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    The Covid-19 thread

    China reports it is being reinfected by Chinese returning from Europe.
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    Laos

    Anypne suspected of having the virus simply disappears. That's the way things are done in the Lao PDR.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Don't know, but I rode the MRT last Saturday. The number of passengers was maybe less than usual, but not very much. I saw only two Thais without a mask, both young guys who acted as if they were immune to everything.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Still only one death inThailand, and the poor guy had already been hit with dengue fever. (Second time I had dengue, you could have knocked me over with a feather.) Is it the heat or something that keeps it from being as lethal here? Italy is being clobbered by it. Meanwhile ... Coronavirus: Robots use light beams to zap hospital viruses https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51914722
  5. Down the soi, just past Nana Plaza
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Go-go restaurants, a new Pattaya feature ... also go-go barber shops, groceries etc.
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    Straya

    Outrageous': Qantas criticised for standing down 20,000 workers without pay Unions have demanded that any future government bailout of the airlines include money to pay workers after Australia’s national carrier, Qantas, said it will stand down two-thirds of its 30,000-strong workforce without pay and end international flights. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the standdowns were needed to survive the biggest crisis aviation has ever been through, but union leaders slammed the move for robbing from workers’ futures to prop up the airline. Joyce said it was “survival of the fittest” in the airline industry due to the coronavirus pandemic, and “lots of airlines are going to go under”. “Qantas will not be one of them,” he said. “One of the things we are working on is making sure we are last man standing.” The decision comes despite a $715m rescue package for the Australian airline sector, unveiled by the government on Wednesday. ... The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union national assistant secretary Glenn Thompson called on Qantas to bring forward maintenance work and give workers who are stood down 14 days special paid leave. “Big companies with deep pockets like Qantas must support their workers in these uncertain times by providing two weeks special leave at the beginning of the standdown period,” he said. Dan Walton, the national secretary of the biggest union at Qantas, the Australian Workers’ Union, said workers needed to be supported at least until May.. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/19/coronavirus-qantas-and-jetstar-to-suspend-international-flights-and-stand-down-20000-workers "Let them eat cake!" https://asia.nikkei.com/Editor-s-Picks/China-up-close/Campaign-to-thank-Xi-Jinping-flatly-rejected-by-Wuhan-citizens?utm_source=paid.outbrain.com&utm_campaign=BA TH&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=E15-1&dicbo=v1-c0ee0cbb6263d6306376ddd13731e71d-00280e9c9208103b82992e13a5e43683ac-gzswknjwmjrtqljvmq4weljumzrdcllbge3tkllcmfrtcnzsmi2wmnrsha
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Prayut order the entertainment orders in Bangkok to close for two weeks, but he didn't say anything about Pattaya.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Tracking the infections on a map ... https://covidtracker.5lab.co/?fbclid=IwAR1bAH4qDAZtWkdh2MVwAiFmow9lAtRFg78vPSZKr76__ezADDlBNwYHTyk
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Haven't they always placed profit before human lives? If anything, they now may just be more open about it. p.s. The US Peace Corps is freaking out, ordering all volunteers to come home. Come home ... how? At least leave the PC folks alone in Thailand, which has had only 1 death in 69,000,000 people, rather than sending them through airports and flying them many hours to the US. Would you feel safer living in a quiet village in say Roi Et or Yasothorn, or spending time at airports in Thailand and Japan? p.p.s. China told the Peace Corps vols to pack up and get. They were flown to Bangkok at short notice (3 days maybe?) and PC put them up in a hotel while trying to figure out how to send them home. From what I hear, the China vols are really pissed off at the PRC government, though my big question is why the hell there were PC vols in China. It's hardly a poor developing country.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    "“If you aren’t sick, please don’t get tests because it’s useless and wastes money." Exactly. Why should he even have to tell this to people?
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Some Hospitals Apply ‘Farang Pricing’ for Coronavirus Testing BANGKOK — At least two hospitals in Bangkok are charging foreigners more for coronavirus tests, a survey found on Monday. While the vast majority of hospitals surveyed by Khaosod English apply the same fees to Thais and foreigners in their testing, Ramathibodi and Paolo Phaholyothin hospitals charge foreigners by about 40 percent more than Thai nationals. But regardless of nationalities, coronavirus testing fees in Bangkok generally cost in the thousands. The price is considered so steep that Roongreung Kitpati, an advisor to the Ministry of Health, said Sunday that those without symptoms or at-risk travel history should refrain from getting checkups, which could overcrowd hospitals and use up test kits. “If you aren’t sick, please don’t get tests because it’s useless and wastes money. Most tests yield negative results. But if you are in an at-risk group, such as contact with the infected, please contact the Department hotline,” Roongreung said. Many hospitals will also only provide Covid-19 testing if the person has symptoms such as fever over 37.5C, cough, runny rose, respiratory problems, and if they have travel history to an at-risk country, are in contact with someone who returned from such a country or currently has the virus, or are a medical personnel who is in close contact to the infected. Here are the costs if you do get a coronavirus test at a hospital: Public/University Hospitals Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital: Tests are 3,000 – 6,000 baht, same price for foreigners. Admission available. Ramathibodi Hospital: Due to limited test kits, testing will only be given to those with Covid-19 symptoms. Tests cost 5,000 baht for Thais, 7,000 baht to foreigners. Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital: Does not provide Covid tests unless patients already have Covid-19 symptoms. The hospital said they cannot determine the price for a test, since they can only be prescribed by doctors. Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute: Tests cost 8,000 – 14,000 baht, but may be free depending on the doctors’ discretion. Private Hospitals Ramkhamhaeng Hospital: 6,500 baht for a Drive Thru service where doctors will swab your nose and throat. Medical results will be sent through text messages within eight hours. Same price for both Thais and foreigners. Book via their Facebook, though the service is fully booked through Thursday. Vichaiyut Hospital: 7,500 baht, not including any prescribed medicine. Same price for Thai and foreigners, but tests are reserved for those showing symptoms. Bangkok Christian Hospital: 8,200 – 10,000 baht. Same price for Thais and foreigners. St. Louis Hospital: 8,000 baht but will only test those showing Covid-19 symptoms. Same price for Thais and foreigners. Phyathai 2 Hospital: 6,500 baht, but will have additional service fees. Same price for Thais and foreigners. Phyathai 3 Hospital: Same price as Phyathai 2, but will only test on those with symptoms or recent travel to at-risk countries. Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital: Will not say how much a test costs. Tests can only be prescribed by doctors, no walk-in check ups available. Samitivej Hospital Thonburi: 8,000 – 10,000 baht, same price for foreigners. Bumrungrad International Hospital: 10,500 baht for those with no Covid-19 symptoms, test results available within 48 hours. Those with symptoms pay 7,500 – 18,500 baht, but the hospital will not admit Covid-19 patients. They will be sent to other hospitals. Paolo Phaholyothin Hospital: 5,000 baht for Thais, 7,000 baht to foreigners. PatRangsit Hospital: 8,000 baht for both Thais and foreigners. Praram 9 Hospital: 10,000 baht for p Many hospitals will also only provide Covid-19 testing if the person has symptoms such as fever over 37.5C, cough, runny rose, respiratory problems, and if they have travel history to an at-risk country, are in contact with someone who returned from such a country or currently has the virus, or are a medical personnel who is in close contact to the infected. Here are the costs if you do get a coronavirus test at a hospital: Public/University Hospitals Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital: Tests are 3,000 – 6,000 baht, same price for foreigners. Admission available. Ramathibodi Hospital: Due to limited test kits, testing will only be given to those with Covid-19 symptoms. Tests cost 5,000 baht for Thais, 7,000 baht to foreigners. Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital: Does not provide Covid tests unless patients already have Covid-19 symptoms. The hospital said they cannot determine the price for a test, since they can only be prescribed by doctors. Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute: Tests cost 8,000 – 14,000 baht, but may be free depending on the doctors’ discretion. Private Hospitals Ramkhamhaeng Hospital: 6,500 baht for a Drive Thru service where doctors will swab your nose and throat. Medical results will be sent through text messages within eight hours. Same price for both Thais and foreigners. Book via their Facebook, though the service is fully booked through Thursday. Vichaiyut Hospital: 7,500 baht, not including any prescribed medicine. Same price for Thai and foreigners, but tests are reserved for those showing symptoms. Bangkok Christian Hospital: 8,200 – 10,000 baht. Same price for Thais and foreigners. St. Louis Hospital: 8,000 baht but will only test those showing Covid-19 symptoms. Same price for Thais and foreigners. Phyathai 2 Hospital: 6,500 baht, but will have additional service fees. Same price for Thais and foreigners. Phyathai 3 Hospital: Same price as Phyathai 2, but will only test on those with symptoms or recent travel to at-risk countries. Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital: Will not say how much a test costs. Tests can only be prescribed by doctors, no walk-in check ups available. Samitivej Hospital Thonburi: 8,000 – 10,000 baht, same price for foreigners. Bumrungrad International Hospital: 10,500 baht for those with no Covid-19 symptoms, test results available within 48 hours. Those with symptoms pay 7,500 – 18,500 baht, but the hospital will not admit Covid-19 patients. They will be sent to other hospitals. Paolo Phaholyothin Hospital: 5,000 baht for Thais, 7,000 baht to foreigners. PatRangsit Hospital: 8,000 baht for both Thais and foreigners. Praram 9 Hospital: 10,000 baht for p Many hospitals will also only provide Covid-19 testing if the person has symptoms such as fever over 37.5C, cough, runny rose, respiratory problems, and if they have travel history to an at-risk country, are in contact with someone who returned from such a country or currently has the virus, or are a medical personnel who is in close contact to the infected. Here are the costs if you do get a coronavirus test at a hospital: Public/University Hospitals Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital: Tests are 3,000 – 6,000 baht, same price for foreigners. Admission available. Ramathibodi Hospital: Due to limited test kits, testing will only be given to those with Covid-19 symptoms. Tests cost 5,000 baht for Thais, 7,000 baht to foreigners. Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital: Does not provide Covid tests unless patients already have Covid-19 symptoms. The hospital said they cannot determine the price for a test, since they can only be prescribed by doctors. Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute: Tests cost 8,000 – 14,000 baht, but may be free depending on the doctors’ discretion. Private Hospitals Ramkhamhaeng Hospital: 6,500 baht for a Drive Thru service where doctors will swab your nose and throat. Medical results will be sent through text messages within eight hours. Same price for both Thais and foreigners. Book via their Facebook, though the service is fully booked through Thursday. Vichaiyut Hospital: 7,500 baht, not including any prescribed medicine. Same price for Thai and foreigners, but tests are reserved for those showing symptoms. Bangkok Christian Hospital: 8,200 – 10,000 baht. Same price for Thais and foreigners. St. Louis Hospital: 8,000 baht but will only test those showing Covid-19 symptoms. Same price for Thais and foreigners. Phyathai 2 Hospital: 6,500 baht, but will have additional service fees. Same price for Thais and foreigners. Phyathai 3 Hospital: Same price as Phyathai 2, but will only test on those with symptoms or recent travel to at-risk countries. Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital: Will not say how much a test costs. Tests can only be prescribed by doctors, no walk-in check ups available. Samitivej Hospital Thonburi: 8,000 – 10,000 baht, same price for foreigners. Bumrungrad International Hospital: 10,500 baht for those with no Covid-19 symptoms, test results available within 48 hours. Those with symptoms pay 7,500 – 18,500 baht, but the hospital will not admit Covid-19 patients. They will be sent to other hospitals. Paolo Phaholyothin Hospital: 5,000 baht for Thais, 7,000 baht to foreigners. PatRangsit Hospital: 8,000 baht for both Thais and foreigners. Praram 9 Hospital: 10,000 baht for pa Many hospitals will also only provide Covid-19 testing if the person has symptoms such as fever over 37.5C, cough, runny rose, respiratory problems, and if they have travel history to an at-risk country, are in contact with someone who returned from such a country or currently has the virus, or are a medical personnel who is in close contact to the infected. Here are the costs if you do get a coronavirus test at a hospital: Public/University Hospitals Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital: Tests are 3,000 – 6,000 baht, same price for foreigners. Admission available. Ramathibodi Hospital: Due to limited test kits, testing will only be given to those with Covid-19 symptoms. Tests cost 5,000 baht for Thais, 7,000 baht to foreigners. Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital: Does not provide Covid tests unless patients already have Covid-19 symptoms. The hospital said they cannot determine the price for a test, since they can only be prescribed by doctors. Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute: Tests cost 8,000 – 14,000 baht, but may be free depending on the doctors’ discretion. Private Hospitals Ramkhamhaeng Hospital: 6,500 baht for a Drive Thru service where doctors will swab your nose and throat. Medical results will be sent through text messages within eight hours. Same price for both Thais and foreigners. Book via their Facebook, though the service is fully booked through Thursday. Vichaiyut Hospital: 7,500 baht, not including any prescribed medicine. Same price for Thai and foreigners, but tests are reserved for those showing symptoms. Bangkok Christian Hospital: 8,200 – 10,000 baht. Same price for Thais and foreigners. St. Louis Hospital: 8,000 baht but will only test those showing Covid-19 symptoms. Same price for Thais and foreigners. Phyathai 2 Hospital: 6,500 baht, but will have additional service fees. Same price for Thais and foreigners. Phyathai 3 Hospital: Same price as Phyathai 2, but will only test on those with symptoms or recent travel to at-risk countries. Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital: Will not say how much a test costs. Tests can only be prescribed by doctors, no walk-in check ups available. Samitivej Hospital Thonburi: 8,000 – 10,000 baht, same price for foreigners. Bumrungrad International Hospital: 10,500 baht for those with no Covid-19 symptoms, test results available within 48 hours. Those with symptoms pay 7,500 – 18,500 baht, but the hospital will not admit Covid-19 patients. They will be sent to other hospitals. Paolo Phaholyothin Hospital: 5,000 baht for Thais, 7,000 baht to foreigners. PatRangsit Hospital: 8,000 baht for both Thais and foreigners. Praram 9 Hospital: 10,000 baht for patients with symptoms, 8,000 baht for those without. Same price for Thais and foreigners. Mongkutwattana Hospital: 6,000 baht for both Thais and foreigners. Covid-19 Tests Unavailable At: BNH Hospital Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital Bangkok Hospital Siriraj Hospital Rajavithi Hospital; but treats patients sent via the Department of Disease Control for free. If you test positive for the coronavirus and wish to use your social security benefits, contact the Department of Disease Control hotline at 1422, who will then redirect patients for treatment at three state hospitals: Chulalongkorn Memorial, Rajavithi, and Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute. https://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/crimecourtscalamity/2020/03/16/some-hospitals-apply-farang-pricing-for-coronavirus-testing/
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Restaurants gutted by virus The coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavy toll on Thailand's restaurant business, with 5,000-7,500 operators expected to throw in the towel this year. Ladda Sampawthong, president of the Restaurant Business Association, said the contagion is only the latest in a series of negative factors. "We've experienced several difficult times in the past decade, and overcame all of them. But this pandemic is worse than any crises in the past," Mrs Ladda said. "We expect 10-15% of operators, especially large and mid-sized eateries, to exit the country's 400-billion-baht industry this year." The association has about 50,000 members nationwide. Mrs Ladda said the majority of the hardest-hit restaurants are located in tourist destinations. The association is consulting with commercial banks on financial assistance, including special interest rates on loans. The group plans to hold a meeting by the end of this month to seek new measures to support members. According to Kasikorn Research Center (K-Research), foreign tourists' food purchases make up about 15% of their total spending here, worth 1.93 trillion baht in 2019. In addition, locals are staying home because of the outbreak and the poor economy, which results in higher unemployment. Consumers are warier of spending, with K-Research recently cutting the projection for food business sales in 2020 to 402-412 billion baht, down by 26.5-36.5 billion baht. The research house said Thailand's food business grew 2.6% last year to 431 billion baht, compared with 4.2% growth in 2017 and 5.1% in 2018 to 400 billion and 420 billion baht, respectively. In 2016, the market was worth 383 billion baht. K-Research predicts that Thailand's food business could contract by 4.3-6.6% this year to 402-412 billion baht if the pandemic persists. https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1879605/restaurants-gutted-by-virus#cxrecs_s
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Scientists found regions hit hard by coronavirus share similar climate Scientists have found “striking similarity” in temperature and humidity between regions that have reported major coronavirus outbreaks. The researchers found that the places share an average temperature of 5°C to 11°C (41°F to 52°F) and 47% to 79% humidity. They are located along the same temperature zone in the northern hemisphere. It includes outbreak epicenters such as China’s central province of Hubei, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Northwestern America and Northern Italy. The study, done by a group of scientists from the US and Iran, was published on March 9 and is awaiting review by peer experts. The researchers said they may be able to predict which regions will be most likely hit by the virus in the upcoming weeks using methods of weather modeling. While the researchers said their predictions are speculative and do not take into account human factors such as travel and public health measures, large cities indicated as at risk include London, Berlin, Prague, Hamburg, Vancouver, New York and Kiev. The study said a coronavirus outbreak could emerge in areas just north of the current outbreak zone. But if temperatures warmed rapidly, the risks to these areas might be mitigated, the researchers added. The study was part of wider efforts by scientists to understand which traits the new coronavirus shared with other human coronaviruses and flu viruses, which display strong winter seasonality. The team said that none of the cities affected by the coronavirus reported minimum temperatures below 0 degree Celsius (32°F), which may help to understand the virus's preferred climate. The study echoes the findings of two other recent studies undergoing peer review. Earlier, researchers from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, found that transmission of the coronavirus was “highly sensitive” to high temperature. Another recent study, conducted by scientists in Beijing, showed that areas with lower temperatures and lower humidity suffered more severe outbreaks than places that were warmer and had higher humidity. https://www.inkstonenews.com/science/scientists-found-regions-hit-hard-coronavirus-share-similar-climate/article/3075085
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    Deserted airport

    Airports of Thailand (AOT) president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn posted photos of an empty Suvarnabhumi Airport on his Facebook account, as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30384122?utm_source=bottom_relate&utm_medium=internal_referral
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Thai Airport Staff Infected With Coronavirus as Tally Rises to 59 BANGKOK — Six new patients, including an immigration officer and an airport worker, tested positive for the novel strain of coronavirus, health officials said. Among the new patients are a 21-year-old immigration officer and a 40-year-old man working at Suvarnabhumi Airport, according to Department of Disease Control Sophon Iamsirithawon, bringing the total cases of confirmed infection in Thailand to 59. A 25-year-old man office worker, a 27-year-old woman returning from South Korea, a 40-year-old man returning from Japan, and a 36-year-old Singaporean restaurant owner were also found to have the virus. Sophon did not identify where the immigration officer was stationed or any personal details of the patients, but the announcement came to light hours after an owner of a restaurant at CRC Tower posted online that he tested positive for Covid-19. The Ministry of Health also reported three new cases of coronavirus infection in Thailand yesterday. They include a 41-year-old woman who had been in close contact with an infected patient, and a Thai couple returning from Italy. https://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/crimecourtscalamity/2020/03/11/thai-airport-staff-infected-with-coronavirus-as-tally-rises-to-59/
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    The Covid-19 thread

    I friend lives very close to the Bangkok nightlife area. He said there are almost no tourists now, and it's a buyer's market for the BGs and freelancers. The bars are really hurting.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Others have been suggesting this for some time. Me? "I know nothing."
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