Deputy agriculture minister tests negative for Covid-19
Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Phromphao on Monday (March 16) posted on his Facebook page that he had tested negative for Covid-19 after getting examined at Rama IX Hospital.
Thammanas decided to take the test after he and a group of followers had visited Wat Phra That Phanom in Nakhon Phanom province on March 12, and a person infected with Covid-19 claimed he had visited the place just a day earlier.
“My team and I will remain in self-quarantine at home for 14 days as a precaution,” he said. “I would like to thank you all for the support, and believe that we will overcome this crisis together.”
Meanwhile, Nakhon Phanom Governor Siam Sirimongkhol said on the same day that he was coordinating with Public Health Ministry officials to track down all persons who had visited the temple on March 11-12. He had also contacted the hotel where the infected person had stayed during his visit.
“The hotel will be closed for four days for cleaning and disinfecting,” he said. “The Phra That Phanom pagoda and surrounding areas will also be closed to all tourists until further notice.”