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At least 19 Covid-19 cases linked to 2 parties, including celebrity’s birthday

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Twitter: @matoom_efm

At least 19 Covid-19 cases are related to 2 parties – a 5-day New Years celebration in Chiang Mai and a birthday party in Bangkok for a famous TV and radio host Techin Ployphet, aka DJ Matoom, on January 9.

A senior police officer in Bangkok is the latest case possibly linked to the Bangkok “party cluster.” The officer tested positive for Covid-19 after coming in contact with someone who attended the celebrity’s birthday at the Vertigo restaurant and bar at the Banyan Tree Hotel.

After the party, the actor, as well as other attendees, later tested positive for Covid-19. DJ Matoom also attended a New Year’s celebration in Chiang Mai from January 1 to 5, which is also linked to a number of cases.

Department of Disease Control director general Opas Karnkawinpong says a man who attended the Chiang Mai probably carried the virus to Bangkok and spread it at DJ Matoom’s birthday party.

Since the police officer’s positive test result, the Criminal Records Division at the Royal Thai Police headquarters is temporarily closed for cleaning after a senior police officer tested positive for Covid-19.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    This is de ja vu! Australia has been through what is happening now in Thailand. Virus escaping from quarantine. People acting as though there is no virus or thinking they won’t get infected and then spreading it. Maybe Thailand could study how we have managed to bring things back under control. Thankfully we are now at the point where Thailand once was….no community transmission and contained and quarantined international arrivals. Hopefully, vaccination will start to turn the tide for all of us. But I have learned one thing…complacency is like turning your back on the sea…..a tsunami will come. So keep a vigilant watch.

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      Monday, January 25, 2021 at 7:20 pm

      Well said

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    Issan John

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Australia learnt the hard way, but at least Aus learnt quickly while some Western and European countries still don’t get it even after a year.

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      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5:25 am

      The virus is here to stay idiot john, you cannot eradicate it completely. Smallpox is the only disease humans have ever been able to eliminate and humans have spent 30+ years trying and failing to eliminate polio. What are the odds we will be able to eliminate covid 19? Yea.

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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    What happened to “gatherings that don’t abide by disease control measures”, “violating the emergency decree prohibiting gatherings that may be conducive to the spread of Covid-19”??????????

    The simple answer is double standards. How come this celebrity has not been charged and fined as well as the Banyan Tree Hotel?

    Never mind.

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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    The vaccine is the only way out losers. Apparently Thailand turned down an offer of 2 million doses of the AZ vaccine by India in December at a cheaper price than the Chinese junk.
    Instead, they now have only 50000 doses but 2 million syringes.
    Amazing Thailand. Amazing shambles more like.
    Nearly, 1000 cases today in Thailand because they actually have decided to test.
    UK nearly 500000 vaccine jabs a day, over 6 million total already.
    You’ll be alright arseho1e cun1 John.
    Piece of sh1t.

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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Here he is again knocking western civilisation we have freedom and free speech I can’t wait for the day your visa is declined and you have to come back your tail between your legs that’s if it hasn’t rotted off with a std 555

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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