The Thai health authorities confirmed this Thursday that a new coronavirus infection had been registered at the community level after a period of 100 days with no new cases of local transmission detected.
The new case was reported this Thursday and corresponds to an inmate from a Bangkok prison who recently entered the detention center. Bloomberg reports that the patient’s medical history shows that he was with his family of five and worked as a disc jockey prior to his imprisonment. Health officials have indicated that the patient has not recently traveled abroad.
The Thai government has indicated that there is no risk of infection among the prison population as all newly arrived prisoners have been quarantined for a fortnight. Once the case is uncovered, the authorities follow up all of the patient’s high-risk contacts.
The fact that it is a locally transmitted contagion suggests that the virus will continue to spread in Thailand without being discovered for a while, as the last local contagion occurs in late May, raising fears of possible contagion let it sprout. In Vietnam and New Zealand, hidden local chains of transmission have also been discovered for some time.