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Top Thai epidemiologist pushes for 4 week nationwide lockdown

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PHOTO: Facebook: Thira Woratanarat

Thailand needs a nationwide lockdown for at least 4 weeks to control the spread of the coronavirus, according to leading Thai epidemiologist Thira Woratanarat. But many governors and other public officials disagree with the idea of strict lockdown measures, especially on shutting down dine-in services, saying it could negatively impact on the poor.

Thira, who is on the faculty of medicine at Chulalongkorn University, makes regular updates on Facebook regarding the coronavirus pandemic. In the past, he’s stood firmly against reopening the country to tourism and has warned against shortening the mandatory quarantine period for people arriving in Thailand from overseas.

The doctor, who often warns about worst-case scenarios, says that if Thailand doesn’t immediately go into a nationwide lockdown, then the mortality rate could be as high as Japan.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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