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Sunday Covid UPDATE: 17 more deaths and 2,101 covid-related infections

For Sunday, the numbers are out tallying the new infections and Covid-related deaths from Bangkok and the Thai provinces over the past 24 hours. There has been 17 deaths and 2,101 new cases. Thailand has now reached 83,375 total cases since January 2020 and 399 deaths.

• Meanwhile, Thai restauranteurs are pleading with PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to ease the Covid-19 restrictions, especially the ban on dine-in services in dark red zone provinces.

• On the aviation front, the third wave of Covid-19 around the country is forecast to show a drop in air travel by 38% for this financial year, according to the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand.

They expect the air traffic in Thailand to remain subdued until at least September this year. Aerothai’s executive VP for operations, said the number of local flights had been stable for the first half of April but it plummeted dramatically in the second half.

Despite the current wave, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand is still planning to relax restrictions for international flights to and from Thailand. The Government has re-iterated its commitment to reopen the country’s main tourist areas from July.

• Yesterday the CCSA said that Bangkok will need more beds for severely ill Covid-19 cases over the next couple of weeks, as the number of daily infections continue to rise.

Since the start of April, this is how the third wave has unravelled…

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Tim Newton

Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

9 Comments

  1. Is the governments refusal to vaccinate ‘dirty stinky farang’ an unconscious acknowledgment that foreigners are not and never have been the problem? Covid in Thailand is a Thai disease spread by Thai to Thai. That by the numbers is correct…no?

  2. reopening the country from July does not sound realistic according the world situation.i m not an expert but i do not see this happening really.in France for each public holidays restriction were lift up, since then daily reports talk for themselves. semi measures did not stop the spread. i m afraid if Thailand want to clean up the country, strong measures will have to take place as well as a lot of sacrifices.already many are suffering from the restrictions, it might be just the beginning. matter of fact we do not hear anything from China regarding the covid ……

  3. This is the same rate as in the UK.

    By the Thai rationale, they should close all the roads. They would save more lives.

    COVID is a disease we have to learn to live with. I completely understand the fear of it spiking before July, but I do think the Thais are more worried about losing their status as a low death country rather than actually saving lives.

  4. @J west – yes, and hard to understand why Thais infect Thais wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
    Maybe someone is secretly drinking a glass of wine in some restaurant?

  5. There are only two choices. Lockdown or vaccinate. If you can’t vaccinate yet, then locking down then easing off, then locking down etc will contain numbers but won’t rid the country. Spain is about to ease restrictions and numbers will increase. The governments know all this. They plan this way. All they need to do is protect their healthcare set ups. Thailand is no different. They initially went for a “Zero Covid” policy and hoped it would die out in a few months. Now, like nearly every other country, they are implementing a “containment” policy. They know what they are doing. But when you adopt a containment policy, you are also saying that you accept X number will die. No government wants to say that. So they talk up actions. Blame a few law breakers. And talk big on next steps in order to keep people from rioting on the streets. Clever…

  6. All the countries that thought lockdowns and border closures would solve their Covid problems are now seeing how wrong they were. Only mass vaccination will save any lives in the long run, not to mention the economy and social fabric.

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