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Thailand’s Covid task force to make preparations in event of “second wave”



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The spokesman for Thailand’s Covid-19 task force. Dr. Taweesin, says the government is making sure it’s ready to handle any potential second wave of the virus. Dr Taweesin Visanuyoth says the recent mishaps with an infected Egyptian soldier in Rayong and a Covid-positive Sudanese child in Bangkok, have taught the government a valuable lesson. Taweesin stresses the importance of being ready to deal with any spike in virus numbers as more businesses open up.

Over 6,700 people in Rayong have tested negative for the virus, with over 360 Bangkok residents also testing negative. Both cities were rocked by recent Covid scares, when it was revealed an Egyptian soldier had violated self-isolation rules by visiting various malls in Rayong, while a Sudanese girl who arrived with her diplomat father and family, later tested positive for the virus while staying at a condo in the capital. The family’s diplomatic status meant they were exempt from the usual requirement to quarantine on arrival.

Rayong, in particular, was hit hard by the panic caused by the Egyptian soldier testing positive. The reaction led to many businesses closing down once more, as well as the cancellation of domestic travel to the region. Taweesin says the reaction to the news must serve as a lesson to the government, pointing to Japan’s way of dealing with localized outbreaks, which consists of 2 phases. The first phase closes off the immediate area of ​​the outbreak, along with high-risk venues such as schools. The second phase involves declaring a national emergency and imposing mandatory social distancing.

“What we have to learn is the economy must move forward. In cases like Rayong, the entire city can be closed instead of just shopping malls and hotels, because there is a strong possibility of transmission. “

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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  1. Glenn

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    the first ‘wave’ was less than 60 deaths in 6 months and 99.95% of the population unaffected by cv, and the govt assassinated the travel and tourism industry, and hurt most others, and still maintains an ’emergency’ stance and wants the public to live in fear. one could not make up such absurdity if it were fiction.

    and now they want to prepare for a second wave?! how? lock everyone in their homes? ban all social gatherings, close most businesses, blame and believe all foreign propaganda news? this is beyond nuts – so far beyond reason and logic even for thailand.

    be careful thailand or the country will find itself in a dictatorship lead massive economic depression with major loss of freedoms.

    • rinky stingpiece

      Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      Today MIT reported that the true number of cases may be ten times the reported number, globally.
      I tend to not regard MIT as having much interest in cultivating or propagating conspiracy theories.

      Thailand does need to shift away from tourism into online and computing work, and it has done for the last few years. When you look at the graphs post 2014 oil shock, you see a correlation with the growth of personal debt. Brexit also reduced the spending power of the relatively large percentage of farang expats who are British, and the relatively high spending (pubs, “entertainment”, and restaurants) British and Australian tourists. The Thai economy has been under pressure the last few years, and its “strengthening” currency has tightened export revenues.
      Skilling up for a digital economy will take time and effort, and it will also need international input, especially from the main English-speaking countries, where freedom and prosperity are relatively common.

  2. Edy F.

    Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 3:10 am

    Second wave is a myth. The media is the virus. The aim is to keep people in fear so they will run to get the vaccine. Big money to make for Big Pharma. They don’t care health, they only care money and power. And these vaccines are useless and extremely dangerous for populations.

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