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UPDATE: 405 new Covid-19 cases, CCSA considers closing nightlife venues across Thailand

Tanutam Thawan

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Deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Nopakun / Photo courtesy of the Royal Thai Government

In what a spokesperson calls a “whopping number” of Covid-19 infections in the past few months, 405 new Covid-19 cases were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing.

Many of the infections are linked to nightlife venues primarily in Bangkok among a young adult population in their 20s and 30s, according to deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Nopakun, who gives the CCSA in English. The cases are most likely the UK variant of the virus when Natapnau says “spreads very, very quickly so we have to be very, very careful.”

“The UK variant of Covid, recently detected in Thailand has spread much quicker than expected, than the normal strain, and therefore, it is still strongly recommended that people take extra, extra precaution.”

While the Bangkok outbreak is concentrated in the Thong Lor area, Natapanu says 21 bars outside of Thong Lor district have reported Covid-19 cases. He says health officials are now active case finding to contain the outbreak.

With many of the recent infections linked to bars and nightlife venues, Natapanu says the CCSA is discussing whether to shutdown entertainment venues across the country. He says restaurants will still be allowed to open on a “case-by-case” basis.

“The CCSA is considering the temporary closure of entertainment venues in 41 provinces, now that’s a high number of provinces, more than half of the country.”

Out of the 405 new Covid-19 cases reported today by the CCSA, 146 were detected in active case finding after an outbreak at a prison in the southern province Narathiwat.

95 new Covid-19 cases were detected in Bangkok. Cases were reported in more than 20 provinces across Thailand including Chon Buri, Chiang Mai and Phuket.

Thailand now has 2,114 active Covid-19 cases. Since the start of the pandemic, the CCSA has reported a total of 30,310 coronavirus infections and 95 deaths.

SOURCE: CCSA

 

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    denis

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    I really hope the Thai government will order the closure of all unnecessary public places and lock down the affected provinces.
    Once again, it is because of a few unconscious people that the population risks being exposed. These revelers should be placed in isolation among themselves and pay the costs of the measures for the victims of their culpable unconsciousness.

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    Robert

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 3:13 am

    Sweden has like 800000 active cases and only 300 or so are critical/serious.
    It’s less than 0.01% i think.. u do the math… This virus is no longer deadly because we know how to treat.

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    Dreqo

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:07 am

    You want speakeasies? Because you’re gonna get speakeasies.

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    Millwall_Fan

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 5:31 am

    This t the fault of people who chose to visit bars or other places of entertainment.it is the fault of Prayuth an Anutin and other ministers who failed to order vaccines early on, which Thailand could have well afforded. Their incompetence is now costing lives and business closures. Their appalling roll out of the limited vaccine stocks that are available involving vaccinating themselves first followed by Phuket for commercial reasons instead of starting with the elderly, is also reprehensible.

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