Over 500 workers building new Parliament infected

IMMIGRATION officials today (May 24) went to a construction workers’ camp in Nonthaburi province where 519 out of 900 housed there and who are completing the new Parliament complex have been infected with coronavirus, Thai Rath newspaper and reported.

Parliament has now stopped all construction work with building crews not allowed in. Parts of the complex have been used for Senate and House of Representatives meetings.

A proactive screening on Saturday May 22 found that of the 519 infected workers, 45 are Thais and 474 Cambodians and Myanmar nationals.

Nonthaburi officials are now holding talks to lay out operational guidelines with the infected Thais to be taken to the provincial field hospital while migrant workers will likely be quarantined at the camp.

The provincial authorities are in the process of issuing an order to close the camp by employing the same model used for Jirajit Apartment with those within forbidden from going out and those outside barred from entering. This is to take place after Public Health officials have assessed the camp’s environment.

Meanwhile the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said late afternoon that a new cluster has emerged in Samut Prakan province with this being a  condo building with 81 people living there having been infected with coronavirus, Siam Rath said.

CCSA will give more details about this cluster tomorrow.


Thailand’s new Parliament. Photo: Thai Rath


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