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Active search in Samut Sakhon finds more than 900 Covid-19 cases

Jan 26. 2021
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By The Nation

A Samut Sakhon Health official on Monday reported a sharp spike in new Covid-19 cases with more than 900 people in the province testing positive. Meanwhile, Bangkok has the second-most number of cases, but the number of red zones marking high risk is down to three districts.

The Samut Sakhon Provincial Public Health Office said at 5pm on Monday that 914 new cases were found. Seventy cases -- 35 Thais and 35 foreigners -- were found from hospital examination. Proactive screening of 844 Thais and 84 foreigners found 760 cases.

The record-high numbers came after aggressive search in large industrial plants with more than 1,000 employees. Results of 5,217 laboratory tests were released on Monday.

The number of people infected with Covid-19 in Samut Sakhon since the new outbreak is 6,555, 5,178 found from proactive screening -- 484 Thais and 4,694 foreigners. Of the cases, 3,535 cases have recovered and returned home -- 1,093 Thais and 2,442 foreigners, with two deaths.

A total of 3,018 infected people were in treatment, 467 patients -- 232 Thais and 235 foreigners -- were in hospitals. Meanwhile, 2,551 foreigners were in quarantine facilities.

Officials conducted 5,574 additional proactive searches in the community on Monday, with an additional 5,217 laboratory test results revealed. The number of proactive searches since Covid-19 was found in the central shrimp market on December 17, 2020, totals 70,468; 5,178 cases are positive -- 484 Thais and 4,694 foreigners.

Bangkok saw the most infection from three districts.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) reported Covid-19 cases in each district of Bangkok and found three districts with the highest accumulated infections were Bang Khun Thian district, 148, Chom Thong, 35, and Bang Phlat, 32. At the same time, Saphan Sung and Samphanthawong were still clear of any infection.

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