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S. Korean Tests Positive for Covid-19 After Leaving Thailand

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In yet another indicator that the coronavirus is still lurking in Thailand even as many toss aside their face masks, another foreigner has returned home from Bangkok only to test positive for Covid-19 upon landing.

This time it was a South Korean man, 54, who left Thailand on a Korean Air flight on Sept. 4. Upon arrival he went from Incheon International Airport to a Songtan health center for a Covid-19 test and returned home, the Department of Disease Control said Wednesday.

Direpartment Director-General Dr. Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai said the test came back positive on Setp. 5 and he was admitted to the Anseong Living Treatment Center.

Suwannachai said the man had arrived in Thailand on March 16 and stayed in Wang Thonglang District in Bangkok.

Relevant officials were gathering information on his whereabouts during his stay including his visits to the South Korean embassy, the Immigration Bureau and department stores and his use of public transport services, he said.

The report comes after a deejay at pubs in Bangkok and Nonthaburi tested positive for the coronavirus after being arrested for drug-dealing and tested upon intake at Khlong Prem central prison.

It also mirrors similar reports over the past two months.

There also has been persistent skepticism about the country’s official coronavirus statistics, including incidents in which Burmese migrants deported home tested positive, Thai and Japanese travelers testing positive in Japan and a Malaysian man testing positive after going back to Kuala Lumpur.

While the Japanese man’s test ended up being a false positive, no final determination was ever disclosed for the Malaysian or Thai travelers, meaning they likely did, in fact, contract the virus in Thailand, which claims to have had only one local case in more than 100 days.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, meanwhile, reported one new imported coronavirus case both today and Tuesday.

Today’s case was a Japanese producer and expat who was in quarantine. Tuesday’s case was an Thai man who returned home from India.

Total reported cases rose to 3,446 and the death toll remained unchanged at 58.