THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA’s) spokesman Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin said today (Jan. 22) he and his news team are now being tested for this feared disease after being exposed to it through a National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT) news presenter, Amarin TV said.
He revealed that an anchor at this television station was confirmed to have been infected with coronavirus this morning. This led to another anchor who covers Covid-19 news at the Government House also having to be tested because of close contact with the first case.
Dr Taweesilp added that as he had close contact with the latter he was going to be examined and then quarantined as were all members of CCSA news team as they wait for their test result.
Meanwhile a disease examination vehicle has already reached NBT to test all those at risk who too would be quarantined as they wait for their result.
A little earlier CCSA announced that there were 309 Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours but no additional death with the toll staying put at 71.
The new infections take the cumulative total to 13,104 confirmed cases with 10,224 being cured.
Altogether 12 overseas travellers arrived and were quarantined with two each coming from the UK, Italy and Sudan and one each from Lebanon, Estonia, UAE, Switzerland, Sri Lanka and Germany.
Of the 297 people infected within the country 80 were domestic cases found through surveillance and service systems. Proactive checks in communities found an additional 217 cases with 212 found in Samut Sakhon province, and of this total 196 were migrant workers and 16 Thai nationals.
Top: Dr. Taweesilp talking to the press this morning. Thai headline says, “CCSA presenters are a high-risk group.” Photo: Amarin TV