Thai doctors claim huge breakthrough after ‘curing’ patient

DOCTORS have treated a coronavirus patient with a cocktail of drugs normally used to treat flu and HIV, according to health officials in Thailand.

PUBLISHED: 08:14, Mon, Feb 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:40, Mon, Feb 3, 2020

The 71-year-old Chinese woman tested negative for the virus 48 hours after taking a combination of anti-vitals. The medical team combined the anti-flu drug oseltamivir with lopinavir and ritonavir, anti-virals used to treat HIV. Thailand’s health ministry said it was now waiting to receive the results to prove the findings.

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The lab result of positive on the coronavirus turned negative in 48 hours

Dr Kriengsak Attipornwanich

Dr Kriengsak Attipornwanich said “The lab result of positive on the coronavirus turned negative in 48 hours.

“From being exhausted before, she could sit up in bed 12 hours later.”

Thailand has recorded 19 confirmed cases of the virus which is believed to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Coronavirus ThailandDoctors in Thailand said they had treated a coronavirus patient with anti-virals (Image: GETTY)

Eight of the patients in Thailand have recovered and been discharged while 11 remain in hospital.

Thai authorities are trying to balance screening of inbound Chinese visitors with the economic needs of its tourist sector, which is heavily reliant on arrivals from the mainland.

Most confirmed cases have been Chinese visitors to Thailand but a Thai taxi may have had contact with tourists has been diagnosed with the disease.

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