A 38-YEAR-OLD South Korean man who is a director of a hotel in Kanchanaburi died today (Feb. 19) after having received the second Moderna jab on Jan.13 with this leading to fever, fatigue and inability to lift any object with his left arm, Naewna newspaper said.
Pol. Capt. Sumit Boonyanit, deputy inspector at Tha Muang station, rushed to the hotel upon being notified of the death of the South Korean man, Mr. Kim Kyong Cheon, 38, accompanied by Dr. Adithep Rujipornpong from the 19th Somdej Phra Sangkharat Hospital, some officers from Kanchanaburi Tourist Police and rescuers from Miracle of Life foundation.
There they were met by Mrs. Chalao Runkasem, a housekeeper at the hotel, and the deceased man’s sister, Ms. Saron Jeon, and found him dead on the floor of a private room. There were no signs of foul play with only a chair in front of a computer by the bedside having toppled.
An ATK test showed he was not infected with coronavirus and his body was then sent to the 19th Somdej Phra Sangkharat Hospital for a detailed examination.
His sister told police and the doctor that after her brother received his second Moderna jab on Jan. 13 he had fever, was fatigued and unable to lift anything with his left arm. This morning the housekeeper found him dead in the bedroom and they then informed the authorities.
Doctors have not yet reached a conclusion about his death with his body to be sent to the Police Hospital Forensic Institute to find out the real cause, whether this was due to a congenital disease or related to the vaccine.
Meanwhile the Public Health Ministry said this morning there were 18,885 Covid cases and 29 deaths over the past 24 hours with the cumulative confirmed total since Jan. 1 being 469,927.
Of the new batch of patients 18,661 were domestic while 224 foreign arrivals tested positive.
Another 10,946 patients were cured taking total recoveries since Jan. 1 to 344,775 while 157,499 are still undergoing treatment.
The list of top 10 worst-hit provinces is as follows:
1) Bangkok: 3,168 cases, totalling 72,643;
2) Samut Prakan 974 cases, totalling 35,589;
3) Chonburi 973 cases, totalling 29,481;
4) Nonthaburi 770 cases, totalling 20,163;
5) Nakhon Ratchasima 578 cases, totalling 9,930;
6) Phuket 558 cases, totalling 18,941;
7) Nakhon Si Thammarat 548 cases, totalling 11,043;
8) Buriram 459 cases, totalling 7,459;
9) Chachoengsao 454 cases, totalling 6,339;
10) Pathum Thani 449 cases, 10,499.
The deceased South Korean man’s sister Ms. Saron Jeon talking to the police. Photos: Naewna