The superintendent of Hua Hin police station has been transferred to an inactive post for allegedly allowing several night entertainment venues to stay open beyond closing hours.
Pol Maj Gen Wanchai Tharanatham, commander of Prachuap Khiri Khan police, has signed an order re-assigning Pol Col Paitoon Phromkhian, superintendent of Hua Hin police, to the operations centre at the provincial police office.
This is not the first time Pol Col Phromkhian has faced a transfer due to his handling of COVID-19 preventive measures.
In September last year, Pol Col Phromkhian was transferred to an inactive post after allowing betting on bull races to be conducted in the area.
The latest transfer was reportedly triggered by allegations that some pubs in the resort town of Hua Hin, including the Maya Pub, were allowed to operate beyond legal opening hours.
Maya Pub hosted a small concert on 30th March and several COVID-19 cases were linked to the venue.
Prachuap Khiri Khan yesterday reported 98 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total of cases in the new outbreak from 1st-15th April to 525.
In Bangkok, all police at Min Buri station were ordered to take COVID-19 tests after two of their colleagues tested positive for the virus.
Pol Col Surapol Komnoi, superintendent of Min Buri police, said the station has informed the Min Buri district office and health officials of the situation and awaits the test results.
He said the officers who came into contact with the two infected officers have also been told to self-isolate pending test results while those classified as “very low-risk” can still report for work.
Meanwhile, the Royal Thai Police (RTP) reported that more than 200 officers nationwide have tested positive and more than 1,600 officers have been placed under quarantine since mid-March.
RTP’s deputy spokeswoman Pol Col Sirikul Kritpitayaboon said the accumulated number of infected police officers from 13th March – 14th April stood at 259 with 1,625 under quarantine.
The Metropolitan Police Bureau has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with 71, followed by Provincial Police Region 5 with 23 cases, and the Central Investigation Bureau with 21 cases.