THE Prime Minister’s Office spokesman Mr. Anucha Burapachaisri said today (June 26) that the Labour Ministry will take care of the expenses and pay workers 50 percent of their salary on behalf of the entrepreneurs during the one-month closure of construction camps to control the spread of coronavirus, TV Channel 7 said.
This step was taken as the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced early this afternoon that there were 4,161 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours with more than half of them being in Bangkok and neighbouring provinces.
There were 51 fatalities, with 50 being Thais and one a Chinese citizen, taking the death toll since the start of the pandemic to 1,870.
Currently there are 41,907 patients undergoing treatment with 15,620 being in hospitals and 26,284 in field hospitals. Among them 1,662 are in serious condition with 470 requiring ventilators.
Another 3,569 patients were cured adding up to 196,675 recoveries since the beginning of last year.
The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic has reached 240,452 and in the current wave that began in April 211,589.
Altogether 8,981,478 have received Covid jabs from February 28 to June 25 this year out of a target of injecting 50 million doses to the public.
Meanwhile Anucha said during construction camp closure the Labour Ministry will pay workers 50% of their wages with payout to be every five days according to a daily list approved by their employers.
Importantly, the workers must remain in a limited area with staff to check and take a roll call everyday to keep an account for the employers.
Workers are strictly prohibited from moving around and travelling to other provinces with government agencies to take care of their food and well-being during this period.
Police and security forces will be maintaining safety at these construction camps during this one month period.
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