745 new coronavirus cases as fishing boat faces discrimination

THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said late this morning (Jan.4) that there were 745 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours with a Bangkok man having also died of this disease while a fishing boat in Rayong whose captain is infected is stranded out at sea after the port refused to let him come in, Siam Rath newspaper reported.

Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, CCSA’s spokesman, said of the 745 new cases 152 were domestic infections while 16 came from overseas and all have been quarantined. A jump of 577 cases emerged among migrant workers, adding up to 2,060 cases in this group, while the national total is now 8,439 cases.

The 56-year-old Bangkok man who died worked as a freelance employee and had been suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes and had high cholesterol level. His death raises the death toll to 65 but 15 more patients have been discharged from hospital, taking the total to 4,352, while 4,022 are still undergoing treatment.

Of the 16 overseas travellers, three each came from the UK and Sweden, two each from Italy and Turkey, and one each from Russia, Egypt, India, Switzerland, Japan and Ethiopia.

Meanwhile the owner of a fishing boat, Mr Booncherd (surname withheld), 62, appealed for help because after he found out he was infected with Covid-19 he quickly rushed back to Rayong but the port where he regularly berths refused to let him come in.

Right now his fishing boat is moored at sea beyond this port and food for himself and his crew of five men, one Thai and four foreigners, is running low and they urgently need help.

He added that he had set off on a fishing trip on Dec. 26 after undergoing a coronavirus test but quickly returned yesterday after his relatives informed him that he had got a positive result but yet cannot now get ashore.


Top: Some Fishing boats in Rayong. Photo: Vee Satayamas(CC BY 2.0)

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