104 more Covid patients, three new deaths

104 more Covid patients, three new deaths

Man returning from Pakistan dies on train to South

Patients and nurses are separated by a transparent partition at Pranangklao Hospital in Nonthaburi province on Thursday, when the government reported three more deaths from  Covid-19, raising the toll to 15. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
Patients and nurses are separated by a transparent partition at Pranangklao Hospital in Nonthaburi province on Thursday, when the government reported three more deaths from Covid-19, raising the toll to 15. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

The government on Thursday reported 104 new local cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, bringing the total to 1,875, with three new deaths raising the toll to 15.

Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said one of the three deaths was a Thai man, 57, who returned from Pakistan and died on a south-bound train from Bangkok to Sungai Kolok while in Prachuap Khiri Khan province on Monday.

The man went to Pakistan on Feb 22. He returned via Suvarnabhumi airport on March 29 and boarded the train at 3pm on Monday. He also suffered from diabetes and hypertension.

His death resulted in the quarantine of 15 railway officials who came in close contact with him.

Another new death was a Thai man, 77, who had suffered diabetes and emphysema. He was in contact with a previous Covid-19 patient.

On March 18 he had a fever of 38 degrees Celsius, a cough and sore throat. He was admitted at a hospital in Pattani province. His condition became critical on March 20 and he died on Tuesday.

The third was a Thai man, 55, who was a public transport driver at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province.

He went home to Surin province on March 15 and returned to Bangkok the following day. On March 18 he had a fever and dry cough and felt exhausted and sought treatment at a clinic. On March 21 his tiredness was worse. He was admitted at a hospital in Bangkok on Sunday and died on Wednesday.

Of the new 104 patients found in 21 provinces, 41 were in close contact with previously detected patients, 11 returned from other countries, 10 visited entertainment places, eight attended religious ceremonies in Indonesia, eight worked closely with foreigners, three were foreign visitors, two were in contact with travelers from other countries, two others were medical officials, one visited a crowded place, and another visited a boxing stadium.

The accumulated 1,875 patients were in 62 provinces. Of them, 1,598 were Thai. In Bangkok and Nonthaburi there  have been 1,005 cases. 

Dr Taweesin said new cases in Bangkok and Nonthaburi were declining, and new cases in other provinces rising in the past few days.

Bangkok had the most patients, 895, followed by 110 in Nonthaburi, 88 in Phuket, 82 in Samut Prakan, 50 in Chon Buri, 43 in Yala, 38 in Pattani, 32 in Chiang Mai, 29 in Songkhla and 23 in Pathum Thani.

Bangkok also had the highest number of new patients, with 30, followed by 11 in Phuket, nine in Samut Prakan, eight in Yala, four in Chiang Mai, and three each in Chiang Rai, Songkhla, Pathum Thani and Narathiwat.


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