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Covid-19 case: 600 people facing quarantine

Caitlin Ashworth



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Hundreds may need to go into quarantine after they came in contact with a Bangkok DJ who recently tested positive for Covid-19. Health officials say around 600 people have been in close contact with the man and 78 people have been classified as “high risk” of being infected.

Thailand went 100 days without a local transmission of the coronavirus. The 37 year old DJ was arrested last week on drug charges and tested positive for virus during a routine check at a Bangkok prison. All of the other recent cases of the coronavirus have been imported and detected during the mandated 2-week quarantine for people entering the country.

Health officials are tracing the man’s steps back to August 12 and have identified 589 people who they say are at a low risk of catching the virus and 78 people who they consider at high risk. 3 pubs were the DJ recently worked have closed down. The staff from all 3 bars are in quarantine.

The man reportedly worked as a DJ at 2 different locations of the 3 Day 2 Night pub in Rama III and on Rama V. He also worked a night at First Cafe on Khao San Road on August 18. All 3 have been closed for cleaning. A restaurant in Nonthaburi where the man reportedly worked has also been closed.

The DJ ended up at a drug correction centre at the Klong Prem prison near Chatuchak. More than 30 people at the centre are classified as high risk. The first round of tests came out negative, but the inmates will be tested again in a few days and they are isolated from the main prison population.

The man was sentenced to prison by the Criminal Court on August 26 on drug charges and sent to the Central Special Correction Institution. 8 inmates at the prison have been classified as high risk and their results are still pending. About 150 officials who came in contact with the DJ have tested negative for the virus.

Thailand has reported 3,431 cases of the coronavirus with 3,277 recoveries and 58 coronavirus related deaths. 96 people are being treated for the virus in hospitals.




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    Friday, September 4, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Most of the world has seen a second wave. Why should Thailand be any different. A second wave is inevitable. What’s important is hi well you cope and deal with it. Perhaps more time should be working on that likely scenario rather than shutting yourself off from the rest of the world in a bubble. The bubble will pop one day. Even the best countries has a second wave ie New Zealand and Australia. Key is how the second and third waves are deallt with.

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    Friday, September 4, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Awesome! Let’s see how true to the words of the Health Minister saying Thailand can handle outbreak. 100 days without a local transmission but this local DJ came from where? Does this mean all the numbers reported by Thai health authorities are fake and fabricated to look good?

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    Friday, September 4, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    and was said DJ sick and showing flu symptoms (fever, breathing difficulty, etc etc), or was the test positive but asymptomatic (this non-contagious)?

    and being stuck in an iso-ward and watched certainly does not presume sick with symptoms, it could simply be asymptomatic and observed.

    some kind of truth in reporting would be nice to read some day !

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    Dirty Farang

    Friday, September 4, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    the 50 baht question is, how he could get covid, as Thailand is closed since March and officials say, Thailand is covid free?

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    Friday, September 4, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Fear porn for a virus no worse than the flu..

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    Yuri Saveliev

    Friday, September 4, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    It was expected. Luckily, Thailand has a very low infection rate but is not zero, so be very careful. Last month, Myanmar online newspaper reported two Covid-19 infected migrant workers repatriated from Thailand. They were tested positive in a mandatory quarantine facility. Unfortunately, I see many Thais in shops who stopped wearing face masks and using hand sanitizers (do not leave home without them!). Being too relaxed and losing the vigilance is dangerous. The battle against the virus is far from over.

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    Manneken pis

    Friday, September 4, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    The fact is that this government would be very happy to see covid19 come back. Keep protests under control

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    Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 10:54 am

    It is time governments around the world admit that quarantine does not work and is not recommended by experts for this situation.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Yes how did he catch the virus, Dirty?
    Anyway, if the Thais have to quarantine I hope they will include the 150 person of the authorities that were in contact have to quarantine.
    Naw, I doubt it . . .

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    Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    There is a very simple way to end this “pandemic” right now. That is to stop testing, open all borders and go back to normal life. The only reason anyone can be said to have “Covid-19” is because they have “tested positive”. The fact is that the tests do not work and cannot detect “Covid-19”. The RT-PCR “test” is nothing but a manufacturing process to detect and duplicate a string of DNA through cycles of duplication. Since you need a primer to start with, which in this case would mean genetic material identified as “Covid-19”, there cannot be a test for it as, to date, no “Covid-19” virus has been scientifically identified. This has recently been admitted by the US FDA and the British government as well as thousands of Doctors and other PHD’s worldwide. This pandemic is a scam to completely change our way of life which we would not otherwise accept without the fear-mongering of a fake disease that cannot be proven to have sickened or killed a single person!! Wake up people!!

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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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