Large cluster at Kanchanaburi fruit plants

Large cluster at Kanchanaburi fruit plants

Workers queue up for Covid-19 tests at Vita Food Factory (1989) in Tha Maka district, Kanchanaburi, on Thursday. (Photo: Piyarat Chongcharoen)
Workers queue up for Covid-19 tests at Vita Food Factory (1989) in Tha Maka district, Kanchanaburi, on Thursday. (Photo: Piyarat Chongcharoen)

KANCHANABURI: More than 100 people have tested positive for Covid-19 during mass testing at seven fruit-processing factories in Tha Maka district.

Active case finding began on Wednesday on Thai and Myanmar workers at Vita Food Factory (1989) Co Ltd and five of its subsidiaries — Vanda Preserved Food, Vanda Factory, Vanda Frozen, Karn Corn and Thai Kokon Food — as well as Fruity Dry Co Ltd. The companies were large producers of export-oriented processed vegetables and fruits in tambon Saen Tor.

There were about 3,000 workers. Mass testing on Wednesday covered 400 workers, 141 of whom were found infected, Dr Itthipoll Charas-olarn, director of Makarak Hospital in Tha Maka, said on Thursday.

The confirmed cases were sent to the hospital's dormitory, which had been turned into a 320-bed field hospital. Most of them were asymptomatic, he said.

The Kanchanaburi governor ordered the plants closed until Wednesday.

Since April 6, Kanchanaburi has logged 1,685 Covid-19 cases, 766 of whom recovered and 19 died.

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