Nine cabinet ministers in self-quarantine after transport minister tests positive

Nine ministers are now in self-quarantine, the government said on Wednesday, after Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob tested positive for Covid-19.

Saksayam was admitted to Buriram Hospital with a high fever on Wednesday and later tested positive.

Natreeya Thaweewong, a government house spokeswoman, told reporters that the cabinet would meet via a video conferencing on Wednesday because nine ministers were in self-quarantine as a precaution.

Both Saksayam and Supattanapong Punmeechaow, the energy minister, have denied that they visited entertainment venues in Thonglor and Ekkamai districts which is a new epicenter for the virus’ spread in Bangkok.

The list of the nine ministers in self quarantine include:

  • Saksayam Chidchob, the transport minister
  • Wissanu Krea-ngam, the deputy prime minister
  • Pipat Ratchakitprakan, the minister of tourism and sports
  • Chalermchai Srion, the minister of agriculture and cooperatives
  • Trinuch Thienthong, the minister of education
  • Kalaya Sophonpanich, the deputy education of minister
  • Kanokwan Vilawan, the deputy minister of education
  • Mananya Thaiseth, the deputy minister of agriculture and cooperatives
  • Anucha Nakasai, the minister to the office of the prime minister.
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