Bangkok Metropolitan Administration officials interview migrant workers in Bangkok's Chatuchak district during Covid-19 screening and testing following an outbreak in Samut Sakhon. Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has told the Public Health Ministry to prepare for a new Covid-19 lockdown in case the pandemic spirals out of control.
Prayut said on Monday that public health officials were testing migrant workers as far and wide as possible.
He said everyone should cooperate with the government and health authorities in containing the spread of Covid-19 among migrant workers "or else a lockdown will become unavoidable".
The prime minister said he wanted to spend seven days to assess the Covid-19 situation to decide whether the New Year countdown should be held or not, as well as Children's Day.
He asked the public not to panic and hoped the situation would improve after seven days.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said it was still impossible to decide whether New Year celebrations should be cancelled.
The CCSA recorded 382 new infections on Monday, 360 of whom were migrant workers, as health authorities sped up screening migrant workers in Samut Sakhon potentially linked with the province's central shrimp market, a new virus hotspot.
Apartments where migrant workers live are being turned into makeshift quarantine centres. This approach should contain the spread of the virus.
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assess (verb): to carefully consider a situation, person, or problem in order to make a judgment - ประเมิณ, ประเมิณสถานการณ์
cancellation : a decision to stop something that has been arranged from taking place - การยกเลิก
hotspot : a place where there is a lot of activity, or a higher temperature than normal -
lockdown (noun): an official order to control the movement of people or vehicles because of a dangerous situation -
makeshift : used temporarily for a particular purpose - ซึ่งทดแทนชั่วคราว, สำหรับใช้ชั่วคราว
migrant worker : someone who travels to another place or country in order to find work - คนงานต่างถิ่น
panic : to have a sudden strong feeling of fear or worry that causes you to be unable to think clearly or calmly - ตื่นตกใจ
screen : to find out information about people to see if they are suitable for something - สครีน, คัดเลือก, แยกออก, เลือกออก
spiral : to increase (get worse, etc.) faster and faster -
spread : gradually affecting or covering a larger area - การแพร่กระจาย
unavoidable : impossible to stop from happening - หลีกเลี่ยง