Thailand’s health ministry has claimed that the country’s doctors have found a major breakthrough towards a possible cure for 2019-nCoV, Coronavirus.
A 71-year-old woman diagnosed with Coronavirus showed significant improvement when doctors administered her a cocktail of antivirals used to cure HIV and flu.
Within just 48 hours, the Chinese woman was tested negative for the Coronavirus, claimed Dr. Kriengsak Attipornwanich, one of the doctors who worked on the cure.
According to Kriengsak Attipornwanich:
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.
As per Thailand’s health ministry, medical researchers combined the anti-flu drug ‘oseltamivir’ with two anti-virals used to treat HIV, ‘lopinavir’ and ‘ritonavir’. The ministry was waiting for the results of the latest cure to break the news.
So far, Thailand has 19 confirmed cases of Coronavirus. It is the second-highest number of cases outside China, with Japan confirming 20 cases. Out of 19, 8 patients made a complete recovery and were discharged from the hospital while 11 are still admitted, claims the Thai health ministry.
Since China holds significant importance for Thailand’s tourism sector, Thailand’s Ministry for Tourism has displayed many banners with a message saying: “Our Hearts To Wuhan.” Moreover, most of the people diagnosed with the virus in Thailand are tourists from China.
A Thai taxi driver became the country’s first person to be diagnosed with Coronavirus last month. Although the driver had never gone to China, it is believed that he might have caught the virus from Chinese tourists.
Coronavirus, which broke out in Wuhan in December, has killed more than 360 people in China and infected 17,205 people. Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared 2019-nCoV a global public health emergency.