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Officials tracing 290 contacts of Krabi Covid case – 79 considered “high-risk”

Maya Taylor



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Efforts are underway to trace 290 people who had contact with a Covid-19 patient in Krabi, with officials declaring 79 of them, “high-risk”. The 37 year old man, an Indian national who lives on Koh Phi Phi, tested positive for the virus while undergoing medical tests as part of a work permit application. The Bangkok Post reports that while most of his relatives have tested negative, his wife’s health status is unknown.

Health officials are attempting to contact all those who came in contact with the man, with the investigation spread over the provinces of Krabi, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Sukothai, after the man travelled to each of those locations recently. It’s understood he is asymptomatic and is being kept in an isolation room at Krabi Hospital.

He originally tested positive on November 4, then tested negative on November 6. Health officials say the negative result could be due to the fact that his earlier positive result showed only traces of the virus. The result would indicate the man contracted the virus some time ago, with an immunity check showing he’d been infected for at least a week or 2, possibly even longer.

Walairat Chaifu from the Department of Disease Control says it’s unclear how the man contracted the virus, given that he has not done any international travel since February.

“The infected person came to Thailand in April 2019, then went abroad in October 2019, before returning to Thailand in February, and has not been anywhere abroad ever since. He opened a restaurant with his wife on Koh Phi Phi.”

It’s understood that on October 28, the man took the ferry from Phi Phi to Krabi, to stay with his brother’s family. On October 29, he travelled to Phuket by car, staying in a hotel in Patong, where he met an American friend and dined at a nearby restaurant. On October 30, he travelled to Phuket Airport by taxi and flew to Chiang Mai. On arrival there, he took a taxi to an entertainment venue in the city. On October 31, the man travelled to Sukothai for the Loy Kratong festival.

Health officials say both the Phuket and Chiang Mai taxi drivers are considered “at risk”, as are the other customers in the Chiang Mai bar. Walairat says those attending the Loy Kratong event in Sukothai are classed as “low-risk” as everyone had their temperatures taken and had to wear face masks. She says medical staff who had contact with the patient are likely to be most at risk.

“We have made appointments for those in the high-risk group to take the test and self-quarantine for 14 days.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Monday, November 9, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Isn’t it flu season now in Thailand. If I have a head cold and a small cough. Should I be quarantined for 2 weeks if I have the sniffles because it could spread to a really really old unhealthy person and kill them?

    I know the dumb sheeple think I would be an irresponsible monster if I even dared to leave my house with a sniffle or a cough.

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      Issan John

      Monday, November 9, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      If you’re worried, have a test and you’ll know and you won’t feel obliged to ask inane questions

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      Don R

      Friday, November 13, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      You raise an interesting point. My biggest fear is that these covid panic warriors will apply their logic consistently, and we’ll start seeing broad-ranging restrictions on life every flu season, or even for other public health issues.

      Of course, it’s all a fantasy. You could turn your country into North Korea, and it wouldn’t stop death. If old people don’t die of the flu, they’ll die of something else.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, November 9, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Witness the stampede of the health workers and medics, with baht signs in their eyes, and showing how important they are, when most of his relatives tested negative. Did any test positive???
    His wife’s statue is unknown. Why? Did the medics not find the result they wanted when they tested her, throwing doubt on her husband’s positive.
    The Thais can do this to anyone. Test them positive. Put them in hospital. Perform an operation on their wallets, the necessary removal of cash.
    This is just another Thai scam
    I do not believe he ever had the virus.

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      Don R

      Friday, November 13, 2020 at 3:18 pm

      The tests themselves are a big pharma scam. Flush billions of dollars down the toilet on useless tests to identify a flu bug that will eventually infect everyone. Positive tests lead to more testing, more hospitalization, more vaccination, more media click bait, all the while poor people are dying of malnutrition in the streets cause they can’t get work.

      History will not be kind to the covidians.

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    Dave Bond

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    before we all run off and hide under the bed again, the PCR test detects the Virus RNA it does not mean he actually is infectious. The test can detect the RNA signature of dead virus many weeks after infection. From the Lancet:

    “For many viral diseases (SARS-CoV, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, influenza virus, Ebola virus, and Zika virus) it is well known that viral RNA can be detected long after the disappearance of infectious virus. With measles virus, viral RNA can still be detected 6–8 weeks after the clearance of infectious virus. The immune system can neutralise viruses by lysing their envelope or aggregating virus particles; these processes prevent subsequent infection but do not eliminate nucleic acid, which degrades slowly over time.”

    it is good to see the effectiveness of the tracking and trace personnel then isolate which was a hallmark of Thailand’s amazing success in controlling the virus the first time around

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