Thailand has recorded one more death due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. This brings the death toll since the beginning of the pandemic to 95. 84 new infections were also discovered within the same period.
According to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, the new fatality is a 29-year old woman with a number of complications. These included Down syndrome, an enlarged heart and malfunctioning cardiac valves. She was infected by one of her parents, both of whom were previously confirmed cases.
The CCSA also added that the woman had experienced symptoms on March 21st. She undertook a COVID-19 test but was determined to be negative for infection.
However, her fatigue worsened four days after the initial test. Last Thursday, her condition continued to deteriorate resulting in her death. Samples taken posthumously showed that was in fact infected with COVID-19.
The woman and her family are all from Bangkok.
The capital accounted for 32 of the 84 new cases. Thirty of these cases were detected by swab testing in hospitals, while only two were discovered by ongoing case finding efforts in communities. Four foreigners are included in the new infections – a Japanese, a Myanmar national, an American and a New Zealander.
The rest of the cases in Bangkok were locals.
On the other hand, Samut Sakhon, the previous epicenter of the second wave, reported only 12 cases. Eight cases were found in hospitals, and only four were found through community case finding. All of these cases were foreigners from Myanmar.
A total of 25 new cases, on the other hand, were confirmed in 7 provinces. Suphan Buri reported 9 cases, while Nakhon Pathom discovered only 5 cases. Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan each reported 4 cases, while only one case each were found in Narathiwat, Chon Buri and Tak.
In addition to the local cases, Thailand also found 15 cases from abroad. 3 cases came from Malaysia and China, 2 from Bahrain and one each from France, India, the United Arab Emirates, Czechia, Bangladesh, Turkey and Switzerland.
Thailand’s recovery rate still stands at 95.31%. 62 people were discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours, bringing the total recovery to 27,668 since the beginning of the pandemic. 1,268 people continue to receive treatment at hospitals.
In related news, the Priest Hospital claimed that the death of a monk a day after taking his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine was not related to the vaccine.
Instead, Dr. Chamni Chitriprasert said that the monk had suffered complications of his chronic coronary artery disease, which existed before he had taken the jab. The Priest Hospital also said that the patient also had diabetes, high blood pressure, and an enlarged heart. He also had excessive fat in his body.
The doctor claimed that the monk, who was a long-time patient of the hospital, had not adhered to his medicines when he went abroad last year.
Dr. Chamni also said that he received no report of blood clots in the monk’s body.
The use of the AstraZeneca vaccine was briefly suspended in Europe after reports of fatalities in recipients that suffered blood clots after being vaccinated.