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Sixth Bangkok nurse tests positive for Covid-19, 17 new cases in quarantine

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A sixth Bangkok nurse tested positive for Covid-19. The nurse works at BNH Hospital in Bangkok were at least 4 other staff members tested positive for the virus.

Health officials suspect the first infected nurse contracted the virus while working at an alternative state quarantine facility. They say she failed to wear her protective gear properly while screening arrivals. Health officials believe she transmitted the virus to other nurses while out to eat after work.

The first patient started experiencing symptoms of a runny nose and excessive phlegm on November 29, according to director general of communicable diseases Sophon Iamsirithaworn. On December 2, she travelled on the MRT train around 10am to Thon Buri for an interview at a hospital. She took the BTS Skytrain to Silom around 2pm. Sophon says those on the trains are at low risk of infection because the nurse wore a face mask.

Meanwhile, 17 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The total number of Covid-19 is raised to 4,169 with 3,888 recoveries and 60 deaths. 221 people are currently receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus.

  • 4 people travelling from Switzerland tested positive for Covid-19. The 2 Thai women, ages 53 and 56, and the 2 Swiss men, ages 53 and 64, were on the same flight as 11 previously confirmed cases.
  • 2 Thai nationals, ages 16 and 63, travelling from Sweden tested positive for Covid-19. They were on the same flight as 3 previously confirmed cases.
  • A 65 year old American man and a 28 year old Filipino woman travelling from the Philippines tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 23 year old Italian woman and a 23 year old American man travelling from the United Kingdom tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 22 year old Thai man and a 30 year old Thai woman travelling from Italy tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 35 year old Kenyan man travelling from Kenya tested positive for Covid-19. He was on the same flight as 2 previously confirmed cases.
  • A 53 year old Thai national travelling from Russia tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 56 year old American man travelling from the United States tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A 52 year old Thai man travelling from Libya tested positive for Covid-19.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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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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