Jabs after Thong Lor cluster

Jabs after Thong Lor cluster

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is vaccinating 2,100 people who work at entertainment venues in Watthana district's Thong Lor area against Covid-19, as the area emerges as an epicentre of a new virus cluster.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said yesterday 4,200 doses of Sinovac vaccines have been reserved for the inoculation drive to contain the Thong Lor cluster.

A total of 300 people were vaccinated in the first day of vaccinations, which were carried out at Wat That Thong yesterday.

The inoculations will continue at the Saeng Thip sports ground on Soi Pridi Banomyong 2 from today until Friday, with 600 doses reserved each day, the governor said.

The recipients will receive their second dose within 2-4 weeks.

Meanwhile, about 300 police officers at Thong Lor station and about 100 officials at the Watthana district office will be vaccinated at Police General Hospital.

Health workers are also collecting nasal swabs from people working at entertainment venues in Watthana and the adjacent Klong Toey district.

Pol Gen Aswin said the capital's infectious disease committee have shut down 81 entertainment venues in Watthana, 75 in Klong Toey and 40 more in Bang Khae district between April 6 to 19 to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the capital after many cases were found there.

The government yesterday recorded 250 new Covid-19 cases, 245 of them locally transmitted and five imported, raising the accumulated total since the start of the pandemic to 29,571. No new deaths were recorded, leaving the toll at 95.

The Department of Disease Control said 155 new cases were found through active case finding -- 119 in Bangkok, 30 in Narathiwat, three in Chon Buri, two in Sa Kaeo and one in Samut Prakan. A further 90 cases were reported by hospitals.

Bangkok accounted for almost two-thirds of the new cases.


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