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A report today claims that Pattaya’s Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem and City Hall are promising to help the city’s entertainment venues that have been shuttered as part of the restrictions in place to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The pledge comes as Chonburi province moves into the “white zone” (seen as low-risk) after a period in the high-risk “red zone”.

Pattaya has a high reliance on visitors and tourists and will be in a recession economy until the tourists start coming back or the city can attract domestic tourists in the short to medium term.

“Chonburi has now been designated as a white zone, after previously bring a red zone for Covid-19 as there have been no new cases for almost 14 days. For now, however, based on the National control measures of Covid-19, entertainment venues in Pattaya are not allowed to open regardless of the improved situation and it may be several weeks before this can happen.”

“We are well aware that Pattaya has a larger number of closed venues than the rest of the country, with hundreds, (some reports say thousands) of venues currently ordered closed across the city. They have been closed since March 18. “

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The report says many businesses are struggling from having to still pay rent, with half the landlords in the city refusing to offer any concessions by way of a discount. Tenants are frustrated by landlords refusing even to have a discussion with them, but the Mayor says measures will be put in place to help them and ensure they are not forced out of their premises as a result of being unable to open right now.

Acknowledging that he’s unsure just how far the efforts to help can go, the Mayor hopes to take on the role of “Goodwill Ambassador” in an attempt to smooth relations between the two sides. He says the problems won’t be resolved as soon as venues re-open, due to the collapse in tourism and a ban on international flights, and that if the entertainment industry doesn’t get help, countless Pattaya residents could lose their livelihoods.

It’s understood that City Hall is currently inviting suggestions from the owners of entertainment venues as to how businesses could be re-opened with strict safety guidelines in place. It’s hoped to gather business owners together to speak with City Hall and send a list of suggested rules to Bangkok for review. Some suggestions include that all premises should have temperature checks, all staff should wear masks and the number of customers admitted should be limited. Another idea floated was to have health check zones in the busiest areas, such as Walking Street and Soi 6.

The Pattaya News reports that a further meeting between business owners and City Hall will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm at the city’s Hollywood Club. Meanwhile, the Mayor has asked business owners who may be experiencing problems with landlords to call 1337. They will be advised when the next meeting on these matters is scheduled. They will be required to produce their current rental lease at the meeting, along with all other relevant business documentation.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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10 new cases of Covid today in Thailand, all in quarantine

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Thailand has 10 new cases of Covid-19 reported today by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). The infections were from those arriving from 8 different countries, with all being in quarantine. The new cases bring the total to 3,902 with the death toll remaining at 60. Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, US and India were the countries that the visitors have arrived from, with most having no symptoms upon entering Thailand.

A 55 year old from Germany who was a Dutch businessman tested positive in quarantine after arriving in Bangkok on November 6 without any symptoms.

A 30 year old Thai woman tested positive in quarantine with symptoms after arriving from Sweden on November 12 while a day later a 56 year old Swiss man tested positive after arriving from Switzerland with no symptoms. Another case was a 43 year old Thai masseuse who arrived from the Czech Republic on November 14. That person was also on the same flight as another previously confirmed case.

An engineer from Belgium tested positive after arriving on the same day as the Thai masseuse, and was on the same flight as another confirmed case. The Belgian displayed no symptoms. Again on the same day, a 15 year old Indian student tested positive after arriving in Bangkok. That student was also on a flight with a previously confirmed case.

2 Thai women, who also arrived on November 14 from the Netherlands tested positive. One was a 52 year old housewife with virus symptoms and the other was a 22 year old student with no symptoms. 2 more Thais returned from the US in which both tested positive on the same day as the others, with one displaying symptoms. The other, was a 61 year old retired official.

Globally, the amount of cases rose by 659,511 over the last 24 hours to 57.9 million. The death toll worldwide also rose to 1.37 million. The US remains as the country with the most cases, at 12.27 million, followed by India with just over 9 million. Thailand currently ranks 151st worldwide for the number of cases so far reported.

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The director of the World Health Organisation is praising Thailand for being a successful model of Covid-19 containment. Dr. Panprapha Yongtrakul, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Public Health says the WHO director noted that despite Thailand having a population of 70 million with many densely populated cities, the total number of cases is less than 4,000 with only 60 deaths so far.

But she says that the success isn’t coincidental, but more of a result of over 40 years of investments by past and present governments to improve the public health infrastructure, including recruiting public health volunteers, which have played an important role in the regions during SARS and now Covid.

Today, Thailand is reporting 8 new cases of Covid-19, all arrivals from abroad, and undergoing state quarantine. Currently, the total number of cases is 3,874 with the death toll remaining at 60.

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The CSSA in Thailand has reported 8 new imported cases of Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the total amount of coronavirus infections since the pandemic began to 3,874. No additional deaths have been reported.

4 Thai nationals, 3 Indians, and 1 Egyptian made up the new imported cases, all identified whilst in quarantine. One Thai returnee from Belgium tested positive for the virus on her second test last Thursday. Another Thai woman who returned from the UAE also tested positive for the virus on her second test while displaying no symptoms. Another Thai woman returned from Egypt tested positive on Tuesday with the last Thai national woman testing positive after arriving from Switzerland on November 8.

3 Indian nationals, who were unrelated, tested positive after arriving on November 7. The final new case was an Egyptian man, who arrived on November 5, testing positive with no symptoms.

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