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PM asks reporters to “ease off” on new Covid-19 stories



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With the nation rattled by news of 2 new Covid-19 infections among “VIPs” who were exempted from testing when they arrived in the country – one an Egyptian soldier, the other the 9 year old daughter of a Sudanese diplomat – PM Prayut Chan-o-cha asked reporters today to make their reports on the new cases “less scary”. He said the latest case, in Rayong province, is the government’s fault and anybody affected by it will be provided with help.

When the PM was asked “what scares people into not leaving home”, his reply was “the press”.

“You should ease off on spreading news about recent cases.  Tell people to shop as usual as the situation is not severe.”

“What’s more, Thailand has suffered through the Covid-19 crisis and effectively brought it to an end.”

“We can deal with these new cases as well. We don’t know if there will be more new infections or whether they’ll come from local people.”

The premier is reportedly planning to visit Rayong in the near future following .

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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  1. Sam Thompson

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Well at least there is honesty in the dishonesty

  2. Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Ease of or else right P.M.
    you are the one scaring everyone.
    If the virus is under control and you can handle new cases, ease off on the unneeded restrictions.
    Open the borders. Open the airports and if you do not let people arrive let them leave.

  3. Elmer

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    And yes #openthailandagain, extend visas, the country’s economy is dying.
    Indonesia is doing so. Why couldn’t you?

  4. Anh Lam

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Its the same story over and over. The rich and famous get whst they want, and the lower class get nothing but the stuff that is produced every day in governmental trash. VIP’s or not, Diplomats or the plain citizen should all be put in the same line. Who knows were these diplomats have been or carrying… IS OK SIR, GO AHEAD AND STEP RIGHT THROUGH! I hear it and see it every day in some sort of daily activity.. I stand in line like a cow lined up for the slaughter, these so called diplomats need to stsnd and feel the humiliation of what the general public feels.. Maybe then they would do something for the midfle and lower class.

  5. Phil

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    Easing off the reporting of covid case stories is also a great way of ensuring nothing showing official bungling is made public! The hysteria around covid is government driven, so maybe that should be what is eased off first! At least the PM could then say he is leading by example!

  6. Edy F.

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Who can trust this people ? And why American army came to Thailand a few days ago ?

  7. Kai

    Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 2:13 am

    It seems for me that thai government do not know how to deal with corona. They need to look to countries like Germany norway and so on. You can open up. Not be affraid about corona. But i think thailand do not need tourist.

  8. Peter

    Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 3:52 am

    I fully agree with what the PM is saying here. I get upset by this drama reporting on front pages because of just a few infected individuals. There are thousands of infected every day in the US so come on….
    If Thailand want tourist back then there is a need to calm down and accept that people get COVID-19 from time to time. Those unfortunate isolate and contact tracing will be done to quarantine people who have had direct contact but in my opinion it is a huge overkill to shut down schools and shopping centers etc.
    We need to adapt to a lifestyle accepting COVID-19 is here or there will never be an end to this crisis.

  9. Zeke

    Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 7:51 am

    These people never had covid when they left their home countries, nor did they have it upon arrival. Where did they catch it from?

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