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Thailand’s top virologist self-quarantines after coming in contact with infected governor

Caitlin Ashworth

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PHOTO: Facebook: Yong Poovorawan

Thailand’s top virologist from Chulalongkorn University is in self-quarantine after he attended a meeting and sat near the Samut Sakhon governor, who has since tested positive for Covid-19.

The virologist, Yong Poovorawan, made a post on Facebook page saying he sat near the provincial governor Verasak Vichitsangsri at a meeting in Samut Sakhon where more than 1,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 with many linked to a seafood market in the Mahachai fishing hub.

After hearing about the governor’s positive test result, Yong says he decided to self-quarantine for the standard 14 days.

“I will not spread to others. If the case is infected, I will not continue the cycle. It’s fine. In this time of crisis, everyone needs to help each other.”

Yong is known for consistent warnings regarding the coronavirus and posts on Facebook urging Thais to follow health safety measures. He’s again urging the public to follow disease control practices like wearing a face mask, social distancing and using hand sanitiser.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand| Facebook

 

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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