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UPDATE: Bangkok’s Emquartier closes some shops after Covid scare

Tanutam Thawan



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One of Bangkok’s trendiest shopping centres, Emquartier, adjacent to the Phrom Phong BTS station, has closed some shops due to the discovery of a Covid-19 infection from one of its customers.

As officials track and trace the infection, they discovered that the shopper had visited a clothing store, a Thai restaurant, a fast food outlet (listed in the media release below). The shopping centre’s management has decided to act immediately on the matter.

  • The Emquartier staff at the affected shops have been sent home and expected to self-quarantine for 14 days
  • Staff who had close contact with the infected customer are being sent to hospitals for observation
  • The affected shops are now shut down for ‘deep cleaning’ and awaiting further instructions from officials

Shopping centre management have stated that the Centre’s customers can expect strict application of the current Covid-19 preventative measures as outlined by the Thai Public Health Ministry.

The original source of the story gave the impression that the entire shopping centre was closed. The shopping centre will be open tomorrow.

UPDATE: Bangkok's Emquartier closes some shops after Covid scare | News by Thaiger


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    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Such places with many shoppers a day through the doors are always going to be vulnerable to this happening. UK supermarkets have remained open throughout during the last 9 months without any major problems despite the horrendous infection count. On the face of it, I think this is a bit of an overreaction and could have been handled differently

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      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7:09 pm

      can any genius figure out the math?if one infected case and a mall closes?how many cases would it take for majority of malls to shut down in Bangkok? please..get over it and move on..Ridiculous.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7:10 pm

      I haven’t been in a UK supermarket for nearly twenty years, but I was in Emquartier last year when renewing a passport and it can’t be compared to shopping in a Lotus or Big ‘C’, but I agree with you 100% about the “over-reaction” …..

      ….. the mall management, though, aren’t going bear any of the losses from closing.

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      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7:31 pm

      They won’t stop the media blitz until every small business is forced to shut down and never be able to reopen.

      People like issanjohn are your true enemy. Hes just a mouth piece for the msm.

      Covid is simply not dangerous. The statistics even if mostly fabricated, are in and of themselves proof its not dangerous. 66 deaths in 1 year and everyone freaks the f out…

      The media is the problem. The coverage on covid is job with the intent to brainwash.

      Everyone will die… the real question is, why are so many afraid of death. Its inevitable. And covid is not the thing that will bring that date to you sooner.

      Be prepared and ok with the fact you will die… at some point. Maybe tomorrow, maybe not for 20 years… just accept this and stop ruining the world with your fears.

      Ok this is really hippy thing to say, but focus on love and joy, and quit focusing on your fears. For that will only attract them closer into your immediate life.

      This is really becoming a positive/ negative energy thing.

      The media has already covered every detail in regards to covid…. why are we still choosing to read this endless stream of garbage?

      They have already explained pcr tests are bs. So they’re technically a very honest group of people, but yes they also keep reporting cases and tests, but that story is empty of meaning since they already also explained testing is useless

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        Fred glue

        Friday, January 8, 2021 at 3:41 am

        Has your upbringing be measured in hatred. Don’t go knocking on a hospital door asking for a oxygen tank, so you can breath. You’re selfish , go and volunteer your self at any health clinic of your choice, for a day. Your scared s#it less,

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        Friday, January 8, 2021 at 8:55 am

        ok boomer.

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        Alte Ledertasche

        Friday, January 8, 2021 at 10:52 am

        100% agree. Nothing to add.

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    James Pate

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    “Swishiest”? Is it really that gay? Perhaps you meant “swankiest”?

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    Issan John

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Not “hippy”, just sad and stupid.

    That “they have explained pcr tests are bs” and that “testing is useless”, though, is simply a deliberate lie.

    What they (the media) “explained”, which has been known since the tests were first introduced, was nothing more than confirmation that unless the manufacturers’ instructions are followed the PCR tests will give false positives – nothing more complicated, literally, than setting a microwave timer, or a gas stove to cook at Gas Mark 1 or Gas Mark 4.

    The only “bs” here is from you and those like you.

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    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Ipisson, I’m done with trying to convince people like you that life is precious. Yes we’re all going to die but most of us want to defer that as much as possible. We’re going to agree to disagree. You’re not going to convince me and most of the world COVID isn’t dangerous.

    People like you tried to storm the Capitol yesterday and lost big. Thank god for people like Isaanjohn.

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    Gordon J.

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 12:33 am

    A virus with a 99.7% survival rate. I literally cannot stop laughing at the panic and hysteria.

    Sadly though, this will destroy what is left of Thailand’s economy as its inept government will just keep the panic going until there is nothing left to save.

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    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 7:56 am

    I was at Emporium yesterday. Many people walked into the mall without QR registration, walked past the temperature scanner faster with the guard not paying attention to the display. “The five measures for the highest safety precautions are strictly enforced.” is an incompetent lie.

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    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 8:37 am

    I went there yesterday afternoon, not many people around.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:55 am

    They should let the customers decide.
    Display a sign, We had a virus contagious person in here, others might be contagious here. It is your choice if you want to shop here.
    But closing shops down just because the contagious person visited, ie ridiculous.
    These shops need o make a living!
    This is a Thai thing, they love power. They love enforcing rules. They are just peasants that the west have made well off. But basically they still act and think like empowered peasants.

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