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Burmese child with Covid-19 was in Ayutthaya before leaving Thailand

Caitlin Ashworth

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Note: Previous reports from various news outlets say the Burmese child with Covid-19 is a boy while more recent reports say the child is a girl.

Health officials are tracing back the Burmese family’s steps whose child who recently tested positive for Covid-19 after leaving Thailand. They say the parents worked in Ayutthaya and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces before heading to Tak’s Mae Sot district and crossing the border to Myanmar’s Myawaddy town.

The Department of Disease Control director general says disease control measures have been underway, but in a previous report he said it’s “impossible” the child contracted the virus in Thailand. More than 2,000 random Covid-19 were done in Mae Sot recently and they all came back negative, he said in an earlier report.

The child’s parents worked for a concrete block company in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pak Chong district, according to local health officials. They quit on June 25 and took a van to Ayutthaya on August 26, their colleagues say. The parents worked a market in Ayutthaya’s Uthai district, health officials say.

It’s unclear when the family left Ayutthaya and if they visited any other provinces before getting to Mae Sot. The family returned to Myanmar on September 4, but that date is not on the record. Police suspect the family crossed the border using natural, unofficial, passageways. The child tested positive for Covid-19 just 9 days later on Sunday, September 13.

The incubation period for Covid-19 is typically up to 14 days. However, some health officials speculate the incubation period could be longer in rare cases. In the case where a Uzbek football player tested positive for Covid-19 after he was released from quarantine, some health officials suspect the “brought the infection with him” when he entered Thailand.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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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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