Poultry plant in Thailand’s Phetchabun closed after 1,600 workers infected with COVID-19
A frozen poultry processing factory in Thailand’s northern province of Phetchabun has been closed down after more than 1,600, of the 7,200, were found to be infected with COVID-19 during active screening yesterday (Friday).
Phetchabun Governor Krit Kongmuang said today that active screening is still under way today and it is expected that up to half of the total workforce of 7,200 may be infected.
He said he has ordered the immediate closure of the Golden Line Business plant, an affiliate of Saha Farms Company, one of Thailand’s largest frozen poultry exporters, located in Kanchu sub-district of Bung Sampan district.
The management of the company was also ordered to set up a field hospital in the compound of the factory, with accommodation for 2,000 people and room for expansion.
People living around the factory, in the villages of Ban Nong Plong, Ban Lam Takhro and Ban Lam Takhro Nua, have been ordered not to leave their communities, unless it is necessary, until August 6th.
Police, military personnel and local officials have been deployed to all access points to and from the factory, to prevent workers from leaving and others from entering.