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Omicron Variant Now Causing COVID Infections in All Provinces of Thailand


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15 minutes ago, Dialemco said:

It looks  lije there is far more Omicron infections in Thailand than reported  as it is so infectous nearly everyone will be infected from local transmissions thus restrictions on incoming foreigners no longer necessary if they have negative  PCR within 72 hours before entering Thailand. 

Local transmissions that actually started of course from foreign sources.... in the case of Omicron people flying in under whatever manifestation of the Test and Go or Sandbox or quarantine.....

But now it is here and established, yes, likely makes little difference.....

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13 minutes ago, sirineou said:

All the travel restrictions do nothing to keep it out. 

Agreed. But they do meet the public expectation of the government.

This Asia and not the west, and in part it's that mindset that sees higher vaccination uptake without a big stick, compliance with mask wearing voluntarily,

Like it or not, the pandemic is not over. We all hope that omicron will blow itself out, but nobody really knows yet and things could suddenly twist. Thailand is trying to walk a tightrope in the wind to find a compromise path forward.

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2 hours ago, arithai12 said:

In fact, I would argue that even the fraction of infections doesn't matter, what should matter is how many need serious medical care.

Totally agreed, it seems we can live with Omicron without too much concern, unless underlying symptoms or age is a concern.

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it takes 3-4 wks it started about a week ago so it will 100,000 x everyday for the next 3 weeks the test capacity is 0.24 per million which was always insuffcient, the low vax rate on vurnerable and sino vax might increase fatalities/hosp admins.

daily case figures will remain static, there would be no economy if everybody + is isolating for 10 days even these rules had to change in the first world to 5 days.

No govt got this totally right, but Thailands mismanagment was to be expected.

Omicrom takes up to 72h to have symptoms or be asymptomic delta took 5/6 days hence the faster spread

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1 hour ago, TorquayFan said:

The DG says - ". . . the number of severe COVID cases and deaths will continue to fall if new infections can be limited to no more than 10,000 per day." Such unrealistic comments are very worrying.

 

100,000 a day would be tight for a target ! It's Omicron - there's lots of data available to see how it works. 10,000 a day. Ha ha !

 

 

 

 

The article seems to say that over a 7 day period they collected about 3,600 samples.


It’s not a huge collection effort is it? With limited testing and mild symptoms, they will never know even a ballpark figure for omicron infections. Then again, with few hospitalizations, why do they need to know?
 I have had a very heavy cold for the last two weeks, tested regularly by atk and always negative for Covid. But I felt pretty lousy on several days. no one cared that I had a cold, nor were there any stats on how many people in Thailand had a cold during the period I was infected.

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Any data that shows the % of omicron mutations BA.1 and BA.2 in Thailand.

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1 hour ago, jacko45k said:

Local transmissions that actually started of course from foreign sources.... in the case of Omicron people flying in under whatever manifestation of the Test and Go or Sandbox or quarantine.....

But now it is here and established, yes, likely makes little difference.....

Of course, the rigorous actions taken against vaxxed and testd foreign visitors arriving by air are somewhat offset by the thousands of illegal workers crossing land borders every month, untested, untraced, and off to work in crowded conditions in factories and sleep in crowded worker dormitories.

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1 minute ago, BKKBike09 said:

Of course, the rigorous actions taken against vaxxed and testd foreign visitors arriving by air are somewhat offset by the thousands of illegal workers crossing land borders every month, untested, untraced, and off to work in crowded conditions in factories and sleep in crowded worker dormitories.

Omicron was not present in the neighboring countries  at that time.... not long out of South Africa.... first case in Thailand flew in from Spain. 

I have not seen any data on factory workers being massively infected with omicron, but of course recall that scenario with Delta earlier last year. 

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3 hours ago, Petey11 said:

Should be no problem keeping it below 10K cases a day with the limited testing they do.

Very easy considering they do less than 5,000 "official" tests a day and test kits are sold out in many places.

 

  Many people saying how "Mild" it is.

 

The problem is that the Thailand hosptals can't handle more cases.  There inundated.  Nurses and doctors are worn out.

 

 

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Given the extremely infectious nature of Omicron there seems to be a disconnect between this article and the reported cases numbers. 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

According to the director-general, the number of severe COVID cases and deaths will continue to fall if new infections can be limited to no more than 10,000 per day. He also said that as long as no new variants or severe mutations of the coronavirus come into play, the Omicron strain may help end the pandemic, as predicted by many experts.

Yay!  Finallly I think we are seeing the end of this.  

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