Eight COVID-19 clusters reported in Bangkok
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has reported eight COVID-19 clusters in the city, two of which is seeing a higher rate of infection.
The clusters are in Bon Kai slum in Pathumwan district, theBan Khing Community in Bang Khae district, the Sommasas Temple community in Pom Prab district, the Sampeng area ofSamphanthawong district, the Din Daeng district, the Dusit district, the Khlong Toey district and Suan Luang district, according to a Facebook post by BMA Spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang yesterday (Thursday).
The spread in the first four districts appeared to be slowing, but the inverse was found in Din Daeng and Dusit, while the situations in the last two districts are being closely monitored.
He explained that the large clusters in Bangkok are mostly in places with dense populations, such as crowded communities, markets, companies, labour camps and malls, in which a faster rate of virus transmission was found.
Investigations revealed that being in close contact with other infected people, such as having a meal or doing other activities together, has led to the spread of the virus to other members of the community, he said.
Some of the outbreaks occurred as people contracted the virus from other family members and spread it to their co-workers, leading to more clusters.
The BMA is speeding up its proactive screening, so that COVID-19 patients can be treated as soon as possible, as well as its inoculation program in communities with reported infection.