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6 more Thai women test positive for Covid-19 after returning from Myanmar, skipping quarantine

Caitlin Ashworth



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6 more Thai women, who crossed the Myanmar border into Chiang Rai, have tested positive for Covid-19, according to the Public Health Ministry. 4 other Thai women in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai recently tested positive after returning from Myanmar’s Tachileik district. All 10 women evaded the mandatory 14 quarantine.

Some cases trace back to the 1G1 hotel and entertainment venue in Tachileik where some of the women confirm that they worked, stayed or visited. Some women said they worked at hotels or bars in Tachileik, but reports do not name the establishments.

Case 1

A 28 year old woman went to work at the 1G1 venue in early November and returned on November 27. A motorbike driver picked her up at the border and took her to the Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district bus station. She then took a bus back to her home in Phayao.

She went grocery shopping, out to restaurants and to a beer garden. She drove to Chiang Mai and tested positive for Covid-19 on November 30 at a private hospital. She returned to her hometown to be treated at the Phayao Hospital.

Case 2 & 3

After crossing the Thai-Myanmar border on November 28, a 21 year old and 25 year old flew from Chiang Rai to Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport. The 25 year old then flew to Phichit to visit a friend where she went to local bars. The 21 year old tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday.

Following her friend’s positive result, the 25 year old was “caught” an taken to a quarantine facility where she tested positive, according to Nation Thailand.

Case 4

A 36 year old travelled to Tachileik on November 3 and visited the 1G1 entertainment venue on November 23 and 24. A couple days later, she developed symptoms of a cough, runny nose and body ache. She treated her symptoms with over the counter drugs and crossed the natural border into Thailand on November 30 with help from a Myanmar national.

The woman travelled to Chiang Mai and then took a flight to Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport. She took a taxi form the airport to the Mo Chit Bus Terminal and then took a bus to Ratchaburi.

After hearing about a friend tested positive for Covid-19, the woman went to a local hospital and tested positive for the virus today.

Cases 5 & 6

A 23 year old and a 35 year old worked in Tachileik and returned to Thailand on November 24. They travelled to Chiang Mai and then went to their home in Tak’s Mae Sot district.

After hearing about a friend testing positive, the women got tested and the results came out positive for Covid-19.

Previous local Covid-19 cases

A woman in Chiang Mai and 3 other women in Chiang Rai tested positive for Covid-19 after working in Tachileik. They allegedly entered Thailand illegally, dodging the mandatory 14 day quarantine.

The women could face charges for entering Thailand illegally and violating the Emergency Decree. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says he’s asked authorities to press charges “to the fullest extent of the law.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    so 1, ONE, (1) person had symptoms of a cough, runny nose and body ache. Gee – could be a common cold, the flu, had the a/c up to high the night before, and could be CV. But the PCR-RT tests are flawed and unreliable yet are being used and considered the final word. word that supports “authorities to press charges “to the fullest extent of the law.”.

    were the 5 others symptom free? were they very sick and required hospitalization, or were they just tested positive, presumed infected, and sent to a hospital to be treated (treated how and with what if they were asymptomatic?)

    This reporting is all about pushing fear and propaganda to support keeping the borders locked down. It’s about following the Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030 plans of the UN and WEF.

    At this rate, one of these days the Thai economy is going to crash hard because the govt continues to push this fear campaign.

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      Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 1:16 am

      I don’t think its a matter of the symptoms and testing positive they skirted around the mandatory quarantine for anyone entering thailand, and put hundreds of people at risk by traveling. I don’t think it would have been as bad if they just stayed home. They knew what they were doing, and went against the Emergency Decree anyways. Lets hope its contained and there is no spreading of the virus.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Well, Thailand’s targeted testing seems to be working a treat …..

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    Patrick Kelly

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 12:31 am

    As long as you have the paranoid media & locals acting like sheep towards the virus ….the regulations will be onerous for several years. Tourism is dead under this scenario . Simple premise that will cause economic hardship for years until the attitude changes and you learn to manage the yearly Covid flare ups .

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      Issan John

      Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 11:08 am

      I’d suggest that pbjectively Thailand is “learning to manage the yearly Covid flare ups’ pretty effectively – at least compared to the utter shambles in the West, particularly the UK and the USA

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    john brig

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    I have a full Bangkok Post article on this border problem which I will place after my comments.
    The facts in theses stories show that it is not safe to fly, bus, taxi or train in Thailand. Mor Chit is Bangkok’s main bus station, and there was no reliable screening even there.

    So, why should any tourist feel safe travelling in Thailand?

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    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Just proves what we know all along
    1) there’s no tracing contacts policy in Thailand
    2) there’s not testing contact s policy either

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      Issan John

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      “proves” how?

      It “proves” that not only are there tracing and testing policies, but that they work!

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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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