Pattaya gears up to close over 20,000 hospitel rooms


WITH THE number of Covid-19 patients having greatly decreased in Pattaya City, the administration is now moving to shut 1,600 hospitel rooms within the city and 20,000 others in other places, Siam Rath newspaper said today (Nov. 24).

Mr. Manoch Nongyai, deputy mayor of Pattaya City, said the situation improved after a big vaccination drive led to 85 percent of the people in all sectors being jabbed.

Today only a little more than 10 hospitel rooms in Pattaya City are occupied while other hotels participating in the scheme have also seen the number of patients drop substantially.

A request will soon be made to close these hospitel rooms with hoteliers too continuously asking to reopen as normal establishments for tourists in the coming New Year.

The 15 percent of the people who have not yet been vaccinated have all paid for Moderna jabs at private hospitals. Doses of this vaccine have started to arrive in Thailand and it is expected that the 100 percent vaccination target will soon be reached.

Ongoing Covid testing with antigen kits at random sites and in schools have not found any new patients with this boosting confidence that Pattaya is now fully safe, he said.

Meanwhile the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said there were 5,857 coronavirus patients and 55 deaths over the 24 hours to this morning (Nov. 24) with this taking the cumulative confirmed total since the start of the pandemic to 2,081,992, Amarin TV said.

Of the new batch of patients 5,349 emerged in surveillance and healthcare systems, 269 were found through proactive search in communities, 228 fell sick in prisons and detention centres while 11 foreign arrivals tested positive.

Another 7,318 patients were cured taking total recoveries to 1,979,871 while 81,577 are still undergoing treatment with 1,529 being in serious condition and among them 358 requiring ventilators.

Today’s 55 fatalities raised the death toll to 20,544.

Altogether 89,894,183 doses of vaccines have been administered so far.


Top: Pattaya Bay as seen from a hotel. Photo: Herry Lawford  (CC BY 2.0)

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