Malaysian’s Girlfriend Tests Negative Says Chiang Mai Public Health Chief

Dr Chatuchai Maneerat

The Thai girlfriend of a Malaysian man found infected with COVID-19 on his return to Malaysia has been released from quarantine after she tested negative at the end of the surveillance process.

Chiang Mai’s provincial public health chief, Dr Chatuchai Maneerat, made the announcement on Thursday 20th August 2020.

He said the woman’s 14-day quarantine period ended on Wednesday, and her 2nd test showed she was free of the disease.

“She is considered to be safe,” he said. She was in close contact with the man but had strictly followed disease control measures.

“She always wore a face mask. Doctors have allowed her to return home,” he said.

He said Chiang Mai had been free of community COVID-19 infections for 96 days.

The 36-year-old woman is a native of Lop Buri province. She reportedly stayed with the 46-year-old Malaysian visitor at his condominium in Wang Thonglang district, Bangkok. After his departure, she went to Chiang Mai.

The Malaysian man had frequently visited Thailand. His last visit was in March, according to Immigration. Health officials said he spent most of his time in his condominium during the visit.

He returned to Malaysia on 5th August and tested positive for COVID-19 on 15th August during quarantine.


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