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Party Covid-Cluster: Celebrity says alcohol was “secretly” brought to rooftop bar, breaking Bangkok’s booze ban

Caitlin Ashworth




Alcohol was “secretly” brought to DJ Techin Ploypetch’s birthday party in Bangkok, the celebrity says. The January 9 party became a notorious Covid-19 cluster when the DJ and at least 25 other people tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the party. The celebrity, also known as DJ Matoom, has been criticised by many Thais for acting like he is “above the law” while many others abide by Covid-19 disease control measures.

With a new wave of the coronavirus infecting hundreds in Bangkok, city officials tightened disease control restrictions just after the New Years holiday weekend, ordering bars and entertainment venues to close as well as prohibiting alcohol sales and consumption at restaurants in an effort to limit social gatherings and slow the spread of the virus.

DJ Matoom held his birthday party at the Vertigo rooftop bar and restaurant at the top of the Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok’s Sathon district. The celebrity says his friend brought the alcohol to the party because the Vertigo bar staff refused to serve alcohol, following the government’s restrictions. Nation Thailand says the DJ has apologised for his irresponsible behaviour.

Many social media users in Thailand have critised the celebrity’s behavior, some comparing his infection to the Samut Sakhon governor, who had a serious Covid-19 infection after working to on efforts to contain the virus in the coastal province where thousands tested positive.

The DJ has been undergoing treatment for the coronavirus for the past 15 days. Doctors say Matoom is well enough to go home, but the celebrity has decided to stay at the hospital until he has fully recovered.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    OMG, people living their lives… that’s so selfish! Give up your life! Old people are our future. There should be no life for the young!

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      Friday, February 5, 2021 at 8:03 pm

      I agree with dispensed here. If the old geezers like Isaan John can squeeze a few moreB years utilizing vaccines and pills then everyone else should isolate until he can get his vaccine.

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    Fred glue

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    It’s been going too long, get the vaccine into people’s arms. The children & kids of the world have had enough.
    They want too cut loose & enjoy themselves, they want too PARTY and hard too.
    I know health & safety comes first, I like all things. Roll up them sleeves & start the procedure of the vaccine.
    I really don’t understand what’s the hold up, here in oz it’s the same. If it was the tax man that wanted $50 off each person, we all would have paid it in full. Going down the pub, for a few & the raffle.

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      Friday, February 5, 2021 at 2:38 pm

      I guess you’ve not been on to the WHO website and seen how many people have suffered adverse reactions to the vaccine and even death. Yes let’s just get the vaccine into people’s arms as you say, who cares if they die, right?

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        Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 7:28 am

        I guess you haven’t noticed that 2,310,000 have died from COVID as of today.

        Some have died after taking the 2 vaccine shot and those can’t be 100% verified as to death causation. Many were over 75 or had health problems. If you have extreme allergies then be careful and have your epi-pen handy.

        So what are you trying to say with your comment? You sound like an anti-vaxxer. If you don’t want to take the vaccine then that’s your personal choice but stay out of everyone else’s way that wants it.

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    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    These kids are rich but didn’t bother to pay off the police first??? Bars in Bangkok on Sukhumvit 7 are already open and I heard they paid the police around 10k for their “silent approval”.

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    Leo Z

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 4:16 am

    A 20-something dumb..s DJ should not be a “celebrity” in the first place.

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      Klondike Bob

      Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 9:18 am

      Amusingly enough this is considered a big story by Thaiger! (OH MY) a cluster was formed shut down the country immediately!there’s still more people to drive into Bankruptcy!

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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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