A VIDEO clip posted on the Facebook page of Ch3ThailandNews shows an Egyptian soldier arguing with Thai officials and refusing to undergo the Covid-19 test at a hotel in Rayong but the whole delegation later agreed to be tested after embassy officials and the police stepped in, Sanook.com reported this morning (July 14, 2020).
The 31-member Egyptian military delegation had flown in on a military aircraft, landing at U-Tapao International Airport on July 8, and flew back on July 11. During their time here they flew to Chengdu, China, for a same day trip.
It was after their departure that a second lab test confirmed that one of the soldiers had been infected with Covid-19.
Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Patucha said the Eyptain soldiers had violated the orders of both Rayong province and central officials by refusing to neither undergo the Covid-19 test nor be quarantined for 14 days, claiming that they had obtained 11 military privileges that entitled them to skip the test.
These Egyptian soldiers only agreed to go through the test after Egyptian embassy officials went to Rayong and persuaded them to do so. Thai police had also been called in because they were not the guests of the Thai government, unlike the US Army chief of staff Gen. James McConville and his delegation who visited last week and had been invited by the government to do so.
It was found out that on July 10 the Egyptian soldiers went shopping at a department store from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The hotel where the Egyptian military men stayed in is strictly following all Public Health Ministry’s coronavirus measures and has told those who got close to them to likewise follow these measures.
Top: An Egyptian soldier refusing to be tested for Covid-19 in Rayong. Thai headline says, “stubborn, won’t have the test.” Photo: Sanook.com
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