Thailand’s transport minister in Buri Ram hospital for COVID-19 treatment
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob is confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, after he developed a fever of 38oC and was admitted to Buri Ram Hospital for observation and tests on Wednesday morning.
The minister has already received his first inoculation against COVID-19 and is due to receive the second dose today.
Saksayam earlier denied a rumour that he had visited an entertainment venue in Bangkok’s Thonglor area on March 25th, but one of his staff, who visited a Thonglor pub, has tested positive for the virus, prompting him to order the rest of his staff to go for COVID tests and to isolate for 14 days, including himself, as a safety precaution.
Saksayam is the first cabinet minister to be infected with COVID-19.
Meanwhile, nine police officers at Thonglor police station are infected and have been admitted for treatment at the Police General Hospital, with 22 of their colleagues being quarantined for 14 days, said Pol Col Krisana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, today.
All Thonglor police officers will be inoculated at the Police General hospital and the police station was disinfected yesterday, so members of the public can visit the station,as usual, he said.