Mr. Chatree Wattanakhajorn, Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), participated in a meeting to discuss and monitor situation of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the area of Pom Prap Sattru Phai District and Central Bangkok District Zone together with related organizations and agencies.
As active COVID-19 clusters have been reported in Bobae area of Pom Prap Sattru Phai District, most of the infected people are foreign workers and employees who usually live together in the housing with cramped and overcrowded conditions. There is a high chance that they can spread disease to their Thai employers or coworkers. In the past, there was a limitation in terms of communication and access to medical care and treatment. Therefore, the meeting today discusses and finds collaborative approaches with all relevant organizations and agencies to request for supports to conduct active case finding among foreigners without limiting the rights to treatment; to provide medical treatment or to have special field hospital for foreigners; and to consider provided COVID-19 vaccines in the outbreak area. This will reduce the spread of disease, create safety for both vendors and customers, and allow trades and businesses to run normally.
Regarding the approaches to control COVID-19 clusters in Bobae area, the meeting asked all related organizations to expedite public relations activities among business operators and vendors on practice guidelines according to the disease prevention and control measures for markets, flea markets, and fresh markets specified by the BMA. In terms of vendor registration, the latest COVID-19 PCR test results and test date must be added. Identity cards must be provided as a pass for entering and exiting the premises to all vendors, stall owners, and stall employees who have tested negative. For those who do not have COVID-19 PCR test results, the related organization must be contacted to conduct COVID-19 PCR test to stall owners as well as Thai and foreign employees. Anyhow, if infected persons were found in any shops or stalls, the shops and stalls must be closed for 14 days, all the high risk contacts must be quarantined, and the owners must strictly comply with procedures for disease prevention and control specified by the Government.