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Ministry confident second wave will end this month

Ministry confident second wave will end this month

BANGKOK: The Public Health Ministry is convinced that the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak that has been raging since last month is likely to slow down by the end of January.

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By Bangkok Post

Sunday 10 January 2021, 10:50AM


Dr Opas Kankawinpong, director-general of the Disease Control Department, is confident about the government’s fight against the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: Disease Control Department 

Dr Opas Kankawinpong, director-general of the Disease Control Department, is confident about the government’s fight against the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: Disease Control Department 

Yet it is warning of a new risk inside office buildings, reports the Bangkok Post.

“We have seen no new cases in seven days in 20 provinces, which is very good and a positive sign,” said Dr Opas Kankawinpong, director-general of the Disease Control Department said on Friday. “If we can continue our efforts to limit the outbreak from spreading, we will see an obvious decrease in the number of new daily cases by the end of this month.”

“Under the current situation, we can say that we have done well to control the outbreak,” he added.

The director-general was speaking during a daily press briefing at the Ministry of Public Health, where he voiced his optimism after it reported 205 new COVID-19 cases, a huge dip on the 305 reported the previous day.

“This is a good result from effective action to control the disease, done by many provinces, including [efforts] to quickly find the infected persons […] and people’s strong awareness about wearing masks and having clean hands,” he said.

Despite the disease being active in 57 provinces, cases have been located and contained, according to Dr Opas.

As of now, the provinces with relatively small numbers of cases outpace flashpoint provinces.

There are 19 provinces with one to 10 cases, 10 provinces with 11-50 cases, eight provinces with over 50 cases, 20 provinces with no new cases reported in the last seven days and 20 provinces with zero infections.

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In about three weeks, since the recent outbreak started on Dec 15 at the Central Shrimp Market in Samut Sakhon province, the number of COVID-19 infections detected jumped by 5,604.

Among the new cases, are 519 cases in the capital city, 221 in the central provinces, 2,981 in Samut Sakhon province, 1,597 in the eastern region, 146 cases in the western region and 140 cases in other regions. Meanwhile, the fatality rate is quite low with an increase of seven to the total recorded during the first outbreak last year.

Dr Opas said medical teams have provided COVID-19 tests to communities and working places occupied by migrant workers. The tests found infections but the amount is less than expected, he said.

Random testing conducted on 35,712 alien workers countrywide – except those in Samut Sakhon province – found 77 positive cases. Meanwhile, the same test was done on 93,145 Thais and the authorities found 449 positive cases.

However, he said a new risk is the transmission of the disease in office buildings after the ministry found many new infections in workplaces in Bangkok.

Regarding field hospitals, the ministry has prepared 872 beds in Samut Sakhon and 414 beds in Chon Buri, Rayong and Chanthaburi, where half were already occupied by Covid-19 patients. All of them came to the field hospitals without showing symptoms. They will be held there for 10 days.

To be fully prepared to handle cases, the ministry needs all 12 public health regions to prepare 1,000 field hospital beds in case of an emergency.

 

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Kurt | 13 January 2021 - 12:12:19

Not confident that 2nd wave will end this month. Long time Thailand did well controlling Covid-19. But that control is gone. Many Thai left Thailand illegal for working in Myanmar come back illegal. ( They can't come back 'legal'). A stream of overwhelming Covid-19 Thai return now. Next, spread all over Thailand. Vaccinations! Only that can turn the tide.

Christy Sweet | 11 January 2021 - 22:33:08

Helpme withthe math please, Thais show 4 times the infection rate from random tests ans do migrant workers? That's because mask wearing has not been diligent nor food prep, etc. Keep the hight travel provinces open and the wave will take months. Just lock it down again and get it over with was the lesson from past.  

Kurt | 11 January 2021 - 09:30:54

The doctor talks only about the center of the Universe ---> Thailand.  Sure the new variant of Covid-19 is already in Thailand.

Sandbar | 11 January 2021 - 02:48:26

Could the Doctor also explain how he will control the new Covid-19 (variant) which has now effected 45 countries and climbing! 

Capt B | 10 January 2021 - 20:24:47

Your standard pharmaceutical masks that you see everyone wearing are a bit of a gambler's joke. Only problem is, the strategically designed bio weapon  is killing a lot of these gamblers.

Capt B | 10 January 2021 - 20:17:53

,, due to a poor facial seal. For many years, I was an oilfield saturation diver. In the early 80s whilst working for a French diving contractor doing a lot of surface 02 deco. A lot of divers on the job were getting hits / bends. As soon as we switched from the French BIBS (facemasks for breathing pure 02) to the Scott BIBS (American facemasks) with a good seal, the "hits" stopped.  

Capt B | 10 January 2021 - 20:08:46

The highly infectious variant / mutant strain of the China Virus that has hit the UK has now just hit Japan. Do not be so "Confident", as in this case, one's confidence may cause complacency & kill a lot of people.  An office building with a closed circuit air conditioning system is almost as dangerous as a quarantine hotel. face masks are helpful, but no guarantee due to a poor ...

Galong | 10 January 2021 - 16:56:03

I know gambling is illegal (unless you pay the cops), but can I place a gentleman's bet of one million baht that this "doctor" is wrong?

 

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