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Whilst migrant dormitories and parts of the seafood markets in Samut Sakhon remain either in complete lockdown or as restricted areas, and the affected gambling dens in Rayong have magically disappeared, the focus of the current Covid outbreak has now turned to Pathum Thani… just north of Bangkok and probably better known as the province that hosts the Buddhist Dhammakaya cult and its famous flying saucer-shaped temple.

Now the Pathum Thani Provincial Governor has ordered the lock down of two markets and nine commercial buildings until February 25. Why? Well 221 people have now been found to be infected with Covid-19 since last Tuesday, February 9. The 2 markets are the Suchart and Pornpat markets.

Wet markets and adjacent commercial buildings in Tanya Buri, just north of Don Muang Airport, are now under complete lockdown… people can’t enter or leave the areas.

All public gatherings and activities are banned.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Another day another lockdown.
    Another opportunity for police to collect fines from people breaking the law of lockdown.
    That’s all it is about.
    It is not about the danger – the danger of dying from this virus is tiny.

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      Slugger

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:59 pm

      Half a million Americans would beg to differ. No doubt you know better Professor.

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        Bill

        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:44 pm

        The numbers lie, moron. They get paid more to label them covid and 90% would be dead within a couple years of other causes anyways. But yea I get it, we gotta keep all old losers like isaan john alive for a few more years.

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          Kurt

          Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:44 pm

          Billiboy, if you not agree with anything written here , this is O.K. we all accept your opinion , but this comment is beyond any manners against older peoples and veterans ,who helped (and even fighting in a war) to make this world to be a better place for all humans , your comment is just uncultured and most primitive .
          Don’t forget to wearing your aluminum hat before going to the next “Q-assxxxx” meeting.
          I hope the comments here remain on a acceptable level and not getting more uncultured as many allready are.

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            Toby Andrews

            Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 11:11 pm

            Yes let us give the war veterans respect, such as the German SS.
            Culture has nothing to do with the matter. Truth is!

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            Bill

            Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:54 am

            Kurtbro. So you fought because you were trying to make world a better place? More likely than not you had no skills at 18 so your parent said marry your sister, join the military, or gtfo. More likely than not you were checking cac cards at the gates for a few years. Thanks hero. lmao

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 12:25 am

          So who gets “paid more to label them covid”?

          …and by who?

          And FWIW I’m some years off pensionable 🙁

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          John

          Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:29 pm

          Will never stop amazing/scaring me how many people like this have been so easily brainwashed by conservatives who would rather spit on their dead bodies than shake the hands of them while they’re living

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        Andre

        Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 12:40 am

        500 000 old, stupid and/or fat americans? Thais do not have to fear this virus as much as Americans. Amazing USA! Hillbillies and republicans! Amazing how they stupified a nation with more than 300 million inhabitants so quickly.

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        Patriot

        Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:22 am

        Lol that number is so fake. And I know firsthand because my grandfather just died of old age, the cause on his death certificate? “Pneumonia due to Covid” He didn’t have pneumonia and had no respiratory issues period. I’ve heard many of these same stories but stay in your shell and believe everything the government says.

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      dispensed

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:53 pm

      Laws? I don’t think many countries pass laws in the traditional manner anymore. Aren’t these just administrative rules that some bureaucrats made up based on pseudo-scientific insight?

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    Jim kelly

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    yeah, just a common cold… let’s move on everyone! Bored now!!

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    Kurt

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    I got you Billiboy, I knew you write back in this manner ,this proves I was correct and confirms my opinion.

    No fake, I was in the army but never fought in a war (born 1960) , I am not US / German or a citizen from an english spoken country .

    Because I had no skills with 18 and ” were checking cac cards at the gates for a few years”… I am now able to speak 5 different languages and yes I did marry the sister of “my sister in law “, got it ha,ha,ha.

    Just to help your to understand what I mean with primitiv about your comment :
    90% would be dead within a couple years of other causes anyways , we gotta keep all old losers like isaan john alive for a few more years.

    Means you don’t care if the old loosers die ! Why you know Isaan John is an old looser , can prove it ?

    Many loosers were not so lucky in relationships and now can’t enter Thailand to curb the hormons , are you one of ’em ? ha,ha,ha,

    I am a looser too , 555555 go all nights to the bars to keep the girls happy ,55555 , they wait longing for the cheap Charlies , same me and you , ha,ha,ha,ha, I can easy afford it , as I made a hell of money during my time when I “checking cac cards at the gates for a few years” , ha,ha,ha,ha.
    Please write back another comment , it is pretty amusing to read it, during the boring daytime here evenings I am busy with the girls , 555555.

    Toby,
    ” Yes let us give the war veterans respect, such as the German SS.” Exactly what the USA did , welcome with wide open arms all the SS guys like physicist and other engineers , you name ’em , to help building atomic bombs , space and military rockets etc.etc.

    Some of the well educatet readers here may not understand my sarcastic writing , for those , please be not offendet or angry , just jokes with a bit truth in it , same salt and pepper on a tasty steak…

    โชคดี

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    dispensed

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    Please continue to update us on the horrible covid situation in the US. Cases have dropped by more than 50%, in some cases 80%, in the last month.

    That which you said was impossible–herd immunity–is happening. There’s your story, journo.

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    Dreqo

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Well they’ve handled it well, it seems.
    I am curious as to why there’s a major crime bust that’s occured in every single one of the lock-downed “hot spots.” Probably just an odd coincidence.

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