THE spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today (Dec. 20) urged the public not to panic after the number of Covid-19 cases shot up by 576 overnight explaining that this is not a second wave of infection but it is a new outbreak with the authorities gearing up to test over 10,000 individuals in various provinces to control it, Thai Rath newspaper reported.
Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin pointed out that Samut Sakhon has been locked down while the smaller CCSA committee has held a meeting today.
Where the spreading of this deadly disease by a 67-year-old shrimp vendor in Samut Sakhon is concerned, an additional case has been found with this being a 20-year-old man who is in serious condition.
Regarding the 78-year-old woman in Prachachuen area of Bangkok having also been infected with coronavirus, he pointed out that she has a history of regularly buying food at the Samut Sakhon market and her case was already included in today’s report.
Meanwhile Sanook.com later quoted Samut Prakan Governor Wanchai Khongkasem as saying that three persons had contracted Covid-19 at a shop selling cockles in Pak Nam market.
One of them is a Thai national who is a fresh seafood trader and the other two his Laotian workers.
This case is also linked to Samut Sakhon province because the trader picks up seafood from there to sell here.
Another 22 individuals with close contact with the three of them have been tested and all got initial negative results.
At the same time Dr Pira Areerat, a public health official in Ayutthaya province, revealed that Bang Pa-in Hospital had sent in a report that a 29-year-old asymptomatic woman had tested positive for coronavirus. She had just returned from Chiang Mai to work at a beauty salon in this province.
The number of cases soared overnight after 519 people out of 1,191 people tested for coronavirus in Samut Sakhon province got positive results, or 44% in all. Results of 1,453 more people who had been tested are awaited.
Health officials expect the total to rise as 10,300 more people in various provinces will be tested on December 20, 22 and 23, 2020.
Dr. Taweesilp emphasised the coronavirus test is free for both Thais and foreigners and the country has to together get through this situation. He urged people to not panic because in having found out about the new outbreak quickly it has helped the authorities to act quickly too.
CCSA reported at 11 a.m. that there were 19 confirmed cases of infection in the country over the past 24 hours and 516 cases among foreign workers. Quarantined in state facilities are 41 patients while another 17 have recovered and been discharged, taking the total of 4,041. Altogether 806 patients are being treated in various hospitals while the death toll remains unchanged at 60.
Top: Dr. Taweesilp talking to the press today. Photo: Thai Rath