The “mystery” Laotian woman who quickly became a scapegoat for Thais looking to assign blame for the first locally transmitted coronavirus case in 100 days has been found and quarantined.
The unidentified woman, who worked at the 3Days2Nights pub on Rama 5 Road in Nonthaburi, reported to public-health officials after social media warriors started blaming her for infecting a pub deejay who later was arrested for selling drugs and thrown in jail, where he tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. Because, of course, a Thai would never be the root of disease.
The woman said she disappeared because she feared arrest as her work permit had expired.
Nearly 50 people who visited the 3Days2Nights locations in Nonthaburi and Bangkok, plus the First Café on Khaosan Road, have registered to receive free coronavirus tests, the Disease Control Department said.
The department and city hall also visited the deejay’s condominium building in the Bang Mod area of Bangkok Saturday to provide free tests for residents.
Meanwhile, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Sunday reported six new cases in state quarantine.
They include three Thai returnees from Singapore, two from the United States and one Frenchman from the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, two patients recovered and were discharged.
The total number of confirmed cases in Thailand stands at 3,444 (506 in state quarantine), of whom 105 are in hospital and 3,281 have recovered and been discharged. The death toll remains unchanged at 58.