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Re: Thailand Prepares for the Worst

Post by Gaybutton » Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:19 am

Up2u wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:10 am
I think the food stands should remain open for takeaway service.
From what I'm reading, isn't that what they are allowing?

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Re: Thailand Prepares for the Worst

Post by Up2u » Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:27 am

Gaybutton wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:19 am
Up2u wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:10 am
I think the food stands should remain open for takeaway service.
From what I'm reading, isn't that what they are allowing?
Maybe, Not clear to me, at ChatuChak market you can buy lots of food all intermingled with the animals, clothes, souvenirs, etc.

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Re: Thailand Prepares for the Worst

Post by Dodger » Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:07 pm

Jun wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:00 pm
There are Covid cases in all sorts of unlikely places, but not Pattaya.
Considering "foreigners" are a significant source of Covid and Pattaya is a major tourist destination, this is strange.
Beyond "strange"...and more into the realm of being totally unbelievable.

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Re: Thailand Prepares for the Worst

Post by Dodger » Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:12 pm

Up2u wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:27 am
Maybe, Not clear to me, at ChatuChak market you can buy lots of food all intermingled with the animals, clothes, souvenirs, etc.
Sounds wonderful. I'll have to rush right over to ChatuChak to do some food shopping. Maybe they have some live bats for sale too.

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Re: Thailand Prepares for the Worst

Post by odd » Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:27 pm

Not good news-188 new cases yesterday. Now watch the explosion.

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Re: Thailand Prepares for the Worst

Post by Up2u » Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:14 pm

Yes, 188 new, 599 total reported, 46 recovered. All new cases are in Bangkok and suburbs.

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Re: Thailand Prepares for the Worst

Post by Gaybutton » Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:10 pm

The latest to shut down is Nakhon Ratchasima, aka Korat.

See: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... -for-korat

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Re: Thailand Prepares for the Worst

Post by Gaybutton » Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:13 pm

Handwriting on the wall, folks . . .
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41% want lockdown over virus: Poll

22 Mar 2020

A significant proportion of the Thai population -- 41.04% -- want the government to lock down cities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was carried out on March 17-21 on 1,457 people across the country.

Asked how they wanted the government to deal with the situation, 41.04% suggested that it lock down the country and cities to prevent people travelling; 38.62% said the government should provide sufficient beds for patients and equipment for doctors and nurses; 16.08% suggested it should impose heavier penalties against those dodging compulsory self-isolation or quarantine; and 14.61% said it should disclose truths regarding the Covid-19 situation.

Regarding its effects, 86.68% of the respondents said the virus had caused a significant impact on their daily life and physical and mental health, as well as the country's economy, tourism, trade and investment; while 13.32% said it had affected them to some degree, as it is highly contagious, but they had regularly followed developments without being too much concerned about it.

Asked how concerned they were about the situation, 48,73% said they were very worried as there is still no medicine to treat the virus and the government looked incapable of keeping the situation under control, causing them to have no confidence in its ability to cope with the rising numbers of people infected by the virus; 45.30% said they were fairly worried as infections had been reported in many provinces where hospitals might have not sufficient medical equipment; 5.08% said they were not particularly worried because they had taken proper protective measures; and 0.89% said they were not worried at all because they did not live in densely populated areas and had taken sufficient protective measures.

Asked what they had done to protect themselves from Covid-19, 62.56% said they frequently washed their hands with soap or alcohol; 54.44% wore a mask whenever they left their homes; 52.62% stopped travelling to at-risk areas or attending social events; 17.35% kept themselves clean and healthy; and 12.81% avoided close contact with sick people or those coughing and sneezing.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... virus-poll

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Re: Thailand Prepares for the Worst

Post by Gaybutton » Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:19 pm

To me, the last sentence in the article is the most frightening:
Dr Prasit estimated the Covid-19 outbreak would continue in Thailand for about nine months.
That's a far cry from being led to believe shutdowns need to last only into some time in April. Apparently if Dr. Prasit is right, this will continue many months longer than that.

The idea of these shutdowns being rescinded in April makes no sense whatsoever since the numbers of cases continue increasing and hospitals simply are not equipped to be able to handle massive numbers of cases. And we still don't know whether surviving the disease means you are now immune or whether you can become reinfected.
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Stay home 'or share Italy's Covid experience'

23 Mar 2020

People must stay home and not socialise, or Thailand will become like Italy with coronavirus patients overwhelming health resources and medical personnel having to decide which patients to treat, or not, the dean of the faculty of medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, warned on Monday.

Prof Dr Prasit Watanapa issued his caution via the university's online television channel.

He said the number of people with novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Thailand was soaring, like those of the European countries that were unable to control the disease.

He blamed the situation on people who visited virus-spreading venues like boxing stadiums and pubs, and refused to self-isolate.

Countries that failed to control the disease saw Covid-19 cases rise from 100 to 200 in three days. The increase in Thailand took 3.5 days, Dr Prasit said.

"If we do nothing, we will become a country that is unable to control the disease," he said.

The number of Covid-19 cases in Thailand was rising by 33% daily. At this rate, the number of infections would reach about 350,000 and deaths total about 7,000 by April 15, Dr Prasit said.

The number of critically ill people would by then be about 17,000 - and that would exceed the country's medical resources.

"That would be like the situation in Italy. Decisions would then have to be made whether to treat someone, or not. I do not want that to happen," Dr Prasit said.

To keep the number of Covid-19 patients within the country's capacity to treat them, the increase in local cases must be limited at 20% daily.

"To achieve this, people must stay at home, do not socialise... If you must go out to buy food, you must wear a mask, go the shortest distance and return home as fast as possible," Dr Prasit said.

"Talking normally to another person produces droplets that travel about one metre. So people must stay at least two metres apart. When you are talking to people, you must wear a mask. Wash your masks daily," he said.

"A communicable disease cannot be transmitted if people do not make contact. Home is the safest place, unless there is an infected person."

Following this practice would limit the case increase rate to within 20% a day, or at 32.7 new cases a day. "It is difficult, but still possible. It must start today, or it would be too late," Dr Prasit said.

With social distancing, the number of new cases would start to fall in four weeks, he said.

He also called for a complete ban on visitors, saying thermal scans did not work because many infected people did not have a fever during their initial period of infection.

"When they have a fever, the disease has already damaged their lungs and they will need lung support devices," Dr Prasit said.

The countries that were able to control Covid-19 were Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, he said.

Dr Prasit estimated the Covid-19 outbreak would continue in Thailand for about nine months.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... experience

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Re: Thailand Prepares for the Worst

Post by Gaybutton » Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:46 am

Everyone knows by now about the long string of closings and restrictions. This article is just one of the latest.

I also notice that closings that originally specified up to certain dates, many of which were dates in April - now much of that has changed to "until the situation improves" - and obviously no one knows how long it will be before the situation does improve to the point that all anyone has to worry about anymore is global warming, air pollution, plastic bags - and Trump . . .
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All Thai National Parks to close nationwide as of March 25 due to Covid19 Coronavirus

By Adam Judd

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment has ordered to close all the national parks nationwide from the 25 of March until the situation with the novel Covid-19 Coronavirus improves.

On March 23, Mr. Warawut Silpa-archa, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, revealed that at a meeting of the Ministry of Management the difficult decision to close all parks nationwide was made.

The decision is being made due to the amount of people who have been gathering en masse at the parks after being laid off of work, with millions out of a job nationwide.

In the past several days many parks have seen record attendance as thousands of people visit throughout the country, primarily due to the fact many other places to go and things to do are closed. This has raised concerns on people not socially distancing properly as requested by the Thai government.

This does not include beaches, which are public land and would need an order from the Ministry of the Interior.

https://thepattayanews.com/2020/03/24/a ... ronavirus/

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