New Covid clusters at a factory and construction camps

TWO new coronavirus clusters have been found with one being at a factory in Bangkok’s Bang Khun Thian district and the other at some construction camps in Samut Prakan province, Amarin TV said this morning (March 22, 2021).

Two factory workers were examined at Rachaphiphat Hospital on Friday (March 19), and doctors found that they had been infected with this feared disease.

Public Health officials then went to the factory and found that there were 215 people at risk with 37 of them at a high level and 178 low. By testing the former group 28 more cases were found taking the total to 30.

Meanwhile the Department of Disease Control Director-General Dr. Opas Karnkawinpongs said 23 workers were found infected at construction camps in Samut Prakan province after a Cambodian woman tested positive when she went to renew her work permit but she was asymptomatic.

Covid testing was held at her camp in Sukhumvit soi 117 and 16 cases were found, 10 Cambodians, four Thais and two Myanmar citizens.

After that proactive testing was conducted at nearby camps with over 600 tested on March 18 and 593 on March 19 leading to six new cases of infection being found, adding up to a total of 23 cases.

Earlier this morning the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA’s) assistant spokeswoman Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan said there were 73 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours with 66 being domestic and seven from  other countries as well as one additional fatality taking to the toll to 91.

Altogether 15,492 cases of infection have been found through proactive screening with the cumulative confirmed total reaching 27,876. Sixty-five more patients have been cured adding up to 26,663 who have been discharged from hospital while 1,122 are still undergoing treatment.

The patient who died is a 60-year-old Thai man who was at the last stage of lung cancer. He was admitted to hospital on March 15 for severe pneumonia and passed away on March 18 after suffering from acute cardiac arrest.


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