THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) this afternoon (June 23) ruled out locking down Bangkok as proposed by some medical personnel and will instead use a Bubble and Seal approach to tackle locations heavily hit by coronavirus infection such as construction camps and factories, Sanook.com said.
CCSA’s announcement followed a Facebook post by Dr. Nithipat Jearakul, the head of the Respiratory Disease Department at Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, calling for a seven-day lockdown of Bangkok to control and manage the spread of coronavirus.
Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, CCSA’s spokesman, said the centre opted to use a mixture of methods under the Bubble and Seal approach at this morning’s meeting because a lockdown would lead to workers travelling to various provinces which would further spread the infection to other zones of the country.
For this reason it was agreed that the Bubble and Seal strategy is the best approach to stem the spread of coronavirus within the capital instead of a lockdown.
However he underscored that the Bubble and Seal guidelines must be consistently followed at all locations with Samut Sakhon province having implemented this strategy very effectively.
He urged Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to follow Samut Sakhon’s example while admitting that Bangkok is a more difficult and complex city to handle because it does have far more workers and business establishments.
BMA was urged to suitably divide the capital and manage each zone appropriately.
Top: Residents living around Laksi construction camp waiting to get Covid jabs. Photo: NNT
Home Page: Dr Taweesilp briefing the press. Photo: Siam Rath