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Covid outbreak spreads- 10,000 people to be tested

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Thailand has now confirmed 689 new coronavirus infections today, including 516 migrant worker cases linked to the outbreak in Samut Sakhon yesterday. In Bangkok, there are now 19 locally-infected cases being reported on top of the ones found in Samut Sakhon. There are also 41 imported cases being reported.

Most of the cases reported were of Myanmar migrant workers with test results on another 1,453 people to be known soon.

Additional Covid-19 cases have been found in Nakhon Pathom, where the provincial public health office said 2 migrant workers had been infected with the virus, with both cases thought to be related to the neighbouring Samut Sakhon Province.

Authorities say they are aiming to conduct 10,300 tests in Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Pathom and the adjacent province of Samut Songkhram, according to Taweesilp.

“Active case findings will continue in several provinces, actually across the country.”

The number of daily cases is the highest-ever reported in the kingdom, as overall Thailand has only reported around 5,000 Covid infections since the pandemic started.

Thailand was the first country outside of China to report a Covid case, and many credit its fast action towards controlling the spread of the virus. Now, after months of little to no local transmissions, the news of the largest daily amount of infections, is troubling.

Such infections reportedly started recently, as migrant workers travelling into Thailand illegally and skirting quarantine requirements, re-introduced Covid in the northern provinces such as Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. Now, the same situation has happened in Samut Sakhon, but the amount of infections is drastically higher than those in other provinces that were previously reported.

Such areas as Khon Kaen and Korat have instantly mandated, as of today, for anyone travelling to and from Samut Sakhon to undergo Covid testing and to report to local health authorities of any symptoms or plans of travelling.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    John Jones

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    So why are there so many migrant workers in Thailand? Does all Thai people really have so much work so they need to hire people from other countries? Or have the Thai people become lazy and don’t want to do hard labor anymore?

    Especially in these times, I thought work would be hard to come by.

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      James Pate

      Monday, December 21, 2020 at 10:59 am

      Thais don’t want to do this kind of manual labor in fishing, construction and agriculture in Thailand. It’s tough and doesn’t pay much. However, many Thais will do this kind of work abroad, for better pay. So no, not exactly lazy.

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      Issan John

      Monday, December 21, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      These particular “migrant workers” are primarily in the fishing industry; it’s not so much about being “lazy” but about practicality – if all the crew are migrants, except those in charge, in effect it’s a bit of a closed shop.

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    Kristof

    Monday, December 21, 2020 at 1:25 am

    A fast and especially a UNITED response is the most effective means to contain this. Its never easy but sacrifices/efforts now will prevent much greater sacrifice and effort in near future. Great thanks to the authorities in Thailand for acting swiftly; please keep your smarts and your morale. We all have to do our part. I hope that we foreigners who have been granted amnesty and protection here can understand and respect this. Stay strong everyone.

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