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1 new Covid-19 death, 7 new cases in quarantine

Caitlin Ashworth

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Thailand reported its first Covid-19 death since June, tallying up the death toll to 59. Health officials also report 7 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine. They say 1 person had the virus before. The 54 year old Mhad Mamin worked as a Thai translator at an embassy in Saudi Arabia. He came back to Thailand last month and tested positive for Covid-19. He was recovering at first, but then he started to get worse a couple weeks ago. He died today at Bangkok’s Rajavithi Hospital near Victory Monument. His family lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Health officials also report 7 new Covid-19 cases detected in state quarantine. Those patients arrived to Thailand from Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Qatar and Pakistan. 1 patient got infected with the virus a second time.

  • A 42 year old Bangladeshi man arrived to Thailand on September 2 and tested positive on September 15. Health officials say he was asymptomatic.
  • A 10 year old boy from Pakistan tested positive in during his first test in quarantine and health officials say he was asymptomatic.
  • 3 Thais returning from Saudi Arabia tested positive for Covid-19. They all arrived in Thailand on September 5 and tested positive on September 16. They had a loss of smell and a runny nose. 2 of them were students, ages 9 and 14. The other was a 61 year old man.
  • A 50 year old Thai man arrived on September 5 and tested positive on September 16. Reports say he was on a flight where 8 other people also tested positive.
  • A 41 year old Thai man arrived from Qatar on September 13 and tested positive on September 16.

Health officials are still working to solve mystery Covid-19 transmissions. A Bangkok DJ tested positive earlier this month, breaking Thailand’s 100 day streak without a local transmission. Health officials say the man contracted the G strain of the virus which is more infectious and typically detected in quarantine rather than in local transmissions.

Another apparent local transmission was reported this month. A Uzbek football player for the Buriram United team tested positive for Covid-19 after he was released from quarantine. Health officials speculate that the virus may have a longer incubation in rare cases.

A 2 year old Burmese child also tested positive for Covid-19 about 9 days after leaving Thailand. Health officials are tracing back the family’s steps to check those who might be “at risk.”

Thailand has reported a total of 3,497 Covid-19 cases with 3,328 recoveries. 559 cases were detected in quarantine.

1 new Covid-19 death, 7 new cases in quarantine | News by Thaiger

Total Covid-19 deaths in Thailand from February 15 to September 12. (Graph by WorldoMeters)

1 new Covid-19 death, 7 new cases in quarantine | News by Thaiger

Total Covid-19 cases in Thailand from February 15 to September 10. (Graph by WorldoMeters)

SOURCES: Coconuts Bangkok | Nation Thailand | Bangkok Post

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    Svcoquette

    Friday, September 18, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    And they are trying to force us foreigners here to get on an airplane and leave, no way!

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      Karen Hardman

      Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 8:15 pm

      Are you for real ??? THAILAND has only 59 deaths to date, including the person who just died. the UK has almost 42 THOUSAND deaths !!!! the USA and Brazil much higher. So it should be the Thais worrying about coming here, not the other way around !!!

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        Stephen Westrip

        Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 8:33 pm

        Reported figured are a political football for all countries so don’t try and compare countries figures. Infection rate per 100,000 tested. Death rate in excess of ‘normal’ deaths month on month. You need to compare like with like and only then do you get an accurate picture.

        Having said all that I think Thailand has done a good job so far – I just don’t believe their figures!!

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    Karen Hardman

    Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Are you for real ??? THAILAND has only 59 deaths to date, including the person who just died. the UK has almost 42 THOUSAND deaths !!!! the USA and Brazil much higher. So it should be the Thais worrying about coming here, not the other way around !!!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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