Thailand detects two new coronavirus clusters

BANGKOK (BERNAMA) – Thailand has detected at least two new COVID-19 clusters as the new wave of infection continues to contribute to three-digit daily cases in the kingdom.

Over the last 24 hours, Thailand recorded 121 new COVID-19 cases including 94 local transmissions and 18 from active case detection in Samut Sakhon province, eight imported cases and one from outside the alternative state quarantine centre. To date, Thailand has recorded 6,141 cases and 60 fatalities.

The two new clusters involve a group of superbike enthusiasts who gathered at Lanta Island in the southern province of Krabi and an illegal gambling den in the eastern province of Rayong.

Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Thaweesilp Wissanuyothin said the index case at the gambling den is believed to be a 55-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 and later spread to her close contacts.

“To date, some 36 local transmissions have been reported in the municipal city of Rayong including 28 cases linked to the gambling den,” he told a press conference yesterday.

On the outbreak linked to the seafood market in the southwestern province of Samut Sakhon, Thaweesilp said a total of 1,356 migrant workers tested positive for COVID-19.

“The infections have spread to 38 provinces in the kingdom. However, the number of new infections continue to be on a downward trend. A total of 11,620 individuals have undergone COVID-19 tests and 1,356 individuals or 11.7 per cent tested positive,” he said.

Health workers conduct screening for COVID-19 in Samut Sakhon, south of Bangkok, Thailand. PHOTO: AP