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Bangkok may soon be classified as a “red” zone under maximum control to prevent the spread of Covid-19 following the rise of infections linked to bars and entertainment venues, primarily off Sukhumvit Road in Thong Lor and Ekkamai. Thailand’s top virologist Yong Poovorawan says the recent Covid-19 clusters, along with Thailand’s slow rollout of vaccines, is “worrying” and fears that there is a chance of a new wave of infections.

The Department of Disease Control discussed imposing restrictions in Bangkok after the cluster of infections linked to nightlife venues. So far, 71 cases are linked to bars and entertainment venues in Bangkok. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says it has reached a “critical level.”

“The situation has reached a critical level, with a 48% positivity rate from these nightclub clusters.”

If the restrictions are approved by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, venues will need to close at 9pm and alcohol will be banned to prevent gatherings that risk the spread of Covid-19.

SOURCES: Khaosod | Bangkok Post

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    toby andrews

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Bangkok is already a red zone to me.
    Played out bars, rip off Go Go bars.
    Ferangs pay more at all the attractions, and pollution so bad it could kill!
    Do not spend one night in Bangkok. If you fly in fly out, or bus out.
    Bangkok is gone for tourists or visitors.

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    DiJoDavO

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    How does Covid know exactly when holidays are about to start? Seems like it suddenly gets worse right before holidays.

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    James R

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Toby

    If you want to hang around in Go Go bars then that is up to you, the sex industry exists in every country in the world, but there are lots of other things tourists do with their time, they do not all follow your actions.

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    Stu

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Toby ur talking nonsense. Nobody forcing u to enter a gogo bar. And what is a “played out bar”?

    Go for a cruise on the river, check out some art galleries, enjoy street food or shopping centers. Ur a donut by telling people to avoid bkk. Nyc is nyc. Rome is rome. Bkk is bkk.

    Maybe u should hang with that other moron ij in the smokey north.

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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 10:00 am

    The last time I was on the river, there was a rain storm. The woman taking the money objected to the curtains being lowered. Why? Because she would have to roll them up again. so we had to be wet.
    Grand Palace B400 for foreigners. Free for Thais.
    Taxi would not put their meters on.
    Khaosan Road. One waitress for 30 customers in a restaurant to save money.
    One place set up plastic chairs in the street and charged B80 for a small beer from a cooler.
    A played out bar is where the girls watch Thai TV and ignore customers.
    A played out Go Go bar is one where a dancer receives a lady drink, and 3 minutes later goes to another customer to solicit another lady drink.
    Yep, Bangkok’s played out.

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    Stu

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Hahahaha. Toby if you think khaosarn rd is the place to be in bkk then I feel sad for ur lack of imagination.

    Public ferry on river…. Has real windows

    Art galleries around saphan taksin…. Free for everyone

    Amazing restaurants all over bkk…. Who the f*** eats at khao sarn rd?

    Bars…. Omg too many to mention but if u want to sit on a plastic chair on the street then that’s ur choice. Me I prefer the rooftop at the Marriott but guess that’s out of ur price range.

    Gogo bars…. Go in one bar with 5k thb. Be prepared to spend all of it. Girls can sniff a cheap charlie and boy u are one for sure. U can’t be a khao sarn rd plastic chair monkey and then want to have a great time at a gogo bar…. U need money to enjoy that side of bkk.

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    James R

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Stu

    Last week Toby was complaining about the price of beer in a 7/11 which had increased and says it is much cheaper where he lives in Cambodia, he is annoyed as he can not afford to live in Thailand and so has to slum it over the border.

    According to Issan John he was kicked out of Thailand due to visa problems anyway.

    Since then he complains and writes negative things on Thailand on a daily basis.

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Investigations of Covid-19 infected elite rule-breakers demanded

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FILE PHOTO: VIP clubs and their wealthy customers may have violated rules and led to Covid-19 outbreaks

Investigations are being demanded by a corruption watchdog into Thai politicians infected with Covid-19 after allegedly attending venues in the Thong Lor entertainment venues in Bangkok that have now emerged as the ground zero for the Coronavirus third wave in the Kingdom.

The Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand are being asked to investigate the latest Covid-19 outbreak, noting in a Facebook post that the second wave was also linked to illegal activities, spreading through illegal migrants and other visiting gambling dens. This third wave is also angering those who see the wealthy elite and powerful politicians frequenting high-end bars and not following Covid-19 safety protocols.

Mana Nimitmongkol, secretary-general of ACT argues that the ministers visiting these clubs did not behave “ethically”, and it’s part of a larger problem. He is pushing for legal action against not only club owners, but against police, public health officials, and even the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration for failing to enforce laws to protect against Covid-19.

Investigations into whether the code of ethics had been violated were requested to be carried out by the National Anti-Corruption Commission, the Ombudsman and the committee on ethical standards.

As entertainment venues have been ordered closed for at least 2 weeks, Mana proposes that along with restrictions, a hotline to report rule-breakers should be set up, and all people should be held to the same standard without exception.

The president of the Rural Doctors Society agreed, saying that especially important is the need for Covid-19 infected public officials to disclose their personal timelines to reassure the public and assist in contract tracing. It is feared that little or no action will be taken to investigate and punish powerful rulebreakers.

One controversial infection was that of Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, rumoured to be infected from Thong Lor nightclubs, but later shown to be in another province at the time. The entertainment venue outbreak was not completely innocent though, as details emerged that the minister’s infection was in fact passed to him via an aide who had frequented clubs in Thong Lor.

Chuvit Kamolvisit, a former massage parlour owner turned activist, has been outspoken on the issue, calling for investigations into high-society VIP clubs like Krystal Club and Emerald Club, who allegedly flaunted restrictions and ended up with dozens of Covid-19 infected staff members.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau chief had said that legal action was pending against these clubs for the virus spreading.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Tourism officials slash Songkran travel expectations by half

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The TAT, ever the optimists regarding anything tourism related, even domestic tourism, predict that the Bangkok clusters that have emerged in the week before the Songkran break could reduce traffic and spending by up to half.

Today the CCSA is reporting 789 new infections and one additional death. 522 were local infections, mostly walk-ins to Bangkok hospitals, 259 were discovered through track and tracing. The remaining 8 were found in quarantine from overseas arrivals. In Phuket, another 17 cases have been reported today, taking the island’s week total to 43.

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A 68 year old man from Nakhon Pathom province died on April 4 but wasn’t reported until today. The CCSA report that he died from Covid and “complications”. 33 other former patients have recovered and been discharged.

Last week the TAT estimated 3.2 million domestic trips would circulate 12 billion baht for the Thai economy. But the Tourism Authority has now slashed their estimates by half after hotels, airlines and bus companies reported mass cancellations in the last few days. Other provinces are reporting less than 20% cancellations. Although this weekend will see a lot of travel, Songkran doesn’t formally start until next Tuesday and the TAT expect there could be additional fallout as travellers decide to have a staycation for Songkran instead heading home.

Bangkok Post reports that 70% of travellers to Prachuap Khiri Khan and Hua Hin have already cancelled hotel bookings. Similar cancellations have been reported in Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Many other provinces, particularly in the north east and north, are also enforcing quarantine on arrivals or additional paperwork to try and protect their provinces from any of the Bangkok clusters.

8 north eastern provinces rare now requiring 10 or 14 day quarantine periods for anyone arriving from areas where new clusters have been reported. Chiang Mai provincial officials say that tourists from Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi – basically Bangkok and surrounding provinces – must complete a 14 day mandatory quarantine or conduct a test for Covid when they arrive.

The reality is that the travel and quarantine changes are outstripping the ability to communicate them all. Anyone crossing into other provinces in the next few day, especially if you’re travelling from Bangkok and surrounding provincial ‘red zones’ can expect some additional paperwork or a Covid test. Or even quarantine.

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PHOTO: Demonstration attendance has been falling in the face of Covid-19, coups and crackdowns.

While protesters against the Thai government are continuing as they have for endless months, attendance is lessening in the face of crackdowns, coups and Covid-19. The throngs of 10,000 plus protesters, mostly energetic youth, that waved The Hunger Games 3 finger salute and demanded change in Thailand last summer have thinned to a few thousand or less these days.

The government isn’t in the clear yet though, as the protester’s calls to replace the current government, lessen the power of the Thai monarchy, and draw up a new constitution are still popular ideas. But a number of factors are causing protester size and vigour to wane.

The second wave of Covid in December quickly curbed the daily demonstrations for fear of spreading the virus. After that, the coup in Myanmar on February 1 has brought massive protests with international attention shifting to the growing humanitarian crisis just across the border. On top of the pandemic and the Burmese coup, the Thai government has taken a much more hardline approach to protesters in recent months.

Police began fighting back against mass demonstrations, dispersing crowds with water cannons, tear gas, and rubber bullets. And after 2 years of leniency, the government has begun prosecuting people under the strict lèse-majesté laws, where offending the monarchy can carry harsh punishment including a jail sentence of up to 15 years.

Anon Nampa, a human-rights lawyer, and Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, a student activist, have already been arrested under this law and held without bail. Arrests like these have been demoralising for the pro-democracy movement, and have scared away a lot of Thai protesters. Many have shifted focus to more immediate efforts to demand the release of the detained protest leaders.

Even with the crowds shrinking, the protests have already brought about change, bringing once unspeakable conversations into the national conversation, and keeping pressure on Thailand’s leaders. Opposition is growing, with efforts to push no-confidence votes and amendments to the constitution being constantly proposed and advocated.

SOURCE: The Economist

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