BANGKOK (Bernama): A 36-year-old restaurant owner in Bangkok who was diagnosed with Covid-19 was praised by Internet users for coming clean about the infection.
The Singaporean man, known only as Jay, posted on his restaurant’s Facebook page, Ohana Poke, that it was his duty to share with his customers, suppliers and staff the truth and address concerns raised.
The post has since garnered more than 5,800 shares and 1,200 comments.
Facebook user Guider Tequila said: "Thank you for your responsibility to our society and hope that second test shows negative result and if it turns out positive, wish you a quick recovery. You did great.”
Wannipha Buakaew wrote: "Thank you for taking the time to write all this with honesty and grace. I wish you a speedy recovery and come back even stronger. We will wait for the reopening of Ohana Poke.”
Frederique-Ann Lock Jay wrote: "You are an example to us all. Openness and kindness are the most important things we can do now. Wish you to get better soon and wishing you mental and physical strength in these difficult and stressful times.”
The Hawaiian restaurant owner was tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday at a private hospital and he was transferred to a government quarantine hospital.
He is among the six new cases reported in Thailand Wednesday (March 11).
To date, there are 59 cases of Covid-19 with one fatality in Thailand. A total of 34 patients have been discharged from hospitals and 24 remained under treatment.
In his post, Jay said the first thing he did after testing positive for Covid-19 was to immediately inform the restaurant manager to close the restaurant because the safety of customers, suppliers and staff was his top priority.
Jay added that when he was writing the post Wednesday, he was still waiting for official confirmation of his status because it was the "responsible thing" to keep everyone away from places he visited regularly and the most effective way to answer messages that kept coming in.
In his latest post, Jay said none of his staff had any symptoms of Covid-19.
He also rubbished claims that he "imported" the virus from Singapore and that the virus stayed in his body for more than a month before the symptoms showed.
"I would have caught it locally but please don’t speculate, anything is possible, ” he wrote. - BERNAMA