Bangkok surges to new high of 70 Covid clusters

There are now 70 active clusters in Bangkok, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Wednesday.

It is the highest number of active clusters that has been reported in the third wave, which started at entertainment venues in the capital and surrounding provinces since April 1.

The previous figure given for Bangkok by the CCSA was 53 clusters on Monday.

“There are now 70 active clusters in 35 districts,” said Dr Apisamai Srirangsan, the CCSA’s deputy spokeswoman.

The official update only listed one cluster as new, at Prayook Sports Supply company in Din Daeng where 54 out of 120 employees were found to be infected with the virus. The company closed on June 4 until June 18.

It was not clear which others of the 70 listed clusters were new since the 53 reported on Monday. The CCSA did not release an update on Tuesday.

Of the 70 active clusters in Bangkok, 22 were found in worker camps, 16 around markets and shopping centres, 15 at businesses and factories, 14 in crowded communities and residential areas, two at care homes and one at an embassy.

Of the 22 worker camps, 12 belongs to three companies, namely Italian-Thai Development (5), Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction (4) and Pornpranakorn (3). The remaining belong to 10 other companies with one cluster each.

Apisamai said there are currently 409 registered camps in Bangkok housing around 62,000 workers.

If any camp reports a case, “bubble-and-seal” measures are to be applied where workers will not be allowed to leave the sites.

Authorities will begin to inspect all worker camps in the capital tomorrow, starting with large sites with more than 100 workers.

The inspections will check whether companies have improved the crowded and unsanitary conditions following a warning last month that they will be punished if they do not do so.

Apisamai did not say what the punishment will be.

Daily numbers

The CCSA reported 2,680 new Covid-cases and 35 related deaths in past 24 hours.

Of the new cases, 1,457 were found at medical facilities, 932 were found via pro-active tests at known clusters, 280 were found in prisons and 11 imported cases.

The third wave has led to 156,365 cases and 1,238 deaths so far.

There were 47,644 Covid patients being treated at hospitals as of Wednesday. Of that, 1,286 are in critical condition including 355 on ventilators.

Of the 2,389 local cases (excluding the cases in prisons and imported cases), the highest numbers by province were 1,096 in Bangkok followed by 491 in Samut Prakan, 132 in Nonthaburi, 91 in Prachuap Khiri Khan and 61 in Pathum Thani.

Of the 53 provinces that have reported cases in the past 24 hours, three have reported more than 100 cases, two have reported between 51-100 cases, 18 have reported between 11-50 cases and 30 have reported between 1-10 cases.

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