103 new Covid cases, 4 new deaths

103 new Covid cases, 4 new deaths

A taxi driver gets a free test for signs of the coronavirus disease at Princ Hospital Suvarnabhumi, in Bang Phli district, Samut Prakan, on Friday, as the government announced four more deaths from Covid-19. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
A taxi driver gets a free test for signs of the coronavirus disease at Princ Hospital Suvarnabhumi, in Bang Phli district, Samut Prakan, on Friday, as the government announced four more deaths from Covid-19. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

The Government on Friday reported 103 new local cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), raising the total to 1,978, and four new deaths, mostly elderly, which increased the toll to 19.

Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said one of the fatalities was a 59-year-old male employee of the State Railway of Thailand who had no  record of a chronic disease.

He fell ill on March 16 with a fever. He sought treatment from a doctor on March 21 and returned to work. He was severely ill on March 31, with exhaustion and breathing difficulties, and was admitted to a hospital in Bangkok. He died on Thursday.

The other three deaths were elderly people with pre-existing chronic problems.

The first was a 72-year-old Thai man whose child had visited a boxing stadium. He suffered from kidney disease, fell ill with Covid-19 on March 16 and died at a hospital in Bangkok on Wednesday.

The 18th death was a Thai man, 84, who worked at the Rajadamnern boxing stadium in Bangkok. He also suffered from kidney disease, hypertension and gout. He was admitted at a hospital in Bangkok on March 26 and died on Thursday.

The 19th case was a Thai man, also aged 84, who visited the same boxing stadium. He fell ill on March 18. He was admitted at a public hospital in Bangkok on March 21 with a fever of 39°C, a runny nose and cough, and died on Thursday.

Dr Taweesin warned people not to closely approach their elderly relatives to traditionally extend their best wishes during Songkran later this month.

He also said that Covid-19 had spread quickly among the 20-29 years age group in the past month,  because this group of people travelled often and attended meetings.

The new 103 patients included 39 who were in close contact with previous patients, 13 people who worked in crowded places or worked closely with foreigners, eight foreign visitors, seven returnees from abroad, six attendees of religious ceremonies in Indonesia, five medical personnel, and four visitors to crowded places such as a shopping mall, a flea market and a tourist destination.

Other new cases also included two visitors to entertainment places, two people in close contact with people arriving from other countries and one visitor to a boxing stadium. Officials were investigating 11 other cases, Dr Taweesin said.

Of the 1,978 total cases, 1,049 were reported in Bangkok.


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