Thailand’s Public Health Ministry officially confirms two more locally transmitted cases in Ayutthaya and Bangkok this morning

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Thailand’s Public Health Ministry officially confirmed two recent local cases of Covid-19 Coronavirus, one in Ayutthaya and one in Bangkok, this morning, December 20th.

The first case involves a Thai female national, 29, from Ayutthaya, who was reportedly returning from work in Chiang Mai, Provincial Public Health authorities announced.

Dr. Pira Arirat of Ayutthaya Public Health told the press that the patient sought a Covid-19 test at Bang Pa-in Hospital yesterday and is currently being isolated at the hospital with an asymptomatic Covid-19 infection.

According to the officials, the woman was traveling via a double-decker bus with her 3 friends from Tha Ton (Chiang Mai) to Bangkok on December 16th, wearing face masks at all times. She reportedly arrived in Ayutthaya at 5:00 A.M. of the following day and took a motorcycle taxi home in the Bang Pa-in district.

On December 18th, she came for a Covid-19 test at Bang Pa-in Hospital around about 10:30 A.M, sitting at the back of a pick-up truck. She went grocery shopping at a morning market (Srithong Village Market) in the Bang Pa-in District on the morning of December 19th, when her results were also found to be infected with Covid-19. She was then taken to a hospital under the supervision of public health staff. It is unclear why she sought a Covid-19 test while asymptomatic.

The Communicable Disease Investigation agency and relevant agencies are currently searching for passengers traveling on the same bus and people who were working or in close contact with the patient in Mae Ai District, Chiang Mai. There is reportedly 10 people categorized in a high-risk group. Authorities encouraged those who might have been traveling to the same place at the same time with the patient to seek a Covid-19 test at a local hospital as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, another positive Covid-19 test of a 78-year-old woman had been confirmed in Bangkok late last night after she was reportedly traveling to a fresh shrimp market in Samut Sakhon, where 548 workers and merchants tested positive for the virus over the weekend.

The patient, who stayed in the Bang Sue area, visited Mahachai district with her son every day from the 1st to the 11th of December by private car to buy some fresh ingredients for her customers. During the 1st to the 16th of December, they reportedly went to the shrimp market to purchase seafood products at a Thai woman’s stall who was first found infected earlier last week.

The woman was reportedly having suspicious symptoms of a burning nose and chest pain and took some medicine on December 12th. She was badly suffering from headache, loss of taste, sore throat, runny nose, and breathing difficulty on the 15th and 16th December.

She immediately decided to have a Covid-19 test at a local hospital in the Prachachuen area on December 18th after being alerted of the infected shrimp farmer in Samut Sakhon. Her result was proven positive for Covid-19 yesterday and the patient is currently being isolated at a hospital in Chaengwattana road.

So far, a total of 18 high-risk people have been identified; 13 people are in her family and five of them are her loyal customers. About 33 of her family members are considered a low-risk group.

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