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A new report by the World Bank has indicated that 1.5 million Thais are approaching the poverty line after Covid-19 ravaged the tourism-dependent economy. In 2020, the report says the poverty ratio in Thailand increased to 8.8%, compared with 2019’s figure of 6.2%.

The report is troubling as the Thai economy already passed rock bottom in the 2nd quarter of 2020, with the the 2nd wave of Covid hitting just before the year end. Now, as many provinces have essentially went into lockdown from domestic and foreign tourism, workers are out of jobs, whereas before, domestic tourism was serving as a way to help businesses survive.

The government stimulated the economy by spending the equivalent of 13% of the gross domestic product, but the World Bank is predicting it may take 2 more years for Thailand to return its economic situation to its pre-Covid state. But the news is not all bad as the World Bank expects the Thai GDP to grow by 4% this year, instead of declining by 6.5% last year.

Such reasoning is due to the expectations of the Covid-19 vaccine being rolled out, and global economic growth. But if the Covid-19 situation becomes more severe, the expected economic growth would decline to 2.4%. Political instability in Thailand is another risk factor as months of protests have shaken views on Thailand’s government, which has invoked the lese majeste defamation law on protesters who were criticising the Royal family. Human rights organisations have issued statements that condemned the government as it began charging minors with the law.

Today, Thailand reports 309 new cases of Covid-19, with 80 being locally transmitted. Most of the cases were due to active testing and 12 were from those already in quarantine. Thailand is expected to receive 50,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines by the first week of February. The shipment is part of the first lot of 26 million doses on the agreed purchase in October of last year.

SOURCE: TNA

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Well 1.5 million Thai should march on Bangkok and throw out the tyrant government that caused this fiasco.
    The police and the army will not be able to stop even 250 thousand.
    In fact the police and army probably want rid of this government as much as the citizens.
    The government and their pals are not approaching poverty . . .

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:42 pm

      Odd that while there’s been no shortage of protests recently about everything from the role of the monarchy to school uniforms, from LGBT rights to abortion, there have been NO protests at all about keeping the borders closed and NO protests about lockdowns and the loss of domestic as well as foreign tourism.

      NONE AT ALL.

      There’s been a lot of whingeing from the tourism sector, virtually exclusively from foreign owned businesses and foreign hoteliers supported by foreign wannabe tourists, but NONE from Thais.

      Now why is that?

      Because there’s a broad base of support for the PM and the government?

      Or because Thais DON’T want the borders open, and DON’T want any changes made there?

      I think I’ll go for the latter …..

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        Stephen Westrip

        Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 9:59 am

        Issan John – whingeing from the tourism sector. Your inference being they really have nothing to complain about. What utter nonsense! Your reference to foreign owners is your prejudice that overlooks that it is a great number of Thais that are affected, directly or indirectly, by the decimation of the tourism industry in Phuket, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai etc..

        Perhaps they aren’t protesting as they are already on their knees.

        Your belief you know what Thais think shows the size of your ego!

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          Issan John

          Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 12:30 pm

          No, the inference being that they’re whingeing.

          … and the reference to it being primarily by foreign owners isn’t “prejudice”,but easily verifiable fact.

          Yes, Thais are affected just as much if not more but unlike the foreigners they’re not whingeing about it because they can see the necessity for the good of their country.

          The whingeing foreigners either can’t see that or, more probably, don’t care about it.

          I’m not suggesting I “know what Thais think” – simply that all the surveys spell it out as does the complete lack of any protests about it despite the considerable number of protests about virtually everything else.

          If you’re unable to see that it doesn’t show the size of your ego but the limit of your interest.

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            Gullible is written on ceiling

            Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 1:02 pm

            do you really believe Everything you read?

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            Stephen Westrip

            Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 9:05 am

            So are you saying that whingeing foreign owners have nothing to whinge about and that their complaints are baseless? You also say that Thais aren’t complaining because they recognise it is for the ‘good of the country’! That implies that foreign owners don’t care about the country that they have a business in. What utter, utter garbage!!

            Issan John – you are not worth arguing with as we see from all your other comments across all other articles that you are ALWAYS right and the rest of us are ALWAYS wrong. I have never once seen you concede any point. Must be great to be right every day of every week!

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        14cycles

        Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm

        Or because the media has been on a 24/7 mission convincing people covid is the most dangerous thing ever. And the people bought it. If the reporting changed to, throw out the govt open the country up, that would likely happen.

        You fail to recognize and give credit the grip the media has on the minds of people.

        Its scary… the media. Not covid.

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          Issan John

          Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:06 pm

          … and social media, too. They must all be wrong, of course …

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        harry1

        Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 3:49 pm

        well issan john,wait another 3 months when the high season is over and the reality set in and the long low season kicks in, no business and little financial support, then we see how the thai will react ?

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        Toby Andrews

        Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 3:58 pm

        Of course there have been no protests, the tyrant dictators have effectively made protesting illegal on the the pretence that it will spread the virus.
        The virus that has a .002 chance of killing anyone.

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        Dreqo

        Friday, January 29, 2021 at 9:21 pm

        As usual, a useless perspective from a white person who was wisely isolated in Issan by a slick better-half, that thinks they’re “in with the Thais” lmfao. Your constant, non-stop, rose tinted borderline belligerent comments are generally regarded as nonsense by everyone who reads this drivel, by this point. Pour another, go outside and find something better to do with your time, the bit you’ve left.

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      EdwardV

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:22 pm

      Actually it’s not 1.5, it’s 5.2M in poverty. The 1.5M is the increase in the year 2020. By the way, the World Bank calculates the poverty line at 165 Baht per day.

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    Brian

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    That was the idea. Impoverishing people is what they had in mind. Klaus Schwab advocated using COVID-19 as an excuse to ram through unwanted social and economic changes. The media supported it because fear earns them ad revenue. As the years go by, it will become apparent that there was nothing especially remarkable about COVID-19 compared to other years. It was a pretense to consolidate power. Making poor people suffer is one of the very predictable results. But, hey, don’t trust your own eyes when you watch the video of Schwab up on stage saying this stuff. It’s all just a conspiracy theory!

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      Ray

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:50 pm

      Total rubbish. Go back play your games on the computer when looking for clues is your satisfaction in life. Any government, even those run by autocratic money grabbers, does not benefit from poor citizens. On the contrary, it poses the danger that they will be removed by angry mobs who have nothing to lose. Dictators, like Putin, Erdohan and others want a thriving economy so they can pick the cherries from the cake.

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        Craig

        Friday, January 22, 2021 at 6:27 pm

        Agreed

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        Brian

        Friday, January 22, 2021 at 6:55 pm

        I’m not sure what you mean about “games on the computer”. I don’t play games. Please answer honestly: have you heard about Belarus turning down an IMF bribe of around a billion dollars to impose lockdown and other typical COVID restrictions? Are you familiar with Schwab’s remarks about using COVID-19 as a pretense to force sweeping changes?

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          Issan John

          Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:12 pm

          “heard about” it, ‘yes’.

          Seen any even remotely credible evidence? No.

          Seen any evidence at all, even not credible? No.

          It’s absurd. The biggest losers would be the very governments Schwab is saying would gain.

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          Ray

          Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 3:30 pm

          Sorry Brian, I don’t need to read up all the crap that’s circling online. Conspiracy believers are like toddlers on a kindergarten. If one sees a class mate making a mistake he calls him stupid. The response is normally: no, you are stupid (for whatever reason, wrong haircut for example). When enough friends begin shouting ” no you are stupid” than he actually does’t loose face. This Trump card is continuously used by adult conspiracy believers. Simply reverse the truth, keep repeating it like a mantra and get as much people behind you. The conspiracy follower is like a person who believes he has a brain tumor because he has headaches. He reads up books for neuroscientists and finds explanations using medical terms, he doesn’t understand, why a brain tumor can cause headaches. It is no use to argue with conspiracy believers because they have a priori assumptions and build on that. They want to believe these conspiracies because they feel cornered in a world that has become to complicated for them to understand. The people who spin these theories play this sentiment and use it for their own agenda, which is often keeping power and money.

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      David Mann

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 6:16 pm

      Sorry Brian but I have to say that’s going too far. I agree that the world appears to have overreacted in many ways, though this has been driven entirely by the numbers which stop hospitals and health services being over run. With 400,000+ deaths in the US alone it is wrong to suggest that Covid is something that can be left unchecked in society. Bear in mind that these number are in spite of the actions taken and would perhaps be far higher had the world simply carried on.
      The world will have to learn to live with this virus, just as we have with seasonal flu. Most Western countries are understanding that Covid will account for many thousands of deaths each year, just as flu does. However we have vaccines for seasonal flu and we now have them for Covid. The problem countries like Thailand have, is that they have programmed their population to thinking Zero is the only acceptable number. As with Flu, Covid is here to stay and every country needs a way to both manage the effects and expectations.
      It is baffling that Thailand hasn’t looked to reduce its quarantine period. I would have though a Covid test no more than 72 hours before travel, followed by a 5 day quarantine and a further Covid test, would eliminate 95%+ of the risk. There is a far far higher risk from Thailand’s porous borders. Once vaccines are rolled out across the world I would expect Thailand and other countries to require proof of vaccination at least 28 days before travel. If less then 28 days then a short quarantine period of no more than 5 days

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        Bill

        Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:05 pm

        Hey David. The numbers are largely deceiving. Hospitals get paid 17k if the death is labeled as covid. Nonagenarians are being labeled covid deaths if they test positive (maybe even false pos) at time of death. Nursing homes (really really sick) people who have covid at time of death are labeled as covid (even if they have HIV!!!). Yes there are exceptional cases where young healthy people die but those are the true exceptions. For the most part, covid only kills the sick and dying who would be dead by another cause within a few years. It’s time to stop the fear-mongering.

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          Issan John

          Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:08 pm

          “Hospitals get paid 17k if the death is labeled as covid” in what country? On what planet?

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          David Mann

          Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:46 pm

          Hi Bill. Yes I agree the numbers are being fixed, adjusted and tweaked in all kinds of ways depending on what the agenda is. However, the one number that seems consistent is the so called “excess deaths”. In each of the worst affected country these numbers are often 25%-100% more than the average over the past 5 years. I’ve no doubt heart attacks and even car accidents where someone has had a positive Covid test in the past few weeks is getting counted incorrectly. However, the one key number is the Excess deaths. And as I said, this is when we have had travel restrictions, lockdowns, social distancing and face masks. Imagine what it would be had we just carried on as normal?
          I’m sure many governments and private hospitals are using this pandemic for their own interests. But I feel the pandemic is real and is killing many hundreds of thousands that would otherwise have many years of life ahead. Equally, I’m sure many thousands or suffering from poverty and some taking their own life through suicide. Japans suicide rate is on the increase again after some years of falling.
          But don’t worry, predominately western countries are coming to the aid of the world. I’m sure US and European citizens will be given visa free travel to Thailand for life once this is under control. You know, as a way of saying thank you for saving our sorry asses (pigs may fly also one day ??)

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          Ray

          Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 5:25 pm

          ……..and the earth is flat. Isn’t it Bill?

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        Issan John

        Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:26 pm

        I’m not sure why it’s “baffling that Thailand hasn’t looked to reduce it’s quarantine period”.

        It could hardly be simpler.

        14 days works, while 5 days doesn’t.

        Even if correct, which it isn’t, “eliminating 95% of the risk after 5 days” from 40 million tourists potentially leaves 2 million.

        Taking that risk unnecessarily having been so successful for the last year is something Thais very clearly see no point in. The only people who do, unsurprisingly, are those whose countries have completely failed to control the risks and the virus and who want everyone else to have the same problems they do.

        Sad and selfish doesn’t even begin to describe it.

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          David Mann

          Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:52 pm

          How do you know 5 doesnt. Especially if it’s following a negative Covid test before travel ? The comment of it being baffling relates to the fact that they haven’t event trialed it. How many of the quarantined people have been detected with Covid after 5 days? Whatever actions are taken, this will come down to a balance of risk versus livelihoods. Thailand has failed to keep it out of the country and it will happen year after year. As you yourself have said, the vaccine isn’t a cure. So they need to find a balance. Maybe a 5 day quarantine is that balance.? Maybe it’s 7 or 10? They won’t know until they trial it

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            Issan John

            Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 12:49 pm

            How do I “know” it doesn’t?

            Because that’s what the experts say, and I think I’ll take their word for it rather than yours. Sorry about that.

            … and it’s “trialled” every time someone is tested in every country whilst in quarantine, after 5, 7, 10,12 or 14 days depending on the regimen.

            It doesn’t need anyone to be released from quarantine after 5 days for it to be “trialled”, FFS!

            … and the answers to your questions are easily available – they’re published here, for Thailand, on a daily basis!

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          Nipral

          Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 3:25 pm

          Aren’t you tired of lecturing everyone on everything and anything ? You certainly dont have the intellectual or moral authority to do so ! May I suggest you get into bridge although you’d have to find 3 friends to play with you ? Anything that would keep you away from you laptop will do.

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            David Mann

            Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 7:21 am

            Why are you so aggressive when people are trying to debate things John? This isn’t meant to be an argument after all.

            I’m not aware that there is a consensus view by the “experts”that you must quarantine for 14 days in order to prove categorically that you are free of Covid? My point was to ask, how many people who are in quarantine in Thailand and have their first Covid test after day 7 (I think) are found to be positive and would they have been found positive had they been tested on day 5? If all people are tested on day 5 or day 7 and no additional people are found on day 13 of quarantine, then it’s safe to reduce the quarantine period to either 5 or 7 days. Naturally, anyone found positive would be held further or transferred to a hospital. I don’t believe anyone has published this data on a sample of any significant size?Thailand must have Day 7 and Day 14 data. Health officials in Thailand have previously suggested 10 day quarantine, which seems to suggest that few, if any, test negative on day 7 but positive on day 14?

            Now can we keep the comments civilised please!

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      Manu

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 9:45 am

      The thing is Brian, amongst all the commentators below, how many have actually read Schwab’s book “The Great Reset”? Obviously none but of course, they have “heard” about it though. The two things I would correct in your comment though:

      – covid 19 is not really an “excuse” but an opportunity (although yes, with the same consequences).

      – The media are not “supporting” this for “ad revenue”, all mainstrean media in the West (and elsewhere) already belong to an oligarch or another. ALL OF THEM. One tiny example (it is not by far the best one but this one amuses me): when two main newspapers of Europe, the British The Guardian and the French Le Monde, get their African “branches” receiving HUGE funds by the Bill Gates Foundation, although (of course) advertised as “philantropist partnerships (ha ha ha….), I am sorry, but one should eventually really question the independance of the content… Will they now in any article criticise Gate’s views for the world or the opposite?? Regardless of Gate’s views are, by the way…

      The Great Reset…

      It is not so much about “Impoverishing people” but to make them dependant of the state. When you are dependant on someone, your critical power disapears (well that’s the idea): you do not criticise the hand that feeds you (or scare you – lately, that also seems to work somehow fine all over the world).

      It is about giving more power to big corporations and the banks to even more than influencing governments, literrally ditacting them to pass laws for their own interests (but that is happening already, The Great Resest is about to accelerate that process once and for all). The State controls the people, the oligarchs control the State.

      It is about to kill small businesses in order to be taken over by big corporations (the world over eating burgers from McDonalds instead of eating in small businesses serving traditional foods, drinking the same coffee from Starbucks, buying your grocery from one of the supermarket chains instead of the street corner shop, buying the same clothes from the same outlets all over the world, etc… etc… the final idea is to loose national identities and tradictions in order to become citizens of the World).

      It is also very much about to use new technologies in order to track ALL human beings movments, in this case The Great Reset uses the covid “thing” as an opportunity to call this a “protection” for public health.

      etc… etc…

      The Great Reset is not an easy book to read it cause it is not aimed at the general public like us but more at Schwab’s mates from the Davos Forum. And if it is nowadays being a conspiracist just by questioning this, then yes, I am. But I am sorry, besides the real threat that is covid 19, regardless if one thinks it is a big one or not (and while we are ALL concentrating our brains on this and this only, the road is free for The Great Reset’s supporters), all these things seem also to be happening rapidly, this “new normal” world that is currently building up seems to take a very alarming shape. And I am really puzzled to why it does not look obvious to everyone.

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        Issan John

        Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 1:01 pm

        Manu, you don’t need to read everything someone’s written to be able to have an informed view that they’re talking crap.

        In your case it was your continued claims about Thai treatment for Covid being centred around hydroxychloryquine when it’s easily verifiable that it’s not.

        In Schwab’s case it’s his repeated claims that “the state” benefits from impoverishing its citizens when, again, it’s very easily verifiable that it’s not.

        You’re “puzzled” that it “does not look obvious to everyone”? Maybe that’s because not “everyone” falls for what one wacko says but most people who are interested listen to a number of different sources, particularly experts in their field.

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          Manu

          Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:39 pm

          What ?? You are an idiot, that’s. All the new concept of understanding the book you did not read. Brilliant. What about hydrochlone in my comment ? Where is it? The rest of your comment is so low I wulll juste igmore it. the problem I have with you is that you are a dangerous idiot

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            Nipral

            Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11:44 pm

            …not really dangerous actually !

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    Terrence

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Looking at the comments from Brian and Toby: can you please keep your conspiracy theories to yourselves? Why in the world would every government on the planet suddenly decide to destroy their economies and put their own people through hardship? It doesn’t make sense, and both of you know it doesn’t make sense.

    Go back to the bar with your other whinging white friends. Or better yet. Go home to your own country. You

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    Bobby B

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    How about kicking out the cheap labor immigrants and let the Thai people have that work.

    It’s a start, maybe not a glamorous occupation but it puts food on the table.

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      kim

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:40 pm

      As with the right wing/republican/trumpist americans complaining about the mexican immigrants, then they occupy jobs which the americans are not willing to do. its somewhat similar in thailand and any other country for that matter

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        Craig

        Friday, January 22, 2021 at 6:29 pm

        Agreed

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        EdwardV

        Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:13 pm

        What a crock. It’s not that Americans are not willing to do those jobs, because in most cases they do. It’s that most Americans are not willing to do those jobs at that wage level. The average American isn’t going to pick strawberries at $12 per hour, it’s just not happening. There are plenty of Americans working as housekeepers, dishwashers, janitors and every other job where it’s assumed they are not willing to do anymore. Fact since 2017 there has been a net migration out of the US by Mexicans. Even they are not willing to do those jobs at that wage level anymore. Read they papers in the central valley, the farmers are having a hell of a problem finding enough workers and are being forced to raise wages (a good thing if you ask me). The real problem is Americans don’t want to pay 2-3x as much for a head of lettuce. If it were not for the Central Americans filling the void, we would all be paying a more realistic price for goods and services. There is a reason Obama and every President behind him regardless of party was more than willing to open the borders, it keeps down inflation. In a functioning democracy, there is no surer way to get voted out of office than to have high inflation.

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        dispensed

        Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:31 pm

        There is no shortage of labor. If you can’t find workers, then raise your wages.

        Is that not how free markets are supposed to work???

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        Manu

        Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:57 pm

        It is called capitalism .basic one too

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    Mark

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Really I think that it’s a lot more already in Thailand before covid 19 hit

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    B.T.

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    According to a recent Credit Suisse study, one percent of the population holds 66.9 percent of the nation’s wealth, with 36 percent of equity held by only 500 people. According to the World Bank, poverty has grown from 7.21 percent in 2015 to 9.85 percent in 2018.
    The onset of the Covid-19 crisis has delivered a drastic economic slowdown, if not an almost complete shutdown of commerce related to travel and tourism. Business bankruptcies, and unemployment have risen across the country in 2020, with a second phase of selective virus restrictions this month.
    As the economy has contracted, poverty is drastically increasing. Average household debt has risen to its highest level in 12 years, to around THB480,000 (US$15,970)per household, according to a survey undertaken by the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.
    Today as extra news Myanmar received 1.5 mln vaccine Astra Zeneca from …India the biggest producer of vaccines in the world.And this was free gift to Myanmar.Same Bhutan,Nepal,Bangladesh,Maldives.Details on Reuters.

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    Bigsleazypappa

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Iv said this all last year time will prove!! You play with peoples lives and this is what happens. I recently remember one guy on here saying there’s no poverty and no problem with Thai people and money. Well this is the future and it’s only going to get worse.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:11 pm

      Who was that?

      I read most of the comments here and I can’t recall anyone suggesting “there’s no poverty and no problem with Thai people and money.”

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        Bobby M

        Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 3:03 pm

        It’s been widely said IJ and you know full well that it has. But here you go again just picking on people’s comments. Go back and look yourself, let’s face it you seem to have nothing better to do……….

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        Toby Andrews

        Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 4:03 pm

        I think you wrote it.

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    Mr cynic

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    The small minority of people in power have very good reason for keeping the majority of people in poverty but not quite starving.it has been very well documented in Western society for at least 2000 years and much longer in asian society.whats going on at the moment is just a bit of a system tweek,that’s all.nothing has really changed in social organisation for thousands of years.

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      Bobby M

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:02 pm

      Me and many others Toby.

      I think there was some retort around how resourceful Thais were and how they can just switch back to growing rice and fishing if my memory serves me right bud.

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    dispensed

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    At least they won’t have to worry about dying of covid at the age of 80! Am i rite?

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    Issan John

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    I don’t know what the relevance of India’s “free gift” of vaccines is to either the article, your point, or Thailand, but there are a number of caveats to it you’ve overlooked.

    It’s part of India’s ‘vaccine diplomacy’ to neighbouring countries where it’s losing it’s influence to China – Thailand obviously isn’t one of them.

    They’re also not strictly all “free”, as while these are free of charge they’re in part due to some of the other countries carrying out Ph 3 trials for India’s vaccines, and also in part a ‘free sample’ to Myanmar and Bangladesh who have ordered a further 30 million doses each from India.

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    richard barker

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    GDP up 4% but profits etc still go to the top end of town. Those working in government jobs etc are still ok. It’s those who trying to make a living from tourists who are slipping through the cracks.
    As always the “economy” and it’s theoretical figures never tells the true story.

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      Peter

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 6:10 pm

      You really are a piece of sh1t Issan John.
      Just watched a BBC TV programme about a nature reserve 3 hours from Bangkok. Their income came from tourists and people staying in their bungalows.
      Obviously, they now have no income. They have enough money to last until the end of February.
      Thai nationals are now sleeping on the shop doorways and beaches in Pattaya. Distute.
      The only people who seem to not care are HiSo Thai’s and idiots like you John.
      Two thirds of all tourism facing businesses are closed on Koh Samui.
      Apart from all the garbage you spout on here daily do you actually talk with any Thai nationals? Do you have any friends in your village? Do you own a TV?
      Developed countries are supporting their citizens. What is Thailand doing?

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        Bill

        Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:00 pm

        A more true statement has never been spoken lol

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    Jesus Monroe

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    I’m thinkin someone needs to start using a calulatar……..

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    Stephen Westrip

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Everyone that is trying to question Issan John. Just remember he is ALWAYS right and everyone else is ALWAYS wrong. He must win the lottery every time!

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    JoeySuk13

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Thai tiger must have some local staff typing the headlines.
    1.5 should read 15
    Its a common mistake in Thailand. It’s why the calculators are the size of tablets.

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