Bangkok school closed after 8-year-old student tests positive for Covid-19


BANGKOK — A school in Bangkok has postponed class for two weeks (14 days) after one of its students was tested positive for Covid-19.

Reports on Wednesday (Feb 26) saw 3 more cases of coronavirus infection in Thailand, which brings the total number to 40.

According to health officials, a grandfather and a grandmother were tested positive for Covid-19 after they took a trip to Japan. The couple’s grandson, whose name was withheld, got infected with the virus as well.

Phrahurathai Donmuang School, the school where the grandson goes, has canceled class for two weeks in fears that the infected student may have spread the virus to his classmates.

After returning from their Hokkaido trip from Feb 16 t0 20, the grandfather went to the hospital on Sunday due to cough. However, he didn’t tell the doctor about his overseas trip. When the lung expert asked the grandfather the next day, he again denied traveling to Japan, but later admitted that he went out of the country.

The grandfather, 65, works in the air force. The last time he visited the school was on Monday, when he dropped his grandson there for class, officials said.

Attaphon Truektrong, sec-gen of the Office of the Private Education Commission, said Wednesday that students should refrain from visiting at-risk countries.

The entire school and staff are being tested for the coronavirus. The boy’s class has 30 students and is taught by 11 teachers.

The boy’s father, a bank teller, also underwent testing for coronavirus. Although the results reportedly came out negative, he had to take two weeks off from work.

The Ministry of Health Wednesday said that the grandpa is not considered a “super spreader” at the moment, unlike a woman in South Korea who’s believed to have infected almost 40 people.

Source: Bangkok Post | Khaosod English

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