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Songkran fully cancelled in Bangkok amid Covid-19 outbreaks

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All Songkran festival activities throughout every district of the Bangkok province have been officially cancelled to prevent more outbreaks of Covid-19. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced this difficult decision today in light of a rise in Coronavirus infection clusters around the country. Many of these outbreaks have been directly linked to entertainment venues, nightclubs and bars, including in Bangkok’s Thong Lor and Ekkamai areas. These venues are easy targets for Covid-19 spread as they often don’t follow mask-wearing and social distancing measures, and many are poorly ventilated, making a fertile breeding ground for transmission.

Deputy Governor Kriangyos Sudlabha announced the closure of all entertainment venues on Bangkok nightlife hub Khaosan Road before Songkran from April 7 to 12. Free Covid-19 testing will also be provided to all merchants in the Khaosan area.

“The Songkran activities at Lan Khon Meuang Plaza in Phra Nakhon district will be cancelled. These include an alms-giving ceremony and pouring water on the Buddha image and elders as blessings. Furthermore, activities scheduled to be held in other districts by the district office will also be cancelled. As for public and private organisations which cannot cancel their planned Songkran festivities, the BMA urges them to employ strict measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.”

Iconic massive public Songkran water fights in Bangkok and throughout Thailand, where thousands usually fill the streets and joyously spray each other with water to celebrate, are definitely out. But the new announcement curbs a lot of more traditional and calm activities from taking place in large public gathering areas. The deputy governor advises for traditional ceremonies to be performed at home, rather than at temples or public locations.

“During the Songkran festival, we advise people to perform the ceremony of pouring water on Buddha images and elders at home and avoid going out to crowded areas. If you have to travel, make sure to wear a face mask at all times, maintain at least a one-metre distance from others and wash your hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser.”

SOURCE: The Nation Thailand

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    Glenn

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    “If you have to travel, make sure to wear a face mask at all times, maintain at least a one-metre distance from others and wash your hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser.””

    oh shoot, rub alcohol sanitizer all over your face and soak your face diaper in it regularly too. dooooonnn’t come near anyone either, ya know, they’re probably silent killers.

    clusters, hot spots, outbreaks, break outs, (what about break-ins?). and any place adults go to have a little fun is a breeding ground for the devil virus.
    “Why is that?”
    BECAUSE WE TOLD YOU IT IS NOW SHUT UP AND OBEY or well be forced to weld you inside your homes like the communist chinese did! Peon. WE WEAR UNIFORMS AND WHITE COATS…. do you!?

    NEVER question our authority! (no mater how ridiculous it sounds or is)

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    Bill

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    L.M.A.O

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    Roger Bruce

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    WOW !!! so you can do something right after all…But little too late horse bolted

    Good Luck Thailand

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    dee lee

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Songkran cancelled ! There is a God !

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    Slugger

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Glenn, sorry to burst your bubble, but no-one was welded in their apartment in China. Yes the media lied to you barefaced.

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    Baroness

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 1:52 am

    You don’t have to burst my bubble, Slugger.

    https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1703503427818
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-quarantine-idUSKCN20G0AY
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/06/world/asia/coronavirus-china-wuhan-quarantine.html

    In conclusion EVERYBODY lies, no truth anywhere. So let’s go back to normal life.

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    Geoff

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:05 am

    You’re right Glenn. Calm down. Now just lie down. The rest of the world is wrong.

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    Mike White

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Deep Lee it’s only canceled in Bangkok the idiots in charge won’t cancel it country wide. It would be nice if all the provincel goveners would take responsibility and cancel it in their provinces

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    J West

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    “Can’t cancel their events” seriously? There’s still three days before Songkran begins and maybe to stop a repeat of the 2019 Chinese Golden Week” fiasco.

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    Craig

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    I’m guessing the “face diapers” are ok wearing their Depends 555

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    Craig

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    “A recent Suan Dusit poll shows that 43.9% say they won’t get involved in local Songkran activities this year.” After the first year of fun, I have been in that 43.9% since.

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K-Pop’s BTS launching pop-up in Bangkok May 1

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Thai BTS fans are celebrating as the first official BTS pop-up in Thailand is set to open in Bangkok on May 1. The world-famous K-Pop group will launch the Map of the Soul pop-up at EmQuartier in Bangkok. Until now, Thai fans, or ARMY as they are known, have waited while pop-ups shops were launched around the world. The exhibit will be open from May 1 to July 25 and access will only be available by pre-registration online, which opens tomorrow.

ARMYs worldwide were devastated when Covid-19 forced the postponement of BTS’s “Map of the Soul” world tour, but the band, famous for their appreciation and interaction with their fans – they hold the Guinness World Record for most Twitter engagement! – have worked to find ways to raise fan morale during the pandemic. They released the album BE with a Grammy-nominated single “Dynamite” and launched these pop-up events where Bangkok ARMYs can pose in front of BTS music video backdrops and shop for official BTS merchandise.

Tickets purchased online will reserve fans a 1 hour visit to the pop-up on a certain date and time slot. Reservations for each week will open on the Friday previous for booking of the event on the M Floor of The EmQuartier. Bookings must arrive 10-15 minutes early and be verified by mobile phone OTP, after which fans will receive a wristband and queue for safe entry.

Strict Covid-19 safety measures will be in place, limiting the number of entries at a time, requiring social distancing and masks, and offering hand sanitiser when entering and exiting.

BTS, the 7-member South Korean boy band formed in 2011 debuted in 2013 and became one of the biggest bands in the world holding 18 Guinness World Records, appearing frequently in Time magazine influence lists, and setting music records on charts around the world. They’ve sold 20 million albums and equalled The Beatles’ record for reaching 4 number 1 albums in the US within one year.

It was estimated their sales account for about the same of South Korea’s entire GDP as Korean Air, being the reason to visit cited by 1 in every 13 tourists, and over 40% of all music sales in the country along with 25% of American K-Pop sales, having the top-selling worldwide physical album of 2020.

BTS have addressed the UN and their endorsements have caused companies and organisations to experience huge jumps in income, including multiple charities they have raised millions for. Their charitable work, devotion to fans, and addressing of difficult topics in their music such as mental health, loss, bullying, individualism and other social commentary have earned BTS praise as more than just your average boy band. Huge turnout is expected for the Bangkok opening of the BTS Map of the Soul pop-up at the EmQuartier next month.

SOURCE: The Smart Local

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Covid UPDATE: 1,470 new Covid-19 infections, 7 deaths, provincial totals

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1,470 new Covid-19 infections and 7 deaths were reported today by the CCSA. 446 new cases are in Bangkok which remains the hotzone of new infections, although the latest outbreak has now spread to most Thai provinces. Out of the 7 deaths, one was a 24 year old Thai woman with a history of visiting an entertainment venue in the southern province Surat Thani where other Covid-19 infections were reported.

The young woman’s death is a rare case as the vast majority of Covid-related deaths in Thailand are the elderly or older adults with pre-existing conditions. Health officials say the woman suffered from obesity and died 3 days after testing positive for the virus. At present, there are 18,148 patients in state care… 14,555 in hospitals and 3,593 in field hospitals.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 48,113 Covid-19 infections and 117 coronavirus-related deaths.

The other Covid-related fatalities include…

  • 68 year old Thai woman with pre-existing conditions of asthma
  • 83 year old man from Bangkok with pre-existing conditions of high blood pressure
  • 80 year old woman with pre-existing conditions of diabetes
  • 45 year old woman in Bangkok with high blood pressure
  • 59 year old man in Bangkok with pre-existing conditions of diabetes
  • 86 year old man in Bangkok with pre-existing conditions of heart disease

Here are the provincial totals for today, as published by the NBT…

Covid UPDATE: 1,470 new Covid-19 infections, 7 deaths, provincial totals | News by Thaiger

Covid UPDATE: 1,470 new Covid-19 infections, 7 deaths, provincial totals | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: CCSA | Pattaya News | Nation Thailand

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A police officer infected with Covid-19 killed himself yesterday at a Bangkok hospital. The Royal Thai Police spokesperson says 59 year old Boonchu Panklin committed suicide due to stress after testing positive for the virus.

The railway police deputy inspector was also diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension. He tested positive for Covid-19 after coming in contact with another patient. At first, Boonchu was asymptomatic and was admitted to a field hospital on Sunday.

The next day, he had difficulty breathing and his blood oxygen levels were low. He was transferred to another building. A police spokesperson has the medical staff did not know about the officer’s mental health issues. On Tuesday, he hung himself in the hospital bathroom. After numerous calls to Boonchu’s phone went unanswered, hospital staff looked for the officer and found him by the toilet with a belt tied around his neck.

The officer’s family needed to quarantine after he tested positive for the virus and the chief of the Pathumwan police station, Pansa Amarapitak, says the officer felt guilty for putting his mother, wife and child at risk of infection.

Anyone in Thailand who feels depressed, lonely or suicidal can call the Samaritans of Thailand: 02-713-6793 for Thai and 02-713-6790 for English.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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