RECAP: Thailand reports 132 domestic infections among 143 new Covid-19 cases with additional deaths in past 24 hours, Thailand’s first discovery of Covid-19’s South Africa variant explained

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Thailand discovered 132 domestic infections among 143 new Covid-19 Coronavirus daily cases with two additional deaths in the past 24 hours, CCSA deputy spokesperson Apisamai Srirangsan reported this morning, February 15th.

Thailand’s 81st confirmed death was a 62-year-old Thai man who was working as a merchant at Ubon Ratchathani market with underlying diseases of diabetes, kidney disease,  and high blood pressure. He was reportedly having slight Covid-19 symptoms of coughing on January 5th. His condition became worse as he was found with pneumonia on the 8th.

He tested positive for Covid-19 on the 9th with severe pneumonia. He was placed under the close supervision of local medical officers for almost one month until his lung condition became drastically worse throughout the month until he was pronounced dead on the morning of February 14th.

Today’s second death was a 78-year-old Thai man from Samut Sakhon whose daughter was confirmed positive for Covid-19 Coronavirus. He was having a dry cough and sore throat at an early stage. He sought a Covid-19 test at a local hospital on January 22nd before proving with a positive result and severe pneumonia condition.

His health condition became worse as he was experiencing acute failures and infections during the treatment at the hospital. The patient was pronounced dead on the evening of February 14th.

Regarding today’s domestic cases, about 68 out of 132 infections were discovered in Pathum Thani with 50, Samut Sakhon with 16, Bangkok with 1, and Ratchaburi with 1 during proactive case findings. All of them are now at provincial state quarantine and field hospitals under the supervision of public health authorities.

The other 64 infections were hospital/contact tracing cases that were discovered in Samut Sakhon with 53, Nakhon Pathom 8, Chonburi with 2 (We reported this in a separate article), and Samut Songkram with 1. All of the patients are now isolated at local and field hospitals for treatment.

The deputy spokesperson also mentioned Thailand’s first discovery of Covid-19’s South Africa variant in a 41-year-old Thai returnee from Tanzania, South Africa. He was a gem vendor in Tanzania and stayed in South Africa for two months.

During the stay, he attended parties where people did not wear a face mask claiming there were not new Covid-19 cases (Tanzania has not actively tested for the virus since last year and has publically declared the country Covid-19 free). The man flew back to Thailand on January 29th and was quarantined at local state quarantine accommodation.

He tested positive for Covid-19 for the South African variant during quarantine on February 3rd before being transferred to a public hospital for treatment while his test sample was sent and recorded in the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Diseases Clinical Center (TRC-EID).

Apisamai also asked the public to remain calm as the situation was still under control as the patients’ symptoms were not severe and none of the officers at his quarantine facility and hospital, who was always wearing protective gear, were infected.

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