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1 woman dies, another injured, after motorbike collides with truck in Chon Buri

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An 18 year old student has died, and another has been injured, after a collision between their motorbike and an 18-wheel truck in the eastern province of Chon Buri. The incident happened in the district of Panat Nikhom, with rescue workers and police arriving on the scene to find the damaged motorbike and truck, on a road that is currently under construction.

The body of Napaket Wannchai, who died after being run over by the truck, was found near the bike. The driver of the bike, named as 18 year old Kanokphon Supa, had sustained minor injuries and was able to talk to police. She has been taken to hospital for treatment.

According to Kanokphon’s police statement, she was trying to overtake the truck on the inside, to avoid roadworks on the other side. The bike was hit by the truck, which caused it to fall over, knocking both women to the ground. The truck subsequently drove over Napaket, killing her.

Police have not disclosed the name of the truck driver, who is said to be cooperating with the investigation. Officers are examining CCTV footage of the area and have not confirmed if any action will be taken against the truck driver.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Pattaya hotels want official closure order to get unemployment benefits

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Pattaya hotels and tourism businesses want to close… just temporarily until the Covid-19 situation improves, but they say an official closure order needs to be issued by the Chon Buri governor so employees can claim unemployment benefits.

The hospitality and tourism industry in the 5 highest risk red zones (the coastal provinces Chonburi, Rayong, Chantaburi, Rayong, Samut Sakhon, and Trat) has been battered by strict restrictions.

Only essential travel is allowed in and out of the 5 provinces, taking a toll on hotels in the area with occupancy rates nearly at zero.

The governor in neighbouring Chantaburi recently ordered hotels in the province to temporarily close. Many representatives of Pattaya hotels suggest the Chon Buri governor issue a similar order which would allow employees to be eligible for unemployment benefits to help them during the Covid-19 crisis.

Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem says he referred the proposal to the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee, which the Chon Buri governor chairs.

He adds that the proposal must be considered carefully because there are about 80,000 employees in the sector and the closure of all hotels will have widespread consequences.

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Chon Buri announces a list of 2 Covid-19 hotspots, visitors are urged to get a virus screening

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Chon Buri Provincial Health Office is urging people who visited 27 Covid-19 hot spots in the province between December 20 and 31 to get a test at their local districts. Those who have outstanding Covid-19 symptoms after visiting the listed venues are also asked to report to the district public health offices they live in.

Here’s the list…

  • James Boy Pub and Karaoke, Sri Racha district
  • Satang Pub, Sri Racha
  • Sense of the Sea bar, Bang Lamung
  • Spicy restaurant, Sri Racha
  • Flower Snack Japan shop, Sri Racha
  • Brewery 90 Sriracha, Sri Racha
  • Orange Bar Amata Nakorn, Muang Chonburi
  • Cool Club restaurant, Sri Racha
  • Halem Snack Japanese shop, Sri Racha
  • Bar Snack shop, Sri Racha
  • Midori Snack, Sri Racha
  • Pa Dang Beer Brewery, Sattahip
  • Mountain Bar and Bistro restaurant, Sattahip
  • Nuu Mai Deu restaurant, Sri Racha
  • Kiss Snack bar, Sri Racha
  • Hops Bar Pattaya, Bang Lamung
  • OPPAI Snack shop, Sri Racha
  • SANKYU39 Bar & Bistro, Sri Racha
  • 48 Bar, Sri Racha
  • Friend Zone club, Bang Saen
  • BUZZED BAR, Sri Racha
  • MEETING CLUB, Sriracha
  • Differ Club Pattaya, Bang Lamung
  • Lan Lom restaurant, Sri Racha
  • Snooker club near Brewery 90, Sri Racha
  • Plearn Bar 168 restaurant, Sattahip

UPDATE:The Thaiger received a message from one of the originally listed cafes in this story clarifying that their establishment was NOT infected with Covid-19. “I am the owner of De Florist Cafe, it is not reported to be infected with COVID 19, that is another cafe'”.

The Thaiger apologises if an error has been made in the reporting of this list.

Contact of public health offices in Chonburi’s districts.

  • Muang Chon Buri District Public Health Office at (038) 282148
  • Sriracha District Public Health Office at (038) 322503
  • Sattahip District Public Health Office at (038) 245330
  • Bang Lamung District Public Health Office at (038) 221925.

Currently, Chon Buri records 10 new cases, bringing total to 630 cases in the second wave of the outbreak.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Chon Buri governor urged to order hotels to close so staff can collect social security

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The Eastern Hotel Association is urging the governor of Chon Buri to order all hotels in the province to close, so that staff can be eligible for social security payments. Prien Sae Ku, president of the EHA, says that as the province is currently considered “high risk” and people from other provinces are unable to enter without just cause, hotels should be closed until the situation improves, as was done last year. He says the forced closure of Chon Buri’s hotels would make staff eligible for government benefits, pointing out that the neighbouring province of Chanthaburi has ordered hotels to close for this reason.

Employees affected by workplace closures due to Covid-19 are eligible to receive 50% of their daily salary from the government. However, The Pattaya News reports that there is currently no such assistance on offer to casual workers impacted by the resurgence of the virus.

Prien says the average hotel worker would receive approximately 7,500 baht a month if hotels were forced to shut their doors. Many have done so of their own accord, due to occupancy rates in Pattaya and Chon Buri being practically at zero as a result of the current restrictions on entry to the province. The EHA says its member hotels are very reluctant to let staff go and would prefer to be in a position to keep them on. Some are already helping workers by providing them with free rooms and food.

The deputy governor of Chon Buri, Naris Niramaiwong, has confirmed receipt of Prien’s proposal and says he will review it with the governor.

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