Photo Story: Bangkok targets Khlong Toey for Covid testing

Officials from the government are targeting the Khlong Toey district in central Bangkok this week for testing, after a cluster of Covid cases was reported in the area, which includes a crowded slum.  

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Health Official organized a proactive covid-19 test centre at Wat Saphan to test 500 high-risk individuals. An outreach team was also planning to test 1,200 residents of the area’s slum over the course of the week.

There have been 19 confirmed cases from the district as of April 26. All cases have been transferred for treatment at hospitals.

“There are at least 400 at high-risk individuals within the Khlong Toey communities who have made appointments to come and get tested” said Penwadee Saengchan, the manager at Duang Pratheep Foundation.

Penwadee told the Thai Enquirer that her foundation along with other local NGOs and government agencies investigated to find out other high-risk individuals.

“From Tuesday’s testing there are another hundred people who are walk-in as well who are believed to have come into close contact with the confirmed cases”.

The BMA heath officials were also testing a further 1,200 individuals considered at high risk across the crowded 70-rai slum area of Khlong Toey district.

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