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Dengue fever situation worsens to 5000 cases

The Department of Disease Control is worried about the dengue fever situation this year after over 5,000 people have been ill from the disease, increasing from last year by five times

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The Department of Disease Control is worried about the dengue fever situation this year after over 5,000 people have been ill from the disease, increasing from last year by five times. Without prevention, the department fears that the number of patients would reach 100,000.

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Director-General of the Department of Disease Control MD Pornthep Siriwanarangsan said from 1 January 2013 until now, there had been around 5,700 dengue fever patients with four fatalities. The rising number of patients before the disease’s spreading period in the rainy season is a sign that this year’s dengue fever situation might be severe, with a projected number of patients of 100,000.

The department therefore joins forces with public health offices nationwide to prevent a dengue fever outbreak before the rainy season by encouraging communities to destroy mosquito larvae and breeding grounds. The Ministry of Public Health has already set up a dengue fever war room to impose preventive measures and follow up on dengue fever prevention efforts in each area on a weekly basis.

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BANGKOK (NNT) – AstraZeneca has approved safety standards at Thailand’s vaccine factory and will send the first batch of raw materials for vaccine production in June.

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Has Covid-19 prompted the Belt and Road Initiative to go green?

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Has Covid-19 prompted the Belt and Road Initiative to go green?
– Covid-19 led to a slowdown in BRI projects
– Chinese overseas investment dropped off in 2020
– Government remains committed to the wide-ranging infrastructure programme
– Sustainability, health and digital to be the new cornerstones of the initiative 

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Following a year of coronavirus-related disruptions, China appears to be placing a greater focus on sustainable, digital and health-related projects in its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

As OBG outlined in April last year, the onset of Covid-19 prompted questions about the future direction of the BRI.

Launched in 2013, the BRI is an ambitious international initiative that aims to revive ancient Silk Road trade routes through large-scale infrastructure development.

By the start of 2020 some 2951 BRI-linked projects – valued at a total of $3.9trn – were planned or under way across the world.

However, as borders closed and lockdowns were imposed, progress stalled on a number of major BRI infrastructure developments.

In June China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that 30-40% of BRI projects had been affected by the virus, while a further 20% had been “seriously affected”. Restrictions on the flow of Chinese workers and construction supplies were cited as factors behind project suspensions or slowdowns in Pakistan, Cambodia and Indonesia, among other countries.

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