Interpreter flown back from Saudi Arabia dies of Covid-19

A LABOUR Ministry interpreter who got infected with Covid-19 while working in Saudi Arabia and was flown back to Thailand after his condition improved died around noon today (Sept. 18, 2020) at Ratchawithi Hospital, reported.

Mr. Prida Chuphoodee, an advisor to Chularajmontri, said the 54-years-old Muslim interpreter is a resident of Chachoengsao province and has two sons who are still living in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

He was flown back to Thailand on a special flight at the beginning of the month after over a month treatment in Saudi Arabia when it was determined that his condition had stabilized and was admitted to Ratchawithi Hospital on Sept. 2.

He had worked in Saudi Arabia for 22 years and helped numerous Thai workers with interpretation both in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Bahrain and Lebanon.

Meanwhile the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced at 11 a.m. today that there are seven new cases of this disease with all of them having returned from overseas.

One patient each returned from Bangladesh, Qatar and Pakistan while four came back from Saudi Arabia with all of them placed in state quarantine.

This takes the latest totals to 3,497 cases with 3,328 patients having recovered while 111 are still undergoing treatment, but death toll has increased to 59 with the decease of the interpreter.


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