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Protest leader tests positive for Covid-19 a week after being released from jail

Photo via Facebook/ Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul

A pro-democracy movement leader has tested positive for Covid-19 after she spent 8 weeks in jail awaiting a trial on lese majeste charges which prohibit statements that insult or defame the Thai Monarchy. 2 other protest leaders facing similar charges have tested positive for Covid-19 while in court detention.

After being released from the Central Women’s Correctional Institution on May 6, Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul spent most of her time at home. She went to a drive-through Covid-19 testing venue on May 10. She went by the Bangkok Remand Prison the next day for the release of 2 other protest leaders, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and Chai-amorn Kaewwiboonpan. Rung has now been admitted to the Thammasat University Hospital in Pathum Thani for treatment.

Rung says had been denied an earlier Covid-19 test because she did not have some of the symptoms of the virus.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

9 Comments

  1. “Any second opinion that they WERE contagious?”

    Only if she wants one, just as everyone can have as many “second opinions” (or third,fourth, etc) as they want – I doubt she’ll be asking yours.

    After having a Covid test she was supposed to self-quarantine pending the results – particularly as she was apparently symptomatic.

    That she didn’t but chose to see her friends as they were released from prison instead hardly shows much in the way of the concern for others she’s protesting about.

  2. Nowhere did it say she was tested as she was leaving the jail on the 6th. She was tested on the 10th. I assumed the test results came later. I see no evidence she was supposed to quarantine pending the results.
    She was not tested earlier because she had no signs of infection – read it above.
    And yes slugger, if she is in hospital with a covid infection, she will not be allowed to leave,
    therefore she was locked up again.
    Where is a Thai allowed a second opinion after being tested and found infected?
    Well, give me a link, or are you just making this up?
    I doubt she is infected. This is just another Thai trick to lock her up.

  3. “I guess anyone who disagrees with the establishment is an enemy of yours.”

    Your “guess”, as usual @Nigel, is the polar opposite of reality.

    A hint may be that I repeated the full “ten demands” she made and their history, when they had not been reported in detail here, to show that they were neither radical nor revolutionary but part of Thai history and Thailand’s previous constitution.

    “I see no evidence she was supposed to quarantine pending the results.”

    ALL who are tested because they are symptomatic (rather than target as “at risk”) are “supposed to [self-] quarantine pending the results”, @toby andrews. No exceptions.

    “She was not tested earlier because she had no signs of infection – read it above.”

    I never suggested she was.

    “Where is a Thai allowed a second opinion after being tested and found infected?”

    Anywhere where they want to pay for one, including hospitals and field hospitals, just as anyone who is not “a Thai” can – there have been numerous examples reported by the Thaiger which I’ve given before in response to this absurd but oft-repeated and totally baseless claim of yours.

    “Well, give me a link, or are you just making this up?”

    As you should be aware, links are not allowed here although I’ve named several articles here where Thais and farangs have had more than one test to confirm test results.

    Since you’re the one making the claim, how about you naming any reliable source that supports it? Any at all?

    “I doubt she is infected. This is just another Thai trick to lock her up.”

    SHE chose to be tested!

    You hardly need to be Einstein to see that if anyone had wanted to “trick” her “to lock her up” they’d have done so when she was released or asked for “an earlier Covid-19 test”, not waited for her to go for a test herself.

    Even I can’t be bothered with this level of ignorance.

  4. She could have been infected anywhere and any time,since she had been actively involved in organising demonstrations against the government for months.Covid-19 virus is very versatile,as after if a person has been released after testing or vaccination,infection can strike again.What is worse is more new variants are appearing that may affect vaccination,as current vaccines available may not be effective.

  5. @Simon Small – I cannot be bothered to go through all your weak objections.
    I will make one point. You wrote she chose to be tested. Is that likely when a negative result would detain her in hospital for two weeks?
    This does not make sense.

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