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Thailand is reporting 2 new local cases of Covid-19 today, 1 in Ayutthaya and the other in Bangkok. The first cases is a 29 year old Thai female from Ayutthaya, who was returning from work in Chiang Mai. The woman took a Covid test at Bang Pa Hospital on December 18 and is currently being isolated at the hospital without symptoms.

The woman was travelling in a double-decker bus with her 3 friends from Chiang Mai to Bangkok on December 16, and was wearing a face mask at all times. She reportedly took a motorbike taxi from the bus stop to her home at around 5am.

The Communicable Disease Investigation and other agencies are currently searching for passengers traveling on the same bus and people who were working or in close contact with the patient in Mae Si District, Chiang Mai. There are reportedly 10 people categorised in a high-risk group.
The other case is that of a 78 year old woman who tested positive late last night after she travelled to a fresh shrimp market in Samut Sakhon, where 576 workers and merchants have tested positive for the virus over the weekend.

The patient, who stayed in the Bang Sue area, visited Mahachai district with her son every day from December 1 to 11 by private car to buy fresh produce for her customers. She also went to the shrimp market to buy seafood products at a Thai woman’s stall from December 1 to 16. The Thai woman operating the stall was also found to be infected with the virus.

The elderly woman had symptoms such as a burning nose and chest pain and took medicine on December 12. From there she had further symptoms of a headache, runny nose, loss of taste, sore throat and breathing problems on December 15 and 16.

After hearing of the infected shrimp farmer in Samut Sakhon, she immediately underwent a Covid test at a local hospital in the Prachachuen area on December 18. Yesterday, after getting a positive test result, the woman was admitted into the hospital on Bangkok’s Chaengwattana road. As of now, 18 people have been deemed to be at a high-risk, with 13 of them being her family members and 5 being her loyal customers. 33 of her family members are considered to be at a low-risk.

News of the Bangkok woman’s positive Covid diagnosis comes as authorities have told hospitals in the capital to prepare for a possible surge in cases.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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    Jason

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    If the only Covid 19 cases are overseas arrivals in quarantine, how can this happen? It looks like the myth of no community transmission in Thailand has been busted….. I only hope contact tracers get on top of this quickly. Are people required to give their contact details at every venue they go to? If not, contact tracing will be next to impossible. That is the only way my country has been able to constrict the virus and it’s spread.

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      Maverick

      Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      Migrant workers are the likely source they walk across the borders unhindered inevitable with outbreak out of control in Myanmar – sad for local business’s just as domestic tourism was offering some respite

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 2:37 pm

      What “myth” is this?

      ‘No’, “people” are NOT “required to give their contact details at every venue they go to” – some collect the details, some don’t, depending on the venue and the area.

      What country is yours, that requires everyone to do so and “has been able to constrict the virus and it’s spread”?

      Very interested to know, as I can’t think of anywhere that’s done that.

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    Kevin

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    What’s happened to the “Chiang Mai is safe, you’ll get 100,000 baht if you get infected” statement from a few weeks ago?

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      Nothing’s “happened” to it; also 1,000,000 baht if you subsequently die from Covid after contracting it in Chiang Mai as a tourist.

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    Ian

    Monday, December 21, 2020 at 4:46 am

    Best not go to chang mai Mr John or your lady will have a million baht lol

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