RECAP: Thailand reports 177 domestic cases with two additional deaths, plans to ease some Covid-19 control measures due to reduced cases

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Thailand announced 177 domestic cases among 187 new Covid-19 Coronavirus cases with two additional deaths in the past 24 hours, CCSA spokesperson Apisamai Srirangsan revealed this morning, January 25th.

The first deceased patient was a 61-year-old British man who was traveling from the United Kingdom to Thailand on December 25th. He was reportedly having slight symptoms of body aches and proved positive for Covid-19 on December 29th during his state quarantine at Chonburi province. The man was not exposed to the general public in Chonburi, according to officials.

The foreign patient was transferred to a local hospital on the following day when he was suffering from breathing difficulties. He had reportedly refused to be put on a ventilator until January 9th as his breathing condition became worse. However, his condition had not recovered before he was pronounced dead on January 24th. According to multiple posts on social media, the man was a regular visitor to Pattaya and Chonburi and well known in the area. Officials continued to reassure nervous residents who saw posts online, however, that the man had no exposure to the general public.

The second death was a 56-year-old Thai female patient, originally from Samut Sakhon, with an underlying condition of a stroke. She reportedly spent most of her daily life at home but was in close contact with her husband who was reportedly in close contact with a worker who was working at a shrimp market that was the epicenter of the recent Covid-19 breakout.

She was suffering from severe breathing problems on January 21st and was rushed to a local hospital for an emergency. Unfortunately, she had a cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead hours later.

The medical team decided to perform a Covid-19 test on her body as she was considered in a close contact group. Her result confirmed her as positive for the coronavirus on January 24th, marking the 75th Covid-19 death in Thailand.

Regarding the domestic infections, 61 out of 177 cases were discovered in Samut Sakhon with 35, Bangkok 20, Samut Songkram 3, Samut Prakan 2, and Rayong 1.

The other 116 local infections were found during active case finding by provincial public health officials in Samut Sakhon with 113, Bangkok 2, and Rayong 1. They are both Thai and migrant workers and are now at state quarantine with no exposure to the general population. Most of them are asymptomatic, according to the spokesperson.

Moreover, the CCSA will introduce a plan to relax some Covid-19 control measures, including operating hours of restaurants and opening educational institutions, as they could be eased in some provinces where new COVID-19 cases have dropped. The CCSA did not comment on the Eastern provinces which have recently got a lot of attention with reduced cases but high restrictions. The CCSA has repeatedly called for patience from people in affected areas stating they understand the situation and will lift restrictions as soon as possible but need to ensure there is not another round of infections.

More details will be provided and confirmed as soon as the decisions are made at the CCSA general meeting.

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