Covid-19 in Thailand

Following months of lockdown in early 2020, Thailand was one of the lucky few countries that could return to “normalcy”. Unfortunately, a surge of Covid-19 cases was the ultimate plot twist for the tourism-dependent nation that has been hoping to revive international travel.  

Again, concerns are rising as 71 new cases have been reported in Bangkok on 4th April 2021 – many of the entertainment venues around the Sukhumvit area have been reported as source. 

Recent Covid-19 news:

Bangkok entertainment venues spread infection

Dr. Yong Poonvorawan, Chief Virologist at Chulalongkorn University recently warned that entertainment venues are the main source of infections in a recent post on his facebook page regarding the infections around Thonglor, reported Bangkok Post

Reported cases in Bangkok from 25th March 2021 to 27th March 2021:

  • Krystal, Thonglor: 21 cases
  • Ekamai Beer House, Ekamai: 8 cases
  • Bla Bla Pub and Dollar Bangkok, Thong Lor: 5 cases 
  • The Cassette Music Bar and Pub Dirty in Ekkamai: 3 cases 
  • Baan Phahol Cafe and Bar, Chatuchak: 3 cases

Even though vaccines are already available in some areas, the virologist added that it could take up to two years for 70% of the global population to be vaccinated and produce herd immunity. 

Curb the virus 

Due to the rising cases of Covid-19, it’s important to be socially responsible and maintain the virus safety measures. We can stay home and still entertain ourselves. Even Michelin-star restaurant owner, Jay Fai has temporarily closed down her restaurant to prevent further spreading of the virus. 

Covid-19 vaccine roll-outs:

Cover images adapted from: The Nation Thailand

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