Man who had coronavirus appears to be caught on camera spitting on a stranger's face just hours before he died

Moya Lothian-McLean@moya_lm
Friday 03 April 2020 11:15
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Coronavirus coverage has seen some strange stories emerge.

Some are uplifting, like videos of quarantined Italians singing to one another or seeing thousands of Brits line the streets to clap NHS workers.

Others are more disturbing.

Like a clip currently doing the rounds, which appears to show a man spitting in the face of another passenger at a train station in Thailand.

At any other time, this would be pretty disgusting.

But according to reports, the man was infected with coronavirus – and later died from the virus while travelling on a train.

Reportedly, the man was Anan Sahoh, who died while travelling to Bangkok to Narathiwat, and the video was discovered after his death thanks to CCTV in the station.

Media coverage at the time of his death said he was diabetic and returning from a trip to Pakistan when he boarded the train.

Despite passing a temperature check, he experienced vomiting and coughing during the first leg of the journey and was advised to leave the train.

Sahoh refused and later collapsed and died in front of a toilet on the train.

Tests confirmed that he was infected with Covid-19.

The train was disinfected and personnel on the train were told to self-quarantine for 14 days.

But authorities later apparently checked security footage and found a video purported to show Sahoh spitting on another passenger while buying tickets at Bang Sue station.

Metro.co.uk reports that Thai authorities are supposedly now trying to trace the victim, fearing he too could be infected with coronavirus.

“We are now worried about a man that was spat at in the security camera footage,” said Thakoon Intrachom, director of Thailand’s state railway, according to Metro.

“Initially, we coordinated with the railway police but they have not found him yet. We want to announce that if anyone knows him or if he has heard about the news, then he should please go to the hospital immediately”.

While the death of Sahoh has been verified to have occurred, it is currently impossible to confirm that he is the same person who appears in the video.

The Bangkok Post does not appear to have picked up the story, despite it circulating around Western media.

And we all know that misinformation is as virulent as Covid-19.

Either way, to stay safe only travel when necessary and if you aren't presenting with any symptoms of the virus.

And absolutely do not spit in other people’s faces.

Even if coronavirus isn't a factor.

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