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Chiang Mai Tests 1,000 Civil Servants for Covid-19

Civil servants queue outside Chiang Mai's provincial hall Tuesday for rapid coronavirus tests.
Civil servants queue outside Chiang Mai's provincial hall Tuesday for rapid coronavirus tests.

About 1,000 civil servants working at Chiang Mai’s provincial hall underwent coronavirus antigen tests in a bid to contain Covid-19.

The northern province’s communicable disease committee already has postponed on-site learning at local schools until at least Jan. 9.

The antigen tests were aimed at public safety after people took vacation over the New Year holiday. The tests were compulsory for all working in the building.

Chiang Mai Deputy Gov. Worawit Chaisawat said the tests Tuesday were only a first round with the second scheduled for Jan. 10.

Local government organizations and companies were encouraged to have their staff work from home and conduct Covid-19 tests with antigen test kits before resuming their operations.

The provincial hall ordered local government organizations to postpone the gatherings of many people such as parties and seminars, Worawit said.