Thailand detects new market-linked Covid-19 cluster in Bangkok

BANGKOK, March 15 (Bernama): Thailand on Sunday (March 14) detected a new cluster of Covid-19 that is linked to a market on the outskirts of Bangkok, the Health Ministry has confirmed.

To date, at least 90 people have tested positive from the Bang Khae Market cluster, prompting the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to order the market to close from Saturday.

The BMA has stepped up active case detection in Bang Khae and five nearby markets, namely Sirisetthnont Market, Kitti Market, Pasom Market, Wonder Market and Talat Mai Bang Khae Market.

It also urged those who visited the markets from Feb 27 to March 13 to undergo Covid-19 screening at state hospitals.

Over the last 24 hours, Thailand recorded 170 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total infections in the kingdom to 26,927 cases while the death toll remained at 86.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said of the 170 new cases, 156 were local transmissions and 14 were imported cases, including three from Malaysia.

Of the 156 local transmissions, 136 were through active case detection - 90 in Bangkok, Samut Sakhon (31), Pathum Thani (10), Phetchaburi (three) and Narathiwat (two) - while 20 were from those seeking treatment at hospitals.

As the Covod-19 situation in the kingdom continues to improve, Thailand plans to further relax its Covid-19 restrictions when Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha chairs the CCSA meeting on Monday (March 15). - Bernama

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