Phang Nga locks down villages after new cases emerge


THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) in Phang Nga province said 37 new coronavirus cases were found today (July 30) raising total infection to 640 with four villages now locked down, TV Channel 7 said.

Most worrying is the cluster that started at Ban Bang Khli, Village No. 8, Na Toei subdistrict, Thai Mueang district, which then spread to three nearby villages necessitating a lockdown with screening checkpoints also set up.

Thai Mueang Hospital was also converted into a cohort ward to increase the capacity of caring for Covid-19 patients in order to efficiently and safely deal with the coronavirus crisis.

However this hospital has now stopped accepting both in- and outpatients with only emergency cases being sent to Takua Thung Hospital but medicine is being sent to patients by mail.

Meanwhile another cluster at Kuraburi fishing village is also not stable with 19 new patients being found.

Mr. Yongyuth Jitsamruay, Thai Mueang district chief, said the four new patients found here today raised the total to 80 cases but there are also many people who had high-risk contacts and remain undetected. 

The province is strictly sealing the all four Na Toei subdistrict villages with only officials and officers allowed in.

He urged those who attended the Hari Raya event at four mosques on July 22 to quickly undergo a test because they are at danger of getting infected.


The beautiful Phang Nga Bay. Both photos: Robert Haandrikman (CC BY 2.0)

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