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Thai returnee commits suicide from quarantine facility balcony



A Thai returnee from South Korea has reportedly committed suicide off the balcony of her quarantine facility in Bang Kapi today. The woman, whose name has been withheld, allegedly leaped to her death off of the 8th storey of the facility, with her body landing on the 2nd storey.

The 51 year old woman tested negative for the virus initially and was completing a 14 day quarantine in the unnamed facility, located on Soi Rama IX 31 in Bangkok.

Hua Mak Police say the woman departed on a repatriation flight from South Korea at 11pm last Thursday and checked in at the hotel at 1:52am on the same night for her mandatory 14 day quarantine.

Recently, Thai migrant workers in South Korea have been spotlighted after many have been found deceased under mysterious circumstances. According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, at least 522 Thais have died in the past 5 years, many from “unknown causes” according to data collected from the Thai embassy in Seoul through a freedom of information request. The majority of recorded deaths, some 84% are migrants, who are less likely to report abuse or have access to healthcare.

It is not clear whether the woman who returned from South Korea was a migrant worker, nor was the reason for her return made public.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. Incompetence

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    I guess committing suicide is more fun for some people than quarantining for 2 weeks, which is why I’ll never do it. Thailand’s government must be run by incompetent idiots.

  2. Peter

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    I would never do quarantine. Be in no doubt you are effectively doing a 2 week prison sentence.
    Unless you need to get back to Thailand for genuine family/relationship/business reasons and are prepared to stay for a longtime, i cannot see any benefits.

    • Slugger

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 8:54 pm

      No you are NOT doing any sort of prison sentence. Dont talk through your hat.

      • Peter

        Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 9:10 pm

        It would feel like it to me, but then I’m not a Thai, thankfully.

      • Peter

        Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 9:20 pm

        Confined to your room, no freedom of movement, meals brought and left at your door.
        It’s actually worse than prison.
        Maybe that’s the way you like your pathetic insignificant life, Slugger the clown.

        • preesy chepuce

          Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:21 pm

          It isn’t quite that bad, but some people are a bit delicate and can’t cope with things as well as others. It’s boring, and the food is abysmal for the price, and nobody sensible would pay for it, and it’s not helping the country much, but you don’t have to pick up the soap…

      • A.andersen

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 3:06 am

        After all, there is still the OPEN EXECUTION in Prison. dumb,dumber, thailand..

        • Issan John

          Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:49 am

          In Thailand?

          No there isn’t.

      • Mark

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 5:55 am

        Slugger my partner owns realestate in Thailand she works hard and last 8 months apart is doing it tough

        Fighter on a level that makes me proud to just know her
        Peter reminds my of customers she talks about and you hear this all the time

        She says why farang complain about everything price for this and that why come to Thailand I just to complain I say because they out lived their welcome at home .

        Some people don’t understand what life is
        This is perfect example

    • Mark

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 5:46 am

      One of the stupidest comments I’ve ever seen
      The whole world has same system . Picking on this person just to take a shot at Thailand is ridiculous

      You have no idea why this person felt this way I have worked with homeless for years stories are more complicated then dumb ass Peter wanting your cheap what ever

      Peter you must be one of the lowest humans on the planet
      Disgusting to speak this way . Comments like that do not help anyone

      Thai people treat me over all better then any country on the planet
      Poor migrant workers just trying to find a life and at 51 this person lost the fight with in

      Peter I wonder what your parents with think of your comment
      You remind me of red kneck who say virus is not real then catch it then die . Fool on the highest level .

    • James Pate

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 5:53 am

      It would be like 2 weeks in a nice, clean, Scandinavian jail, not like 2 weeks in Bang Kwang. However, solitary confinement in even the nicest jail could take its toll. My guess is that the poor lady believed she had nothing to look forward to upon release. Perhaps, she was all alone in the world. This is just so sad.

  3. Pedro

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    I have done quite a few lockdowns and quarantines this year, in Thailand, Spain and UK. No period of isolation is easy no matter where you do it, and some can cope better than others. If the Thai Government are insisting on restricting the movement of returnees and visitors alike, and enforcing confinement of people to hotel rooms, they should also monitor their mental health state more often than their virus health state, otherwise this type of incident will be repeated.

  4. Issan John

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Just to compare, what mental health monitoring did you have in Spain and the UK during your quarantines and lockdowns?

  5. Issan John

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    Reading the original article it appears that the suicide at the Patra Hotel may not necessarily have had anything to do with her quarantine at the ASQ, where she had been for barely two days:

    “Police found a short note describing tension over many personal problems.”

    • Pedro

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 2:06 am

      IJ, access to a MH professional if ever one is required, but the difference being in UK and Spain you are not confined to a hotel room. Although I was making a general point, her personal problems cannot have been helped by being isolated even for one or two days with the thought of 12 more to come. Having too much time to think about her problems and no one to talk face to face to discuss them may have been a factor because problems are magnified when the brain has nothing else to do but to think about them.

      • Steve

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:23 am

        Pedro, you are an understanding, empathetic person; it is good to read that there are people like you in this world.

      • Issan John

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:48 am

        So essentially little different whether in Spain, the UK, or Thailand.

        The real difference with the quarantine is that in Thailand it’s not only mandated but supervised, while in the UK it’s ignored, according to SAGE, by 80% of those who are supposed to self-quarantine.

        • Pedro

          Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:08 pm

          IJ, actually yes there is a difference, because in UK and Spain you are not forced to remain alone in a small room for two weeks, but have the run of the place where you are staying, can cook for yourself etc etc. Little things that make it easier to take. Obviously she was not supervised well enough, as this lady’s mental health triggers were either missed or ignored. Please do not be so defensive as my whole point was NOT to criticise the Thai approach in general, (as I wish quarantine, mask wearing and distancing etc was taken more seriously in UK), but in most countries when people first go to prison, they are counselled on the effects of incarceration and pointed in the direction of who to contact if feeling suicidal. Whilst not a prison, being forced to remain in a hotel room can have a similar effect on the mind, and quarantine detainees need to be TOLD who they can turn to, not just think they will open the door and ask, as you suggest, as at that time confusion and helplessness takes over.

    • James Pate

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 6:13 am

      It would be nice to find out what kind of social services are allocated to those Thais in quarantine. No matter how thin the safety net may be, are these people being provided with information on how to access ANY help available? Even if she never contributed to the social welfare fund, certainly there must have been at least a little something, from somewhere?

      • Issan John

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:54 am

        None “allocated” in ASQ or SQ, but there are trained nurses on the spot 24/7 so all anyone in ASQ or SQ has to do is, literally, open their door and ask.

        • James Pate

          Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 4:42 am

          Very minimal. I doubt a nurse could provide much information, especially when the person may not know the questions to ask. The public and private sectors could be doing more to help these folks in a very stressful situation. Thanks anyway for your comment.

          • Issan John

            Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 10:09 pm

            I think the need thanks to Covid probably goes a lot further than those in 14 days quarantine, who went into quarantine by choice, at least knowing when it would end.

            How about those shielding in the UK or Spain who’ve got little choice but had to do so for months?

            I’m not trying to play the problem down, just the opposite as I think it goes much further than that.

            … and FWIW, for anyone thinking about 14 days in an ASQ my only suggestion would be make sure you get a balcony, at all cost, to preserve your sanity.

    • preesy chepuce

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:23 pm

      Quoting the corporate response tells the world nothing, that’s just CYA stuff.

  6. Ynwaps

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 1:57 am

    At least his family saved money returning his body back to Thailand. Would have been weird if he waited until after the quarantine.

    • James Pate

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 6:00 am

      “Her” body, not “his” body. Perhaps estranged from family after years of working in Korea. Perhaps misplaced and overwhelming sense of guilt about not being able to send money home anymore.

  7. Ynwaps

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 2:03 am

    It was probably one of the many triggers.

  8. Jerry

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Thumbs up for all of you showing sympathy and concern regarding the poor lady’s death. However, what really shocked me in this article is the “522 Thais have died in the past 5 years, many from unknown causes” part. Does anyone know more about it?

    • James Pate

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 4:50 am

      Click on that link inside this article about the deaths in Korea. Official causes of death probably vary a lot, but I’m sure stress may have played a big part in many of them.

  9. Terry Chandler

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 11:01 am

    @Peter – I have done quarantine after returning from Thailand last year. Minimum requirements should be a balcony for some fresh air, supervised access to the hotel gym and open air areas. I was locked in a room, no open windows. It’s not jail, but it’s not much fun on your own either.

  10. Don jones

    Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    @Peter – wrong its 2 weeks solitary confinement

  11. Nicholas Andrew Lorimer

    Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 8:46 am

    I left Thailand 16 months ago having work in oil and gas in Malaysia. I had a Thai retirement visa which was invalid due to covid restrictions and so not returned to my condo in Bangkok as of yet. Although I have the health insurance and over a million baht in my Thai k bank I still not returned since I have steady work. Going offshore in Malaysia everyone must do 14 days quarintine in a designated hotel. This I have done innumerable times. So 14 days quarintine is a no trainer though I have been vaccinated with Sinovac in Malaysia I still have to do 14 days quarintine.

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