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Thai family sues Prime Minister Prayut after death of Covid-infected family member

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The family of a man who died while infected with Covid19 virus is demanding that the prime minister, as well as other government officials, pay millions of baht in compensation, citing ‘negligence’ after calls to Covid19 hotline went unanswered or failed to help.

Kunlasub Watthanaphon, 35, died on April 23. Kunlasub is said to have contracted the virus from a cluster in Bangkok. Many of the clusters of infections at the beginning of the recent outbreak were concentrated in Bangkok’s nightlife areas, including Thong Lor and Ekkamai.

When Kunlasub developed Covid19 symptoms, he called the hotline numbers for those who think they have contracted the virus. If he had received proper treatment sooner, he might still be alive, the family claims.

The CCSA announced telephone helplines – 1330, 1422, 1668, 1669 and 1323 – for people who suspected they had contracted Covid-19. When my brother started having Covid-like symptoms, he called these numbers. Nobody answered and when someone answered after a long phone call, they did not respond adequately.

Kunlasub had documented his illness on Facebook and posted updates, as well as photos and videos, up to the day of his death.

The death of the 35-year-old man, who is well known in the esport or video competition industry, sparked controversy. One person wrote on Facebook after Kunlasub’s death, “My friend did not die from a congenital disease. He died because he was not treated at first. “

The case was filed today in the administrative court. It is demanding damages of 4.53 million baht from the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration and from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, his secretary and the office of the prime minister.

The family is also suing Thong Lor nightspots, where the first clusters were reported during the recent outbreak, for negligence.

“Had the CCSA imposed a strict lockdown on entertainment venues and banned travel during the Songkran holiday, the latest wave of Covid-19 with more than 2,000 new infections per day would never have happened.”

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