New COVID-19 cluster at fresh market in Prachuap, people urged to self isolate

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A new COVID-19 cluster discovered at a fresh market in Prachuap Khiri Khan has resulted in 16 new infections and forced 100 people into quarantine.

On Tuesday, Dr. Suriya Kuharat, Prachuap Provincial Health Director, said that he expects the number of cases from the cluster to rise in the coming days.

He said that in addition to the 16 confirmed cases, 100 more people deemed to be ‘high risk’ are have been placed in to quarantine.

Dr. Suriya also advised anyone who visited the dry seafood shops at the municipal fresh market in Mueang Prachuap between August 9 to 14 to self isolate, including any household members they may have been in contact with.

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms such as a fever or shortness of breath, should urgently seek a COVID-19 test.

Dr. Suriya was speaking at the daily briefing on the COVID-19 situation throughout the province.

On Tuesday (Aug 17), Prachuap Khiri Khan reported 66 new COVID-19 cases and one death.

The deceased was an 82-year-old Thai man who was a native of Bang Saphan.

Dr Suriya explained the man had been given favipiravir for 5-6 days after he became sick and was admitted to the Bang Saphan hospital on August 2 where his condition gradually worsened.

He was put on a high flow ventilator, but his condition did not improve and he died on August 16.

Dr Suriya said that 1,510 people are currently being treated for COVID-19 throughout the province and that Prachuap Khiri Khan has capacity to treat a further 701 patients.

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