New coronavirus patient denies traveling overseas


BANGKOK – At least 30 staff of B.Care Medical Center in Sai Mai district in Bangkok are at risk of contracting Covid-19 after an elderly man denied traveling overseas.

The hospital’s management stated on Wednesday that the man arrived at the facility on Sunday with a cough and a fever. When questioned, he said he had not traveled abroad. He was initially diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted.

A lung expert examined the man the next morning and asked if he had taken a trip abroad. He again denied traveling overseas.

He admitted later in the morning that he traveled abroad. He was isolated and immediately given a Covid-19 test. The result showed that evening that he had contracted the disease.

“The patient’s concealment and denial of the overseas trip resulted in 30 hospital officials who came into close contact with him being put at risk of contracting the Covid-19 infection,” the hospital stated.

The staff initially tested negative but were to be checked repeatedly over the next 14 days. They were put on home quarantine.

“The concealment has had a negative impact on society, other people and your own family members,” the hospital stated. The patient had already been referred to a public hospital.

Media reported that the patient traveled to Hokkaido with his wife and returned on a flight to Thailand last Thursday.

It was initially unclear whether the man was one of the people cited in the health ministry’s Wednesday morning report of three new coronavirus cases.

Sources: Bangkok Post | Thai PBS World
Photo: Jorge Silva, Reuters

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