A Samut Prakan hotels has been stripped of its status as an alternative state quarantine facility after a French woman and two others became infected and the coronavirus was found on gym equipment.
The Department of Disease Control said the Siam Mandarina Hotel failed to properly isolate returnees in quarantine, allowing two people in adjacent rooms – including a French woman who tested positive in Koh Samui – and another man to all become infected.
A follow-up investigation found the coronavirus on equipment in the hotel’s fitness center.
DCD officials now are testing coronavirus samples taken from the three patients and the gym equipment to determine if they cases are linked and who infected who. One thing is certain however: The French woman didn’t use the gym during her 14 days at the hotel.
The 57-year-old French woman, who was born in Thailand, repatriated to Thailand on Sept. 15 and was at the Siam Mandarina until Oct. 15 before arriving in Koh Samui on Oct. 17 where she developed a cough with phlegm two days later. She sought hospital treatment on the resort island and tested positive on Oct. 22.
Two men also at the Siam Mandarina tested positive for Covid-19 on Oct. 15 and 19, before the French woman’s positive test. One had stayed in the room next to her.
The hotel no longer will be used to quarantine returnees, depriving it of a lucrative income source as hotels across the country struggle. With no international tourists arriving at nearby Suvarnabhumi International Airport, ASQ clients were the Siam Mandarina’s main source of revenue.
In Samui, health officials have identified 126 people in close contact with the French woman, including 46 at high risk of catching the disease.
Among them are her husband and son, a friend six masseuses, 23 workers at a pub where the family ate, and 12 people on the same Bangkok Airways flight to Samui. All tested negative for the virus or are waiting for results. Two taxi drivers remain unaccounted for.
A further 80 people were considered at low risk of contracting the disease are being monitored.