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US soldiers, concertgoers all test negative for Covid-19

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All 110 US soldiers visiting Bangkok for upcoming joint military exercises have tested negative for Covid-19. Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, says all are staying at alternative state quarantine locations and are strictly prohibited from leaving their rooms or interacting with the general public.

The soldiers’ arrival caused concern and discussion on social media, after an Egyptian airman broke quarantine last month and went shopping in Rayong province while positive for Covid-19, sparking a panic. Taweesin and other officials, however, insist the circumstances are very different and every precaution is being taken. He has stated several times the soldiers are not a threat to those in Bangkok or the Rayong area where they arrived.

In a related story, tests were conducted on 2,582 people from a Thai country music concert in the southern Nakhon Si Thammarat province, according to the Department of Disease Control.

The department’s director-general revealed the results from Nakhon Si Thammarat, where photos of the packed-out venue with few people wearing masks had sparked uproar on social media. The tests conducted on August 5 on 2,583 suspects (including 1,930 concertgoers) all came back negative. About 12% of those tested had Covid-like symptoms but none was infected. As a result Nakhon Si Thammarat is still officially listed as free of the coronavirus.

US soldiers, concertgoers all test negative for Covid-19 | News by Thaiger

SOURCES: The Pattaya News | Nation Thailand

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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