The Chonburi Public Health Office announced seven more cases of Covid-19 this morning, one day after they announced eight cases, the most in almost three months.
Of today’s cases, five are Japanese nationals and linked with yesterday’s cases and clusters linked to Bangkok as well as entertainment venues.
The other two cases are a Thai person linked to the cluster with the foreign nationals and an unrelated case of a Thai person from Samut Prakan who came to Chonburi for treatment for Covid-19 but is being attributed to Chonburi province.
This also comes one day after the Japanese Embassy confirmed the Japanese ambassador to Thailand has Covid-19, although officials did not directly link the cases in Chonburi and Bangkok to the ambassador.
Chonburi Public Health Officials stated that the main group of foreigners and Thais from the past several days were directly linked to entertainment venues in Bangkok and advised Chonburi residents to avoid such venues in the capital at this time. This comes after dozens of cases have been linked to several entertainment venues in Bangkok over the past several days.
So far, 110 contacts of the patients have been traced, isolated, and tested. Chonburi officials say testing is ongoing and urged residents to stay calm but continue using precautions like mask-wearing and social distancing.
The new cases come only five days before the start of Songkran, the biggest Thai holiday of the year. Although this year fun events such as parties, concerts, and water fights are banner, traditional activities are still allowed as well as people being able to travel over the festival. The renewed cases, however, have driven concern from health officials.