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Buriram Utd. Cleared as 140 Near Ismatullaev Test Negative for Covid-19

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More than 140 people, identified as contacts with a Covid-19-infected Uzbek football player tested negative for the coronavirus as well as six people on the same domestic flight with him, the Disease Control Department said Monday.

Buriram United midfielder Akbar Ismatullaev, 29, tested positive for the virus on Sept. 10 during screening before the resumption of Thai League games over the weekend. Despite a football writer claiming a second test had come back negative, the team and government maintain he is still infected.

Ismatullaev completed a 14-day quarantine after arriving from Uzbekistan a month ago and tested negative for the virus both during the quarantine and before he left Europe.

Health officials investigated how he contracted the virus, collecting samples from 441 persons, who had contact with him for the testing. Of that number, 100 were identified as high-risk contacts and 341 others as low-risk.

So far, the test results showed 147 persons tested negative for the virus. The test results have not come out yet for the rest of 286 persons.

Thailand on Monday reported two new Covid-19 cases in state quarantine, raising the total cases to 3,475.

Of this number, 3,312 coronavirus patients have recovered. The death toll remains at 58 and 105 patients are being treated at hospitals.  

The newly-confirmed cases are Thai returnees from the U.S. and Qatar.