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Fewer travellers at Bangkok bus and rail stations as Covid worries take hold

Maya Taylor




It’s a lot quieter at Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong train station and the Chatuchak bus terminal as Covid-19 restrictions take hold in the capital, leading some passengers to cancel their travel plans. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has already urged people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Public transport stations in Bangkok have implemented strict hygiene measures, including socially-distanced seating and the mandatory wearing of face masks for both staff and passengers. Thailand finds itself in the grip of a second wave of the virus, after seemingly going several months without any community transmission. Yesterday, there were 155 new cases reported, only 10 of which are in arrivals from overseas.

Tough restrictions have been imposed in the worst-affected provinces, which include Bangkok, the central province of Samut Sakhon, where the outbreak began, and the eastern province of Rayong. In Bangkok, all entertainment venues have been closed until January 4. Bars and restaurants serving food and drinks are permitted to operate, provided they implement strict hygiene measures and close by midnight. Hostess bars, horseracing tracks, and cockfighting arenas are some of the establishments that have been hit with the temporary closure order.

The Health Ministry has predicted an inevitable rise in cases across the country as a result of inter-provincial New Year travel. As yet, the government has neither confirmed nor denied plans for a nationwide lockdown once the holiday period is over. The PM has said it will depend on the situation at the time, adding that he doesn’t believe things will get so bad as to require a second national lockdown.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Issan John

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Thank God some people are being sensible, but there are still plenty of people on the road from other provinces and I doubt anyone’s taking any notice at all of any “urging” by the authorities given the plethora of confusing messages they’ve been making.

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    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    True look what happened in London when they said it will lockdown in 6 hrs a stampede to get out for the holidays and spread the virus which is what is happening in Thailand many provinces now have covid and many more will follow I do ask myself did covid ever go away the stream turned to a river and is soon to be a lagoon

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 11:16 pm

      I’m not in any position to comment on what’s happening in Bkk, but maybe you misunderstood me. When I said “plenty”” I didn’t mean “a flood”, certainly not to here.

      “Plenty” home to see family for the New Year, but nothing like as many as normal and maybe a quarter of the tourists, if that.

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    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Ian…I think it’s going to be a flood rather than a lagoon. The first wave is small compared to the second wave. Take it from someone who has lived through the second wave. Better hope for a widespread vaccine distribution before a third wave…. Otherwise no one will be coming to Thailand for a decade1

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    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Jason I was in thailand Feb until July in pataya and khun han i lived it my friend and to be truthful it was ok and lots better than living in UK at that time according to friends and family

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    Leo Z

    Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 1:53 am

    Or it may be a second and third wave, combined.

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