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Covid-19 update: Spike in cases linked to nightlife in Bangkok and Phuket

Tanutam Thawan

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Bar and club hopping has led to numerous clusters of Covid-19 infections and a spike in the number of daily infections in Thailand. 334 new Covid-19 cases were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Most of the cases are in Bangkok. The steep rise in new infections comes just days before the mass migration of Thais to their homes ‘up country’ for Songkran celebrations.

Most cases are linked to one of 12 “mini clusters,” according to the deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Natapanu Nopakun, who gives the CCSA report in English.

“Most of them are related to clusters at various entertainment venues… Monitor yourself and check whether there have been positive cases coming out of those entertainment venues.”

Over the past 2 weeks, there have been nearly 300 cases linked to “entertainment clusters” in Bangkok and metropolitan areas, according to BBC Thailand. Dozens of people have tested positive for virus after going out in Bangkok’s Thong Lor and Ekkamai areas off Sukhumvit Road. 196 entertainment establishments in Bangkok’s Klong Toey, Watthana and Bang Khae districts have been ordered to close due to reports of Covid-19 infections.

A neurosurgeon tested positive for Covid-19 after he visited pubs in the Victory Monument and Ekkamai areas. Health officials suspect the doctor contracted the virus at a pub in Ekkamai. Non-urgent surgeries at Bangkok’s Rajavithi Hospital are now cancelled.

Thailand’s Transport Minister tested positive for Covid-19, reportedly after coming in contact with a staff member who visited a bar in Thong Lor. Some have been skeptical of the minister’s whereabouts, but he insists he did not visit any bars or nightlife venues in the area.

9 Thong Lor police officers have also tested positive for Covid-19 after visiting the nightlife venues while they were on duty, according to the Royal Thai Police spokesperson. 189 officers have been tested for Covid-19 and 22 officers who are considered to be at high risk of infection are now ordered to quarantine for 14 days.

The Phuket Health Chief also reported 8 cases this morning in Phuket, including a case linked to a nightlife venue in Thong Lor and 4 cases linked to entertainment venues in Phuket. The other 3 cases are being investigated. He also told the media that there are ‘many’ other cases currently awaiting results.

A band member who attended 3 “Kolour” events in Phuket over the weekend tested positive for Covid-19. The patient had also gone to a Bangkok club that reported a cluster of Covid-19 infections.

As of this afternoon, the CCSA reported 1,741 active Covid-19 infections. Cases reported by the Royal Thai Police and Phuket health chief will be included in a later report.

Out of the 334 new cases reported by the CCSA, 221 were detected in Bangkok, 30 in Samut Prakan and 20 in Sa Kaeo. 5 others were detected in quarantine for those travelling to Thailand from overseas.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 29,905 coronavirus infections and 95 deaths.

Covid-19 update: Spike in cases linked to nightlife in Bangkok and Phuket | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: CCSA | Nation Thailand | BBC Thailand

 

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    Glenn

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    “mini clusters,” I thought those were a breakfast cereal or a candy bar with a-nutins in them…

    Get ready folks, this is the windup for ANOTHER psycho-lunatic-control-fest. travel restrictions, curfews, alcohol bans (because the magic virus loves alcohol), track and trace, and more propaganda backed by nothing than you’ve ever heard. Songkran travel will be the excuse because the magic virus loves to travel ya’know.

    Get ready also for the ‘build back better’ phrase to make it’s way into the lexicon of govt loony speak.

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    dee lee

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Why is it so hard for the authorities to understand that to STOP the transmissions a total , prolonged closing of ALL bars , clubs , discos such is the solution ? They MUST choose lives over money !

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    sam

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Sceptics need to take responsibility of their own actions,if they get infected with the virus by ignoring precautions.

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    Charles Wall

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Quite right Glen, a whole new language has been invented by people world wide who are making a fortune out of this and it will only get worse. It beggars belief that so many people are so gullible and are literally terrified of a virus slightly worse than seasonal flu.

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    Farang Kee Nok

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:11 am

    Just curious why they are picking on bars but as I boarded my flight to Surat Thani this morning I was bearded onto a bus with about 100 people packed trike the bts at rush hour to drive us to the airplane. People were coughing everywhere and slurping snot back up their noses. Many travelers were wearing their masks below their noses. Even though I could not sit next to people within the airport, every seat around me on the flight was full. I tried to complain and ask why they don’t enforce any social distancing protocols. I was abruptly stopped by the answer the Thai Civil Aviation Authority have approved these behaviors. Seems like they want to keep super spreading and blame it on the lack of morality of those who drink alcohol. I have a video of the bus full of COVID spreaders in case that is of interest to the Thaiger or the Civil Aviation Authority.

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    Micky

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:58 am

    So Phuket News reports phuket now has 8 confirmed casescovid after almost 3 months of nothing hope the stupid muppets who love partying feel good about themselves. I’m happy if they lock down rawai/nai Harn & visit road again. Come on Phuket we can’t open up when its like this.Vaccinating at last after a year of covid & with sinovac which is only around 50% effective for Gods sake has nobody got a brain here, Moderna & Pzifer is 95% effective derrrrget those two approved quickly by the Thai Heath ????? 555555

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