21 May 2024

A 56-year old Thai man, who passed away after he was taken to a state quarantine facility in the eastern province of Chon Buri on Friday, was diagnosed to have died of myocardial infarction, or a heart attack.

Dr. Sophon Iamsirikthavorn, director of the General Infectious Diseases Division of the Diseases Control Department, said today (Sunday) that the victim had diabetes and kidney disease, when he arrived from India on Friday, and was immediately taken the state quarantine facility in Chon Buri.

The following day, however, he suffered chest pains and he was rushed, by ambulance, to a nearby hospital, said Dr. Sophon, adding that the man was still conscious upon his arrival at the hospital.

The patient’s heart then stopped beating, and CPR was administered for about 50 minutes, but medical staff were unable to revive him.

Dr. Sophon said that, since the patient did not die of COVID-19, the country’s death toll from the contagion remains 58.

Although Thailand has not had a single case of local infection for 48 consecutive days, he warned against people lowering their guard, citing the cases of Japan and South Korea, which have recorded new cluster infections after they eased lockdown restrictions.