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Poll: vast majority fear second virus wave, support foreign arrival ban

Jack Burton

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A recent opinion poll by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll, showed well over 90% of respondents fear a second wave of Covid-19 and want a complete ban on foreign arrivals in Thailand.

The poll, taken July 14-18, gauged the concerns of 1,459 Thai adults of various education levels and occupations, about the possibility of a second outbreak, following 2 incidents last week. 1 concerned members of an Egyptian military mission breaking quarantine rules, (1 of whom later tested positive for the virus); the other involved a Sudanese diplomat’s family, who stayed at a Bangkok condominium instead of a state quarantine facility, with 1 member of the family infected.

The poll showed 52.2% of the respondents are “very concerned” about the 2 incidents, 39.7% are “quite concerned”, while the rest are “not concerned at all”.

Regarding how to prevent a second wave of infections, 94.5% said all foreigners should be banned from entering Thailand, 86.4% suggest a stringent screening process, 83.8% say people must wear face masks and regularly wash their hands, 81.4% suggest the government keep people updated on the pandemic and 76.7% want free access to Covid-19 testing.

Asked to mention “5 things” that would worry them if there were a new wave of Covid-19, with each respondent allowed to give more than 1 answer, a whopping 95.9% cited the degree of the spread; 94.45% unemployment; 92.05% a shutdown of businesses; 84.17% their children’s schooling; and 84.17% another lockdown announcement. About 73.8% “believe there will be another round” of lockdowns, while the rest dismiss it as a possibility. To ease public concern, 47.4% of the respondents suggest the government should tighten screening measures without exception.

SOURCES: Thai PBS World | Bangkok Post

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Vast majority of a poll of 1459 say keep foreigners out.
    I think that is the same number they asked last time.
    Is anyone going to take notice?
    Make it a poll of a 100.000 and I will take it seriously

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    Bubba Lee

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Thailand has a proven method of detecting and containing COVID-19 for anyone entering Thailand, using preflight, post-flight testing, and 14-day quarantine with testing before release into the general population. Foreigners entering Thailand to return home to their Thai spouses, children, and families and community are just as concerned for their safety as any of the Thai repatriates. Weekly it appears Thiager journalist feels it is necessary to publicize a very sensationalized racist, panic spreading article of propaganda. They cite the same old story of a “recent poll” by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, regurgitating the same biased group of respondents over and over again. Why, what is their motive? Why do they insist on persuading all Thailand that all foreigners are unwanted?
    Anyone with one modicum of intelligence knows that polls can be molded to suit the pollster’s ulterior motives by the way the questions and people questioned are selected. Polls here are being sited as some sort of real narrative about Thai people’s innermost feeling of fear of foreigners bringing COVID-19 into Thailand. This is a simple spin, the narrative could be spun that due to the lack of proper quarantine procedures Thai people fear to allow all foreigners to enter Thailand. The author of this article is pushing his agenda in opposing foreigners’ entry. Instead of a vast majority fear, it could have been stated a minority fear… it’s all in the way you present the news that makes it fake.
    Thank you, Jack, for your fine support of people trying to return home to their families.

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      rinky stingpiece

      Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 5:16 pm

      Polls in every country are clickbait…

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      ThomasW

      Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      Fully agree. And how is the old saying, don’t trust a statistic (or poll) you didn’t falsify yourself.

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      Ferdy McCall

      Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 6:13 pm

      Spot on, Bubba

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    Phil

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    The Thai government have been very proficient at promoting a climate of abject fear throughout this entire event, so it’s no wonder you will find people who are “nervous” in what is a really pointless poll, that serves only to reinforce that fear factor even further. The recent Egyptian military fiasco is another mess in which the subsequent frantic shoulder-brushing and hand-washing to deflect responsibility only shows the true level of confidence and control. I polled my employees, and they are each more nervous about the government actions (or inactions) rather than any virus! You can get whatever result you want from a poll, as you can a graph or other infographic tool. As a matter of interest, how many of those polled were working in business related to tourism? The real question should be “WHY” are they nervous? After the first answer, you ask the fifth “why”, and you might just get to the facts of this matter!

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    Edy F.

    Monday, July 20, 2020 at 1:21 am

    Who can believe this ? The taiger is just working for false information. How many suicides in Thailand ? How many people without money now ? Do you really think thai people don’t want foreigners to come back ? Of course not.
    Your poll is only a one more lie. You don’t want to see the reality. But look behind you. Truth is coming..

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    Jasmin

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    What are Thai government going to do with its flat-broke tourist system? Many of hotel employees have nothing to eat. They will rather die from hunger then Covid 19. And how long Thailand will have closed borders? The virus will be present in our life. It will never go away. Once Thailand will open borders and many of Thais will get sick because they don’t have specific immunity.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Norwegian-flagged ship with 6 Covid-19 infections off Songkla

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PHOTO: A Norwegian-flagged ship with 6 Covid-19 cases floats off Songkla. (via Boa.no)

A Norwegian-flagged ship is currently floating off the coast of Songkla in the south of Thailand with 6 crew members infected with Covid-19. The offshore support vessel is named the Boa Deep C and is currently anchored near Ko Nu Island and awaiting further instructions. A spokesman for the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre confirmed that the boat has been waiting there since May 12.

At the Songkla Deep Sea Port, an official in the International Disease Control Office reported that the boat has 29 crew members on board for a journey that began on May 1 from India. The boat previously docked at port in Singapore for a stopover before travelling on to the Thai port.

The offshore support vessel arrived in the area around 8 am 0n May 11. At that time, Port of Songkla officials inspected the ship’s documents and administered Covid-19 swab tests to all people on board. The ship was originally cleared to travel on to Chon Buri and departed at 5 pm.

But later that evening around 10 pm, test results came back and revealed that 2 crew members from Ukraine, 2 from Poland, 1 from Russia, and 1 from India all tested positive for Covid-19. The ship was immediately ordered to return back to Songkla port by the local marine office.

The vessel arrived back the next day and was instructed to anchor by Ko Nu Island and await further updates. They were informed that travelling to any other seaport in Thailand or a nearby oil platform was strictly prohibited for any crew member. A field hospital was established on board the ship to isolate and begin treatment of the six Covid-19 infected crew members. None have reported any severe symptoms yet.

The maritime enforcement centre has dispatch patrol boats to observe the waters around the vessel and make sure that nobody leaves the Covid-19 infected ship and that nobody is allowed onto the boat. Officials in Songkla will continue to monitor the boat, stating that the ship is free to return to its country of origin at any time as long as they inform Thai officials first.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Poll: Work from home popular, reduces Covid-19, helps gov’t

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PHOTO: Working from home is believed to help slow the spread of Covid-19 among other advantages. (via PxHere)

As far as strategies to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infections goes, work from home policies may be the most popular, far more liked than masks and lockdowns. In a recent poll by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, 1,533 people in Thailand were asked about their opinions on working from home. The majority of responses were well in favour of it.

The Suan Dusit poll was conducted online and found that when asked about various opinions and attitudes towards working from home, nearly 75% of respondents believed that staying home to work made them feel safer and could prevent Covid-19 from spreading more. Nearly half also felt like working from home was a good way to cooperate with government policies regarding Covid-19.

Nearly 43% of those polled were working from home. Only about 23% of people never worked from home, while just under 35% of people worked in some combination of home and at their office or place of business. Just over 40% of respondents said they lacked the equipment at home that would allow them to work from home.

While people generally like to work from home, those surveyed did believe that there were pros and cons to it. 44% felt working from home gave them more personal time for themselves and more time with their families. 88% believed it had a positive effect on the Covid-19 pandemic and 70% loved how working from home reduced travel and commute costs. Over 60% viewed it as a way to help the government in their struggle against Covid-19.

On the downside, about 66% of those surveyed complained that they saw an increase in their household bills as their usage of water, electricity and internet went up. 62% had trouble without their normal work equipment and 46% said slow communication was an issue.

Oddly though, when asked which they preferred, only 18% completely favoured working from home, while double the amount preferred the office and 37% liked both equally. Just under 9% gave no opinion. Overall though, work from home as a Covid-19 fighting policy had a success rating of 70% by those polled.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Covid UPDATE: 2,302 new infections and 24 deaths, provincial totals

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The CCSA have announced 2,302 new infections and 24 Covid-related deaths over the past 24 hours. There’s now been a total of 101,447 infections and 589 deaths since the start of Thailand’s tally on January 18, 2020. More than 64,000 are registered as ‘recovered’. 35,055 people remain under treatment at public and field hospitals.

More news briefs on the Covid situation below.

Here are the provincial totals for Sunday as reported from the past 24 hours.

Covid UPDATE: 2,302 new infections and 24 deaths, provincial totals | News by ThaigerCovid UPDATE: 2,302 new infections and 24 deaths, provincial totals | News by ThaigerCovid UPDATE: 2,302 new infections and 24 deaths, provincial totals | News by ThaigerCovid UPDATE: 2,302 new infections and 24 deaths, provincial totals | News by ThaigerCovid UPDATE: 2,302 new infections and 24 deaths, provincial totals | News by ThaigerCovid UPDATE: 2,302 new infections and 24 deaths, provincial totals | News by Thaigerβ€’ A new study highlights the often maligned effectiveness of the Sinovac and AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, showing they are both quite effective in boosting the immune system against the Coronavirus. The Center of Excellence in Clinical Virology of the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University conducted the study that found that one month after the first shot of AstraZeneca, over 97% of people had developed immune responses. Results were not yet in for the second injection.

Three weeks after the first injection of the Sinovac vaccine, just under 66% of people had developed immune responses, but four weeks after the second injection, that number jumped to an impressive 99.49%.

Full report HERE.

β€’ Indonesia is temporarily halting distribution of a single batch of AstraZeneca vaccine to check for “sterility and toxicity” The temporary action follows reports of a few adverse effects after immunisations.

The batch consists of 448,480 vaccine doses that arrived in the southeast Asian nation last month, part of a delivery of more than 3.85 million doses. Some of the doses have been distributed in part of the capital, Jakarta, and the province of North Sulawesi.

β€’ Starting Monday, restaurants in Bangkok, Nonthaburi (immediately north of Bangkok), Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan (south east of Bangkok) will be allowed to offer dine-in services at 25% of seating capacity until 9pm.

Restaurants in other 17 Red Zone provinces will be allowed to stay open until 11pm without seating limitations. Restaurants in the other Orange Zone provinces will be allowed to resume “normal operations”, though alcoholic beverages may not be served anywhere across the country. In the Red Zones, schools can open as normal with permission from local and provincial authorities. In the Orange Zone schools can open without permission but under the latest rules.

β€’ The Office of the PM has dismissed as false online rumours that Her Majesty the Queen was infected with Covid-19.

The office urged people to monitor Covid-19 news from a reliable channel, such as the Facebook page of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

β€’ Chonburi and Chiang Mai are being removed rom the dark red zone, or maximum control area, due to an improvement in the Covid situation in those 2 areas.

β€œIf this proposal is approved by the prime minister, there would only be 4 provinces designated as dark red zone, namely Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan.”

Chonburi, with only 33 new infections yesterday, will be moved to the orange zone, or medium control area, joining 16 other provinces… Kanchanaburi, Chachoengsao, Tak, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Ayutthaya, Phetchaburi, Yala, Ranong, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Samut Sakhon, Songkhla and Surat Thani.

Phuket was also downgraded into the Orange Zone category.

 

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