All residents of a downtown condominium where a 9-year-old girl with COVID-19 stayed should remain inside for two weeks, Bangkok’s governor asked today.
Following revelations the girl, whose father is a Sudanese diplomat, spent one night at the Condo One X in Soi Sukhumvit 26, Gov. Aswin Kwanmuang on Wednesday asked residents to quarantine inside for two weeks to prevent any possible spread of the disease. His request is on a voluntary basis.
According to Aswin, City Hall has worked with the health officials to investigate the condominium and found 230 residents willing to be tested for the disease. Some of those test results were due out today, he added.
The condominium said it disinfects common areas such as its elevators, gym and swimming pool regularly; while condo staff who came into contact with the family were ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The family, which lived there and had returned Friday from Sudan, has moved out and is staying at its residence on Soi Suan Phlu under monitoring by health officials, according to Aswin.
While the family said they had tested negative a few days prior to flying to Bangkok, they were tested again upon return. While waiting for the results, the family returned to their condo. The 9-year-old girl’s results later came back positive.
The ensuing anxiety – Thailand appeared to have escaped the pandemic largely unscathed – prompted the nearby Sai Nam Pueng School to close today through Friday, citing fear of the virus spreading.
Five new cases were reported today by health officials, but all involved Thai returnees who were infected abroad. There hasn’t been a confirmed case of domestic transmission in nearly two months.