Passenger who left Bangkok during travel rush tests positive for virus


CHIANG RAI — Health officials on Tuesday said a worker who recently rode a bus from Bangkok to his home in the north during travel rush was diagnosed with coronavirus infection.

Chiang Rai provincial public health office chief Thosathep Boonthong said the city’s latest patient is a 33-year-old man who departed from Bangkok during the travel rush on Sunday, which saw at least 40,000 people leaving the capital to their hometowns.

The man was working at a bar in Thonglor area, one of the largest outbreak clusters in the country.

“The province’s third patient has a history of working at a bar in Bangkok’s Thonglor neighborhood,” Thosathep said. “He rode a bus back to Chiang Rai on March 21 before he developed a fever.”

According to a local news outlet Kao Krai Chiang Rai, the bus was bound for Chiang Saen district in Chiang Rai. It left Bangkok at 7.15pm on March 13 and was operated by Sombat Tour.

Thosathep said health officials are searching for 30-40 passengers who shared the same ride with the patient to advise them to take a quarantine for 14 days.

The country’s northernmost province reported three cases of infection as of today. Provincial deputy governor Pasakorn Boonyaluk said he is considering harsher measures to limit the movement of people, especially on those who returned from Bangkok and other high-risk areas.

All but two border crossings in the province to Myanmar and Laos have been sealed to stem the outbreak, Pasakorn said.

Source: Khaosod English

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