Samut Sakhon shrimp market lifeless as Covid-19 cases rise to 13

THE trading was sluggish at the reopened shrimp and fish market at the centre of the spreading of Covid-19 in Samut Sakhon province after the number of cases shot up to 13 this morning (Dec. 13) from seven last evening, Amarin TV reported.

Samut Sakhon Governor Mr. Weerasak Wichitsangsri said all the patients were linked to this market with cases starting to appear after a 67-year-old woman shrimp vendor tested positive on Thursday December 17. 

Whether the total rises or not hinges getting hundred percent test results of all those linked to this case. Provincial officials are also searching for the root cause of how it started. 

Steps taken to prevent the deadly disease from further spreading include prohibiting workers from moving out of this area and halting the one stop service centre, the governor said, adding daily assessment will be made on whether stronger measures should be implemented as he did not want the people in this province to be affected.

However while the shrimp and fish market reopened this morning after one day closure yesterday, it was lifeless with the number of shoppers having dwindled and also fewer shrimp farmers and vendors coming in as they feared that once people got to know the product came from this province they would not dare buy it.


The shrimp and fish market from where coronavirus started spreading in Samut Sakhon. Photos: Amarin TV

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