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Chiang Mai man tests positive for Covid-19 after illegal crossing from Myanmar

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A 32 year old Chiang Mai man who was employed at the now notorious 1G1-7 Hotel in Myanmar has tested positive for Covid-19 after sneaking across the border into Thailand. The man worked as a DJ at the hotel and entertainment complex in Tachileik until he returned to the Kingdom via an illegal crossing at the Chiang Rai border on November 30.

The Pattaya News reports that the man was experiencing symptoms that included loss of smell and a stuffy nose at the time. He checked in to a hotel in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai for one night, then stayed the next night in the Muang district of the city, before travelling to Chiang Mai by motorbike on Wednesday.

On Thursday, he visited Nakornping Hospital to report his symptoms and request a Covid-19 test. Following the positive result, he is now being treated in isolation.

Health officials say the man was alone on his journey from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai. In Chiang Mai, he visited a 7-Eleven and a nearby market to buy takeaway food, which he took back to his hotel room. It’s understood he was wearing a mask the entire time he was outside his room. Chiang Mai Public Health Chief, Chatuchai Maneerat, says only 5 people are believed to have come in contact with the man, and they are considered low-to-very-low risk, but will be tested for the virus.

Meanwhile, officials are calling on those who were at Singha Park in Chiang Rai on November 29 between 7.30pm and 11pm to come forward for testing. Passengers on Nok Air flight DD8717 from Chiang Rai to Bangkok on November 28 and Thai Lion Air flight SL533 from Chiang Rai to Bangkok on November 29 are also being asked to contact their local public health office for advice on self-isolating and to be tested for Covid-19.

Health officials say there is no need for the general public to panic, but that they should continue to follow the usual health measures of mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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    Ryan Lih

    Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Ironic! Shooting tourism dead in its track and closing borders but just couldn’t keep that Mae Sai border closed in its illegal river-way. These cases could run like wildfire and now Bangkok has got it!! Blame your own people now instead of putting the blame on foreigners and or farang. This would be a real test on the Ministry of Health’s readiness to tackle this spread. Good luck Thai gov’t.

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    Leo Z

    Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    The above comment by Ryan is correct. You keep international flights out since March religiously, but you keep a border with virus-thriving Myanmar open to whoever basically wants to cross it, with no testing and no quarantine. Let’s call a spade a spade. This has the potential to undo all the virus-mitigation efforts taken in Thailand since April.

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      Ryan Lih

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks Leo. You’re absolutely correct thanks to the addendum. I read previously that the army had installed barb wires along the invisible border between Thai-Myanmar but right under their nose is the illegal river-crossing that causes a REAL embarrassment! The year of the Pandemic really tests a country’s leadership and government preparedness. Even the all mighty US of A has flopped BIG TIME under Trump. Ironic and sad. Several ASEAN countries have also faced leadership crisis.

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The northern city of Chiang Mai has confirmed 4 new cases of coronavirus, all of which are linked to the Warm Up café in the Muang district. The province of Chiang Mai now has 11 active cases and has recorded 57 cases in total, according to deputy governor, Weerapan Dee-on.

“The 54th patient in Chiang Mai is a Thai man aged 23 from Sansai district. He displayed no symptoms. The 55th patient is another Thai man aged 28 from Muang district. He also showed no Covid-19 symptoms. The 56th patient is a Thai woman aged 28, who works in Bangkok but recently returned home to Sankamphaeng district. She had symptoms of coughing and a blocked nose. The 57th patient is another Thai woman aged 22 from Muang district. She displayed symptoms of coughing and tiredness.”

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