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7-Eleven stores investigated over allegations of face mask price hikes

Maya Taylor




Thailand’s Internal Trade department has investigated the 7-Eleven chain of convenience stores over allegations that face masks are being sold at inflated prices. However, the department says the masks in question do not fall under the 2.50 baht cap imposed by the government. Wattanasak Sur-iam, director-general of the department, says the face masks in question are ordinary masks, not the surgical masks which would fall under the price control measure.

According to a Nation Thailand report, the department has pointed out however, that imported ordinary masks cannot be marked up by more than 60%. Wattanasak has asked stores to provide the original import price in order to check this against what the masks are being sold for. Business owners in violation of this law could face up to 7 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to 140,000 baht.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Issan John

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    20 baht for a pack of 4, so 5 baht each, at local 7-11s, but arguably not the “price restricted” versions.

    Around one baht each from Lazada, including delivery, for standard 3-ply disposable. I just received 200 for 186 baht, ordered a couple of days ago as I’ve ordered 2,000 from ten different suppliers as there’s an outbreak at a local school so I’ll donate some to the local hospital and clinics as many do.

    One local selling lottery tickets in Samut Sakhon brought Covid back with her, gave it to her young kids, who gave it to a local school, 30 kms away, etc, etc.

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      Toby Andrews

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 2:38 pm

      Has there ever been one child died of the virus in Thailand?
      Has there ever been a child ill enough to have to go to hospital and put on a ventilator?
      Excluding those that are already very ill with some other condition.
      Maybe, but I have never heard of one.

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        john brig

        Friday, January 8, 2021 at 5:15 pm

        “Most children who become infected with the COVID-19 virus have no symptoms, or they have milder symptoms such as low-grade fever, fatigue, and cough. Early studies suggested that children do not contribute much to the spread of coronavirus. But more recent studies raise concerns that children could be capable of spreading the infection.

        Though the recent studies varied in their methods, their findings were similar: infected children had as much, or more, coronavirus in their upper respiratory tracts as infected adults.

        The amount of virus found in children — their viral load — was not correlated with the severity of their symptoms. In other words, more virus did not mean more severe symptoms.

        Finding high amounts of viral genetic material — these studies measured viral RNA, not live virus — in kids does not prove that children are infectious. However, the presence of high viral loads in infected children does increase the concern that children, even those without symptoms, could readily spread the infection to others.”

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          Issan John

          Friday, January 8, 2021 at 5:41 pm

          In the local (provincial) recent cases here, the 4 today and several over the last few days are all directly linked to the one school, which is a popular one with kids going from a 30 km or so radius.

          So far all those infected and testing positive have kids or grand-kids at the school and AFAIK there hasn’t been any local transmission beyond that (I know some of them and it’s all over social media, obviously).

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            preesy chepuce

            Friday, January 8, 2021 at 8:59 pm

            Why would anyone believe those reports?

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        Issan John

        Friday, January 8, 2021 at 5:24 pm

        Elsewhere, yes, sadly too many.

        Taking Thailand’s success, so far, as a reason to play down the severity of the virus as some do here is more than disingenuous at best.

        The problem is far from just confined to the children, as while most suffer few ill-effects from Covid they’re “super-spreaders”, particularly within the confines of the schools, and many families live in multi-generational households, particularly in the provinces where grandparents will often look after their grandchildren, either while their parents are away in the fields or long-term if the middle-generation are away working in the cities or in factories.

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          preesy chepuce

          Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:03 pm

          Elsewhere where? There you go again, casually making claims without evidence.

          There is no evidence of success in Thailand, just a lack of data, which would make your comments disingenuous if you had any clue what you were talking about, which you self-evidently don’t.

          You can’t just repeat claims again and again without evidence, and then misdescribe dismissal of your unsubstantiated claims as “playing it down” – you’re playing it up.

          You talk like you’re an expert, but there’s no evidence you have a clue what you’re; talking about. Are you lonely or something? Is that why you babble so much?

          • The Thaiger

            The Thaiger

            Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 8:46 am

            Can we keep comments to the issues at hand and NOT get personal please. The Thaiger

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            Issan John

            Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 1:01 pm

            “Elsewhere” in other countries, preesy.

            The data’s readily available and I assumed that most people commenting here are more than capable of easily finding it from reliable sources like the WHO and Unicef, or the US CDC for US figures (133 child deaths up to November in the US, which they even break down into 45% Hispanic, 29% black and 4% native American / Alaskan).

            … and for most people here, as well as internationally with the WHO and pretty much every recognised scientific body looking at the situation there’s clearly more than enough “evidence” and “data” to go on to judge whether Thailand has been a “success” so far or not.

            I’m “playing it up” when over 1,300 people are dying of Covid in the UK every day at the moment, two hundred times more in one day than Thailand had in the whole of last year because the UK hasn’t had Thailand’s “success” in containing Covid?

            Well, that’s your opinion preesy.

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      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:12 pm

      That’s very honourable of you!

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        Issan John

        Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 1:12 pm

        Of me?

        Pragmatic more than altruistic.

        There’s been an outbreak locally, so if giving away a few masks that cost one baht each saves me or those around me who I care about from getting Covid it’s money well spent, and if anyone else benefits that’s a bonus.

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    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    I think there are enough masks available that the price restrictions should be eased. The masks at 7-11 are usually much better than your average blue hospital mask. Maybe that’s too confusing for people to grasp and an investigation was launched. We’ll see. Glad TheThaiger keeps us updated on these important things.

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      preesy chepuce

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:03 pm

      How much do 7-11 girls earn per day? I bet they could do with a 7-11 sausage now and again to fill their little tummies.

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