“Our Hearts to Wuhan” reads in the big screens outside a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Thailand’s health ministry claimed on Sunday that a Chinese patient tested positive for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) went negative after doctors administered the concoction. The said infected patient is a 71-year-old Chinese woman who was treated with a cocktail of antivirals used to treat flu and HIV.

“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,” said Dr. Kriengsak Attipornwanich during the ministry’s daily press briefing.

The doctors mixed the anti-flu drug oseltamivir with lopinavir and ritonavir, anti-virals used to treat HIV, Kriengsak divulged, adding the ministry was waiting for research results to prove the findings.

In Thailand, there are 19 confirmed cases of nCoV infection. The virus allegedly came from the central Chinese city of Wuhan that is now under lockdown. Thailand has the second-highest record of nCoV cases outside China after Japan with 20 in total. Eight patients who recovered in Thailand have returned home, while 11 remain under custody.


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