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A BTS Skytrain staff member tested positive for Covid-19, the Bangkok mass transit company announced on their Facebook page. The employee worked at the BTS head office in the Chatuchak district and didn’t work at the BTS stations. Staff that came in close contact with the infected employee will undergo a Covid-19 swab test and are told to self-quarantine for 14 days.

“The staffer works on the 2nd floor of the headquarters and was not directly involved with train services. After he tested positive on Thursday, the company immediately shut down the floor and nearby common areas to carry out cleaning and disinfection, following the measures laid out by the Public Health Ministry.”

The BTS staff member tested positive for Covid-19 after visiting a restaurant where the owner also later tested positive.

Here’s the timeline and travel information…

  • December 29: He and his friends ate at Tam Nua restaurant.
  • December 30: He drove to work in his personal car and wore a face mask while working.
  • December 31-January 3: He stopped working during the New Year holidays. Nation Thailand did not report his whereabouts during the holiday.
  • January 4-5: He drove to work. He learned that the Tam Nua restaurant owner tested positive for Covid-19. The owner also runs Memory Pub Sukhumvit 105. The BTS employee drove to a doctor who told him he could have sinusitis, but said he needed to be tested.
  • January 6: He took a Covid-19 test at Sikarin Hospital.
  • January 7: The test came back positive at 3pm. The company immediately shut down and cleaned its headquarters.

SOURCE: The Nation

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    Francis

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    They are going to find a lot of Covid cases everywhere no doubt, why? They have done minimal testing before, just people arriving from an another country. The math is simple, no testing no cases 😉

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      Roger C

      Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:36 am

      You are spot on Francis.

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      Pierre

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 5:53 am

      Uh you just wait till Isaan John sees your accusations against the way Covid is handled in Thailand ???

      I don’t think he believe in mass testing being a tool to find both active cases and asymptomatic cases (you know those who shows no symptoms) and in some way he is argues that’s not possible in Thailand, but he never told why!

      But I totally agree with you. “Quaerite et invenietis”.

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    Susan

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 8:17 am

    I don’t see why this story is relevant. He worked in the head office. He has zero time on the BTS. To put this story out just starts the scare tactics.

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