77 immigration detainees catch Covid at Bang Khen centre

THE Immigration Bureau today (March 17) said 77 foreign immigration detainees have tested positive for coronavirus at the Bang Khen detention centre but none had done so at the Suan Phlu centre where almost 1,000 are held, said.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Sompong Chingduang, head of this bureau, said currently there were over 2,000 immigration detainees held at various centres across the country. 

That Covid cases were found at the Bang Khen centre is because this is where detainees are held for the 14-day quarantine period. They are mostly Myanmar, Laotian and Cambodian migrant workers who were sent here from risky zones such as the hot spot Samut Sakhon province.

Because of the limitations of the detention facility it led to these 77 detainees being infected, he added.

As yet no officials at this centre had caught this feared disease but they will be quarantined for 14 days at an arranged facility as they cannot return home while they could possibly spread the disease to their family.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Sompong added that he had contacted the Public Health Ministry to set up a field hospital to treat the infected detainees and implement measures to prevent  it spreading to other areas.

Meanwhile the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) had said at 11.30 a.m. that  there were 248 coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours taking the cumulative confirmed total to 27,402 with another patient having died taking the toll to 88.

Of the new batch of Covid cases, 79 emerged through surveillance and service systems while 169 were found through proactive search in communities.

Six foreign arrivals were quarantined with three having arrived from the United Arab Emirates and one each from Nigeria, Indonesia and the UK.


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