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Bangkok shopping malls step up security after bomb blasts
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PHUKET: MAJOR MALLS in prime shopping areas in Bangkok have stepped up security measures after bomb incidents on Sunday.

Nattakit Tangpoonsinthana, executive vice president for marketing at Central Pattana (CPN), said the company had ordered security staff to investigate all vehicles and baggage handled by visitors at entrances and exits of all of its shopping complexes throughout the Kingdom, comprising CentralWorld, CentralPlaza, and Central Festival.

Such intensive measures are to make people feel confident about their security at its shopping malls. On Monday, the company also began increasing the number of security guards at all of its shopping centers.

“All shopping malls operated by CPN will implement security measures more intensively,” Nattakit said. “We have also joined with outside agencies from both the private and public sectors to prepare our readiness in such security matters at our shopping malls. This includes prevention plans and security staff and equipment, such as the installation of CCTV [closed-circuit television] cameras both inside and outside the shopping complexes.

“CPN wants to ensure that all security measures will be fully implemented by concentrating on the safety of its customers as its priority.”

Dr Anat Arbhabhirama, chairman of the management committee of Bangkok Mass Transit System, operator of the Skytrain, said the company had been highly concerned with security over the 15 years of its operation. Intensive security measures have been put in place to ensure that all passengers are safe while using the BTS system.

Measures implemented on the Skytrain system include having security staff go through all bags handled by passengers; having metal detectors at all entrances; and more than 1,000 CCTV cameras installed throughout the BTS system.

“From a business point of view we have no serious concerns, as passengers are still confident in our mass-transit system and the intensive security measures we have implemented,” Anat said. The BTS system serves 700,000-750,000 passengers on the average weekday, and 600,000-650,000 a day during weekends.

The Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association said the situation in that shopping district was still normal, and all security measures had been implemented as usual, including the integration of all CCTV cameras throughout the area to one control room, and security staff patrolling the Skywalk.

RSTA is able to call an urgent meeting of its members within 15 minutes of any unexpected incident.

In the case of blast at Siam Paragon, the Bank of Thailand’s assistant governor Mathee Supapongse yesterday said that the incidence could cause a short term panic.

If the government could quickly find out the wrongdoers, this could bring back people confidence quickly.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

 

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Inmates in Thai prisons to get vaccinated against Covid-19 next month

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All inmates in Thai prisons will be vaccinated against Covid-19 starting next month. The announcement of the nationwide prison vaccination campaign follows this week’s outbreaks infecting nearly 3,000 inmates at 2 Bangkok prisons. There have also been outbreaks at prisons in Chiang Mai and the southern province of Narathiwat.

At the Central Women’s Correctional Institution in Bangkok, more than 1,000 inmates are infected with Covid-19. The outbreak started from a new inmate who was infected with the virus, according to the Department of Corrections director-general. At the Bangkok Remand Prison, where more than half of the prison population has tested positive for Covid-19, the virus was brought into the prison by a department official who was infected.

With Covid-19 spreading and infecting inmates at Thai prisons, human rights activists have called on Thai authorities to tackle the longstanding problem of overcrowded prisons and release inmates that are in court detention for minor or nonviolent crimes.

To prevent the spread of Covid-19 at Thai prisons, the Department of Corrections also plans to conduct rapid Covid-19 tests on new inmates before they are placed in the general prison population. The tests results come back in 20 minutes and inmates will no longer need to quarantine for long periods waiting for a result.

Many officials who work for the Department of Corrections, like guards who are in close contact with inmates, have already been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The department will start vaccinating inmates once another order of Covid-19 vaccines arrives in June. Those who are at high risk of a severe infection will be vaccinated first.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

 

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Covid UPDATE: 2,256 new infections and 30 deaths, provincial totals

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2,256 new Covid-19 infections and 30 coronavirus-related deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Thailand now has 33,186 active Covid-19 cases with most patients are asymptomatic or only have mild symptoms. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 96,050 Covid-19 infections and 548 coronavirus-related deaths.

Out of the new cases, 1,087 were reported in Bangkok. Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Natapanu Nopakun, who gives the CCSA report in English, says Bangkok continues to be the epicentre of infections with the most recent infections detected in crowded neighbourhoods, wet markets and construction sites where many migrants work.

“The provinces outside of Bangkok have seen a more stable situation. Bangkok remains the hotspot.”

Out of the new cases, 183 were detected at correctional facilities. A few days ago, the Department of Corrections reported that 2,835 inmates at the Bangkok Remand Prison and the Central Women’s Correctional Institute have tested positive for Covid-19. More than half of the prison population at the Bangkok Remand Prison are infected.

The vast majority of Covid-related deaths in Thailand have been reported in the recent wave of infections. The daily Covid death toll hit a record high on Wednesday with 34 deaths. 30 more deaths were reported today by the CCSA including a 15 year old patient who had a chronic brain disease.

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196 Chaeng Wattana Road construction camp workers test positive for Covid-19

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A construction camp off Bangkok’s Chaeng Wattana Road, which also features the Immigration Office, is reporting that 196 out of 300 workers have tested positive for Covid-19. Palang Pracharat MP Sira Jenjaka made the announcement after an inspection of the camp ended in testing many for Covid. Tomorrow, another 500 workers at the camp are scheduled to take Covid tests. Then, on May 15, the Thai workers at the site will be tested. Siri says the construction camp is an at-risk area as the new infections need a more stringent approach, to keep the virus from spreading.

Meanwhile, a spike in daily new Covid-19 infections was reported in Thailand today with more than half of the 4,887 infections confirmed today linked to outbreaks at 2 Bangkok prisons. Thailand now has 32,661 active Covid-19 cases, a record high in Thailand since the start of the pandemic last year. There has been a total of 93,794 Covid-19 infections since last year, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

32 new Covid-related deaths were reported by the CCSA today, raising the pandemic’s death toll in Thailand to 518. A spokesperson for the CCSA says the patient fatalities continue to primarily be the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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