The man had been first treated for dengue fever at a private hospital in late January before being transferred to the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi province because he had also contracted the Covid-19 virus, Dr Suwannachai said.
“His lungs had already deteriorated and other internal organs also worked too hard,” the department chief said, referring to his condition before his death.
“We do not know exactly whether they [his symptoms] are [directly] related to Covid-19.”
The death is being investigated by experts under the national committee on communicable diseases, Dr Suwannachai said.
However, his explanation con- tradicts information unveiled by Thiravat Hemachudha, head of King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital’s Centre for Emerging Diseases.
The man had not had any other underlying diseases, Dr Thiravat posted on his Facebook page on Sunday. “His two lungs were affected by pneumonia, which shows he caught Covid-19 from the beginning, not dengue fever.