As many as 10,000 people may have to be tested for Covid-10 in Samut Sakhon province after a shrimp vendor at a local market contracted the deadly disease and among them will all those who had high-, medium- and low-risk exposure to this superspreader, INN News and Sanook.com reported this morning (Dec. 18, 2020).
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who is getting ready to go to the area, said tests were being expanded and it was suspected that the 67-year-old woman likely got infected through contact with foreign fishery workers in this province.
He added that an inspection circle had been drawn in the area with strict measures implemented within it and this gave him confidence that this case would be brought under control.
He has ordered Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Disease Control Department, to close this case within one week so that the public does not worry during the New Year festival.
Whether this market would be closed or not hinged on details that Dr Opas and his team were gathering, he said, adding that he would be going to the area to check the situation again in a day or two.
Top: Anutin talking to reporters this morning. Thai headline says, “must end in one week.” Photo: Sanook.com