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Fitness gear tested Covid-19 positive in Thailand hotel for quarantine

BANGKOK, Oct 25 (Xinhua): Thai health authorities on Sunday said Covid-19 virus was found on the surface of fitness equipment in a hotel gym where an infected patient was quarantined.

“However, rest assured, health officials had conducted swab tests on 67 people in the hotel and all were cleared of infection,” said Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, Director-General of the Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health.

Seven specimens from the environment in the hotel in Bangkok’s adjacent province of Samut Prakan were examined and the virus was found in one of them, he added.

There was a risk of quarantined people spreading the virus in a gym or in other areas of the hotel, he said.

Due to this incident, the ministry’s Disease Control Department and the Department of Health Service Support have decided to tighten up preventive measures at hotels used as quarantine facilities.

Regarding the infected case, a French woman, Opas said that the latest blood test showed no sign of antibodies, while her husband, son and a friend who picked her up at Samui airport have been cleared of the virus.

All 10 passengers on the same flight with the woman from Bangkok to Koh Samui, and two cabin crew, have been tested with negative results and all have been isolated for observation.

The 57-year-old woman entered quarantine at a hotel in Bangkok on Sept 30 after her arrival from France.

She underwent two tests during the 14-day mandatory quarantine period, which both returned negative results.

Two days later she fell ill, with a fever, cough and muscle pain, and was admitted to a private hospital on the island. Two subsequent tests confirmed she was infected.

Thailand on Sunday reported four new coronavirus cases, including the women and three others identified whilst in state quarantine, taking the total number of infections to 3,736.- Xinhua

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Covid-19: New Plymouth hotel awaits all-clear on room used by guest who tested positive for coronavirus

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission.

A New Plymouth hotelier is confident there is little health risk for guests who stayed in the same room as a man who tested positive for Covid-19.

The Auckland man spent two days working at Port Taranaki before experiencing symptoms.

A New Plymouth hotelier is confident there is little health risk for guests who stayed in the same room as a man who tested positive for Covid-19. (File photo)

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A New Plymouth hotelier is confident there is little health risk for guests who stayed in the same room as a man who tested positive for Covid-19. (File photo)

He was among about 150 guests staying at the Devon Hotel on Tuesday night.

The hotel’s owner, Peter Tennent, said different guests stayed in that same room until Sunday when he was notified of the case.

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“On this occasion I’m grateful the guest checked in, went straight to their room, checked out and left and went to work. The guest wanted to stay another night, but we were full.

“I understand the next 12 to 24 hours could potentially have been a problem … it would’ve gone from no risk to low risk. It’s blind luck but I’m grateful that didn’t happen.”

He said the hotel has a strict cleaning regime and each room is fully cleaned when a guest leaves.

“We go to a lot of trouble with door handles and touch points with the protocols around the hotel and I’m proud of the team but it’s always appropriate to stop and say ‘have we got it right’ and this is a classic example that just through blind luck we were a day early from that infectious period.”

He said health authorities told him the man was unlikely to have been contagious during his stay.

The man, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, had worked at Port Taranaki two days before experiencing symptoms. (File photo)

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The man, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, had worked at Port Taranaki two days before experiencing symptoms. (File photo)

Tennent said the room was fully booked until the hotel was notified of the positive case.

“The guest checked out early Wednesday morning and that room has been used every night with different guests till this morning [Sunday]. That room has now been blocked and the deep clean has been done and that room will not be let until we get a full clearance from the health department,” he said.

“All those details have been given to the health department but I haven’t heard and don’t anticipate hearing back unless there’s a problem and I don’t anticipate there’ll be a problem.”

He said the hotel was open and locals had not been put off coming to the bar and restaurant to watch the All Blacks’ match on Sunday night.

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission.

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Kamala Harris halts travel after flying with two who tested positive for Covid

Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Thursday abruptly canceled her travel for the coming few days after two people associated with the Biden-Harris election campaign tested positive for coronavirus.



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The news came as the two men vying for the White House in the 3 November election, incumbent Republican Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, were set to take part in separate but simultaneous town hall events to face voters’ questions on Thursday night – after their face-to-face debate was canceled when the president caught coronavirus.



Kamala Harris in Phoenix, Arizona, on 8 October.


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Kamala Harris in Phoenix, Arizona, on 8 October.

Trump embarked on a frantic day of in-person campaigning on Thursday prior to the town hall evening event, and has fallen behind in the polls with less than three weeks to go, while Biden was set for a low-key day of online fundraising before his dueling event.

Then in the morning it emerged that Harris had been on a flight this week with both individuals two days before their positive Covid-19 tests. The individuals were Harris’s communications director, Liz Allen, and a “non-staff flight crew member”.

Because Harris and these contacts wore medical-grade N95 face masks during the flight and the infected individuals were not within 6ft of the vice-presidential nominee for more than 15 minutes, they do not meet the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) definition of “close contact”.

For that reason, Harris does not meet full quarantine criteria, which would normally require an individual to be in isolation for two weeks.

But “out of an abundance of caution” the campaign canceled her normal schedule of events through Sunday, while promising a “robust and aggressive” round of online campaigning intended to reach far and wide.

The individuals who tested positive were not in contact with Biden, the campaign noted. But the uncertainty created and the hiatus in in-person events for Harris was an undoubted blow to the Democratic election campaign with less than three weeks before polling day.

The Harris campaign put out a statement saying the news of the positive tests came in late on Wednesday.

It added that the California senator and vice-presidential candidate intended to return to in-person campaigning on Monday.

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The campaign said that Harris last tested negative for coronavirus on Wednesday and she will be tested again.

Meanwhile, since returning from a short stay in hospital earlier this month after contracting coronavirus, Trump had hit the trail again with

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