Health minister says tough measures required to limit spread of Thonglor cluster infections
Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, says that the Ministry of Public Health will propose that the CCSA impose tough measures to deal with entertainment venues in Bangkok’s Thonglor area, after 148 people, who visited or are working in the area, have been infected with COVID-19.
He said that the virus has spread very quickly and the situation in the area has reached such a critical level that the Public Health Ministry finds it necessary to advise the CCSA that it is time to close all entertainment venues in the area.
He accepted that the tough measure may displease many people, but said it is necessary for the safety of the public as a whole, adding “Nobody wants to do it, but the cluster has spread to all regions and, therefore, it is necessary to adopt tough measures.”
He also disclosed that eight out of ten Japanese in Bangkok, who visited the Krystal Club in Thonglor, have tested positive for the virus.
Meanwhile, in Suphan Buri province, the Chao Phraya Yommaraj Hospital has closed the obstetrics department until April 19th, after a number of medical personnel were found to be infected with COVID-19.
According to the CCSA, 21 infections have been recorded in the province since April 3rd, including 7 cases today, with 5 of them showing symptoms.
The hospital has also stopped visits to patients by their relatives, suspended admittance of new patients to the obstetrics ward for 14 days and the transfer of patients from obstetrics or special medicine wards to other hospitals.