Feature: A look back at the top stories from this time period LAST year: ONE Covid-19 case, an Egyptian soldier, causes panic and much, much more


The following is a weekly feature article looking at this same time period LAST year in Pattaya and Thailand news.

This weekly feature takes a look back at news from the same period last year (and sometimes different time windows, such as six months or three months) to see how things have changed, following up on the progression of stories, as well as look at potentially broken promises or things that didn’t take place as promised in Pattaya and Thailand.

As we publish dozens of stories a week this is a quick way for people to take a look at what the biggest stories were a year ago, as chosen by our editorial team, and how they impact us today and relate to current news. They are in no particular order of importance, however, are in order of publication. This week, we cover the third week of JULY 2020, from Sunday, July 12th, 2020 to Saturday, July 18th, 2020. They are roughly in order of publication.

Let’s go!

1. Entertainment venue owners want to move closing times to 2:00 A.M.

This never happened, unfortunately. And now, entertainment venues have been closed for three and a half months with no end in sight.  Prior to Covid-19, due to Pattaya’s status as a special administrative zone, the closing time for venues was often well into the early morning depending on the location. However, at least officially, the closing time became midnight during Covid-19 for the most part. When things eventually reopen many venue owners will want to go back to pre-2020

for closing times as well.

Top entertainment venue representative wants Thai Department of Disease Control to move closing times to 2:00 AM in entertainment zones

Pattaya entertainment venue operators meet with Pattaya Police to ask to extend closing times past Midnight

2.  Egyptian soldier testing positive for Covid-19 causes major concern

Remember this story and the panic over ONE case last year?  Now, look where we are a year later.

Updates on Egyptian Soldier Positive for Covid-19: Thai Army denies any connection, Hotels and Airport deny any fault, emergency press conference tomorrow

3.  Pattaya Mayor addresses flooding issues, says several pumps need to be repaired

Yes, last year this was an issue too. It wasn’t just Covid that was still a year-over-year problem.

Pattaya Mayor addresses flooding issues, says several water pumps in repair and projects not complete

4.  Man stabbed on Pattaya Beach overnight, claims he was minding his own business

A man out at 5:00 A.M. was stabbed in the buttocks by what he claimed was an unknown person and also claimed he was “minding his own business” when it happened. Police were not sure they believed the story and a year later, this “major crime” was never solved 🙂

Thirty six year old man stabbed on Pattaya Beach

5.  Leading Thai doctor predicts another wave of Covid-19 if the country relaxes border restrictions

Well, it turns out, he may have been right, as porous land borders are widely believed to be a major reason Thailand is in the situation it is in. Not, however, international tourists who went through quarantine and proper processes. However, he wasn’t right with everything, as he also thought the pandemic would have been finished by now globally. That is one we would have liked him to be correct about.

Leading Thai doctor warns of possibility of second wave of Covid-19 if Thailand relaxes border restrictions and control

That is all for this week! Stay safe and thanks for your support as always!


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Adam Judd
Mr. Adam Judd is the Co-owner of TPN Media since December 2017. He is originally from Washington D.C., America, but has also lived in Dallas, Sarasota, and Portsmouth. His background is in retail sales, HR, and operations management, and has written about news and Thailand for many years. He has lived in Pattaya for over nine years as a full-time resident, is well known locally and been visiting the country as a regular visitor for over a decade. His full contact information, including office contact information, can be found on our Contact Us page below. Stories please e-mail Editor@ThePattayanews.com About Us: https://thepattayanews.com/about-us/ Contact Us: https://thepattayanews.com/contact-us/