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Following Covid-19 cases linked to illegal gambling dens in Chon Buri and Rayong as well as a nationwide crackdown on gambling, deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan is assuring the public that there are no illegal gambling dens in Bangkok as some worry that the unlawful gatherings could potentially spread the virus.

Gambling is illegal and police are “on top of it,” Prawit told Thai media reporters. He didn’t mention last week’s transfer of a Bangkok police chief and 5 senior officers for alleged negligence of duty following a gambling den raid in Bangkok’s Laksi area.

Following Prawit’s statement, social media users criticised his claims that no illegal gambling dens exist in Bangkok.

“How can he say this? If you live in Bangkok, you know where there are places to gamble”

Police in Chon Buri and Rayong might not have been “on top of it” either. The police chiefs in both provinces are being investigated after infections were reportedly linked to illegal gambling dens.

A cluster of Covid-19 cases are linked to an alleged illegal gambling den in Rayong and a patient who worked at the venue has since died. The provincial police chief Papatdet Katephan was transferred following the outbreak.

Chon Buri police chief Prakarn Prachong was also transferred to an inactive post after reports that a Covid-19 patient had visited gambling dens in both Chon Buri and Rayong.

The national police chief, Suwat Jangyodsuk, ordered a crackdown on gambling to prevent the spread of Covid-19 after the outbreak at a Rayong gambling den.

Bangkok is classified as a “red zone” under maximum control to prevent the spread of the coronavirus with more stringent restrictions in hotspot areas.

SOURCES: Thai Visa| Bangkok Post

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:42 am

    LOL

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    Tom

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:45 am

    This deputy PM must live with his eyes closed or getting a back hander from the gambling dens to say something like this… ( what a fool )

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    Michael

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:47 am

    And there is also no prostitution in Pattaya.

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    David Beckman

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:52 am

    And there is no pollution in Bangkok hahaha Classic funniest thing I’ve read in ages lol

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    harry1

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:47 am

    no gambling in bangkok on his watch say dpm,talking thai

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    chupapi

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:48 am

    This guy lives with concrete slices on his eyes.

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    Siso

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:55 am

    They are all over the place but I guess he doesn’t want too lose his platinum membership card

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    Beyond unbelievable.

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    James Pate

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Would you buy a used watch from this man?

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    Ian

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Who tells these officials to spill out crap day in day out the sad thing is they believe themselves but they do say once a liar always a liar Thailand deserves better than these baboons

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    David M

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    The only thing the police are on top of in Bangkok, and the entire country for that matter, is who give the most payback money how to get their photo taken at bogus arrests

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    Jean-Pierre

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 3:11 am

    You have my respect, Mr deputy PM …
    At this level, it is pure Art.
    I live in the city of Blois, in France, well known for being Robert-Houdin’s birthplace, the father of all magicians.
    Dear Deputy PM, you make things vanishing better and faster than all other illusionists.

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    disgusted `

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Clown.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Air quality around Bangkok this morning is awful. Partly due to the lack of wind to blow the smog out of the area. To the south of Bangkok, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon, the air quality is even worse with visibility on the ground cut to less than a kilometre. You would be well advised to reduce you activities outside on a day of high air pollution in the capital. The rating by airvisual.com is ‘unhealthy’.

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Last night, police raided a house in Nonthaburi and arrested 40 people for allegedly gambling.

According to the deputy chief of the Central Investigation Bureau, 33 are Thais and 7 are migrant workers of the casino. The officials also confiscated decks of cards of the Dragon-Tiger game, plastic chips and some cash as evidence.

During the raid, the migrant workers allegedly revealed that the gambling operations at the home had only been going on for 2 days and that the owner planned to move it to other locations.

Police have been cracking down on gambling after the Covid-19 outbreak at a Rayong gambling den in line with the PM’s order made last week to shut down the illegal venues and tracking down “influential figures.”

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With Covid-19 cases linked to some illegal gambling dens, causing a headache for health officials trying to track down elusive gamblers to contain the virus, the former Finance Minister floated the idea to legalise gambling.

The former Finance Minister and current leader of the Kla Party, Korn Chaitkavanich, claims legalising gambling will help contain the spread of Covid-19. He also hinted that it will gain more tax revenue. If it’s legalised, gamblers will spend their money in legal casinos that pay taxes, drawing in more money the government can use for public improvements, he says.

The Royal Thai Police spokesperson insists police are pursuing legal action against owners of the illegal gambling dens. Interior Minister Anuphong Paojinda has also told provincial governors to suppress illegal gambling dens and take responsibility if more gambling dens are found.

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