SCHOOLS in Chainat province started shutting down this morning (June 18) after it was found that a number of parents had got infected with coronavirus after having worked in high-risk areas and then visiting the children in schools thus risking the spread of infection in their premises, Sanook.com said.
Teaching in this province will now be done online and parents gradually started coming to the schools to pick up the books and take their children home.
Dr. Phallot Yodsirachinda, Chainat province’s public health doctor, said an urgent meeting was held by the Chainat province Covid-19 Control Centre late last night and it was decided that all schools in the province, totalling over 200, stop teaching in the classrooms immediately to prevent the spread of this infection and switch to doing so online until the outbreak is resolved.
Earlier the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced that there were 3,058 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours and 22 more fatalities raising the overall death toll to 1,577.
This took the cumulative confirmed total in the current wave that started in April to 181,919 and since the start of the pandemic to 210,782.
Of the new batch of cases, 2,044 emerged in surveillance and service systems, 536 were found through proactive search in communities, 459 got infected in prisons and detention centres while 19 overseas arrivals were placed in state quarantine.
Another 4,094 patients were cured, taking total recoveries to 176,410 while 32,795 are undergoing treatment.
A school in Chainat province. Thai headline says, “All schools in the province shut.” Photo: Sanook.com