BANGKOK, Oct 8 (TNA) – Thailand has effective disease control system to handle Thai returnees from abroad, a senior health official said after a report that a Thai businessman has contracted coronavirus after he had returned from Myanmar.
Acting Director –General of the Disease Control Department, Opas Karnkawinpong said that due to the border shutdown, entry restrictions and quarantine of Thai returnees, Thai people can be confident that there will be no Covid-19 transmission from people, entering Thailand.
The public health ministry has stepped efforts to check target groups and migrant workers with assistance from village health volunteers, he added.
The Thai businessman, who returned from Myanmar and was found being infected with Covid-19 during the second test, was sent from the quarantine facility to a hospital for the treatment right away, he said.
Regarding reports of 14 Thai nationals found infected with coronavirus upon their arrivals in Japan, he said the earlier rapid saliva-based coronavirus tests on eight Thais showed positive results and they were quarantined. However, seven days later, the RT-PCR test with nasal swab showed negative results and they were released from quarantine.
The rest of six Thai nationals in Japan will undergo nasal swab testing later.
Meanwhile, the Thai Disease Control Department has taken precautious measures and dispatched health officials to conduct Covid-19 tests on about 100 people, who had close contact with eight Thais. All of them tested negative to the virus. (TNA)