Nonthaburi’s governor on Friday closed a well-known pub and quarantined its staff after a deejay who worked there became Thailand’s first local coronavirus case in 100 days on Thursday.
Gov. Sujin Chaiyachumsak issued the disease-control orders after the deejay was arrested for selling drugs Aug. 26 and tested positive upon intake to Khlong Prem central prison Sept. 2.
The 3Days2Nights pub was closed from Sept. 4-6 and all its workers will stay at a provincial quarantine facility for 14 days.
Besides, their family members and people close to them will observe home quarantine. Visitors to the pub were advised to seek Covid-19 tests at Bangkruai Hospital if they have a fever.
The 37-year-old developed a fever and phlegm on Aug 29. He had not gone abroad, so he was the first confirmed case of local infection after the country had been free of it for 100 days.
Dr Walairat Chaifoo, director of epidemiology at the Department of Disease Control, said the drug-dealing deejay worked the 3Days2Nights location on Rama 3 Road in Bangkok on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and the pub’s Rama 5 Road location in Nonthaburi on Fridays and Saturdays. Both pubs were ordered to be closed for three days.
He also guest deejayed at the First Café on Khaosan Road on Aug. 18 and lived at the Baan Suanthon condominium in Bangkok’s Bang Mod area.
He had been in close contact with seven family members, met a lawyer, 53 inmates and two prison officials and is the second inmate found with Covid-19. The man and at-risk inmates were treated at Correctional Hospital.