PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Dec. 21) that he is closely monitoring the new outbreak of Covid-19 that is spreading out from Samut Sakhon province next door to Bangkok and will assess the situation in seven days’ time while urging the public not to panic, Siam Rath newspaper reported.
He added that he is still waiting to see how things pan out before deciding whether to cancel New Year countdown events.
In a strong warning to factory owners, Gen. Prayut said as they are the ones who know best about foreign workers should any of them be found to be employing those who had sneaked in illegally, their factories would be closed.
Those who had any information about illegal employment were urged to tell the officials.
He also said that the government has all the measures in hand to deal with this new outbreak such as medical treatment, field hospitals and the drug Favipiravir.
With more foreign workers being tested today cases would surely rise, he said, while pointing out that the problem is people sneaking back and forth across the border.
Thai officials are already working fully at patrolling the border day and night but the distance is over 2,500 kilometres. When officials close the usual illegal crossing points, because there is no fence and it is a thick jungle, these people open new ones, he said, while urging local people to inform officials when they see illegal activity.
Top: Prime Minister Prayut talking to the reporters today. Photo: Siam Rath