Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the spokesman for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) was happy to announce last night that he had not been infected with COVID-19 as first feared.
The CCSA spokesman had announced earlier that he would go into self-quarantine after coming into close contact with a TV anchor who was at high risk of contracting COVID-19.
When he gives his daily televised briefing at Government House, Dr Visanuyothin is normally accompanied by Paveena Faktong, a commentator for the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT) TV channel.
Yesterday, however, he appeared alone and said Ms Faktong had been deemed to be at high risk of infection after a male news anchor at the same TV station contracted the virus.
All NBT staff were tested as a result, including Ms Faktong.
Dr Visanuyothin said that although he was deemed to be at low risk of being infected he would immediately be tested and would then self-quarantine.
He said “COVID-19 is a disease that will co-exist with us. Everyone, including me, is at risk, so we must protect ourselves well.”
Dr Visanuyothin added that he always wore a face mask and kept his distance from others when attending meetings and he washed his hands often.
Last night, however, he updated his More Taweesilp Facebook page to announce that his test had come back negative so he would not self-quarantine after all, only take the weekend off.
Dr Visanuyothin said Ms Faktong’s result had also come back negative.
The NBT anchor who tested positive for COVID-19, Korakot Yotchai, is reported to have come into close contact with three fellow news anchors.
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