Centre to watch more than 400 worker camps

Centre to watch more than 400 worker camps

Deputy Defence Minister Gen Chaichan Changmongkol yesterday instructed the Armed Forces and police to set up an emergency operation centre (EOC) to regulate workers' movements in more than 400 camp sites.

"The EOC is needed to regulate the flow of workers and provide them with Covid treatment in the system," Gen Chaichan told the meeting.

Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich said that with Bangkok and its neighbouring provinces being dotted with Covid-19 clusters, more than 400 worker camp sites in Bangkok are considered especially risky.

Lt Gen Kongcheep said military officers and health workers will also be deployed to help set up and run field hospitals across the country for more than 6,500 Covid-19 patients, as well as mass testing.

Gen Chaichan also wants support to go to sites that need help curbing infections, such as worker camp sites, factories, communities, airports and prisons.

The army's food trucks would arranged to feed more than 300 affected communities. About 350 schools would be helped with disinfection before the new term reopens, as well as helping the government promote vaccination.

Meanwhile, two new Covid-19 clusters in Bangkok were reported at worker sites owned by JWS Co and Teka Co in Watthana and Chatuchak districts, taking the number of clusters to 80, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Some 3,277 new cases were reported across the country, taking the total to 193,105. More than 29 cases deaths were reported, taking the total to 1,431 cases.

There were 858 new Covid-19 cases reported in Bangkok alone, comprising 722 Thais and 136 foreigners. More new cases were reported in eight spots in provinces, including Nonthaburi which has the highest number of 192 new cases at worker camp sites.

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