The Chonburi Department of Public Health announced only one new confirmed case of Covid-19 this morning in Sattahip.
This case is directly connected to a cluster of infections from Si Racha stemming from a series of infections at a brewery.
This is the lowest number of cases in weeks and according to officials shows that their efforts on track and trace and related measures and restrictions to control the virus are working.
Noppawichai Thanasopon the Deputy Director of Public Health for Chonburi cautioned residents however that it was too early to lower restrictions and allow closed business to reopen despite knowing how difficult things were for residents and owners.
Noppawichai stated through a statement on public health social media channels that health officials would be stepping up active case finding in the area and testing thousands of “high-risk’ groups (primarily densely populated migrant camps) to ensure there were not hidden asymptomatic cases in the community.
The Department of Public Health plans to do this over the next few weeks and then evaluate the restrictions and measures near or at the end of the month. It is important to note this is only an evaluation and not a guarantee of any lifting of restrictions. It is, however, a major step in the right direction.