Representatives from the participating countries at the opening ceremony of Exercise Cobra Gold 2020. (Source: MINDEF)

Thai news site Khaosod reported on Thursday (12 November) that Singapore was part of a strategic planning conference in the Royang Province where one of the participants, a South Korean serviceman, was tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in his home country after the conference ended.

The 32-year old soldier attended the Cobra Gold drill from 3 to 5 November, along with 201 people from Thailand, the US, Indonesia, Australia, Japan, China, India, and Singapore.

An epidemiologist at the Disease Control Department, Walairat Chaifoo, said on Wednesday (11 Nov) that the South Korean soldier had entered Thailand on 17 October and was in quarantine until 1 November. He had tested negative twice.

He then departed to the Rayong province on 2 November for the US-Thai joint military exercise.

The Thai army said on Thursday that 19 if its soldiers have been placed under quarantine, as they had attended the same meeting as the infected soldier.

Ms Walairat said that it is still unclear if he was infected in South Korea or Thailand.

TOC has contacted the Singapore Ministry of Defence on whether any of Singapore’s soldiers or participants of the exercise have been quarantined.

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