An Egyptian soldier and his delegation who were allowed to wander around and visit various sites in Rayong during a stopover on the way to China has tested positive for coronavirus.
The group had stayed in Rayong en-route to China, where they were attending to military business, which has not been explained and repeated their visit on the way back home.
While there are strict measures in place for foreigners entering Thailand, the Egyptian group was allowed to leave their hotel and visit numerous sites, including an unidentified shopping center.
The spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, said that Bangkok officials would assist local staff in Rayong to check for covid-19 contagion.
The soldier, who was one of the three confirmed cases today, and 30 others, including the aircraft crew, had flown from Egypt to the United Arab Emirates on July 6th.
They then proceeded to Pakistan the next day before arriving at U-tapao airport in Rayong on Wednesday, July 8th.
According to information from the CCSA, the group stayed at a hotel in the province before leaving for Chengdu in China on Thursday, July 9th.
The returned to Rayong before midnight the same day and stayed at the same hotel.
Dr. Visanuyothin said the group was tested on Friday, which is when suspicions were raised that the soldier may have caught the infection.
However, the group had returned to Egypt on Saturday, July 11th, before the positive test result was returned the next day.
Dr. Visanuyothin said the hotel where the group stayed is being cleaned. He also mentioned the group had visited several places around the province but did not provide specific details. He said:
“We will examine all the places where they visited.”
According to the rules set by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), the group was allowed to enter the country because they were classified as aircrew.
However, it is unclear why they were allowed to leave their hotel and visit numerous places in Rayong before the results from the covid-19 test were concluded.
Source: Bangkok Post