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Samut Sakhon officials seal off migrant workers in 7 factories for entire month

Maya Taylor




Health officials in the central province of Samut Sakhon have taken the unprecedented step of sealing off 7 factories, where 40,000 migrant labourers live and work, until the end of February. The action is aimed at halting the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Public Health Permanent Secretary, Kiatipoom Wongrajit, says over 9,000 infections have been found in the 7 factories, which have already been restricted for some time.

Nearly all of the fish markets and factories in Samut Sakhon, which has recorded around 12,000 cases of the virus, have been sealed off. Kiatipoom says most cases of the virus have been asymptomatic and most factory employees are migrant workers who also live at their place of work. He says there is little indication that transmission has spread to the wider community.

However, the Pattaya News reports that human rights groups have voiced concern over the decision to seal off the workers for an entire month. They say while they understand the need for containment and quarantine, this must be done humanely. Kiatipoom insists it is, pointing out that the workers live at the factories and rarely leave.

Officials say factory employees can continue working as normal during the period they are sealed off, but have not confirmed if non-infected workers can mix with those who have tested positive.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Issan John

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Very clear parallels with the migrant worker dorms in Singapore, which made up over 90% of their cases with serology tests showing that well over 90% of those migrant workers testing negative there had already had the virus.

    The only real difference is that in Singapore the workers lived away from their work, while in Samut Sakhon they live on-site making quarantine far easier to enforce.

    As in Singapore, the only solution has to be sealing off and quarantining the factories, whatever the “concerns” from human rights groups.

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      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:52 am

      Isaan “Nazi” John said. Amen.

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      Fred glue

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 12:34 pm

      Why the percentages all the time I-J. It comes across that things are wrong all the time.
      Sometimes you have too give people the benefit to the doubt, sure you might be RIGHT “
      Your good friend Toby Andrews sometimes agrees with you. (Calm down Issan John , get back in your chair)
      I did not mean it ?. All jokes aside, at times we don’t get told the truth. The dogs breakfast that we are feed
      all about the virus ,who are we meant too believe. It’s not over yet, but I dearly hope so soon.
      Have a nice cold beer, I will be over in Thailand as soon as we all get the ok. Mr: I-J I want the place nice & tidy B-4 I come. Keep the good work coming.??‍♂️????‍♂️ Old soldier…….

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:03 pm

        What’s wrong with percentages? Bare numbers would be pretty meningless.

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    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:50 am

    “Kiatipoom says most cases of the virus have been asymptomatic”

    define MOST

    Oh, that’s right, Maya didn’t do any ‘interviewing’ for this article, it’s just a cut and paste article from the govt propaganda office.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:05 pm

      there you are, Fred glue – some people like percentages!

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Ha, they can tolerate the virus when they want, as in this case where the Thais make money.
    AND, they are admitting the virus is not as dangerous as they claim.
    There are 9000 infections in these factories. Why no hospitalization?
    The truth is that this virus is not dangerous to healthy people, and the Thais know it.
    That is why these Burmese are back at work.

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      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 1:03 pm

      Dangerous thinking with so many dead.

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      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      Politicians are just reacting to the media hysteria which has terrified the non-thinking portion of society. In a year or two people will be asking “Where did all the money go? Where did all the small businesses go?” But that’s a problem for another day. Today we focus on irrational media-driven fear of a virus that has a 0.2% fatality rate.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:07 pm

      Actually some were hospitalized in the Army Field Hospital – you’d have to check to find the numbers, though.

      These are fit, relatively young, healthy people. If they weren’t they wouldn’t be doing the job – it’s hardly complicated.

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        Toby Andrews

        Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 11:11 am

        I am not checking any numbers. Whatever I come up with you will dispute.
        The fact is you will dispute anything I write that makes a Thai look bad.
        It’s hardly complicated . . .

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