Covid cases emerge at Hua Hin pub, restaurant

AFTER the flare up of coronavirus at Thonglor entertainment venues led to closure of such outlets in three Bangkok districts for 14 days starting today (April 6) Hua Hin seaside town was similarly hit with a couple from Nonthaburi spreading the infection at a pub and a Korean restaurant, Siam Rath newspaper said.

Prachuap Kriri Khan Public Health Doctor Suriya Kuharat told the press that this Nonthaburi couple came to visit relatives at Phet Sa Song community, Hua Hin municipality, and later fell sick and are now being treated for coronavirus at Bangkok Hospital – Hua Hin.

The couple had visited several places in the municipality and had also gone to Maya Hua Hin pub with five friends, three of whom are now infected with coronavirus while the remaining two have still to be tested.

They had also gone to Ting Korean restaurant with four friends and relatives and one of them is now infected.

Dr Suriya added that he has alerted those who visited Maya Hua Hin pub on March 30 from 10.30 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Ting Korean restaurant on April 1 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to get themselves screened for Covid-19. More than a hundred people at risk of contracting this feared disease have been tested with the pub closed for 14 days. 

Meanwhile Bangkok Governor Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang last night announced the closure of entertainment venues in three Bangkok districts, Khlong Toei, Wattana and Bang Khae, for 14 days from today till April 19.

There are 81 entertainment venues in Wattana district, 75 in Khlong Toei and 40 in Bang Khae, adding up to 196 outlets.

The situation will be assessed again after the 14 days and if there is no improvement, the closure may be extended. Entertainment venues in other Bangkok districts too face closure if there is a spike in infection.

Vaccination to control the spread of coronavirus starts today with a hundred police officers attached to Thonglor and Wattana districts getting the jab at Police Hospital. Other people at risk of contracting the infection are being vaccinated for four days from today at  Public Health Centre 21 Wat That Thong with 300 getting the jab each day. From day 7 to 9 inoculation will be moved to Saeng Thip Sports Ground in Soi Pridi Banomyong 2 with jabs to be given to 600 people a day.

Late this morning the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) revealed that there were 250 Covid cases over the past 24 hours with 245 being domestic infection while five overseas arrivals have been quarantined.

This increased the cumulative confirmed total to 29,571. There were no additional fatalities with the toll remaining at 95 while 108 more patients have been cured, taking the total number discharged from hospital to 27,948, with 1,528 still undergoing treatment.

Altogether 155 cases from the new batch were found through proactive search in communities while 90 emerged in surveillance and service systems.

Of this new batch of 245 domestic cases the majority, 156, emerged in Bangkok with the youngest being two years old. Thirty-four of the Bangkok cases were Thais, two Japanese and one each Myanmar, German and Laotian citizens while 117 are being investigated.

Thirty cases cropped up in Narathiwat province, 20 in Samut Prakan, 18 in Chonburi, seven in Samut Sakhon and 14 in various other provinces.


Top: Thai boats at a Hua Hin beach. Photo: Roel van Deursen – Spijkenisse / Nissewaard – Nederland (CC BY 2.0)

Home Page: Foreign tourists enjoying a meal at a Hua Hin restaurant in the pre-Covid pandemic days. Photo: Ines Yeh (CC BY 2.0)

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