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Suicide of Burmese worker by jumping from quarantined factory window

Neill Fronde

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FILE PHOTO: Burmese Factory Workers. (via Myanmar Times)

After being placed in a Covid-19 quarantine, a Burmese factory worker apparently committed suicide by leaping from his fourth-floor dorm window to his death. The man had worked in the production department at a factory in the Phra Samut Chedi district of the Samut Prakan province.

The factory he worked at manufactures steel products inside a quarantined off area of 10 rai and staff live onsite in a dormitory with 5 floors. The police report that they were notified around 3.30pm yesterday and rushed to the scene where the man was found dead.

The factory has about 500 workers from Thailand and Myanmar, and an outbreak of Covid-19 was discovered 1 week ago. After 5 factory workers tested positive for the Coronavirus, more testing was conducted on people who had come in close contact with the infected workers. 27 more Covid-19 infected employees were uncovered. With the outbreak, they created a quarantine in the dormitory for 200 more at risk workers including the Burmese man who appears to have committed suicide.

Police and medical workers went to investigate the apparent suicide, but entering the quarantined factory was problematic. Everyone coming to the scene of the incident had to wear PPE suits to enter the area that had been quarantined off in order to commence their investigation. Once properly protected, they found the 43 year old Burmese man face down in the motorcycle parking area, having fallen 4 stories.

With the risk of a Covid-19 infection, his body was put into a triple-layered body bag and sent to the Police General Hospital in order for the Forensic Medicine Institute to examine the body and perform a full autopsy.

The investigation is ongoing to examine what factors caused the man to jump several stories to his death. He was known to be a regular drinker, possibly alcoholic, which may have contributed to his death, though there is no information on whether he was intoxicated at the time he jumped from the fourth story window.

So far the police suspect the Burmese worker’s suicide may have been an action stemming from stress. No word if the Covid-19 quarantine was thought to be a contributing factor to his suicide.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Jason

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    An investigation into this terrible death will hopefully bring some answers. I think the whole way of quarantining infected or potentially infected persons needs a radical rethink. Workers dormitories are perfect suicide environments. You are detained in high density accomodation. You cannot go out to work, you cannot get out of the environment to stretch and get fresh air. You are locked up with infected people. You see all the news stories of people dying terrible deaths gasping for air with no treatment available. Hopeless situations. Then the worker realises they can end it all just by jumping out the window. It’s time to rethink quarantine. This is not the first suicide from quarantine. But it sends a message. I hope we all heed that message.

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    John Flynn

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    All these theatricals over a yearly influenza virus is unbelievable
    The media carry the blame for so many suicides caused by the hysteria.
    The thing that needs to be feared is the vaccine not the virus.
    Large numbers of adverse reactions including deaths reported

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      Nigel

      Monday, May 3, 2021 at 1:46 pm

      😂😂😂. Funny guy. Keep em coming. I do

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    YNBAW

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    An untold number of deaths directly related to instilled fear and despair, that shadows the vIrUs deaths, that will never make it to print. Many deserve the worst, for the propaganda they’ve spread that contributed to the real death toll and human suffering at hand. A day of reckoning will come, though.

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    Silbers

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Well said!

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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A Chiang Mai University student now has the numbers of “112” carved across his chest after using a razor blade on himself in defiance of the Section 112 of the Criminal Code, also known as the lèse-majesté law. The student took to cutting himself after arriving at the police station to face charges of violating the law. He was also charged with breaching the National Flag Act.

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Police are stepping up border checkpoints and patrolling as 49 more illegal migrants from Myanmar are arrested today. In the North, Trairong Piewpan, deputy commissioner of Provincial Police Region 6, says checkpoints have been set up along the roads, waterways and natural foot trails in an effort to block all possible channels for illegal border crossings from Myanmar. In Songkhla, a southern border province, combined police units were deployed heavily among the mountainous areas of the border with Malaysia, to stop border crossings.

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It has not been disclosed whether the migrants were tested for the Covid-19 virus, but we will update the information if more is given concerning the migrants’ virus status.

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