Thailand sees good result from using drug mixture on coronavirus

  • Thailand
  • Sunday, 02 Feb 2020

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul (left) cheacking on the display products of protective clothings in Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute in Nonthaburi outside Bangkok where patients infected with coronavirus are treated in isoloation rooms.The Govt announced that they had good results after using a mix of two antiviral drugs on a Chinese patient. - AFP

BANGKOK: Thailand found good results after using a mix of two antiviral drugs on a Chinese patient who was in a serious condition with the novel coronavirus, according to a health ministry briefing.

The patient’s condition significantly improved within 48 hours after the medical team decided to use antiviral drugs originally used for HIV and influenza in his treatment, Kriangsak Attipornwanich, a doctor at the state-owned Rajavithi Hospital who is treating the patient, told reporters at the Public Health Ministry briefing Sunday.

The patient’s test result also turned negative, the doctor said.

Thailand has 19 confirmed cases for coronavirus infection - 11 are still hospitalised and the rest have returned home.

The nation is also monitoring 311 possible cases in hospitals as of Sunday, according to a health ministry statement.

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul said Sunday that the nation will repatriate more than 100 people from Wuhan on Feb 4 after they pass medical screening in China.

They will then be quarantined for 14 days after returning to Thailand. - Bloomberg
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