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Despite Thailand going over 2 months without a locally transmitted case of Covid-19, the US embassy has sent thousands of face masks to Chiang Rai province. A representative of the US embassy delivered the masks, valued at around 458,000 baht, to authorities in Chiang Rai this week. Regional US honorary consul general Sean O’Neil says the USA wants to help provide protection to the hill tribe people living in the remote mountains.

“We are honoured that the Thai authorities trust us to help provide this equipment. We believe the Covid-19 face masks will be helpful for the poverty-stricken citizens during this pandemic and hope they will help them stay safe from the virus.”

Thailand, which began strict containment and lockdown measures in March, hasn’t recorded any local transmissions of the virus in over 60 days. This remarkable record, which some credit to the genetics of people in countries along the Mekong Delta including Vietnam and Laos, without evidence, has impressed officials at the World Heath Organisation, who have chosen Thailand to feature in a documentary on the pandemic alongside New Zealand.

By contrast, the US has recorded 4.3 million infections and suffered 149,398 deaths as of today, the highest in the world – and seen protests against lockdown restrictions and the use of masks.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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    Glenn

    Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    burn them, use them as coffee filters, maybe childrens diapers… and tell the ussa govt to mind their own business and go away! the govt is NEVER there to help out. and this comment from a US citizen.

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      Dave p

      Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 10:43 pm

      Agree also from usa

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    Gosport

    Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Poor Sam, good luck Sam

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    rob

    Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    America is always trying to export their brand of existentialism. This is just a back handed way of doing that and tell them their arrogance is not warranted or needed!

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, July 27, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Are hill tribe people at much risk isolated as they are up in the hills?
    A nice gesture but the money should have been spent on more effective aid to Thailand.
    Besides, the government have just received 300 millions from Red Bull.
    They could have given hill tribes face masks.

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      Dave

      Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 10:41 pm

      My stupid counttry. Giving masks to people who dont need them also they bought the masks from china. I think we could use them in the broke usa. But that makes to much sense

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