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After a number of weeks where new cases of Covid-19 were very low, Thailand has seen a number of new outbreaks in the last few days.
The main outbreak has been in Bangkok and has been linked to a number of entertainment venues in the city.
The country has reported a further 334 cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, up from 250 yesterday. 216 of the new cases were in Bangkok.
“New cases in provinces were linked to the infections at entertainment places in Bangkok. The present Covid-19 situation is as serious as that which occurred in Bang Khae district and raises serious concerns.”Dr. Apisamai Srirangson, Assistant Spokeswoman for the Thai Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration
New cases linked to the Bangkok outbreak have occurred in Phuket, Samut Prakan, Chon Buri, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom and Ayutthaya.
One of the new cases includes Thai Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob and several other cabinet ministers have begun a 14-day quarantine after being in close contact with new cases
Thailand has now reported 29,905 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
The Bangkok outbreak has been linked to people who visited seven bars and pubs in Bangkok in late March.
At least 40 people who visited the venues from 25th to 27th March have tested positive for Covid-19 and anyone who visited in that period have been urged to take a test as soon as possible.
The bars have been listed as Krystal Club Thonglor 25 and Barbarbar in Thong Lor, Baan Phahol Café and Bar in Chatuchak and Ekamai Beer House, Dollar Bangkok, The Cassette Music Bar and Pub Dirty in Ekkamai.
Entertainment venues in three other Bangkok districts, Klong Toey, Watthana and Bang Khae, have been ordered to closes from 6th to 19th April to prevent the outbreak spreading further.
Chinag Mai had gone 83 days without any cases of Covid-19 but that has changed after the province recorded 6 new cases in the last 2 days. The cases have all been linked to the outbreak in Bangkok.
It is thought that risk of further cases is low due to the locations the infected people had visited in the province.
Meanwhile there have been 4 new cases reported in Phuket of which at least one has been linked to Bangkok.
The other 3 confirmed cases are all members of the same family on the island.
Narathiwat Prison, in the far south of Thailand near the Malaysia border has seen 127 inmates confirmed to have tested positive for Covid-19.
The majority of those infected are asymptomatic and are being isolated from the remainder of the 2,334 inmates.
Source: Bangkok Post
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