The Chonburi Department of Public Health announced a record-breaking high of 1,678 new and confirmed cases of Covid-19 today with ten deaths today, August 4th.
Despite weeks of strict restrictions that have crushed Pattaya and Chonburi’s economy (months in terms of entertainment industry closures, another major driver for Pattaya) like a ban on dine-in at restaurants, a mandatory overnight curfew, closures of nearly all nonmedical and grocery businesses, closure of malls, hospitality, tourism attractions, beaches, pools, massage, gyms, and much more, cases continue to hit record highs. The majority of local construction projects and camps have been shut and are under a bubble and seal program (essentially, lockdown of construction camps) and even many markets have been ordered shut. Factories throughout the region have also been shut or sealed off from the public to stay operating.
Yet, cases still rise.
This is frustrating not just business owners, employees, and residents but also reportedly Chonburi officials, with all sides wondering what the next steps are and what a roadmap out of the current situation looks like. This comes as food lines and charity events with hundreds, and some even with thousands of people, dominate the Pattaya landscape in particular as more people lose their jobs and run out of financial aid, along with a rising homeless population.
This makes a total of 30,807 cases of Covid-19 in the current round of infections, with 15,051 still under medical care/supervision, and with a total of 148 recorded deaths in Chonburi since the start of this recent round of infections in early April. The details on yesterday’s ten new deaths were not given, which is standard for the health department.
Additionally, 643 people were also released and recovered yesterday in Chonburi. 15,608 people in total have now been released from medical care and recovered in Chonburi since this current wave began.
The district-level new cases were as follows today:
Mueang Chonburi 438, Si Racha 433, Banglamung (Pattaya) 320, Panat Nikhom 52, Sattahip 19, Ban Bueang 133, Pan Thong 160, Bor Thong 29, Ko Chan 26, Nong Yai 10, and 58 new cases transferred from other provinces for medical care.
The details on the cases are as follows:
- A risky occupation, meeting a lot of people- 55 cases This is described as an occupation that is primarily customer-facing, like taxi drivers, cashiers at supermarkets, etc.
- 3 medical staff
- Many enterprises in Rayong province, 13 cases
- Provided a history of traveling to Bangkok – 1 case, Samut Prakan, 1 case, Rayong – 1 case, and Prachuap Khiri Khan – 1 case
- Close contacts of confirmed patients, in families – 364 cases, , in workplaces – 395 cases, and close friends – 19 cases
- Close contacts of confirmed patients (under investigation), 190 cases
- 635 cases are under investigation in general
A total of 1,802 close contact searches were received today with 705 initial proactive searches, and more proactive search reports are pending.
There are currently, in Chonburi, clusters of Covid-19 at 21 establishments and five markets, 10 construction worker camps, and four communities. TPN media notes that this cluster information appears to be outdated but is what was provided by authorities.
The Chonburi Governor, Phakkhrathon Thianchai, has announced last night (August 3rd) the temporary closure of a work camp in Banglamung, a construction site in Si Racha, and a company in Mueang Chonburi.
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