PALA-U KAREN VILLAGE UNDER STRICT COVID LOCKDOWN

A new Covid-19 cluster, with 41 people infected, has resulted in the Prachuap Khiri Khan governor issuing an order to close a Pala-U village for 14 days to prevent the spread of infections.

Most of the village inhabitants are ethnic Karen people with around 360 households.  Some of the infected people are now beginning to show symptoms, but all are remaining at home in quarantine.

Apart from undertaking a disinfection process at the village, public health officials and doctors have attended the village to offer treatment, carry out further testing and to minimise a further spread of the cluster infections.  Security is now in place to minimise movements in or out of the village.

A 60-bed field hospital in the area is expected to be operational on Monday.  Mr. Kittipong Sukpakkul, Permanent Secretary of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province has visited the to see the progress of the outbreak responses

Dr Panlop Singhaseni, Governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province and Chairman of the Communicable Disease Committee, says more cases of infections are anticipated in issuing an official Order to temporarily close the village and support the mission of establishing the field hospital. He has authorised a checkpoint to be in place 24 hours a day with volunteers to enforce the lockdown. 

The Order is now in place until 4th September, a period of 14 days.