Three leading department stores in Pathumwan district yesterday issued a joint statement to clarify the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)’s announcement about infections found on their premises, saying the figures represented an accumulated two-month total.
The joint statement was made by Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery and Siam Centre department stores in response to the CCSA’s daily update yesterday.
CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin announced 2,502 new infections among the general population and 315 in prisons.
The centre reported 58 ongoing clusters in Greater Bangkok. Among areas under maximum surveillance were Bang Kapi market, The Mall Bang Kapi, a camp for construction workers on Ramkhamhaeng Soi 7, Makro Lat Phrao and Khlong Chan housing estate in Bang Kapi district, Klong Toey market and an Italian-Thai workers’ camp in Klong Toey.
Six new clusters were reported in the five districts of Nong Chok, Lat Krabang, Pathumwan (two clusters), Yannawa and Rat Burana, said Dr Taweesilp.
The new clusters include those detected at the Siam Discovery, Siam Centre and Siam Paragon shopping centres in Pathumwan district in central Bangkok, which totalled 129, plus 11 found in Siam Square and four in the Siamkit Building.
The announcement prompted the three shopping malls to put out the joint statement explaining the figures were taken from a two-month period, not a single day.
Meanwhile, Panruedee Manomaipiboon, director of City Hall’s health department, said that hospitals in the capital will get the ball rolling tomorrow on the mass vaccination scheme with those aged 60 and above, or suffering from one of seven chronic health complaints, first to be vaccinated.
Another 520,000 people who have already had first shots will receive their second tomorrow too, Dr Manomaipiboon said.
However, some provinces yesterday cancelled or postponed their own vaccine drives after the Public Health Ministry decided to reprioritise allocations based on current infection numbers.
In Loei, provincial governor Chaithawat Niamsiri cancelled the start of the province’s public vaccinations as the province has been designated as a low-risk area so the number of vaccine doses that were distributed to the province was low.