Samut Sakhon health officials Monday confirmed 914 new coronavirus cases as the province launched a drive to test 50,000 people at factories and migrant worker dormitories.
Testing found 844 cases of which 795 are migrant workers. Samut Sakhon, where Thailand’s coronavirus second wave began, has now reported 6,555 cases.
Seventy cases were found in hospitals, evenly split between Thais and foreigners.
Field hospitals in the province had been placed on standby in expectation 800 of new cases, as health officials began screening as many as 50,000 people over the next five consecutive days.
CCSA deputy spokesperson Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan told a news conference this morning that there are now 1,091 beds in field hospitals, with 1,400 more beds to be available by Friday.
The mass screening is focusing on migrant workers in factories, communities and dormitories.
Apisamai said severe cases will be sent to normal hospitals while those with mild symptoms or those who are asymptomatic will be housed in the field hospitals.
The CCSA earlier Monday reported 61 local cases nationwide and 116 more found during testing of migrant workers with no exposure to the general public. Another 10 cases were found in quarantine among overseas returnees.
Also reported today were two new Covid-19 deaths.
The first death is a British man, 61, who left England for Thailand on Dec. 24 and entered state quarantine. He fell ill on Dec. 28 and tested positive for Covid-19. His condition deteriorated and he died on Jan. 24.
The second death is a Thai woman, 56, from Samut Songkhram. She had underlying health conditions after suffering a stroke. She mostly stayed at home but her husband had contact with a driver, delivering fish to the Thalat Thai market in Samut Sakhon.
She had chest tightness and shortness of breath and sent to hospital on Jan21. The Covid-19 test was conducted after she died and the result showed she tested positive to Covid-19.
The total death toll rose to 75 and the total cases in the country reached 13,687.