Six checkpoints are being set up in Bangkok and police and troops have been deployed to construction worker dormitories, in and around the capital, to prevent workers leaving their compounds and potentially spreading COVID-19, as the facilities are sealed for one month, effective today (Monday).

The six checkpoints, to operate from 4pm today, are on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, near Don Mueang Railway Station, Suwinthawong Road, Bangna-Trad Road at 4.5 km, Borommaratchachonnani Road, Petchkasem Road, in front of Nong Khaem District Office, and on Rama 2 Road, in front of the PTT gas station.

There are 575 construction worker housing facilities in Bangkok, 77 of which have been completely sealed since yesterday. Active screening and inoculations will get underway as the facilities are sealed.

Meanwhile, some construction workers told Thai PBS that they are worried about their livelihoods, as they don’t think they will be properly compensated for the month during which they are not working.

Collecting their equipment from a construction site, in Bang Kapi district, to take back to their dormitory, one said “one month of no work means no income.”

“I don’t think I’ll get compensation, because I don’t have social security. It’s so sudden and everyone here has expenses,” he added.

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