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Lockdown decision expected tomorrow for Bangkok



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A full lockdown decision is expected tomorrow for Thailand’s capital of Bangkok after record daily Covid-19 infections have sent the city into a frenzy trying to stop the spread of the virus. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is expected to make the recommendation which will be forwarded to the full committee chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The CCSA will also discuss a proposed 21 day quarantine for those travelling from Covid-19 hotspots abroad. The recommended hot spots include India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

Yesterday, the capital recorded 901 infections and 4 deaths, sending the city into a partial lockdown with mask wearing compulsory. But even Thailand’s PM was caught skirting the mask-wearing rule as he has had to cough up 6,000 baht after the Bangkok governor fined him for not wearing a face mask while attending a meeting at Government House yesterday.

Thai PBS World reported that a photo of the PM sitting at a meeting table without a face mask was posted on his own Facebook page after the meeting. The photo was later removed, but by then, it had already been shared by eagle-eyed netizens.

Meanwhile, 31 types of businesses in Bangkok were ordered to shutter for at least 2 weeks from yesterday. And, today, 2,179 new Covid-19 cases and 15 deaths, in Thailand, were reported by the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control. The recent wave of infections over the past month makes up more than half of Thailand’s total count with 30,824 people infected with Covid-19 since April 1. This month, 69 Covid patients have succumbed to the virus. There are now 25,973 active Covid-19 cases in Thailand including 169 patients in critical condition.

Bars and nightclubs are linked to the majority of Covid-19 cases reported in Bangkok over the past month. Data from Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration show that nearly two-thirds of the recent wave of Covid-19 infections in Bangkok traced back to entertainment venues. Since the start of the pandemic last year, Thailand has reported 59,687 Covid-19 infections and 163 coronavirus-related deaths.


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  1. Mike Czincila

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11:14 am

    We just returned from the Sukhumvit area where we were staying at a hotel until the 30th until we were informed that everything was going to be virtually shut down. Also learned from a hotel manager that every condo in the area had a reported case ( or more ) of Covid 19 ) yet nothing appears in the papers or on the news. How are people supposed to know areas to avoid if the government or news outlets suppresses information?

  2. Ban

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    0.002% lethality and they want a lockdown?

  3. David Mann

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    4 deaths
    901 cases

    4/901 = 0.0044
    X 100 = 0.44%

  4. Maff is hard

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    @David did you forget to add in not everyone is getting tested. Which means the real number of infected is likely 5-10x higher…. while the deaths remain the same.

    Me thinks you work for the govt to spread misinfo. Tallying cases in a “pandemic” is difficult because not everyone will get tested. Which means most cases actually go undetected. Which means it’s not as dangerous as the media is attempting to make us believe.

  5. pascal

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    guys it seems you are good with maths, so apply the probabilities of an exponential increase of death and contamination if nothing is done. you ll find out your figures will drastically change. This said better latte than never , let s hope these measures are efficient.

  6. David Mann

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    No, just correcting the poor math by @Ban. A comment about an article with 901 cases and 4 deaths does not equate to 0.002%. I just did the math properly.
    I agree the reported numbers are much much higher, but equally the deaths most likely are also? Either way, the notion this is some 0.002% issue just tries to minimise what is a very serious pandemic killing millions around the world. Fact!

  7. John Schnitzel

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 11:17 am

    The real cases will be significant higher. Still people get refused testing (we reached our limit of 3 test / day) or just send back home (you dont fit the profile). This will all come back badly to Thailand while they were doing great over the last year. But the eagerness to get $$ into the country took its toll and will be continuing to let the ordinary people suffer… regardless any mathematics. Any death is a death too much.

  8. Bob

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 6:07 am

    I took a look at these statistics:

    2019 Thailand Influenza cases. You have on average 790,000 flu cases per year here, and yet why don’t you hear about them in the news?

    874 pneumonia deaths. 20,000 road deaths per year in Thailand. Why don’t the media report that as well?

    The economic fallout from these lockdowns and this dangerous untested vaccine are going to be far far worst than any coronavirus – we got to wake up fast.

    We don’t go crazy when someone catches a cold, or catch a flu. Yet flu and cold deaths are higher than COVID in some areas. Why is it the same with COVID?

  9. Bob

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 6:16 am

    @David Mann – do the research

    The PCR tests are creating a lot of false positives. How do you know this pandemic is actually killing people when the system in reporting death certificates are faulty in the first place. You have people dying from all sorts of things and being put a COVID-19 death. This is a fact, go and do your research and you will see that a lot of people have are speaking out.

    Back to the PCR test, this test only tests for generic material. You could have a dead coronavirus in your body and this test will test you positive for COVID even though that does not constitute for an infection.

    You should be worried more on losing your life to this untested vaccine or you losing your job and your house from lockdown and the coming economic fallout than COVID-19.

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