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Public Health Minister says no need for lockdown in Bangkok

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While Bangkok remains the epicentre of the latest wave of Covid-19, with more than 28,000 coronavirus cases in the capital since April 1, Thailand’s public health minister says there’s no need to impose a lockdown. Restrictions are already tight in Bangkok, which is classified as a “dark red” zone under maximum control to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says there’s no need for a strict lockdown since most patients only experience minor symptoms and can be treated at field hospitals. Anutin says 70% of Covid-19 patients in Thailand have mild symptoms while 10% of patients have severe symptoms. He adds that most of the recent outbreaks in the capital are contained at prisons or construction sites.

So far, more than 10,000 people at Thailand prisons have tested positive for Covid-19, most at prisons in Bangkok. Health officials have also reported 29 Covid-19 clusters in 19 districts in Bangkok. Several sites are now being used for proactive case finding to help identify infections and contain the virus.

Vaccines will be used in high risk areas to help slow the spread of the virus. Another 1.7 million doses of the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines are expected to arrive at the end of the month. People in high-risk areas and inmates in prison where Covid-19 is spreading will receive the vaccine as soon as possible, Anutin says.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.


  1. They are beginning to learn, slowly, that a few Thais with Covid 19 does not justify, a complete halt on all activity, resulting in poverty, suicide, and economic workers just abandoning Bangkok.
    This health minister has accepted, although he knew already, that 70 percent of Covid 19 patients have mild symptoms, and 10 percent have severe symptoms.
    What the other 20 percent of Covid patients have, is a a mystery to Thai medical science.
    Take care of the fat, old, and those with ongoing illnesses, and the death rate should be below 1 percent, which should not cripple a country of 69 millions.

  2. Finally someone following the science and data from other countries. Lockdowns don’t work in fact, they make things worse by creating mini spreaders among families in close quarters. Use good judgement, take precautions/masks, quarantine the vulnerable, GET THE VACCINE! Live a normal life……Herd Immunity!

  3. If that’s what the Public Health Minister is saying….can I say to you from the experience in Australia…do the opposite. What he is saying cannot be based in competent medical advice. Countries that have followed the best medical advice available have always cautioned to lockdown when outbreaks are happening. In my country, even short lockdowns (three days), just to allow contact tracers to do their work, is a good thing. But for a government minister to throw caution to the wind is a recipe for disaster. Thailand in the beginning did a great job of controlling infections. This is Thailand’s second wave. It will be far worse than the first. So to think what worked last time willwork this time is not going to work. Numbers are going up by over 2000 + per day. Big cities like Bangkok, need a “circuit breaker” just as Singapore did. It worked for them…it worked for us…it will work for you. The Minister can afford to be cavalier if vaccines are widely available….they aren’t. Lockdown now!!! You have to ask yourself, do you want to be the next India?

  4. Public (pubic!) HEALTH MINISTER.. aka “Dirty farang Auntin”. Firstly this ‘forehead trombone’ is an engineer and is NOT MEDICALLY TRAINED!
    Secondly, he’s a racist barstaard! And, Thirdly, even the PM himself has lost confidence in him…but.. hey ho… AMAZING THAILAND. THIS GUY IS THE JOKE OF THAI POLITICS!

  5. So it spreads in the air, it was in Thailand before it made it in any news globally, skipped India(even though it was in india), and went to Europe and USA first…. true first world countries. And I’m supposed to believe this? Come on im not that stupid.

  6. @Jason – And now Australia has completely closed its border for 14 months with no idea how to ever open again. Maybe you’ll all be vaccinated but at your current rate, it will take years. And a new more contagious variant could make your country into Thailand or India in a matter of weeks, lockdown or not.

  7. “Another 1.7 million doses of the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines are expected to arrive at the end of the month.” Alright but the population of the Bangkok megapolis is upwards of 15 million people. The only way out of the pandemic is to vaccine 70% to 80% of the population.

  8. No comments on the lack of testing in Thailand when Chinese tourists were allowed to visit Chiang Mai in Dec 2019-Jan 2020.My family became infected with something we were not used to. No testing = low cases.
    We would like to return to our home in Chiang Mai,are fully vaccinated (unlike 99% of the Thai population), yet have to spend 14 days in hotel prison.
    Why do we have to do this when Thailand is not in total lockdown. Is it because we are farang?!

  9. “Maybe you’ll all be vaccinated but at your current rate, it will take years.”

    August the year after next (2023), @Frank – not including those under 18 and any booster jabs, if necessary.

    There’s no ideal solution – just the least worst.

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