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Virus from Samut Sakhon hotspot spreads to 22 provinces

Bangkok leads cases, followed by Nakhon Pathom

23 Dec, 2020

Coronavirus infections linked to an outbreak in Samut Sakhon have now reached 22 provinces.

The Disease Control Department said on Wednesday that cases linked to the cluster in the central province have been dectected in provinces around the country -- as far north as Phetchabun, as far northeast as Khon Kaen and as far south as Phuket and Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Bangkok led case tallies with 16 patients, followed by Nakhon Pathom (10), Chachoengsao (6), Samut Prakan and Saraburi (5) and Pathum Thani (3).

Kamphaeng Phet, Nonthaburi, Prachin Buri and Ayutthaya recorded two each.

The provinces with a single case of Covid-19 are:

Chai Nat
Krabi
Khon Kaen
Nakhon Ratchasima
Nakhon Si Thammarat
Phetchaburi
Phetchabun
Phuket
Prachuap Khiri Khan
Suphan Buri
Surat Thani
Uttaradit

The outbreak at the Central Shrimp Market in tambon Mahachai of Samut Sakhon's Muang district first became evident when a Thai vendor tested positive on Dec 17. In the following days, cases appeared in a handful of neighbouring provinces.

The latest reports shows the virus has spread far beyond the province, a seafood hub on the southwestern side of Bangkok. It was apparently carried by vendors who visited the shrimp and other other nearby markets to buy fresh seafood to resell in their provinces, or by people transporting shrimp and other seafood to and from the markets at the epicentre of the outbreak.

Officials announced 46 new coronavirus cases nationwide on Wednesday, bringing the total to 5,762, but did not divulge details of cases found in migrant worker dormitories in Samut Sakhon, the Covid hotspot.

The department, however, did release more figures in an afternoon briefing, saying 1,202 out of 6,314 people tested -- 19% -- were found to have the virus since the first case was found on Dec 17. Most of the infections were in migrant workers tested in several locations in the town, including the Central Shrimp Market.

The outbreak's epicentre is at the Central Shrimp Market -- now sealed -- where 44% of 2,025 people tested were infected. The market's labour force is dominated by workers from Myanmar but it also employs other migrants, including Laotians.

Samut Sakhon has almost 300,000 migrant workers, the overwhelming majority from Myanmar. However, that figure does not include the illegal workers who do not enter Thailand through official checkpoints, where they would be screened for the novel coronavirus that has recently spread rapidly in the neighbouring country.

Division of Communicable Diseases Director Sophon Iamsirithavorn said the percentage of those testing positive for Covid-19 was lower in areas beyond the market and in places now locked down.

Epidemiology Bureau director Walairat Chaifoo tried to ease any concerns travellers might have when visiting the infected provinces, saying the danger was minimal provided that people strictly followed disease prevention measures -- including wearing face masks and observing social distancing. "You can go to those provinces," Ms Walairat said.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... -provinces

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Good news for Pattaya. The Chonburi province, Pattaya's province, is in the Green Zone.
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No lockdown, but Covid-control zoning of provinces

Four zones, depending on degree of infection

24 Dec, 2020

There will be no national lockdown but Covid-19 control zoning is being imposed, based on the number and degree of new cases, with New Year celebrations permitted only under strict conditions, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration announced on Thursday.

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin said there are four zones for Covid-19 control measures now being applied to provinces, effective immediately.

They are:

- Red zone: maximum control, considerable number of Covid-19 cases

- Orange zone: control zone, more than 10 cases and rising.

- Yellow zone: high surveillance, with no more than 10 cases and control possible.

- Green zone: surveillance, with no cases or likelihood of infection.

The red zone, maximum control, presently covers only Samut Sakhon province, the epicentre of the latest Covid-19 outbreak, he said.

In this zone, infected and at-risk people as well as at-risk businesses and activities are quickly identified. Infected people are admitted to a field hospital and at-risk people are quarantined.

At-risk premises are closed or have operating hours limited. Transport of migrant workers out of the area is banned. Transport of Thais is restricted while impacts on business and industries are limited. Work from home is maximized.

Education moves online. Crowd activities are banned. Maximum Covid-19 prevention is imposed at workplaces, factories and workers' dormitories.

Fishing continues but fishermen and seafood must be subject to active Covid-19 tests. Affected people are rehabilitated.

Measures in the three other zones are gradually relaxed in accordance with the degree of Covid-19 infection. The transport of migrant workers out of an orange zone is banned.

The control zone (orange) covers provinces surrounding Samut Sakhon - Bangkok, Samut Songkhram, Ratchaburi and Nakhon Pathom.

The high surveillance zone (yellow) comprises 25 provinces - Saraburi, Samut Prakan, Suphan Buri, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Uttaradit, Chachoengsao, Kamphaeng Phet, Phetchabun, Ayutthaya, Phuket, Phetchaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachin Buri, Krabi, Khon Kaen, Chai Nat, Udon Thani, Phichit, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Sawan and Ang Thong.

The surveillance zone (green) applies to provinces without an infected case.

Dr Taweesilp said New Year celebrations are banned in the maximum control zone, unless entirely online. Parties can be held in the control zone, on the condition the number of attendees is limited.

Celebrations can be organised in the two other zones, but must be downsized and no crowded gatherings allowed.

Dr Taweesilp said the zone control designations of the various provinces could change, depending on the situation there.

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Thai Government crushes false rumors of national lockdown, alcohol bans

ByAdam Judd

25 December, 2020

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, has continued to crush what they call “false rumors” and “fake news” of impending national lockdowns and alcohol bans that have been prevalent on social media over the past several days, despite yesterday’s announcement of control zones.

Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesperson for the CCSA, has stated that a national lockdown is not on the agenda and fake rumors online were mostly spread by what what the CCSA referred to as fake news and fear mongering. The CCSA announced yesterday that Thailand will be utilizing a zoning system and feel they can completely manage the virus without resorting to draconian lockdowns that strangle the economy and hurt small and medium business owners.

According to the CCSA, unfounded rumors of closures, alcohol bans, national travel restrictions and other measures for the entire country continue to dominate social media despite repeated reassurance that those measures are not on the agenda at a national level. Highly Controlled Zones, of which currently only Samut Sakhon is in, have provincial and regional restrictions that are up to the Governor working in partnership with the CCSA, Dr. Taweesin added.

Dr. Taweesin also reassured nervous New Year travelers that there would not be “surprise lockdowns” trapping them in provinces and that people can rest assure that the Public Health Ministry has the resources and testing and tracing capability to handle the current cluster of infections in the country. He stated that everyone should utilize Covid-19 best practices like hand washing, mask wearing and social distancing but that all business sectors, including entertainment, were able to operate, albeit with Covid-19 precautions.

The Pattaya News also notes that rumors of restricting access to the country and stopping entry of foreigners is also false, as the CCSA noted their quarantine measures and other systems for international travelers, such as foreigners arriving on a tourist visa, remain intact and working well.

https://tpnnational.com/2020/12/25/thai ... ohol-bans/

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The virus is now in Pattaya. The entire Chonburi province has now been declared a "Red Zone", meaning the necessity of strictest precautions.

For the latest information see the newest posts on the "Headline News" topic. I suggest watching the latest videos, especially this week. See: https://www.gaybuttonthai.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10528 Of course, any additional information will be posted.

At the time of this post Pattaya is not under any travel restrictions, lockdowns, or curfew, but I'm expecting. Pattaya's powers-that-be are meeting to decide what measures will be necessary.

If you are in Pattaya, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, or anywhere else in Thailand, whether the powers-that-be impose any further restrictions or not, I urge you to voluntarily take the strictest precautions. The Covid problem is expected to get much worse before it gets better.

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Gaybutton wrote:
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:39 am
The virus is now in Pattaya. The entire Chonburi province has now been declared a "Red Zone", meaning the necessity of strictest precautions.
Where are you getting the information from ?
I'm quite keen to follow this, but the Bangkok Post doesn't seem to show such detail.

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Jun wrote:
Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:25 pm
Where are you getting the information from ?
It's all right there on the video.

This new article was published only a few minutes before this post: https://thepattayanews.com/2020/12/28/c ... g-cluster/

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Daily Covid cases could pass 5 digits, govt warns

28 Dec 2020

Provinces with a high number of Covid-19 cases must maximise disease control measures, or new local cases could rise to thousands or even tens of thousands per day by mid-January, according to a government official.

"If nothing is done, daily new cases could soar to four or five digits this month or by the middle of next month," Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said on Monday after reviewing Public Health Ministry data. "But if we cooperate with one another, the curve will be 45 degrees and new daily new cases will be at three digits.

"The best solution is to refrain from socialising, and then the graph will run flat," Dr Taweesilp said.

Gen Nathapol Nakpanit, secretary-general of the National Security Council and the chair of the CCSA meeting on Monday, wanted authorities in all provinces named as "maximum control zones" and "control zones" to implement all their Covid-19 prevention measures in order to keep the daily increment of cases at three digits, the spokesman said.

The "maximum control zone" tag refers to provinces that already have a considerable number of Covid-19 cases. The "control zone" covers provinces with more than 10 cases and rising.

The implementation of control measures in the provinces depends on cooperation from government officials, business operators and local people, Dr Taweesilp said.

"We will be monitoring how you are best able to contribute before considering escalating to measures [that would be] deemed as strong medicine."

The CCSA on Monday reported 144 new Covid-19 cases, including 115 locally-transmitted infections and 14 migrant workers, over the past 24 hours.

The breakdown of local infections by province was 56 in Rayong, 19 in Bangkok, 18 in Nakhon Pathom, six in Chon Buri, five in Samut Prakan, three in Nonthaburi, two each in Nakhon Nayok and Pathum Thani, and one each in Sukhothai, Samut Sakhon, Lop Buri and Chiang Mai.

In "maximum control zones", infected and at-risk people, businesses and activities must be quickly identified. Infected people are admitted to field hospitals and at-risk people are quarantined.

At-risk premises are closed or have their operating hours limited. Transport of migrant workers out of the area is banned, while transportation for everyone is restricted. Working from home is encouraged.

Education moves online. All activities involving crowds of people are banned. Maximum Covid-19 prevention measures are imposed at workplaces, factories and workers' dormitories.

In "control zones", infected and at-risk people, as well as at-risk businesses and activities, are quickly identified and crowded gatherings are prohibited.

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Banglamung covers most of Pattaya, including "The Dark Side".
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Chonburi announces 22 new local cases of Covid -19, 17 in Banglamung

By Goong Nang(GN)

Monday, 28 December 2020

Chonburi has announced 22 new cases of local transmissions of Covid –19 mid-afternoon today (December 28th).

Of the 22 confirmed cases are five in Mueang Chonburi district (Four males and one female) and 17 in Banglamung district (Eleven males and 6 females).

One more male person in the Nong Yai sub-district is waiting for final confirmation.

The total number of Chonburi confirmed cases in this new series of infections is now 24. Chonburi officials have not released specific information, timelines, any hint of restrictions or measures or otherwise at this time. It is believed but not confirmed these cases are directly linked to a cluster of infections in Rayong linked originally from a group of people who met to gamble illegally.

In theory, this number of cases would move Chonburi to a highly controlled status under the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s zoning policies. However, no official announcements have yet been made.

More details to follow, this is a highly developing story. We will update our readers as soon as we get more information.

https://thepattayanews.com/2020/12/28/c ... anglamung/

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UPDATE: TIMELIME Pattaya and Banglamung warns people who visited places in relation to confirmed Covid – 19 cases

By Goong Nang(GN)

28 December, 2020

The Chonburi Public Heath Office today (December 28th) has issued an announcement to warn people who went to places in Banglamung and Mueang Chonburi district this month to notify health authorities and monitor your health.

The list of places and times are below:

Thepprasit boxing slots/box in Banglamung since December 1st. (This is unclear, it does NOT appear to be the stadium but rather refers to a boxing arcade style game on Thep Prasit Road. An exact location/street address was not given and we are seeking more information.)

The Pattaya Provincial Courthouse (located in Jomtien) since December 10th.

Lek Hotel on Pattaya Second Road from December 10th to 13rd, December 17th to 20th and December 24th to December 26th.

BONE Pattaya on Pet Trakun Road in Naklua on December 5th from 11:00PM-3:00 AM and December 25th from Midnight to 3:00 A.M.

Baan Mai Fon Jang Namg Hai on Phraya Satja Road in Mueang Chonburi since December 15th.

If anyone has problems with respiratory symptoms and/or a fever within 14 days from when they had visited those places, they must go to a hospital, according to the Chonburi Public Health Office.

Please inform the hospital that you visited the same place as a Covid-19 confirmed case, they continued.

Chonburi has announced 22 new cases of local transmissions of Covid –19 mid-afternoon today (December 28th). This is the first information given to us regarding the recent cases, we expect more to come. There have still been no comments about potential closures, restrictions or other measures at this time or in depth details about the 22 new cases and their links.

https://thepattayanews.com/2020/12/28/u ... -19-cases/

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Chonburi Governor releases order addressing Covid-19 precautions and high risk venues

By Adam Judd

28 December

The Chonburi Governor, Phakarathorn Tienchai, released an order this evening to help control the Covid-19 coronavirus in Chonburi which announced several items.

This follows an announcement earlier today of 22 new infections of the Covid-19 Coronavirus being announced in the Chonburi area, stemming from a large group of people gambling in Rayong.

The announcements are as follows:

1. Cockfighting is closed and similar establishments.

2. Pubs, Bars, Karaoke’s and similar must only have sitting, eating, drinking. There cannot be dancing. The order does not specifically mention live music or shows unlike the Bangkok order, although more information on this is still coming in. A venue that normally primarily offers standing, dancing, etc. can adapt to ensure they meet the standards and rules. The Pattaya News notes it is “unclear” what this means for gogos at this time and Pattaya Law Enforcement has been visiting establishments across the city tonight to inform them of the rules and regulations.

3. Service venues as listed above must be closed at Midnight. The Pattaya News notes that this is technically the legal closing time for months now, however, may not have been strictly enforced in some cases. Must abide by strict Covid-19 measures including Thai Chana check-in, temperature checks, hand sanitizers, mask wearing and social distancing. However, they may be open.

4. If anyone feels there is a venue at high risk for spreading Covid-19 they should report the venue to the Chonburi Communicable Disease Committee urgently to consider further orders.

5. If there is a need to organize any large scale activity the person in charge of this must submit a plan and reason to the District Disease Control Operation Center. The activity must follow all disease regulations and plans.

https://thepattayanews.com/2020/12/28/c ... sk-venues/
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Sweeping closures in city

29 Dec, 2020

As a new wave of Covid infections bites, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has ordered the closure of all entertainment venues from Tuesday until Jan 4.

The order covers bars with hostesses, horseracing tracks and cockfighting arenas and other entertainment venues including massage parlours. However, pubs and restaurants can stay open as long as they serve only food and drinks, and close by midnight.

BMA spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang on Monday advised entertainment venues to switch to serving only food and observe disease control measures.

Meanwhile, the governor of Samut Sakhon, the epicentre of Thailand's latest Covid-19 outbreak, has tested positive for the virus, as health authorities in Rayong reported its first coronavirus-related death.

Full story: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... es-in-city
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BMA announces closures of four high-risk establishments and activities in Bangkok over New Year period to slow spread of Covid-19

By Nop Meechukhun

28 December, 2020

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has ordered the closure of four types of high-risk establishments and activities from December 29th to at least January 4, 2021, in order to prevent a possible ‘super spread’ of Covid-19 Coronavirus in Bangkok.

The venues in question include horse race tracks, cock-fighting, any related kind of animal games venues, and service/entertainment venues such as massage parlors, karaokes and venues with live music/dancing/lighting shows like nightclubs and gogos* (See below). Pubs, bars and restaurants appear to be able to stay open with Covid-19 measures and must not have dancing, light shows or live music and must not sell alcohol after midnight.

(Editor’s note: We use the word 'appear' as there have been conflicting statements from government officials and various Thai media and confusion amongst business owners. We expect more clear information soon and will update as so.)

If the regulations could potentially reduce the number of Covid-19 cases in the city, the venues may be opened on January 5th. If not, the regulations will continue to be in use until further notice, according to the BMA announcement.

The service venues that are closed are allowed to adapt themselves to a restaurant by following intensive health measures of the Public Health Ministry. Social distancing, crowd controlling, body temperature checking, and related measures are mandatory during the disease control regulations. The Pattaya News/TPN notes there have been confusion on these measures on some social media, mainly due to some contradicting statements but at this time on alcohol.

https://tpnnational.com/2020/12/28/bma- ... -covid-19/

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