Covid hotspot Samut Sakhon adds 541 more Covid cases to today’s total

Thailand’s Covid hotspot of Samut Sakhon is adding 541 more Covid cases to the total amount of infections reported today. On the province’s Facebook page, it says 455 migrant workers and 86 Thais were found this afternoon to be infected with Covid-19, raising the total amount of cases in the province to 2,401 since the 2nd wave broke out in mid-December.

Now, a shrimp vendors’ group has announced today an indefinite postponement of the resumption of trade at the Thalay Thai fresh market, due to the outbreak of Covid infections that are thought to have originated from the market.

A Royal Thai Army spokesman, Santipong Thampiya, is also reporting that today a retired army officer who visited the Office of the Secretariat of the Army on December 29 has tested positive for Covid in the 1st screening and is now isolating at home pending a 2nd test.

Santipong says the retiree travelled to Rayong province on December 20 with friends and they ate lunch at a restaurant in Map Ta Phut district. The retiree developed a cough on December 27 and went to be tested at a private hospital the next day. Santipong says he ordered the tracing of the retiree’s close contacts for health screenings and observations, but has not signaled a need to close the Secretariat’s office as it had already been disinfected.

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Earlier today there were 294 new, locally transmitted infections of Covid-19 reported with 21 new imported cases, which brought the total to 7,694 cases since the pandemic began. But then Chon Buri added 62 more cases to that total, and now Samut Sakhon has added even more.





SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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