More people linked to boxing stadium infected with COVID-19
More people, who were at the Lumpini boxing stadium in Bangkok’s Ramintra area on March 6th, together with TV celebrity and boxing camp manager Matthew Deane, have tested positive for COVID-19.
The mayor of the Chachoengsao provincial administration organization (PAO), Mr. Kitti Paopiamsap said, in his Facebook post on Sunday that, as soon as he learned that Deane had announced, on March 13th, that he was infected with coronavirus, he went to Paolo Hospital for tests, which returned a positive result after two days. He has been treated in hospital since.
Mr. Kitti also asked his relatives, friends and other people in Chachoengsao province, who had been in close contact with him, to check their health and comply strictly with the advice of the Public Health Ministry by entering home quarantine and to see a doctor immediately if they develop a fever, sore throat, cough and runny nose.
Meanwhile, Army special advisor General Nathaporn Srisawat said today that Maj-Gen Rachit Aarunwong, director of the Army Welfare Department and president of the Lumpini boxing stadium, is also infected with COVID-19 and is currently being treated in hospital.
He said, however, that the patient has no fever and his lungs are normal, adding that all members of his family have observed home quarantine for 14 days.
General Nathaporn says the army has traced 36 people who were in close contact with Maj-Gen Rachit in the past 14 days and confined them to their residences for observation.
60 other people have also been quarantined, he added.
On Sunday, Chulalongkorn University announced the closure of the Law Faculty until March 22nd, to allow workers to disinfect buildings and environment of the Law Faculty, after an official was confirmed to be infected.
All students and faculty personnel, who were in contact with the infected individual, have been advised to observe self-quarantine and to contact the health service centre of the university if they think they may be infected, with all expenses to be covered by the university.
Administrators of all faculties of Thammasat University are scheduled to attend a special meeting today (Monday) to discuss preparations for online lecturing and class suspensions, in case the outbreak spreads wider.
The Science and Technology Faculty has been closed for two weeks, starting March 14th, as officials from the Disease Control Department seek a student for screening, after he was reported to have been in contact with an infected patient outside the university.