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Locals threaten to burn hall if converted to field hospital

Neill Fronde



FILE PHOTO: Locals fear a field hospital will bring Covid-19 to their neighbourhood.

Citing fears of Covid-19 spreading, terrified locals threatened to burn down a Nakhon Si Thammarat conference hall authorities were preparing as a possible field hospital. The hall in the Muang district was one of several locations provincial authorities were readying as potential makeshift medical care facilities if the Covid-19 outbreak worsens. As of now, the governor chose 3 sites at Phra Phrom Hospital, Walailak University and Phor Than Khlai Hospital to be used for field hospitals, so far avoiding this panicked backlash.

Residents hung banners in front of Thung Thalad conference hall with messages of opposition, with one sign saying directly that if the municipality sets up a field hospital, the residents of Na Khian will burn it down. Local leaders explain that the townspeople are terrified that patients will be brought from other areas with their Covid-19 infections and the medical facility would bring an outbreak of Coronavirus in their neighbourhood.

The local residents did offer a concession, however, as an alternative to the hall they threatened to burn if converted to a field hospital. Townspeople said they would allow Ban Khlong Din School to use one building as a quarantine facility only for local people who are at risk of infection. The 3 field hospitals that the provincial communicable disease control panel had already agreed to set up would only be used to treat patients from established hospitals who were experiencing only mild symptoms.

In Nakhon Si Thammarat now, tourist-friendly walking streets and markets are temporarily closed and fresh markets and flea markets would also be closed for 2 days to undergo a thorough cleaning and disinfection. Service establishments and other Covid-19 prone businesses had been closed for 14 days, but that order was extended indefinitely until the outbreak calms. Festivals and other large group gatherings have been cancelled and banned as well. The only exception is for funerals, where Covid-19 safety protocols must be strictly enforced and attendees limited to 50 people.

SOURCE: Phuket News


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    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Local communities have every right to control what happens in their area. Small communities, and free markets will get the job done best and for the right price.

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    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Of course burn it when full of asymptomatics. This will revive the success of nazi camps. Amazing thailand

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    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Relaxe Thailand people, just relaxe! The virus is not so bad, just look at china. No one g’ets sick and die in china, so relaxe people

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    Mark R

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Yes, this is precisely the kind of hysteria that journalists have been spreading for the last 17 months. Ya happy?

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    David Mann

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:48 am

    I don’t know what concerns me more. Covid or the fact that there are people making comments like this that share this planet with me. Totally idiotic and selfish individuals. Why don’t you do something helpful and go and help out in a Delhi Covid ward. What a bunch of jerks

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 4:35 am

    Besides the need for the entire country to work together and help each other. This is the result of months and months of overly demonizing covid and basically scaring the snot out of the population in order to justify government actions. So much so the government convinced themselves there was no need to rush and purchase vaccines since they had done such a great job containing the virus. Frightened people can do some really dumb things.

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    funny coz its true

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 6:18 am

    @EdwardV – The army boys have spent the last year in a massive circle jerk, congratulating themselves and feathering their own nests, this kinda snuck up on them really.

    Oh well that’s karma for you

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:04 am

    NIMBY even strikes with the threat of a field hospital.

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Sending asymptomatic people to field hospitals is a human right violation.

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Let the local people do what they want.

    As long as they remember that if they get Covid they will not be allowed to access medical treatment outside of their area.

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    It’s the old “not in my back yard” mentality. That picture is exactly what a Covid field hospital should look like. Well ventilated, covered and open air. The MASKED patients should not present a threat to anyone there or near the compound.

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    What is that expression again? Ah yes, love thy neighbour.

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    @Buylocal…the first part of your comment…just simply, no. They don’t have every right to control what happens in their area. They have a lot of input as to their wants and needs but ultimately, they have a right to nothing more than their personal property, including land and house. What goes on around them is controlled by laws and the entities that enforce those laws…it’s called a civilized society. Stop with the soapbox nonsense. The rest of your comment isn’t relevant to the situation, although I agree with free market concepts.

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    @David Mann – Agreeed 100%

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Here we we see an example of what I have said in earlier posts. The government won’t be able to control the population when it starts opposing rules en masse. They don’t have the resources, just like in the west. That’s why “democratic” governments can’t issue full lockdowns and close businesses from the start when there are few cases. Even uttering these words in China or Vietnam can send you to ten years in a labor camp.

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    @Mark R – Spot on. If you keep putting irrational fears in people’s minds for long enough, they will inevitably have irrational reactions eventually.

    And I cannot help thinking that this kind of reactions might be the premisses of what is waiting for non-vaccinated people around the world in the very near future, weather it is people that chose not to or cannot for medical and other reasons. Not vaccinated? You cannot enter our village… you cannot enter my restaurant, my bar… you cannot work in my company… you cannot travel by public transport… stay home and do not get out. And that it seems clear now that all these vaccines do not prevent to catch the virus and spread it does not matter at all, rationality is not part of the human being thinking process anymore, you are not vaccinated, get out of here. I just hope I am wrong…

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    It is not the time for human rights and freedom.The situation will get worse,if these skeptics do not change their mindset,just like in America,whereby more than 3 millions are infected with more than half a million deaths.

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    It is not the time for human rights and freedom.If these skeptics do not change their mindset,then the situation will get worse.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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