A Chinese woman infected with the new corona virus has shown signs of clear recovery after taking antiviral drugs used to treat the flu and HIV, Thailand’s Ministry of Health yesterday.
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The 71-year-old patient was negative for corona virus 48 hours after being given the mixture by Thai doctors, Dr. Kriengsak Attipornwanich said at the ministry’s regular press conference.
“Laboratory positive results for corona virus have been negative in the past 48 hours. From exhaustion, after 12 hours, the patient can now sit up, ”Dr. Kriengsak said.
Thai doctors have combined oseltamivir flu medication with lopinavir and ritonavir – antiviral drugs used to treat HIV-infected patients. Dr. Kriengsak said the ministry is awaiting research results to prove the treatment results.
So far, Thailand has detected 19 newly confirmed cases of corona virus. All are from Wuhan, China. This is the second highest number of patients outside China, only behind Japan with 20 patients.
So far, 7 patients in Thailand have recovered and gone home, while the other 11 are still hospitalized.
In a video released yesterday, Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul visited a patient from Wuhan who had recovered from the corona virus, talking to a woman who spoke Mandarin to thank him and the doctors. .
Thai officials are trying to check the health of travelers from China, in the context of tourism still playing an important role in the economy and relying heavily on tourists from China.
The slogans “Our Heart Turns to Wuhan” in English, Chinese and Thai are stretched at a shopping center in Bangkok, which attracts many tourists.
Most of the confirmed cases were Chinese tourists to Thailand, but mid-week, Thailand recorded the first human-to-human transmission when a taxi driver was diagnosed with the disease. This driver has never been to China but may have interacted with many tourists.
The Thai government is facing criticism that it is too slow to evacuate its citizens from the Hubei epidemic.
Dr. Anutin said that the evacuation would go on tomorrow, and the returnees would be isolated for 14 days.
Meanwhile, China reported an additional 57 deaths and 2,829 new patients infected with corona virus as of February 2, bringing the total to 17,205 and 361 deaths.
According to data from the China National Health Commission, among the new deaths, 56 were in Hubei and one was in Chongqing.
In Hubei, the number of new infections has increased to 2,103 and 56 deaths.
At least 171 cases of corona virus have been reported in more than a dozen countries and territories, including the US, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday confirmed the 9th case in California. The patient is a woman who recently came to Wuhan.
A study for scientists at the University of Hong Kong in the Lancet last weekend estimated that up to 75,815 patients in Wuhan could have been infected with corona virus. This study is based on the assumption that each infected person can transmit the virus to 2.68 others.
According to SCMP, Reuters