PHUKET: Phuket Municipality Fresh Market 1 on Ranong Rd in Phuket Town has been closed for a week as mass tests are carried out on all vendors following a series of confirmed COVID-19 infections on the market.
The Phuket City Municipality ordered the market to close after the head of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Bureau (PPHO), Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon, confirmed on Wednesday August 4 that 27 people in the market were confirmed to be infected with the COVID-19.
The 27 new cases were discovered through proactive screening of more than 100 vendors in the market, Dr Kusak said.
Those 27 cases contributed to Phuket on Tuesday, marking a record 65 confirmed cases in one day.
The Municipality of Phuket declared the market a COVID risk area and ordered the market to close for seven days, from yesterday (August 5) to next Wednesday (August 11), “or until the area is managed in accordance with market reorganization measures to control and prevent the spread of the disease “.
“The Municipality of Phuket and related agencies have visited the area to screen for high-risk groups or high-risk contacts,” the municipality said in its announcement.
After the mass testing is done, the market needs to be thoroughly cleaned, with a disinfectant to spray on the entire market, the announcement added.
Meanwhile, Phuket Municipality Fresh Market 2, located behind Robinson Department Store on Ong Sim Phai Rd, underwent intensive cleaning and disinfection today.
The market will reopen tomorrow.
The municipality last week ordered the closure of this market for seven days, from July 31 to today (August 6).