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3 people infected at Thai Government House while Thai PM fined over not wearing mask

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3 people at Thailand’s Government House have been infected with Covid-19, prompting the facility to shut down for cleaning. The adviser to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha made the announcement that the building would be closed from April 29 to May 7, with all publications to be distributed online via Facebook and the LINE app.

About 95% of officials who work at the House will be working from home. The people infected include the driver of the vice minister at the PM’s Office, a housekeeper and a Special Branch police officer. The driver tested positive on April 23 and the other 2 tested positive on April 25.
The news comes after PM Prayut was fined 6,000 baht by the Bangkok Governor for attending a Cabinet meeting at the Government House without a mask. Since the news of 3 people being infected, other officials who were in close contact with them have been asked to self-isolate. The vice minister says he had not been in close contact with his infected driver and has received 2 Covid vaccine doses. Still, he underwent 2 tests for the virus, with both coming back negative. He went ahead and placed himself in home isolation and has not been in contact with PM Prayut since learning about his infected driver.
So far, 54 of Thailand’s 77 provinces have imposed orders requiring the public to wear face masks while out and about in an effort intended to slow the spread of Covid-19 which hit a record high this month. Violators face a fine of up to 20,000 baht.
Today, Thailand reported 2,179 daily Covid infections and 15 coronavirus-related deaths, marking the highest amount of deaths reported in 1 day since the pandemic started. Overall, Thailand has reported 59,687 Covid-19 infections and 163 coronavirus-related deaths. The recent wave of infections over the past month makes up more than half of Thailand’s total count with 30,824 people infected with Covid-19 since April 1. This month, 69 Covid patients have died.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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