BMA orders to temporary close its affiliated school to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Pol.Capt. Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, BMA Spokesman, reported the meeting result of the BMA Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (BMA-CCSA). He said that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) had conducted active case finding and sentinel surveillance in a factory located in Phasi Charoen District. Total number of employees of the factory is 887 (300 Thais and 587 Myanmar migrant workers). Initially, 27 confirmed cases were found with 130 high-risk contacts. Moreover, the said factory also has an affiliated factory with the total of 1,300 employees. The BMA collected saliva samples for the COVID-19 testing from 800 employees of this affiliated factory. Currently, the BMA is waiting for the test results and will expedite the collection of saliva samples from the rest of the employees.

As the neighboring area of the factory is the location of Wat Chan Pradittharam School, an affiliated school of the BMA, the BMA ordered to temporary close the school from now until 5th February 2021. In addition, the BMA has coordinated with executives of Chanpradittharam Witthayakom School, a school under Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) which is in close proximity to the said BMA school, to also consider temporary closure of the premise.

Currently, the BMA has ordered to temporary close the BMA’s early childhood development centers and preschool child development centers in Bang Bon District, Nong Khaem District, and Phasi Charoen District from now until there are any changes in the situation. This aims at curbing the spread of COVID-19 for the safety of children.