14-day state quarantine, in line with the Emergency Decree issued on April 2. Many passengers defied the order, triggering public outrage amid concerns about the spread of Covid-19 from imported cases. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said 152 people who defied the quarantine order had until 6pm yesterday to report to authorities or face legal action under the Emergency Decree. By mid-evening last night, 134 returnees had reported nationwide. As for the rest, local police have been ordered to arrest them. Violators of the announcement under the Emergency Decree can be imprisoned for two years, fined up to 20,000 baht, or both. Violation of the Communicable Disease Act can result in one year imprisonment, a fine of up to 100,000 baht, or both. He said the government has asked Thai citizens abroad to delay travel home from April 2-15 and imposed state quarantine for all returnees to prevent imported cases. Dr Taweesilp said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha voiced concerns about the commotion on Friday night and stressed it should not happen again. "The arrival of Thai and foreign nationals in the past two weeks has contributed to an increase of cases because some don't self-isolate. That's why the prime minister has asked them to delay travel," he said. He said the government has information about the returnees and could track them down, but they are advised to contact the Emergency Operation Centre at Suvarnabhumi airport or the Damrongdhama Centre in their provinces and bring their families along if contact has been made. It is reported that out of the 158 returnees, 103 had arrived from Japan, 11 from Qatar and 44 from Singapore. Six of them agreed to be sent for quarantine at a hotel in Bangkok. "We don't want to take actions or punish anyone. We are concerned and we want them to report themselves," he said. "The public health and security authorities are working not for themselves but for the entire nation," he added. The CCSA spokesman said several groups of Thais who already have permission to return will have to comply with quarantine upon arrival. These groups include the Thai AFS students returning gradually from the US and those who attended religious functions in Indonesia. https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1893155/roundup-of-airport-escapees-begins
  3. Flashermac

    The Covid-19 thread

    Thai returnees told to report for state quarantine Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered 152 Thais who landed at Suvarnabhumi airport on Friday afternoon and refused to enter state quarantine to report themselves before 6pm on Saturday so that they can be put into state facilities. A total of 158 Thais — 103 from Japan, 11 from Qatar and 44 from Singapore — landed at the airport at 1pm on Friday, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said today. But only six of them agreed to be sent to a place prepared by authorities, which is a hotel in Bangkok. The remaining 152 refused to cooperate, saying they had not been informed about it in advance, and left for home. After a meeting on Saturday, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration decided to put all of thses returnees in state quarantine. They must contact the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) at Suvarnabhumi or the Damrongtham Centre in their provinces. Dr Taweesin stressed the government had their personal information and could track them down and warned about legal action. He also urged people close to them to self-isolate for 14 days. Thais in transit to return home should also contact Thai embassies for advice and they must agree to be put in state quarantine once landing, he said. The commotion at the airport on Friday occurred mainly because of the transition of rules. The group consisted of Thais who were able to fly home because they had obtained all the necessary documents — fit-to-fly certificates issued within 72 hours before boarding and letters from embassies confirming they are Thai nationals seeking to return home — when they boarded planes. Gen Prayut announced on Thursday evening all travel to the kingdom by both Thais and foreigners would be banned until April 15, effective immediately. After that period, he said all arrivals must be quarantined at state facilities. As a result, when this group of Thais landed and were told they must be quarantined at state facilities, they protested, reasoning they had not been informed beforehand by Thai embassies that this was part of the requirements. While recognising the importance of quarantine, they assumed they could do it at home. Some even claimed to have already booked hotel rooms for the purpose. The Foreign Ministry on Saturday denied it did not follow the government's order by enabling this group to return home, saying the prime minister’s announcement came after the embassies already issued the letters for them. Ministry spokesman Cherdkiat Atthakorn said that after Gen Prayut’s announcement banning all travel to Thailand on Thursday, the embassies stopped issuing the letters and shut down the online application for the purpose. He added several Thai embassies also informed in their announcements that Thais returning home would be quarantined at state facilities for 14 days without exception. The online form Thais abroad used to apply for the letters also mentioned the quarantine. Authorities have prepared facilities in Sattahip and two hotels in Bangkok for state quarantine. As a result of the confusion on Friday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand issued an announcement a few hours later temporarily banning all passenger flights from landing in Thailand until Monday to prevent further problems. It took immediate effect. The exceptions are state or military aircraft, emergency landing, technical landing (with no disembarkment), humanitarian aid or medical and relief flights, repatriation and cargo aircraft. Passengers on aircraft leaving other airports before the announcement took effect shall come under the communicable disease and the state of emergency laws. They must be quarantined for 14 days. A military source said Maj Gen Kosol Choojai, who was in charge of the EOC at Suvarnabhumi and allowed the 152 passengers to go home, was replaced by Gen Paripat Palasin. The major general will face a probe for his handling of the situation. https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1893095/thai-returnees-told-to-report-for-state-quarantine
  4. For all those suffering from stage 5 TDS...President Trump was correct, AGAIN!!! Hydroxychloroquine rated ‘most effective’ coronavirus treatment, poll of doctors finds An international poll of thousands of doctors rated the Trump-touted anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine the best treatment for the novel coronavirus. Of the 6,227 physicians surveyed in 30 countries, 37 percent rated hydroxychloroquine the “most effective therapy” for combating the potentially deadly illness, according to the results released Thursday. The survey, conducted by the global health care polling company Sermo, also found that 23 percent of medical professionals had prescribed the drug in the US — far less than other countries. “Outside the US, hydroxychloroquine was equally used for diagnosed patients with mild to severe symptoms whereas in the US it was most commonly used for high risk diagnosed patients,” the survey found. The medicine was most widely used in Spain, where 72 percent of physicians said they had prescribed it. https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/hydroxychloroquine-most-effective-coronavirus-treatment-poll/?utm_source=facebook_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site+buttons&utm_campaign=site+buttons
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  6. Flashermac

    The Covid-19 thread

    One death, total hits 2,000 One man died and 89 more caught the coronavirus disease over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 2,067 cases and 20 fatalities, according to authorities. Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said the new death was a Thai man, 72, with chronic diseases. Of the total cases, 612 people had recovered, said Dr Taweesin. Of the new 89 coronavirus infections, 31 were in Bangkok, 13 in Nonthaburi, eight in Phuket, five each in Chon Buri and Pathum Thani, four each in Samut Prakan and Narathiwat, three in Songkhla, two each in Yala and Suphan Buri and one each in Surat Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Samut Sakhon, Trang, Tak, Ayutthaya and Lampang. Bangkok had the highest number of cases with 980, followed by Nonthaburi (128), Phuket (107), Samut Prakan (93), Chon Buri (59), Yala (52), Pattani (44), Songkhla (37), Chiang Mai (33), and Pathum Thani (28). https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1893055/one-death-total-hits-2-000
  7. Flashermac

    The Covid-19 thread

    There is a much stronger drive than religion ... sex! The Thais are having problems trying to reign in the backpackers and sex tourists, which is why the 10pm curfew went into effect in Bangkok. The Thai language papers report booze and pot parties being broken up almost regularly. p.s. There were no infections in the far south, until large groups of Muslims from Pattani went to huge prayer gatherings in Malaysia and brought it back with them. Now the southern border provinces are getting hit hard with it. Inshallah ...
  8. radioman

    Drink !

    It's no wonder the Scots invented so much stuff. Good whisky has the most amazing power to free the mind to the extent even the most preposterous constructs seem utterly plausible, you've only to look at the stuff invented by Scotsmen over the centuries and its not hard to imagine whisky had to be involved at some point. And that's only the really famous and useful stuff, what about all the other shite, like deep fried Mars bars, sheep cloning, fer fecks sake, you'd think the fecking Kiwi's might have come up with that one but chances are they don't all sit around at uni wi a boatil goin "oh I know lets photocopy a feckin sheep!" But you just know in Scotland that's how it started.
  9. Specialist

    Drink !

    Glenfiddich is good. One of these days, I am going to break down and buy another bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label, the nectar of the gods.
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  11. Pom Michael

    Bangkok empty

    I ventured out this afternoon (Saturday) - just walking the streets around Sathorn area / Suan Plu Road (old Immigration office) - and it was business as almost usual. Not a massive amount of people out, but there were plenty. Every food stall was selling food - and a few of the non food shops were selling items out of their doors. Was even able to get a COVID haircut!
  12. Fantastic Fungi [2019] American made documentary film takes us on a visually impressive, uplifting and thought provoking ride into the wonderfully useful world of mycelium and its fruit the mushroom.
  13. As for China, the country with zero transparency. I've never ever believed their numbers. Never. Always thought with as much certainty I can without the real numbers it was in the tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of hospitalized. You don't put up as many hospitals as you can every 10 days for 3,000 dead. They have had floods, and natural disasters that have killed far more. If anything this should expose China as a government you can't trust if it wasn't obvious before. Okay, their numbers are faked, and faked badly. We still need them to provide their findings. Doesn't matter right now, right now the free exchange of any and all information regarding to Covid19 overrules any other issue. Right now global cooperation is the only way to combat it.
  14. Is WHO compromised? Yes. But its corruption is also being used as a fall guy to cover up our (America's) fuck ups. We haven't relied on WHO for shit in the past. America has always had its own agencies, health and otherwise, that have more than served us with advance warnings, etc. Did we rely on WHO for all the prior outbreaks (SARS, MERS, Ebola, H1, etc.)? The real truth is we fucked up. The real truth is there is so much animosity between both parties its paralyzed things. The real truth is Trump sees things through 'pro or never Trumper' lense for EVERYTHING. It could be a circular argument. Is there a strong never Trumper sentiment out there? Definitely. Won't disagree with that at all. Is the environment created by his actions? Depends on which side of the ideological spectrum you fall on. I don't see Italy, Spain, Korea, Iran, blaming WHO or focusing on WHO. WHO has never been who (no pun intended) any nation relied on for advance knowledge on diseases. Its almost always been seen as resource to support policy or where to direct resources for the future. The big takeaway I got from this is that the various leaders of major countries are NOT working together. Why isn't the G8 or the UN security council or the G20 convening by video and coming up with a plan that they can work together on? Where is America's leadership? Why isn't Putin, Xi, Trump, Johnson and others having their lieutenants if not themselves working on areas they can share info, etc. ? It's an every country for themselves environment. The only ones that seem to be sharing info and knowledge are the doctors and the masses. There is a profound and disturbing lack of leadership at the very top globally. We are all connected economically and electronically. Even if America reduces the cases to zero, the economy won't fully recover if the rest of the world is in a depression. We aren't a fish bowl. Neither is China. We (community of nations) may not like each other but we all need each other. That's a fact. We need to act like it.
  15. Flashermac

    The Covid-19 thread

    How dare they even suggest such a thing!
  16. Flashermac

    Bangkok empty

    One night before Bangkok started its 10pm to 4am curfew in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, the streets around Asoke and Nana were already very quiet. Video by Gary Boyle.
  17. Gentlemen, after deep investigation and consulting leading authorities wordwide ( Dr. Corsi , crazy Debbie and the AmericanPatriot) I see myself fit today in letting the world know what the reason of the Corona virus really is. Neither fried bats nor Pangolin soup but : - Permanent spreading of homosexuality - Warning of climate change Anybody now wrongly thinking BubI is under the influence of 16 beer Singh at Happy Girls Bar Soi 4 is dead wrong ! This exclusive knowledgs comes from a holy man whose name is Drollinger and the one who on weekly basis teaches members of the Trump cabinet the bible.Yes. Khun Drollinger did also find out that world has been put together within 6 days by God himself. I would suggest with the help of Caterpillar and General Electric but there we are. The Untited States of America are currently ruled by a laughable gang of morons. There are no words to describe the full desaster. I still like the US and therefore I am deeply sorry for anybody who has to live there. PS: As I am talking about spreading homosexuality I recommend St. Drollinger immediete action by using his holy influence to withdraw the current US ambassador in Germany as soon as possible. A man whose name is Richard Grenell and an insult to all the fine Gentlemen who have been here before. Nothing to do with his sexual orientation but his brain died long ago.
  18. Oh and i should add, a least one, on the miracle cure, of Glenfiddich Whickey.
  19. Don't be surprised, NZ is part of the world, the world has a big problem with the virus, it's only Donald that doesn't.
  20. Was surprised to see New Zealand affected... New Zealand Coronavirus Cases: 950 Deaths: 1 Recovered: 127
  21. Coss

    Drink !

    There's been precious little drinking going on this board bar, so let me, help a bit. G'day, Since the Stroke (July 2017) I've been at pains to be 98~99% of normal from before. If I am realistic, it's 75~80%. Still, mostly the good bits. Last August I bought a 700ml bottle of Glenfiddich for my 60th birthday, with the intention of not drinking too much of it. I had three drinks from it, until now, and when I looked at it yesterday, there was about 1/4 of the bottle left. I decided to get another, 1litre this time. So I post a photo of this drink, the last 175ml from the August bottle, to hope that you'll share with me the appreciation of a good scotch . Yes I know, big glass.... So cheers, my good fellows and ladies, I hope you are well and that we'll get to sup a wee dram at some point in the next years. cheers Coss.
  22. Automatic visa extensions for tourists in Thailand “just a matter of time” - details being ironed out: govt spokesman The Thai government is continuing to iron out the details of a proposed new policy that would allow tourists left stranded in Thailand to be granted automatic visa renewals. Speaking to Thai PBS on Friday evening (3 April), deputy ministry spokesman Natapanu Nopakun provided an update on the proposal to grant automatic visa extensions to foreign tourists stranded in Thailand due COVID-19. He said the government understands the situation and that granting foreigners automatic visa extensions is “in the pipeline”. Mr Natapanu said the details are “being ironed out” and “frankly, this is on the agenda”. Mr Natapanu added that the prime minister is aware of the situation but it may take a little time before the policy is implemented. The proposal to grant automatic visa extensions to foreign tourists came in response to thousands of foreigners forming lengthy queues at immigration offices throughout Thailand in a desperate attempt to renew their visas. While other countries had waived visa requirements for foreigners left stranded due to COVID-19, Thailand said foreigners had to renew their visas at their nearest immigration office but only after insisting those affected obtain a letter from their embassy. But it wasn’t just the embassy letter that was needed for people to renew their visas. Popular Thailand based blogger Richard Barrow recently tweeted that a total of nine separate documents were requested at one immigration office, as well as the “interrogation” of the visa holder’s landlord. There have also been similar reports from people posting on Thaivisa of immigration offices still demanding housebooks, copies of ID documents from landlords and even a map. On Friday, Cambodia announced it would grant automatic visa extensions for tourists stranded due to COVID-19. THai Visa https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1157672-automatic-visa-extensions-for-tourists-in-thailand-“just-a-matter-of-time”-details-being-ironed-out-govt-spokesman/?utm_source=newsletter-20200404-1258&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news
  23. Coss

    The Covid-19 thread

    Thailand reports 89 new coronavirus cases, one more death BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand reported 89 new coronavirus cases and one more death on Saturday. The latest numbers from the government's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration took the total in the southeast Asian nation to 2,067. Twenty people have died. Reuters via Thai Visa - (press the googlie button if you're seeking more info)
  24. cavanami

    The Covid-19 thread

    This virus is strange and the number reported are even stranger....Hong Kong, 4 deaths? Shanghai, 6 deaths? while Spain and Italy are getting slammed...
  25. Coss

    The Covid-19 thread

    Flash - those are fascinating, thanks, compare a few, really interesting. If one thinks like me; (more movement) = (more virus transmission) ; then these could well, foretell, future death tolls.
  26. Flashermac

    The Covid-19 thread

    See how your community is moving around differently due to COVID-19 As global communities respond to COVID-19, we've heard from public health officials that the same type of aggregated, anonymized insights we use in products such as Google Maps could be helpful as they make critical decisions to combat COVID-19. These Community Mobility Reports aim to provide insights into what has changed in response to policies aimed at combating COVID-19. The reports chart movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential. ... https://www.google.com/covid19/mobility/?fbclid=IwAR1a6NBrivR-AEfL0BKP69Pee8ERspRCWVP4fOkSgiHQ4RIiCpcL5aXsU48
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