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Prayut did not catch virus: doctors

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha inspects the screening of incoming passengers at Suvarnabhumi airport on Wednesday. (Government House photo)

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Doctors have confirmed that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha did not contract the novel coronavirus after inspecting the screening of incoming passengers at Suvarnabhumi airport, said Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Thursday.

However, Mr Anutin admitted Prayut's health has been affected by his workload and following medical advice, the premier's planned visit to Bamrasnadura Infectious Diseases Institute has been cancelled.

Rumours circulated that Prayut may have been infected by the virus after he took sick leave on Thursday -- one day after he inspected passenger screening procedures at Suvarnabhumi airport. 

The Public Health Ministry said Prayut's condition is not related to the coronavirus as it takes about four days for symptoms to show.

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Vocabulary:

coronavirus (n): any of a group of viruses that cause a variety of diseases in humans and other animals -

infected : having a disease transmitted from someone else - ซึ่งติดเชื้อ

infectious : able to cause an infection - ติดต่อกันได้

rumour : a piece of information, or a story, that people talk about, but that may not be true - ข่าวลือ

sick leave : time when you are not at work because of illness -

symptom : a sign that someone has an illness - อาการ

virus (noun): a living thing, too small to be seen without a microscope, that causes infectious disease in people, animals and plants - เชื้อไวรัส

workload : the amount of work that has to be done by a particular person or organisation - ปริมาณงานที่คนหรือเครื่องจักรทำได้ระยะเวลาหนึ่ง

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