36,861 people in 518 factories in Thailand hit by COVID-19 cluster infections

Cluster infections have been found in 518 factories, located in 49 provinces of Thailand, affecting 36,861 workers who tested positive for the disease between April 1st and July 29th this year, according to information compiled by the Industry Ministry.

The five industries most affected by the clusters are:

  • Food processing industry, 99 factories.
  • Electronics industry, 74 factories.
  • Clothing industry, 47 factories.
  • Metal industry, 42 factories.
  • Plastics industry, 36 factories.

Phetchaburi tops the list of provinces with the highest infection rate among factory workers, logging 4,464 cases. Other provinces are Phetchabun (3,487), Prachuap Khiri Khan (2,538), Samut Sakhon (2,496) and Songkhla (2,209 cases).

According to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), six new clusters were found in five provinces in the past 24 hours, at a power generating plant in Muang district of Samut Prakan (10 cases), a car tire factory in Muang district of Samut Prakan (14), a fish processing factory in Muang district of Samut Sakhon (13), an air-conditioning factory in Muang district of Chon Buri (15), a car tire factory in Khlong Luang district of Pathum Thani (25) and at a ceramic molding factory in Sadao district of Songkhla (13 cases).

Thailand’s nationwide COVID-19 cases and deaths continued to surge to unprecedented levels, with new records set almost every day, despite semi-lockdown measures imposed in 13 provinces including Bangkok that include a night-time curfew, interprovincial travel restrictions, a ban on gatherings of five people and more as well as dining in. The country logged 17,345 new cases and 117 more deaths today.

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