Thailand discovered 937 domestic cases among 959 new Covid-19 Coronavirus cases, with a vast majority in Samut Sakhon found during active case finding, CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin announced this morning, January 26th.
A total of 844 cases were found in 760 migrant workers and 84 Thai nationals at a major industrial factory in Samut Sakhon, with more than 1,000 employees tested at this factory. They are now at state quarantine and field hospitals under the supervision of provincial public health authorities with no exposure to the general population. Nearly all are completely asymptomatic.
However, a high number of infected people were expected by the CCSA as spokesman Apisamai Srirangsan said during a daily press briefing yesterday that it is possible to find at least 800 infected cases in Samut Sakhon province during the proactive testing of roughly 10,000 people a day in the province, primarily in factories and other migrant worker communities. The province remains under tight travel restrictions and regulations and migrant workers are prohibited from leaving their factories and other restricted zones according to the CCSA.
The 83 domestic infections were found in Samut Sakhon with 70, Bangkok 17, Samut Songkram 1, and Ubon Ratchathani 1. Four additional patients were found during active cases finding in Bangkok.
Additionally, the CCSA is planning to work on actively finding cases in Samut Sakhon for three weeks, starting this week up to mid-February.
There will be strong case finding in the area in the first week, the 25th to the 31st of January. In the second week, there will be following up of cases in local communities. The public health authorities will also consider relaxing Covid-19 measures in some districts, depending on number of infections found during this week.
In the last week, the 8th to 15th February, the number of infections is expected to decrease further. If there is a lower number of cases, the measures will be relaxed at the end of the session. The main focus is on migrant worker communities, factories, and camps where migrant workers live in highly densely packed communities and share communal facilities.
The CCSA advised that although the numbers in these migrant communities were high testing outside of these quarantined and restricted zones was finding little to no sign of the virus.
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