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57 year old woman tests positive for Covid on Samui

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A 57 year old Frenchwoman has baffled Thai medical officials with her quarantine-defying positive test for Covid-19.

The woman had been living on Koh Samui since returning from 14 days of quarantine. Whilst her positive status had become a hot topic on Samui over the past 24 hours, it took until this afternoon for Dr Sophon Iamsirithaworn, Director of the Bureau of General Communicable Diseases, to confirm the situation at a media conference in Bangkok.

The woman, together with her husband and child, originally tested negative, twice, during her 14 day mandatory stay at an Alternative State Quarantine facility in Samut Prakan, just south of Bangkok. After that the woman showed some symptoms and tested positive, 5 days later.

At this stage the woman’s husband and child have tested negative for Covid-19 following the confirmation of her infection. She is now being treated for her symptoms at the Koh Samui Hospital whilst her husband and child are being kept under observation.

Officials are now in the process to see if the patient could have contracted the disease AFTER her quarantine.

Her family have a home on Koh Samui. They arrived in Bangkok on a Thai Airways flight from Paris on September 30. They were quarantined in Samut Prakan for the mandatory 14 days before they could return to Samui on October 15. Then she developed a fever 2 days after arriving back on the island but stayed at home for a few days before going to a private hospital for another test last Tuesday. 2 days later the positive test was announced.

Now authorities are trying to figure out if the woman was infected whilst in Thailand.

Public health officials have tracked down and tested 15 people who they believe could be at “high-risk” of infection. They’ve all been isolated until their results are confirmed. Another 42 people are “under observation” and considered at “low risk”.

SOURCE: CSSA | Bannkok Post

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    Francis

    October 24, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Baffled, how about a doctor taking money under the table for a negative report…? Nothing new there .

    A doctor in Scandinavia was last week caught giving a patient a Covid negative report, days before the actual test was done, which turned out to be Covid positive. In Scandinavia…

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      Issan John

      October 24, 2020 at 12:26 pm

      Very unlikely, although it’s perfectly possible with a test under “normal” circumstances in any country, but it would be very difficult with tests done in quarantine as the swab is taken by one team, then given to a completely different team to test with the results being given directly to the government department. It would be possible if the swabbing team were bribed to take a swab from a different person, but that’s far from as simple as just bribing a doctor.

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    RA

    October 24, 2020 at 11:25 am

    I can hear it now, “Dirty Farang”, and not a failure of the system.

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      Galaxy

      October 24, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      You are so sure about that?

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    Issan John

    October 24, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    The only thing baffling about this is why the “medical officials” are so “baffled” since it’s almost certainly a failure of the quarantine system, much as happened in New Zealand and in China when quarantine measures weren’t enforced strictly enough with identical results.

    In New Zealand, one very similar case happened when strict quarantine rules weren’t fully applied and those quarantined put their own refuse, such as empty drinking water bottles, in a refuse bin in the hotel corridor. The bin had a plastic lid, and the virus was transferred to the lid by someone touching it who had recently started quarantine so was contagious but had not yet tested positive as the virus was in the early stages of incubation. It was then transferred from the lid to another person touching it who was near the end of their quarantine period, so they didn’t test positive on their final test as the virus wasn’t yet developed.

    There was another similar case also in New Zealand, where someone at the beginning of their hotel quarantine who was contagious but with the virus not yet fully developed, so at the time they tested negative, pressed a lift button, contaminating it; the virus was then passed on to the next person using the lift who was a maintenance worker at the hotel (with a nearly identical case to that in China, with someone in self-quarantine).

    The more quarantine standards are reduced, either by time or by reducing the strict controls with, for example, a “7 + 7” system with loosened restrictions for the last seven days, obviously the more likely these cases are to occur. Guests are already allowed some access to hotel facilities, gardens, and communal areas which has to be a recipe for disaster and for easy transfer of the virus, so the only surprise is that this hasn’t happened more often – the Buriram United footballer, Akbar Ismatullaev, almost certainly contracted the virus in a similar way during his quarantine.

    The cheapest price for a 14 night hotel stay with full board appears to be as little as 29,000 baht; cutting costs to that level, and lower if some have their way, is a virtual guarantee that the quarantine will be ineffective as it would be simply impossible to control and supervise guests, supply staff with clean and effective PPE, and maintain the necessary hygiene standards for that sort of price.

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    Thaiman

    October 24, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    not surprised. farangs are infected because not take shower, not used mask and they are dirty
    that is why access to the country should be prohibited to any farangs until the end of the pandemic

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      Mike Frenchie

      October 25, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      Lol… you did not spend too much money learning English grammar? Did you… ?
      BTW, hygiene is very much corrolated with GDP… I know, it is hard to swallow.

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The Tokyo Olympics may cost almost US$2 billion more than its original budget of US$13 billion, after it has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Olympic organisers say they will decide on the increased budget for the Games after communicating with Japan’s government and Tokyo. The Games were postponed by 1 year after Covid-19 spread worldwide, with its opening date set to July 23, 2021. Of all the events postposed because of Covid-19, the Olympics was the biggest and most complex to postpone.

Such a delay has yielded new costs, from retaining the organising staff, rebooking venues and transportation. Not to mention, the question of if the event can actually proceed safely. But Olympic officials are reaffirming that the Games can, indeed, be held following safety measures.

Such covid safety measures are reportedly another reason why the price of the event has increased, although the new estimated cost doesn’t include such measures. Officials say they are expecting the additional costs to be paid for by the Japanese government. Organisers and officials are reportedly considering a long list of possible virus countermeasures that they hope will make the Games possible, even if a vaccine is not yet available.

A dialed-down, lower-cost Olympics plan was announced in September, with banners, mascots, meals, and athlete welcome ceremonies being scrapped along with fewer free tickets to be offered. A senior official has said that Tokyo Olympics test events will resume in March with a decision on fan attendance to be made in the spring season.

Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee Chief says he is very confident that the Games will have attending fans. However, fan enthusiasm has decreased inside of Japan, with summer polls indicating only 1 in 4 Japanese people wanting the Games to happen, with most wanting them to be postponed or even fully cancelled.

So far, Tokyo has reported just over 40,000 cases of Covid, with Japan reporting 145,000 cases since the pandemic began.

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A Singaporean woman has given birth to a baby with Covid antibodies in its system, giving new clues into whether Covid can be transferred from mother to child. The woman, Celine Ng-Chan, was infected with the virus in March during her pregnancy, and gave birth this month to her Covid-free baby.

“My doctor suspects I have transferred my Covid-19 antibodies to him during my pregnancy.”

The World Health Organisation says it is not yet known whether a pregnant woman with Covid-19 can pass the virus to her foetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery.

Ng-Chan became mildly sick from the virus, but was discharged from the National University Hospital after 2.5 weeks. So far, the World Health Organisation says it is not yet known whether a pregnant woman can pass the virus to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery, but this new finding helps researchers with new information. The active virus has not been found in samples of fluid around the fetus in the womb or in breast milk as of now, with Chinese doctors reporting such detection of antibodies in babies born to women, who have been infected with the virus, has been shown to decline over time.

New York Presbyterian/Columia University Irving Medical Centre has also reported in October, in JAMA Pediatrics, that the transmission of the virus from mothers to babies is rare, further pointing towards the risks being minimal of the possible transmission from mother to baby either in the womb, during delivery, or in breastfeeding.

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The positive test on November 27, came after she was out and about, with authorities saying 326 people are suspected of coming in contact with the woman. The woman reportedly visited a mall to eat Japanese shabu, watched a movie, visited a karaoke bar, and used public transportation before her positive diagnosis.

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Thai woman tests positive for Covid in Chiang Mai, 72 people found to be in close contact

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A 29 year old female Thai returnee from Myanmar has tested positive for Covid in Chiang Mai, after visiting the hospital with flu-like symptoms. She was the only local case reported, out of 5 other positive tests, with officials saying she is believed to have contracted the virus in Myanmar. The positive test on November 27, came after she was out and about, with authorities saying 326 people are suspected of coming in contact with the woman. The woman reportedly visited a mall to eat Japanese shabu, watched a movie, visited a karaoke bar, and used public transportation before her positive diagnosis.

Of those suspected 326 people who came in contact with the woman, 105 were deemed at high risk of infection with 149 deemed at low risk. Officials said 72 people were in close contact with her. The mall operator says those who were found to be in contact with the woman will proceed to a 14 day quarantine period.

The woman reportedly came down with symptoms on November 23 and went to the Nakornping Hospital the next day to be checked out. Now, the Chiang Mai governor has ordered all affected venues to be disinfected, including the Central Festival Chiangmai mall, which closed at 4 pm for a “big cleaning” yesterday.

Officials from the Disease Control Department have provided the woman’s whereabouts at a briefing on Saturday as part of the contact-tracing exercise. Sopon Liamsirithavorn, director of the Communicable Diseases Division, has presented a timeline of her movements:

  • From October 24 to November 23, the woman was in Myanmar. On November 23, she developed a fever, watery diarrhea, and lost her sense of smell.
  • On November 24, she still had a fever and developed a cough and a headache. Around 5 am on that day, she travelled from Myanmar to the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai by public van.
  • Around 11 am on November 24, she left Chiang Rai for Chiang Mai by bus.
  • At 2.51 pm the same day, the woman arrived at her condominium in a Grab car. That night, she used another Grab car to visit a karaoke bar in the Santitham area with two friends. They smoked a cigarette and shared it.
  • On November 25, she stayed overnight at a condominium with one of the friends who had returned from the entertainment venue around 2 am. Two other friends who lived in the room opposite came to the room to drink alcohol.
  • About noon on November 25, the woman left the condominium in another Grab car. She arrived at her condo building at around 1 pm.
  • Between 3.30 pm and 8.30 pm, she used another Grab car to visit a shopping mall and watched a movie there, had meals, and went shopping. She wore a face mask most of the time. She later used another Grab car to return to her condominium.
  • On November 26, the woman took a Grab car to a private hospital in Chiang Mai for a medical check-up around 3.30 pm after she lost her sense of smell, had watery diarrhea, and a body temperature of 36.9 celsius. She underwent a Covid-19 test.
  • Around 10pm, she was sent to Nakornping Hospital for another Covid-19 test. On November 27, the tests turned out positive.

A full announcement is set to be made by the Chiang Mai governor and Thai public health authorities when more information has been confirmed.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | Reuters

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