THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA’s) spokesman Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin said today (Jan. 14) that there were 271 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours with two men, one a Briton and the other a Thai, having passed away taking the death toll to 69, Siam Rath newspaper reported.
Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is flying to Mae Sot border town today after 50 more Thai workers from a casino in Myanmar’s Myawaddy town, which is just across the Moei river, returned with 13 found to be infected with this virus, Thai Rath newspaper reported.
Of the daily national total of 271 coronavirus cases 259 were domestic infections, with 78 detected through surveillance and service systems while 181 through proactive screening of communities.
Meanwhile 11 travellers from overseas entered state quarantine while one other arrival did not.
This takes the total number of Covid-19 cases to 11,262 with 7,660 having been cured and 3,533 remaining under treatment, but 25 critically ill.
The 68th coronavirus fatality is a 71-year-old British man with congenital diseases, with these being diabetes, thyroid problem and lung cancer.
He arrived in Thailand on December 7 after which he fell sick and was admitted to hospital on December 11. He was found to be suffering from both Covid-19 and pneumonia. As his condition deteriorated he passed away yesterday.
The 69th fatality is a 53-year-old Thai man who was a freelance worker and had diabetes. During December 26-30 he travelled to many provinces, including Chanthaburi, Chon Buri and Petchaburi, by private car.
On January 3 he started having fever, headache and cough with phlegm. He was admitted to hospital on January 5 and was found to be suffering from Covid-19 and pneumonia on January 19. His condition deteriorated rapidly and he died at 2 a.m. this morning.
A key development at Mae Sot town is the arrival of 50 more Thai workers from Sky Complex casino in Myawaddy with this being the fourth group returning from there taking the total to 125, with 65 of them testing positive for this feared infection.
The new cases takes the town’s total to 100 with 30 cured, one patient dying, and 69 still undergoing treatment.
Anutin is urgently going to Mae Sot to assess the plans on helping Thais in Myawaddy return to their homeland while inspecting hospital rooms for respiratory patients and local quarantine facility at Phu Inn Hotel.
It was also reported that the new conflict between Myanmar military and Karen National Union (KNU) Border Guard Force had not yet escalated to the point of villagers having to evacuate.
Top: Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin, left, and Thai casino workers reaching Mae Sot, right. Photo: Thai Rath