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Another Burmese Truck Driver Brings Coronavirus to Thailand

CCSA reports 2 locally spread coronavirus cases in Tak border province

Another Burmese truck driver entering Thailand was found infected with the coronavirus, but he didn’t stay long.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration said Thursday that the 27-year-old freight-truck driver tested positive at a border checkpoint on Halloween. He was sent back to Myanmar rather than be hospitalized in Thailand.

It was two infected Burmese drivers who didn’t get caught until after they entered Mae Sot District that sparked a mini-outbreak in Tak Province, infecting three others and propting the testing of 10,000 people in two provinces.

The driver was one of six imported cases reported today by the CCSA. A second was Hungary’s foreign minister, who tested positive after arriving for a two-day government visit. He left last night on a private jet.

The four other cases were:

  • A 59-year-old French construction adviser and his 46-year-old Chinese wife, both of whom traveled from France via Qatar and arrived in Bangkok on Oct. 29. They were found positive on Nov. 3 in a Nonthaburi quarantine hotel.
  • A 53-year-old Dutchman who arrived on Oct. 31 and tested positive on Nov. 3 under quarantine in a Samut Prakan hotel.
  • A 73-year-old Thai woman who returned from Germany on Oct. 31. She tested positive on Nov. 2 in quarantine at a Bangkok hotel and had a fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and a loss of smell.

Meanwhile, 11 patients have recovered and been discharged.

As of Thursday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand has increased to 3,810 (861 in state quarantine). Of these, 128 are in hospital and 3,623 have recovered and been discharged. The death toll remains unchanged at 59.