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Bangkok officials to consider easing Covid restrictions

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Officials in Bangkok say they may look at lifting some restrictions in the capital, despite yesterday’s cases going up by 37, to a total of 1,989. The Bangkok Post reports that officials are optimistic the overall situation will improve. Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, spokesman for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, says provided the capital avoids any further “super-spreader” events, officials may consider lifting restrictions in the coming weeks.

“If the number of new cases drops within a fortnight and clusters in other provinces are confined, the BMA might consider lifting restrictions.”

Pongsakorn says officials have already traced the origins of the latest infections, with 2 clusters of 135 cases under observation. Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang says patients in the first cluster visited or worked at restaurants, nightlife venues, or massage parlours in the capital. Officials are now tracing other customers or employees from those venues. In addition, Aswin adds that 15,908 “at risk” people who visited markets in the city have already been tested.

The second cluster is from Si Racha district, in the eastern province of Chon Buri. Pongsakorn says a number of Bangkok residents who spent the New Year holiday in Si Racha have brought Covid-19 home with them.

Meanwhile, in the central province of Samut Sakhon, believed to be the starting point for Thailand’s second wave, officials have reported 176 new cases, also split into 2 clusters. The first involves 121 migrant workers and 5 Thais. They have all been designated as a “risk group” and are in quarantine. The second group consists of 2 migrant workers and 19 Thais who asked to be tested.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Mister Stretch

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Bad idea.

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    kurt gerhard tietje

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 11:24 am

    i am canadian living in singburi thailand for 12 years, i am 71 years old, can i get a vaccine, i don’t mind paying for it, i just like to be safe, and protect my thai family, please let me know, for what i have to do, gary

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      J West

      Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 11:55 am

      Think if it this way….you’re more likely to get a vaccination here faster than you would in Canada where there Prime Minister us killing tens of thousands with incompetance and no vaccines available. My advice, stay away from the bar scene and any crowded venues.

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        Icecream licker

        Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm

        How dare you suggest personal responsibility. We’re all in this together. We all need to suffer equally!!!

        I’ll drink to that…. with a big group of friends not wearing masks. Haha

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    James

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Yes … look at this, look at that. This isn’t news until a decision is made. Fucking idiot journalists.

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