Army chief tests positive for Covid after returning from Malaysia


ARMY Commander-in-Chief Gen. Narongphan Jitkaewthae and six other senior army leaders all tested positive for Covid-19 upon returning from an official visit to Malaysia during June 30-July 1, Matichon newspaper said today (July 7).

 Gen. Narongphan, who had visited the neighbouring country together with his delegation at the invitation of the Malaysian Commander-in-Chief, is recovering and had assigned Deputy Army Chief Gen. Apinan Khampeo to attend a meeting of armed forces commanders at the police headquarters yesterday.

Today he assigned Gen. Siripoj Rampaikul, chairman of the army’s advisory board, to welcome Spanish Ambassador Mr. Felipe de la Morena Casado on his behalf.

The Public Health Ministry said this morning there were 2,366 Covid cases and 20 deaths over the past 24 hours taking the cumulative confirmed total since Jan. 1 to 2,315,376 and since the start of the pandemic 4,538,811, said.

Today’s 20 fatalities raised the death toll to 30,778.

Another 2,049 patients were cured taking total recoveries since Jan. 1 to  2,314,635 with 24,904 patients still undergoing treatment.

Altogether 140,164,583 doses of vaccines have been administered across 77 provinces.

Details as follows:

– 57,014,209 have received their first jab;

– 53,240,739 have got their second jab;

– 29,909,635 have got their third jab.


Army Chief Gen. Narongphan Jitkaewthae. Photo: Matichon

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