Ministers refuses public call to provide infection timeline prompting uncomfortable questions

The Thai Sang Thai Party (TST) urged members of the government that have been infected with coronavirus to show their infection timeline to better inform the public but have been pushed back by cabinet members who say that it is up to the doctors whether their histories are made public.

Kenika Tapasanan, a member of TST, publicly asked Saksayam Chidchob, the transport minister, and Sansern Kaewkamnerd, the director-general of the Public Relations Department, to fully provide a timeline of their whereabouts leading up to their infections.

“Is the reason why you are not providing a full and detailed timeline to the public because you went to a high-risk place that you cannot expose?” she asked.

“Since you are a minister and a person in power within this government, you must reveal these details to prevent the spread of Covid and to provide a good example for the people,” she added.

Kenika also questioned whether the minister had to check-in and check-out with the Mor Chana application when entering high-risk venues like everyone else have to.

“This is the state application, if even a minister does not use it then how do you expect everyone else to comply?” she asked. 

Both Saksayam and Sansern tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday. Saksayam only provided a timeline which shows official visits and he also opted not to provide any detail of his whereabout between April 2 and 5. 

Sansern has not provide any timeline so far.

Saksayam had denied going to entertainment venues and a gentleman’s club in the Thonglor and Ekkamai.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Thursday that the new cluster, that was found at entertainment venues in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, had led to 504 confirmed cases between March 22 and April 7.

Kenika said if it was found that Saksayam and Sansern hid their timelines and lied about it, it would be breaking the law.

According to the state of emergency decree to prevent the spread of Covid which is currently in effect, anyone who refuses to provide a full timeline or provided a fake timeline could be seen as obstructing a state investigation.

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