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Sixth virus patient in Thailand discharged, 8 remain in hospital

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: Taxi drivers receive medical checkups at Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - The Bangkok Post

A sixth coronavirus patient in Thailand has been cleared, discharged and sent home. Sophon Iamsirithavorn, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, say the count of 14 detected cases remains the same in Thailand as of noon yesterday. All 14, believed to have contracted the disease in China, were treated at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute in Nonthaburi.

Six of the 14 had since recovered and been discharged. The other eight continue to recover in hospital.

Sophon dismisses rumours of a local outbreak, insisting no one has contracted the virus in Thailand.

From January 3-29, 202 people have been placed under observation. Of those, 31 were found through airport screenings, while the other 171 sought medical treatment on their own. Doctors have already allowed 67 to return home as most were found to have influenza (flu), not the Wuhan Coronavirus.

Rumours have spread that two taxi drivers, who have not recently visited China, were infected with the coronavirus. Sophon says the pair, who are among the 202 under observation, sought treatment Tuesday after they experienced fever and respiratory symptoms, but their conditions are not severe.

Results of the lab tests on the 202 patients, conducted by the Department of Medical Service and King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, are expected by Saturday.

SOURCE: The Bangkok Post

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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