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Indian Tests Positive for Covid-19 in Krabi… Maybe

Conflicting test results come day after 1st coronavirus death in 7 weeks

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An Indian man working at a Krabi restaurant has tested positive twice for the coronavirus, but doubt remains over whether he actually contracted the coronavirus.

Living in the southern province for the past three months after being unable to return to India, the 37-year-old had gone to a private hospital in Krabi last week for a health exam as part of his application for a work permit. A routine coronavirus test came back positive.

He was transferred to Krabi Hospital were another test was performed and also came back positive. A third test Friday, however, showed a negative result. Blood was taken and sent for a thorough final test at Phuket Hospital. Results have not be returned yet, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration said Saturday.

According to the Krabi According to the Krabi provincial health office, 19 people were in contact with him — 11 at the private hospital and eight at a house he shared with friends and relatives. They all tested negative. Although asymptomatic, the Indian remains in isolation at Krabi Hospital.

The local case, the seventh since early October, comes a day after Thailand marked its first coronavirus death since mid-September, a 66-year old Thai retired civil servant who returned from England on October 19.

In state quarantine in Chonburi Province, the man developed breathing difficulties and was sent to Banglamung Hospital and admitted to intensive care. He also suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure.

Imported cases continue to pile up, with eight on Friday and 12 on Saturday.

Friday’s cases included a 68-year old Swiss financial expert who arrived from Switzerland, a 36-year old Indian woman and three Myanmar migrant workers working as truck drivers.

Today’s cases included a 62-year old French businessman, 65-year old French retiree, 48-year old Indian businessman, 43-year old male Mexican English-language teacher and a 38-year old Dutchman.

Cumulative infections in Thailand, to date, are 3,830, with 3,644 recoveries. Another 126 are still being treated in hospitals. The national death toll remains at 60.