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22 Samut Sakhon markets closed for three days of major cleanup and reorganisation


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22 Samut Sakhon markets closed for three days of major cleanup and reorganisation

 

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Twenty-two fresh and flea markets, in the municipal area of Thailand’s eastern province of Samut Sakhon, have been ordered to close for three days from Friday for a major cleanup and reorganization, to bring them strictly in line with health standards, to prevent a repeat of the widespread infections at Rodfai market, where 87 people were found to be infected with COVID-19 between January 30th and February 4th.

 

Mayor Chingchai Boonprakong informed owners of the markets about the closures at a meeting today and sought their cooperation in the cleanup over this long weekend.

 

Under the new arrangement, all the traders and their employees at the markets must produce cards, issued by market owners, stating that they have been cleared of coronavirus, everyone must strictly maintain social distancing and wear face masks at all times.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/22-samut-sakhon-markets-closed-for-three-days-of-major-cleanup-and-reorganisation/

 

 

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The truly astonishing aspect of this, that few seem to be discussing, is that this second wave, could have been at least partly avoided, had Prayuth and Anutin, two stunningly incompetence men, taken action early, and decisively. It really could have been limited to one province, and life would be completely normal elsewhere in the nation.

 

Instead, the whole country is made to suffer the consequences of inaction, of not locking down ground zero, Samut Sakorn (and only just a relatively small section of the province, actually) the first day of the second outbreak. It is beyond comprehension. It should have been locked down like a maximum security penitentiary. Cordoned off. Nobody comes in or out. And can anyone guess why it wasn't? It is one of the largest seafood distribution centers in Thailand, and it would have meant the loss of a small fortune, for some. So, it came down to sacrificing a large fortune, and the nations economy, for a relatively small out of money, coming from those seafood sales. Nothing else makes sense. No other explanation means anything, or comes close to breaking down why this action as not decisively taken. Sure, the main market was closed. But, people were allowed to travel freely, and become super spreaders. Just incredibly dumb policy and a nearly unforgivable lack of action. 
 

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