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Authorities probing why Thai woman with Covid-19 was not quarantined

Nov 28. 2020
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By The Nation

The Public Health Ministry on Saturday revealed the timeline of a domestic case of Covid-19 found yesterday.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Saturday reported five new cases, including a domestic patient. She is 29 years old and lives in Chiang Mai province.

The director of the Division of Communicable Disease, Dr Sophon Iamsirithaworn, said that according to the investigation by related authorities on November 27, the patient had worked in Myanmar from October 24 to November 23.

On November 23, she felt sick and on the following day she returned to Thailand via Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai. She travelled by van to the Muang district of Chiang Rai.

On the same day, she went to Chiang Mai by a public bus and called a taxi to take her to her condominium. At night she went to an entertainment place at Santitham area in Chiang Mai with two friends.

On November 25, she stayed in a condo of her friend. After that she took a Grab taxi and went to her own condomiumum, and in the afternoon she visited a nearby shopping mall, watched a movie and did shopping. Most of the time she reportedly wore a mask.

On November 26, she went to the hospital to check her illness and it was found that she was infected with the virus. She was then sent to Nakornping Hospital. The result was confirmed on November 27.

Sophon said that 326 people had been in contact with the patient, of which 105 are in a high-risk group. They include those in the patient's condominium, her friend's condominium, the shopping mall, the entertainment venue and those in the vehicles in which she travelled. Through the transport vehicles, 35 people in the van and bus and 5 Grab car drivers were at risk.

Reacting to questions on why she was not quarantined when she entered Thailand, the Disease Control Department's director-general, Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, said that the case was under probe.

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