Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra tested positive for Covid-19 at the end of August while residing in Dubai, his office confirmed to Thai Enquirer on Friday.
The prime minister followed quarantine protocols at the time and has since recovered from the disease according to officials close to the former prime minister.
The news come on a day when major world figures have revealed that they too had caught the coronavirus.
US President Trump tweeted earlier in the day that both he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for Covid-19 and would be self isolating and receiving treatment.
Trump and Thaksin are the latest world leaders revealed to have caught the virus. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have also been infected and recovered.
The news that Thaksin had caught Covid-19 comes just one day after the Thaksin-backed Pheu Thai party voted for new leadership which could signal Thaksin regaining control of the party.