The Rural Doctors’ Society reported Monday that more than 13 percent of residents in 40 Bangkok slums are infected with the coronavirus during pro-active Covid-19 testing.
RDS medical teams and staff from hospitals in various provinces carried out two rounds of Covid-19 testing in Bangkok, the first from July 14-16 and the latest from July 21-23. The campaigns targeted high-density slums.
The RDS said the infection rate in Bangkok is very high. Of 51,389 people tested, 6,863 (13.35 percent) were infected. It takes a positive-test rate of less than 1 percent to end the outbreak.
The society plans to conduct a third round of testing and will brainstorm ideas about how to slow virus transmission and pull the city out of this public-health crisis.
Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has launched a Covid-19 testing campaign targeting homeless people. So far 18 of 193 people tested were found to be infected with the virus.
City hall also is working with social workers and police to collect information about this group and provide them with proper assistance.