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VIP clubs may be spreading Covid-19 from rich to poor

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: Facebook - Krystal Bar in Thong Lor was the site of a Covid-19 Outbreak

A third Covid-19 wave surging through Thailand is spreading through entertainment centres, including high-end VIP clubs rumoured to be popular with elite government officials. 559 Covid-19 infections and 1 death were reported today and the outbreak, which began in bars and clubs in the Thong Lor area of Bangkok among other nightlife hotspots, is surging, reaching 20 provinces throughout Thailand. Outbreaks in Chon Buri, Pattaya, and Phuket have also been linked directly to evening entertainment venues, such as the dance music festival in Phuket last weekend that resulted in 10 infections. Now, evidence is emerging that the wave is spreading through Bangkok’s wealthy elite and government officials.

In Phuket, where 70% vaccination of residents has been a primary focus in order to re-open to desperately needed tourism, the new outbreak has brought bar closures and new restrictions. And it looks like Songkran celebrations across the country will be muted, if not cancelled.

With nightlife and hospitality workers being disproportionately affected by the third wave of Covid-19, many are airing their frustrations with the VIP elite class contributing to the outbreak, including a trending hashtag #CovidThonglor. Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob was one of the first cabinet members to test positive for Covid-19, amid rumours that he had recently attended or been in proximity with someone who attended Krystal Club, an upscale entertainment business. Though he denies being there, the club is allegedly so popular among politicians and officials that it is often referred to by the nickname “Government House 2”. Nearly a third of cabinet ministers are now self-isolating for fear of Covid-19 exposure.

With 200,000 baht minimum spending limits, it’s a high-society hotspot that may be spreading Covid-19 from the rich VIP customers to the poor staff and everyone they come in contact with. Calls for government officials and other elites who attended VIP clubs like this to disclose their potentially embarrassing timelines have so far been mostly unheeded.

In Bangkok, hospitals and private medical facilities have been warning of a shortage of testing kits and Covid-ready hospital beds. Field hospitals have been erected to prepare as the outbreak expands with surging cases. Experts think the new outbreak may be contained in a month or two, but fear in Bangkok it may take much longer to recover.



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    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 2:14 am


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    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 4:19 am

    “spreading through Bangkok’s wealthy elite and government officials” – Just when you thought you were special.

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    David Mann

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 5:50 am

    Surely this doesn’t surprise anyone. This kind of behaviour has been going on for centuries

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    funny coz its true

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Avoid party people like the plague, hookers even more so

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    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 9:43 am

    This shows what kind of foolish and selfish thugs they are. They filled up their pockets by robbing the country.

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    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 9:51 am


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    Graham Walker

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Definitely not surprised by this but how many of these officials will have the B***’s to admit it, absolutely zero !

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    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Here you can see who are the real nation haters.

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    Hungry Farang

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Everywhere it’s the same. Look France, Austria or Germany for example.

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    J West

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Kama Wai Fei….but pity the poor staff who gain no benefit or profit from being used and discarded..

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    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 1:54 am

    Employees working in these joints will be the first to be infected and they may spread it to others.Meanwhile,these wealthy could not care less about it,as entertainment and enjoyment mean a lot to them,”to live it up”,health crisis or not.

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    James Pate

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    200,000 minimum spending limit!?! Are you sh**ing me!?! And these jerks are in charge of spending our tax money? Un-fu**ing believable!

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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