BTS employee catches coronavirus after eating papaya salad

BANGKOK Mass Transit System (BTSC), the operator of BTS skytrain quickly shut the second floor at its head office after an employee was found to have contracted Covid-19 while explaining that this person was not involved with operating trains, reported this evening.

All employees on this floor were told to get a Swab test and quarantine themselves at home to observe their symptoms. The second floor, all common areas and contact points are now being thoroughly disinfected and cleaned.

This employee had got infected after having papaya salad with some friends at Tam Nua restaurant in Sukhumvit Soi 105, which is owned by the same person who runs the popular Memory pub who had got infected with this feared virus.

Timeline of this employee’s activities is as follows:

– Dec. 29, 2929: Went to have dinner with friends at Tam Nua restaurant;

– Dec. 30, 2020: Came to work as usual by private car, passed through temperature screening point, and wore a face mask throughout;

– Dec. 31, 2020 -Jan. 3: Company closed for New Year holidays; 

– Jan. 4, 2021: Came to work as usual by private car and passed through temperature screening point;

– Jan. 5, 2021: Came to work as usual by private car and passed through temperature screening point, but heard the news of the owner of Memory pub in Sukhumvit Soi 105 being infected, with this person also owning Tam Nua restaurant, so took leave to see a doctor;

Bum Memory, the owner of both venues, had quickly informed all clients of his condition;

At 4 p.m. the same day the doctor said it could be sinus infection and made an appointment for additional examination the next day;

– Jan. 6, 2021: Went to see the doctor at Sikarin Hospital at 1 p.m.;

– Jan. 7, 2021: Got confirmation of coronavirus infection at 3 p.m. and company closed the floor for disinfection.


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