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Over 10,000 schools to close across Thailand in bid to curb virus spread

Maya Taylor

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Over 10,000 schools, in at least 28 Thai provinces, are to close until January 31 and switch to online learning, in an effort to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The Kingdom is in the grip of a resurgence after months of no local transmission.

On the southern resort island of Phuket, Governor Narong Woonciew has ordered all schools to close from tomorrow until January 20 as a preventative measure. The order has caused some confusion (and a bit of panic) among islanders, given that the same governor confirmed the island’s 3 Covid patients had recovered and were being discharged from hospital. The closure of Phuket’s schools comes as some residents voice concern over the number of out-of-province visitors to the island during the recent New Year holiday.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan has ordered all public and private schools in the worst-affected provinces to close with immediate effect. The Bangkok Post reports that the provinces hit with the directive are Bangkok, Tak, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Lop Buri, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Nakhon Nayok, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Suphan Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Samut Prakan, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Trat, Rayong, Chumphon and Ranong.

As they did in early 2020, during the first Covid-19 wave, schools are being asked to return to online learning, using guidelines issued by the Education Ministry. Teachers are being asked to prepare online learning materials, which students will access through an Education Ministry platform.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Fred glue

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11:48 am

    What can I say just sad, 12 months ago it started this stupid virus, from the origin of the C-19.
    I don’t think we would be in this mess, if someone stood up from where it all started, too say we have a proplem,,,, and we need your help, too eradicate this C-19. We are all left too devend ourselves.
    The virus could have started anywhere (who knows) if sharing a proplem 95% of the proplem solved.
    The world leaders of the globe are just plain (Richard cranium heads) they will not talk too each other ,peoples lives are in danger hear. This reminds me of a movie that I seen many years ago. It was called the gangs of New York. (Anyone seen it , that my come true) I do need a knowledgeable person too comment on this. If Issan John is up & thinking, I will take his reply on board. We don’t need hatred at this time. Please keep your comments clean , nasty replies are not needed. If you can help in this matter Issan John please let rip.
    Thanks.

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      Fred glue

      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 3:11 pm

      Can’t stay awake 4 Issan John honest comment or reply.. past my bed time…. good nite…?

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    JTT

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    I feel grateful for living in Thailand and enjoy the weather and all the benefits of being an ex-pat in this beautiful country. Accepting that the virus is here and doing the best not to get it, to protect me, my family and others is my main priority. 2021 will be a challenge, but 2022 will be the year that most of the world population is vaccinated and that live slowly can return to normal. Don’t spend too much now, accept what we cannot change, and enjoy the day; that’s my motto.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Exactly, JTT.

    While schoolchildren themselves are relatively safe from the virus, sadly the schools are super-spreader locations as is happening in one of the popular schools some 30 kms from me, now closed.

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