Thai Ministry of Public Health announces four new cases of medical officers and illegal returnee who test positive for Covid-19 coronavirus

Bangkok –

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health announced today, December 8th, four medical officers who tested positive for Covid-19 coronavirus while working with infected patients at Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) in Bangkok and another 21-year-old infected illegal returnee who reportedly traveled to Singha Park in Chiang Rai in late November.

Three Thai health officials, including a 40-year-old female, a 32-year-old female, and a 27-year-old male, sought the Covid-19 test last week while they were working at an ASQ in the capital. Two females were reportedly having a fever and a runny nose, while the male officer was asymptomatic. There are no reports from the Thai authorities whether they were working at the same ASQ.

The fourth female officials also conducted the Covid-19 test on December 5 as she was suffering from body ache, stuffy nose, and high fever while working at a private hospital in Bangkok.

All of them were found infected with the Covid-19 Coronavirus over the weekend and are now being isolated at a private hospital in Bangkok under the supervision of the public health authorities.

Another case involves a female illegal returnee who crossed a natural border from the Tachilek district of Myanmar to the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai on November 29th, together with a previously-announced infected returnee from Ratchaburi.

Although she was asymptomatic, she sought a Covid-19 test and was found infected after her friend tested positive for the virus last week. The patient is now being isolated at Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital.

Here is a brief timeline of the latest patient as officially released by the Ministry of Public Health this morning:

Late November 2020 – Staying in Myanmar

29 November 2020

06:00 AM – Illegally cross to the Thai border with a friend (patient from Ratchaburi) via a natural route with a help of a Burmese local

07:00 AM – Call her boyfriend to pick her and her friend up in front of a convenience store

08:00 AM – Her boyfriend arrives at the meetup location before driving to Chiang Rai Airport to drop off her friend to take a flight to Bangkok

09:00 AM – Drop her friend off at Chiang Rai Airport and go straight home

10:30 AM – Arrive home with her boyfriend

6.00 PM – The couple travel to Singha Park festival with two friends. Three more friends also join them at the table. All of them sit in the middle zone of the event, very close to a Phayao patient

12:00 AM – Depart from Singha Park and arrive home at around 03:00 AM.

30 November – 2 December 2020

The patient stays at home and does not go out.

3 December 2020

2:00 PM. – The patient and her boyfriend come to seek a queue for the free Covid-19 test at a private hospital in Mae Sai district as they are holding the National Health Security Office (NHSO) rights

3:45 PM – The couple arrives at the hospital checkpoint

4:00 PM – Medical staff collects samples for examination but the results are not shown just yet

4:10 PM – They leave the hospital and arrive home. They reportedly did not go anywhere afterward

5 December 2020

4:20 PM – The couple arrived at a private hospital in Mae Sai district again to have the paid Covid-19 test because they do not want to wait for the results for a long time

4:50 PM – Financial staff at the hospital comes to collect service fees.

5:00 PM – Medical staff collects samples for examination

5:10 PM – Financial officials bring them back the change

5:12 PM – They leave the hospital and arrive home. They reportedly did not go anywhere afterward

6 December 2020

Receive notification of results that SARS-CoV-2 is found in the illegal returnee, then Mae Sai Hospital delivers the patient for treatment at Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital. Her boyfriend has so far tested negative.

7 December 2020

The Disease Investigation Team of Chiang Rai Province conducts an investigation and disease control, including tracking all contacts to have them retested for the Covid-19 coronavirus and to perform quarantine in order to observe symptoms.

At least 9 people were categorized as a high-risk group while 8 hospital staff were in a low-risk group.



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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.