11 July 2024

A Thai medic, who did not wear a face mask or protective gown while treating COVID-19 patients, has contracted the disease, said Dr Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Disease Control Department, today.

The new patient, the first medical professional to be infected while performing their duty, brings the number of Thailand’s confirmed COVID-19 cases to 34.

Dr. Suwanchai said that 24 colleagues of the new patient have been placed under close observation, although none of them have fallen sick and tests, so far, have shown negative for the virus, adding that the new patient, whose identity is being kept confidential, lives alone and has not been in close contact with any family members.

He reminded all medical personnel to adhere strictly to safety standards while treating patients and those in high-risk groups. A tele-conference will be held next Wednesday with all doctors and nurses at the Disease Control Department to discuss preventive measures for medical personnel.

Of all the 34 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, 14 of them have already returned home and the rest are still in hospital, with two severe cases at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute.

One of the two severe cases is in critical condition and needs a respirator to help with breathing. The second has tuberculosis, said Dr Suwanchai, adding that both are stable.