Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Chon Buri health chief says 2 sons of Navy officers died of pneumonia, not Covid-19

Maya Taylor

Published

 on 

PHOTO: The Pattaya News

Two sons of Royal Thai Navy officers have died of pneumonia, not Covid-19, says Apirat Katanyutanon, chief of Public Health in the eastern province of Chon Buri. One of the deceased has been named as 35 year old Bulakorn Hutacharoen, while the other, a 39 year old male, has not been named. Both men were sons of Royal Thai Navy officers and their deaths of apparent lung conditions have sparked rumours and fear on social media.

Chon Buri health officials are dismissing as “fake news” the suggestion that both men died of Covid-19. A report in The Pattaya News says Bulakorn died at Chon Buri hospital last week, 2 days after being diagnosed with a lung infection. A doctor treating him says he died of an infection caused by pneumonia. The deceased’s father, Prakit Hutacharoen, says his son was generally healthy and had never spent time in hospital before.

“My son had never had an illness before, he only had some allergies and was overweight. He ran a personal business in Bangkok and had been on a business trip to Japan in December last year, and we didn’t see each other much since, especially during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Meanwhile, the 39 year old son of Navy officer, Sarayut Pinphroh, also died last week, with that death also blamed on a lung infection. It’s understood Sarayut and Prakit are friends.

Health chief Apirat says both men tested negative for Covid-19 more than once, dismissing social media rumours that they died of the virus.

“The cause of death of the two patients has been verified as pneumonia, as initially diagnosed. The relatives of the two deceased have also been well-informed. Multiple tests for Covid-19 have been performed and all have come up as negative. The local population can relax as there is no sign of Covid-19 in either deceased person.

“Neither of the two deaths had a history associated with the virus nor were related to the state quarantine facility in Chonburi. Although one had a report of returning from Japan, it was long before Japan had any reports of Covid-19 cases. He had not been in Japan for many months and long past any potential incubation period of the Covid-19 virus. Additionally, neither were involved, as some rumours stated, with foreign soldiers or military exercises involving foreigners. Multiple tests prove neither victim died from or with Covid-19.”

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand8 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thai PM sued, 4 phase Reopening plan | September 28

Thailand8 hours ago

List of disease restrictions by colour-coded zoning

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 9,489 new cases; provincial totals

Sponsored13 hours ago

St. Andrews International School, joins global event for children’s wellbeing

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand10 hours ago

Alleged drug dealer busted in Chon Buri, police seize drugs and gun

Crime11 hours ago

Nearly 200 police have been found guilty of misconduct this year

Thailand11 hours ago

Legalising prostitution, Beautiful Temples, Thai Taxi’s | Thaiger Bites | Ep. 27

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand12 hours ago

Army ranger suspected of killing his wife and mother-in-law surrenders to authorities in Songkhla

Thailand13 hours ago

6 dead and 30 provinces affected by topical storm ‘Dianmu’

Thailand14 hours ago

Kanchanaburi experiences earthquake so minor hardly anyone notices it

Thailand14 hours ago

Thailand Top Stories | Emergency decree extended, Quarantine waved | September 28

Thailand15 hours ago

Thailand’s reopening divided into 4 phases

Thailand15 hours ago

Thailand Restrictions waived Nov 1, Pornography law amendments | Good Morning Thailand | Ep. 97

Coronavirus World15 hours ago

Restrictions tightened in Singapore amid surge in Covid-19 infections

Thailand15 hours ago

Pattaya mayor confirms Pattaya reopening postponed to November

Coronavirus (Covid-19)16 hours ago

Thai PM hit with 50-million-baht lawsuit from angry restaurant operators

Thailand2 weeks ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending