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Health officials say hundreds came into contact with Covid-19 infected women

Caitlin Ashworth

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Health officials are trying to track down hundreds of people who may have come in contact with any of the 10 Thai women who tested positive for Covid-19 after returning to Thailand from Myanmar’s border town Tachileik. The women evaded the mandatory 14 day quarantine for returnees and media reports claim they “sneaked” back in the country.

More than 600 people may have been in contact with the women, according to the Disease Control Department’s director general Opas Karnkawinpong. The women all entered the country over the past week, crossing the border to Chiang Rai. Some then travelled to Chiang Mai, Phayao, Phichit, Ratchaburi and Bangkok before testing positive for the coronavirus.

The women worked at entertainment venues and hotels in the Tachileik border town before returning to Thailand. Some of the woman are linked to the 1G1 hotel and entertainment venue. Opas says authorities are investigating to see if anyone else crossed the border illegally.

The original patient, a 29 year old woman, put 108 people at high risk and 224 at low risk after she travelled from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai on November 25.

A 25 year old put 9 people at high risk and 11 people at low risk after she entered Chiang Rai on November 26 and checked in to a hotel in the Mae Sai district.

2 of the women, ages 26 and 23, put 4 people at high risk and 24 people at low risk after they entered Chiang Rai on November 28.

3 of the women, ages 28, 25 and 23, put 14 people at high risk and 7 people at low risk after they entered Chiang Rai and travelled to Phayao around November 27 to 30.

3 other women, ages 21, 25 and 36, put 298 people at risk with 40 of them at a very high risk after they entered Thailand and travelled to Bangkok, Phichit and Ratchaburi.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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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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