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Bangkok testing goes into overdrive to contain Bang Khae Covid cluster


Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has extended proactive Covid-19 testing for people who live near six markets in Bangkok's Bang Khae district, after a cluster of 96 infections was discovered at one of the markets last week.

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The move covers Sirisetthanont Market, Bang Khae Shopping Centre Market, Kitti Market, Phasom Market, Bang Khae New Market, and Wonder Market.

Bangkok testing goes into overdrive to contain Bang Khae Covid cluster

Local residents and anyone who visited the markets between February 20 and March 13 can now get a free test until March 26 from the mobile testing units stationed at the public park near The Mall Bang Khae, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said on Monday. The extension of testing is aimed at relieving congestion at the mobile units.

Bangkok testing goes into overdrive to contain Bang Khae Covid cluster Bangkok testing goes into overdrive to contain Bang Khae Covid cluster

Aswin said locals should also fill in the Covid-19 risk assessment form at the bkkcovid19.bangkok.go.th website.

Last week, the BMA found 96 positive cases among 2,335 people tested at Bang Kae’s Wonder Market from March 7-13.

Another 1,711 people tested at markets nearby were also awaiting results.

Bangkok testing goes into overdrive to contain Bang Khae Covid cluster Bangkok testing goes into overdrive to contain Bang Khae Covid cluster

 

"The markets will be closed for three days [March 16-18]. We may extend the closure of markets if many infections are found during the proactive tests," Aswin added.

Bangkok testing goes into overdrive to contain Bang Khae Covid cluster Bangkok testing goes into overdrive to contain Bang Khae Covid cluster

 

Bang Khae district officials will disinfect the six markets on Tuesday.

Bangkok testing goes into overdrive to contain Bang Khae Covid cluster Bangkok testing goes into overdrive to contain Bang Khae Covid cluster

 

Authorities also urged anyone who visited the markets between February 20 and March 13 to visit their nearest hospital for a test or contact the Bangkok Health Office hotline at (02) 203 2393 and (02) 203 2396.

Bangkok testing goes into overdrive to contain Bang Khae Covid cluster Bangkok testing goes into overdrive to contain Bang Khae Covid cluster

Published : March 15, 2021

By : The Nation