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Investigating Cases of COVID-19 Virus DNA Found in Two Thai Women

20 August 2020 (Readers 843)

 
The Department of Disease Control and Ramathibodi Hospital are investigating jointly the cases of COVID-19 virus DNA found in two Thai women, who were about to travel abroad  for employment overseas.

Director-General of the Department of Disease Control Dr. Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai said that the two women had earlier returned from the United Arab Emirates and were in state quarantine. The woman in the first case returned on 2 June and her COVID-19 test on 5 June showed an inconclusive result.

In the second test, conducted on 13 June, no infection was found. She was then allowed to go to her hometown in Chaiyaphum province after 14 days in state quarantine. Before going abroad again, she was tested for COVID-19 on 17 August at Ramathibodi Hospital. The result of the test showed that minimal COVID-19 virus DNA was found.

The woman in the second case returned to Thailand on 24 June and her two tests for COVID-19 showed no infection. She was allowed to go to her hometown in Loei province after 14 days in state quarantine. On 18 August before traveling abroad again, she was tested for COVID-19 at Ramathibodi Hospital, and COVID-19 virus DNA was found.

Epidemiological statistics show that there is a low possibility of local COVID-19 infection. However, the two women are now in hospital for observation. This is not a second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Suwannachai urged the people to be confident about the standards of the disease control in Thailand.     
 
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