Thailand: Samut Sakhon sees big jump in Covid-19 cases after testing at factories

BANGKOK, Jan 17 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): The number of Covid-19 cases in Samut Sakhon province rose to over 4,000 cases on Saturday after the Provincial Health Office conducted proactive screening in factories.

As of 5pm, the number of patients increased by 335 to 4,359 -- 989 Thais and 3,370 migrant workers. Of the total, 636 Thais and 316 migrant workers were hospitalised.

Separately, the provincial agencies opened a fourth field hospital at Nadi subdistrict Municipality in Muang Samut Sakhon district which can treat 350 patients.

"As most patients at the first field hospital in the province's Central Shrimp Market had been discharged, we would undertake a cleaning operation before reopening the market at the end of January," the provincial officials said.

In another development, officials confirmed two people were injured in an explosion on Rama IV Road in Bangkok, near Samyan Mitrtown complex, the site of a gathering of pro-democracy protesters on Saturday (Jan 16) evening.

On Saturday, the protesters started gathering in front of the complex from late afternoon, demanding the release of two leaders of a group who had been arrested at the Victory Monument in the afternoon.

The sound of bomb occurred at around 6pm, and two persons were injured -- a citizen and a reporter.

The demonstrators left the scene after the incident, while Samyan Mitrtown closed early at around 6.40pm. - The Nation Thailand/Asian News Network
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