Chinese tourist's death in Chiang Mai 'not caused by virus'

Chinese tourist's death in Chiang Mai 'not caused by virus'

Forensic officials collect evidence from the resort room in Mae Rim district of Chiang Mai province where a 32-year-old Chinese woman was found dead on Jan 29. (Photo by Panumet Tanraksa)
Forensic officials collect evidence from the resort room in Mae Rim district of Chiang Mai province where a 32-year-old Chinese woman was found dead on Jan 29. (Photo by Panumet Tanraksa)

CHIANG MAI: Health authorities have confirmed the death of a 32-year-old Chinese woman at a resort in Mae Rim district while on holiday was not caused by coronavirus, citing laboratory results that found no traces of the virus.

Dr Jatuchai Maneerat, head of the Chiang Mai provincial health office, said officials had collected samples of lung tissues from the Chinese woman, whose name was withheld, for lab tests after she died of an unknown cause.

He said the lab results found no traces of coronavirus infection. Forensic experts would examine the cause of death later, said Dr Jatuchai.

The Chinese woman, 32, was found dead in a resort room in Mae Rin district on Wednesday morning by friends.

The woman had travelled from China’s Guanzhou to Chiang Mai province on Jan 28. She had no fever or other illnesses, said Dr Jatuchai.

Her friends said she had drunk a lot on Tuesday evening and went to bed at around 9-10pm before she was found dead the next morning.

As the woman came from one of Chinese cities under surveillance for the novel coronavirus outbreak, health authorities had to take all necessary precaution to prevent a possible spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.

Chiang Mai provincial health authorities confirm the death of a Chinese woman was not caused by novel coronavirus. (Photo by Panumet Tanraksa)


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