Chiang Mai’s adjacent Waroros, Ton Lamyai and flower markets have been closed down for three days, starting today (Thursday), for disinfection, while surrounding areas have been placed under maximum watch for 14 days after 37 people, mostly traders, were found to be infected with COVID-19.
Meanwhile, health officials have begun mass vaccinations of traders and porters at the three markets and conducted COVID-19 tests, with rapid antigen test kits (ATKs), during the 3-day lockdown.
All traders and porters will have to show their negative test results before they will be allowed back into the markets.
357 new cases were recorded in Chiang Mai yesterday, including 351 locally-acquired cases and four others. Two new clusters, with 55 infections, were found in two villages in Omkoi district, which were traced to students at hostel in Yang Piang sub-district.
The Omkoi district has been instructed to set a community isolation facility and to impose travel restrictions in communities where residents are found to be infected.
New infections related to Muang Mai fresh market dropped to 33 yesterday, raising accumulated infections to 1,156. Altogether 10 clusters have been detected in the province.
At the popular mountain-top resort of Phu Tub Berk, in the northern province of Phetchabun, tourists were warned to avoid resorts adjacent to the famous view point, after more than 300 of the 3,000 residents of two villages in Ban Tub Berk, Wang Barn sub-district, tested positive for the virus.
The two villages have been locked down, with movement to and from the villages forbidden without permission from local authorities.
Other tourist attractions are still open, but they are required to follow safety measures strictly to prevent the spread of the virus.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)