Heightened Covid-19 panic is causing business operators around the country to hit ‘cancel’. This includes the much-anticipated “Buriram Motor GP”, one of the country’s largest motor-racing events, which earlier today announced its cancellation.
Earlier today, a 22-year-old woman was diagnosed with Covid-19. Yesterday, the country reported the first Thai to have died from the disease – a 35-year-old man, who did not travel abroad, but contracted Covid-19 from a Chinese tourist.
Over the weekend, the Royal Thai Government Gazette placed Covid-19 on the dangerous infectious diseases list. Which means, the authorities can legally detain individuals on suspicion of having contracted Covid-19, as well as cancelling events to prevent large crowds of people from gathering.
To the dismay of millennial fans of British rockers Foals, the music festival Bangkokfest originally scheduled for this past weekend was canceled.
To the disappointment of the Generation X, 90’s American punk-rock legend, Green Day canceled its concert at Impact Arena scheduled on March 11.
And while “Do you hear the people sing” could be heard around Thailand, young Thais who are followers of K-pop are doubly disappointed. They will not hear any songs from South Korean boy band sensation GOT7 (cancelling May 9-10). That’s on top of the February 22-13 cancellation by South Korean songstress Taeyeon and her The Unseen Tour.
While the Thai government has not put a ban on Chinese tourism, Chinese superstar Wang Zhou Cheng has postponed his event, “2020 Fan Meeting in Bangkok”, that was originally set for February 29 to April 18.
Another anticipated event that was cancelled is Channel 3’s 50th anniversary football game, scheduled for May 16. It’s not anticipated for the athletic display, but because it’s a match between male celebs, with female stars as cheerleaders.
Meanwhile, as Pattaya is hit by declining tourism because of Covid-19, the cultural theme park “Legend Siam Pattaya” shut its gates temporarily. Also, two of the most popular fairs are canceled: Line Market Fest and National Book Fair & Bangkok International Book Fair.
Lastly, the following countries have banned flights from Thailand: Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain, Kazakhstan and Israel.