Coronavirus

2,256 new Covid cases amid hunt for migrant workers

THE daily coronavirus tally is still high today (May 14) with 2,256 new cases and 30 more deaths while officials are hunting for migrant workers to enter the 14-quarantine after a cluster emerged at a Samut Prakan auto parts factory, TV Channel 7 and Amarin TV said this morning.

The new batch of cases,  with 2,073 being the general public and 183 inmates, raised the accumulated confirmed total to 96,050 with 67,187 having emerged in the current wave of infection that started early April.

The 30 fatalities over the past 24 hours increased the death toll to 548.

Altogether 1,701 more patients have been cured, adding up to 62,316 who have recovered with 34,890 having done so in the current wave.

Meanwhile Public Health officials are tracking down migrant workers to quarantine after 177 employees, both Thai and foreign, got infected at an auto parts factory in Bang Sao Thong district of Samut Prakan province out of the 433-strong work force. 

Officials have arranged two dormitories in this district to quarantine the migrant workers for 14 days.

Some of the company’s office staff did come to work this morning and are helping officials track down the migrant workers to come in for screening and enter quarantine.

Mr. Phisit Panmuan, head of Bang Sao Thong district’s public health office, said investigation showed 140 workers were at high risk of contracting Covid-19 and all had been found. 

A search is underway for other migrant workers with those not at high risk of contracting the disease to be quarantined at home to observe their symptoms.

Public Health officials went to the Warocha community in this district for Covid testing and a lot of people flocked in to do so.

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Top: Two workers working on an car engine at a Thai auto plant. Photo: CNN

Home Page: The auto parts factory where 177 employees got infected with coronavirus. Thai headline says, “Hunting for migrant workers to enter state quarantine.” Photo: TV Channel 7

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