OFFICIALS manning the Padang Besar checkpoint at Sadao district of southern Songkhla province found six Thai students returning from Saudi Arabia to have been infected with Covid-19 and quickly rushed them to the hospital, Naewna newspaper reported this morning (27.5.2020).
All six students are from southern provinces, and aside from two from Songkhla itself, one each are from Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Phatthalung provinces.
The provincial Communicable Disease Committee also held a meeting this morning presided over by Songkhla Governor Jaruwat Klaengkla to follow up on the Covid-19 outbreak. Upon getting a report of the six infected students they quickly dispatched it to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration in Bangkok.
The meeting also considered other issues related to this outbreak with key ones being following up on people returning from Bangkok and letting relatives visit inmates.
In assessing the Covid-19 prevention measures within this province it was determined that fewer people are now wearing masks when they leave home and some restaurants are not leaving the required social distance.
Later the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced at the daily press briefing that nationwide there are nine new Covid-19 cases with three others also having returned from overseas similar to the six students found infected at Padang Baser checkpoint, PostToday reported.
Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, CCSA’s spokesman, said the addition of nine new cases takes the total to 3,054. The three other cases are all Thai men with two having returned from US and one from Qatar.
The two men returning from US, aged 18 and 27, reached Thailand on May 12 and were kept in state quarantine in Chonburi province and found to be infected yesterday May 26.
The third man is a 34-year-old masseur who returned to Thailand from Qatar on May 22 and was placed in state quarantine at Samut Prakarn province. At the airport checkpoint he was found to have 38 degrees Celsius fever and no sense of smell with his infection confirmed on May 25.
Top: Songkhla Communicable Disease Committee meeting underway this morning. Photo: Naew Na