Khon Kaen to sue anyone who conceals infection

Residents of Khon Kaen will face criminal charges if they are caught concealing information about Covid-19 cases or transmission, the governor warned.

Somsak Jungtrakul revealed on Tuesday (April 14) that the province’s communicative disease committee aimed to prosecute those who hide information about cases, thus putting medical personnel in danger.

The provincial legal department was checking to see precisely which crime offenders could be charged with, he added.

Meanwhile, the closing time of convenience stores and similar shops in the northeastern province has been changed from 9pm to 10pm as part of lockdown measures. The shops are permitted to reopen at 4am.

Sale of alcohol is banned until April 30 along with parties and public gatherings. Parks and other public areas in the province are also closed until the end of this month.

Yaowarat gets busy again

The streets in Bangkok’s Yaowarat area were busy as usual on Wednesday (April 15) when people decided to go there not just to shop for food and cooking essentials, but also to sell off their gold ornaments now that the price of the precious metal has risen by Bt550 per baht weight.

Many shops also reopened in response to a dropping rate of Covid-19 infections in the country. However, most people were still sporting face masks to protect themselves.

The street was also teeming with people on Tuesday, when hundreds showed up to queue outside gold shops.

when hundreds showed up to queue outside gold shops. Jitti Tangsitphakdi, president of the Gold Traders Association, said many gold shops were suffering cash flow problems, now that people are selling gold instead of buying, and also because international buyers have stopped importing the precious metal due to the ban on airlines and closure of overseas markets.