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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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 ...
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    The Covid-19 thread

    How dare they even suggest such a thing!
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    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.
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    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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    The Covid-19 thread

    Wow, I'll have to remember that. Thanks.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Coronavirus: US accused of ‘piracy’ over mask ‘confiscation’ The US has been accused of redirecting 200,000 Germany-bound masks for its own use, in a move condemned as "modern piracy". The local government in Berlin said the shipment of US-made masks was "confiscated" in Bangkok. The FFP2 masks, which were ordered by Berlin's police force, did not reach their destination, it said. ... https://www.bbc.com/news/world-52161995 Wow, the US has the power to confiscate shipments in Bangkok and somehow redirect them to the USA. You don't suppose the Thai government had anything to do with it, do you? Nah, they wouldn't do that.
  10. Public transport to stop at 9.30pm Public transport services in the Bangkok area have been ordered to end their daily operations by 9.30pm from Friday, when the nationwide night curfew starts. Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said public transport services would be closed from 9.30pm to 4am in accordance with the prime minister's declaration of a nationwide curfew from 10pm to 4am to curb the spread of coronavirus disease. ... https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1892440/public-transport-to-stop-at-9-30pm
  11. Flashermac

    The Covid-19 thread

    Sorry to confuse you with the facts, but ... - 20 Jan 1st diagnosed case in USA - 26 Jan 1st deaths in USA. - 31 Jan US border CLOSED to Chinese! (WHO was still saying No - H2H transmission and closing border unnecessary.)- - 11 Mar WHO - declares it a pandemic. - 13 Mar US border closed to EU & others Yep, Trump really dropped the ball. WHO is great!
  12. All people in Thailand are banned from leaving home from 10pm to 4am starting Friday in the government’s latest move to contain the spread of coronavirus. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced the curfew on Thursday evening. Exempted from the curfew are medical and banking personnel, as well as logistic workers handling consumer products, farm goods, pharmaceutical products, medical supplies and equipment, newspapers, petrol, postal parcels, or products to be imported or exported. Movements of people to quarantine places are also allowed. Other exemptions are people working normal night shifts or those heading to or from airports with necessary documents stating the purposes, or officials working by the announcements or orders and those allowed by officials to leave the house on emergencies. Violation will result in a jail term of not more than two years and/or a fine not more than 40,000 baht. Existing curfew orders or announcements in any province with stricter requirements shall remain in effect. For relief measures, Gen Prayut said three funds would be set up to help people affected by the mitigation measures. Centres will be set up to distribute face masks. “I won’t let anyone hoard the product and take advantage of people during this difficult time,” he said. More economic stimulus packages will be introduced such as financial aid, debt suspension, liquidity boost and debt restructuring. In terms of disease mitigation, a centre will be set up to manage travel in and out of the kingdom with strict screening, quarantine and monitoring measures. Gen Prayut also sought cooperation in delaying entry to Thailand until April 15. In terms of communication, a briefing will be held every day by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Unauthorised people will not be allowed to give interviews. He again warned of the consequences of spreading fake news or sharing information from unknown sources. He urged everyone to cooperate for the ultimate goal of “zero”. Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, earlier explained the need for a curfew. "Past measures have slowed the daily number of new infections but still fail to reduce it. From the start, we intend to gradually impose measures, from soft to harsh ones," he said. http://thai360.com/index.php?/forum/11-news/&do=add So if you are a people, stay indoors during the curfew!
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    The Covid-19 thread

    WHO believes every word Xi says. Trump was already closing the borders while the WHO was still insisting there was no danger and it was unnecessary. Even Trump could see what was happening before the WHO did.
  14. 5,000 baht is survival money ... provided they have some place to live. If they have to figure rent into that, it is nowhere near enough to get by on, and their only hope is to return home. But remember that a bus conductor makes about 7,000 a month and sales people at the 7-Elevens aren't paid much more (maybe 9,000). Ordinary Thai working folks don't have much income at all, with taxi drivers often living day by day on their earnings. This is the reason women in the naughty nightlife went into it. They can make many times what they would as a waitress or working on the assembly line in a factory, which is about all their level of education qualifies them for. Unfortunately, few of the BGs have any plan to save money, spending it as fast as they can. (This applies to many Thais outside of the nightlife as well.) I commented about it on this board years ago, describing how some of the BGs I knew made fantastic amounts of money, but simply blew it all away by gambling or spent it on expensive clothes and other luxuries. Several board members promptly attacked me, saying what the BGs did with their money was none of my business and I should butt out. Fair enough, but then don't feel sorry for them when they end up broke and in trouble. It was their choice.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    China lied about the scope of its COVID-19 outbreak, US intelligence report claims In news that will shock absolutely no one, a classified assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies has reportedly concluded that China worked to conceal the exact scope of its novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the rest of the world, Citing three unnamed U.S. officials, Bloomberg News reports that the assessment — received by the White House last week — showed that the Chinese government's public reporting on positive COVID-19 cases and related deaths since the start of the country's outbreak in late 2019 was "intentionally incomplete." Chinese officials only publicly reported roughly 82,000 cases and 3,300 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and cited by Bloomberg News, levels recently eclipsed by the nearly 200,000 cases and 4,000 deaths seen in the United States. The Bloomberg News report does not offer any sense of China's absolute number of positive COVID-19 cases and deaths. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had previously accused the Chinese government of censoring information regarding its COVID-19 outbreak back in February, arguing that the lack of transparency was putting the rest of the world at risk. "Censorship. It can have deadly consequences," Pompeo said at the time. "Had China permitted its own and foreign journalists and medical personnel to speak and investigate freely, Chinese officials and other nations would have been far better prepared to address the challenge." The accusation had sparked a war of words between U.S. and Chinese officials regarding which country bore ultimate responsibility for the spread of COVID-19, an exchange which saw the Chinese government accuse the U.S. Army of deliberately bringing the disease to the Wuhan province where it is thought to have originated. "China has been updating the U.S. on the coronavirus and its response since Jan. 3," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on March 19. "On Jan. 15 the U.S. State Department notified Americans in China U.S. CDC's warning about the coronavirus. And now blame China for delay? Seriously?" But on Tuesday, State Department immunologist Deborah Birx stated that China's public reporting had shaped assumptions among the international medical community regarding the nature of COVID-19 and its potential spread around the world — assumptions that now appear fundamentally flawed. “The medical community made — interpreted the Chinese data as: This was serious, but smaller than anyone expected,” Birx said on Tuesday, per Bloomberg News. “Because I think probably we were missing a significant amount of the data, now that what we see happened to Italy and see what happened to Spain.” https://taskandpurpose.com/news/china-coronavirus-cases-lies?utm_content=buffere9afd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer&fbclid=IwAR3R12cCWRBnCMEM_TIKM9ig7gBwIHznduihLZwAFfFIVpLO5e6zCX42MJo But surely President for Life Xi wouldn't do that. He is a truthful champion of human rights who is an inspiration for democratic leaders around the world.
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