2,839 new coronavirus cases in highest-ever daily spike

THAILAND’s daily Covid count skyrocketed to  2,839 new cases over the 24 hours to this morning (April 24) with eight patients also having died taking the toll to 129, said.

The Public Health Ministry’s Disease Control Department said the cumulative confirmed total is now 53,022 with 30,566 patients cured so far while 22,327 are still undergoing treatment.

Of the new batch of cases, 2,523 emerged in the service systems while proactive search in communities found 304 more.

Twelve overseas arrivals were placed in state quarantine.

Some details of the eight fatalities are as follows:

  1. Male patient, 48, weight 110 kilogrammes. Infected at entertainment venues in Srinakarin area and was admitted six days ago;
  2. Female patient, 83;
  3. Male patient, 89;
  4. Male patient, 63;
  5. Male patient, 68;
  6. Female patient, 82;
  7. Male patient, 75;
  8. A 62-year-old male patient who worked at a karaoke lounge.

The second to eight cases all had underlying medical conditions.

Meanwhile the harrowing experience of a Covid patient is going viral on Thai social media. Netizens are reading the Facebook posts of Mr Kulsup Watthanaphon, a gamer and a pioneer of Thai e-sports, from April 17 onwards.

In the first post he said, “”I have quarantined myself for five days now. There was no quota for a checkup in the neighborhood (couldn’t reach the hotline).”

Kulsup later livestream on Facebook that he fell sick on April 14 but could not get an appointment for a Covid test. 

He added that he did not dare go anywhere and was constantly coughing and even going to the bathroom had become difficult.

In yet another later post he said he finally got admitted in a hospital.

The last post was on April 21, written by his friend, as follows:

“Updating a little. Doctors say my condition is very serious and to be prepared because I am obsese too, weighing 80 kilogrammes. Large parts of lungs are already damaged, only 20% functioning. Right now I am in ICU that is why I cannot contact because phones are not allowed here. This message has been posted by my roommate.”


Top: A hand injecting vaccine into coronavirus on blue background. Photo: Jernej Furman (CC BY 2.0) 

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