Cold storage plant in Samut Sakhon shut after 39 workers catch Covid

SAMUT SAKHON Governor Veerasak Vichitsangsri this morning (May 8) ordered the closure of a cold storage and seafood processing plant in Tha Chin subdistrict after 39 out of 69 employees got infected with coronavirus, or 56.62% of the workforce, Amarin TV said.

Meanwhile the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said at 12.30 p.m. that over the past 24 hours there were 2,419 new coronavirus cases, taking the cumulative confirmed total to 81,274, while the 19 additional fatalities took the death toll to 382.

Another 2,247 patients have been cured, adding up to 51,419 who have been discharged from hospital, while 29,320 are undergoing treatment. Altogether 1,138 patients are in severe condition with 380 requiring ventilators.

Samut Sakhon Public Health Office, which is monitoring the third wave of the Covid outbreak that started early last month, said the unaffected workers are highly vulnerable to infection.

In addition, this establishment also distributes products to other places and if allowed to continue its business it would be difficult to control this cluster.

The provincial authorities also called a meeting  with entrepreneurs to discuss prevention of coronavirus spreading among migrant workers as more than half of the plant’s employees are foreigners. The neighbourhood where it is located also has several dormitories housing migrant workers.


Top: Patients undergoing tests at Samut Sakhon Hospital. Photo: NNT

Home Page: Proactive testing taking place in Bangkok’s Klong Toey district. Photo NNT

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