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Bangkok Sees 2 Local Covid-19 Cases as 1G1 Hotel Cluster Spreads to 23

The now-infamous 1G1-7 Hotel & Casino in Tachilek, Myanmar.

Health officials confirmed two locally transmitted coronavirus cases in Bangkok Sunday as the number of Covid-19 infections tied to the infamous 1G1 Hotel cluster jumped to 23.

A 26-year-old woman who had visited Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai District and was in contact with one of the 10 women who worked at the hotel bar and casino was confirmed positive for Covid-19.

The other local case was another 26-year-old woman who is a health officer at a state quarantine facility in the capital, said Dr. Taweesin Visvanathan, spokesman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

In all, the CCSA on Sunday reported 14 new cases, the rest of them all found in state quarantine and nearly all among overseas returnees.

Sunday’s local cases follow two others in Chiang Mai since Friday tied to the 1G1 cluster.

On Saturday, a 26-year-old woman who came across the border from Tachilek and skipped quarantine was found to have Covid-19 after entering quarantine Dec. 3. She had tested negative on Dec. 1.

And on Friday, a 32-year-old man who worked as a deejay at the 1G1 Hotel was confirmed positive for the virus. He had come to Chiang Mai from Tachilek on Nov. 30.

Dr. Sophon Iamsirithaworn, director for communicable diseases at the Department of Disease Control, said 23 cases are now linked with the 1G1 Hotel: 11 in Chiang Rai, five in Chiang Mai, three in Bangkok and one each in Ratchaburi, Phichit, Singburi, and Phayao.

Taweesin stressed that this week’s spate of coronavirus cases does not represent a “second wave” of the virus in Thailand, but implored the public to continue to use face masks and practice social distancing.

He said cases among overseas returnees included a British man, 71, who tested positive on his last day of alternative state quarantine. He had arrived Nov. 20 from the U.S. and tested positive Dec. 4.

Others included a Thai woman, 46, back from Belgium; a Thai woman, 45, from Ukraine; two Thai boys, 9 and 10, returning from Saudi Arabia, a Thai female student, 16, from Sweden; and Thai women, ages 43, 31 and 38, returned from Japan, the United Kingdom and Qatar, respectively.

Other cases found in quarantine included a Burmese man, 24, and Thai man, 70, who returned legally from Myanmar and the 26-year-ol woman in Chiang Mai.

Meanwhile, five patients have recovered and been discharged.

The total number of confirmed cases in Thailand increased to 4,086 (1,104 in state quarantine), 173 are in hospital, 3,853 have recovered and been discharged and 60 have died.

Sophon said 227 close contacts of the Singburi case – who contracted the virus on a plane flight with one of the infected women – had all tested negative and were in quarantine to ensure health safety.

More than 2,000 people who attended the Farm Fresh festival where two of the infected women went also were checked and found negative.