Three COVID-19 cases linked to Samut Sakhon market reported in Saraburi

Three new COVID-19 cases, linked to the shrimp market in Samut Sakhon province, were recorded in the central province of Saraburi, about 100km north of Bangkok, today.

Saraburi Provincial Governor Manrat Rattanasuhon confirmed this morning (Monday) that three people in the central province were found to be infected with COVID-19 and 25 other people, who were in close contact with them, have been isolated for examination.

At a press conference held this morning, the governor said that the three cases are members of the same family, with the father and daughter making two visits a week to the shrimp market to buy seafood for their three shops in Muang, Nong Khae and Kaeng Khoi districts.

The parents and their daughter have had symptoms since December 15th and went to see a doctor at a clinic before they went to the provincial hospital for treatment.

The governor said that the couple’s son and 24 employees from the three food shops and a meat stall in the market have been isolated and swab test results are pending.

Meanwhile, police have set up checkpoints on all roads linking Samut Sakhon province with Bangkok, to conduct random checks on the ID cards of passengers on public transport and in private cars, in a bid to stem the movement of foreign migrant workers out of Samut Sakhon.

The checkpoints are manned around the clock by police who are also checking the temperatures of the passengers and drivers.

Nineteen Myanmar migrant workers were held in custody early this morning, at a road checkpoint in Samut Sakhon province, when police stopped three passenger vans for checks.

The workers reportedly told the police that they wanted to escape from Samut Sakhon to Myanmar via Myawaddi province, which is opposite the Mae Sot district of Tak province.

The group was sent for virus screening before they being deported to Myanmar.


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