A 35-year-old Thai who also had dengue fever died of coronavirus infection, Thailand's first death from COVID-19 disease, said Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoen, director general of the Department of Disease Control, on Sunday.
Thailand has registered 42 coronavirus cases since January, 30 of which are recovering and 11 are still being treated in hospitals, the department says.
The Thai health authorities said the man worked in retail, where he came into contact with many tourists in the early stages of the outbreak.
"This was a local transmission case and it was at risk because it was exposed to Chinese tourists," Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoen said at a press conference.
The patient was first admitted to a private hospital for dengue on January 27. He was later diagnosed with the coronavirus and was taken to the government's main treatment center on February 5, he said.
He died late Saturday of multiple organ failure.
New measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus came into force on Sunday, previously introduced by the National Committee for Communicable Diseases in Thailand.
Health officials can now order people suspected of being infected to be quarantined and treated. Officials can also order venues and public areas to be closed to contain the virus.
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