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Visiting US army chief agrees to make his Covid-19 swab test public

Jul 09. 2020
US army chief, General James C McConville, undergoes a Covid-19 swab test upon arrival on Thursday (June 9). Photo Credit: SMART Soldiers Strong ARMY Facebook page
US army chief, General James C McConville, undergoes a Covid-19 swab test upon arrival on Thursday (June 9). Photo Credit: SMART Soldiers Strong ARMY Facebook page
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By The Nation

The United States army chief, General James C McConville, arrived on Thursday (June 9) on a two-day trip at the invitation of the Army and has granted permission for the publication of the results of his Covid-19 swab test.

A member of the US army entourage is tested for Covid-19.. Photo Credit: SMART Soldiers Strong ARMY Facebook page

The general and his entourage landed at Don Mueang Airport at 10.15am after completing an official visit of Singapore. The Army’s guests had to undergo Covid-19 tests immediately upon arrival.

 Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong, right, escorts General McConville to his car.. Photo Credit: SMART Soldiers Strong ARMY Facebook page

Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong was at hand to welcome his guests as well as provide information on preventive measures Thailand has been taking. This is the first group of government guests to arrive after the fifth phase of the easing of lockdown measures was announced.

The guests and Thai Army officials are required to strictly follow measures set by the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), including ensuring seats in all vehicles are partitioned and that they are cleaned and sanitised as per the guidelines.

A medical team disinfects the luggage of the US general and his entourage. Photo Credit: SMART Soldiers Strong ARMY Facebook page

The vehicles must also carry alcohol based sanitising gel and pads, waste bins for disposal, radio for communication with the drivers as well as a disinfectant spray for the driver to use to sanitise the vehicle.

If this system proves successful, the government will use it for future official visitors.

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