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Corrections dept rejects Panusaya’s claim, says none of her ex-cellmates infected

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The Department of Corrections announced on Sunday that no cellmates of anti-establishment leader Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul have tested positive for Covid-19.

This announcement was in response to Panusaya’s Facebook post, in which she said she had picked up the infection at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution before she was released on May 6. She also added that her parents had contracted the virus from her.

“We have tested more than 1,500 inmates in the zone Panusaya was being held, and they have all tested negative,” the department said.

It added that Panusaya arrived at the prison on March 8 and had been quarantined until April 26. She was also tested for Covid-19 twice using the swab method, once on March 10 and then again on April 23. Both times the result was negative. After completing her quarantine on April 26, she was shifted to the remand zone until her release on May 6.

“The remand zone houses some 1,500 inmates, including Panusaya and her four cellmates,” the department said. “We conducted tests on May 8 and nobody tested positive.”

The department added that convicts are held in another zone of the Central Women’s Correctional Institution.

“There are 2,900 inmates in this zone, and 1,039 of them were found infected as reported earlier,” it said. “All of the infected have been transferred to hospitals for treatment.”

Published : May 17, 2021

By : THE NATION