BANGKOK GOVERNOR Pol. Gen. Asawin Kwanmuang has sent out teams to survey and detect the new Omicron variant at foreign communities and tourist attractions across the city, TV Channel 7 said today (Dec. 9).
Specially targeted are zones where lots of foreigners live and work and foreign tourists like to stay including Silom road, Bang Rak district, Soi Nana, Klongtoey district, Khaosan road, Phra Nakhon district, Thonglor, Wattana district, Yaowarat road and Samphanthawong district.
Entrepreneurs and the public are being instructed to strictly follow preventive measures prescribed by the government.
Some of these teams will be surveying areas where Africans live. New arrivals have to be quarantined and people in the neighbourhood have been instructed to keep a look out and not let any strangers arbitrarily come in.
Moreover Bangkok Metropolitan Adminstration’s Office of Disease Prevention and Control will be coordinating with the Public Health Ministry’s Disease Control Department in carrying out random testing among high-risk groups, including flu patients, to prevent the spread of Omicron.
Regarding Thailand’s first Omicron patient, a 35-year-old American man, officials have inspected the two hotels he stayed in in Bang Rak area and will be collecting samples from those who had contact with him today.
Each district office has also been told to inspect entertainment venues in their area to ensure orderliness and cleanliness.
Eleven hospitals are providing free ATK tests within their zones with these being Central Hospital, Taksin Hospital, Charoen Krung Pracharak Hospital, Luang Phor Taweesak Hospital, Vejkarunrat Hospital, BMA Lat Krabang Hospital,Ratchaphiphat Hospital, Sirindhorn Hospital, Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital, Khlong Sam Wa Hospital and Bangna Hospital.
In addition, drive through testing is available at Southern Bangkok Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai), Borommaratchachonnani road, Taling Chan district, till April 1, 2022.
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