DEPUTY Public Health Minister Satit Pituthecha confirmed in a Facebook post this afternoon that a 45-year-old man with underlying illnesses and linked to a gambling den had died after contracting Covid-19, Sanook.com reported this afternoon (Dec. 28).
This patient had tested positive for coronavirus yesterday. However he had underlying conditions, ischemic heart disease and diabetes, and had not been taking medicine for the latter. His last health checkup prior to being found infected with Covid-19 was in March this year.
This morning he started suffering from asthma and his friend brought him to the hospital. However he had stopped breathing on the way.
The doctors, all wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), gave him cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 30 minutes but without success.
This patient’s death raises the toll of 61 since coronavirus started spreading in Thailand but is the first in the new outbreak that started this month.
Earlier the Deputy Public Health Minister together with Dr. Opasakarn Kawinpong, the head of the Disease Control department, and Dr. Sophon Iamsirithaworn, deputy head of the same department, had issued a press release saying that the number of cases in Rayong had risen by seven but the outlook is for the total to decline.
A seven-day big cleaning starts in the coastal province tomorrow to build up confidence in people especially about gambling.
Top: Laem Mae Phim beach in Rayong. Photo: Thomas Depenbusch (Depi)(CC BY 2.0)