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Bang Lamphu, Khao San Deserted Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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Business in Bangkok’s Khaosan Road area has evaporated after news broke that a coronavirus-infected deejay had worked at a pub flouting social distancing rules.

The ripple effects from Thailand’s first locally transmitted Covid-19 case in 100 days reverberated throughout the Bang Lamphu area after it had seen a slow recovery following Thailand’s lockdown.

The Bang Lamphu Market was unusually quiet this weekend. Crowds buying food and clothes became history there after the 37-year-old drug-dealing deejay, not a prison inmate, was confirmed with Covid-19.

He had worked on Aug. 18 at the First Café on Khaosan Road and two other pubs in Bangkok and Nonthaburi. Authorities said Monday that none of the venues had followed even minimal virus-prevention measures of temperature screening, wearing face of masks and social distancing.

Officials from the Department of Disease Control opened mobile units to offer free Covid-19 tests to people and workers in the area. Officials collected nasal swabs from people and were set to report results in two days.

The entertainment places where the new COVID-19 patient had worked were closed for 14 days.