THE coronavirus pandemic claimed three more lives in Thailand over the past 24 hours, raising the toll to 38, while the number of cases increased by 33 to 2,551, spread across 68 provinces, Sanook.com reported at 11.30 a.m. today (12.4.2020).
Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the spokesperson of the Anti-Covid-19 Pandemic Committee, also told the Press that 1,218 Covid-19 patients had recovered.
Meanwhile authorities in the popular southern holiday island Phuket rounded up four more Covid-19 patients, two of them pro-actively, with all having had close contacts with previous verified cases, PostToday reported this morning.
During March 5 to April 10 Phuket recorded a total of 176 cases with 61 having recovered after being treated, one patient died in motorcycle accident, while 114 are still being treated, with three in serious condition, but no deaths from this illness. These cases were announced by the Public Health Ministry earlier.
There are 2,264 cases on the island that meet the monitoring criteria, with 97 being new ones. Of this total, 179 patients are being treated in the hospital, 65 are awaiting their test results while 2,085 have returned home.
Details of the latest three deaths are as follows:
• The 36th victim was a 74-year-old man who was suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure and was reported to have gone to a market fair. He was treated at a Nakhon Ratchasima hospital and doctors said his stool was black.
• The 37th victim was an obese 65-year-old woman who had visited a relative during March 20-26 after which she fell sick.
• The 38th victim was a 44-year-old man who had been transferred from a private hospital in bad condition. Many drugs were used parallelly to treat him and kidney dialysis performed several times but without success. He died after suffering multiple organ failure.
Public health officers operate a health checkpoint with a thermo scan at Suvarnabhumi International airport. PHOTO: AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe published by CNN