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Concern over infected Egyptian soldier in Rayong quarantine – among 3 new Covid-19 cases

By The Nation

 

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Thailand saw three new confirmed Covid-19 cases, including that of an Egyptian soldier, in state quarantine without any death over the past 24 hours, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), reported today (July 13) – the 49th day without any domestic case.

 

The latest cases are an asymptomatic 48-year-old male worker, who returned home from Kuwait, where he stayed at a campsite which was previously hit by at least 10 cases, and a 22-year-old woman, who came back from Bahrain.

 

What has especially caused concern is the third case – of an asymptomatic 43-year-old male Egyptian soldier, who travelled with a military crew to Thailand on July 8. He was found positive yesterday. He and his group travelled from Cairo to the United Arab Emirates (July 6), then to Pakistan (July 7) and Thailand (July 8). He and the crew reportedly visited a Rayong shopping and community area. 

 

They left their hotel on July 9 and travelled to China on an unspecified military mission via U-Tapao Airport. They returned to Thailand the same day. On July 10, the crew of 31 got tested.

 

However, they were allowed to go home on July 11 though their Covid-19 test results weren’t confirmed. The soldier was found to test positive on July 12. Health authorities were questioning the staff of the unnamed hotel in which the group stayed.

 

Meanwhile, two local patients have fully recovered and returned home in the past 24 hours.

 

As for Saturday’s case of a 9-year-old African girl, who is the daughter of an ambassador and was found to be infected with Covid-19 on arrival, she travelled with four other family members to Thailand on July 10, having been tested at the foreign airport she departed. She was taken to a hospital on July 11 while other members of her family stayed in a condominium in Bangkok.

 

“The CCSA has discussed such cases and the need for some measures to be tightened,” Dr Taweesin said. “The government has allowed foreigners to enter but they need to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

 

Officials have to further discuss the issue of relaxing this quarantine for short-stay visitors and other measures at every airport to meet public health standards. A medical team is investigating and checking the condominium to ensure the safety of Thais,” he added.

 

As of today, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stands at 3,220 (2,444 domestic cases and 283 found in state quarantine). Of these, 72 are undergoing treatment, 3,090 have recovered and been discharged, and 58 have died.

 

Globally, the total number of confirmed cases has passed 13 million, up by 193,000 in 24 hours, with 7.5 million having recovered and 571,000 people dying. Thailand ranks 100th in the world for most cases, while the US still has the highest number, followed by Brazil and India.

 

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Thai officials tracing anyone who may have been infected by Egyptian soldier

 

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The CCSA is asking anyone who thinks they may have had physical contact with an Egyptian soldier, who was on a short visit to Thailand last week and later tested positive for COVID-19, to come forward for testing, said CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin told a news briefing today (Monday)

 

The Egyptian soldier is one of the three new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand today by the CCSA.

 

Dr. Taweesin said that the 43-year Egyptian was among a group of 30 personnel who flew into Thailand on July 8th and entered quarantine at a hotel in the eastern province of Rayong. The following day, the group left for China and returned to Thailand the same night, checking into the hotel for a one-night stay, before departing for Egypt on July 11th. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thai-officials-tracing-anyone-who-may-have-been-infected-by-egyptian-soldier/

 

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