A wholesale shrimp farmer and vendor at a market in the Muang district of Samut Sakhon has been infected with COVID-19. The owner of a shrimp raft, a term used for people who farm shrimps on small rafts near the market and sell their produce there, fell ill and sought treatment at Mahachai Hospital. She later tested positive.
Governor Veerasak Vijitsaengsri said an investigation is underway to find out how she contracted the virus. He ordered provincial public health workers to spray around 30 shrimp rafts at the market and roads around the venue.
Yesterday, health officials cleaned and disinfected the shrimp market to stem the spread. Authorities are currently tracing the patient’s movements.
Dr Anukul Thaithanan, director of Samut Sakhon public health, said the patient was a 67-year-old woman. She is now hospitalised at Samut Sakhon Hospital.
According to Thai media, a preliminary investigation found she had not been abroad and that 18 people close to her were high risk, including six medical workers.