Thailand has 40 coronavirus cases; a school closes after pupil tests positive

Thailand now has 40 cases of the “dangerous disease” coronavirus. The latest on Wednesday are an elderly couple and their 8-year-old grandson.

A grandfather, grandmother, and their grandson tested positive for coronavirus after the couple took a trip to Japan, health officials said, without identifying them by names. The boy’s school, Phraharuthai Donmuang School, has postponed class for two weeks in fears that the infected student may have spread the virus to his classmates, Khaosod English reported.

The grandfather and grandmother reportedly took a Hokkaido trip from Feb. 16 to 20. He went to the hospital on Sunday because of a cough, but did not tell the doctor that he had gone to Japan until being admitted to the hospital for a night.

The grandfather, 65, works in the air force. The last time he visited the school was on Monday, when he dropped his grandson there for class, the report added.

The entire school and staff are being tested for the coronavirus. The boy’s class has 30 students and is taught by 11 teachers.

The boy’s father, a bank teller, also underwent testing for coronavirus. Although the results reportedly came out negative, he had to take two weeks off from work.

The Ministry of Health Wednesday said that the grandpa is not considered a “super spreader” at the moment, unlike a woman in South Korea who’s believed to have infected almost 40 people.

There are six Filipino teachers working at Phraharuthai Donmuang School (Sacred Heart of Jesus), according to a netizen who commented on our earlier post and later confirmed via messenger.


Read more at Bangkok Post and Khaosod English