Thai PM apologizes after two COVID positive foreigners were allowed to roam

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  • The Thai PM has apologized after a visiting soldier tested positive for COVID-19
  • Another case involved the daughter of a Sudanese diplomat
  • The Thai leader has now ordered a review of protocol for visiting diplomat

The Prime Minister of Thailand has apologized to the people after two visiting foreigners, who were found out to be infected with coronavirus, were allowed to roam and visit a mall without waiting for the test results.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he is taking responsibility being the director of the Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration and will definitely find ways to avoid a similar slip-up again.

“I ask for your trust and I am sorry and apologize to all Thais. This is unprecedented,” General Prayut said.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha |Image from HRW

One of the cases involved a daughter of a Sudanese diplomat. The family were quarantined at a hotel, instead of a quarantine facility, and the girl was tested positive for coronavirus.

It has also been reported that 30 Egyptian soldiers landed at the U-Tapao Airport in Rayong province last Wednesday. They were on their way to China on an undisclosed military business.

However, one of the soldiers, a 43-year- old man, went to a local shopping mall on Saturday with his peers when they should have been placed under strict quarantine. The delegation initially refused to be tested for COVID-19 but later relented, according to reports.

The test came positive for the soldier but the group has already left on the same day.

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“It shows no respect of the rules and a lack of discipline,” said the Prime Minister who vowed that such an incident won’t happen again.

General Prayut said he has already instructed a team of officials to conduct a massive investigation into the incidents including the inspection of areas where the infected soldier visited. Contact tracing is already in place to in an effort to maintain the confidence of the public in the government’s health system.

The Thai leader likewise ordered the review of the travel protocol for incoming and outgoing diplomats. He is planning to bring the matter with the Egyptian embassy.