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59 students and staff of Khon Kaen University have been observed 14 days after two of them were found to have a high fever after their return from South Korea as field trip group.

https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1150225-khon-kaen-university-59-returnees-from-skorea-isolated-as-two-new-covid-19-confirmed/

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Moderna's New COVID-19 Vaccine  full article nasdaq.com
Moderna (NASDAQ: MRNA) announced on Monday afternoon that the company's experimental mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, known as mRNA-1273, is ready for human testing. The initial batch of the vaccine has already been shipped to U.S. government researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

The biotech company expects that the first clinical trials will begin near late April, with around 25 healthy volunteers participating in these tests. Initial clinical results could be available sometime in July or August.

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Patient who lied about visiting high-risk area tests positive for Covid-19

A patient who had visited a high-risk country for Covid-19 but kept denying it has tested positive for the new coronavirus and endangered medical staff in the hospital.

BCare Medical Centre posted a statement on its official Facebook page that it had found a patient, suspected of being infected, who had avoided the screening process after returning from the high-risk area.

On February 23, a Thai man was admitted to the hospital due to pneumonia, high fever and cough. He denied he had a recent history of travelling to a high-risk country for Covid-19. Only after a doctor tested him again and he was probed, he finally admitted that he had visited a high-risk country.

On February 24, a lab test found him positive for Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for Covid-19, which has now put more than 30 hospital staff at risk.

The patient has been transferred to a government hospital.

Hospital staff who could be at risk of infection have tested negative for the virus but they are now in self-quarantine at home and will be retested after 7-14 days.

The hospital said it has done a deep cleaning of all the areas with disinfectants and denied entry to new patients there for a while.

Meanwhile, Thanachart Bank said it was closing its branch in Don Mueang district as the son of this man worked there. The son said that his father had returned from Japan along with a group tourists on February 20. The son is now in self-quarantine and the bank will carry out a thorough cleaning of its premises.

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Update from Thai news I got sharing and I checked English news for KF members :

1. Phraharuthai Donmuang School closed after found a child got Virus from grandparents.
https://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/crimecourtscalamity/2020/02/26/school-closed-after-8-year-old-pupil-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

2. Mahidol University in Salaya nakhonpathom watching staff 14 days.
https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30382871

3. Tanachat Bank , Donmuang branch closed after found son of a worker got Virus.

4. Airasia XJ612 Supporo-Bangkok found 2 passengers got Virus.

* PTT and Bangkok bank Head branch denied news of their workers got Virus.
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Thanks for that Waterheart . . .

Will this be the next Covid-19 cook up !  6100 Folks on this cruise ship . . . .

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8045997/Cruise-ship-carrying-6-100-turned-away-two-ports-coronavirus.html

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As it's the hottest news, Thanks to you too RG.

I read some interview information about Covid-19 in Thai language. I copies a question to Google Translation (better than my translation  ;D )
Well, KF members are lucky  ;D

Q5: How does this virus infect the lungs?
A5: The study found that This virus should enter the lung cells through a receptor called Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor
Interesting is The Asian lung cells have more receptors than Caucasians. And African-American people, up to 5 times that may indicate the risk of infection of this virus than Asian people in the West.

Q5: ไวรัสนี้ติดเชื้อเข้าสู่ปอดได้อย่างไร?
A5: จากการศึกษาพบว่า ไวรัสนี้น่าจะเข้าสู่เซลล์ปอดผ่านทางตัวรับที่เรียกว่า Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor
ที่น่าสนใจคือ เซลล์ปอดของคนเอเชียมีจำนวนตัวรับนี้มากกว่าคนตะวันตกผิวขาว และคนแอฟริกัน-อเมริกัน ถึง 5 เท่า นั่นอาจบ่งบอกถึงความเสี่ยงต่อการติดเชื้อไวรัสนี้ของคนเอเชียที่มากกว่าคนตะวันตก
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Just a few more gems from the LoS where Walter Mitty seems to have taken the place of the Health Minister.
All from the Bkk Post today:  (Highlighting is mine.)
Outbound tour operators are offering extraordinarily cheap tour packages to South Korea and Japan as a way to cut losses from the coronavirus outbreak
Mr Anutin (Health Minister) advised the postponement or cancellation of trips to affected countries until the situation returns to normal, saying it is essential to help control the number of infections in the country.  He also urged airlines and tour companies not to slash prices to lure customers to travel abroad.   
 (He (Mr Anutin) said: anyone with symptoms after visiting a high-risk country are (sic) required to report to authorities, and those who fail to comply with orders face fines and/or imprisonment.
The authorities (must) ensure that people who defy the regulations are aware of the harsh penalties they could face if they fail to comply with the rules ­-- one-year imprisonment and a 100,000-baht fine. Enforcement of such penalties would certainly help contain the spread of the virus.


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all about money what some don't have  :o then there's the hidden costs

Where to go for a test  nationthailand.com

Eight state-run and private hospitals offer medical and laboratory services for people infected with the COVID-19 virus or wishing to confirm whether they are or not. Note that people confirmed as infected are transferred to specifically equipped facilities.

The fees charged are all under Bt15,000, but can be higher depending on risk of infection, which pertains to age and overall medical health.
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who said hidden costs - will this be the next requirement   forum.thaivisa.com

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Interesting that Immigration wanted a Corona Virus negative health certificate.  Korat Immigration never mentioned it on Tuesday when I renewed my retirement visa - was this Bangkok?


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imagine catching it twice  ???

Japanese woman confirmed as coronavirus case for second time, weeks after initial recovery

 A woman working as a tour-bus guide in Japan has tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time, Osaka’s prefectural government said, the first known person in the country to do so amid growing concerns about the spread of the infection.

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Thai tour guide becomes 41st virus victim on return from S Korea full article nationthailand.com
A 25-year-old Thai man who guided compatriots on tours of South Korea has been confirmed as the 41st confirmed victim of the Covid-19 virus in this country.  Thailand has now seen 41 Covid-19 infections, of whom 28 recovered and have been released and 13 remain hospitalised. Two victims described as having been in severe condition have now tested negative for the virus but were advised to get further rest in medical care.

Coronavirus Patient’s Pet Dog Tests Positive for ‘Low Level’ of Virus full article time.com
The pet dog of a coronavirus patient in Hong Kong has been found to have a “low level” of the virus, the Hong Kong government said early Friday.


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Japanese woman confirmed as coronavirus case for second time, weeks after initial recovery
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Explainer: Coronavirus reappears in discharged patients, raising questions in containment fight

(Reuters) - A growing number of discharged coronavirus patients in China and elsewhere are testing positive after recovering, sometimes weeks after being allowed to leave the hospital, which could make the epidemic harder to eradicate.

On Wednesday, the Osaka prefectural government in Japan said a woman working as a tour-bus guide had tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time. This followed reports in China that discharged patients throughout the country were testing positive after their release from the hospital.

An official at China’s National Health Commission said on Friday that such patients have not been found to be infectious.

Experts say there are several ways discharged patients could fall ill with the virus again. Convalescing patients might not build up enough antibodies to develop immunity to SARS-CoV-2, and are being infected again. The virus also could be “biphasic”, meaning it lies dormant before creating new symptoms.

But some of the first cases of “reinfection” in China have been attributed to testing discrepancies.  A Journal of the American Medical Association study of four infected medical personnel treated in Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic, said it was likely that some recovered patients would remain carriers even after meeting discharge criteria.

Song Tie, vice director of the local disease control center in southern China’s Guangdong province, told a media briefing on Wednesday that as many as 14% of discharged patients in the province have tested positive again and had returned to hospitals for observation.

He said one good sign is that none of those patients appear to have infected anyone else.

“From this understanding ... after someone has been infected by this kind of virus, he will produce antibodies, and after these antibodies are produced, he won’t be contagious,” he said.

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The No. 1 way to prevent coronavirus isn't wearing a face mask

As fears over the coronavirus outbreak spread, thousands of Americans are clamoring to buy face masks in an effort to protect themselves, sending prices soaring and leading manufacturers like 3M to ramp up production. However, experts say stocking up on face masks is actually misguided — and there's a much simpler thing you could be doing right now to protect yourself.

There's a lot the general public likely doesn't realize about these masks — namely, that they are not the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Full artical here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-prevention-face-mask-not-helpful-wash-hands/
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Banks start installing thermal scanners to detect COVID-19 infection  thaipbsworld.com

A number of commercial banks have taken the precautionary measure of installing thermal scanners to check the body temperatures of bank visitors, for the safety of their staff and customers in wake of rising concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

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Thailand records first death, 35-year-old man also had dengue fever

(REUTERS) - Thailand has reported its first coronavirus fatality, local health officials said on Sunday (March 1).

A 35-year-old retail worker, who also had dengue fever, had died from the virus in a Bangkok suburb, Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoen, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said in the news conference on Sunday, Reuters reported.

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Virus spreads to at least 56 countries
29 Feb 2020
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China’s Crisis Wanes as Epidemic Takes Hold in US

China’s coronavirus caseload continued to wane Tuesday even as the epidemic took a firmer hold beyond Asia, with three countries now exceeding 1,000 cases and the U.S. reporting its sixth death.

The health ministry announced just 125 new cases detected over the past 24 hours, China’s lowest number since Jan. 20. Another 31 deaths were reported, all of them in the hardest-hit province of Hubei. The figures bring China’s total number of cases to 80,151 with 2,943 deaths.

The global shift in the COVID-19 epidemic was apparent with 2,410 recovered patients being released from Hubei’s hospitals and treatment centers, many of them hastily built over recent weeks to cope with the thousands of people sickened by the virus. But new infections outside China were far surpassing its totals.

Clusters of disease grew in South Korea, Italy and Iran, and the virus has turned up for the first time in New York, Moscow and Berlin, as well as Latvia, Indonesia, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Jordan and Portugal. The worldwide death toll topped 3,000, and the number of cases tops 89,000 in about 70 countries.

Global health officials sought to reassure the public that the virus remains a manageable threat.

“Containment is feasible and must remain the top priority for all countries,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

Around the world, the crisis reshaped the daily routines of millions of people.

School children in Japan stayed home with schools closed until April. Israelis in quarantine used special booths to vote in national elections. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel was rebuffed by her interior minister when she extended her hand to greet him. And the United Nations postponed a major conference on women that had been expected to bring up to 12,000 people from its 193 member countries to New York next week.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned that the world economy could contract this quarter for the first time since the international financial crisis more than a decade ago. “Global economic prospects remain subdued and very uncertain,” it said.

Nevertheless, the Dow Jones Industrial Average soared nearly 1,300 points, or 5%, as stocks roared back from a seven-day rout on hopes that central banks will take action to shield the global economy from the effects of the outbreak. Finance ministers and bank leaders from the Group of Seven major industrial countries said they will confer by phone Tuesday to discuss an economic response.

Health officials in Washington state, where a particularly troubling cluster of cases surfaced at a nursing home outside Seattle, said four more people had died from the coronavirus, bringing the number of deaths in the U.S. to six, all in Washington. New cases were also reported in New Hampshire and New York.

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Here is a good glimpse of what it is like in China at the moment with the virus.
I think they have done the right thing to curb the population from spreading the virus.
It’s 34 minutes long but well worth watching until the end & NO the OP is NOT Canadian, he is Russian.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1yXTlvTB08" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1yXTlvTB08</a>
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yes worth watching KC like something out of a fiction movie - thanks - thought that the dogs roaming the streets would be rounded up though
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