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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."
  4. Actor Max Von Sydow, who appeared in films and TV series including The Exorcist, Flash Gordon and Game of Thrones, has died at the age of 90. His family announced "with a broken heart and infinite sadness" that the Swedish-born actor died on Sunday. Von Sydow's other film credits included Hannah and Her Sisters, The Seventh Seal and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He was nominated for two Oscars during his career - including best actor in 1988 for Pelle the Conqueror. https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-51803195
  5. If you can believe the PRC ... China says more than half of coronavirus patients cured https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/china-coronavirus-patients-cured-200301135019963.html
  6. This is the first time I've ever known of this happening.
  7. There will be no water splashing during Songkran — at least in Khon Kaen, Pattaya and Bang Saen — as the coronavirus outbreak has forced organisers to scrap activities that could expose more people to the bug that is bringing the world to a standstill. Khon Kaen Municipality on Thursday announced the cancellation of the Khon Kaen Songkran Festival, leaving only religious ceremonies to be held during the traditional Thai New Year period this year, as organisers were concerned about the virus. Events were scheduled to run from April 8-15 in the province, which typically boasts the most popular Songkran celebrations in the Northeast. The festival on Khao Niew Road rivals the celebrations seen in the tourist hub of Khao San Road in Bangkok.Thais and foreigners usually descend on Khon Kaen municipality every April to splash water and watch a parade amid a no-alcohol celebration. But Mayor Thirasak Thikhayuphan said Khon Kaen would have only religious activities such as offering alms to monks and blessing the elderly with water, to be held at Bueng Kaen Nakhon. The Khon Kaen Chamber of Commerce said it fully supported the decison made by the municipality. Chamber chairman Kamolpong Sanguankrakul commended what he called a bold decision, saying the early announcement would give businesses time to adjust their plans. Mr Kamolpong said business operators in Khon Kaen were already suffering from the plunge of visitors, with hotel occupancy rates down by half for a second straight month in February. Seminars, meetings and other activities have been called off until the end of next month, he added. The trade body is now turning to local residents, encouraging them to come out of their homes to spend and bolster the provincial ecomony, he added. The Songkran festival in Khon Kaen is not the only tourism casualty so far. Koh Phangan in Surat Thani has suspended its full-moon party for the same reason. The beach party will return only when things get back to normal, organisers on the southern island say. Pattaya City, meanwhile, has cancelled the traditional Songkran festival called wan lai scheduled for April 18-19. The festival that brings people into the streets for water splashing, as well as religious ceremonies, is normally held after the Songkran holidays in the rest of the country. All entertainment activities during the festival will be cancelled, the city said. “We are seeking cooperation from local residents and tourists to refrain from slashing water as it could cause the spread of the virus,” Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem said in a message on his Facebook account on Friday. The resort city has already postponed the Pattaya Music Festival planned for March 20-21 to a future date that has not been set. The festival was one of eight activities that have been called off or delayed this month. Another famous wan lai event is in Bang Saen but the Saen Suk Municipality said on Friday that events planned for April 16-17 would not take place due to worries about the virus. The prospects for Songkran activities in Bangkok, including the Khao San water-splashing days, now appear increasingly uncertain. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Tourism Authority of Thailand will soon make a decision on whether they should go ahead. https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1873189/pattaya-bang-saen-pattaya-scrap-songkran-parties
  8. A California woman cared for her 'perfect' succulent plant for two years. Then she found out it was fake. Caelie Wilkes was proud she had successfully cared for her succulent for about two years — after all, she had accidentally killed a similar plant in the past. This time, after getting the plant as a gift, she looked up how to properly care for it. She regularly watered the succulent; when others tried to help, she became protective, fearing they would overwater it. It seemed to pay off; the plant always looked amazing. Rejuvenated by the success of her first plant, Wilkes — a mother of two from Willits, California, northwest of Sacramento — started accumulating more. In late February, she decided it was time to repot it, and that's when she made the discovery that has led to international attention: The plant, her original plant, was plastic. There were no roots below the surface — only Styrofoam. ... https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-woman-cared-her-perfect-021732550.html
  9. Don't be ridiculous, Cav. The Thai post office isn't doing that. They are boiling all packages that arrive from outside the country, since heat kills the virus.
  10. Harvey Weinstein moved to jail after having heart surgery Have they started writing his obituary yet? I wonder if he had Joan Rivers' heart surgeon. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51763275?fbclid=IwAR1h1kgiSfX0JWHWtdPDpCXXYzw1FtVyIfyqPhx-bQCJ9XqmznJjODR569U
  11. I've been saying all along that the party poobahs would never let Bernie have the nomination. They can't control him, and he's a loose cannon. He does what he thinks is right, not what the party tells him to do. Trump forced his way into the nomination, and Bernie was doing the same thing ... only the Dems were organised enough to pull the rug out from under him. They did it in 2016 and they're doing it again. The party wants old Joe Biden, who will follow the script, as boring as he is.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    More than 1,100 Thai’s returning from South Korea before March 1st cannot be located Thailand’s Ministry of Labour has expressed concern that the whereabouts of 1,181 Thai workers, who returned from South Korea between February 24th and March 1st, are currently not known and the ministry is seeking help from the Immigration Bureau to find them. These workers returned in groups of up to 400 a week and are not among the 5,000 who have registered their desire to return to Thailand with South Korean immigration officials. They returned to Thailand before the Public Health Ministry rolled out more stringent screening on March 1st. Labour department deputy permanent secretary Mrs. Thienrat Nawamawat told the media today that 5,248 Thai workers returned from South Korea between December and the end of February, adding that, of that number, the whereabouts of 1,181 are not currently known. According to the Immigration Bureau, eight Thais, who returned on March 2nd, were isolated for further health checks, before entering 14 days of home quarantine, and two were sent to a hospital for further laboratory tests and observation. https://www.thaipbsworld.com/more-than-1100-thais-returning-from-south-korea-before-march-1st-cannot-be-located/
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    The Covid-19 thread

    'Little ghosts' spark virus fears Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will call an urgent meeting on Wednesday to discuss what to do about 10,000 illegal Thai workers he believes may try to return home from South Korea to escape the Covid-19 epidemic there. The move came after the Ministry of Public Health on Monday expressed serious concerns about how to handle droves of so-called phi noi (little ghosts) from South Korea after 138 Thais who were airlifted from Wuhan in China last month had to spend two weeks in quarantine in Sattahip. It remains to be seen how many will be allowed to return home, Gen Prayut said, adding that South Korea will quarantine the workers for 14 days before letting them return to Thailand, and when they arrive in Thailand, they can expect another 14 days of likely self-quarantine. The Foreign Affairs Ministry said the South Korea Immigration Office passed on information that more than 5,000 Thais reported to the office from December last year to March 1 wishing to return home. "The problem is how to control such a large number of people if all of them are to be quarantined. The government must find proper measures. I realise that the people are not confident and scared ... But public health officials and medical personnel are well-prepared," the prime minister said. Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said on Tuesday the ministry will propose an action plan to handle Thai workers returning from the South Korean city of Daegu to the meeting. Although the prime minister said there are 10,000 phi noi in South Korea, some estimates put the number much higher at 140,000. Under the plan, a special zone will be arranged at Suvarnabhumi airport to screen the Thai returnees. Those displaying any symptoms will be sent to hospital immediately while those with no signs of the virus will be asked to quarantine themselves at home for 14 days, Mr Saksayam said. He went on to say that he has instructed the Land Transport Department and the Transport Co to provide free buses to take asymptomatic workers home. "The reason why we will not be able to quarantine Thai passengers [from South Korea] in a specific area, similar to the process for the Wuhan returnees is that the number is very much larger. We have no space to accommodate them," Mr Saksayam said. He also said that the Transport Ministry will ask national carrier Thai Airways International and private airlines to consider whether it is possible for them to send aircraft to fly Thais in Daegu back home free of charge. Earlier in the morning on Tuesday, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul briefly showed an announcement signed by him on his Facebook page with a message that all visitors from nine countries and two territories as high-risk zones will be required to quarantine themselves for 14 days with no exceptions. The 11 countries and territories are Japan, Germany, South Korea, China, Taiwan, France, Singapore, Italy, Iran, Hong Kong and Macau. However, the post was deleted minutes later without explanation. The ministry later claimed the measures would be clarified in a further announcement. As of press time no new information about these measures had been posted on the ministry's website. In a related development, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon told reporters earlier there was no law in effect currently that can force anyone to isolate themselves. Suchart Pornchaiwisetkul, director-general of the Department of Employment, said that Thai workers who return from countries hit by the Covid-19 are required to observe a 14-day self-quarantine. He also said that South Korea has granted a reprieve to illegal workers who want to return home voluntarily, and they have to report to South Korean authorities by June 30. Under the reprieve, South Korean authorities will not forward the names of these illegal workers to their governments to give them an opportunity to return to South Korea as legal workers, Mr Suchart said, Public health volunteers working under the Ministry of Public Health will be asked to keep track of illegal workers who return from the world's second-worst Covid-19-hit country to make sure that their health statuses are all recorded accurately, according to Mr Suchart. Dr Opart Karnkawinpong, chief of the Department of Medical Sciences who on Tuesday chaired the ministry's daily press conference, said that the ministry will ask public health volunteers countrywide to support the ministry's efforts to monitor those workers and make sure they adhere to the 14-day self-quarantine. "We have one million public health volunteers who will play a key role in monitoring those suspected of having the virus at the local level. They can directly visit patients at home with useful suggestions. "What we need now is the names of those workers so we can go and ring the bell at their homes." https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1870819/little-ghosts-spark-virus-fears
  14. Flashermac

    The Covid-19 thread

    Factory recycling used face masks as new raided in Saraburi A recycling factory that sold used face masks as new ones was raided by police in Saraburi province on Monday. Somsak Kaewsena, Wihandaeng district chief officer, said that he and police officers from Wihandaeng Police Station raided a recycling factory in Nongsuong subdistrict following a tip-off that the facility illegally recycled used face masks. Police found six workers sorting out used face masks and ironing them before folding them in boxes to look like new, unused ones. One of the workers reportedly told the police that they received used face masks from a dealer and therefore did not know the real origin. “Workers said they got paid at Bt1 per piece, while they recycled around 300-400 masks per day per person,” said Samsak. Officials seized all face masks and sent some samples to the Ministry of Commerce to investigate the origin. “I have also contacted Wihandaeng Public Health Office to press charges at the police station as a plaintiff against the factory, as its operation could jeopardise the health of people who buy the used face masks as well as those in the community near the factory,” added Somsak. https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30383212?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=internal_referral Had to happen sooner or later.
  15. A Grab passenger has posted a video of taxi motorcyclists attacking her motorcycle driver on Sukhumvit 48 Road in Klong Toey district on Monday. Facebook user Amittaa Phongsawat posted a seven-second video showing three motorcyclists registered with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) attacking her app-based motorcycle service driver. She wrote that she was going by Grab motorbike from her condominium to a gym. A local taxi motorcyclist stopped in front of them and hit her driver. She was also hit in the face. Fortunately, neither of them were knocked down, she said. A couple of other taxi motorcyclists arrived and also assaulted the Grab driver. She recorded the assault on her phone, and posted the video. The woman asked Grab where the security for its users and driver partners was. BMA spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang said on his Twitter account that City Hall was aware of the incident and would question those involved and take disciplinary action on Tuesday. https://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/easy/1869929/taxi-motorcyclists-attack-grab-biker
  16. Flashermac

    The Covid-19 thread

    Outrage over mask shortages People are crying foul over the shortage of masks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, triggered by the death of a Thai man who was diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus. Public complaints grew louder on Monday over the continuing lack of masks on the back of heightened concerns over the spread of Covid-19, which claimed the life of the 35-year-old man on Saturday night -- the first reported death from the virus in the country. One more infection was reported on Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 43. The new patient was a 22-year-old Thai woman, who worked as a tour guide along with an already infected Thai, a driver for foreign tourists. The Private Hospital Association also said their medical personnel have been seriously affected by the mask shortage. The Bangkok Post on Monday conducted a survey of drug stores in Suan Luang, Prawet and Lat Krabang districts, and spoke to pharmacists and owners, who all said their stocks ran out almost a month ago and did not know when fresh supplies would be available again. He said the number of people looking for these items at his store has skyrocketed since Thailand reported its first coronavirus death. "Hundreds of customers visit my shop each day. They keep asking for masks and hand gels, even though I have already put up a sign outside the door. Some have even wanted to 'reserve' them in advance and asked me to contact them once masks and gels are available," he said. Another pharmacist at a drug store near Suan Luang Rama IX said her pharmacy had also ran out of masks and hand sanitisers weeks ago and that she has not been able to order new stock. "I've asked my suppliers to send more masks and hand gels to my shop, but they said demand is far outpacing the manufacturers' ability to produce them," she said. Exploiting the situation, many online shops have started advertising masks at exorbitant prices. An N-95 protective mask -- which normally retails at between 80-95 baht -- is being sold online for 190-220 baht apiece. Meanwhile, a simple green-and-blue mask which costs 4 baht at a pharmacy, is being sold online at 15-20 baht each. The owner of another large pharmacy in the Lat Krabang area said some customers have asked why her pharmacy is all out of masks and gels, when these items are still available online. "I don't know what to tell them, as I don't know how these online retailers manage to get their hands on these items when we can't," she said. "Perhaps producers are realising they can make more money selling online than to pharmacies, because pharmacies are subject to controls by the authorities and we can't overcharge customers." Disappointed people finding local stores are out of masks are starting to blame authorities for the shortages. Prommet, 29, an office worker who only gave his first name, said while the government has already made masks a price-controlled product with a fixed price of 2.5 baht apiece, fewer people can find them for that price. In reality, most people pay 15-30 baht for each mask. "It is unacceptable the government has let this mark shortage go on, not to mention the inflated prices. Those at Government House should do better," he said. He urged the government and related agencies to force manufacturers to increase the production of masks to meet demand. The government has already tried to assure people that masks are being adequately and fairly distributed nationwide. The Commerce Ministry, for instance, is imposing penalties on shops and sellers who jack up the prices of masks for a quick profit. Whichai Phochanakij, director-general of the Internal Trade Department, said the demand for masks has surged fivefold from normal levels. He said authorities will review their distribution methods because Thai manufacturers only have the capacity to make 1.35 million masks a day. Mr Whichai also said that raw materials from China have been in short supply and producers have had to import most of them from Indonesia, which consequently raises production costs. Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit has instructed the department to dispatch 111 mobile outlets to sell the masks directly to people across the country starting from Thursday, said Mr Whichai. He said 21 mobile outlets will be located in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, while the rest will be in other provinces. Each mobile outlet will sell about 10,000 masks each day and they will move to various locations so more people will have access to the masks. One person will be able to buy a pack of four masks at 2.5 baht each. "The outlets' locations will posted on the department's website," he said. People who find any sellers who sell masks at inflated prices can inform the department at 1569, he noted. So far, 51 people have been caught selling masks at inflated prices. They are subject to up to seven months in prison and a maximum fine of 140,000 baht, Mr Jurin said. https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1869964/outrage-over-mask-shortages
  17. As the new coronavirus continues its spread around the world, some medical experts say it could become as widespread as the common flu. But even as casualties climb, thousands have also recovered. But few want to talk about their experience publicly, because of the discrimination and stigma they could face. One woman in Singapore, where there have been more than a hundred cases, decided it was time to speak out. Here’s Julie's story. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-51714162/how-i-survived-coronavirus-and-isolation
  18. As long as they understand the risks, no problem. But a government that would rig an election might be willing to do more than that. We'd all thought that coups were of thing of the past, until the military showed us otherwise. https://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1869369/student-rallies-need-careful-handling#cxrecs_s
  19. Jews once lived all over the Middle East. But after the creation of ths state of Israel by the UN in 1948, most of them were expelled from their homes. Egypt before that had a large Jewish population, as did Iraq and Iran. As to discrimination, I have no doubt the recent Russian immigrants feel that way. However, I had an Israeli friend whose family were Turkish Jews and had lived in Jerusalem for generations. He said the only negative reaction he and his wife ever had was because they'd meet the Dalai Lama in India and converted to Buddhism. That didn't go over too well. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-51676580/israel-elections-will-the-arab-israeli-vote-swing-the-third-election-in-a-year
  20. One more Covid-19 infected person was found in Thailand on Saturday, the Ministry of Public Health told a press conference. “The latest infected patient is a Thai man aged 21, who has been exposed to foreign tourists,” said Dr Sukhum Kanjanapimai, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry. “He is being treated in isolation at Nopparat Ratchathani Hospital in Bangkok.” The discovery of a new patient brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in Thailand to 42. “The number of confirmed infected patients in Thailand currently under hospital care is 14, while 28 have fully recovered and been discharged,” added Sukhum. Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul added that his ministry is planning to give away sanitary face masks on Monday at the offices of nine departments under the ministry. “We will give away three face masks per person to alleviate the short supply problem,” he said. “Please be socially responsible and do not take them to sell to others. Also refrain from taking the free masks if you can afford to buy your own.” Covid-19 has been labelled a dangerous contagious disease and will take effect on Sunday, according to a Public Health Ministry announcement in the Royal Gazette yesterday. https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30383085?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=internal_referral 42 infected in a counrty of 69 million is hardly an epidemic. So far, so good ... Tags:
  21. Students joining the latest flash mob at Kasetsart University have vowed to escalate their protests until the government is brought down. "We won't stop here, though I can't say yet whether our next move will be a mass rally or a street march," said pro-democracy activist Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak, who co-organised the three-hour protest on Saturday evening in front of the university's auditorium, which was joined by nearly 700 demonstrators. University and secondary students have been rallying on or near their campuses every day since Monday to demand change. Their demands include a rewrite of the constitution and the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. ... https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/politics/1868569/students-vow-to-ramp-up-protests-in-coming-weeks As someone who was here for both the 1973 student rising against the "Gang of 3" and the 1976 Thammasat Massacre, this makes me worry somewhat. Do the students realise how much they are playing with fire? In 1976 we even had a shooting on my own campus, and I later worked with former 1976 student protestors at Thammasat Uni myself. I hope it all ends peacefully.
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