Thai medic contracts COVID-19, brings total confirmed cases in Thailand to 34


BANGKOK — Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Disease Control Department, said today (Feb 15) that a Thai medic is the latest addition to patients with COVID-19, bringing the total confirmed cases in Thailand to 34.

The Thai medic contracted the new coronavirus when he did not wear a face mask or protective gown while treating COVID-19 patients.

According to Dr. Suwanchai as reported by Thai PBS World, 24 colleagues of the new patient have been placed under close observation, although none of them have fallen sick and tests, so far, have shown negative for the virus, adding that the new patient, whose identity is being kept confidential, lives alone and has not been in close contact with any family members.

He reminded all medical personnel to adhere strictly to safety standards while treating patients and those in high-risk groups. A tele-conference will be held next Wednesday with all doctors and nurses at the Disease Control Department to discuss preventive measures for medical personnel.

Of all the 34 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, 14 of them have already returned home and the rest are still in hospital, with two severe cases at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute.

One of the two severe cases is in critical condition and needs a respirator to help with breathing. The second has tuberculosis, said Dr Suwanchai, adding that both are stable.

Source: Thai PBS World
Photo: TAT

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