in EThe near-lockdown of Samut Sakhon Province due to a recent surge in Covid-19 infections is estimated to be causing a billion baht a day in economic damage, according to the Federation of Thai Industries.
Samut Sakhon is one of Thailand’s industrial bases with more than 6,000 factories.
FTI Chairman Supant Mongkolsuthree said Monday that of the 6,000 factories in Samut Sakhon, 900 of them are FTI members, with some 91,000 migrant-worker employees, all of whom are legal.
Most factories provide them with accommodation that is less crowded and they have to undergo thermal scan before entering their workplaces.
At this stage, most factories are operating normally; only Thai Union Group Plc has announced a 14-day closure for thorough inspection and cleaning, after one of its workers tested positive for Covid-19.
The FTI has prepared measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Each factory is to act according to the situation, while allowing some workers to work from home.
Workers who are not able to enter their factories at this time have to follow the disease-control measures strictly.
The federation called on the government to conduct random testing in risk areas to help limit the spread, and to deal immediately with any unregistered migrant workers.
The lockdown of Samut Sakhon has disrupted trade in seafood markets and suspended related business operations, causing about 1 billion baht a day in economic damage.