Covid flare-up at markets: Over 4,000 tested, 96 infected

BANGKOK Metropolitan Authority said this afternoon (March 14) that 4,046 people have been tested for coronavirus at various markets in Bang Khae district during March 7-13 with 96 found to be infected, 764 not infected while results of 3,186 people are pending, Siam Rath newspaper said.

All 96 new cases were clustered at Wonder market where 2,335 were tested with 764  getting negative result while 1,475 others are still waiting for their report.

Altogether 1,711 people were tested at other markets close to Wonder market but results are not out for any of them. Of this total 1,400 were tested at Sirisethanon, Bang Khae Shopping Centre, Kitti, Phasom and New Bang Khae markets. Meanwhile 311 were tested at Khlong Khwang market but their results too are still pending.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) earlier announced that there were 170 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours with Bangkok’s total more than double that of Samut Sakhon. Thailand also moved up to place 112th in the global Covid tally.

The new cases take the cumulative confirmed total to 26,927 but there were no additional deaths with the toll remaining at 86. Altogether 68 patients recovered, taking this total to 26,154, while 687 remain hospitalized.

Of the 170 new cases, 156 were domestic with 20 emerging through surveillance and service systems and 136 through proactive search in communities. Thirteen overseas arrivals were quarantined but a Myanmar citizen had sneaked in from Malaysia and skipped it.

Interestingly, 90 of the 136 new cases found through proactive testing were in Bangkok (45 Thai, 44 Myanmar citizens and 1 from Nepal) while 31 emerged in Samut Sakhon (one Thai and 30 Myanmar citizens).

Three patients emerged through surveillance and service systems in Bangkok (all Thai, aged 64,68,85 years) and 12 in Samut Sakhon (four Thai and eight Myanmar citizens)


Top: Covid testing at Wonder wet market. Photo: Siam Rath

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