More COVID-19 deaths in Thailand

New COVID-19 cases in ThailandImage credit: Thairath

With the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases reported this week, Thailand now has 106 new patients and 3 deaths. This brings the total number of infections up to 827 and the death tally to 4. 

As reported from The MATTER, the current patients fall into 3 main groups:

25 patients were in close contact with previous infections

  • 5 from boxing stadium 
  • 6 from entertainment venues in Nana and Thonglor, Bangkok
  • 12 are service staff who were in close contact with previous patients 
  • 2 from a religious ceremony in Malaysia

35 new patients: 

  • 20 came back from overseas (8 Thais and 12 foreigners)
  • 10 living in crowded areas and working with travellers 
  • 4 medical staffs, due to patients who hadn’t declared their travel/contact history

47 patients are confirmed to be infected but are still being traced:

  • 4 of them have a severe symptoms 

The 3 new deaths:

  • 70-year-old man with TB 
  • 79-year-old man related to the Lumpini boxing stadium cluster
  • 45-year-old man with diabetes

One of the deceased had tuberculosis 

On 23rd March 2020, Facebook user Kumphol Tundang expressed condolences for his father who died of the COVID-19 virus. 

New COVID-19 cases in Thailand

Translation: He [left us] at 6.30pm because of lung damage. He had already recovered from COVID-19 but his organs were destroyed. He fought it for almost 2 months.

Don’t worry about us. Love you so much. 

Based on Matichon Online, Mr. Kumphol’s father was sent to Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute on 4th Febuary 2020 after showing severe symptoms of the virus. It was also found that he was suffering from TB.

Around 3 weeks later, he was tested negative for COVID-19, but some organs were damaged. He then passed away on 23rd March 2020. 

His children are now making the necessary arrangements for a Buddhist funeral ceremony. However, as reported from Bangkokbiznews, temples now refuse to host funerals due to the fear of COVID-19 spreading. 

The infection cannot spread from the dead bodies if following the Precautions for Handling and Disposal of Dead Bodies

Also, the hospital hospitals have also taken the necessary measures to further protect and prepare the body. Anyway, there should be an explanation and instruction to the public too in order to confirm and ensure to them. 

We are sorry to hear the news and hope Mr. Kumphol, as well as the families of the other victims, are well. 

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