Four new Covid clusters found in Samut Prakan

Samut Prakan reported four new Covid-clusters in the past 24 hours, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Monday. The province had previously reported 11 clusters.

Of the 2,296 local cases reported nationwide in the past 24 hours (excluding the 91 cases in 14 prisons and 91 imported cases), the highest numbers by province were 943 in Bangkok followed by 321 in Samut Prakan, 265 in Phetchaburi, 106 in Trang, 92 in Samut Sakhon and 86 in Nonthaburi.

“New clusters in Samut Prakan include ones in Amphoe Mueang and Phra Pradaeng districts,” said Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, the CCSA’s spokesman.

The new clusters in Samut Prakan, the second hardest-hit province in the third wave, which started at entertainment venues in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, were found at three factories and one community.

These consist of two clusters at an ice factory and an electrical-wire factory in Amphoe Mueang districts, with 55 and 63 cases, respectively, and a garment factory (21 cases) and in the Wat Samrong Nuea community (29 cases) in Phra Pradaeng.

Of the 11 earlier clusters, six were found in factories, three in residential areas and two in markets.

The third wave had led to 151,023 cases and 1,175 deaths since April 1.

Of the total cases so far, the majority or 47,479 cases were found in Bangkok alone followed by 8,760 in Samut Prakan, 7,795 in Nonthaburi, 7,530 in Phetchaburi, 5,008 in Chonburi, 4,761 in Pathum Thani, 4,086 in Chiang Mai and 3,539 in Samut Sakhon.

In Nonthaburi, the cluster at the Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction’s worker camp had led to 1,117 cases since May 25.

In Phetchaburi, the cluster at CalComp’s electrical parts factory has spread to cases in 11 other provinces and led to 5,604 cases that were reported in the province since May 20.

In Pathum Thani, the cluster at the Simummuang Market had led to 1,638 cases since April 1.

Of the 53 active clusters in Bangkok, six clusters have reported more than 500 cases, 16 reported between 100-499 cases and 31 clusters have less than 100 cases.

The six clusters that have reported more than 500 cases include the ones at the Khlong Toei Market and 41 crowded communities in the district, the area around Maha Nak Intersection and Maha Nak Market in Dusit, the Italian-Thai Development’s worker camp in Khlong Toei, Klong Thom Center and near by areas, The Mall Bang Kapi and Bang Kapi Market, and Sino-Thai’s construction site in Dusit.

Of the 47 remaining clusters, 13 were found in worker camps, 12 around markets and shopping centres, 11 in crowded communities and residential areas, nine at businesses and factories, one at care homes and one at the Pakistan Embassy.

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