French woman tests positive for Covid-19 on Koh Samui shortly after being released from 14 day quarantine

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Koh Samui, Surat Thani-

A French woman has tested positive for COVID – 19 on Samui Island after she was released from an alternative state quarantine in Samut Prakan.

The Thailand Department of Disease Control and Dr. Weerasak Lorthongkam, director of Koh Samui Hospital, reports that the French woman, 57, from Limoges arrived in Thailand on September 30th with her seventeen-year-old son and her husband.

Their COVID- 19 result showed not detected twice. They were released from the state quarantine on October 15. She made a brief visit to the French Embassy and then the family went to Samui Island with a Bangkok Airways flight on the same day with ten other passengers and two crew members. She also reportedly visited a 7-11 and a Big C, however wore a mask on both visits and reportedly had limited contact.

The French woman went to a hospital on October 20th after she started to have a fever on October 17 at home after several days of self treatment in which she did not leave the home. Her COVID – 19 result confirmed positive twice eventually over the past several days. However, her child and husband have tested negative with no signs of illness and remain quarantined and separated from the general public at the Koh Samui hospital.

Officials are now following up on her contacts and high risk contacts which so far number about fifteen people as well as a roughly 42 low risk contacts. These contacts are being quarantined and tested by the Department of Disease Control. Authorities are asking local residents on Samui not to panic as they investigate the case. We will have further updates on this as they come in.

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