More than 170 persons, who came in close contact with ten Covid-19 infected women and put at high risk tested negative for coronavirus, said the Public Health Ministry.
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Ten illegal returnees from Myanmar sneaked across the border from Tachileik to Chiang Rai through natural passages and were later found being infected.
They travelled to many provinces including Bangkok but tests on people close to them turned negative. So far, they caused no local infections.
Kiattiphum Wongrajit, Permanent Secretary for Public Health and Opas Karnkawinpong, Director –General of the Department of the Disease Control told a press briefing about updates on the cases.
Ten women with Covid-19 who sneaked across the border back from Tachileik are under medical supervision with mild symptoms.
Among all 699 persons who were in contact with infected women, 175 persons, considered at high risk of contracting the disease tested negative for coronavirus. The rest of 524 persons at low risk have been under monitoring.
Opas said people, who wear face masks at all times are at low risk when they are exposed to the virus.
If they don’t wear face covering and stay in enclosed space with an infected person for more than 15 minutes, there is a chance of catching Covid-19.
Local authorities in Chiang Rai have worked with officials in Tachileik to receive requests of Thai nationals, who want return home.
So far, 150 persons made the requests. They will be allowed to return through immigration checkpoints and undergo screening and quarantine processes. (TNA)