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Targeted lockdown proposed in Bangkok amid surge in COVID-19 cases

25/06/2021 10:04 PM

BANGKOK, June 25  --  Thailand’s Department Disease Control (DDC) proposed a targeted lockdown at high-risk areas in Bangkok amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in the capital.

Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) assistant spokesperson Dr Apisamai Srirangsan said the DDC recommended a targeted lockdown at areas with high number of COVID-19 cases.

She explained that a total lockdown could trigger wider infections. 

Citing an example, she said Yala province in southern Thailand which is under total lockdown and movement restriction saw locals sneak into nearby provinces which led to spread of infections in neighbouring provinces.

“A total lockdown in a province may not be necessary, what more it may not be a viable measure to control  clusters,” she said at COVID-19 daily briefing here today.

Meanwhile, Dr Apisamai said lack of cooperation under the ‘bubble and seal’ measure especially at construction workers’ camp and factories had caused infections to spread in the capital. 

“The “bubble and seal’ measure had successfully reduced the number of cases in 28 days in Samut Sakhon but it failed in Bangkok.

“When a construction worker camp was closed, the workers sneaked out and led to more clusters in the communities,” she said. 

Over the last 24 hours, Bangkok topped the list with highest number of cases at 1,142.To date, a total 107 clusters have been recorded in the capital,” she said at COVID-19 daily briefing here today.

Thailand recorded 3,644 new COVID-19 cases and 44 fatalities, bringing the total infections in the kingdom to 236,291 and 1,819 deaths.

Of the new cases, 3,613 were local transmission and 31 imported cases including 17 Thais returning home from Cambodia via illegal crossing.

The new fatalities involved 26 men and 18 women aged between 29 and 92 years old, including one Myanmar and Lao national respectively.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha instructed all construction workers’ camps in Bangkok and neighbouring provinces to be closed for a month starting Monday in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the capital.

Also, amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in four southern provinces - Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, Songkhla, Prayuth said these provinces would be placed under lockdown for a month.   

He said the government imposed targeted lockdown in Bangkok and southern region as the two places have been hit hard in the latest wave of outbreak.  

“The Labour Ministry will look after the welfare of all Thais and migrant workers affected,” he said at a press conference here today. 

He added that details of new measures would be announced soon.

Amid a rapid surge of COVID-19 cases in Bangkok, hospitals are running short of bed and prompted calls to impose 7-day lockdown. 

Over the last 24 hours, Bangkok topped the list with highest number of cases at 1,142.





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