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FTI comes up with ‘bubble-and-seal’ scheme to keep factories rolling

FTI comes up with ‘bubble-and-seal’ scheme to keep factories rolling

MONDAY, August 23, 2021

In a bid to ensure Thailand’s industrial sector is not brought to a complete standstill due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has come up with a “bubble-and-seal” system.

Under the system, 10 per cent of factory workers are randomly tested every 14 days, and low-risk employees are allowed to continue working.

Government funding is also being sought for factories with a workforce of 300 and up to set up a quarantine/isolation area within the factory premises, so asymptomatic workers can continue working.

The private sector is also calling on the authorities to inoculate the high-risk group (aged 40-59), as well as factory workers, especially those in places where clusters have broken out. Those in the industry sector believe the “bubble-and-seal” scheme and a wider vaccination rate will help prevent fatalities and spread of Covid-19.