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IUDC increases COVID-19 testing capacity

The Institute for Urban Disease Control and Prevention has increased its walk-in testing capacity to 1,200 persons a day, in addition to high-risk persons with appointments. The institute will continue to offer COVID-19 tests until the situation improves.

Today many people went to the Institute for Urban Disease Control and Prevention (IUDC) in Bang Khen district of Bangkok to receive an initial screening and COVID-19 tests, as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise.

The institute is now offering COVID-19 screening and tests to two groups of people, the first being persons given an appointment because they are considered to be at high risk of infection, as well as walk-in cases.

Tickets for the daily 1,200 slots are distributed in the morning, with the first 700 tickets for screening and tests between 8:30 a.m. and midday, and the remaining 500 tickets for screening and tests from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Persons who need testing will be swabbed using a royally bestowed mobile biosafety unit.

The IUDC deputy director Rujira Tragoolpua, said today the institute had decided to install the royally bestowed mobile swab units and labs to increase testing capacity at the IUDC, in addition to providing on-site services at other places, as transmission is now widespread in Bangkok.

She said the institute currently has no plans to stop the testing service, depending on how the situation evolves.

Another IUDC deputy director Suksant Jittimanee has urged people coming to get tested to strictly follow the preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19, as the test venue could be crowded.

He said people receiving negative results must continue to self isolate, monitor themselves for symptoms, and get tested again as recommended, as an initial negative test could be made during the incubation period of the virus.

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