Suvarnabhumi cleaning staff collapses in airport


BANGKOK — Suvarnabhumi Airport is investigating an incident where an airport cleaning staff collapsed in front of the passenger terminal, raising fears among the public that she was infected with the new coronavirus (Covid-19).

Airport deputy director Kittipong Kittikachorn said on Wednesday (March 19) that the incident happened at 1.16pm on March 18. “Airport security office was alerted that a staff had collapsed in front of gate 5 on the second floor of the passenger terminal,” he said.

“The staff is an employee of A and P Maintenance Service (Thailand), which is a cleaning contractor within Suvarnabhumi Airport. She was rushed to a hospital to receive treatment, before being transferred to Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute to test for Covid-19.”

Kittipong said a preliminary examination revealed that the staff had a fever of 38.6 degrees Celsius and low blood pressure, along with difficulty in breathing and coughing. “She is still conscious and has no record of travelling to countries with high risk of infection,” he added. “Doctors are still looking into why she collapsed and have not concluded yet if she is infected with Covid-19.”

“Suvarnabhumi Airport has employed measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by screening with thermal scanners everyone who enters the passenger terminal,” said Kittipong. “Moreover, we have periodically cleaned with disinfectants all the airport areas that have shared contact surfaces to boost the confidence of airport users and staff.”

Source: The Nation

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