COVID task force pleads for public to comply with tracking, 1 case reported: Chef just back from Bahrain

People wait to scan a QR code to register their arrival Sunday at the entrance of the Siam Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok.
People wait to scan a QR code to register their arrival Sunday at the entrance of the Siam Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok.

A 45-year-old chef returning from Bahrain became the only additional case of COVID-19 reported today by health officials, who logged no new deaths for an 11th day.

The man had not shown any symptoms but was found to be infected at a government quarantine facility in Bangkok, according to Taweeslip Wisanuyothin, the COVID-19 task force spokesperson. People arriving from foreign countries have been put into mandatory, 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Taweesilp said more than 700,000 of the 3 million-plus people who “checked in” with the Thailand Wins at registered venues had not “checked out” upon departure since Sunday.

“The closer the numbers, the better,” he said.

He said it was crucial to stamping out any flare-ups that occur.

“If one infection happens, we can trace back precisely where that person has gone. It can reduce the number of people that must be tested as malls can have thousands of people each day,” he added.

Asked about his assurances the government would retain the tracking data for 60 days despite the 14-day incubation period of the Sars-cov-2 virus, he brought up March’s outbreak cluster at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium. He said the duration was 60 days because the virus was propagated through four generations, each of which lasted 14 days.

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