Northern Thailand –
Hundreds of local people who visited entertainment venues in Phichit province have flocked to local hospitals yesterday, December 2, to seek Covid-19 tests after an official announcement regarding an infected illegal returnee who went to the same places during the same period.
Approximately 200 visitors from the Bird Bar and Crocodile Rock Pub in Mueang district rushed to the hospital for the tests as they claimed that they went to the places from November 28th to 30th, the same period as when a Phichit returnee who had illegally sneaked back from Tachileik border of Myanmar with Covid-19 had been.
Both entertainment venues were closed for three days following the order of Phichit Governor Rangsan Tancharoen. Many schools were also closed until next Monday as some of the students had reportedly visited the venues during the same period as the infected returnee. The Governor stressed that the bar and schools had done nothing wrong in response to some on social media who were upset.
Other community activities and social gatherings in department stores, restaurants, and other entertainment venues were available but under a strict New Normal policy and other health regulations.
Similar situations also occurred in Chiang Mai as about 100 anxious residents rushed to public and private hospitals since December 1st to seek Covid-19 tests. However, the hospitals only provided free tests to high- and low-risk groups of people who had a travel history similar to infected returnees.
Meanwhile, the Chiang Mai deputy governor, Weeraphan Dee-on, reassured the public not to panic as the authorities are closely monitoring the disease transmission and examining people in the risk groups.
“The reoccurrence of the Covid-19 in the country has not yet affected the tourism industry in Chiang Mai. Private tourism sectors also positively believe that the province is still safe. Upcoming events and activities will not be postponed and domestic tourists do not have to be quarantined but they are advised to abide by New Normal restrictions and health regulation strictly.” the deputy governor stressed.
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