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COVID-19: Thailand scales up active case detection to curb infections in communities

— Thailand is stepping up active case detection in highly-controlled provinces in the kingdom to halt the spread of COVID-19 in communities.

Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) assistant spokesperson Dr Apisamai Srirangsan said the Department of Disease Control (DDC) has scaled up its active case detection exercise for COVID-19 in Bangkok and 27 provinces which have recorded more than 50 cases in the latest outbreak.

“We hope active case detection exercise will help to reduce the risk of infections in the communities especially among high-risk groups such as senior citizens,” she said at the COVID-19 daily briefing here today.

Meanwhile, Apisamai said relevant authorities will beef up enforcement along land borders after growing concerns over a surge in COVID-19 cases in neighbouring countries, including Malaysia.

She said the Interior Ministry has urged provincial governors along the borders to step up surveillance to prevent illegal entry of migrant workers.

Local media reported that spike in COVID-19 cases in neighbouring countries including Malaysia and Myanmar could cause Thais and foreign workers to flee these countries via Thai borders.

On Sunday, Thai authorities arrested eight Myanmar nationals for sneaking into the kingdom from Kedah in Malaysia via the Sadao checkpoint in Songkhla to return to their home country.

Meanwhile, Thailand has reported 369 new COVID-19 cases and zero deaths, over the last 24 hours, bringing the tally in the kingdom to 12,423 cases and 70 fatalities.

Of the new cases, Apisamai said 357 were local transmissions including 275 through active case detection, 82 cases linked to those visiting high-risk areas and 12 imported cases.

“To date, a total of have been 12,423 COVID-19 cases reported in the kingdom of which 10,134 were local transmissions including 3,982 cases through active case detection and 2,289 returnees from abroad.

“So far, 3,147 patients are still hospitalised,” she said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

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