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Riot police officer in Bangkok tests positive for Covid-19

Caitlin Ashworth



Protest in Bangkok on February 28 / Photo by Thai News Pix

A riot police officer, who was deployed at the recent pro-democracy protests in Bangkok, has tested positive for Covid-19. His supervisor, chief of Wang Thonglang station Ekapop Tanprayoon, says the officer had visited Samut Sakhon, a coronavirus hotspot.

Riot police who worked closely with the infected officer, Somyot Nuamcharoen, are ordered to quarantine. The Wang Thonglang police station and any items the police officer handled are being disinfected, the chief says.

The officer had met up with friends during a visit to Samut Sakhon, just southwest of Bangkok. He travelled to the coastal province on February 18 and returned to Bangkok the next day.

On the 20th, he was deployed to a protest outside of parliament, just after returning from his trip to the “red zone” province. On Sunday, he deployed the protest outside the military barracks in Bangkok. The demonstration turned violent and numerous people were injured.

On Tuesday, his friend from Samut Sakhon tested positive for the virus. The infected officer was tested for Covid-19 that day and his result came back positive yesterday.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Oh no!
    Quarantine the entire force of riot police!
    Thai health is more important that keeping back a few fun loving protesters.

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    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    so what, put him in bed with medications and quarantine the flu will be over in a week unless he is unhealty, strange for a fighting officer

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    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    No doubt they will blame the protesters he couldn’t have caught it surely from one of his own colleagues they are so pure and kind and caring and honest covid surely would not get them 555

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    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Bangkok will be in lockdown soon, get ready.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Well, at least he’s not a Walt boasting that he “served” in the “army” with a “weapon” that doesn’t exist ?

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    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 2:42 am

    There’s a saying we say in England ij Yes that place you dishonour daily if you’ve got nothing to say say nothing but you spread your crap daily we have all had enough old man go away and tend your rice field and let the people who are in the real world not a mud hut speak your an old grumpy nasty spiteful man who hates farangs and the country that gave him a childhood and work and freedom

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    I don’t “hate farangs” or my country – but I do despise Walts who pretend they “served” their country in the “army” but are so stupid they don’t realise the “weapon” they claim to have used doesn’t exist.

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    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 2:18 am

    I cannot wait to meet you one day you spiteful man ij I will show you who was a soldier and trust me the taken movie is the least of your worries I will find you and ij the rest will play out 555

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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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