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Covid-19 found in 3 Thai monks at Las Vegas temple

Jack Burton

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The Royal Thai consulate-general in Los Angeles confirmed yesterday that 3 Thai Buddhist monks at a temple in Las Vegas have contracted Covid-19.

“The temple has 5 monks, who were tested for Covid-19 on July 13. The test results showed 3 have the virus. 2 monks were rushed to the hospital in critical condition and have been on respirators since, while the third displayed minor symptoms and has been treated in a quarantine facility.”

“The abbot and another monk have been found to have no Covid-19 symptoms, but they have been placed in quarantine as a precaution.”

The consul-general says it’s not clear where the monks might have contracted the virus from, as the abbot said that they had not travelled anywhere for months.

“The consulate has distributed PPE suits and other necessary equipment to the temple for monks, temple staff and other related personnel to protect themselves.”

As for a Thai monk who passed away on July 11, it’s been revealed that he was from a different temple in Las Vegas and that he died of complications from an infection.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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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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