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Army welfare chief has virus, 60 quarantined

Army welfare chief has virus, 60 quarantined

THAILAND: The chief of the Army Welfare Department has been tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19 and 60 people in close contact with him have been quarantined at their homes, including some of the top brass.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 16 March 2020, 02:37PM


Gen Nathaphon Srisawat, special adviser to the army. Photo: Bangkok Post

Gen Nathaphon Srisawat, special adviser to the army. Photo: Bangkok Post

Gen Nathaphon Srisawat, special adviser to the army, said today (Mar 16) that Maj Gen Rachit Arunrangsi, Director-General of the Army Welfare Department, was infected and being treated at Phramongkutklao Hospital.

Officials had traced his activities back 14 days to identify people in close contact with him.

“Sixty people risked infection and home quarantine was ordered for them... They included 36 commanding officers deemed at high risk,” Gen Nathaphon said.

Those in self-quarantine included some of the army top brass because they attended the same meeting last week, he said. Army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong was not among them.

Others were drivers and family members of people in close contact.

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“Those who were within 4.5 metres [of him] for at least 15 minutes are at risk,” Gen Nathaphon said.

Army chief Gen Apirat ordered regular checks to ensure those in home quarantine obeyed the order, Gen Nathaphon said.

He said Maj Gen Rachit developed a fever last Friday (Mar 13) and tested positive for COVID-19 at a private hospital.

Maj Gen Rachit had been at the Lumpini boxing stadium, in his capacity as the chief of the stadium, Gen Nathaphon said.

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Kurt | 16 March 2020 - 18:59:33

A major General as chief of a stadium?  Is army personel allowed to have side jobs? In crisis times it can work out very bad, like now. Lucky Thailand, it has more than 1700 generals. Nothing to worry.

Papa paul | 16 March 2020 - 14:59:19

The stadium wins by a knockout.  I wonder if the audience was over 500 people contrary to Ausie rules. Here they would ban boxong until pandemic over.

 

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