A COVID-INFECTED security guard was found dead at the booth of a factory in Suvarnabhumi area this morning (Nov. 25) with four other Covid patients having also died at their homes in Bangkok over the past few days, Naewna newspaper said.
Ruamkatanyu Foundation rescuers found Mr. Chaturong (surname withheld), 41, lying dead on the booth’s floor. They then wore PPE suits and tested him with an ATK kit and got a positive result.
It was assumed that he died while on duty with his body taken to Ramathibodi Chakri Naruebodindra Hospital in Samut Prakan province and later to be released to his relatives for funeral rites.
Meanwhile Mr. Anawut Phoampai, a Ruamkatanyu Foundation rescuer, said in a Facebook post that at 5.25 p.m. on Nov. 18 his team was notified of a suspected death after neighbours got a bad smell from a house in their community. Upon inspecting it they found the body of a 53-year-old woman lying prone in a room with her 72-year-old husband likewise dead on a bed. Both tested positive for Covid.
Later on Nov. 23 a Ruamkatanyu Foundation team collected the body of a Covid-infected man who was working at his condo after contracting the infection from a company where five to eight employees were similarly infected. As he had not attended online meetings for two days his colleagues came to check on him and found him dead.
Yesterday Nov. 24, another Ruamkatanyu Foundation team went to collect the body of an 80-year-old bed-ridden man from a house in Soi Onnut 66. An ATK test likewise showed that he was infected with Covid. His daughter told them that she had caught Covid at work and isolated herself on the upper floor. Upon clearing isolation she came downstairs two days ago but this morning found that her dad was dead.
Dr. Thares Krassaniyawiwong, head of the Public Health Ministry’s Disease Control Department, said as the temperature has dropped in many parts of Thailand it has led to the transmission of respiratory tract infections especially Covid-19. There has been an increase in the number of patients infected with the BA.2.75 strain that was first detected in India early May and has now spread to many countries.
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