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Woman from Rayong 'first Covid-19 case in Chiang Mai'


The Chiang Mai public health office held an emergency meeting on Sunday evening at City Hall regarding a new case of Covid-19 found since mass infections were reported in Samut Sakhon province earlier this month and in Rayong province a few days ago, a source said.

“Dr Kittiphan Chalom, Chiang Mai's public health deputy chief, said that the patient is a 46-year-old woman, a resident of Rayong’s Muang district, who had arrived in Chiang Mai on December 26,” said the source. “She showed symptoms, such as dryness in the throat and 37.4 degrees temperature and received testing on December 27. She was found positive.”

Kittiphan added that she is now being treated in a negative pressure room at Nakornping Hospital in Mae Rim district.

“This is considered an imported case from another province. There is still no local outbreak within Chiang Mai at the moment,” he said.

The source speculated that the CCSA would make an official announcement about this case on Monday.

According to Kittiphan, preliminary tracing of the patient’s travel history revealed that she had visited a fitness centre in Rayong province on December 24 and had close contact with a trainer who was later confirmed as infected. On December 26, she travelled from U-Tapao Airport to Chiang Mai International Airport on Thai AirAsia flight FD101, seat 22C, with her husband, her two children and a babysitter.

“In total, 127 persons have been found to have had contact with her l and carry a risk of infection, 30 of whom carry high risk that health officials had already contacted them to collect samples for testing,” he said. “The rest 97 persons were told to stay in self-quarantine to monitor their symptoms for 14 days.”

Published : December 28, 2020

By : THE NATION