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Thailand is wiped out by a third wave infected with COVID-19 – The Diplomat

Medical staff at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Hospital, Ministry of Public Health in Nonthaburi, Thailand.

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After months of successful containment, Thailand has set a new daily record for COVID-19 cases, when it infects under the third wave of infections including the highly contagious variant B.1.1.7. spread of the virus.

On Monday, the country took note 985 confirmed cases of COVID-19, a spike occurred at the height of Songkran’s New Year holiday, which the authorities banned in the second year due to the pandemic.

The outbreak, which infected at least one cabinet minister and forced several other politicians to quarantine themselves, raised Thailand’s total to 32,625 confirmed positive and 97 fatalities. as of Sunday. Monday’s total record is watched 967 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday – another total – and 789 cases and one person died the day before. By contrast, on April 1, this country took note only 26 cases.

In response to the increased burden on the hospital system, a Thai health official said the government plans to set up 10,000 field hospital beds in Bangkok, while a 280-bed field hospital has also. established in Chiang Mai city, northern Thailand, where there is also a sudden increase in the number of cases.

The current spike is the biggest since outbreak in mid-December, focus on a seafood market in the coastal province of Samut Sakhon, where a large number of migrant workers are concentrated, mainly from Myanmar.

Current outbreaks have to be traced to several bars and nightlife venues in central Bangkok, including many famous for the wealthy and powerful. At least 38 provinces have requested visitors from the at-risk areas to undergo quarantine for 14 days. Pubs, nightclubs and karaoke bars in Bangkok and 40 other provinces will be closed until April 23rd. at least 62 among the 77 provinces of Thailand.

Most worryingly, the third wave saw the presence of coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 first identified in the UK, which is both more contagious and fatal than the strain. Previous dominant virus.

The boom is putting great pressure on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s government over the country’s tank economy and the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country. As of April 10, Thailand has injected 485,959 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to its population, equivalent to just 0.7 percent of the population, according to the Oxford University Our World in Data project. This puts the country eighth in Southeast Asia in terms of population-related vaccines, just ahead of Vietnam and Brunei.

The slow progress currently threatens a good job undo has seen Thailand experience a small number of commendable cases in 2020, despite being the first country outside of China to report case of COVID-19 in January of last year.

But these low figures have been bought at a hefty long-term economic cost, especially for Thailand’s tourism industry, which accounts for 15% of the country’s gross domestic product. At the end of the week, the Thai government announced quarantine for seven days for travelers who can prove they have received COVID-19 vaccine, a move they hope will get the industry back up and running.

According to the World Bank Latest economic forecastThailand’s economy fell 6.1% in 2020 and is expected to return to a modest 3.4% growth this year. But the prolonged vaccine rollout and soaring COVID-19 numbers once again threaten to hinder the government’s recovery plan.

“Last week, businesses – especially in the tourism sector – hoped the country could reopen to foreign tourists in the coming months, with an economic recovery to follow,” said Dusida Worrachaddejchai. , Lamonphet Apisitniran and Somruedi Banchongduang wrote on the Bangkok Post on Monday morning. “But the new outbreak overshadowed their hopes with fears that the whole process would return to normal.”



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