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Covid overshadows New Year’s plans for many – Dusit poll

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As if 2020 wasn’t bad enough, many Thais say ringing in the New Year will be overshadowed by Covid-19 concerns, followed by financial woes and the overall world economy.

The Suan Dusit Rajabhat University Poll, asked for opinions on the matter from 1,277 people nationwide on December 4 through December 10, to gauge their New Year’s travel plans.

Each respondent was allowed to give more than 1 answer, and when asked about what would affect their travel plans, a majority of almost 93% said Covid-19 was the biggest factor, followed by the economy, with almost 57% choosing the economy as the biggest factor, and almost 37% choosing traffic conditions as the overarching problem with travelling.

When asked what their favourite travel destinations would be, Chiang Mai came first, with almost 32% choosing the northern Thailand destination. Bangkok and Chon Buri followed with 23% and 20% respectively choosing those locales. Nan was chosen by about 13% with Chiang Rai coming in last at 12%.

44% said the government should allow travel expenses to be used as tax deductions, and almost 43% said the government should issue discount coupons for tourism.

Asked to mention five travelling “behaviours” they would change during the coming New Year, about 84% said they would be more careful; 68% would avoid crowded locations; 67% said they would be more selective about travel destinations; 59% said they would visit tourist spots nearer their homes; and 34% said they would try to make one-day trips without staying overnight.

On their average travel expenses per year, 26% said they spent 10,001-20,000 Thai baht; almost 24% said they spent 5,000 – 10,000 baht; almost 19% 20,001 – 30,000 baht; about 17% more than 30,000 baht; and 14% responded by saying they spent less than 5,000 baht.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Stefan Svensson

    Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Clearly there is a big dropout, great need for tourist money. This spending that I assume applies to a family as it often is, no one gets fat on it. So how will it be 2021-2022? It will probably be a very long rehabilitation for these poor people who really get everyday life together with the presence of tourists. Good luck to Thailand!

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    Patrick Kelly

    Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    The locals will soon realize that waiting for zero Covid levels will not happen anytime soon. Scientists have been reporting that this virus and potentially new strains will be with us for years. It’s apparent that Thailand cannot wait this pandemic out.

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      Manu

      Monday, December 14, 2020 at 9:37 am

      @Partick Kelly: “Scientists have been reporting that this virus and potentially new strains will be with us for years”.

      If you have read/heard any scientist saying that, then it must be from the ones who have for agenda to keep the world population in constant fear, most probably from insiders in pratically all Healths Councils (or the WHO) “advising” governments in western countries overran by lobbying (= corruption) from the Pharmaceutical industry. All virologists / epidemiologists agree with one thing regarding viruses: nobody can predict the future of a virus, so neither with sars-cov-2. Otherwise it is only speculation (so the question to be asked would be why do they speculate?) and not science. The coronavirus sars-cov-1 back in 2002, responsible of the SARS pandemic, completely disapeared after 2 years or so. It “might” happen exactly the same with sars-cov-2 or not. Nobody knows…

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 10:16 am

        Agreed, Many – if you look hard enough you can find n “expert” saying just about anything on the internet

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    Patrick Kelly

    Monday, December 14, 2020 at 2:19 am

    Don’t worry a vaccine is on the way…..
    But wait….

    NY Times report.

    After Admitting Mistake, AstraZeneca Faces Difficult Questions About Its Vaccine
    Some trial participants only got a partial dose of AstraZeneca’s vaccine. Experts said the company’s spotty disclosures have eroded confidence.

    I’m sure the experts who comment on this site know more than the best scientists in the world. They will refute this report in its entirety I’m sure. This by the way is the cheap vaccine Thailand will receive.

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      Issan John

      Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:05 am

      Have you been asleep / in hibernation somewhere?

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    Patrick Kelly

    Monday, December 14, 2020 at 2:26 am

    From Independent leading scientists….

    As I understand it AstraZeneca is even now wrestling with the problem of whether to run another trial using that low/high dosing protocol. If the different results seen here are real, that could be a significant improvement, both in overall efficacy and in using up less vaccine, but there’s also a real chance of chasing after a mirage. If you go with the numbers as they are, though, it would seem that this vaccine is likely to be provably inferior to the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna mRNA ones.

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      Issan John

      Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:07 am

      I think it may help if you ask the nurse how long you’ve been in a coma.

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    James Pate

    Monday, December 14, 2020 at 5:30 am

    No surprises in this poll’s responses. Although many of my friends and relatives in Thailand are not so worried about infection per se, everyone I know has scaled back holiday plans due to reduced income, desire to build up savings, shovel money in the SET every time it dips, avoidance of the annual traffic slaughter, boredom with events on offer. After months of work from home, etc., many have made their homes more enjoyable, not just materially, but also with new appreciation for their relationships with partners and family.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 10:22 am

      Exactly James P, no surprises at all – it would have been a real surprise if they’d ssaid anything but.

      The only thing that DOES surpriese me quite a bit (actually, a great deal) with your comment is that you seem to suggest “many” of your “friends and relatives in Thailand” have had “months of work from home” when there’s been no such change in Thailand – none at all.

      Odd …..

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    Patrick Kelly

    Monday, December 14, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Dec 9 , 2020 NY Times

    AstraZeneca’s failure to disclose trial pause caused US regulator to lose confidence, says NYT
    Rozina Sabur

    Would not trust this low budget vaccine . Happy to see someone is raising concerns.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Monday, December 14, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    AstraZeneca to work on Covid vaccine combinations with Russia’s Sputnik V developers

    PUBLISHED FRI, DEC 11 20204:52 AM ESTUPDATED FRI, DEC 11 20206:51 AM EST

    In a poll 59 % of the Russian population would not trust a vaccine . Interesting statistic.

    You could not pay me to take a Russian or Chinese made vaccine.

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Last night, police raided a house in Nonthaburi and arrested 40 people for allegedly gambling.

According to the deputy chief of the Central Investigation Bureau, 33 are Thais and 7 are migrant workers of the casino. The officials also confiscated decks of cards of the Dragon-Tiger game, plastic chips and some cash as evidence.

During the raid, the migrant workers allegedly revealed that the gambling operations at the home had only been going on for 2 days and that the owner planned to move it to other locations.

Police have been cracking down on gambling after the Covid-19 outbreak at a Rayong gambling den in line with the PM’s order made last week to shut down the illegal venues and tracking down “influential figures.”

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With Covid-19 cases linked to some illegal gambling dens, causing a headache for health officials trying to track down elusive gamblers to contain the virus, the former Finance Minister floated the idea to legalise gambling.

The former Finance Minister and current leader of the Kla Party, Korn Chaitkavanich, claims legalising gambling will help contain the spread of Covid-19. He also hinted that it will gain more tax revenue. If it’s legalised, gamblers will spend their money in legal casinos that pay taxes, drawing in more money the government can use for public improvements, he says.

The Royal Thai Police spokesperson insists police are pursuing legal action against owners of the illegal gambling dens. Interior Minister Anuphong Paojinda has also told provincial governors to suppress illegal gambling dens and take responsibility if more gambling dens are found.

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In Phuket, for example, if you want to travel from Bangkok to the island, officially there are restrictions on your travel, documented in a 3 page announcement last weekend. There was talk of a 14 day self quarantine being in place.

This week the Tourism Authority of Thailand has announced that travellers will not have to do a 14 day quarantine if they travel from Bangkok, except from four high risk areas in the capital

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