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Nightlife shut down in 3 Bangkok districts following rise in Covid numbers

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While most nightlife venues remain open, they must close by 9pm and cannot sell alcohol. Restaurants may remain open for dine-in services but must close by 9pm and are also banned from selling alcohol.

Here we go again. Restrictions and closures to Bangkok’s nightlife are back. Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang has ordered the closure of nightlife venues in 3 districts from today until at least April 19. The shutdown in Klong Toey, Watthana, and Bang Khae, comes as a result of new Covid-19 clusters, with Aswin saying that should infections spread to other districts, they too will face the same restrictions.

For now, 196 nightlife venues across the 3 districts have been directly affected.

The closures affect the high profile party spots along the Sukhumvit road strip, including Thong Lor and Ekkamai, as well as other areas directly north of the city centre.

Meanwhile, health officials in Chon Buri have reported another 23 new Covid infections, the biggest leap in cases since January. 17 of them are in Sri Racha district, again mostly linked to nightlife venues. 39 new infections have been reported in the past 4 days.

Back in Bangkok, restaurants and other entertainment establishments in the capital and in neighbouring provinces also face tighter restrictions again, with orders to close by 9pm and alcohol sales prohibited. Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control says officials expect a rise in infection numbers as a result of clusters linked to Bangkok nightlife, as well as at a prison in the southern province of Narathiwat.

The Bangkok Post reports that Bangkok and the central provinces of Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, and Nakhon Pathom, have once again been designated, “red zones under maximum control”.

Opas says restrictions will be reviewed after 2 weeks, adding that Bangkok infections were spread by both employees and customers moving from one nightlife venue to another.

“Employees were the conduits as they contracted the disease from customers and then spread it to others. Most patrons also visited more than one place and musicians and employees working at entertainment places tend to work multiple jobs, accelerating the spread.”

Meanwhile, Apisamai Srirangson from the CCSA says if an infection is detected at a nightlife venue, the establishment will be shut immediately for an initial 2 week period. If case numbers are reported across a large area of nightlife venues, officials will have the authority to close the whole zone, or even seal off the province.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    dee lee

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Safe thing to do would be to COMLETELY CLOSE DOWN ALL discos , bars , clubs , any dancing venue ,
    pool halls etc etc until most Thai are properly vaccinated But revenue seems to be more important than the health of some employees and customers

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    Joe Duh

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Well then Dee Lee are you going to feed these unemployed people and pay their bills in the meantime? What do you expect these people to do?

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    David Mann

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    What Joe and Dee have said demonstrates the issue perfectly. Who would want to be a politician at this time. The problem Thailand has had is that it’s backed the hard lockdown option thinking that it would all end by July last year. They should have been far more focused on finding that elusive and subjective balance between lives saved and livelihood. An impossible balance to strike where everyone is happy. But now cases are rising and this pandemic is well in to its 2nd year, there is a danger of suddenly flipping the other way and letting people back and opening up. Finding that balance is as elusive for some countries as it always has been. Good Luck to the Thai people.

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    Ben

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    What they’re doing is what they did in the past and it has worked so far. Closing down for a few weeks and re-evaluating seems to be a reasonable approach. In the meantime keep vaccinating as fast as you can. This is the middle ground between dee lee and Joh Duh and both perspectives have merit.

    The spread of COVID is not surprising given that most people let down their guard once they enter a restaurant or bar. But it’s understandable because people are COVID fatigued.

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    Nig R

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Not the best argument against spreading a deadly virus. If the gov is prohibitive of these people working, the gov should be the ones who offer financial assistance.

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    Matt Cardinal

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    @ David Mann
    That has to be the sanest, most rational, comment I have read in almost 15 years of following expat Thai media.

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At-risk members of Thailand’s Social Security scheme can get free Covid-19 tests in Bangkok starting tomorrow. The Ministry of Labour will provide the tests, covering members under Sections 33, 39, and 40 of the Social Security Act. The programme will be held at the Bangkok Youth Centre (Thai-Japan) in Bangkok’s Din Daeng district.
The ministry expects to test up to 300 people per hour, with results to be received in 1 to 2 days. If anyone is found to be infected, they will be sent to hospitals under the Social Security scheme for free treatment. Currently, 81 hospitals are registered with the ministry, offering a total of over 1,000 beds.
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Meanwhile, Thailand’s army is getting ready to deal with the influx of Covid-19 infections as its deputy spokeswoman says 2 more field hospitals are now in place. The hospitals are in Bangkok and Prachuap Khiri Khan to help ease the burden of hospitals.

Already, an army field hospital has been set up at the Thanarat military camp, in conjunction with the Fort Thanarat Hospital, to accommodate 69 Covid-19 patients from the Hua Hin Hospital and Rajamangala University of Technology’s field hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

The Army Welfare Department and Phramongkutklao Hospital have also set up a field hospital in Bangkok’s Dusit district to help treat 86 additional Covid patients. And, in Songkhla province, the Rattanapol military camp is preparing to set up a 100 bed field hospital. Soldiers in PPE suits were also instructed to disinfect the Hat Yai International Airport.

Today, the CCSA announced 1,582 new Covid infections across Thailand in the past 24 hours. The small increase on yesterdays total will provide the CCSA with the information they need for this afternoon’s scheduled meeting, chaired by the Thai PM. It is expected that they will announce new restrictions but are unlikely to go for total lockdowns of provinces or ‘at risk’ districts. The Thaiger will bring this information to you ASAP after it is announced.

Here is the list of the current 18 red zone provinces which could have their restrictions raised at this afternoon’s meeting of the CCSA. Read more HERE.

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Thailand’s army is getting ready to deal with the influx of Covid-19 infections as its deputy spokeswoman says 2 more field hospitals are now in place. The hospitals are in Bangkok and Prachuap Khiri Khan to help ease the burden of hospitals in 2 of the hardest hit areas.

Already, an army field hospital has been set up at the Thanarat military camp, in conjunction with the Fort Thanarat Hospital, to accommodate 69 Covid patients from the Hua Hin Hospital and Rajamangala University of Technology’s field hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

The Army Welfare Department and Phramongkutklao Hospital have also set up a field hospital in Bangkok’s Dusit district to help treat 86 additional Covid patients. And, in Songkhla province, the Rattanapol military camp is preparing to set up a 100 bed field hospital. Soldiers in PPE suits were also instructed to disinfect the Hat Yai International Airport.

The move to help accommodate hospitals was due to the army chief’s concerns over the recent 3rd wave, which has seen daily infections increase to the thousands. The chief instructed each army unit to provide extra beds and facilities to patients in each hospital after teaming with public health agencies.

Today, the CCSA announced 1,582 new Covid infections across Thailand in the past 24 hours. The small increase on yesterdays total will provide the CCSA with the information they need for this afternoon’s scheduled meeting, chaired by the Thai PM. It is expected that they will announce new restrictions but are unlikely to go for total lockdowns of provinces or ‘at risk’ districts. The Thaiger will bring this information to you ASAP after it is announced.

Here is the list of the current 18 red zone provinces which could have their restrictions raised at this afternoon’s meeting of the CCSA. Read more HERE.

Since April 1 there has been a steady growth of new infections, described as the third wave in Thai media – much higher than the number of daily infections in the first and second waves.

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FILE PHOTO: Millions traveled for Songkran, but not nearly as many as usual, like this 2013 Songkran photo.

Covid-19 and its third wave be damned, close to 8 million vehicles travelled in and out of Bangkok so far during this year’s Songkran festival holiday period. Thailand’s Ministry of Transport released figures yesterday on the yearly holiday and revealed that more than 7.87 million cars, trucks, buses and motorbikes hit the roads and travelled into and out of Bangkok during the festival period, despite almost all official celebrations, events and gatherings being cancelled nationwide again this year.

The figures, calculating incoming and outgoing traffic between April 10 – 14, show that travel is much lower than originally predicted but massively higher than last year’s travel. The drop makes sense as many predictions may have been made before the last minute closures of entertainment venues and cancellation of Songkran events due to the recent third wave outbreak of the B117 strain of Covid-19.

The 7.87 million vehicles figure is about 30% lower than predicted. There were also an estimated 4.52 million people using public transportation such as buses over the holiday period, again lower than predicted, this time by about 36 per cent.

On the other hand, in what may be a bad sign for Thailand’s health, at a time when new daily records are being set for Covid-19 infections, many more people are ignoring the pandemic and travelling anyway.

The nearly 8 million vehicles on the roads to Bangkok during Songkran represent a nearly 35% increase over last years Coronavirus-muted figures. And when social distancing is of utmost importance, the 4 and a half million people travelling by public transport is a startling 74% increase over the nearly completely locked-down figures of 2020’s Songkran holiday period.

One final note for the “if Covid-19 doesn’t get you, climate change will” crowd: Of the 7.87 million cars, buses, trucks, and motorbikes on the road, a very non-eco-friendly 7.4 million of them were private vehicles.

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