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Covid-19 Thailand – Latest Updates (22nd July, 2020)

Latest Cases – 3,261 (+ 6)  Recovered – 3,105  Hospitalized – 98 (+6)    Died – 58

6 returnees found infected

Coronavirus disease among quarantined returnees.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said four new cases were among arrivals from Egypt and one each from Germany and the United States.

Those from Egypt are male students who arrived on July 8 on the same flight that carried 11 earlier cases. They were quarantined in Chon Buri province and tested positive on …

Full Story: Bangkok Post

COVID-19 testing at Suvarnabhumi airport upgraded to increase efficiency

Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) has upgraded its COVID-19 testing facility at Suvarnabhumi international airport, which is now capable of producing test results within 70 minutes.

The DCD’s Director-General, Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, said today (Tuesday) that the Point of Care RT-PCR laboratory, which was put into service on July 1st to conduct tests on foreign arrivals, such as diplomats, official guests, businessmen on short-term visits and those suspected to be infected, is capable testing 170 people a day.

By July 16th, 46 arrivals had been tested, including the daughter of a Sudanese diplomat, who returned a positive result for COVID-19.

Suvarnabhumi international airport has capped the number of daily arrivals, of both Thai and foreign nationals, at 600 and 200 respectively.

Meanwhile, city officials have stepped up field inspections of pubs, bars and karaoke bars in Bangkok, to make sure that they are strictly abiding by the required safety measures, such as limiting the number of customers and maintaining social distancing.

General Natthapon Srisawat, special advisor of the Royal Thai Army, told the media today that the 151 troops, who underwent joint training with US troops in Hawaii from 1st to 21st July, are scheduled to fly back to Thailand tomorrow, on a flight chartered from Thai Airways International.

He said that the troops were placed under tight health control, which forbids them from leaving the training camp without prior permission, and all of them …

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Cabinet extends the visa amnesty for foreigners

The Thai Cabinet has extended the visa amnesty for foreigners so they can remain in Thailand during the Covid-19 global pandemic. This is the second extension to the visa amnesty and will be a huge relief for tens of thousands of people who have been in a visa limbo, some without many other options other than staying in Thailand whilst international flights remain limited.

A government spokeswoman, Traisuree Taisaranakul, says that the automatic visa extension will now be in force until September 26, as rumoured. Mandatory 90 day reporting for resident foreigners with ongoing visas will also be suspended until September 26.

At this stage there has not been any additional provisions or paperwork announced, other than a general extension of the current amnesty.

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CCSA prepares for second-wave of Covid-19 infections

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is making preparations in case there is a second wave of infections, CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyoth said on Tuesday (July 21).

He said the cases of the infected Egyptian soldier in Rayong, and a Sudanese diplomat’s daughter in Bangkok should serve as lessons for the government, and it should come up with plan to curb infections as businesses start reopening.

He said the 6,780 people in Rayong believed to have been at risk tested negative to the virus, while in Bangkok, the 364 people near the Sudanese girl were also free of the virus.

Despite the result, he said CCSA will prepare guidelines based on the Rayong case to avoid chaos and overreaction, which has caused local businesses to come to a standstill.

He cited Japan’s virus-controlling system, which is divided into two phases: closing the outbreak area and sensitive sites such as schools; and imposing national …

Full Story: TheNation