Coronavirus cases soar over 500 in Samut Sakhon

THE situation in Samut Sakhon province from where the new Covid-19 outbreak started turned shaky again after a big jump of 541 cases today (Jan. 3) with 86 being Thais and 455 migrant workers, reported.

At 2 p.m. today the Facebook page, Covid-19 Samut Sakhon, reported the latest figures while also stating that the provincial total is now 2,401 cases with 131 having recovered.

Meanwhile the Samut Sakhon Shrimp Traders Community postponed the reopening Thai Seafood Market until the coronavirus outbreak improves.

At 11.30 a.m. today the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported that over the past 24 hours there were 315 new Covid-19 cases nationwide taking the total 7,694 with 4,337 having recovered while 3,293 are still undergoing treatment but the death toll is stationary at 64.

Adding up to today’s total were 274 domestic cases, 20 infections among migrant workers and 21 overseas travellers who have all been placed in state quarantine.

Of the foreign arrivals, four came from the US, three each from Pakistan and Egypt, two each from Russia and Qatar and one each from Bahrain, Kuwait, Italy, Indonesia, Ethiopia, India and UK.

With the jump in daily coronavirus cases to over 300 Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has scheduled a meeting of the big CCSA panel at the Government at 2.30 p.m. tomorrow to consider measures to control the spread of this infection to many provinces.

The Public Health Ministry will propose that the panel consider strictly controlled 28 provinces, demarcated as part of the red zone, with establishments at risk of spreading the infection to be closed down, among them entertainment venues and restaurants. People will be requested to not travel across provinces unless necessary with educational institutions to be told to stop teaching.


Top: People milling around a hospital at Samut Sakhon. Thai headline says, “total soars again.” Photo:


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