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Thai Army to Probe How ‘Quarantined’ Soldiers Contracted Covid-19 in U.S.

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The army will reinvestigate illnesses among soldiers who just returned from the United States after six tested positive for Covid-19, despite their supposed quarantine in Hawaii.

Gen. Natapon Srisawat, special advisor to the army, said Friday the soldiers did not have pneumonia and their symptoms were mild.

They might have joined some military exercises in the areas that were not free of Covid-19, he speculated.

Four soldiers participated in exercises in at-risk areas and transmitted the disease to two close friends, Natapon said.

“Five other soldiers who were tested at Phramongkutklao Hospital will be quarantined at the Ambassador City Hotel in Pattaya.

Saturday, all soldiers who returned from the U.S. will be tested again. They will then undergo another round of swabs on Aug 3 when the 14-day quarantine ends,” he said.

Army chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong assigned investigators to find how the soldiers contracted the disease as they were supposed to have been quarantined in their barracks while not training. The regiment also was supposed to have had two coronavirus tests while in Hawaii.

The general expressed confidence in Phramongkutklao Hospital, saying it had successfully treated many Covid-19 patients. He added that the army would continue to send personnel for training in the U.S., as the exercises are required under joint agreements.