The six-year-old son of a Lao housekeeper has been living alone in their home after both his mother and sister were infected with Covid-19 and hospitalised in Udon Thani province last week.
The mother was the 96th patient in Udon Thani and was hospitalised on April 16, while the boy’s sister was hospitalised the following day. Since then, the boy has lived alone.
Though the boy has tested negative, he has to quarantine in the house as he is seen as a high-risk close contact. He is due to take his second test on April 20.
Initially, health workers at Klingkahm Hospital, the village chief, and health volunteers have organised shifts to take care of the boy by guarding the front of the house, enquiring about his condition and communicating across the fence.
The morale of the boy is reported to be good and he talks to the officers, though he accepts that he is scared to stay in the house alone when the light is turned off.