Villagers chase out returnees from coronavirus-hit Samut Sakhon province

FOUR construction workers who returned to their village in Surin province at 3 a.m. this morning (Dec. 22) after working many months in Samut Sakhon province where the new round of Covid-19 outbreak started were driven away by fearful villagers and force to be quarantined in a small hut at the periphery, Siam Rath newspaper reported.

The workers were called back home by their children who wanted to celebrate the New Year with them. However when news about the Samut Sakhon returnees reached the school, the teachers sent word to them not to come to school.

The four workers had caught the Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani train from Hua Lamphong station and arrived at Surin’s Sikhoraphum district at around midnight. They then took motorcycle taxis to their homes in this village, reaching there at 3 a.m.

However when the other villagers found out about the returnees from Samut Sakhon province they informed the village health volunteers and then chased them out to the small hut.

Even the village leader Mr. Bai Kannula wanted them to leave immediately announcing through the village broadcast tower that Samut Sakhon is a highly risky area and villagers were afraid of Covid-19 spreading to their community.

Relevant officials and health volunteers later took their temperature and are now monitoring them for any symptoms of the deadly disease.


Top: The four construction workers ostracized by other villagers, top, and the small hut they are quarantined in, below. Photos: Siam Rath


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