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Pattaya's Coronavirus Cock-up: Chaos on first day of lockdown as leaders scurry for rethink
 
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Pattaya's leaders are desperately scurrying to rethink the lock down of the city, once Thailand's premier tourist resort. 

 

Plans to instigate a lock down at 2 pm yesterday soon became a disaster as traffic - a perennial problem in the once crowded city - became unbearable. 

 

PR Pattaya City reported on Facebook that the five checkpoints stopping traffic were reopened and a meeting was hurriedly arranged chaired by Pattaya mayor Sontaya Khunpluem and Bang Lamung District chief Amnat Charoensri. 

 
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77kaoded said it was not just the traffic - each of the five checkpoints were struggling to interpret what ID was necessary to move in and out of the city.

 

This created horrendous delays. 

 

Concrete barriers blocking traffic had to be removed to allow the flow to continue.

 
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A better system is hoped for today though the story seems to be falling into the category of "watch this space". 

 

The lock down order was discussed for a couple of days before being signed by the Chonburi governor and came after a spike in coronavirus cases in the city.

 
 
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6 minutes ago, webfact said:

77kaoded said it was not just the traffic - each of the five checkpoints were struggling to interpret what ID was necessary to move in and out of the city.

typical thai thinking and planning ; contingencies ? what are they ?!

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An absolute shambles and a disgrace. By some accounts of people on the ground there, the numbers of homeless and rough sleepers is exploding as landlords are being absolutely mercenary, and the governments inability to get any protections for the vulnerable in place are really hitting hard.

 

Whether or not the dangers of the virus are overstated, the responses by the government have made an already terrible situation worse.

 

I don't see how major consequences are going to be avoided. The discontent is swelling already.

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17 minutes ago, z42 said:

An absolute shambles and a disgrace. By some accounts of people on the ground there, the numbers of homeless and rough sleepers is exploding as landlords are being absolutely mercenary, and the governments inability to get any protections for the vulnerable in place are really hitting hard.

 

Whether or not the dangers of the virus are overstated, the responses by the government have made an already terrible situation worse.

 

I don't see how major consequences are going to be avoided. The discontent is swelling already.

Whilst I dont disagree, I think you are the the wrong thread 🙂

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Methinks "OK we lock down City stop spread of virus"

              "Good idea Boss...yes"

              "but Boss....how do we do this"

              "not sure.....let me think again"

              :cheesy::cheesy::cheesy:

 

 

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14 minutes ago, sungod said:

Whilst I dont disagree, I think you are the the wrong thread 🙂

Disagree. The headline for this story is about local leaders cocking up and having to rethink. My post gives examples of how cockups up to now are affecting local residents are working, and how without a rethink will continue to sow discontent and create additional problems on the side.

 

Either way mate, we're on the same train of thought i imagine in how we're viewing the authorities" handling of this whole thing.

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36 minutes ago, Toany said:

They will have to sort things quickly.  The airports of Wuhan are open again.  Soon there will be hordes of Chinese trying to enter Pattaya.

Why do you think the Virus daily figures are lowest in the World, and the contagion curve is completely different from any other Nations.

Covid19 revisited to come.

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1 hour ago, Toany said:

They will have to sort things quickly.  The airports of Wuhan are open again.  Soon there will be hordes of Chinese trying to enter Pattaya.

they will have special permission to enter and their own bus lane ,

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No big deal! Mistakes happens. This is not a normal situation, and many of the persons planning this, is doing this for the first time and hopefully once in their life time. I am sure they will fix it and make it work. Everybody can make mistakes.

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This shambles, although touted as a lockdown to contain the virus, is purely to halt the inevitable flow of Bangkokians expected to descend on Pattaya for the Songkran perioid - officially cancelled or not, many people are taking the holiday anyway!!

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1 hour ago, z42 said:

An absolute shambles and a disgrace. By some accounts of people on the ground there, the numbers of homeless and rough sleepers is exploding as landlords are being absolutely mercenary, and the governments inability to get any protections for the vulnerable in place are really hitting hard.

 

Whether or not the dangers of the virus are overstated, the responses by the government have made an already terrible situation worse.

 

I don't see how major consequences are going to be avoided. The discontent is swelling already.

24 million across Thailand applied for financial support, even if only 12 million deserved it only 1.2 million were approved, a lot of Thai people work off book (freelance), now that most of that market has been shut down what are they supposed to do, the government quite obviously doesn't give a toss and these lock downs are preventing needy people going to stay with family or friends

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Yeah the funny thing about Pattaya is that absolutely no one will have ID for living on the beach side of sukhumvhit. Genius.

 

They could just let everyone in without checking ID. What does it matter? Ridiculous.

 

 

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Lol
"77kaoded said it was not just the traffic - each of the five checkpoints were struggling to interpret what ID was necessary to move in and out of the city."

What is so hard about that ? I've seen the (regular) police and the Immigration Police when they do a shift change. The incoming shift stands in formation and gets a briefing from the (commander/shift supervisor/whoever) and then they go do their jobs.

We knew a couple days in advance that we (foreigners) were supposed to have our passports and a "residence certificate" and a special form (with an English version already available) detailing who we are, where we are going and why.
All that should have been passed on to every oncoming shift for days before the barricades went up.

There shouldn't have been any confusion at all about the documents. I was hoping to find out what they were doing with that new form (looking at it, stamping it or keeping it when you went through a checkpoint) but the only person who reported going through a checkpoint said they never even checked him for documents at all !

Possibly they just didn't think there'd be as much traffic as there was and couldn't handle it without making the problem worse (by having to check and verify the documents of every single person trying to pass through).
And then there's the issue of what to do with the people that "forgot" one piece of paper or something and now they have to try and redirect that person back the way they came.

I think I'll put my mask on and go talk to my neighbour though I don't think his English is good enough to explain it to me.
 

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