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Chiang Rai governor leads clean-up operation amid Covid fears

Maya Taylor

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Chiang Rai governor, Prajon Prachsakul, has led a clean-up operation across public areas and tourist attractions such as shopping malls, Chiang Rai Airport, Singha Park and the border checkpoint at Mae Sai. It follows the recent discovery of a number of infected Thai nationals who had illegally crossed from Myanmar, bypassing health checks and quarantine. At least 34 illegal returnees have tested positive for the virus.

According to a Nation Thailand report, Prajon says he’s focused on restoring confidence in visitors to Chiang Rai, including those coming for the flower festivals and the New Year festivities. He describes the clean-up effort, aimed at preventing the spread of the virus in the northern province, as the best New Year’s gift for residents.

“It also aims to create awareness on how people can protect themselves against Covid-19, such as by wearing facemasks, washing hands and cleaning their houses regularly.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Issan John

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Why do so many in this administration see simply doing their job as being a “gift” to others?

    it’s their job, at its most basic, FFS!

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    Issan John

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    … and what’s with all this sweeping the streets, again?

    It’s Covid-19, for crying out loud, not cholera!!!

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      14cycles

      Friday, December 11, 2020 at 4:01 pm

      if it gets them to keep the streets really clean i won’t bother to inform them of the truth either.

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      Malc Thai

      Friday, December 11, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      So what virus can live in the road surface in this heat! I’ve questioned this many times here in phuket when they washed a road 1 month after they closed access to it saying locally they were treating the road with antibiotics!

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        Peter N

        Friday, December 11, 2020 at 6:07 pm

        Just goes to show how dumb they are, antibiotics don’t kill viruses. a virus will only live around 2 days on a hard surface.

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    Mr cynic

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Seems to be making a good job of it though.
    Could be a good second career for him and his pals there when they retire from gov service.

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    Leo Z

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    They’re cleaning the streets off the virus? That’s nice. Because as we all know the typical method of transmission is “touch street/pavement” –> “touch mouth/nose/eyes”.

    How about if they do their real job: “clean up” border checkpoints; “clean up” judicial prosecution of violators; “clean up” public messaging campaigns by certain Ministers (i.e. “Farangs bring the virus to Thailand”).

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    The picture shows it all. Polished shoes.
    him leaning back do he does not have his expensive trousers splashed.
    a political stunt to suggest he is a caring politician.
    A fraud . . .

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    Ian

    Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    I’m lost for words but maybe they could get the water canons out and use them instead of aiming them at thais

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Officials in the northern province of Chiang Rai are assuring potential tourists from the rest of the Kingdom that it is safe to visit, saying the Covid-19 situation is under control. Chiang Rai hit the headlines in recent weeks, when a number of Thai nationals entered the province illegally from Myanmar. After bypassing health checks and quarantine, several subsequently tested positive for the virus, resulting in a handful of local infections.

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Returnees from Myanmar account for 9 of 17 new Covid infections today

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Today, Thailand has reported 17 new cases of the novel coronavirus found in people entering Thailand from other countries, with 9 infected returnees coming from Myanmar through the Mae Sai district in northern Chiang Rai.

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