A Japanese national who tested positive for the coronavirus at a Tokyo airport after returning from Thailand tested negative on a more-thorough second test, the director-general of the Disease Control Department said.
Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai told the media that a World Health Organization-certified RT-PCR test conducted by a hospital in Japan on Friday showed he did not, in fact, have Covid-19.
Media reports out of Japan said both the 47-year-old Japanese and a 24-year-old Thai construction worker has tested positive for the virus after flying from Bangkok, casting new doubts on the accuracy of Thailand’s official coronavirus statistics.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul earlier had explained that that the Japanese man man’s positive result was from a quick saliva-based test at Haneda Airport. Such tests are not WHO-certified, he said.
As for the Thai man, officials have not provided any new information after saying they were waiting on results of their own in-country investigation and official confirmation from the Japanese Health Ministry.
Meanwhile, a day after recording 17 imported cases of Covid-19, Thailand on Saturday reported none of any sort.
Total infections remained at 3,376, with 3,193 recoveries and 58 deaths. Of the total, 932 cases have been cases found among returnees to Thailand already in quarantine, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration said.