Covid cases ‘increasing in Bangkok, 6 other tourism provinces’


BANGKOK GOVERNOR Pol. Gen. Asawin Kwanmuang said today (Dec. 11) there are signs that Covid infection is increasing at communities and business outlets in Bangkok and six other tourism pilot provinces despite reduction in overall daily tallies, Siam Rath newspaper said.

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has arranged joint inspection teams consisting of its officials, police, soldiers as well as other related parties to survey entertainment venues and tourist attractions to ensure that they are complying with and strictly enforcing preventive measures.

They will also be collaborating with relevant agencies in enforcing stricter inspection of establishments that serve alcoholic beverages to ascertain that they meet the Safety and Health Administration (SHA) standards.

These teams will also be going to tourist attractions to publicise and raise awareness of Covid Free Setting measures and emphasise that entrepreneurs, business owners as well as foreign tourists have to comply with them.

BMA has also implemented proactive screening measures to find Covid cases by randomly checking people in  communities, markets and various establishments every two months. This was undertaken throughout this year and will continue in the New Year as well.

Meanwhile the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said this morning that there were 4,079 new cases over the past 24 hours, down from 4,193 yesterday, and 39 deaths, up from 28 yesterday.

Of the new batch of cases 4,063 were domestic with 19 getting infected in prisons and detention centres while 16 foreign arrivals tested positive. This raised the cumulative confirmed total since the start of the pandemic to 2,164,859.

Today’s 39 fatalities increased the death toll to 21,151.

Another 7,302 patients were cured taking total recoveries to 2,090,253. A total of 53,455 patients are still undergoing treatment with 26,249 being in hospitals and 27,206 in field hospitals and other centres while 1,115 are critically ill with 315 being on ventilators.


Top: People undergo nasal swab tests for Covid-19 outside a closed nightclub in Bangkok, on April 8, 2021.Photo: EPA-EFE and published by The Straits Times

Home Page: Pol. Gen. Asawin at a Covid testing centre. Photo: Siam Rath

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