BMA sends officers to risk area for disease investigation, counselling, and monitoring after the new COVID-19 case is identified


Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, revealed about the first locally transmitted infection case in Thailand who is a new prison inmate imprisoned at the Bang Khen Central Special Correctional Institution on drug charges. The Governor said that this new inmate had a test for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in accordance with the prison procedures during the quarantine before entering the prison and it was confirmed that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The male inmate was isolated at the quarantine facility for the new inmate which is in line with the Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. This is the first new infection in Thailand after 100 days in which the country has been free of locally transmitted coronavirus infections.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has continuously implemented preventive measures against COVID-19.  Initially, in the morning (September 4, 2020), the BMA Health Department sent officers to visit and inspect all related locations including the workplace of the infected person. The people who had been close to the infected inmate were additionally searched for. BMA officers had site visits to conduct disease investigation at the house of the infected inmate and found 5 people who had direct contact with him and were in the "high risk" group. The BMA officers gave them suggestions and collected their samples for COVID-19 test. The test result will be available within 2 days. They were asked to undergo the quarantine at home and the officers gave them Home Quarantine Kits for 14-days self-observation. Officers from the BMA Public Health Center in the neighborhood will monitor and take care of these 5 people.  

The BMA has ordered the closure of the pubs and a coffee shop where the infected inmate worked for 14 days for a clean-up and disinfection. As for the buildings and premises, residential areas and other places where the infected inmate has been to, the officers suggested to clean and disinfect all areas with standard disinfectants before the officers spraying disinfectant again.

If you are concerned you may have COVID-19, please fill in a self-assessment form for the risk of COVID-19, using the BKK COVID-19 risk screening system at website: http://bkkcovid19.bangkok.go.th/ or asking for advice and suggestions at 0 2203 2393 and 0 2203 2396. The service is available 24 hours a day.