Thailand reports first coronavirus death in the country


BANGKOK  – Health officials on Sunday, March 1, reported Thailand’s first coronavirus death.

A 35-year-old retail worker, who also had dengue fever, had died from the virus in a Bangkok suburb, Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoen, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said in the news conference on Sunday.

The patient had admitted himself to 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.

He was given favipiravir, an experimental antiviral treatment, and white blood cell serum from a patient who had recovered. The virus had completely gone since February 16, but his lungs suffered a lot of damage. The patient passed away peacefully after fighting the illness for one month.

“This is an important example of how the disease can spread in people without symptoms or with small symptoms, and can become a crisis even without underlying diseases,” said Thiravat Hemachudha, the Head of the Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases Health Science Centre.

Thailand now has 42 confirmed cases: 30 have returned home after recovery, 11 are under medical care, and one person has died.

Sources: Reuters | The Nation

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