11 July 2024

Thailand’s northeastern province of Buri Ram recorded its first COVID-19 case in 280 consecutive days on Wednesday, according to CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin.

The Facebook page of the Buri Ram provincial health office said that the patient is a 42-year old native of Chumsaeng sub-district of Nang Rong district, who works delivering food to patrons ofan illegal gambling den in the eastern province Chon Buri.

She returned to her hometown from Pattaya on December 26thand went to Nang Rong district hospital on January 5th for a medical check, after she developed a headache and anosmia.  A test confirmed she is infected with COVID-19 and she was admitted to hospital.

The woman’s timeline shows she arrived from Pattaya in a private car with three relatives. She took her sick father to Nang Rong district hospital on December 28th, then went to the fresh market in Nang Rong municipal area the following day. Shedeveloped a headache and sore throat on December 30th but attended a funeral at a temple in Chumsaeng sub-district. She developed anosmia on January 2nd but went to the district office and had lunch at a restaurant in Non Dindaeng district on January 4th.  She went to the hospital for a medical check the following day, testing positive for COVID-19.

Health officials in the province have issued an announcement asking people who attended the funeral to monitor their health for 14 days, to wear face masks all the time, refrain from getting close to other people and to report to the nearest health office.