Hundreds infected in new Samut Prakan cluster amid daily Covid count of 4,803

AS MANY AS as 800 workers were found to be infected with coronaviru in a large new cluster that emerged in Mueang district of Samut Prakan province while the daily Covid-19 tally reached 4,803 with 34 more fatalities, TV Channel 7 said.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said this morning (May 29) of the total new coronavirus cases 2,101 were among the general public and 2,702 in prisons and detention centres.

This raised the cumulative confirmed total since the start of the pandemic to 149,779 while the 34 additional fatalities increased the death toll to 988.

Another 4,439 patients have been cured, taking total recoveries to 102,311.

In the ongoing coronavirus wave that started last month 120,916 people have been infected while 74,885 patients were cured.

Meanwhile Mueang Samut Prakan District Chief Mr. Natchawan Alpach Techasen said the 800 new coronavirus cases have been found at three factories, namely RS Cannery, Southeast Asian and Siam Toppan.

In a video clip posted on the Facebook page Baan Rao Samut Prakan, he added that the three factories had a total of around 4,000 employees and the 800 infected workers have all been sent for treatment while another 400 of them who are at risk of getting infected have been placed in local quarantine.

The provincial governor has ordered that the aggressive proactive testing take place at the residential areas of these 800 workers. They are spread out in three condominiums in Mueang district with these being Charoen Sinthanee, Bang Pu Nakorn and Talat Condominium.

These three condominiums house around 8,000 people and the authorities are rushing to test them all within five days in order to limit the spread of infection.

The governor has also stopped foreign workers from moving out in accordance with CCSA regulations with those entering or leaving the three condominiums having also to undergo a Covid test .


Top: A vintage model of a factory worker on display in Munich in 2014. Photo: Thomas Quine (CC BY 2.0)

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