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Man with Covid-19 dies on train

An official sprays disinfectant on a special expressway train after a male passenger, who collapsed on the train and later died, tested positive for Covid-19. (Photo taken from @pr.railway Facebook page)

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PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: The body of a 57-year-old passenger who collapsed and died on a special express train on Monday night tested positive for Covid-19, an official said on Wednesday.

Thai media reported his name as Anant Sahor, 57, of Narathiwat province.

The SRT deputy governor said the passenger bought a ticket for the Special Express Train No 37 operating between Bangkok and Hat Yai on March 30. He boarded at Bang Sue railway station en route to Sungai Kolok.

The man developed a cough and vomited during the journey. His condition had apparently improved by the time the train reached Hua Hin railway station, and a team of screening officials from Hua Hin municipality checked his body temperature, which was measured at 36 degrees Celsius. Officials advised the passenger to take a rest at Hua Hin station, but he insisted on continuing his journey.

At about 10.15pm, train staff found the passenger collapsed in front of a toilet. When the train reached Thap Sakae railway station, a local rescue team boarded the train and took the man to Thap Sakae Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. He suffered from diabetes, but his fluid was sent for Covid-19 tests, which came back positive on Wednesday.

SRT has sent a list of 15 pasengers who were on board the same carriage as the dead passenger to Songkhla public health office and quarantined 11 people, including 2 train staffers at Bang Sue railway station, a security guard, 7 railway staffers working on the special expressway train, and a railway police officer.

The chief of Prachuap Khiri Khan public health office said on Wednesday that the passenger had just returned from Pakistan to Suvarnabhumi airport. He underwent screening at the airport, but was not found to have any fever.  

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Vocabulary:

board : to get onto a ship, aircraft, train, or bus - ขึ้น(เรือ  รถเมล์ รถไฟ เครื่องบิน)

collapse : to suddenly fall down and become very ill or unconscious - หมดสติ ล้มลง

cough : forcing air up through your throat with a sudden noise, especially when you have a cold - การไอ

diabetes : a serious medical condition in which your body does not produce enough insulin to reduce the amount of sugar in the blood - โรคเบาหวาน

en route : bound for - มุ่งหน้าไป

fever : an abnormally high body temperature - ไข้

insist : to say very firmly that something must happen or must be done - ยืนกราน

pronounced dead : officially confirmed to have died -

quarantine (verb): to keep a person or animal that might have a disease separate from other people or animals so that they do not catch the disease - กักบริเวณ จำกัดบริเวณ

screen : to find out information about people to see if they are suitable for something, at risk of something, etc. - คัดเลือก, แยกออก, เลือกออก

vomit : food from the stomach brought back out through the mouth - สิ่งที่อาเจียนออกมา

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