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PM orders tough action against Covid-19 patients who hide timeline


Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Friday that persons who test positive for Covid-19 but hide their timeline or travel history would face legal action, while ordering National Police chief Pol General Suwat Jangyodsuk to start investigation immediately.

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The PM’s order came after it was revealed that three people whose infection was linked to a celebrity DJ’s birthday party in Bangkok had concealed their timelines from the authorities. The party held by DJ Matoom, aka Techin Ploypetch, on January 9 at Banyan Tree Hotel on Sathorn Road has been dubbed a super-spreader event after it spawned two dozen infections.

Suwat added that concealing one's travel history after getting infected is a violation of the communicable diseases act, but the complaint must be submitted by responsible agencies, such as the public health office.

“Police is ready to file charges against concealers of their timeline as soon as we receive a complaint,” he added.

PM orders tough action against Covid-19 patients who hide timeline

When asked about a rumour that a police inspector had helped conceal DJ Matoom’s timeline, Suwat said that police were investigating every person involved, and would pursue legal actions against violators of the law whether a citizen or police officer.

Published : January 30, 2021

By : THE NATION