11 July 2024

A man, who was among 92 people infected with COVID-19 related to an illegal gambling den in Thailand’s eastern province of Rayong, died today (Monday) of heart disease.

Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutacha said in his Facebook post on Monday that the infected man, who used to work at the illegal gambling den, suffered fatigue this morning and was taken to the provincial hospital on a friend’s tricycle.

He said the man stopped breathing on the way and, upon arrival at the hospital, was given CPR for about 30 minutes, but his life could not be saved.

He also said that the CCSA will make an official statement tomorrow, in which the man’s death could be declared the country’s 61st fatality related to COVID-19, after the death toll of 60 had remained unchanged for several months.

The deputy public health minister, who is also an MP for Rayong, vowed to rid the province of all the vice dens, especially illegal gambling, in the first week of the New Year and urged people in the province to join the campaign.

He admitted that the outbreak, this time, is having widespread economic impacts on all businesses in the province, particularly those in tourism.

Meanwhile, Dr. Bancha Kamkhong, deputy director-general of the Health Department, said a big cleanup of Rayong would be started on Tuesday, covering all markets, food shops, schools, fitness clubs, condominiums, shopping malls, cinemas and temples.

He is confident that the province will be clean and safe within seven days.