The Disease Control Department (DCD) denied reports of a Thai woman in Bangkok locally contracting coronavirus, saying that she has tested negative twice since an initial positive result for covid-19.
The Director-General of the DCD, Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, explained the situation on Thursday morning. He said that a hospital in the Rat Burana district reported a new coronavirus case on the evening of Tuesday, July 14th.
The reported case was a Thai woman aged 31-years-old who was admitted to the hospital on June 30th with swollen limbs.
The woman developed pneumonia, leading her doctors to suspect she may have been infected with covid-19. A nasal swab test was sent to King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, which provided a positive result.
However, the woman’s phlegm tested negative for covid-19. Due to this, additional samples of her phlegm were taken on Tuesday and Wednesday for further testing.
The samples, collected by the DCD, were tested the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute (BIDI) and the Medical Sciences Department, returning negative results for covid-19.
Dr. Wattanayingcharoenchai explained that the woman’s husband informed them that she had not been in contact with anyone who could have covid-19. He said they both work at a factory where nobody had recently returned from abroad, and no new staff had been recruited.
A second test of the woman’s nasal swab was tested at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital and also tested negative. However, another test using a newly developed process will be conducted by BIDI.
The DCD has concluded that the woman does not have coronavirus. However, as a preventative measure, they are identifying and testing people who are considered at-risk and implementing control measures at the hospital where the woman stayed.
Source: Bangkok Post