36 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Chiang Mai, raising cases linked to infections at local entertainment venues to 47 in four days.
The new cluster of infections at local entertainment places jumped to 47 cases in four days and all have been hospitalised, said the Chiang Mai communicable disease control panel.
Dr Chatuchai Maneerat, chief of the Chiang Mai public health office, said the new infections were found to have been linked to 7 local entertainment venues.
They are Warm Up Cafe Chiang Mai, Tha Chang Café Chiang Mai, DC Chiang Mai, Infinity Club Chiang Mai, Ground, Living Machine and Consol’s Garden.
To cope with a surge in new cases, the provincial communicable disease control panel will set up a field hospital at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre. It will be operational on 9th April.
On Thursday, deputy Chiang Mai governor Weeraphan Dee-on said that the communicable disease control committee ordered the closure of all entertainment venues including pubs and karaoke bars for seven days from 9th April.
All entertainment places which opened on Thursday were also asked to submit lists of customers to the provincial panel.
The panel also decided to ban alcohol consumption at all types of restaurants during the same period, said the deputy governor.
Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said on Thursday that closures for 2 weeks have been recommended and will take effect after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha signs the order at a CCSA meeting today.
People who travel from 5 at-risk provinces – Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani and Nakhon Pathom – are required to register their arrivals via CM Chana app and to isolate themselves for 14 days, said Mr Dee-on.
Yesterday, the Chiang Mai provincial public health office urged those who visited the 6 entertainment places to take COVID-19 tests at hospitals near their houses.
They could also take nasal swab tests at mobile testing units in front of Warm Up Café from 9.30am to 3pm between 8th-9th April, according to the Chiang Mai public relations Facebook page.