Navy, police deployed to seal of practically 600 development employee camps


While Thailand is sprucing up immigration counters to welcome international travelers again starting Thursday, the military and police are being deployed to seal off nearly 600 construction workers camps in Bangkok and the inner province to ensure residents don’t leave before their camps are ready Preventive measure against the recent Covid outbreaks sealed off.

The Thai government has closed “risky places”, particularly labor camps in Bangkok and nearby provinces. Also 4 southern provinces… Pattani, Yala, Songkhla and Narathiwat. The shutdown is scheduled to last 30 days from tomorrow, June 28th.

Around 80,000 workers, mainly migrant workers in the Bangkok area, will have to remain in their camps during the lockdown.

However, the government says they will renew construction contracts and pay 50% of workers’ wages if they are sealed off in their camps. The government also wants to provide the workers with food and water. Security officials are also being dispatched to ensure that the workers do not leave their camps, says government spokeswoman Anucha Burapachaisri.

However, some “parties” fear workers will try to evacuate their warehouses before they close, leading to the spread of Covid across the country.

Defense Department spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawanich said armed forces and police were being assembled to enforce the closure order issued by the CCSA yesterday. Kongcheep says the camps are running mass tests and further isolating infected people.

In the deep south, too, armed forces are deployed to help “tighten controls” on people’s movements. This in light of the beta variant (the virus that was first observed in South Africa) that is spreading in the south.

These forces would also work with the Ministry of Health by providing beds in military hospitals to make up for the dwindling supply of hospital beds.

Border controls are also being “tightened” in the hope of preventing illegal immigrants from spreading Covid-19 from their country to Thailand, the spokesman says.

Suchart Chomklin, the labor minister, is not worried that workers will try to leave their camps because if they stay they get 50% of their wages, but if they leave they get nothing.

Suchart says there are 575 labor camps in the Bangkok area, mostly migrants.

According to Suchart, there are 575 camps in Bangkok with 80,000 workers, most of whom are migrants.

The town hall has sent all 50 district offices a letter informing them that labor movements are prohibited for the next 15 days. District officials are expected to work with “security agencies” to cordon off camps in their respective jurisdictions

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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