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Cabinet meet in Hua Hin to go ahead, despite explosives found
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PHUKET: The mobile Cabinet meeting scheduled on Friday and Saturday in Prachuap Khiri Khan will go ahead despite the discovery of explosives and assault rifle ammunition about three kilometers from the venue, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday.

He said the cache consisted of only a few items that did not seem to work and the location was quite far from the venue.

Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda said the explosives were outdated and he believed they were discarded by collectors after the coup when the junta initiated a crackdown on people with war weapons.

Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan said the weapons were probably not intended to disrupt the Cabinet meetings and an investigation was under way to try and find out who owned them.

The cache consisted of C-4 and TNT explosive bars and detonating wires, hand detonators, smoke and teargas grenades and munitions for M16 and AK 47 assault rifles.

Serial numbers were being checked to see if they belong to the Army.

They were found on Saturday evening near the Army-run Suan Son Pradiphat Rehabilitation Center, the venue for the meetings.

Military ordnance personnel were quoted as saying that the explosives were useable but not wired to the detonators.

Some of the items were found in sacks with “Company 1 Battalion 1” written on them, it was reported.

Deputy Defence Minister and Army commander Gen Udomdej Sitabutr said that the sacks could have been taken from locations where the Army used them in flood-prevention projects after filling them with sand.

Royal Thai Police commander Gen Somyot Poompanmuang agreed the explosive and munitions were likely dumped after the junta took power. He said the discovery of the cache was not being used as a reason to maintain martial law.

Security for the Cabinet meeting was tight enough and would not be heightened, Gen Somyot said.

An investigation was underway and would not be hastened or dictated by any time frame, he added.

Police spokesman Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri said C-4 explosives were considered more lethal than the explosives used last month in twin pipe bomb attacks near the Siam Paragon shopping complex and a hand grenade used in the attack on the Criminal Court earlier this month.

It is unlikely the three incidents were linked, Gen Prawut said.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Officials in Chiang Mai and Hua Hin express concern amid rapid rise in infections

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Health officials in the northern province of Chiang Mai and the western province of Prachuap Khiri Khan are on high alert amid a surge in Covid-19 cases. Prachuap Khiri Khan has now reported 334 cases, with infections rising by 141 yesterday. The outbreak is primarily centred around the Hua Hin district, with provincial health official Suriya Khuharat saying most people contracted the virus after attending a concert at the Maya Exclusive Pub on March 30.

Anyone who is concerned they may be infected can receive a free Covid-19 test at either Prachuap Khiri Khan or Hua Hin hospitals. The Bangkok Post reports that, in the last few days, around 500 people a day have visited Hua Hin Hospital for testing.

Hua Hin district and health officials have filed a police complaint against the owners of the Maya Pub, who are accused of violating the emergency decree and disease prevention measures. The March 30 concert is thought to be behind the surge in infections in the seaside district, with over 90% of cases linked to the pub. The chain of transmission is believed to have originated with 1 customer who attended the concert after travelling from Bangkok. The woman is an employee at the Krystal Club in Thong Lor, itself at the centre of a Covid cluster.

Meanwhile, in Chiang Mai, health officials say a surge in infections, now exceeding 200 a day, is causing great concern. Yesterday, the northern province reported 260 new cases, with public health chief Chatuchai Maneerat admitting the surge could lead to a shortage of hospital beds.

“Currently we have 1,000 beds in the province’s field hospital and that may not be sufficient. So, the province’s communicable disease control panel has decided to add another 1,000 beds.”

Despite the rise in infections, the Department of Disease Control says there are currently no plans for a national lockdown, given that other provinces are not as severely affected. Opas Karnkawinpong from the DDC says the most important thing is for people to work from home and avoid social gatherings until at least the end of April.

“People are asking if there will be a lockdown. I’d say that a lockdown is the last resort if virus transmissions show no signs of letting-up. Activities that draw large crowds pose the greatest risk and should be avoided until the end of this month at least.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Health officials say pubs, nightlife venues the new ground zero for third wave

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Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Thailand, with 967 new infections reported yesterday, when there were just 26 at the start of the month. Health officials are in no doubt where the surge is coming from, pointing the finger at nightlife venues. A rise in infections in Hua Hin appears to back up the theory first floated after a cluster of infections was linked to Bangkok nightlife.

The Bangkok Post reports that the western province of Prachuap Khiri Khan has recorded 193 cases since the start of the month. 142 of them are in Hua Hin and officials believe they can be traced back to 1 “super-spreader” individual. A 26 year old woman, employed at the Krystal Club in Bangkok, travelled to Hua Hin with her boyfriend on March 30. At the time of her journey, she was showing no sign of infection.

On her first night in Hua Hin, she went to the Maya Exclusive Pub with 7 friends and family members. The next day, she developed a high fever, and the following day, April 1, was informed that her colleagues at the Krystal Club had tested positive for Covid-19. The woman went to a Hua Hin hospital to be tested and was confirmed as infected on April 3.

On April 4, she was admitted to Hua Hin hospital, but by then, the virus was already spreading in Hua Hin. The woman’s boyfriend tested positive, as did 140 people in Hua Hin, and 52 in other districts. The Public Health Ministry says the infections can be traced back to the woman’s attendance at the Maya pub on March 30.

Officials are using this example to illustrate the role pubs and entertainment venues play in this third wave of the virus. They say at least 137 nightlife establishments in at least 15 provinces are behind new surges of infection. Leading virologist Yong Poovorwan from Chulalongkorn University says the development is all the more concerning, given that the original cluster linked to Bangkok nightlife is the B117 variant, which is far more contagious.

Meanwhile, Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control accuses partygoers of not cooperating with contact-tracing officials, which makes controlling the spread of infection more difficult.

“Many pubgoers do not give us information until two or three days have passed.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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