Thailand’s self-exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra says he was hospitalized for about two weeks after diagnosing himself as having the coronavirus. Information of his sickness started circulating a number of hours after it was revealed that U.S. President Donald Trump and his spouse Melania examined constructive for the illness.
Thaksin, a 71-year-old billionaire whose essential residence is in Dubai within the United Arab Emirates, found he was contaminated in late August when he examined himself with a high-tech gadget made by an organization wherein he’s an investor, an unofficial spokesman in Bangkok for the Shinawatra household mentioned Friday.
He had gentle signs sneezing and low fever however checked his well being as a result of he was making ready to journey, mentioned the spokesman, Wim Rungwattanachinda. Wim mentioned Thaksin examined constructive once more when he went to a hospital in Dubai, the place he stayed for a couple of week for remedy earlier than transferring to a unique hospital in Abu Dhabi, one other metropolis within the UAE, the place he stayed for an additional week.
Thaksin mentioned his sisters, Yingluck and Yaowapa, have been quarantined after he was discovered to be contaminated, however examined detrimental for the illness. He mentioned he suspected he caught the coronavirus when he forgot to clean his arms when going to a meals court docket, although he usually wore a face masks when out in public.
Thaksin based a political social gathering after changing into a billionaire within the telecommunications sector, and have become prime minister after successful a 2001 election.
He was reelected in 2005, however the military ousted him in a coup in 2006, after which he confronted a number of costs associated to abuse of energy and corruption. Thaksin claimed the circumstances in opposition to him have been political persecution, and fled Thailand whereas on bail after a conviction on one of many costs for which he was handed three years’ imprisonment.
His many supporters continued to battle on his behalf on the polls and within the streets, whereas he was thought to be pulling the strings from a distance. There was hypothesis this month that he’ll make a contemporary bid at an open political comeback, although doubtless by way of relations.
Thaksin’s Thai passport was canceled by the federal government, however he has no less than one from one other nation that he was legally granted in change for making investments. His funding in a UK-based firm that claims on its web site to have rolled out a fast, lab-free COVID-19 take a look at, is only one of his a number of enterprise pursuits.