Officers accelerate the trace and test of COVID-19 among alien workers and the high/low risk contacts

Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, chaired the meeting of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Executives No. 24/2020, at Bangkok City Hall (Sao Chingcha), Phra Nahkon District.

Pol.Capt. Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, BMA Spokesman, revealed after the meeting that, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Samut Sakhon Province and the increasing number of infected cases was found in the peripheral area of Samut Sakhon Province, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) would tighten the implementation of tracing and testing COVID-19 among alien workers, especially in markets where are risk areas for the spread of disease. As some alien workers may have close contact with people from the sources of outbreak, the BMA in collaboration with Ministry of Public Health has provided 80 teams of officers to visit the areas and randomly search for COVID-19 among the alien workers in 472 markets located in Bangkok. Moreover, there will be COVID-19 screening test for alien workers living in construction sites in Bangkok.

Cancelling of events to honor of King Taksin the Great and the New Year ceremony of Buddhist chanting and prayer

Regarding New Year events, the BMA orders to cancel the New Year ceremony of Buddhist chanting and prayer at Civic Plaza, except the alms-giving ceremony on the New Year’s Day and ceremony to bring out the sacred Phra Buddha Nawaraj Bopit statue from Phra Buddha Nawaraj Bopit Hall in Bangkok City Hall to be temporarily enshrined at Civic Plaza in front of Bangkok City Hall (Sao Chingcha). Bangkok residents can pray and worship the Buddha statue for auspiciousness on the New Year’s Day. The number of monks participated in the alms-giving ceremony is reduced to 40 monks and the number of participants is also limited in order to reduce overcrowding and maintain physical (individual) distancing.

The BMA requests for cooperation not to organize New Year festive events. If necessary, organizers must limit the number of attendants and comply with prescribed measures

The BMA requests for kind cooperation from public and private sectors to refrain from organizing the mass gathering events or activities. If the events or activities have more than 300 attendants, COVID-19 outbreak control plan must be submitted to the BMA’s Health Department for consideration and approval before organizing events.