By Linda Khoo
BANGKOK, Jan 6 -- Thailand is stepping up active case detection (ACD) in Samut Sakhon where an outbreak of COVID-19 sparked a new wave of infections and pushed daily cases to three digits in the kingdom.
Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Thaweesilp Wissanuyothin said the public health authorities would conduct 15 to 20 ACDs at various locations including factories, markets as well as flats and apartments every day.
“About 1,000 people including migrant workers and factory workers will undergo COVID-19 active case screening every day in Samut Sakhon,” he said at a press conference here today.
Meanwhile, Thailand recorded 365 new COVID-19 cases and one fatality over the last 24 hours, bringing the total in the kingdom to 9,311 cases and 66 deaths.
The single fatality involved a 63-year-old Thai man who was a driver ferrying migrant workers in Samut Sakhon. The man died on Tuesday afternoon from multiple organ failure.
Of the 365 new cases, 349 were local transmissions and 16 were imported cases.
Meanwhile, Thaweesilp said Thailand will not impose travel bans on travellers from the United Kingdom despite fears over a new variant of COVID-19.
“No additional requirements for passengers from the United Kingdom as Thailand has imposed strict screening and compulsory 14-day quarantine for all travellers from abroad,” he said.
Thailand on Sunday detected cases of the new fast-spreading COVID-19 variant called B117 in a family of four who arrived here from the United Kingdom.
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