Nonthaburi declared COVID-19 controlled zone as infections surge

Bangkok’s neighboring province of Nonthaburi has been declared a COVID-19 controlled zone, with the Bang Yai central market placed under maximum control and one condominium locked down, as coronavirus continues to spread.

Twenty-one new COVID-19 cases were recorded, raising infections to 174, with 114 recoveries and 58 others still under treatment in hospitals.  Two deaths have, so far, been reported in the province.

Governor Suchin Chaichumsak signed an order, designating the entire province a COVID-19 controlled zone, with the exception of villages 5 and 6 in Tambon Sao Thong Hin Bang Yai district which are being placed under maximum control.

The governor also signed another order effectively locking down the 7-floor Pink Condominium until January 12th, while the Bang Yai central market was closed until Friday to prevent the spread of the virus.

All traders in the Bang Yai central market have been told to report for COVID-19 tests, free of charge, so they can resume trading on Friday, but they have to produce a clean health certificate.

Customers who visited the market between December 21st and 29th and have developed coughs, sore throats, runny noses or anosmia are advised to undergo tests.  People who live or work in commercial offices around Bang Yai market were also advised to get tested.

People who enter or exit Bang Yai City in Tambon Sao Thong Hin are required to go through health screening.

In Rayong province, a new hot spot for COVID-19 infections after Samut Sakhon, Governor Charnna Iamsaeng is seeking cooperation from all residents by not travelling out of the province and avoiding visiting 15 high-risk venues in the province.

54 new cases were recorded, raising the total infections in the province to 202 so far, with one fatality, said the governor, adding that only Wang Chan district has, so far, been spared by the virus.  The numbers do not include 16 illegal Myanmar migrant workers, who are being held in custody after they left Chon Buri province.

In Chon Buri province, the provincial health office declared ten venues in Bang Lamung and Sattahip districts high-risk areas.  Among them are:  Chester’s Grill in the Lotus North Pattaya department store, the market in front of Wat Nong Kate Yai, Spanish Place Apartment in Bang Lamung, Rong Poh mariet, Pothisarn market and Boonthavorn shops in Pattaya and Sattahip.

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