Press get boot amid Covid scare

Press get boot amid Covid scare

Reporters leave Government House with their gear after being told to work from home until Sept 24 after one of them tested positive for Covid-19. (Photo: Chanat Katanyu)
Reporters leave Government House with their gear after being told to work from home until Sept 24 after one of them tested positive for Covid-19. (Photo: Chanat Katanyu)

Reporters covering the Government House beat were told to leave the complex immediately yesterday and work from home until Sept 24 after one of them was found infected with Covid-19.

A news agency reporter tested positive after undergoing Covid testing with an antigen test kit.

The reporter began working at Government House on Monday, covering Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, and had been in close contact with other reporters.

During the previous week, the reporter had covered political rallies.

Immediately upon learning the test result, Natreeya Taweewong, an adviser to the prime minister and acting director of the Office of the Government Spokesmen, told reporters covering the weekly cabinet meeting to pack up and leave, and said the complex would be disinfected.

She advised them to work from home until Sept 24. They could then return to Government House on Sept 27 if they have an antigen test result confirming they do not have the virus.

Ms Natreeya said Gen Prayut's trips to Chai Nat on Sept 15 and Chon Buri on Sept 17 will still go ahead, but reporters would not be allowed to cover them.

The government spokesman's office would cover the visits instead and provide pictures via the LINE app.

Government House was previously closed for two months due to Covid-19 worries. It only reopened to reporters, who were placed under strict social distancing and other health safety rules, on Sept 1.

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