today launches new stricter legal measures to manage and control the coronavirus
spread, a first death from the Covid-19 disease was reported.
health officials announced that a male 35-year-old Thai retail worker, who also had dengue fever, had died from the coronavirus
in a Bangkok suburb, Dr Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoen, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said in the news conference on Sunday.
It was said that the male patient, who had a prior history of contact with Chinese tourists, had no underlying disease and was receiving standard treatment at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute (BIDI) and was on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO).
Thai doctors had administered to the patient, favipiravir, an experimental antiviral treatment, and antibodies through a white blood cell serum from a patient who had recovered.
The physicians attending his case said that the coronavirus
had ‘completely gone’ since February 16, but his lungs suffered a lot of damage.
The hospital director said that the patient passed away peacefully after fighting the illness for one month.
Dr Thiravat Hemachudha, the Head of the Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases Health Science Centre in Thailand
told media, “This is an important example of how the coronavirus
can spread in individuals without symptoms or with minor symptoms, and can become a fatality even without underlying diseases.”
It was reported that the patient had admitted himself in a private hospital and was diagnosed with dengue fever on January 27. He later tested positive for Covid-19
and was transferred to BIDI on February 5.
It was also mentioned that the nursing personnel who took care of the patient on the first day also developed severe pneumonia on both sides of the her lungs but, fortunately, she received proper treatment in time and returned home after recovery. But her lungs too are badly damaged.
To date, Thailand
has 42 confirmed coronavirus cases, 30 have recovered and have been discharged, 11 are still hospitalized, and one person has died.
Most of the cases in Thailand
and even elsewhere in the world has been due to Chinese nationals spreading the coronavirus
that originated from China.
The China government had been irresponsible in not controlling the outbreak in time and also for allowing Chinese nationals to leave the country to spread the disease despite knowing about it.
To date, the Chinese government has not issued any apologies to the World for the global mess that it has indirectly caused.
still has to be on guard as despite strong measures and efficient work by the government so far, there are still ignorant Thais either visiting high-risk countries or having exposure with Chinese foreigners or other foreigners from high risk groups.
The public is warned to exercise strong hygiene measures and also to report any Chinese natio
nals that might be hiding in the country to the Thai authorities.
has yet to ban any travel to and from China and also other coronavirus
high risk countries as the Ministry Of Tourism and the Ministry Of Finance have yet to consent to such moves as the local economy has been in a bad shape for the last 5 years and is highly desperate for the tourist dollar.
Thailand’s proactive Minister for Public Health, who has been so far managing the coronavirus
situation extremely well with the rest of the teams at the Ministry Of Public health, had in the past proposed travel bans but was met with opposition.
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