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Bangkok school closed after Covid cases emerge at nearby factory 

BANGKOK Metropolitan Administration (BMA) ordered a school in Phasi Charoen district closed after 27 workers at a factory in its neighbourhood were found infected with Covid-19, Thai Rath newspaper reported this evening (Feb. 2, 2021).

BMA’s spokesman Pol. Capt. Pongsakorn Kwanmuang said Wat Chan Pradit Tharam School had been ordered closed till Friday Feb. 5 while administrators of another school in the vicinity, Chanpradittharam Witthayakhom School, have been contacted to likewise do so.

In addition, preschool development centres in ​​Bang Bon, Nong Khaem and Phasi Charoen districts have also been ordered closed from now onwards till further notification in order to control the spread of coronavirus.

This occurred just two days after all Thai schools reopened on Monday Feb. 1 after a long break extending from New Year holidays.

BMA’s health department officials had tested 887 workers at a factory in Phasi Charoen, with 300 being Thai and 587 Myanmar migrant workers, and 27 of them were found infected with Covid-19 and 130 in the high-risk category.

The owners of this factory have an affiliated plant with 1,300 workers. Officials have tested 800 of them and results are awaited and they will be quickly collecting saliva samples of the remaining 500 workers with this expected to be completed tomorrow.


Top: The school in Phasi Charoen that has been shut down again. Photo: Thai Rath

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