Khlong Toei Cluster: Outbreak in Bangkok's Slum

Covid-19 patients from Khlong Toei slum are seen behind a translucent plastic screen while being held inside a village hall converted as a temporary isolation area for Covid-19 patients.

Exterior of a densely occupied apartment in Khlong Toei district, the largest slum in Bangkok.

Scene inside a densely occupied apartment in Khlong Toei slum.

A Covid-19 patient walks along the alley of Khlong Toei slum to be transferred to isolation area, while a youth volunteer sprays disinfectant along the path after.

A resident of Khlong Toei slum peeks out from the house to observe the sanitization of the area by community volunteers.

Residents of Khlong Toei slum take food and supplies that were donated by the public during the outbreak.

A community volunteer brings food to other residents who are isolating at home.

Covid-19 patients from Khlong Toei slum are being transferred via ambulance from the isolation ward at Wat Saphan Temple to hospitals.

A Buddhist monk installs an electrical system inside a makeshift isolation centre to accommodate more Covid-19 patients at Wat Saphan Temple.

A young volunteers from Duang Prateep Foundation in PPE gear sprays disinfectant inside a grocery store in Khlong Toei slum.

Residents of Khlong Toei slum take sanitizing alcohol that are given for free by Duang Prateep Foundation, an NGO that works to improve the livelihoods in this slum community.

Residents of Khlong Toei slum queue up in the rain for vaccination ticket.

Thailand is currently facing the third wave of the pandemic, and the virus has rapidly spread to the Khlong Toei district, the largest slum of Bangkok, which is the hardest-hit region. As Khlong Toei is among the most densely populated areas in Bangkok, the authority is concerned about how the slum turns to be an epicenter of the outbreak, which could be challenging to contain the situation.