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5 coastal provinces in “total lockdown,” no travel in or out

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5 coastal provinces including Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chantaburi and Trat are under “total lockdown.” This means people cannot travel in or out of those provinces unless it is necessary. Deputy PM Satit Pitutacha says if the strict travel restrictions are not in place, then the Covid-19 outbreak could become “chaos.”

Satit made a post on Facebook saying the stringent measure will definitely impact the economy and people’s lives in the areas, but this tough measure is believed to suppress the spread of the virus effectively and rapidly before the situation turns worse. He added that he would like to thank PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and the CCSA for approving the proposal from the Ministry of Public Health.

“If we do not use a strong measure, we cannot stop the spread and it will become chaos. It is time to make a decision right now. I would like to ask for understandings from the public about why we need to do this. I am open to all comments and critics that may come after this.”

However, PM Prayuth Chan-o-cha insists not to use the word ‘lockdown’ but the total ban on travelling is to elevate the protective measures and screening to prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus.

The CCSA reported more than 100 Covid-19 cases in the 5 coastal provinces today.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World | Facebook

 

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    Kristof

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    This is likely to come in many more provinces. Unfortunately there is little other choice. It is the sacrifice now for a better outcome later. Never a need for fear or panic but just recommend folks be prepared for more of this to come.

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      Brian

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 1:35 pm

      There are plenty of other choices, like doing what we’ve done every previous time: very little. What did Thailand do during 1968-69? Do any Thais even remember that there was a pandemic of a virus from China then? This isn’t about a virus, it’s about deliberate impoverishment and control.

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        Rich

        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 1:39 pm

        Don’t forget your tin foil hat mate.

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        John

        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:26 pm

        Nonsense. Fortunately, America aside, there are not fools in most governments.

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          Mark Campbell

          Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:58 pm

          the “fools” are the sheep cowering from a virus with a 99 percent survival rate ans allowing millions to suffer massive financial and mental harm.

          unacceptable

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            Jake Pattaya

            Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:25 pm

            1% of 60 mln is 600k , just to let you know. Is 600 000 dead ok for you?

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            Latecomer

            Friday, January 8, 2021 at 5:13 pm

            Mortality rate is much, much lower. It goes 0,3 – 0,7 % of ill people. And on whole population is 0,001% and less so in Thailand (they have 70 dead on 70 milion, so 1/1000000)

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      preesy chepuce

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:54 pm

      There’s an infinite number of other choices, we just have a Martian invasion fleet of IssanJohns running the world these days, so science and common sense is for the history books. You can’t bring a f@rt to a sh!t fight and win.

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        David

        Friday, January 8, 2021 at 8:28 am

        Why not lock down Samut Sakorn from day one? Why only now?

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      Jeff

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12:22 am

      When have we heard that crap before? March? April? May? June? July….and on and on…555.

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    Marshall

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Satit is the Deputy Public Health Minister,not the Deputy Prime Minister. Other English language newssites say that PM specifically rejected this proposal. So what is true?

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    Kenziko

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    this is not correct! for starts you’ve nsmed the deputy health minister as deputy pm! please catch up on latest developments and report correctly!!

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    Eric

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    This article is not entirely correct and therefore is misleading. I have just checked with Pattaya call center (1337); there is no official forced restriction on entering or leaving Chon-buri province. It is only a recommendation that people not travel in or out of province for non-essential business.
    So in the future, please check your sources well before publishing erroneous information.

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    disgusted `

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    Seems the PM is not up to the task at hand which is not a surprise.
    Seems he thinks more about money than peoples lives.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    This cowering & increased paranoia could be seen from a mile away . The buildup was all too transparent.

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For the first time in 3 weeks, since it was hit by the resurgence of Covid-19 in late December, the eastern province of Chon Buri has recorded no new cases. It comes after weeks of restrictions and the closure of businesses, including nightlife and entertainment venues. The provincial Department of Public Health confirmed the positive development, which is being attributed to proactive and targeted mass testing of high-risk groups.

The Pattaya News reports that hundreds of Chon Buri residents are being tested every day, with testing expected to continue for the rest of the week. Wichai Thanasopon from the Chon Buri Department of Public Health has cautioned against people dropping their guard however, insisting everyone must continue to adhere to hygiene measures such as mask-wearing, hand washing, and social distancing.

Officials have also said it’s too soon to say if shuttered businesses can re-open or if other restrictions can be lifted, adding that they will monitor the situation as mass-testing continues throughout the province. Among the high-risk groups being tested are migrant workers living in cramped and crowded conditions, as well as those who visited entertainment spots in Si Racha, those who attended illegal gambling events, and key workers such as supermarket employees and taxi drivers.

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Pattaya hotels and tourism businesses want to close… just temporarily until the Covid-19 situation improves, but they say an official closure order needs to be issued by the Chon Buri governor so employees can claim unemployment benefits.

The hospitality and tourism industry in the 5 highest risk red zones (the coastal provinces Chonburi, Rayong, Chantaburi, Rayong, Samut Sakhon, and Trat) has been battered by strict restrictions.

Only essential travel is allowed in and out of the 5 provinces, taking a toll on hotels in the area with occupancy rates nearly at zero.

The governor in neighbouring Chantaburi recently ordered hotels in the province to temporarily close. Many representatives of Pattaya hotels suggest the Chon Buri governor issue a similar order which would allow employees to be eligible for unemployment benefits to help them during the Covid-19 crisis.

Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem says he referred the proposal to the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee, which the Chon Buri governor chairs.

He adds that the proposal must be considered carefully because there are about 80,000 employees in the sector and the closure of all hotels will have widespread consequences.

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Chon Buri Provincial Health Office is urging people who visited 27 Covid-19 hot spots in the province between December 20 and 31 to get a test at their local districts. Those who have outstanding Covid-19 symptoms after visiting the listed venues are also asked to report to the district public health offices they live in.

Here’s the list…

  • James Boy Pub and Karaoke, Sri Racha district
  • Satang Pub, Sri Racha
  • Sense of the Sea bar, Bang Lamung
  • Spicy restaurant, Sri Racha
  • Flower Snack Japan shop, Sri Racha
  • Brewery 90 Sriracha, Sri Racha
  • Orange Bar Amata Nakorn, Muang Chonburi
  • Cool Club restaurant, Sri Racha
  • Halem Snack Japanese shop, Sri Racha
  • Bar Snack shop, Sri Racha
  • Midori Snack, Sri Racha
  • Pa Dang Beer Brewery, Sattahip
  • Mountain Bar and Bistro restaurant, Sattahip
  • Nuu Mai Deu restaurant, Sri Racha
  • Kiss Snack bar, Sri Racha
  • Hops Bar Pattaya, Bang Lamung
  • OPPAI Snack shop, Sri Racha
  • SANKYU39 Bar & Bistro, Sri Racha
  • 48 Bar, Sri Racha
  • Friend Zone club, Bang Saen
  • BUZZED BAR, Sri Racha
  • MEETING CLUB, Sriracha
  • Differ Club Pattaya, Bang Lamung
  • Lan Lom restaurant, Sri Racha
  • Snooker club near Brewery 90, Sri Racha
  • Plearn Bar 168 restaurant, Sattahip

UPDATE:The Thaiger received a message from one of the originally listed cafes in this story clarifying that their establishment was NOT infected with Covid-19. “I am the owner of De Florist Cafe, it is not reported to be infected with COVID 19, that is another cafe'”.

The Thaiger apologises if an error has been made in the reporting of this list.

Contact of public health offices in Chonburi’s districts.

  • Muang Chon Buri District Public Health Office at (038) 282148
  • Sriracha District Public Health Office at (038) 322503
  • Sattahip District Public Health Office at (038) 245330
  • Bang Lamung District Public Health Office at (038) 221925.

Currently, Chon Buri records 10 new cases, bringing total to 630 cases in the second wave of the outbreak.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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