Coronavirus

67 gamblers arrested in Rayong despite raging coronavirus outbreak

GAMBLING is still taking place in every district of Rayong province despite the severity of the Covid-19 outbreak in this coastal province with 67 suspects arrested in latest raids, Amarin TV reported today (Jan. 12, 2021).

Rayong Governor Channa Iamsaeng told the press that there were nine more coronavirus cases and one death over the past 24 hours taking the provincial total to 529 with 338 having been discharged from hospital.

There was proactive testing of 12,947 people in this province which is among five deep red provinces where there is a clampdown on interprovincial travel till the end of this month with several linked to gambling. 

During January 5-11 police mounted 25 raids on gambling dens and arrested 67 gamblers.

Another source of infection are two beer halls in Chonburi province with those who visited them during December 24-31 urged to get themselves tested.

Those arrested in the gambling raids face charges on two counts, illegal gambling and violating Communicable Disease Control Act by gathering in a risky manner.

Provincial health official pharmacist Weerasak Jiam Anukulkit said 93 patients were mildly infected with coronavirus while five had mild pneumonia.

Meanwhile the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA’s) spokesman Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin said at a field hospital in Ubon Ratchathani province this morning that over the past 24 hours there were 287 new coronavirus infections nationwide, Sanook.com reported.

This takes the total of confirmed cases to 10,834 with 6,732 having recovered while 4,035 are still hospitalized. Total death toll remains unchanged at 67.

Of the 287 new patients 153 were found through surveillance and service systems and 125 via proactive testing in communities.

Nine more overseas travellers have been placed in state quarantine with two each coming from the US and the UK and one each from China, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and India.

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Top: Rayong Governor Channa and his officials attending a coronavirus meeting. Photo: Amarin Tv

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