The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, announced 110 new cases of Covid-19 this morning at a press conference in Bangkok.
The CCSA spokesperson, Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, held the conference. Here is a brief recap of what was said and is currently happening in Thailand in regards to Covid-19.
The spokesperson stated that alleged cases of Covid-19 at the Government House yesterday came after random testing of 350 people at the complex. Six people initially tested positive, however, a detailed test showed that they were a false positive and there are no infections at the Government House.
The Governor of Samut Sakhon has ordered rapid blood testing to replace swab tests that are not as accurate and to get a more detailed look at cases in the area. Samut Sakhon is currently classified as the only “Highly controlled zone” and has placed the province in a lockdown style status, including closure of non essential businesses and movement restrictions. Migrant dormitories near the Central Shrimp Market, the epicenter of the current cluster of infections in Thailand, are under a hard lockdown, complete with barbed wire fences and guards. The thousands of migrants in the dormitories are not permitted to leave, however, are being given free medical care, food and needed items according to the CCSA.
Today’s total number of new cases is 110, with 64 being found locally spread throughout the country (nearly all connected and traced to the Central Shrimp Market in Samut Sakhon or people who had been there) and 30 being migrants in lockdown at migrant dormitories in Samut Sakhon. The remainder were found in quarantine from returnees entering the country from overseas. The vast majority, according to the CCSA, are asymptomatic. The remainder nearly all have mild symptoms.
The number of migrants who have tested positive in the past 24 hours is on a sharp downward trend, according to the CCSA, which is a good sign, however, they are focused on ensuring connected local cases across the Kingdom are controlled, tracked and traced.
The CCSA is creating a “Covid-19” information channel in their native language for Burmese to help keep them informed and aware of the situation in conjunction with ThaiPBS and some other Thai media.
The CCSA also has stressed that seafood in Thailand is safe and seafood markets are being investigated across the nation for hygiene and safety standards. They reminded the public that there is no risk of catching Covid-19 from eating seafood that is cooked properly.
TPN will provide any further updates as we get them.