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Thais ok with limiting Songkran water fights – Nida Poll

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A recent poll has revealed that a majority of Thais are ok with limiting or banning this year’s Songkran water splashing activities. The National Institute of Development Administration conducted the poll via telephone interviews with around 1,315 people over the last 2 days.

The Nida poll reported today that almost 44% of respondents said water splashing should be prohibited nationwide during the Thai new year to prevent the possible spreading of the Covid-19 virus. Almost 21% said it should be allowed in low-risk areas (not hit by the second wave). And, around 18% said it should be allowed in all areas as long as it conforms to the “new normal” standards for Covid-19.

Only about 11% said water splashing should be allowed nationwide, a clear minority of respondents. Almost 65% said they would be concerned about the Covid virus spreading if water splashing was allowed. Around 27% said they would be “highly concerned” due to the Covid situation not being resolved.

But a majority of respondents, about 35%, said they would not be worried about the virus spreading, citing that people know how to protect themselves. A majority of pollsters, about 44%, also placed road accidents ahead of the Covid virus as being the most worrisome.

Water splashing did not seem be more important than keeping the Covid-19 virus from spreading as about 82% said they would forego the water activities if it meant keeping the virus at bay.

The respondents echoed recent announcements by Thailand’s Culture Minister, Itthiphol Kunplome, who says that, while this year’s Songkran holiday will go ahead, activities such as water splashing, foam parties, and the daubing of powder paste are likely to be banned. He added that the Bangkok Metropolitan Association may decide to close Khao San Road, which is normally a water fight epicentre.

The Bangkok Post reports that this year, the Thai New Year holiday can only be marked with traditional customs, such as the pouring of water over Buddha statues, paying respects to the elderly, giving food to monks, and other merit-making activities.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Ynwaps

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Thailand is done for me if Songkran gets cancelled again

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    Fred glue

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    See ya ynwaps, bloody sook,,,🍼🍼🍼

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    Rather a deceptive headline and report, to put it mildly.

    A “clear majority” didn’t say they “are OK with limiting or banning water splashing” – a “clear majority” said it SHOULD be limited or banned.

    I sometimes wonder if the “authors” of these reports ever actually read their source, or if they just use a version of Google re-write to do it for them, badly.

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    BangkokBen

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    There is basically no evidence that Covid is spread through food or water, especially since the person throwing the water hasn’t been drinking from the container.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Have you been to Songkran festivities much, BB?

    There’s no “food” involved and it involves far more than “throwing water”. 😂

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Here is a choice for the Thais. If they think they might catch Covid do not take part.
    If they think this activity will not result in them catching Covid, they can take part.
    My opinion is that they will take part.
    Truth is that the Thais might be becoming a little tired of all these big brother orders from the government, which is supposed to be for their own good,

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    Fred glue

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 2:31 am

    Same-Same IJ, that’s exactly what you do. You read other sites on google & twist it, that’s where you get your source from. Why are you different…. your views are from copy-cat style. 🤥

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    Issan John

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 10:43 am

    No, Fred glue, not “twisting” anything.

    What’s reported in this article is simply wrong.

    Nobody was asked if they were “ok with limiting or banning this year’s Songkran water splashing”.

    The questions asked were whether the festivities “should be prohibited”, “should only be allowed in low risk areas” etc.

    Those aren’t my “views”, whether you agree or not, they’re facts.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 11:03 am

    “Truth is that the Thais might be becoming a little tired of all these big brother orders from the government, which is supposed to be for their own good,” etc

    Yes they “might”, Toby, just as they “might” be becoming tired of eating rice, but all the evidence including this survey, previous surveys, the lack of support for any protests, etc. without exception (literally without exception) shows very clearly that they’re NOT “tired of all these big brother orders from the government” but that if anything they think the government should be doing MORE to control Covid “for their own good”, not less.

    That may not suit some farangs who want to exercise their “rights”, but that’s very clearly the “Thai” view.

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    Fred glue

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    That’s your view on Thai people IJ, how do you know that it is a Thai view. You are making it all up with bullshit IJ. Clearly it is not a Thai view at all. Why do you keep back stapping Thai people it has got nothing too do with you at all. You are just a know all…… go & walk back too england, it will do you good the walk…

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    Ynwaps

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    cheap polls is how you get “journalists” to publish your garbage apparently.
    Here just throw this into google translate and make it fit our magazine narrative.
    lol

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    Mr cynic

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 3:16 am

    Perhaps this is a good opportunity for songkran to be returned to its original charming purpose when a few drops of spirit cleansing water was sprinkled on the hands at the temple.
    It was never ment to be a full on battle using water cannons by drunken smelly falangs wearing Chang singlets and their tarty issan bargirl friends.

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Songkran road deaths, injuries cut in half thanks to Covid surge

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Songkran New Year celebrations have seen road deaths and injuries cut in half thanks to surge of Covid infections just before the start of the annual holiday that essentially cancelled major gatherings. The Road Safety Director Centre says 192 people have been killed and 1,818 injured so far during the Songkran holiday, with 37 dying on Wednesday alone. But those numbers, although disturbing, are half of what they were in 2019 when the Songkran holiday was in full swing.

Of 1,795 accidents over the past 5 days, Nakhon Si Thamarat accounted for 76, followed by Chiang Mai (63), Songkhla (49) and Surat Thani (49). In terms of deaths, Bangkok, Khon Kaen and Pathum Thai led with 8 each, followed by Chon Buri (7), Chiang Mai (7) and Sakhon Nakhon (6).

Over 3,700 motorists have been charged with drink driving offences during the first 5 days of the Songkran holiday, accounting for 39.6% of all accidents, followed by speeding (27%). Witthawan Sunthornkajit from the Department of Probation says that between April 10 and 14, 3,741 motorists received suspended sentences for driving under the influence, 99.66% (3,730 cases), followed by drug-driving at 0.29% (11 cases) and reckless-driving at 0.05% (2 cases). 1,648 of those were on April 14, the highest number for the 5-day period.

The worst-offending provinces were Chaiyaphum, in the north-east of the country, with 290 drink-driving incidents, Chiang Rai in the north, with 264, and Buriram in the north-east, with 251.

“Defendants in 3,730 DUI cases had consumed alcohol, while in the other 11, offenders had taken narcotic substances. 19 defendants were ordered to wear electronic monitoring tags and banned from leaving home between 11pm and 4am for 15 days, while their driver’s licences have been suspended for 6 months.”

Like in past years, motorcycles continued to be the type of vehicles most involved in the accidents during the festival, at 79.3%, followed by pickup trucks (6.6%) and passenger cars (3.6%).

Over the past 5 days, most accidents occurred on highways (65.7%) and from 4pm to 8pm (30.3%). Most of the people who were injured or killed in road accidents were those aged 50 or more (23.5%).

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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First 5 days of Songkran see more than 3,700 motorists booked for drink-driving

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Over 3,700 motorists have been charged with drink driving offences during the first 5 days of the Songkran holiday. Witthawan Sunthornkajit from the Department of Probation says that between April 10 and 14, 3,741 motorists received suspended sentences for driving under the influence. 1,648 of those were on April 14, the highest number for the 5-day period. The worst-offending provinces were Chaiyaphum, in the north-east of the country, with 290 drink-driving incidents, Chiang Rai in the north, with 264, and Buriram in the north-east, with 251.

“Defendants in 3,730 DUI cases had consumed alcohol, while in the other 11, offenders had taken narcotic substances. 19 defendants were ordered to wear electronic monitoring tags and banned from leaving home between 11pm and 4am for 15 days, while their driver’s licences have been suspended for 6 months.”

According to Witthawan, the court will order anyone showing signs of alcohol dependency during their probation to attend rehab. Nation Thailand reports that the Probation Department has deployed 439 volunteers, consisting of staff members and drink-driving offenders currently on probation, at 65 checkpoints around the country. They are tasked with supplying drivers with water and information leaflets on Covid-19 disease prevention measures.

This year, over 8 million vehicles travelled in and out of Bangkok during the Songkran holiday, despite most celebrations being cancelled nationwide due to the resurgence of the Covid-19 virus. And by day 5 of the holiday, in Thailand’s other, never-ending pandemic, the Kingdom had reported 1,795 road traffic accidents, with 1,818 injured and 192 fatalities.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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New red zone map shows where restrictions may apply after this afternoon’s CCSA meeting

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This new map is up for discussion today when the CCSA meets today. 18 provinces are to be designated as red zones. The amount of red zones may changes as well after this morning’s CCSA update on new infections. The CCSA will meet later this afternoon, chaired by the PM Prayut Chan-o-cha.

According to some early notes on the upgraded restrictions which are almost certainly going to be announced today, restaurants will be able to stay open until 9pm in the red provinces and until 11:00pm in the orange provinces. Bars, karaoke bars, massage places, must not sell liquor and cannot drink in restaurants in every province. Schools will stay closed.

The map cuts a red swathe through the north east, and the north west areas of the country, and some provinces around Bangkok, including Bangkok,.

The red zones, as of now, include…
1. Bangkok
2. Chiang Mai
3. Chon Buri
4. Samut Prakan
5. Prachuap Khiri Kan
6. Samut Sakhon
7. Pathum Thani
8. Nakhon Pathom
9. Phuket
10. Nakhon Ratchasima
11. Nonthaburi
12. Songkhla
13. Tak
14. Udon Thani
15. Suphanburi
16. Sa Kaeo
17. Rayong
18. Khon Kaen

The list of red zones may be updated after this morning’s CCSA meeting, and in coming days. The list of restrictions applied may also vary across provinces. Governors have a certain level of flexibility when applying and enforcing restrictions.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s mercurial Public Health Minister says he is “confident” the Kingdom can overcome the current Covid-19 crisis without imposing a nationwide lockdowns.

“We have seen no point in imposing a lockdown” for the time being.

He says that the current cycle of the new infections has only been 2 weeks and the Health Ministry has had good cooperation from all stakeholders.

“What we need to see now is less mobility. If we can do it, we will definitely see a declining number of new covid-19 infections by next month.”

NOTE: These zonings and list of possible restrictions are NOT final until announcements made following this afternoon’s CCSA meeting.

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