Anutin has Covid, misses cabinet meeting

Anutin has Covid, misses cabinet meeting

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. (Photo supplied)
Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. (Photo supplied)

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul tested positive for Covid-19 on returning from meetings in France and Switzerland and was unable to attend the weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Mr Anutin attended the 170th General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in Paris on June 20-21, where he affirmed Thailand's readiness to host the 2028 Specialised Expo in Phuket.

After that he attended the 50th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 21-24.

Mr Anutin and his entourage, which included high-level officials from the health and foreign affairs ministries, returned to Thailand on Sunday.

Health permanent secretary Kiatiphum Wongrajit said that on his return Mr Anutin had muscle pains and a sore throat. He took an antigen test, which showed positive for Covid-19. Doctors advised him to go into isolation for one week for treatment, Dr Kiatiphum said.

Mr Anutin believed he caught the virus during the trip as he had met many people who were not wearing face masks. He also took off his mask.

It is reported he had been vaccinated six times before being confirmed infected with the virus.

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  • affirm: to say or show that something is true - ยืนยัน, รับรอง
  • cabinet: the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - คณะรัฐมนตรี
  • entourage: a group of people who travel with an important person - คณะผู้ติดตามของบุคคลสำคัญ
  • expo (exposition): an event at which people, businesses, etc. show and sell their goods; a trade fair - การแสดงสินค้า, นิทรรศการ
  • isolation: set apart from; disconnected from - แยกออกมา ตั้งอยู่เดี่ยวๆ
  • ministry: a government department that has a particular area of responsibility - กระทรวง
  • muscle (noun): a piece of body tissue that you contract and relax in order to move a particular part of the body; the tissue that forms the muscles of the body - กล้ามเนื้อ
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