Thailand reports first coronavirus death
A 35-year-old man has become Thailand’s first death due to the novel coronavirus, the country’s Ministry of Public Health said today.
The 35-year-old male retail worker had dengue fever and the new disease known as Covid-19, Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said in a briefing Sunday. “This was a case of local transmission, and he was at risk because he had exposure to Chinese tourists,” he said.
The patient had been hospitalised since Feb 16 at a private hospital and transferred to Bamrasnardura Infectious Diseases Institute and died on Saturday after multiple organ failure.
There are 42 confirmed cases in Thailand.
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