RECAP: Thailand discovers 391 domestic infections among 405 new Covid-19 daily cases, public health ministry to propose more health measures to large CCSA meeting tomorow

Bangkok –

Thailand reported 391 domestic infections among a total of 405 new Covid-19 Coronavirus daily cases in the past 24 hours, CCSA spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin announced this morning, April 8th.

A number of 197 local infections were walk-in/hospital cases, including contact tracing, that were found in Bangkok with 48, Nonthaburi with 18, Prathum Thani with 8, Nakhon Pathom with 6, Chiang Mai with 5, Phitsanulok with 4, Phuket with 3, Chumphon with 3, Ayutthaya with 2, Suphan Buri with 2, Chaiyaphom with 2, Song Khla with 2, Saraburi with 1, Lampang with 1, Chiang Rai with 1, and Nakhon Sri Thammarat with 1.

The other 194 cases were reported during proactive case finding in local communities, particularly in local markets, factories, dormitories, and entertainment venues in Narathiwat (from the provincial prison) with 146, Bangkok with 47, and Chiang Mai with 1. All of them are isolated at field/local hospitals in the province under the supervision of Public Health authorities.

As for the local reports, Chonburi authorities this morning announced 40 new cases of the Covid-19 Coronavirus infections, with a vast discovery in a local entertainment venue.

Dr. Taweeslip also restated that the colored zone and its health restrictions in all provinces nationwide will remain the same. Traveling across the provinces is not prohibited during the Songkran festival but people are being reminded not to let their guard down, always wear face masks, and strictly follow health measures. He stated that only 504 cases of Covid-19 had taken place in entertainment venues since March 22nd and despite the media attention due to celebrities and others involved this number was much less than similar groups at markets, migrant centers, prisons, and other places and could be controlled.

He further stated that the Public Health Ministry is planning to propose at a big CCSA meeting tomorrow to close down entertainment venues, pubs, bars, karaoke, and soapie parlors in 41 high-risk provinces for at least 14 days. The other type of businesses can be operated normally, according to his statement.

The provinces are Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Prakan, Samut Songkram, Samut Sakhon, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Lopburi, Nakhon Nayok, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Prachin Buri, Chachoengsao, Sa Kaeo, Suphan Buri, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Ranong, Chumphon, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Phuket, Surat Thani, Songkhla, Yala, Narathiwat, Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphom, Udon Thani, Buriram, Loei, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Tak, Chiang Rai, and Phetchabun.

Moreover, the smaller CCSA panel will also propose a ‘work from home’ guideline among government departments and ask the private sectors to consider a similar idea to their employees to potentially reduce Covid-19 infections from commuting.

However, both agendas are not yet in effect but are waiting to be approved by the CCSA meeting chaired by Prime Minister as soon as tomorrow, April 9th.

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