School in Chiang Mai closed after parent visited Japan


CHIANG MAI — The director of a school in Chiang Mai ordered it to close for 14 days after a parent who returned from Japan did not quarantine himself. 

Mr. Sawong Chaiya, director of Anuban Chiang Mai School, said a teacher learned on Facebook that the parent had been to Japan on Feb 18-21. However, instead of isolating himself upon his return as what the authorities urged, the parent took the child to school as usual.

Therefore, Mr. Sawong ordered on Thursday night to close the school on Friday to disinfect the area and prevent the possible spread of the Covid-19 virus.

“Although the parent passed the screenings at Suvarnabhumi and Chiang Mai airports, he must follow the preventive measure of self-isolation for 14 days,” Mr. Sawong said.

The 25 classmates and teachers of the parent’s son were ordered to stay home for two weeks and required all visitors to the school to wear protective masks and be screened for a fever.

Mr. Sawong also ordered the school closure to extend from next Monday to March 13 to cover the incubation period of Covid-19.

Activities at the school were postponed. They included a farewell party for grade 6 pupils, examinations and the admission of new students.

Source: Bangkok Post
Photo: Panumet Tanraksa

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