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Thursday Covid UPDATE: 32 deaths and 4,887 new infections

The public health ministry has announced 32 new Covid-related deaths and 4,887 new infections from the past 24 hours. 2,835 of the new cases are from 2 of Bangkok’s largest prisons (below).

• In another major blow to Thailand’s worst bout of Covid-19, 2,835 inmates from the Bangkok Remand Prison and the Central Women’s Correctional Institution, 2 of the largest prisons in the capital, have now been confirmed as infected with Covid.

Anti-government protester, and detainee, Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawatta­nakul made the revelation when she had been released on bail on her Facebook page saying that she had contracted the virus whilst in custody. She said that “many inmates have infections”, forcing the Corrections Minister to come clean with the full situation.

• The Thai government is set to subsidise up to 100,000 one way air fares to the island once it’s opened up.

The TAT’s Yuthasak Supasorn says Phuket will attract 30,000 – 40,000 visitors under its Sandbox reopening program. He said they’ve had discussions with Thai Airways and Thai Smile about the subsidy scheme – the local airline brands are going through bankruptcy proceedings at the moment with a clear threat of being declared bankrupt as soon as next week.

Mr Yuthasak also said Thai tourism would “gear up” towards a goal of “3-4 million visitors in Q4 after another 9 tourism areas in country are also re-opened.


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  1. With over 2,000 new infections, not counting those in the prisons, and 32 deaths in this ONE day, does it make good sense – or any sense – that Prayut was advising Red-zone provincial governors to consider easing Covid restrictions in order to help towards improved business and commerce.

    I said then that his mindless babbling was imbecilic . . . I reckon today’s numbers more than justify that view.

  2. I love clause 5.2…LOL. Xenophobe and paranoid.

    Personally I couldn’t care less as we will leave LOScam on 6th June for good in any case. Finally and unfortunately one year later as planned.

    Looking forward to meet some friends at our house before we go. Good luck to the coppers, they can revoke my Visa any time they want. They even could blacklist me for life. I not plan to come back to LOScam anyway.

  3. You can see why’s happening here. If you remove the 2,000 found in a prison, then the same background number of 2,000ish a day is being reported again. I still haven’t seen how many they are testing each day. If they were to double the tests they would double the numbers. For 2,000 a day read more like 15,000-20,000. The 34 deaths will most likely be more like 200-300 and rising. How can it not keep rising with such soft lockdown measures and low vaccination rates.

  4. Clause 5.2 is just discriminatory and classic racism. If that’s the exact wording of the clause then it won’t be a problem. Most people don’t eat and drink “in” their homes. They sit outside which I assume is fine then?? Virus’s love ambiguity of rules almost as much as they like words “urge” or “encourage” people to comply.

  5. @slugger. Go and take some of your medication and then let me explain what the “criminal” (your words) has got to do with it – You see, that your lady had just been released from the jail on bail. And she was the person who exposed to the rest of the country that the prison was infested with Covid and hence exposing the cover up of the authorities. Without her exposing it, this terrible situation would have gone unreported. I hope this helps you understand.

  6. well, at least with the prison figure we can see what can happen to any other place around bkk. if it was just smoke and mirror to make peoples believe it is only in prison and under control, i think it s scary. Jail community is contained and can be easily tested. for Free peoples in a city it might be an other story. let s see what the next few day will bring but this # is concerning.

  7. With all restrictions that will be in place for a while in Thailand and all the obstacles foreigners people have to deal with if they want to travel to Thailand I am wondering how they expect turism will resume in Q4? … When I am in my country working I don’t like restrictions like pubs, restaurants or gyms closures, but I can get along with it… but why on earth I will spend money to go trough an expensive quarantine, to get extra insurance, to pay numerous tests only to spend an holyday in a country with curfew, travel limitations, eventually bar closed and alcohol ban. Forget it

  8. Infection numbers are meaningless as there are obviously way more than reported. What matters if how many people are actually seriously sick or have died directly from Covid. Not like one of my family who died in the UK last year… doctors told us it was definitely not Covid. Six weeks later the death certificate cited Covid 19 as the cause of death. Will we ever truly know the real numbers. I think not.

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