COVID-19 resurgence in Hua Hin and Chaiyaphum closes market and TAO office
The Chatchai market, in Thailand’s resort town of Hua Hin, has been ordered to close for three days from Monday, after 30 people connected to the market were found to be infected with COVID-19.
The mayor of Hua Hin, Nopporn Wutthikul, and his team visited the Chatchai market today (Sunday) to inform traders there about the need to close the market.
The traders, numbering about 300, did not oppose the decision as several residents have expressed concern about the plan to reopen the resort town to all tourists from November 1st, noting that tourists may be discouraged from visiting if new infections are not curbed.
Health officials will screen all the traders tomorrow using antigen test kits
In the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum, floodwaters are steadily receding, but COVID-19 has re-emerged, infecting 57 local officials in two days.
As floodwaters recede in Chaiyaphum, with the situation returning to normal in some areas, COVID-19 infections are increasing among officials in the Tha Hin Ngom sub-district.
Dr. Wachira Botpibool, the provincial health chief and spokesman of the provincial communicable disease committee, said today (Sunday) that 27 officials, a former mayor and members of Tha Hin Ngom tambon administration organization (TAO) tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and Saturday and 29 more cases were found today.
The cluster of infections has prompted the Muang district administration to shut down the Tha Hin Ngom TAO office for 14 days and is advising anyone who has been in contact with TAO officials since September 29th to report to Tha Nin Ngom hospital for COVID-19 tests.
Lockdown restrictions have also been imposed on Village One, which is located near the TAO office, for 14 days, during which travel into or out of the village is prohibited.
Chaiyaphum’s prehistoric stone park, also known as Thailand’s Stonehenge, located in the Phu Lankha national park in Tha Hin Nhom sub-district, has also been closed to tourists from today for 14 days or until further notice.