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Patient in Chiang Mai hospital found to be carrying coronavirus

A patient who had come to the Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital for treatment later tested positive for the new coronavirus, the hospital said in a Facebook post on Friday (January 31).

The hospital said that the Ministry of Public Health had announced five more people in Thailand had been confirmed as carrying the new coronavirus, and one of the five was the patient who had come to the hospital for treatment.

The five new cases bring the total thus far to 19, of whom seven patients have already recovered.

“The patient had been suffering from pneumonia and was treated until the fever went down and the overall condition improved gradually,” the hospital said in its Facebook post, adding, “The hospital has exercised the highest caution in treating the patient to prevent the spread of the virus to other patients and hospital staff. Anyone who came into contact with the patient is now being monitored in a quarantine environment.”

The hospital added that they had also closed most of the entrances and exits of the hospital, and deployed staff to monitor the ones that are still in use. These entrances and exits will be equipped with thermoscanners and will offer free alcohol gel and face masks to visitors.

The hospital also asked the relatives of the patients to avoid visiting at this moment to avoid crowding in the hospital and reduce the chance of the virus spreading.

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