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Sumut Sakhon’s Central Prawn Market to reopen at the end of January




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Samut Sakhon Central Shrimp Market, the epicentre of the latest wave of Covid-19, is ready to reopen by the end of January after a big clean up. The reopening is considered “important” to the province’s economy, according to the province’s deputy governor. It will also be a new beginning for the workers, mostly migrant workers, who have been so profoundly affected by the cluster.

The Market has been shut since December 20 after more than 500 cases of Covid-19 were detected, following nearly 7 months of single digit daily infection reports.

The Samut Sakhon deputy governor says all infected persons from the market have been sent to the field hospital for treatment and 14 day quarantine and since been released after tests showed they are free of the virus. He added that 1,200 people living near the market will have to undergo another test although previously testing negative.

“This is to make sure that the market is completely free of the virus.”

The market manager also says that he urges vendors to follow the disease preventive measures strictly when the market opens back up again.

Samut Sakhon has 4,921 accumulative cases… 1,045 are Thais and 3,876 are migrant workers, mostly from Myanmar. Some 331 are currently in hospital. 1,332 are in quarantine. 3,257 have either been cured or have tested negative after quarantine. Only 1 death was reported.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Ian Bromley

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    This is utterly irresponsible. There are over 60 new cases in SS today and they claim the market will be free of virus! Obviously large amounts of money is changing hands, just like it did when hundreds of illegals were brought into Thailand under the noses of the authorities. And Prayuth claims to be in control of clearing up corruption. Call me cynical.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:59 pm

      I agree with you entirely about the corruption, which has reportedly got quantifiably worse rather than better, but I’m not sure that re-opening the market is so “irresponsible”.

      The mass quarantine and mandatory testing would have been called draconian anywhere else, but it has been so extensive that it could have solved the probloem as far as the market itself is concerned, although that doesn’t mean the outbreak has yet been contained.

      What would be achieved by continuing to keep the market closed, with more restrictions thare than anywhere else in Samut Sakhon?

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