Coronavirus cases in Samut Sakhon exploded again Sunday in Samut Sakhon, the province where Thailand’s Covid-19 second wave began, reporting 541 new cases days of steady decline.
Provincial health officials said 455 of the cases were found among the province’s migrant-worker population, which has been undergoing vigorous testing, with thousands of those results pending for days.
Another 86 Thais also tested positive for Covid-19, raising accumulated cases in the province to 2,401 since Dec. 16. Recoveries among those so far total 131.
Samut Sakhon’s migrant laborers are under a hard lockdown, confined to dormitories surrounded with razor wire. Those testing positive – 95 percent of the asymptomatic – are being quarantined in two guarded field hospitals.
With the two field hospitals nearly full, provincial administrators are asking businesses to make room available on their grounds to accommodate workers infected with the virus.
Migrants also are prohibited from leaving the province. So despite the huge number of new cases – which may simply indicate that large number of delayed test results came in – the chance of renewed spead of the virus out of the province are nearly zero.
The Central Shrimp Market, where the outbreak began, remains closed and the shrimp dealers association on Sunday agreed to an extension of the shutdown order.