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Hong Kong police on a roll as third suspect in toilet paper heist flushed out

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Photo: Shoppers with bags of toilet paper in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Hongkongers have been snapping up surgical masks and toilet paper rolls amid the coronavirus outbreak - SCMP

Hong Kong has been gripped by panic buying since the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, as frightened residents hoard essentials like rice and toilet tissue. Now, a third man man has been arrested there for his role in a bizarre toilet paper heist, as a gang aimed to clean up during a run of frenzied buying in the city.

The 26 year old man was arrested up during a raid at a guest house not far from the scene of the robbery, in which 600 toilet rolls worth HK$1,640 (6,575 baht) were stolen at knife-point early on Monday morning.

“We believe the trio thought the rolls would have [market] value and that they could profit by reselling them. They knew each other and one of them has a triad background.”

“Triads” are traditional organized-crime groups originating from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Police say the gang moved the toilet rolls in a trolley after the crime and that they anticipate more arrests.

At about 6am on Monday, three masked men stole 50 packets of toilet roll from a delivery man outside a Wellcome supermarket. Police say one of the men was armed with two knives.

Two people, aged 50 and 55, were arrested on Monday, and police said at the time they were seeking three others, thought to be aged between 20 and 30. Two of the arrested were guest house employees while the third was unemployed.

SOURCE: SCMP

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Pattaya, Chon Buri gives timeline of visited places of those infected with Covid

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Chon Buri health officials are releasing a timeline of visited places by those recently infected with Covid-19.

  1. Chill Zone at Zen Siri Market in Sattahip on April 7th from 11:00pm to 1:30am
  2. Siam Commercial Bank at Central Marina Pattaya on April 7th to April 16th from 11:00am to 6:30pm
  3. Oishi Ramen restaurant on the 3rd floor at Central Plaza Chonburi in the Samet sub-district on April 8th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
  4. Public van near Robinson Si Racha destination BTS Bang Na on April 9th at 6:00pm
  5. Skate board space at the Bali Hai Pier on April 10th and April 12th and 13th from 7:00pm to midnight.
  6. Lampei local grocery near Khun Trairat Ritngam dormitory in the Nong Kakha sub-district, Pan Thong district from April 10th to April 18th, time was not given.

 

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7. Wedding ceremony at a house address 45/59 in Soi Khao Makok 2/2 on Chaiyapruek Road in Huayyai, Banglamung on April 11th from 10:00am to mid-day.

8. Sai Sushi Café at Zen Siri Market, Sattahip on April 17th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm

9. The Pet Castle in Sane Suk sub-district on April 18th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

10. Fairy Sweet Village on Thap Phraya Road on April 18th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

11. Mongchang Café, Pattaya on April 19th from midday to 3:00pm

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The Chon Buri Health Office says if anyone has respiratory symptoms and/or a fever within 14 days from visiting those places listed above, to please go to a hospital and tell staff that you were around those places that had Covid-19 infections. Chon Buri province, which features Pattaya, has a total of 125 new Covid infections, which is the most amount of infections since April 17th.

Meanwhile, Thailand is reporting today a total of 2,070 new Covid-19 cases and 4 deaths were confirmed by the CCSA, raising the total number of cases since the outbreak on April 1 to 21,230 and this month’s Covid death toll to 27. The reported number is the highest daily total ever reported in Thailand.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Thousands of people have been calling Thailand’s Covid-19 hotline each day and many calls from those seeking hospital beds, medical attention or ambulance services are going unanswered. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha even called 2 of the hotline numbers and he says no one answered his calls. Now the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration plans to revamp the emergency call centre with plans to add more staff and call lines.

For the past month, in the midst of the largest wave of infections in Thailand since the start of the pandemic, up to 3,500 people have called the 1669 Covid-19 hotline each day, according to Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang. Many people have complained that they have been unable to reach the staff. The governor says the BMA plans to allow callers to leave their names and numbers allowing staff to call them back.

“Currently the 1669 hotline has staff working three shifts to answer inquiries around the clock… However, since the new wave in March, up to 3,500 people have been calling daily. Callers who exceed our capacity will have to wait for their turn, and if they hang up and dial in again, they will be put at the end of the queue. This has resulted in many people complaining that the line was never available.”

After the prime minister’s calls to both the 1668 and 1669 hotlines went unanswered, Prayut said he would look into how the hotlines were managed to fix the problem.

“I tried both numbers, but nobody answered. I want to find out if this is because there are too few health personnel manning the lines, or if they are too busy tending to patients in hospitals.”

The BMA will also get more medical staff to help transport Covid-19 patients to hospitals after complaints that some have waited at home long periods waiting for an ambulance. The governor says the some of the night staff workers while change to a day shift to help with transporting patients during busy hours.

“In the early phase, we will move some of the staff on night shift to work on day shift from 8am to 4pm, which is the period when more people require medical services… Then, we will increase the ambulances as well as their trips per day to make sure that no patients are left at home.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Covid UPDATE: 2,070 new infections, provincial totals

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2,070 new Covid-19 cases and 4 coronavirus-related deaths were confirmed today by the CCSA, raising the total number of cases since the outbreak on April 1 to 21,230 and this month’s Covid death toll to 27.

The reported number is the highest daily total ever reported in Thailand.

There are now 15,642 people being treated in hospitals for Covid-19, including 352 people who are in critical condition with with “severe pneumonia”. 91 Covid patients are on ventilators. Another 4,231 people with Covid-19 are in field hospitals.

Here are the provincial totals in an infographic from the NBT…

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Here are some additional notes, also from the NBT site…

• New small cluster of Covid-19 infection found in elderly care nursing home in Bangkok while Chiang Mai also found other small cluster in Meditation venue
• More personnel have been deployed to staff the 1668 and 1669 Covid-19 hotlines
• Russian President Vladimir Putin has personally vowed to support Thailand’s Covid battle and agreed to supply Thailand with Sputnik V vaccine via a “government-to-government” contract
• More provinces have ordered people to wear face masks in public in response to the so-called third wave
• The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is planning to establish more ‘hospitel’ (hospital/hotel) for patients without severe symptoms to cope with the increasing number of serious virus patients
• Thailand’s Immigration Bureau announced that its online service has been resumed (Thaiger readers are still not having much luck)

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