Officials inspect factory in Sam Roi Yot linked to spike in COVID-19 cases


Local officials have inspected a factory in Sam Roi Yot at the centre of a spike in COVID-19 cases in the province.

On Friday (August 13), Mr. Natakorn Temchayakul, Senior Permanent Secretary of Sam Roi Yot District, along with officials from the District Public Health Office and others inspected  Takeng Canned Pineapple Industry Co., Ltd. in Sam Roi Yot district.

The factory has now all but closed after a large number of workers tested positive for COVID-19.

From the internal inspection of the factory, it was found that almost all departments had stopped working, except for the IT department and the warehouse department, where the operator said that there was still a requirement to operate in order to fulfil shipments overseas.

The operators of the factory said that measures have been put in place to ensure that only 50 people can work on site a time, with all employees required to not leave the on site dormitory.

The company, which employees 1,000 people at the Sam Roi Yot site, tested all workers between Aug 2 – 11 and found 371 positive cases.

A field hospital was originally set up inside the cafeteria area, however this has now been expanded to accommodate more patients. Patients with severe symptoms have been transferred to hospital.

Meanwhile, the local administrative organisation has carried out deep cleaning of various sites located nearby, including at a market and other public areas.

Road blocks have also been increased to be on the look out for staff members who may have tried to flee from the field hospital.