Screening focuses on construction-worker camps amid Covid cluster surge

Construction-worker camps in Bangkok were being closely monitored for possible clusters, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Thursday.

“There are now a lot of clusters at construction-worker camps,” said Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, CCSA’a spokesman.

Taweesin said there are 409 construction worker camps in all 50 districts of Bangkok.

There are 62,169 people living in these camps. Of those, 26,134 are Thais and 36,035 are migrant workers, mostly from neighbouring countries.

He said Prime Minster Prayut Chan-ocha has instructed the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to work with private companies that own these camps to closely monitor them for possible outbreak and strictly apply Covid-prevention measures.   

Of the 28 active clusters in Bangkok, 10 have been found around markets and shopping centres, seven in crowded communities, six in construction-worker camps, four in companies and one in a prison.

The most recent cluster, found in the past 24 hours, was the Saeng Fah construction-worker camp in Bang Phlat district.

The CCSA said the outbreak at construction-worker camps are because of the crowded conditions with shared showering and toilet facilities.

They urged private companies to provide enough face masks and hand-cleaning stations at every worker camp and routinely clean shared facilities at these sites.

More proactive tests will be conducted at construction-worker camps from now on.

Bangkok

The CCSA reported 2,636 confirmed cases and 25 related deaths in the past 24 hours.

Of that, 1,385 were found at medical facilities, 522 via proactive tests at known clusters, 671 via proactive tests at 11 prisons and 58 imported cases.  

Of the 1,907 local cases (excluding the cases in prisons) that were found in the past 24 hours, the highest numbers by province were 1,001 in Bangkok followed by 124 in Petchaburi, 99 in Nonthaburi, 89 in Pathum Thani, 65 in Chonburi and 61 in Samut Prakan.

Bangkok has been the hardest-hit province in the third wave, which started at entertainment venues in the capital and surrounding provinces since April 1. The metropolitan area reported on Thursday that eight previously known clusters have now been contained.

This include the ones in a crowded community in Thawi Watthana district, Bon Kai community in Pathumwan, a direct-sales company in Sathon, Wat Somanat community in Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Sampheng area in Samphanthawong, a tour-bus company in Chatuchak, an insurance company in Lat Phrao and Morawan community in Suan Luang.

Of the 28 active clusters, seven have more than six cases out of every 1,000-population, specifically Din Daeng, Lak Si, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Ratchathewi, Pathumwan, Khlong Toei and Huai Khwang.

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