IN A warning to the residents of Bangkok the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA’s) spokesman Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin this afternoon (May 23) said the capital’s 31 existing clusters require maximum surveillance while two new clusters had been found with these being construction camps in Bangkapi and Pom Prap Sattru Phai districts, TV Channel 7 reported.
Over the past 24 hours 983 new cases appeared in Bangkok, taking the total to 33,745, with there being 15 fatalities.
Meanwhile clusters have also cropped up in adjacent Samut Prakan province at a new housing community in Bang Sao Thong district and four factories. In another neighbouring province, Pathum Thani, there is a cluster at See Mum Muang market.
In Phetchaburi province as many as 968 cases emerged at an electronic components manufacturing plant in Khao Yoi area, with the total here being the second highest after Bangkok. It was found that workers at this factory went back and forth and residents in the high-risk group have been called in to be tested with the goal being to control this cluster of infection in one to two weeks’ time.
Another 103 cases emerged in Chachoengsao province, mainly at slaughterhouses, while an additional 91 cases appeared in Chonburi province.
Comparatively, today’s tally of cases in the provinces, reaching 1,516, is higher than the total of 1,401 in Bangkok and its neighbouring provinces.
Dr Taweesilp said Bangkok continues to see new cases among migrant workers but the total is staying steady. Aside from the two new clusters at a workers’ camp in Soi Soi Ramkhamhaeng 8, Bangkapi, and another one at Pom Prap Sattru Phai district, new cases have also appeared at a cluster that had been closed in the Sampeng area. There are now a total of 33 clusters in the metropolis.
“People must not let their guard down, we will go through this situation together.
“If you ask how long it will stay like this in Bangkok, while in Petchaburi it is coming under control in one to two weeks’ time, where Bangkok is concerned, it has many districts and the distribution of the infection is different with the society also being complex.
“Infection has been found in migrant workers’ camps belonging to many companies. We ask the entrepreneurs to take care of their people, there must be a bubble and seal (approach),” he said.
Thailand, with 129,500 cases, has now risen to number 88th in the coronavirus world map behind South Korea which ranks 84th with 135,929 cases but had 666 cases today while Thailand had 3,382. Malaysia is higher up, ranking 42nd in the world, with 505,115 total cases and had 6,320 new infections over the past 24 hours and 50 fatalities.
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