Zero new confirmed cases in Chonburi, only one case in five days now


The Chonburi Department of Public Health announced this morning through their social media accounts zero new confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus in the province.

This is the second day in a row and the province has had only one case in the past five days. That case was a migrant worker who visited the Chonburi Provincial Employment Office which is now temporarily closed.

According to the statement made by health officials, all staff at the office have been tested and are negative for the virus. In addition, 44 people who live in a migrant camp in fairly close quarters with the positive case all tested negative yesterday in targeted testing. They remain quarantined at the camp without exposure to the general public out of precaution.

For the past week the health department stated they have been conducting targeted mass testing all across Chonburi of high-risk groups such as migrant workers who live in densely packed communities and people who work in occupations exposed to many others such as taxi drivers and convienence store workers. All have tested negative.

Despite the encouraging results health officials state that they still feel it is too early to lift restrictions and measures that have stopped open travel to and from the province and closed thousands of businesses. An evaluation of these measures is expected later in the month. This is not, however, a guarantee that any restrictions will be lifted or eased.

Many other provinces and places such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai have begun to ease restrictions and measures but Chonburi along with Trat, Rayong and Chanthaburi remain classified as “high risk” provinces despite either no cases or cases in the low single digits. This is partially due to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration who has repeatedly said they don’t plan to review the status of provinces until the very end of the month, essentially limiting any easing of restrictions.

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