Thailand finds drug cocktail that seems to work against coronavirus

The 71-year-old patient tested negative for the virus 48 hours after Thai doctors administered the combination, it became clear at a daily briefing at the ministry.

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

The medical team combined the anti-flu drug oseltamivir with lopinavir and ritonavir, anti-virals used to treat HIV. The Thai Ministry of Health is awaiting the full results of the studies to prove what has been discovered.

Health authorities present at the press conference said that the most recent laboratory tests had shown there were no more traces of the virus in the woman's respiratory system.

Kriangska Atipornwanich, a lung specialist at Rajavithi Hospital, said this is not a definitive method for treating the virus, but it helps improve the patient's condition.

Online posts erroneously identified saline as a coronavirus killer in Australia, while in Thailand social media suggested antiseptic should be sprayed in a person's mouth.

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

Officials say that the country's health ministry would meet today (February 3) to discuss the new treatment for severe cases.

Mr Anutin also announced that the evacuation of Thai citizens in Wuhan is scheduled for Tuesday (Feb 4).

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the US National Institutes of Health, told CNN last week there are now no proven effective drugs to treat the virus.

As the epidemic of Coronavirus is spreading, the doctors in Thailand seem to have good news for all of us. In India, two people in Kerala who travelled back to the country from China have so far tested positive for the virus and are undergoing quarantine and getting necessary treatment for the same.

The news comes as the new virus claimed its first life outside China -a 44-year-old Chinese man who died in the Philippines-while the death toll in China has soared above 300. Pakistan is not bringing any of its nationals from China, stating the largest interest of the nation.