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  • Huge publicity campaign planned for Prachuap Khiri Khan after number of people signing up for COVID-19 jabs falls short of target

    The number of people who have registered for the COVID-19 vaccine in Prachuap Khiri Khan is below the provincial target, governor Phallop Singhaseni has revealed. Chairing a meeting on Thursday (May 13), Mr Phallop announced plans to launch a large-scale publicity campaign inviting people to register for a COVID-19 jab. Mr Phallop said teams of […]

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    The number of people who have registered for the COVID-19 vaccine in Prachuap Khiri Khan is below the provincial target, governor Phallop Singhaseni has revealed.

    Chairing a meeting on Thursday (May 13), Mr Phallop announced plans to launch a large-scale publicity campaign inviting people to register for a COVID-19 jab.

    Mr Phallop said teams of volunteers, health workers and municipal staff will go door to door in a bid to educate the public about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination

    Mr Phallop said that around 20,000 doses of the vaccine have been given to people in the province so far, with just 9,293 people having received both doses. Most of those given the vaccine are front line medical workers.

    The target is to vaccinate 70 percent of the population of Prachuap Khiri Khan province, some 385,000 people.

    However, less than 15,000 people of those eligible – the over 60s and those suffering from one of seven chronic diseases* – have registered to receive the vaccine.

    Mr Phallop said the number of people registered is fewer than it should be.

    Medical staff and front line workers wait to receive COVID-19 vaccines on May 13

    In order to get more people to register for the vaccine, Mr Phallop has tasked every district sheriff throughout the province to organise teams to go into communities and villages.

    Locals should be encouraged to get vaccinated in order to help build herd immunity and reduce the risk of infection, illness and death, Mr Phallop said.

    The next mass rollout of the vaccine in Prachuap Khiri Khan province will begin between June 7 to 11 and will take place at 18 locations across all eight districts.

    The news comes as provincial health officials on Thursday announced 41 confirmed new COVID-19 cases – the highest number of new cases in a week.

    Most of the cases are linked to the cluster at the pineapple processing factory located on the Cha-Am/Pranburi bypass road, Dr. Suriya Kuharat, Provincial Public Health Doctor said.

    It was also announced that disinfecting and cleaning of venues such as shopping malls, restaurants and markets will be increased throughout the province.

    *seven chronic diseases: chronic kidney disease, heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes and cancer.

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    13 May 13 2021
    Covid-19
    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=44848
  • People in Prachuap Khiri Khan urged to register for the COVID-19 vaccine

    Health officials in Prachuap Khiri Khan are urging people to register for the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, the vaccine is being rolled out to frontline medical workers, the elderly, and those with severe chronic health conditions. However, provincial health officials want more people in the province to register for the vaccine in order build herd immunity […]

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    Health officials in Prachuap Khiri Khan are urging people to register for the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Currently, the vaccine is being rolled out to frontline medical workers, the elderly, and those with severe chronic health conditions.

    However, provincial health officials want more people in the province to register for the vaccine in order build herd immunity and help limit the spread of the virus.

    Those eligible for the vaccine currently – the over 60s and those with chronic health conditions – can register at a local hospital or via the Mor Prom online platform.

    Despite some people being fearful of side affects, health officials maintain the vaccines are safe.

    According to data not only from those who have received the vaccine in the province but also nationwide, the risk of an adverse reaction to the vaccine is minimal.

    The vaccine roll out is of course fundamental to Thailand’s plans to re-open the country to vaccinated foreign tourists.

    Previously, business leaders in Hua Hin had spoken of their concerns that the slow roll out of the vaccine could harm plans to re-open the town’s tourism industry.

    The Thai government has said it aims to vaccinated 70 percent of the population in order to go ahead with opening the country to tourists on October 1.

    The news comes after Thailand announced on Wednesday that walk in centres will be set up nationwide to allow people to receive the vaccine without the need to make an appointment.

    The walk in centres will help to facilitate the roll out of the vaccine, officials said.

    To date, approximately 2 million people have been vaccinated in Thailand.

    In Prachuap Khiri Khan, approximately 20,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with around 9,000 people having received the second dose of the vaccine.

     

     

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    13 May 13 2021
    Covid-19
    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=44838
  • Sawang Hua Hin Thammasathan Foundation praised for helping bedridden woman claim state benefit

    Rescue workers from Sawang Hua Hin Thammasathan Foundation have been praised for coming to the assistance of an elderly bedridden woman. Luankiaw Chimpalee, 70, a long time sufferer of thromboembolism was forced to visit Krung Thai bank in order to claim 7,000 baht in benefits as part of the government’s Rao Chana subsidy scheme. Previously, […]

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    Rescue workers from Sawang Hua Hin Thammasathan Foundation have been praised for coming to the assistance of an elderly bedridden woman.

    Luankiaw Chimpalee, 70, a long time sufferer of thromboembolism was forced to visit Krung Thai bank in order to claim 7,000 baht in benefits as part of the government’s Rao Chana subsidy scheme.

    Previously, the bank provided an out-reach service for people who were unable to attend the bank in person or for those who were not able to claim the money the government’s online platform.

    However, the out-reach service had been suspended due to COVID-19.

    With no vehicle and no means to getting to the bank to claim the money, Mrs Luankiaw’s daughter appealed to the rescue foundation for help.

    Sawang deputy chief Rawiroj Thaemmee answered the plea for help and sent a team to take Mrs Luankiaw to the bank.

    Photos shared on social media shows Mrs Luankiaw being put in an ambulance and taken to the bank to claim the money.

     

     

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    13 May 13 2021
    Local News
    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=44832
  • 13 May: Prachuap Khiri Khan reports sharp rise in new COVID-19 cases

    Prachuap Khiri Khan reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in one week on Thursday (13 May). According to health officials, the province reported 41 new cases, bringing the cumulative total in the province during the third wave of infections to 1,379. Health officials say many of the new cases are linked to the […]

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    Prachuap Khiri Khan reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in one week on Thursday (13 May).

    According to health officials, the province reported 41 new cases, bringing the cumulative total in the province during the third wave of infections to 1,379.

    Health officials say many of the new cases are linked to the cluster detected at a pineapple processing factory in Hua Hin.

    No new deaths were reported with the cumulative total of COVID-19 deaths in the province to 4.

    Of the 1,338 total cases in the province, 358 are currently receiving treatment in hospital, while a total of 1,017 have made a full recovery and have already been discharged.

    Health officials say 6 patients are currently in a serious condition in hospital, while 14 others are in what is described as a moderate condition.

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    13 May 13 2021
    Covid-19
    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=44819
  • People in Thailand to get COVID-19 vaccines without appointments from June

    People in Thailand will able to get COVID-19 vaccines without the need to make an appointment, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Wednesday (May 12). The move comes following approval from the National Vaccine Committee of walk-in COVID-19 facilities in all provinces in Thailand. The walk in facilities will be managed by each provincial […]

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    People in Thailand will able to get COVID-19 vaccines without the need to make an appointment, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Wednesday (May 12).

    The move comes following approval from the National Vaccine Committee of walk-in COVID-19 facilities in all provinces in Thailand.

    The walk in facilities will be managed by each provincial authority and will form part of Thailand’s mass vaccination program, Mr Anutin said.

    From June, people who registered using the Mor Prom mobile app, those who are receiving the vaccine as part of a group, such as those working in the private sector or tourism industry or those who had been unable to register for the jab online will start to receive the vaccine, in addition to those who use the walk in centres.

    Health officials say 50 percent of vaccinations will be booked through hospitals, 30 percent using the Mor Prom app and 20 percent at walk in centres.

    Locally, walk in facilities are expected to be set up in every district throughout Prachuap Khiri Khan, including at every district office.

    A number of other locations have also been put forward as venues for walk in centres, including the Thanarat Camp Infantry Center in Pranburi, Prachuap Wittayalai School Auditorium and Provincial Stadium’s gymnasium.

    In Hua Hin, the management of Market Village, Bluport, and Centara Grand Hua Hin Hotel have also given their consent for those venues to be used as walk in centres.

    The confirmed locations of the walk in centres in Hua Hin and the surrounding area will be announced in due course.

    Meanwhile, the head of Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC), Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, said the DDC is in talks with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that vaccines are made available to foreigners.

    Previously, Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said that foreigners would be able to register for the vaccine via a mobile app or at a local hospital from June.

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    12 May 12 2021
    Local News
    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=44812
  • COVID-19 variant first identified in India found in 44 countries, resistant to antibodies: WHO

    GENEVA, May 12 (Xinhua) — A COVID-19 variant first identified in India has been found in 44 countries with a possible presence in five more, and is believed to be resistant to certain antibodies, including from vaccines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday. The variant, named B1617 and informally dubbed the “double mutant,” has […]

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    GENEVA, May 12 (Xinhua) — A COVID-19 variant first identified in India has been found in 44 countries with a possible presence in five more, and is believed to be resistant to certain antibodies, including from vaccines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday.

    The variant, named B1617 and informally dubbed the “double mutant,” has three different sub-lineages, B1617.1, B1617.2 and B1617.3, which were being found increasingly in other countries, especially in Europe and North America, the WHO said in its weekly update.

    The B1617 was declared as a variant of concern on Monday by the WHO.

    In India, which reported more than 2.7 million cases last week, sub-lineages B1617.1 and B1617.2 were found respectively in 21 percent and 7 percent of all samples, the WHO said in the update.

    Britain reported the second highest number of B1617 cases, and has already declared sub-lineage B1617.2 as a variant of concern, it said.

    According to the update, sub-lineages B1617.1 and B1617.2 showed to be resistant to antibody Bamlanivimab used for COVID-19 treatment, as well as “reduced susceptibility to neutralization antibodies” for B1617.1.

    The WHO added that the variant might also be resistant to vaccines, as a study reported sevenfold reduced effectiveness against antibodies released by Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

    Although the variant might be responsible for the surge of cases in India, a country which accounts for 50 percent of all global cases and 30 percent of deaths worldwide, many other factors could explain the outbreak, such as religious and political mass gatherings, as well as a lack of adherence to such measures as social distancing, the WHO said

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    12 May 12 2021
    Covid-19
    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=44800
  • 12 May: Prachuap Khiri Khan reports 15 new COVID-19 cases

    Prachuap Khiri Khan continued its recent trend of double digit new COVID-19 cases, reporting 15 new cases on Wednesday (12 May). The new cases bring the cumulative total in the province during the third wave of infections to 1,338. 11 of the new cases were reported in Hua Hin. No new deaths were reported with […]

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    Prachuap Khiri Khan continued its recent trend of double digit new COVID-19 cases, reporting 15 new cases on Wednesday (12 May).

    The new cases bring the cumulative total in the province during the third wave of infections to 1,338.

    11 of the new cases were reported in Hua Hin.

    No new deaths were reported with the cumulative total of COVID-19 deaths in the province to 4.

    Of the 1,338 total cases in the province, 327 are currently receiving treatment in hospital, while a total of 1.007 have made a full recovery and have already been discharged.

    Health officials say 7 patients are currently in a serious condition in hospital, while 11 others are in what is described as a moderate condition.

    12 May confirmed new cases by district:

    – Hua Hin: +11 (944 cases total)
    – Pranburi: +1 (209 total)
    – Sam Roi Yod: +0 (24 total)
    – Kui Buri: +3 (20 total)
    – Prachuap Khir Khan: +0 (103 total)
    – Thap Sakae: +0 (15 total)
    – Bang Saphan: +1 (23 total)
    – Bang Saphan Noi: 0 (0 total)

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    12 May 12 2021
    Covid-19
    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=44764
  • Fears slow vaccine rollout could scupper Hua Hin’s plans to re-open to foreign tourists

    Hua Hin has taken an important step in its bid to re-open to foreign tourists. At a meeting held last week, plans to reopen the resort to foreigners were approved by officials at the Ministry of Tourism & Sports, according to Krod Rojanasthien, who is one of the leaders behind the proposals. The proposals, dubbed […]

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    Hua Hin has taken an important step in its bid to re-open to foreign tourists.

    At a meeting held last week, plans to reopen the resort to foreigners were approved by officials at the Ministry of Tourism & Sports, according to Krod Rojanasthien, who is one of the leaders behind the proposals.

    The proposals, dubbed the Hua Hin Recharge project, will see vaccinated foreign tourists be able to visit Hua Hin from October 1 without the need to quarantine.

    As well as Hua Hin, Thailand’s National Tourism Policy Committee also approved similar plans to re-open Bangkok, Phetchaburi and Buriram.

    Crucially, the plans, which still need formal approval by the Cabinet, are dependent on how quickly the government can roll out the vaccine to people living in Thailand.

    In Hua Hin, tourism officials and business leaders are concerned the slow rollout of the vaccine could scupper the reopening plans.

    The concern has been further compounded by the fact that less than expected numbers of people in the area have registered to receive the vaccine.

    Since May 1, Thai people have been able to use the Mo Prom mobile app to book an appointment to receive the vaccine.

    However, the number of registrations via the Mo Prom app from people in Prachuap Khiri Khan have so far not met government targets.

    Volunteers have even been sent door-to-door to prompt people, particularly those deemed most at risk, to register for the vaccine.

    Those behind the Hua Hin Recharge project are now urging people to register for the vaccine for the good of the town and so the reopening plans can go ahead.

    Meanwhile, people working in the tourism industry in Hua Hin, Pranburi and Cha Am will start to receive the vaccine June 1.

    As of May 11, a total of 12,345 people in Prachuap Khiri Khan had received the first dose of the vaccine, but only 1,929 people had received the second dose.

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    11 May 11 2021
    Covid-19
    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=44752
  • Do you need to quarantine when visiting Hua Hin?

    Planning on visiting Hua Hin and wondering if you need to quarantine? Following several messages to our Facebook page, Hua Hin Today has sought clarification from the provincial health officials regarding the latest quarantine requirements for people travelling to Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan province as a whole. People travelling from ‘dark red’ and […]

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    Planning on visiting Hua Hin and wondering if you need to quarantine?

    Following several messages to our Facebook page, Hua Hin Today has sought clarification from the provincial health officials regarding the latest quarantine requirements for people travelling to Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan province as a whole.

    People travelling from ‘dark red’ and ‘red zones’

    If you are travelling to Hua Hin from a so-called ‘dark red zone’, namely Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Chon Buri and Chiang Mai, officials in Prachuap Khiri Khan request that you do not make the journey unless absolutely necessary.

    If your journey is essential, then you are requested to report to the local authority or local hospital for screening upon your arrival.

    You will also be required to ‘check in’ using the QR code below.

    And while quarantine is not mandatory for arrivals to the province (unless a positive test result is confirmed) people travelling to Hua Hin are being asked to self isolate at home for 14 days, although it is not immediately clear how this is being enforced.

    For people travelling from ‘red zones’ the same requirements apply, with people asked to report to the local authority or hospital, use the QR code and self isolate for 14 days.

    Residents returning to Hua Hin

    Anyone who lives in Hua Hin but who has stayed in either a red or dark zone for 14 days or more are also required to report your arrival in the province, as explained above, check in with the QR code and self isolate for 14 days.

    It is worth noting that none of the above requirements are mandatory but local officials are asking for cooperation from people in order to help reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

    For people already in Hua Hin

    People who are already in Hua Hin are asked to follow the D-H-M-T-T precautions outlined by Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

    These are:

    D – Distancing: Social distancing means what it says – keeping a safe space (2 metres or about 2 arms’ length) between yourself and other people who are not from your household. This becomes a challenge when flying on airplanes or taking ground transportation like air-conditioned buses or trains.

    M – Mask wearing: This approach is taken seriously in Thailand. Masks are mandatory in both indoor and outdoor spaces and should be worn at all times for both your personal safety and for those around you.

    H – Handwashing: Yes this is a repetitive message, but it can’t be said often enough. Clean hands save lives, and regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove COVID-19, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of the virus to others.

    T – Temperature check: very convenience store or shop will have either auto temperature procedures or individuals at the entrance of every business to manually check your temperature. While asymptomatic individuals will not show a fever, it is still your first line of defence as a tell-tale sign of possible COVID-19 infection.

    T – ‘Thai Chana’: This contact tracing application is essential to all when venturing into public areas.  ‘Thai Chana’, (Thailand Wins) is a smartphone application to facilitate contact tracing and safety for both customers and establishments during the COVID-19 period.

     

     

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    11 May 11 2021
    Hua Hin News
    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=44738
  • Expats arrested after meet-up with friends breaches COVID-19 rules

    It was hardly the crime of the century but an incident in Phuket should act as a reminder of how an innocent get-together with friends could leave you falling foul of the law. A group of expats in Phuket were arrested on Sunday for breaching Thailand’s strict rules aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. […]

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    It was hardly the crime of the century but an incident in Phuket should act as a reminder of how an innocent get-together with friends could leave you falling foul of the law.

    A group of expats in Phuket were arrested on Sunday for breaching Thailand’s strict rules aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.

    Their crime?

    A home owner had invited some friends round for afternoon drinks.

    This wasn’t a raucous or wild pool party but just a friendly meet up of two families at a villa in Choeng Thale, Bang Tao.

    The raiding party included a team of police, the district chief and the local poo-yai baan, or village headman.

    Thai language news site Daily News said the home owners were taken to Choeng Thale police station where they were charged with breaching the 2015 Communicable Disease Act, as well as the rules put in place by the authorities in Phuket to stop the spread of COVID-19. Their punishment was not reported.

    In Prachuap Khiri Khan, while there is no outright ban on house parties, the authorities would likely take the same view as their counterparts in Phuket, should such get-togethers be brought to their attention.

    In fact, Hua Hin’s COVID-19 task force has repeatedly asked for co-operation from people to refrain from organising private events, such as weddings, monk ordinations and even birthday and house parties.

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    11 May 11 2021
    Covid-19
    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=44727