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Covid-19 case detected outside state quarantine, first in weeks

Jack Burton



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Medical authorities in Samut Prakan, just southeast of Bangkok, say a Thai man tested positive for Covid-19 at a hospital there today. The man, whose name was not released, was diagnosed at Ramathibodi Hospital and is currently being treated there, according to Piyamit Sitra, dean of the medical faculty at Chakri Naruebodindra Medical Institute, an agency specifically charged with treating coronavirus patients.

The alarm was raised by a Facebook post claiming that a positive case was found at Ramathibodi. Walairat Chaiyafu, director of the bureau of epidemiology at the Department of Disease Control, said the man, a returnee from abroad, had completed his mandatory 14 day quarantine and was considered healthy at the time he was released.

If confirmed, it would be the first case of the virus outside state quarantine in nearly 3 months. Thailand has officially detected no local transmission for 86 days as of today.

It’s unclear how many people have come into contact with the patient.

This is a developing story, and The Thaiger will bring you updates as they become available.

SOURCE: Khaosod English


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    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Every outbreak around the world started initially from one person passing it to others. Stay strong, savvy, and above all smart Thailand. Stop the flame before it becomes a fire.

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      Kai Petzke

      Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 11:43 pm

      Yes, Thailand, please stay smart, don’t let this case (and the case in Bangkok from the woman, who wanted to travel back to UAE) be the beginning of a new wave.

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    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Why is this not top story? Anything else, including Richard Barrow’s v1sa would lead the way. Part 0f the plan Tha1ger??

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    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Where my comment??? Screening???

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    Edy F.

    Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    They must find excuse to vaccine people. Because, if no deads and no virus, why vaccine ? And why masks ?
    And, if no vaccine, no money and no control of population.

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    Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    you have to write all people want say ,or it is not a opinionis only what thai shit government want the people readwhat opinion is thisthe serious news paper let write all opinions is not your responsability but of the writers…so let my opinion originally is the way to change something

    who want to go thai??
    place can not be freedom to talk
    if fighihg with thais and go police or court for sure foreigner lose all
    no guaranty
    none of the property guarantees. you can’t own the land, so why invest? only a retard buys land not in his name.
    visa all the time,also when married,
    any plces in the wolrd after married no one ask me visa ,i have right to stay with my wife forever without government ask me money account ,visa and bla bla .
    incredible, i want be freedom to live and feeling home ,in thai is not possible ,SO don’t ask to go invest there is not change as i said.
    dictator and comunist country

    coz is comunist country only
    don’t let foregners free to move ,buy land ,live there without problems
    so non one invest there ,easy

    I have company in thai with more than 20 employers
    i’m in oversea in europe now and i asked embassy to prepare my visa…. Useless for me but anyway follow story ,well they said:
    They said I have to stay in quaranteene at my arrive to bkk in a structure chosen by the government under my expenses!!
    But if government forces me a lookdown in the quanrantena where you say , it is the government that has to pay. NOT THE PEOPLE….,or i do quarantene in my owner house in bangkok.
    This strategy of government is only for still money to foregner ,cos is not normal cost of hotel .This is military country now.I invite thai to do civil war and kick out prayut and is submitted staff.Group of retarders-
    anyway :
    I said ,well I don’t go!! then I fire 30 Thai families working into my owner company ,let see what they eat next months and I go holiday in other place then i reopen new business in other country ,for me nothing change but for them, hahahahahah,this coz thai government is manager by military…..
    many country welcome my company and not stupid visa like a smart,non b ,non a ,non o ,
    only stupid make complicate without knowledges as thais.
    there are country give me citizenship just if move there company or invest in real estate.
    but thais are closed into them ignorance.

    the thais has to admit without foreigner they are nothing and can not surviver

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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