Hua Hin pub gig leads to virus surge

Hua Hin pub gig leads to virus surge

Hua Hin's red light district is deserted on Monday evening following the closure of bars and a spike in Covid-19 cases in Hua Hin and other districts of Prachuap Khiri Khan province. (Photo: Dave Kendall)
Hua Hin's red light district is deserted on Monday evening following the closure of bars and a spike in Covid-19 cases in Hua Hin and other districts of Prachuap Khiri Khan province. (Photo: Dave Kendall)

Covid cases have surged in Prachuap Khiri Khan, with many infections traced to a concert in Hua Hin.

The province reported a one-day jump of 141 infections on Tuesday, bringing its total to 334, with no deaths.

Most patients showed no severe symptoms. Most caught the virus while attending the Joey Boy concert at the Maya Exclusive Pub in Hua Hin on March 30.

People who went to the same places at the same time as the infected people can receive a free Covid-19 test at Prachuap Khiri Khan Hospital and Hua Hin Hospital. An average of 500 people daily have gone to the Hua Hin Hospital for Covid-19 tests in the past several days.

The concert at the pub on March 30 is linked to a string of new Covid-19 cases in Hua Hin. More than 90% of the cases found in the area were linked to the venue, authorities said.

According to media reports, a driver of Prachuap Khiri Khan's deputy governor has tested positive after visiting the pub.

The Prachuap Khiri Khan transmission is believed to have started with one woman who worked at Krystal Club in Thong Lor. She attended the concert on March 30 before developing a high fever the next day.

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Vocabulary

  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • fever: an abnormally high body temperature - ไข้
  • governor: a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province or a government agency - ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด
  • jump (n): a sudden increase -
  • severe: very serious and unpleasant - รุนแรง
  • symptoms (noun): signs that someone has an illness - อาการ
  • test positive: to show in a medical test that a particular virus, bacteria, disease is present in the body - ตรวจพบว่าติดเชื้อ
  • transmission: the spread of a disease from one person or animal to another - การแพร่เชื้อ
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