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Increased Chlorine to Remain in Tap Water to Kill Pesky Covid

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Thai tap-water producers will continue to keep higher levels of chlorine coming from the faucet to ward off the coronavirus.

Dr. Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Department of Health, urged water utilities nationwide to keep the minimum level of chlorine in tap water at 0.5 parts per million to help control Covid-19 as the country begins to receive foreign tourists.

Suwannachai said tap water producers should keep the sources of raw water clean and free of garbage, especially surgical masks, maintain water mains to ensure they are free of leaks, check the health of their staff, and clean up their production facilities.

Consumers might sense the faint smell of chlorine, but it is not harmful, he said. Consumers could get rid of the smell by resting tap water in containers before use or including activated carbon in their filtration systems.

Meanwhile, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported seven new coronavirus cases that raised the country’s total cases to 3,743, 3,545 of which have recovered. The death toll remains at 59.

All the seven new cases are Thai returnees, one each from Bahrain, Austria, Jordan, Iraq, Qatar, Turkey and Kuwait.