Bangkok offers SARS-CoV-2 testing at home

08:45 | 09/04/2020
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is offering testing at home for people who suspect they may have caught the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that causes the acute respiratory disease (COVID-19).
bangkok offers sars cov 2 testing at home
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As of April 8, Bangkok has reported the highest number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand, with 1,223 patients out of 2,369 confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country.

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said on April 8 that the BMA, together with staff from the Mor Lab Panda Facebook page, have been sending mobile teams to conduct COVID-19 testing at the residences of people who had completed an online questionnaire and were at-risk.

Those who tested positive would be taken to treatment facilities. This would quickly contain the disease and relieve the worries of people living nearby, the governor said.

The units would go to see people who completed an online screening questionnaire, which is in Thai, at bkkcovid19.bangkok.go.th and learned they were at risk of having caught the disease, Aswin said.

The website was launched on April 3 and more than 20,000 people had completed the form by April 8 afternoon.

The governor asked people in Bangkok to try their best to stay home, regularly wash their hands, practise social distancing, wear face masks and refrain from sharing personal items, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

VNA

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