Covid cluster develops at House, 4 Bhumjaithai MPs confirmed infected


BHUMJAITHAI Party said today (Jan. 29) that many MPs from several parties had got infected with Covid-19 during a House of Representatives meeting this past week with four from its own ranks, Naewna newspaper said.

Mr. Paradorn Prissananantakul, MP from Ang Thong province and the party’s spokesman, said the four Bhumjaithai MPs who caught Covid are Mr. Yoswat Mapaisansin from Kanchanaburi, Mr Amnat Wilawan from Prachinburi, Mr. Kongkrit Chatmaleerat from Ranong and Mr. Siripong Angkasakulkiat from Sisaket.

“This shows that the Omicron variant is asymptomatic, like Mr Siripong, he protected himself and tested via ATK twice a day, the day before he got infected he tested negative.

“We still don’t know the cause but believe more will be infected in future. Along with this is a question whether measures in the House should be stepped up,” he said.

Overall the MPs have not developed severe symptoms which shows that three jabs decrease the severity of the infection, he added.

Amnat said after getting confirmation of infection by RT-PCR test that he attended a House meeting this past week and started having a mild symptom on Thursday Jan. 27 with this only being a cough.

In addition,  Mr. Paradorn and Mr. Kornwee Prissananantakul, both Bhumjaithai MPs who are close to Siripong have been quarantined. Two to three other MPs have already tested postive via ATK and are waiting for confirmation by RT-PCR test.

The Covid tally over the 24 hours to this morning was 8,618 cases and 19 deaths with this taking the cumulative confirmed totals from Jan. 1 to 200,655 and since the start of the pandemic 2,424,090, Amarin TV said.

Of the new batch of cases 8,402 were domestic while 216 foreign arrivals tested positive.

Another  8,358 patients were cured taking total recoveries since Jan. 1 to 149,512 and since the start of the pandemic 2,318,006 while  83,939 are still undergoing treatment.

Today’s 19 fatalities raised the death toll to  22,145.

Altogether  114,577,194 doses of vaccines have been administered from Feb. 28, 2021 to Jan. 28, 2022.


Top: Members of parliament wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus stand at the parliament meeting chamber. Photo: AP and published by Voice of America

Home Page : A migrant worker receives his first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine against Covid-19 at Thailand’s Red Cross centre in Bangkok on Oct. 5, 2021. File photo: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha and published by Channel NewsAsia

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