COVID anxiety closes schools in Bangkok, Rayong

Photo: Sai Nam Pueng School / Facebook
Photo: Sai Nam Pueng School / Facebook

At least two Bangkok schools and more than 100 others in Rayong province today said they would close amid a spike in paranoia following two COVID-19 cases that have raised alarm.

The Sai Nam Pueng School on Soi Sukhumvit 22 today announced that it would close three days – tomorrow through Friday – after the 9-year-old daughter of a Sudanese diplomat was found to have contracted the virus, even though her family lived blocks away on Soi Sukhumvit 26.

In Rayong, 127 schools announced they would close from a few days to “indefinitely” after nearly 30 Egyptian military personnel were allowed to visit public places outside their hotel. Test results later found at least one tested positive for the coronavirus.

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On the other side of Bangkok on Rama VI Road, the Samsen Witthayalai School also said it would close on Wednesday out of concern over the risk of COVID-19 infections. Though the school did not spell out the reason, it was suggested in comments to its announcement that a student might have stayed at the same Rayong hotel as the Egyptians.

Schools nationwide were just allowed to reopen July 1. 

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