Covid-19 infected woman in Chiang Mai endangered over 300 people

A TOTAL of 326 people were exposed to a Thai woman who tested positive for Covid-19 in Chiang Mai yesterday (Nov. 27) after crossing over to Thailand from Myanmar and skipping the mandatory 14-day quarantine, Amarin TV reported this afternoon.

The Public Health Ministry said aside from those exposed to this virus at her condo this woman, 29, had put several others at risk of catching the deadly infection by staying overnight at a friend’s condo, visiting an entertainment venue and a shopping mall and using GrabCar rides a few times.

Of 324 people exposed to coronavirus by coming into contact with this patient, 105 are in the high-risk group with 65 having been close to her through social gatherings and 40 in vehicles, including co-passengers in a van, a bus and GrabCar drivers.

Timeline of her activities are as follows:

– October 24 – November 23: visiting Myanmar;

– November 23: The patient began to have symptoms of fever, diarrhoea and loss of smell;

– November 24: Patient still had a fever as well as a cough and headache;

– At 5 a.m.: Travelled from Myanmar to Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province by public van; 

– At 11 a.m.: Travelled from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai by bus;

– At 2.51 p.m.: Arrived in Chiang Mai and took the first GrabCar vehicle back to the her condo; 

– That night took the second GrabCar vehicle to an entertainment venue in Santitham district where she smoked together with two friends; 

– At 2 a.m. went to stay overnight at the condo of one of the two friends she met at the entertainment venue. The second friend together with a third friend who live in a condo close by joined them for drinks;

November 25

Noon: Left friend’s condo in the third GrabCar vehicle;

1 p.m.: Arrived at her condo;

3.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.: Took the fourth GrabCar vehicle to go to a department store, spending time watching a movie, eating and shopping. Most of the time she wore a face mask but not throughout. She then took the fifth GrabCar vehicle back to her condo.

November 26

 3.30 p.m.: Took the fourth GrabCar vehicle to go  to a private hospital in this northern city to check for Covid-19 infection. Suffering from loss of smell,  diarrhoea, temperature was 36.9 degrees Celsius.

10 p.m.: Transferred to Nakhon Ping Hospital.

November 27: Results from the disease investigation team at Chiang Mai Provincial Health Office and State Enterprise Policy Office confirm infection.

Meanwhile the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced that there were five more coronavirus cases today with all coming from abroad and now placed in state quarantine, reported.

Two of the new patients came from India and one each from the Philippines and Sweden. The fifth case is the Thai woman who travelled overland from Myanmar to Chiang Mai and who is now being treated.

The new cases take Thailand’s total to 3,966 with 3,798 having recovered and 108 still under medical care. Death toll remains unchanged at 60.


Top: A Public Health Ministry official giving details of the new coronavirus case in Chiang Mai. Thai headline says, “timeline of Chiang Mai woman.” Photo: Amarin TV


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