Thailand reports record virus cases; delays Bangkok easing – News Vibe24

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    BANGKOK: Thailand is redoubled its efforts to halt the spread of the coronavirus in labor camps, factories and markets as the number of new reported cases rose to a record high on Monday.
    A government spokesman said public health officials had met with labor and industry officials to discuss better ways to curb infections concentrated in busy high-risk areas.
    The government reported a record 5,485 new cases on Monday, with nearly 2,000 in jail. Confirmed deaths rose by 19, bringing the total to 1,031 since the pandemic began.
    Concerns about the growing number have prompted the government to bypass a plan by the Bangkok governor to ease some pandemic restrictions in the capital, including the opening of parks. The plan, which takes effect on Tuesday, will be postponed for 14 days.
    Thailand has managed to keep the epidemics largely under control, at great financial cost especially for tourism, as foreign visitors have been largely barred from entering the country. That changed in early April, when a Bangkok-based group of bars and clubs sprawled as many people traveled during Thailand’s weekly New Year holidays.
    The total number of confirmed cases has now increased to 159,792, of which 82% occurred during the last increase. Many of the cases are concentrated in prisons, housing for builders, factories, slums and low-income areas.
    Last week, workers protested the conditions at the factory where they worked in Petkaburi, in central Thailand. Photographs posted online showed quarantined workers in a large, empty building with rows of blankets on a concrete floor.
    The Cal-Comp Electronics plant (Thailand), one of the largest electronics suppliers to major companies such as Western Digital, Seagate, Hewlett Packard and Panasonic, closed for 14 days on May 21 and reported 3,730 as of Friday. confirmed cases.
    Company officials questioned the provincial government, which said the prolonged power outage had frustrated workers, but that conditions had improved with more water, better food and fans for better air circulation.
    Bangkok reported 1,356 of the cases on Monday. A spokesman for the Corona government center, Apisamai Srirangsan, said the capital was dealing with 45 clusters.
    Authorities are analyzing how to stop infections from spreading among workers who live, work and travel close distances.
    “We’ve noticed that workers from different factories sometimes live in the same area and it has spread the virus to other places. Or another hypothesis is that many of them work as subcontractors, so they have to move from one site to another all the time,” he said. ο Apisamai.
    In some parts of Bangkok and elsewhere, workers have been ordered to stay on construction sites.
    So far, about 3.3% of the country’s approximately 69 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The government has secured a total of just 7 million doses of the vaccine.
    The government is negotiating to get more supplies that would allow it to fully vaccinate about 70% of the population by the end of the year. Its previous plans would allow only about 45% of the population to be vaccinated.
    The government is trying to reopen the country to tourism, even as it struggles to stem the latest, bigger outbreak as the pandemic worsens the economy.
    Central Bank Governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput estimates that growth may not return to pre-pandemic levels until early 2023, the Bangkok Post and other local media reported at a seminar on Monday.