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South Korean soldier tests positive for Covid-19 after Cobra Gold training in Thailand

Caitlin Ashworth




A South Korean soldier tested positive for Covid-19 after returning home from Thailand. The soldier was in Rayong from November 2 to 6 for Cobra Gold, Thailand’s annual military training exercise.

The soldier tested positive during a mandatory screening at a South Korea airport. Thai health officials are investigating the case and are urging residents in Rayong not to panic.

All foreign soldiers involved in the 5-day Cobra Gold training were required to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Thailand and test negative for Covid-19 twice before being released. Health officials speculate the soldier may not have contracted the virus in Thailand. In some cases, the incubation period for Covid-19 is longer than 14 days.

A total of 202 Thai and foreign military authorities participated in Cobra Gold. Foreign participants were from the United States, South Korea, Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Japan, China and India.

The Public Health Ministry is requiring those who were in close contact with the infected soldier to quarantine for 14 days. Those at the training who did not come in close contact with the soldier are advised to self-quarantine at their homes and look out for any symptoms over the next 2 weeks.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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    Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Another returnee testing positive – but still no local infections…

    Of course, Covid-19 is RIFE in Thailand.

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    Khun plastic

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    What I’ve suspected all along.

    Remember when aids kicked off in the 80s.
    the press was always full of reassuring stories of single digit infection rates in thailand on an almost daily basis.

    most were foreign nationals who were quickly deported and the thais were all needle sharing drug addicts.

    I found this very surprising,more
    importantly a certain dr mechai was also extremely surprised.

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    Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Must be fake news. Prayut told us that there is no Covid in Thailand 😉

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      Issan John

      Friday, November 13, 2020 at 9:36 pm

      Did he?


      The only “fake news” here is this nonsense from you and others like you.

      If I’m wrong, of course … WHEN?

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    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    In some cases, the incubation period for Covid-19 is longer than 14 days
    Is it safe STV Visa chinese tourist? They are only quarantine 14 days. Where are they I want to keep in safe.

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      Issan John

      Friday, November 13, 2020 at 9:38 pm

      There’s also the possibility that it’s a false positive, as around 1 in 20 are.

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    Issan John

    Friday, November 13, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Appaling reporting by the Pattaya News.

    Nobody involved was taking part in Cobra Gold, which was held in Feb / Mar earlier this year, or doing any type of military training; they were attending a planning meeting for Cobra Gold 2021, NEXT year.

    It was a “jolly”, as it could just as easily have been conducted by Zoom and it’s very unlikely Cobra Gold will take place as planned next year at all.

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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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