Government confirms at least 66 infections outside of migrant worker cluster

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has confirmed at least 66 locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 infections outside of migrant worker dormitories and throughout the country raising fears of a possible second wave of the pandemic.

The Ministry of Public Health reported on Tuesday that it had discovered 397 cases of Covid-19 in migrant worker dormitories in the Samut Sakhon Province. The province, and its fisheries department, has become ground zero in the latest surge of coronavirus cases with over a thousand infections – a significant number in a country which had until last week reported only 4,000 cases of Covid-19.

However, most of those cases have been isolated to the dormitories with authorities strictly enforcing a quarantine on the migrant workers.

Contact with Thai residents in the last fortnight has mean that there have been local infections both in Samut Sakhon and other provinces due to the Samut Sakhon’s central role in the country’s fishing trade.

The public health ministry said as of Wednesday morning that there are 66 confirmed cases with the most being in Samut Sakhon with 39 cases followed by Bangkok with nine cases and Nakhon Pathom with six cases.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said in a national address on Tuesday night that he would consider further lockdown measures with the cabinet if the situation worsens and called on Thais to be extra vigilant.

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