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541 additional Covid-19 infections announced for Samut Sakhon, mostly migrant workers

Tanutam Thawan

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On top of the numbers of new infections announced earlier today – some 315 both local and imported cases – the province of Samut Sakhon has reported 541 additional Covid-19 infections this afternoon afternoon. Most of them are migrant workers from the local seafood industry. The Mahachai Shrimp Market on the coast of Samut Sakhon, just south west of Bangkok, is the hotzone for the current cluster.

The newly announced infections from the province bumps up Thailand’s total infections to 8,435 total infections since the start of the pandemic.

A curfew is in place in most of Samut Sakhon with restrictions on travel for provincial residents. Many of the migrant workforce from the local fishing industry has also been confined to their living quarters or transferred to field hospitals.

The additional 541 infections brings the total in the province to 2,400, including 448 migrant workers who were diagnosed through contact tracing, and another 7 at local hospitals. The remainder of the new cases were Thais.

The astonishing new number will be added to tomorrow’s total when the daily briefing for the media is made around 10am in Bangkok by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The previous highest daily report of new cases in Thailand was 576 cases on December 20. Tomorrow’s total will certainly be a new record high for the country based on the new infections announced over the past week.

The country confirmed 315 new cases earlier today, including 55 in Samut Sakhon.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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18 Comments

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  1. Avatar

    Hugh Mungus

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    But wasn’t all the short term travel & tourism over the holidaze worth it? Duuuhhh.

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    Kristof

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 12:35 am

    My sense is that what’s going to happen tomorrow (Monday) will be announcement of the red-zone lockdowns followed several days later by a national lockdown. Remaining open is not an option unless we want to wind up like the West in a nation where socially distant living is much less a reality. I don’t think there is any other choice but to make these sacrifices now in order to avoid much greater mayhem later.

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 2:15 am

      That was pretty clear from what the CCSA said on Thai TV today.

      Some from Bangkok visiting families left early to get back to Bangkok while they could, others have decided to stay on to avoid the lockdown in Bangkok.

      Some of the antics in the West, despite restrictions, simply defy belief.

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        Ted

        Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:35 am

        John, I drove from Udon yesterday and it took about 15.5 hours (normally around 7 hours)to get back home to Bangkok so trust me when I say; there’re a lot of people returning, yesterday.
        BTW not a simple “c19 test” was done, by any government entity although entering a shop on any gas station, you’ll get your temperature checked…of course. But as the c19-expert you seems to believe you are, not even you could honestly believe a temperature check does much when it comes to tracking/preventing the current pandemic

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          Issan John

          Monday, January 4, 2021 at 4:24 pm

          Ted, I have no problem “trusting” you at all!

          I’m not surprised that it took double the normal time to get home either – friends going through Udon from here normally at this time of year take about three times as long, so the numbers are down but nothing like as much as I think they should have been under the present circumstances.

          … and “trust me”, I’m anything but a “c19 expert” and don’t pretend to be!

          What I am an “expert” on, though, relatively speaking, is assessing risks and threats based on known facts, reports and opinions by applying a bit of logic, and that’s how I made my living 🙂

          I agree with you 100% that “a temperature check [doesn’t] do much when it comes to tracking/preventing the current pandemic”. All they’re good for, in my view, is as a very basic test and to indicate general numbers, nothing more – that’s why, as I’ve commented elsewhere, I’m baffled by the “screening” that’s supposed to be taking place at provincial borders and domestic airports,

          What “screening”?

          How?

          With what tests?

          AFAIK (although I’m not an “expert” 🙂 ) there aren’t any suitable tests.

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    Tim Houston

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 1:20 am

    Thai people must have a strong immune system.
    Migrants are a small number of the population, yet they have the largest number of covid infections…

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      Pierre

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 2:34 am

      The reason you see so few Thai among covid-19 infected is because unless they have symptoms on covid-19, they have to pay ฿ 5000 – 6000 for a simple PCR test and my guess is that many Thais prioritize other things first.

      So all those Thais who have covid-19 but are asymptomatic you will never see in the statistics.

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        Andreas

        Monday, January 4, 2021 at 6:12 am

        Genau so sehe ich es auch.
        Kein testen- keine Infizierten finden

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          Issan John

          Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:48 pm

          Accurate observation, but there isn’t “Kein testen”, Andreas.

          There’s a great deal of very accurate targeted testing, plus countrywide testing, for example of hospital admissions, to identify outbreaks.

          It simply suits some of those who aren’t here to perpetuate this absurd myth to try to excuse and hide their own countries’ appalling handling of the Covid crisis and some people, like you, look no further and fall for it.

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        Issan John

        Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:36 pm

        Totally untrue and absolute rubbish, Pierre.

        Targeted testing is carried out wherever there’s an outbreak, as well as of certain groups such as hospital admissions which also acts as a “control” nationwide.

        Most absurdly, your claim would necessitate Thais paying but migrant workers being tested for free.

        What you’re saying is absolute nonsense.

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:39 pm

      That shouldn’t be a surprise given their living conditions – perfect for a virus to spread very quickly and separately to the rest of the community.

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    Keith

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Migrant workers live in very crowded conditions, ideal for the spread of the virus. The market is supposed to be closed, so no work for them, send them home and that will stop the spread and relieve the medical services of the strain of looking after them

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:33 pm

      “Send them home”?

      Are you serious?

      After they’ve been tested and found positive for Covid, caught while working here, or may have caught it when working hee and have yet to test positive?

      Just put them in the back of a truck and send them home?

      Or maybe stick them in a container, then send them home as it’s more secure?

      … and some people accuse the Thais of being racist and abusing migrant workers … unbelievable.

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    Issan John

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Totally untrue and absolute rubbish.

    Targeted testing is carried out wherever there’s an outbreak, as well as of certain groups such as hospital admissions which also acts as a “control” nationwide.

    Most absurdly, your claim would necessitate Thais paying but migrant workers being tested for free.

    What you’re saying is absolute rubbish.

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    Issan John

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 10:14 am

    That shouldn’t be a surprise given their living conditions – perfect for a virus to spread very quickly and separately to the rest of the community.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Why do they not fly these migrants home?
    Could it be that certain Thais want to make money out of quarantines, or out of hospital admissions?
    Could it be that certain Thais want them to stay so that some day they can retrieve the cheap labour?

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:40 pm

      No.

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:55 pm

      They’re being quarantined for free by the RTA, Toby, and treated for free in Army field hospitals.

      How in God’s name can anyone “make money” out of that?

      … and if Thais “want them to stay” they have to pay for their health insurance and work permit for two years.

      God almighty …

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