Neither the construction materials retailer nor the food plant — along with the communities in their neighbourhoods — have reported new infections, but the governor said the closure order was a pre-emptive move to prevent their emergence as new cluster zones in the province.
Despite relatively low coronavirus infection rates, Kanchanaburi is one of 29 provinces placed under lockdown, including a curfew, from Tuesday. The decision to designate the province as a dark-red zone was to help authorities stem the import of Covid-19 from Myanmar and prevent its spread in factories in the province.
Kanchanaburi has attempted to seal its border with Myanmar by shutting the permanent checkpoint at Ban Phu Nam Ron in Muang district and the temporary pass at the Three Pagodas Pass in Sangkhla Buri until the end of this month.
The western province has logged 4,556 transmissions, including 218 reported by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Wednesday, since the third wave of the pandemic began in April.