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Mental Patient Causes Coronavirus Panic in Hat Yai

Hat Yai Man Claims Coronavirus Thaialnd
Hat Yai Hospital doctors in full PPE respond to claims of a man infected with Covid-19 at the province's main rail station Sunday afternoon.

A former mental patient set off alarm bells in Hat Yai when he claimed rail station patrons he was infected with the coronavirus.

Paramedics had arrived at the southern province’s main train station around 5:30 p.m. Sunday after getting calls that a man was suffering from shortness of breath and chest tightness. But when they began to examine Anan Na Chatree, 41, he shocked them with the disclosure he had Covid-19.

The rescue squad jumped back and quickly called doctors in full protective gear from Hat Yai Hospital.

Once in isolation,  however, Anan’s story began to fall apart. He had on him documents showing he’d been confined to a Surat Thani mental hospital as year bt had been discharged earlier this month.

Anan said he had not felt so he visited a doctor in Surat Thani who told him he had the coronavirus. After that, Anan said, he jumped on a train to Hat Yai.

“But if you tested positive for Covid-19, why did the doctor let you leave,” a doctor at Hat Yai Hospital asked.

Anan didn’t have an answer.

He’s being tested for Covid-19, but Hat Yai doctors suspect it’s not the virus he’s afflicted with.