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Alarm as three of six new COVID cases ‘reinfected’

Alarm as three of six new COVID cases ‘reinfected’

BANGKOK: Thailand has confirmed six new imported cases of the novel coronavirus, including three Thai men who were previously infected but had been certified virus-free before flying from Singapore.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 7 September 2020, 09:52AM


A traveller passes through a body temperature scanner at Don Mueang airport on Thursday. Thailand added six new coronavirus cases on Sunday. Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool / Bangkok Post

A traveller passes through a body temperature scanner at Don Mueang airport on Thursday. Thailand added six new coronavirus cases on Sunday. Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool / Bangkok Post

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Sunday (Sept 6) the three men – aged 43, 53 and 56 – tested positive for the virus after arriving on Friday, reports the Bangkok Post.

An official at the CCSA call centre said they had contracted the virus in Singapore, but then made a full recovery. They applied for and received certificates of good health from the Thai embassy before boarding the flight, as required for every person flying into Thailand.

The men were tested again upon arrival – and diagnosed with COVID-19.

It was not immediately clear how the course of events could have taken place. The final Singapore tests could have returned a false negative, or the tests on arrival in Thailand a false positive. What would ring alarm bells is the remaining scenario – the men caught the disease, recovered and then caught it again. That would imply they had no immunity to the disease even after contracting it, which could render any vaccine ineffective.

The CCSA said that three other imported cases were recorded on Sunday.

Two Thai nationals, a 46-year-old housemaid and a woman aged 83, were found infected during quarantine on Friday after returning from the United States on Monday.

The sixth case was a 46-year-old Frenchman who arrived in Thailand on Tuesday from the United Kingdom. He tested positive on Friday while in quarantine at a private facility in Bangkok. 

He was a language teacher at a private school in the country.

The new infections, all asymptomatic, took the total tally of infections in the country to 3,444, while no new fatalities were reported.

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Pascale | 08 September 2020 - 15:32:21

@CaptJack    For quite a while foreigners are allowed to come back if they belong to certain groups ! The Frenchman isn't the first foreigner who came back and tested positive. 

Pascale | 08 September 2020 - 15:22:23

"everyone who had flu one time in his live will be testet positiv with this pcr test again and again" Boah,Harald ,you must be a real professional on virology ! Where did you get this BS from ? A handbook written by Attila Hildmann ?

CaptainJack69 | 08 September 2020 - 12:02:07

When did Thailand start allowing non-Thai nationals to enter? That's a significant development but the first I've heard about it is a casual aside in this article. If we leave are we now able to return? What are the requirements?

CaptainJack69 | 08 September 2020 - 11:58:54

The fact that so many people are testing positive after arriving in Thailand is proof enough that there is something seriously wrong with the testing procedures since they all were tested before departure and issued certs. from a Thai embassy. So people being apparently "reinfected" is not something I'm going to worry about.

harald | 08 September 2020 - 09:14:19

once more. everyone who had flu one time in his live will be testet positiv with this pcr test again and again. the health certificate only tells not suffering from the flu 

Kurt | 07 September 2020 - 11:55:17

On what base are Thai Embassy staff around the world handing out 'Certificates of Good Health" before Thai fly back to Thailand and upon arrival in Thailand the Thai are not in good health? Not even after a short flight from Singapore.

 

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