2 more coronavirus deaths and 2 additional cases in Phuket

TWO more persons infected with the novel coronavirus died in Thailand over the past 24 hours talking the toll to 40 with there being additional 28 cases raising the total of 2,579, spread across 68 provinces, reported this afternoon (13.4.2020).

As announced by the Anti-Covid-19 Pandemic Committee at 12.30 p.m., 1,251 infected people are undergoing medical treatment and 1,288 have recovered and returned home.

Meanwhile the popular resort island Phuket also announced today that two more Covid-19 cases had been found, one through proactive tests, pushing the total during March 5 to April 12 to 178, PostToday reported.

The 39th victim was a 56-year-old man who earlier had contact with a confirmed infected person. He fell sick on March 7 and was admitted for treatment at a hospital in Samut Prakarn province on March 14. Initially it was thought he had flu but on March 23 it was confirmed he had been infected with coronavirus and after that his condition deteriorated leading to his death on April 12.

Case number 40 was a 43-year-old Thai man who suffered from diabetes , chronic kidney disease and had high blood cholesterol level. He underwent treatment at a private Bangkok hospital for pulmonary infection but died of respiratory failure on April 11.

The Phuket Communicable Disease Committee announced that of the two new coronavirus cases one was found through proactive tests with 67 patients out of altogether 178 having recovered while one died in a motorcycle accident.

This leaves 110 patients undergoing treatment with three being serious condition but the rest in stable state while the island province has not recorded any death from this deadly disease so far.

This total has been included in the confirmed cases issued earlier by the Public Health Ministry.

The number of patients who met the criteria of being monitored total 2,339 (75 new ones) with 162 still be treated while 52 are awaiting their test results and 2,177 have returned home.

Phuket’s patient number 177 is a woman aged 50 who worked as a food vendor in Bang Tao area, Cherngtalay, Talang district. She lived next door to patient number 161. A total of six persons had contact with risky people in this district.

Proactive tests over the 24 hours led to the discovery of patient number 178 who is a 40-year-old Thai woman working as a masseuse in Patong area with patient number 131 also working there. She lives in Patong too.

Data shows that Covid-19 cases in Phuket are in a limited area and confined to a high-risk group who worked or lived close to those who had already fallen sick.


Top: A cordoned off Phuket beach with no one in sight. Photo: PostToday




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