On 19th June 2020, Pol.Lt.Gen. Sopon Pisuttiwong, Deputy Governor of Bangkok, as the Director of the BMA’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, presided over the meeting of the BMA’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, No. 60/2020.
The BMA has been assigned by the Ministry of Public Health to conduct proactive COVID-19 tests with sentinel surveillance system, by the use of saliva tests method. In this regard, the ministry has provided the BMA with 15,210 COVID-19 test kits. The saliva samples that have been collected for testing until 18th June 2020 is 15,062 cases totaling 99.03 % of the kits. Of all tested samples, 10,975 cases were not infected, while 4,087 cases are in testing process. Currently, no new COVID-19 cases has been reported for 29 days in a row, which exceeds the double of the virus incubation period. This can indicate the safety of Bangkok area.
Moreover, the BMA has enjoined the BMA’s affiliated schools to sanitize their area, such as high-touch surfaces, student tables, school canteens, medical rooms and toilets. The schools are directed to provide screening points for their staff, students and parents before entering the schools area. Handwashing stations with water and soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizer will also be provided for students and teachers so that they can wash their hands regularly.
Regarding all the mentioned details, the BMA would like to assure parents for the safety of their children from the infection of COVID-19 on the new semester that will begin on 1st July 2020.