The Chonburi Public Health Office announced 23 new cases of Covid-19 this morning in the province, with the majority of cases being in Si Racha and directly associated with a growing cluster that stems from entertainment venues in the Bangkok area.
As a result, Bangkok closed entertainment venues last night in three major districts associated with the cluster and plans to meet today to discuss other measures, such as possibly a 9:00 P.M. closing for entertainment venues and alcohol restrictions.
18 of the cases are directly associated with the Bangkok cluster, with 17 of them having been customers and composed of 13 Thai nationals and four Japanese nationals. One works in the nightlife industry in Bangkok.
Another case is not directly associated with contact tracing from the prior cluster but also works in Bangkok in the nightlife industry.
Two people had recently been in the Samut Sakhon province and also had visited the Bangkok Motor Show.
The final two cases are attributed to Chonburi but actually came from other provinces and were sent to the area for medical treatment.
Meanwhile, Chonburi officials have conducted 116 additional covid-19 tests directly associated with the people who have previously tested positive for the disease and are waiting for results.
Additionally, Chonburi Public Health Officials have stated they plan to conduct community testing in the entertainment districts of Chonburi, including Si Racha and Banglamung (Home of Pattaya) over the next several days. This will likely involve medical staff directly visiting nightclubs, bars, and similar venues and “inviting” staff to test themselves for Covid-19 for free.
There have been no announcements as of press time on any additional restrictions or measures around Covid-19, such as closure of businesses, due to the recent cases, although it is understood that officials from the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration are planning to meet around potentially raising Chonburi’s status from yellow to orange. This would mean, at the very least, an earlier closing time than the current midnight. An orange zone would require an 11:00 P.M. closing.
Chonburi Public Health Officials have also asked residents to wear masks, use check-in platforms, and ensure they are socially distancing while avoiding crowded places. They have also asked for calm.
This current round of Covid-19, the biggest since January of this year, comes only four days before the six-day holiday of Songkran, the largest holiday of the year for Thai people. Medical officials are now concerned about the event, even though all “fun activities” like parties and water fights have been banned, and the potential spread of Covid-19 due to travel.
Today’s cases are as follows, in Thai:
17 of the cases are in Si Racha, 1 is in Banglamung, 1 is in Pan Thong, 2 are in Panat Nikhom and the other 2 are from other provinces that are being treated in Chonburi.