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  1. WORLD NEWS JULY 9, 2020 / 7:35 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO WHO sets up panel to review handling of COVID-19 pandemic by Stephanie Nebehay, John Miller GENEVA/ZURICH (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was setting up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments worldwide. The announcement follows strong criticism by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, which accused the WHO of being “China-centric”, and U.S. formal notification on Tuesday that it was withdrawing from the U.N. agency in a year’s time. Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark and former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have agreed to head the panel, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. (READ MORE)
  2. My bold highlight. Evil WORLD NEWS JULY 7, 2020 3:08 AM Public housing residents decry 'lockup' as Australia contains COVID-19 threat by Paulina Duran, Melanie Burton xxxxxxx SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Emel Evcin first heard on a phone call with a friend that nearby COVID-19 cases had rendered her Melbourne apartment block quarantined, yet on checking through the curtains, she saw not medical staff but law enforcement. A public housing tower, locked down in response to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen in Melbourne, Australia, July 8, 2020. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders “I looked outside from my window and no nurses, no cleaners, no food - just lots of cops,” the 42-year-old mother of two told Reuters by phone from her two-bedroom flat. “This is not a lockdown, this is a lockup.” More than 3,000 public housing residents in nine high-rise blocks entered a fourth full day of lockdown on Tuesday following a surge in COVID-19 cases, as authorities in Australia’s most stricken city try to halt the infection for fear of it spreading rapidly in the densely populated buildings. Melbourne is the capital of Victoria state, which on Tuesday reported its highest number of new infections at 191. Victoria closed its border with New South Wales state from late Tuesday, contrasting with easing restrictions in the rest of the country, where new infections are largely confined to returned travellers quarantined in hotels. Relatively loose social distancing protocols among security staff at such hotels in Melbourne is widely believed to have contributed to the latest spike. At the Melbourne towers, access roads were taped up and playgrounds and sporting ovals closed, while dozens of police stood guard and helped distribute hampers and food packages delivered by charities, according to a Reuters witness. Police said they have stationed two officers on every floor of each tower. Amina Yussuf, an Australian citizen of Somali background living with her seven children in one of the towers said she was shocked and felt traumatised when police prevented her from leaving the building to shop for food for the week on Saturday. “I told them I wasn’t going far but they wouldn’t let me,” Yussuf said. “It was really shocking, I was scared and very confused. I don’t now how to put it into words.” Yussuf, Evcin and another resident all told Reuters they thought the situation could have been handled better, with more community consultation. “This building is not suitable. There is not enough space, not enough ventilation, no fresh air, no sun,” said Evcin, an Australian citizen of Kurdish descent. Such a sudden and concentrated lockdown, seen first in Chinese epicentre Wuhan, is unprecedented in Australia which prides itself on its civil liberties. It has sparked public outcry that the harshest measures have been applied to some of the city’s poorest residents. Victoria state’s media spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment ahead of a public briefing. The government previously said it could not give ample notice of the lockdown because of the urgency of the matter, comparing the tower blocks to “vertical cruise ships”. Sue Cunningham, Red Cross director for the state of Victoria, said while the situation is very difficult for the police, such a heavy police presence is intimidating for anyone, let alone the towers’ demographic, which includes refugees. Cunningham also said there had been a spike in calls for support from residents, some of whom said food items did not match their dietary needs. Matt Tilley, from Food Bank Victoria, said the charity was well practiced in delivering hampers after a busy summer providing food to families affected by recent bush fires. “We’ve got our packing lines working around the clock,” said Tilley. “It’s like a well oiled machine. I guess this year has given us a lot of practice.”
  3. Marquee had a large and loyal ex-pat customer base. In relation to its size, it was pre-corona one of the busier bars in town. If it can't attract a decent number of its old customers, then there's indeed little hope for a lot of other bars, especially the ones that relied on tourist walk-ins. Evil
  4. Sweden Has Become the World’s Cautionary Tale Its decision to carry on in the face of the pandemic has yielded a surge of deaths without sparing its economy from damage — a red flag as the United States and Britain move to lift lockdowns. Sweden largely avoided imposing prohibitions. The government allowed restaurants, gyms, shops, playgrounds and most schools to remain open.Credit...Johan Nilsson/EPA, via Shutterstock By Peter S. Goodman Published July 7, 2020 Updated July 8, 2020, 8:56 a.m. ET LONDON — Ever since the coronavirus emerged in Europe, Sweden has captured international attention by conducting an unorthodox, open-air experiment. It has allowed the world to examine what happens in a pandemic when a government allows life to carry on largely unhindered. This is what has happened: Not only have thousands more people died than in neighboring countries that imposed lockdowns, but Sweden’s economy has fared little better. “They literally gained nothing,” said Jacob F. Kirkegaard, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington. “It’s a self-inflicted wound, and they have no economic gains.” (READ MORE)
  5. From Bloomberg News, via the South China Morning Post: Thailand has Asia’s gloomiest economic forecast as tourism and exports hit hard by coronavirus Gross domestic product is forecast to contract 8.1 per cent this year, according to the Bank of Thailand. That would be Thailand’s biggest ever decline. Efforts to promote domestic tourism won’t offset the tremendous losses to this critical industry, which last year made up about one-fifth of Thailand’s economy. Bloomberg Published: 10:43am, 7 Jul, 2020 Thailand has been cited as a success story in containing the coronavirus outbreak, having gone more than 40 days without any local transmission of Covid-19. Yet its economic outlook is the darkest in Asia. Gross domestic product is forecast to contract 8.1 per cent this year, according to the Bank of Thailand. That’s worse than official forecasts for any of the main economies across Asia, and would be Thailand’s biggest GDP decline ever, surpassing even its plunge during the Asian financial crisis two decades ago. “Thailand has large exposure as a tourism hub, close to 15 per cent of GDP, and it also has large exposure of the export-oriented sector,” said Kiatipong Ariyapruchya, senior economist for Thailand at the World Bank. “Hence the large shock to GDP.” (READ MORE)
  6. From Pandoras Facebook page: Hopefully, it's good news for those still on the ground! Evil
  7. The good news just keeps on rolling in. Evil LINK SEA YA LATER Spanish beaches forced to close and turn away Brit tourists to maintain social distancing after second wave fears Ben Hill, Natalia Penza Updated: 6 Jul 2020, 11:07 Around 55 beaches in southern Spain’s Andalucian region were closed at some point yesterday according to Malaga-based paper Sur. Thirty of those beaches temporarily shut on the Costa del Sol to maintain the 1.5metre distance. They were also barred from popular Benalmadena, Malaga and Andalucia resorts. The temporary closures came days after Spain reopened its borders to European tourists in a bid to kickstart its economy. But a surge in coronavirus infections yesterday saw the country impose a second local lockdown in just two days. Beaches had to close temporarily to sunseekers, just as Spain's economy is reopening after the coronavirus crisis Visitors enjoy the warm weather on the beach in Barcelona, Spain Credit: AFP Cala Aiguablava Beach, near Girona, Costa BravaCredit: Reuters The northwestern Spanish region of Galicia imposed restrictions on about 70,000 people on Sunday, a day after Catalonia also introduced a local lockdown to curb the spread of the deadly bug. People living in La Marina along Spain’s northern coast in the province of Lugo will not be able to leave the area from midnight on Sunday until Friday, officials announced. Spain stunned holidaymakers after locking down the entire region of Segria after a spike in coronavirus cases. The region, near Barcelona, is popular with UK tourists who will now be planning holidays. But after a surge in killer bug cases in the area, as many as 400,000 people have gone back into a local self-isolation. Signs were placed banning further access Credit: Reuters Crowd also congregated on the beach of Las Redes in Cádiz, SpainCredit: Getty Images - Getty There have also been busy scenes in Barcelona, above Credit: AP:Associated Press Residents in Segria, which includes the city of Lleida, will not be able to leave the area - but will not be confined to their homes as was the case in Spain's original strict lockdown in March. Catalan regional president Quim Torra said: "We have decided to confine Segria due to data that confirm too significant a growth in the number of Covid-19 infections." The orders come as beaches in Malaga have reduced the number of users to ensure social distancing. Malaga was the province most affected, followed by Cadiz and then Huelva, said officials. The Cadiz beaches sunseekers were turned away from included Zahora beach near the Cape of Trafalgar, which was shut just after 1.30pm, and several small coves in nearby Conil de la Frontera. 14 A patient is moved by medics after the region saw a rise of casesCredit: Reuters 14 Medics prepare to transport sick people after coronavirus cases spikedCredit: Reuters 14 The region, near Barcelona, is popular with UK tourists who will now be planning holidays. Town halls posted the closure information on mobile phone apps or council websites. Officials in Chipiona, near the US naval base of Rota, posted ‘real time’ information showing two of its beaches had reached maximum or near-maximum capacity - Cruz del Mar and Tres Piedras. The Tres Piedras closure around 3pm coincided with high tide when there was less space available on the sand. Local reports said beautiful Bolonia beach close to Tarifa and the nearby kitesurfers’ paradise Valdequeros, hit by closures over the previous two weekends, escaped problems over the weekend. However conditions are expected to worsen further into July, as more foreign tourists arrive - as Spaniards start their annual summer holidays. The beaches in southern Spain are normally busiest between mid-July and mid-August. None of the Costa del Sol beaches have opted for pre-booking systems like the one Benidorm on the Costa Blanca is due to start operating when more people are in the resort.
  8. More food pics. I have plenty of time to cook!\ Shrimp cerviche: Blackened roast pork: Stuffed peppers, Mexican style Sesame garlic chicken thighs: Stuffed pepper, chicken thigh and fried mushrooms: Key lime pie, made from scratch: IMG_1064.jpg.eeee3d5beaaa6f1408c785897113805c.jpg
  9. In case anyone missed this announcement: Pattaya added to list of proposed travel bubble locations in Thailand by Thai Tourism Ministry By Adam Judd -Thursday, 2 July 2020, 18:15 Pattaya- The Thai Tourism Ministry in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health is preparing to finalize countries and locations for upcoming “travel bubbles” for tourists to visit Thailand from low risk countries and locations. The final list of countries was still being debated this afternoon by both Ministries, however, the five locations proposed for tourists to visit changed from five islands proposed late last month. The countries will then be sent to the CCSA for final confirmation and approval over the next several weeks. The five locations where travel bubbles will be permitted to enter, under the proposal, are Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket and Pattaya. Additional locations may be added over time. The definition of low risk countries has still not been fully fleshed out and is being discussed as part of the meetings with both ministries, however Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn confirmed the locations for travel bubble tourists, which now includes Pattaya, are final. This will be welcome news for some Pattaya business owners with a lack of international tourists at this time and the city relying on tourism for an approximate 80 percent of their overall revenue. Exact numbers of tourists under the bubble and countries should be finalized in the near future, Phiphat added in an interview with associated press today. Phiphat also said the countries in Thailand’s travel bubbles must be deemed at low risk for Covid-19 by the World Health Organisation. (WHO) If successful, more locations and phases would be added in future months, Phipat concluded.
  10. This pic was taken last week on a beach not far from where I am staying. People flocked to the state's beaches in droves when they were reopened a few weeks ago The state government has now announced the number of new cases of COVID-19 has more than doubled on a daily basis. Almost all of the new cases were young people or residents of beach towns. A lot of those visiting the beaches in Delaware were from other states, so the "hot spot" spreading effect could be much higher. The governor has ordered beach bars and night spots to close again, but the beaches will remain open. With that in mind:
  11. The official rules from the Thai government's PR Department. Nothing really new, but it's direct from the source. Too much of the info on social media written by farang is incorrect. The Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd Evil And the official timeline for reopening:
  12. I've flown into Thailand several hundred times since my first trip back in 1979 and never in my wildest dreams (or worst nightmares) did I imagine an airport arrival could be like the video. quar.mp4
  13. And "joiner fees" are irrelevant! Some descriptions mention free WiFi, others don't. At least one hotel says there is an extra charge of 7,300 baht for the initial COVID-19 test. Four more ASQ options:
  14. Your wish is my command. There is info on all the quarantine hotels on the PR Dept.'s Facebook page, but I'll post the details of the "quarantine packages" for those BMs who don't use Facebook. Evil EDIT IN- More to come after breakfast.
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