The number of daily new COVID-19 cases in Prachuap Khiri Khan continued to surge on Saturday (Oct 23).
Since October 13, health officials in the province have reported daily triple digit COVID-19 infections.
However, towards the end of the past week the number of new cases has increased significantly with the province reporting 182 new cases on Thursday, with a sudden rise of 341 cases on Friday (Oct 22).
On Saturday, the number of new cases rose further still, jumping to 445 confirmed new cases – the most number confirmed cases in two months.
The sudden spike in cases is largely due to the discovery of several COVID-19 clusters at factories and fruit processing plants, workers camps and dormitories, predominately in the Pranburi area, which reported 362 cases alone on Saturday.
The continued surge in cases on Saturday meant that Prachuap Khiri Khan was among the top 10 provinces reporting the highest number of COVID-19 cases.
Fifty new cases were also found in Hua Hin, 31 of which were found in either Hua Hin or Nong Khae districts.
Dr. Wara Selawattanakul, Prachuap Khiri Khan Provincial Public Health Doctor, urged people not to be careless and not to underestimate the severity of the situation.
Dr. Wara said because the number of cases continues to be more than 100 per day, people should avoid visiting crowded areas and refrain from social gatherings, particularly during the long weekend where many people will be travelling to the area.
Last week, Mr. Krot Rojanasathien, chairman of the Hua Hin Recharge Project said he was confident the spike in COVID-19 cases would not result in the planned opening of Hua Hin on November 1 being postponed.