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Bangkok officials relay additional info on infected healthcare workers

Maya Taylor

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With the announcement of a sixth Bangkok nurse testing positive for Covid-19, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration have provided more details of the timelines around the first 5 infections. All of the patients are healthcare workers at alternative state quarantine facilities.

Pongsakorn Kwanmuang from the BMA says it’s believed they became infected in the course of their work, adding that their residences have been disinfected by the Department of Disease Control.

“We believe we can contain the spread of the disease in Bangkok until a vaccine arrives, so we would like to ask venues at risk of infection to strictly abide by BMA measures and recommendations. Moreover, everyone must protect themselves from the disease by wearing a face mask, washing your hands regularly, maintaining social distance, and avoid going to risky areas.”

Nation Thailand reports the timeline of the first 5 infected patients as follows.

Patient 1: 26 year old female
December 1: Took over when patient 3 (another healthcare worker) finished a shift at a Bangkok ASQ facility.
December 2: Took to the MRT to a job interview at a hospital in the neighbourhood of Thonburi. Made the return journey by the BTS.
December 3: Did a shift at a private hospital. Experienced a fever around midday, was tested for Covid-19 at 7pm.
December 4: Symptoms treated at a private hospital. Covid-19 test positive.

Patient 2: 40 year old female
December 2: Collected lab samples and trained another worker (Patient 4) at an ASQ facility in Bangkok. Was not wearing a facemask. Drove her own car to visit family members in the central province of Chachoengsao.
December 3: Worked at an ASQ facility in Bangkok, where she sent a Covid-19 patient to hospital.
December 4: Took a Covid-19 test and attended a private hospital for treatment. Test result came back positive.

Patient 3: 32 year old female
December 2: Worked with Patient 1 at an ASQ facility in Bangkok.
December 3: Worked at an ASQ facility in Bangkok.
December 4: Developed a sore throat and took a Covid test at an ASQ facility in Bangkok. December 6: Was treated at a private hospital. Test result came back positive at 7pm.

Patient 4: 25 year old female
November 27: Took a work break with Patient 2, then took the temperature of a Russian mother and daughter.
November 28: Worked at an ASQ facility in Bangkok. Had lunch with Patients 1 and 2. Bought a meal at Wat Khaek Market, while wearing a face mask.
November 29 to December 1: Experienced a runny nose and cough.
December 2: Worked at an ASQ facility in Bangkok. Dined with Patient 2.
December 5: Experienced diarrhea. Took a Covid-19 test.
December 6: Test came back positive.

Patient 5: 27 year old female
December 3: Worked at an ASQ facility in Bangkok. Dined with a staff member.
December 4: Took a swab test with Patient 2 at ASQ in Bangkok. Worked a shift at a private hospital emergency room from 3pm to 11pm.
December 5: Took a Covid-19 test due to other colleagues testing positive for the virus.
December 6: Test came back positive. Admitted to a private hospital for treatment.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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