Seven-month old baby infected with COVID-19 in Suphan Buri province
A seven-month old girl, in Thailand’s central province of Suphan Buri, has become the youngest COVID-19 case since the start of the new outbreak, which originated in Samut Sakhon and has now spread to 16 provinces.
Suphan Buri Provincial Governor Natthapat Suwanprateep said today that there are now seven COVID-19 cases in the province. The baby girl’s mother had been to Song Phi Nong district, where a 35-year old woman was earlier found to be infected.
In Samut Songkhram province, which is adjacent to Samut Sakhon, the provincial administration has ordered a lockdown of the province until January 4th after six people tested positive for coronavirus. Two more cases are awaiting test results.
All six confirmed cases are linked to Samut Sakhon, currently Thailand’s hot spot for the virus outbreak and where more than 200,000 migrant workers from Myanmar are located. A 27-year old woman also visited The Mall Bang Kapi in Bangkok before she tested positive for the virus.
Under the lockdown order, issued by Samut Songkhram Governor Charas Boonnasa, all schools, including nurseries, cinemas, shopping malls (except super markets), drug stores and food halls, are closed until January 4th.
In Bangkok’s neighboring Nonthaburi province, the provincial COVID-19 information centre reported three new cases, including a Thai man, a Thai woman and a Myanmar migrant worker, late Tuesday night.
The northeastern province of Khon Kaen recorded its first case yesterday, a 24-year old Thai woman who has worked at a seafood factory in Samut Sakhon since November 30th. She fell sick on December 17th and left for Bangkok the following day, to stay with her sister at a dormitory in the Ramkhamhaeng area, before returning to Khon Kaen on a public bus on December 21st, arriving later the same day.
So far, 257 people in Khon Kaen, who had travelled to Samut Sakhon, have reported to health officials for swab tests.
Since the first case, a 67-year old shrimp vendor at the central shrimp market in Samut Sakhon, was confirmed on December 17th, the contagion has spread to 15 other provinces and infected 1,145 people, according to CCSA information at 6pm on Tuesday.
The provinces are:
- Samut Songkhram
- Nakhon Pathom
- Samut Prakan
- Suphan Buri
- Pathum Thani
- Kamphaeng Phet
- Prachuap Khiri Khan