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Ubon woman who skipped Bangkok quarantine tests positive for Covid-19

Apr 06. 2020
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By THE NATION

An Ubon Ratchathani woman who skipped quarantine in Bangkok and travelled back home has tested positive for Covid-19.

Ubon Ratchathani’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation reported on Sunday (April 5) that a Khemarat district woman aged 30 years, who left her apartment in Bangkok’s Soi Pattanakarn 43, tested positive for Covid-19 after she entered the province.

“The province’s latest patient lived in an apartment with two roommates in Soi Pattanakarn 43 in Bangkok’s Suan Luang district,” said a centre official. “She had displayed symptoms similar to Covid-19 pneumonia on April 1 and went to Vibharam Hospital on April 3 to get tested.”

The hospital staff told her to remain in quarantine at home until the lab results came back, but she instead drove back home by car with her boyfriend to Ubon Ratchathani.

“On Sunday the hospital notified the centre that her test results came back positive for Covid-19 and suggested we separate the patient from her family members as well as her 28-year-old boyfriend,” the official said.

“She was the 15th confirmed case of Covid-19 in Ubon Ratchathani and was the first case in the last four days of no new cases reported.”

Ubon Ratchathani Governor Sarit Withoon had announced a lockdown in his province since March 18, prohibiting travellers from entering except for local residents and vehicles carrying medical supplies and consumer products. He also closed all borders with neighbouring countries that have no screening checkpoints.

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