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UPDATE: 5 coastal provinces still open – Prayut rejects “total lockdown” proposal

Caitlin Ashworth



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The proposal for a “total lockdown” restricting travel in and out of 5 coastal provinces was rejected by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. The provinces, Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat, are implementing strict measures to control the spread of the virus, but the provinces will not be completely sealed off.

In earlier reports, Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutacha has praised PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration for agreeing to the lockdown. Now reports say that Prayut did not agree to a lockdown and the proposal was also rejected by deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam.

Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Rayong and Chanthaburi are classified as “red zones” with maximum control to combat the coronavirus. Trat is classified as a “yellow zone” with fewer than 50 cases, but authorities are enforcing strict health measures.

The provinces have set up checkpoints to screen motorists and check temperatures. The Bangkok Post reports that Chon Buri has set up 47 checkpoints. CCSA spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin says people are strongly advised to limit travel to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“People in the 5 provinces will face greater inconvenience due to the measures being applied.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    Typical pattern since this shitshow started. Rejecting and not doing anything that helps but rather the opposite and wait till the numbers blowup, and then lock everything down and blame the people for not being catious enough and here we go another 1 month at minimum complete lockdown

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    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Time to lock down, do as England does, if you can not score the first time, try second, or third.

    Good luck Thailand.

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    Irritated Tourist

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    I’d suggest to publish covid related restrictions with one voice or through one instance instead of spreading opinions or wishes from every from every single village mayor. From outside this doesn’t feel really reliable.

    PR class first semester.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 5:33 pm

      There IS no “one voice” – that’s the problem.

      The buck’s being passed.

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    John Landy

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Wow, really sad to see Thailand make reckless decisions while the situation was well handled in March/April.
    What’s next, a Swedish-model “herd immunity” approach. Come on now, why shoot yourself in the foot now? Beggars belief…

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 5:36 pm

      Someone doesn’t want to risk being unpopular ….. now that REALLY “beggars belief” 🙂

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        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:57 pm

        Issan John…no worries here, we have always considered you as being unpopular!!
        ????? Ha,ha!

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    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 8:09 am

    To still let UK tourist come to Thailand is still for Money only

    If this new strain gets into Thailand with Thai conditions

    God help Thailand

    Very stupid move Thailand

    Good Luck


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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:48 am

    I think they are beginning to see sense. They have to let the citizens take the risk if they choose to.
    The risk is not as high as the publicity claims . . .

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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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