81 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand today, 26 linked to Samut Sakhon

Thailand recorded 81 new COVID-19 cases today, including 37 Thais, of which 26 are related to a Samut Sakhon and 35 Myanmar migrant workers. CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Wissanuyothin said today that, besides the 37 Thais, eleven are now under investigation to confirm their status.

In addition to the locally-acquired infections, there are nine imported cases, including three from the United States, two from Russia, one each from Switzerland, Germany, Myanmar and the United Arab Emirates. 21 patients have recovered.

Cumulative infections in Thailand, to date, are 5,910, with 4,130 recoveries. 1,713 others are still being treated in hospitals.

Quoting the Thai Embassy in Seoul, Dr. Taweesin said that 31 Thais, living to the south of Seoul, were

Kitchen equipment piles up as pandemic shutters Japan’s restaurants

A worker carries a second-hand kitchen item at Tenpos Busters’ reuse center in Yokohama, Japan./ REUTERS

A truck laden with kitchen sinks, cutlery, pots and pans pulls up to a warehouse in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, and workers begin to unload the goods taken from shuttered restaurants – victims of the COVID-19 pandemic-driven slump.

The facility, run by second-hand kitchen equipment supplier Tenpos Busters, is so full that a sink has to be left outside. “We are buying more items, so our centres for maintenance across the country are operating at a full capacity to clean and repair them,” Takahito Tooyama, sales division director at Tenpos Bust

Turning point’: UK giving 1st doses of COVID-19 vaccine

90 year old Margaret Keenan, the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, administered by nurse May Parsons at University Hospital, Coventry, England, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020./ AP

British health authorities rolled out the first doses of a widely tested and independently reviewed COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, starting a global immunization program that is expected to gain momentum as more serums win approval.

The first shot was given to COVID-19 vaccine Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week, at University Hospital Coventry, one of several hospitals around the country that are handling the initial phase of the program on what has been dub

South Korea to tighten social distancing, warns of new COVID-19 crisis

South Korea will impose stricter social distancing rules for the greater Seoul area a month after easing them, officials said on Tuesday, warning of an even bigger crisis if anti-COVID-19 efforts fail to dampen a spike in new cases.

Starting Tuesday midnight, tighter curbs will ban public gatherings of 100 people or more, limit religious services and audiences at sporting events to 30% capacity, and require high-risk facilities including clubs and karaoke bars to broaden distance among guests.

South Korea has been one of the world’s coronavirus mitigation success stories after tackling the first major COVID-19 epidemic outside China with aggressive tracing and testing, but continues to battle persistent rises in infections.

The tougher restrict

Three illegal immigrants caught at Thai-Myanmar border with ฿8m cash

Thai security officials seized about 8,000,000 baht in cash from three Chinese nationals today. They had slipped across the porous Thai-Myanmar border, in Mae Sot district of Thailand’s northwestern province of Tak.

The man and two women were spotted by a Thai patrol unit, after they crossed the Moei River from Myanmar’s Myawaddi Township with a Myanmar porter, who is believed to be a member of a human trafficking gang.

The officials then searched a cardboard box and found bundles of 1,000 baht banknotes, altogether worth about eight million baht. All three illegal immigrants and the Myanmar porter were taken to the district’s immigration police office for COVID-19 screening before questioning.

The trio told the officials, through an in

Four new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand on Saturday

Medical staff wait for people wishing to perform a free test in a mobile Covid-19 novel coronavirus swab testing site on Khao San Road in the famous backpacker district of Bangkok on October 12, 2020.

Thailand today recorded four new COVID-19 cases, including a French woman on Samui Island and three Thais returning from abroad, according to the CCSA.

One of the three Thais is a 38-year old female domestic worker, returning from Austria and entering state quarantine on October 18th. She experienced nausea and a headache before testing positive for COVID-19 on October 22nd.

The second is a 38-year old woman, returning from Hong Kong

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial Brazil volunteer dies, trial to continue

Brazilian health authority Anvisa said on Wednesday that a volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University had died but added that the trial would continue.

Oxford confirmed the plan to keep testing, saying in a statement that after careful assessment “there have been no concerns about safety of the clinical trial.”

AstraZeneca declined to comment immediately.

A source familiar with the matter told Reuters the trial would have been suspended if the volunteer who died had received the COVID-19 vaccine, suggesting the person was part of the control group that was given a meningitis jab.

The Federal University of Sao Paulo, which is helping coordinate phase 3 clinical trials in Bra

Conflict over trucks operating between Thailand and Myanmar

Thai and Myanmar officials are in conflict over the operation of cargo trucks travelling between Thailand’s Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province and the Thachilek township in Myanmar.

The conflict stems from an order from Mae Sai district chief officer, Prasong La-on, forbidding trucks and vans from Thachilek from entering inner areas of the Thai district, to pick up goods from various warehouses to be transported back to Myanmar, as part of the lockdown measures to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 into Thailand.

More than 200 vans from Thachilek travel into the inner areas of Mae Sai district each day to pick up goods, as well as trucks which are allowed into the district to take fuel and construction materials back to Myanmar, on the condition that

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