Village in Isaan cut off from the outside world after an old woman’s lies
An old woman’s dishonesty has led to an entire village in Buriram being shut down due to a Covid19 outbreak she had caused. The woman lied about her visiting daughter and son-in-law to avoid the 14-day quarantine put in place to allow enough time to prevent a Covid-19 outbreak.
The 75-year-old woman who lives in Ban Khok Bua village in Phlapphlachai district lied to local health officials that her daughter had travelled with her husband from Lahan Sai, a district in southern Buriram. One trip requires a 7-day isolation period at this time to prevent the spread of the Covid19 virus.
But her daughter and son-in-law had actually travelled from Bangkok. They were at high risk and should have been in isolation for 2 full weeks.
The old woman was very busy after the 7-day Covid19 quarantine, travelling through the village and surrounding areas in search of food. She also attended a local funeral where she spoke to other attendees while sharing the traditional betel nut chewed by many locals.
It wasn’t until the husband and wife left Buriram and returned to Bangkok that health volunteers began to unravel her lie. The old woman’s daughter complained of chest pain and the whole family was tested. The old woman admitted that she had not been honest with local officials and hid that her daughter and her husband had come from Bangkok to avoid the 14-day quarantine.
The daughter and son-in-law actually tested negative for the Covid virus in Bangkok, but the old woman and her son were confirmed to be infected with the virus. Testing of at-risk individuals in the community has revealed 15 additional infections so far. Children between the ages of 3 and 10 were found to be infected, as well as the village leader who had organized the funeral. 278 more people are considered high risk, although initial tests have shown no more infections.
The village has been placed under lockdown from August 15, which must be maintained until August 28, the provincial committee on communicable diseases said. The provincial government organization of Buriram will take care of the needy in the mostly poor village.
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