Deceased man tests positive for virus
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A 57-year-old man was found dead on a passenger train in Thailand, and was found to be carrying the COVID-19 virus after posthumous tests. The man had just returned from Pakistan and was travelling from Bangkok to Narathiwat, a province down south.
His body was found in front of a bathroom on the train during the journey, Channel News Asia reports.
The State Railway of Thailand said that the man was seen “coughing and vomiting” before boarding the train.
Had a fit to travel health certificate
It is unclear when the man returned to Thailand; however, he was found to have a health certificate that was issued in Pakistan on 26th March, which stated that he did not have the virus and was “fit to fly”.
The names of 15 other passengers that were on his cabin have been retrieved for officials to track down. All passengers were evacuated, after which the carriage was disconnected from the rest of the train and disinfected.
With Thailand’s emergency decree now in effect, Thais entering the country are required to hold a valid health certificate and be on a 14-day self-quarantine after their return. Foreigners are barred from entering until 30th April 2020.