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

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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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      vic

      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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    Glenn

    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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      Slugger

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 1:03 pm

      Dangerous thinking with so many dead.

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      dispensed

      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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A houseowner in the central province of Ang Thong, has discovered 3 skeletons on his land that are thought to be over 3,000 years old. 54 year old Somkiat Briboon says this most recent discovery isn’t the first, as the first lot of bones was found last year after preparing his 17 rai worth of land, in Sawang Ha District, to be rented out for sugarcane farming.

It was then that he found 9 skeletons, only later to find 6 more. The skeletons were found with bowls and other kitchen utensils found laying on top of them. He transferred the skeletons to his home, wrapping them in blue sheets, describing some of the bones as smaller in size, resembling that of women or children.

He says he also found ancient artifacts with the bones and arranged to have them shipped to Bangkok’s Fine Arts Department for research purposes. But he says he wants to eventually build his own museum housing the display of bones and artifacts for educational purposes.

Although the discovery is exciting, its creepiness factor has repelled Somkiat’s friends from visiting him as many are afraid of ghosts or spirits. To add to his friends’ concerns, he says ever since the skeletons and artifacts were moved into his home, strange things have been happening.

One of those unsettling things is the feeling that there are many people walking around inside his home at all hours of the day. He says when he tries to search for the source of the eery sounds, he finds nothing. Somkiat says he isn’t afraid of the spirits and even talks to them often. He even says his sleep isn’t disturbed as he sleeps well at night while the skeletons are in his home.

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An airline executive has been arrested in the central province of Samut Songkhram, after complaints from150 employees that they had not been paid. Chawengsak Noiprasan, who had a court warrant issued against him in October, was taken to Don Muang police station from a property in the Bang Khan Take sub-district. He is a board member of Siam Air Transport.

The airline began operations in October 2014 with services out of Don Mueang to Hong Kong, using 2 Boeing 737-300s. 2 Boeing 737-800s were added to its fleet in late 2015. It expanded by adding Zhengzhou and Guangzhou in China to its network in early 2015. In late 2015, the airline launched flights to Macau and Singapore. In 2017, the airline ceased all operations.

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The Metropolitan Police Bureau says the executive has admitted to ignoring a 30 day notice issued by the labour inspector and ordering the payment of wages to 150 workers. It’s understood he is also wanted in relation to 7 other cases.

The authorities sought Chawengsak’s arrest following complaints from employees who say they haven’t received their wages for 2 months. It’s understood the airline had previously deferred salary payments for over 8 months. 150 workers filed an official complaint with Don Mueang police and also approached media outlets, asking them to pressure the airline into paying the money owed.

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The governor of the central province of Samut Sakhon is slowly recovering after more than 2 months battling Covid-19. Weerasak Wichitsangsri tested positive for the virus in late December and subsequently ended up on a ventilator for over 40 days. It’s understood Weerasak’s time on the ventilator was a record for the hospital and at times, medics were unsure if he would recover.

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“Only his muscle functions still need to be treated. The medical team is considering if the governor could have his rehabilitation at home or at Siriraj Hospital. It all depends on his further recovery.”

Weerasak has now been in hospital for more than 2 months, after testing positive for the virus on December 28, after attending a meeting at Samut Sakhon hospital. The central province is seen as the epicentre of the second wave of the virus, which emerged late last year. Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, who was also at the meeting, had to self-isolate following Weerasak’s diagnosis.

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