CCSA spokesman gets Covid all-clear

CCSA spokesman gets Covid all-clear

Taweesilp: Test comes back negative
Taweesilp: Test comes back negative

The spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) did a happy U-turn on Friday night after discovering he had not been infected with the virus as first feared.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin had earlier announced he would go into self-quarantine after coming into close contact with a TV anchor who was at high risk of contracting the virus.

When he gives his daily televised briefing at Government House, Dr Taweesilp is normally accompanied by Paveena Faktong, a commentator for the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT) TV channel.

On Friday, however, he appeared alone and said Ms Paveena had been deemed to be at high risk of infection after a male news anchor at the same TV station contracted the virus.

All NBT staff were tested as a result, including Ms Paveena.

Dr Taweesilp said that although he was deemed to be at low risk of being infected he would immediately be tested and would then self-quarantine.

"Covid-19 is a disease that will co-exist with us. Everyone, including me, is at risk," he said."So we must protect ourselves well."

Dr Taweesilp adding that he always wore a face mask and kept his distance from others when attending meetings and he washed his hands often.

On Friday night, however, he updated his More Taweesilp Facebook page to announce that his test had come back negative so he would not self-quarantine after all, only take the weekend off.

Dr Taweesilp said Ms Paveena's result had also come back negative.

The NBT anchor who tested positive for Covid-19, Korakot Yotchai, is reported to have come into close contact with three fellow news anchors.

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