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A famous Thai gamer is the latest to die of Covid-19 after waiting for 5 days to receive a test, sparking even more concerns over Thailand’s medical sector’s ability to handle the increase in infections. Kunlasub Wattnaphon, known as Up the gamer, detailed his experience as a Covid patient in Thailand on his personal Facebook page, causing his case to go viral. Up is a famous gamer in Thailand known for his large role in Thailand’s E-sport industry. On April 17, he posted that he had been waiting for 5 days for a Covid test.

“I have been in self quarantine for 5 days, there is no quota open for Covid-19 tests in my area. No one is answering the emergency line. It has been so long I will recover soon.”

On April 21, Up went live on his Facebook page telling about his ordeal. He says he started developing symptoms on April 14 but could not contact anyone in order to get tested. He was coughing and afraid to leave his house. He said it was hard just to walk to his bathroom.

Then, he posted another update saying a doctor told him he was in bad condition. The doctor said him being overweight was not helping. The doctor told him his oxygen was over 80, and only 20% of his lungs were left. The update was apparently when he was finally admitted to the ICU, and was posted by a fellow patient.

2 days later, the same fellow patient posted that Up had succumbed to the virus.

“At 11:26 Up has left this earth. This post is to find a past friend of Up’s, the friend lives in Lampang Province. Up wanted to make sure I found the friend. The funeral will take place at 2pm at Ladprao Temple. Up said once that if he was to die, he hopes everyone will join his funeral. He wants to know if anyone would be sad. But because of the current circumstances, let us all say goodbye to him through the screen. I wish everyone safety.”

Up is just the most recent case of someone dying from Covid after the medical sector failed to treat him in time. Just Just yesterday, news came of an 85 year old in Bangkok, who also died while waiting to be admitted for Covid-19 treatment. The woman was sent home to wait as there weren’t enough hospital beds to admit her. She was among 6 elderly family members living in a shop house in the Bang Kholaem district who were infected. 2 other family members were sent home with her, with 3 being admitted to the hospital.

SOURCE: Thai Residents


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  1. Toby Andrews

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Bunch of clowns. Do not answer the telephone. Do not do covid tests. Do not vaccinate. Have not enough hospital beds.
    They should be screaming: HELP! Help ferangs, but they think they are so smart.
    If a western medical team flew in to help, the Thais would be charging them for working visas.
    Here again as I keep stating. This person was over weight. Nobody seems to take this seriously.
    Over weight persons are at great risk if they catch covid 19, as the statistics show.

  2. Maestro

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Very sad news. A talented and well-liked pro-e-gamer gone. RIP Up.

    I however don’t understand why wait to get tested for days whilst having deteriorating symptoms. Paid tests are available, at least in Bangkok, for those that can afford it, at some private hospitals and through a few private laboratories that come to your house to get you tested. Results are provided in 24-48 hours and costs are between THB 2,900 – 4,500. Perhaps he was not aware of this or he received limited information?

    Obviously, by the time he was admitted to the ICU, it was too late. Once blood oxygen levels drop below 80, the chance of survival decreases, organs can start failing. Especially if the person is overweight or obese or with other underlying health conditions.

  3. Coronavegan

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Who here really thinks the fear and misdirection of the media is warranted. An 85 yr old died. Oh the travesty.

    Before covid it was ok for the old and weak people to die, now if an 85 yr old dies its because of the overwhelmed hospitals? And it’s a tragic event we all need to feel responsible for? Its the govts fault?

    Guys, come on. Its so annoying. You’re worse than vegans.

  4. peung

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Due to the delay in the vaccination of the Thai government. Causing sad things to people in Thailand As we have seen an exemplary management style of countries that have passed through the epidemic crises. But Thailand has not learned of past experiences. Still in recklessness. Not interested in preparing for the phase 3 outbreak. This has led to a large number of critically ill patients still waiting at home for treatment. Doctors and healthcare workers are at risk of high levels of COVID. No rapid tests were provided for the public to use. Solving problems It is the most delayed.

  5. Yumi

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Hmm, I wonder if forcing asymptomatic cases to stay in the hospital has anything to do with why he couldn’t get treated in time??

  6. Mike Hunt

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 8:52 am

    @Toby Andrews – The story is misleading. There are plenty of hospital beds. Many hospitals have sent staff home as there were very few customers for months. Thousands are tested daily with very low positive results. Many people live in small villages with motorbikes as their only available means of transport. The clinics, doctors and hospitals are in cities. Vaccinations do not prevent Covid according to the experts and with the massive number of adverse effects caused by vaccines maybe they are best avoided. The government are NOT to blame for the very small number of deaths due to Covid which I believe stands at just 140 so far.

  7. BT

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 9:05 am

    @Coronavegan – what are you talking about? This guy was in his 20s

  8. LG King

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 11:40 am

    “When did Noah build the Arc…before the flood.”

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