Uptick in Covid-19 in Isaan as workers flee Bangkok construction camps

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With numerous workers fleeing to their home provinces to avoid Bangkok’s recent disease control restrictions sealing off construction camps for the next month, there has been an uptick in Covid-19 cases in other various provinces, particularly in the Isaan region.

This week, 129 people in 32 provinces tested positive for the virus after travelling from Bangkok. 84 people tested positive for Covid-19 after travelling from Bangkok to provinces in the Northeast, according to Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesperson Apisamai Srirangson. The Northeast provinces include Si Sa Ket, Yasothon, Ubon Ratchathani, Maha Sarakham, Khon Kaen, Roi Et, Kalasin, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Surin, Buri Ram and Mukdahan.

23 people tested positive after arriving from Bangkok to provinces in the central region, including Chon Buri. 20 people who had travelled from Bangkok tested positive in Northern Thailand, including Chiang Mai. 2 others tested positive in Phuket.

“This prompts provinces to issue strict orders for local people and officials to be on the highest alert, as workers are leaving risk areas in Greater Bangkok and the South for their home provinces.”

The spokesperson advised those returning home from Bangkok to avoid parties and other gathering where they are in close contact with friends and family. Even if they aren’t showing symptoms, they could be carrying the virus, she says.

“People are not prohibited from returning home, but they must act responsibly towards their relatives, who may be elderly people or young children… The returnees might have been in close contact with Covid-19 cases and must act as if they are infected.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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