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5 coastal provinces in “total lockdown,” no travel in or out

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5 coastal provinces including Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chantaburi and Trat are under “total lockdown.” This means people cannot travel in or out of those provinces unless it is necessary. Deputy PM Satit Pitutacha says if the strict travel restrictions are not in place, then the Covid-19 outbreak could become “chaos.”

Satit made a post on Facebook saying the stringent measure will definitely impact the economy and people’s lives in the areas, but this tough measure is believed to suppress the spread of the virus effectively and rapidly before the situation turns worse. He added that he would like to thank PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and the CCSA for approving the proposal from the Ministry of Public Health.

“If we do not use a strong measure, we cannot stop the spread and it will become chaos. It is time to make a decision right now. I would like to ask for understandings from the public about why we need to do this. I am open to all comments and critics that may come after this.”

However, PM Prayuth Chan-o-cha insists not to use the word ‘lockdown’ but the total ban on travelling is to elevate the protective measures and screening to prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus.

The CCSA reported more than 100 Covid-19 cases in the 5 coastal provinces today.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World | Facebook

 

 

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16 Comments

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    Kristof

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    This is likely to come in many more provinces. Unfortunately there is little other choice. It is the sacrifice now for a better outcome later. Never a need for fear or panic but just recommend folks be prepared for more of this to come.

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      Brian

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 1:35 pm

      There are plenty of other choices, like doing what we’ve done every previous time: very little. What did Thailand do during 1968-69? Do any Thais even remember that there was a pandemic of a virus from China then? This isn’t about a virus, it’s about deliberate impoverishment and control.

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        Rich

        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 1:39 pm

        Don’t forget your tin foil hat mate.

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        John

        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:26 pm

        Nonsense. Fortunately, America aside, there are not fools in most governments.

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          Mark Campbell

          Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:58 pm

          the “fools” are the sheep cowering from a virus with a 99 percent survival rate ans allowing millions to suffer massive financial and mental harm.

          unacceptable

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            Jake Pattaya

            Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:25 pm

            1% of 60 mln is 600k , just to let you know. Is 600 000 dead ok for you?

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            Latecomer

            Friday, January 8, 2021 at 5:13 pm

            Mortality rate is much, much lower. It goes 0,3 – 0,7 % of ill people. And on whole population is 0,001% and less so in Thailand (they have 70 dead on 70 milion, so 1/1000000)

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      preesy chepuce

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:54 pm

      There’s an infinite number of other choices, we just have a Martian invasion fleet of IssanJohns running the world these days, so science and common sense is for the history books. You can’t bring a f@rt to a sh!t fight and win.

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        David

        Friday, January 8, 2021 at 8:28 am

        Why not lock down Samut Sakorn from day one? Why only now?

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      Jeff

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12:22 am

      When have we heard that crap before? March? April? May? June? July….and on and on…555.

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    Marshall

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Satit is the Deputy Public Health Minister,not the Deputy Prime Minister. Other English language newssites say that PM specifically rejected this proposal. So what is true?

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    Kenziko

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    this is not correct! for starts you’ve nsmed the deputy health minister as deputy pm! please catch up on latest developments and report correctly!!

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    Eric

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    This article is not entirely correct and therefore is misleading. I have just checked with Pattaya call center (1337); there is no official forced restriction on entering or leaving Chon-buri province. It is only a recommendation that people not travel in or out of province for non-essential business.
    So in the future, please check your sources well before publishing erroneous information.

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    disgusted `

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    Seems the PM is not up to the task at hand which is not a surprise.
    Seems he thinks more about money than peoples lives.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    This cowering & increased paranoia could be seen from a mile away . The buildup was all too transparent.

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    John Peter Karlsson

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 10:48 am

    so its possible to go from Pattaya to Rayong in this time.
    im in a ALQ Quarantine now in Pattaya and need to go home to my family

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