BJT Party in self-quarantine after covid exposure; transport minister admitted with high fever

The Bhumjai Thai Party (BJT) is in self-quarantine and they will not join the parliament session on Wednesday because of possible exposure to the Covid-19.

Saksayam Chidchob, the transport minister and a senior leader within the party, is now in self quarantine after one of his close aides tested positive for the coronavirus.

As of Wednesday morning, Saksayam has been admitted to hospital with a high fever. He has since tested positive for Covid-19.

The aid and Saksayam had joined the Bhumjaithai Party’s religious ritual and a party meeting on April 6.

As a result, the entire party is now in self-isolation.

Despite BJT’s absence, Chuan Leekpai, the house speaker, said the parliamentary session to discuss referendum law will go ahead.

He said BJT’s MPs that have tested negative for the virus could join the ongoing parliament session, arranged for Wednesday and Thursday.

The cabinet will also be meeting via video conference today as many ministers have announced that they are now in self-quarantine as people close to them have tested positive for the virus.

The Ministry of Finance said it is closing down its press room on Wednesday as many economic reporters had joined the Government Housing Bank’s annual party on April 3 where one of the singers tested positive for the virus.

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