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CCSA Update: 271 new Covid-19 cases and 2 deaths

Caitlin Ashworth



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271 new Covid-19 cases and 2 deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing, raising Thailand’s total number of infections to 11,262 and total coronavirus-related deaths to 69. There are now 3,533 active cases in Thailand.

A 72 year old British man died after contracting Covid-19, according to the CCSA. The man had pre-existing health conditions including lung cancer, diabetes and hypothyroidism. He arrived in Thailand on December 7 and started experiencing Covid-19 symptoms 4 days later. He died yesterday.

The other virus-related fatality is a 53 year old Thai man from Pathum Thani, just north of Bangkok. The man also had diabetes. During the New Year holiday, he travelled to Chanthaburi, Phetchaburi and Nonthaburi. He started experiencing Covid-19 symptoms sometime after the holiday. On January 5, he was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. He died on January 10.

Out of the 271 new Covid-19 cases, 78 are local transmissions, 181 cases were detected in proactive testing campaigns, 11 cases detected in quarantine facilities and the last case was a woman who was tested positive after allegedly crossing at the Thai-Malaysia border illegally.

The 78 local cases were from those who were exposed to the virus while visiting high risk locations including 14 people in Bangkok and 36 people in Samut Sakhon.

Out of the 181 cases detected in proactive testing, 172 cases were found in Samut Sakhon, 1 in Chachoengsao, 5 in Chon Buri and 3 in Rayong. The vast majority of those cases are migrants.

CCSA Update: 271 new Covid-19 cases and 2 deaths | News by Thaiger

SOURCES: CCSA | Nation Thailand


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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    Two more die but they were both diabetics.
    Diabetics have a increased risk of dying from covid it seems.
    I would like to see the list of the deaths of covid in Thailand and see if any were diabetic.

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      Mister Stretch

      Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 4:08 pm

      And if they weren’t diabetic, chances are they’d still be alive.

      So, Covid did kill them. The fact that they had underlying conditions, while significant, isn’t the cause of death.

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        London Al

        Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:51 pm

        And if they only had Covid and not diabetes they’d still be alive, so using that same logic diabetes killed them.

        I think you have to ask yourself which you’d prefer to have yourself, diabetes, heart disease, or Covid, I’m not a doctor but it seems to me that for people who have these other conditions Covid hastens death rather than causes it, it’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back, albeit quite a large one.

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    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Hi there. Related to this matter, if those patients died due to covid infection or because they were people with a chronic illness increasing dead risk, I would like to say that actually covid infection starts been incubated in the throat (approximately 5 days) before reaching the lungs causing pneumonia. Once hosted in the lungs, the proliferation increases the virological charge been then able to spread across other organs including the hematologic system and brain causing a multi-systemic organ failure. Diabetes is just increasing the risk due to the virus getting into other critical tissues and affecting hardly the normal functionality. In those cases, the patient dies due to covid infection.
    The 5 first days are critical in determining the virus aggressivity before reaching the lungs. Actually, there are several studies indicating that the use of mouthwash solutions such as Listerine, helps to debilitate the virus by decreasing the aggressivity passing to be lungs been less capable of becoming severe pneumonia. (source The Lancet Medical Journal).
    Despite its yet unknown why the mouthwash acts in that way, most of these solutions have alcohol or derivates which may be affecting the virus structure or its replication in the throat.
    Hoping this gives you another point of view.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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