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01 mars 2020 | 08h52 UTC

Thailand: Health officials confirm first coronavirus-related fatality March 1 /update 8

Thailand Alerte de sécurité

Ministry of Health confirm first COVID-19 fatality on March 1; 42 cases in total, further spread of the virus expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/3/2020, 12h00 until 1/4/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Thailand

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Event

Officials from the Ministry of Health confirmed the first coronavirus (COVID-19)-related fatality in Thailand as of 08:00 (local time) on Sunday, March 1. The individuals was initially admitted to hospital for dengue fever and contracted the virus locally. Health officials have confirmed 42 cases of COVID-19 nationwide as of March 1. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

On Monday, February 23, authorities classified COVID-19 as a "dangerous communicable disease," allowing health officials and police more authority to quarantine individuals showing symptoms or individuals having traveled from areas of concern. The government considers risk areas to include Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and eight Thai provinces: Bangkok, Samut PrakanChiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Krabi, Phuket, Chon Buri, and Prachuap Khiri Khan. Increased screening measures are in place as of Tuesday in all airports, ports, border crossing points, immigration offices, and in some hospitals and communities.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On February 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the risk of spread and the risk of impact of the virus is "very high" at the global level.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.

In the case that symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness emerge either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider. Travelers returning from China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran who develop symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to avoid potential spread of the disease.

 

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