A quarter of Bangkok markets lacking Covid-prevention measures

Twenty-four per cent of open-air markets inspected in Bangkok did not have adequate measures in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Wednesday.

“Of the 379 markets inspected since May 24, 289 or 76 per cent passed the inspection but another 90 markets did not,” said Dr Apisamai Srirangsan, the CCSA’s deputy spokeswoman.

The inspection was introduced by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to curb the spread of Covid at these venues after various clusters were found at wet, dry and flea markets in the second and third waves.

Of the 70 clusters that are currently active in the capital, 22 were found in worker camps, 17 around markets and shopping centres, 11 in crowded communities and residential areas, 15 at businesses and factories, two at care homes and one at an embassy.

Apisamai said the biggest violations were the lack of social distancing (25 per cent), lack of temperature screening at entry points (19 per cent) and not using applications for check-in and check-out, and for contract tracing (19 per cent).

Other violations include lack of routine cleaning (9 per cent), lack of crowd limits (8 per cent), lack of mask wearing (7 per cent), lack of hand-cleaning stations (6 per cent), lack of proper airflow (4 per cent) and lack of records of vendors (3 per cent).

The markets that failed the inspection will be warned and another inspection will be made three days later.

“We urge the public to also keep an eye on your nearby markets to pressure them to adapt and improve,” Apisamai said.

Daily numbers

The CCSA reported 2,310 new Covid-cases and 43 related deaths in the past 24 hours.

Of the new cases, 1,467 were found at medical facilities, 703 were found via pro-active tests at known clusters, 102 were found in prisons and 38 were imported cases.

The third wave has led to 158,675 cases and 1,281 deaths so far.

There were 46,876 Covid patients being treated at hospitals as of Thursday. Of that, 1,295 are in critical condition including 359 on ventilators.

Of the 2,170 local cases (excluding the cases in prisons and imported cases), the highest numbers by province were 788 in Bangkok, 308 in Pathum Thani, 209 in Samut Prakan, 132 in Nonthaburi, 94 Prachuap Khiri Khan, 89 in Samut Sakhon and 81 in Chonburi.

Of the 57 provinces that have reported cases in the past 24 hours, four have reported more than 100 cases, three have reported 51-100 cases, 14 have reported 11-50 cases and 36 have reported 1-10 cases.

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