First domestic Covid-19 case after 100 days

A LOCALLY TRANSMITTED case of Covid-19 has been found in Bangkok after the country passed 100 days without any domestic transmission with the patient being a male inmate who was undergoing the first step of the detention process when the infection was discovered, reported this evening (Sept. 3, 2020).

Speaking at an urgent press conference Dr. Suwanchai Wattana Yingcharoenchai, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, Public Health Ministry, said the male inmate was found to have been infected with coronavirus before being sent to Bang Khen Central Prison. On  August 29 he had a mild illness, coughing up some sputum, but it was confirmed yesterday that he was infected with this disease.

This inmate has no history of going abroad prior to falling sick.

It was found that he had close contacts with five other persons who are all his family members and the disease investigation team has gone to collect their samples.

The inmate had been working as a DJ at a restaurant in Rama 3 road area as well as another restaurant along Khao San road. Both the restaurants have been ordered to close for three days for thorough cleaning and disinfection. Officials are also tracking others who might have come into close contact with the inmate.


Top: A drawing of a prisoner. Photo: Eric Lin (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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