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Majority of Thais doubt govt's ability to cope with latest COVID-19 wave


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Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha receives an injection of the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, March 16, 2021. Thailand Government House/Handout via REUTERS

 

The majority of people in Thailand think the government will be unable to cope with the latest wave of COVID-19 infections and half believe the country experience a fourth wave of infections

 

According to the latest Suan Dusit poll, some 67 percent of respondents expressed concerns that the government would not be able to control the current outbreak. 

 

68.04% said they were more anxious about the situation than in the past, while 19.60% of people said they were just as fearful or worried as they had been previously.

 

Asked for their opinion on the outbreak, 74.29% of respondents said they thought the outbreak was spreading more quickly, while 67.56% said they had sympathy for medical personnel.

 

When asked about how to protect themselves from COVID-19 during the third wave, overwhelmingly (83.90%) said that wearing a mask outdoors and frequently washing hands was most important, followed by avoiding risky places and crowded areas (79.72%).

 

The third way people could protect themselves was by social distancing (76.50%), while 71.60% would avoid going outdoors altogether.  65.93% cited the importance of following public health announcements.

 

Asked whether the government will be able to cope with the third outbreak, only 39.19% said they thought the government would be able to cope, followed by 35.73% unsure and 25.08% said it was unlikely to cope.   

 

58.89% said they think their will be a fourth wave of infections in Thailand.  

 

The online poll was conducted between April 16-22 and had 2,082 respondents. 

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

The majority of people in Thailand think the government will be unable to cope with the latest wave of COVID-19 infections and half believe the country experience a fourth wave of infections

The main reason for the latest shocking number of cases is Prayuts failure the act properly, putting money before health.... An absolute damned disgrace, hang your head in shame, oops stupid me the man has no shame.

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5 minutes ago, colinneil said:

The main reason for the latest shocking number of cases is

This highly contagious B1.1.7 UK mutant strain.

 

It is wreaking havoc. They coped quite well with the Wuhan strain, but this one has got quickly out of control.

 

I stocked up yesterday and will be staying home until it is gone.

 

Stay safe mate.

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9 minutes ago, RobMuir said:

This highly contagious B1.1.7 UK mutant strain.

 

It is wreaking havoc. They coped quite well with the Wuhan strain, but this one has got quickly out of control.

 

I stocked up yesterday and will be staying home until it is gone.

 

Stay safe mate.

I agree with you mate, but last year covid not serious, everything shutdown, no going home for songkran.

Look at the difference this year, more serious strain of the virus, yet millions were allowed to travel anywhere/ everywhere, absolute lunacy.

Near here 1 person came home for songkran, now  almost 10 members of the family got covid, and family members were out and about in their village.

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1 minute ago, colinneil said:

I agree with you mate, but last year covid not serious, everything shutdown, no going home for songkran.

Look at the difference this year, more serious strain of the virus, yet millions were allowed to travel anywhere/ everywhere, absolute lunacy.

Near here 1 person came home for songkran, now  almost 10 members of the family got covid, and family members were out and about in their village.

Yeah, didn't I read yesterday that a family member from Bangkok came north 'home' for Songkran and infected 23 members of the extended family.

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1. A Poll

2. An online Petition with over 75,000 signatures and rising fast https://www.change.org/p/เรียกร้องให้-อนุทิน-รัฐมนตรีสธ-ลาออก-จากความล้มเหลวในการแก้ปัญหาการระบาด-covid19?

3. Doctors and Health professional complaining.

 

Its not just us farangs then? Well aside from one or two in their rose-tinted glasses.....lol

 

Time for the government to act instead of letting the bodies pile up, a young pregnant woman died from covid here yesterday!

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Whilst the government has by no means been perfect (the vaccine rollout has been truly been unacceptable) there is only so much they (or any other government for that matter) can do and then it is down to the public themselves to take the proper precautions to try and stop the spread of the virus. 

For example, the vast majority should not have traveled for the Songkran holidays.

I'd would also be interested to know how many of the people who took part in these polls have broken the  protocols laid down by the powers that be when it suited them.

 

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10 minutes ago, colinneil said:

I agree with you mate, but last year covid not serious, everything shutdown, no going home for songkran.

Look at the difference this year, more serious strain of the virus, yet millions were allowed to travel anywhere/ everywhere, absolute lunacy.

Near here 1 person came home for songkran, now  almost 10 members of the family got covid, and family members were out and about in their village.

Yeah, probably lured into a false sense of security because of the Farang New Year when there was a flare up, they didn't lock down and they came through alright. The hospitals didn't fill up. It turned out to be the right thing to do economically.

 

That flare-up was from the Burma casino and seafood workers but it wasn't this bar steward UK strain.

 

This UK strain is a real killer and very contagious. Many reports coming through on Thai Facebook province pages today of hospitals now over flowing and not enough beds, and operations for other illnesses being cancelled. 

 

Once the hospitals fill up the bodies start piling up. And sick people simply can't be helped and die because of the shortages.

 

I can't see this getting any better for a while. The bodies have just started piling up and this will be the final nail in the coffin for many businesses that have just scraped through the last year.

 

It is going to be devastating. I hope I am wrong.

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4 hours ago, RobMuir said:

It is going to be devastating. I hope I am wrong.

 

Sadly, I don't think you will be proved wrong. This game is nearly over, after which i think some faces will be heading overseas - maybe to look for some nice watches.

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4 hours ago, RobMuir said:

This highly contagious B1.1.7 UK mutant strain.

 

It is wreaking havoc. They coped quite well with the Wuhan strain, but this one has got quickly out of control.

There corrected.

This highly contagious B1.1.7 UK mutant strain of the Chinese, Wuhan virus.

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7 hours ago, colinneil said:

I agree with you mate, but last year covid not serious, everything shutdown, no going home for songkran.

Look at the difference this year, more serious strain of the virus, yet millions were allowed to travel anywhere/ everywhere, absolute lunacy.

Near here 1 person came home for songkran, now  almost 10 members of the family got covid, and family members were out and about in their village.

 

Just one person with COVID goes home for Songkran and mingles freely with his family and old friends in the village who are also home for Songkran.  Not only does he infect his family and friends who live in the village but friends and family travel back to Bangkok and infect everyone at work and their friends and family in Bangkok. Absolute madness that could have been stopped before Songkran, if Prayut had strapped on a pair of balls. 

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1 hour ago, GrandPapillon said:

nobody can seriously think that Thailand was safe and not affected by Covid before this third wave became "official" for bigger numbers?

This Government thought it was safe, and Thailand with its Teflon coating was safe from this virus. 

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17 hours ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

Asked whether the government will be able to cope with the third outbreak,

The government doesn't have to cope with it..... the health system does.

And they're starting to hit back at the government because cracks are appearing.

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Here's the deal.. Thais and the Thai government were great at reacting to the pandemic and for that they deserve kudos. However, the one big failing of many narrow-minded Thais (who are running the government) is planning, risk management and foresight. Sadly, this could have been averted if they had been on the ball last year and started queuing up immediately for the best vaccine contenders. They could have secured contracts and been ahead of the curve. 

They had the winds at their back having been one of the best countries in the world in containing the virus. They should have used the time they bought to pre-purchase and contract for vaccines as well as other emergency supplies that the the medical community needs:

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Adequate amounts of tests
  • Extra ventilators in case of a new wave
  • More hospital capacity.
  • Strong contact tracing. (obviously the store and mall check in app are a joke and gave everyone a false sense of security) There is no fallow up.


 

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20 hours ago, RobMuir said:

This highly contagious B1.1.7 UK mutant strain.

 

It is wreaking havoc. They coped quite well with the Wuhan strain, but this one has got quickly out of control.

 

I stocked up yesterday and will be staying home until it is gone.

 

Stay safe mate.

You are in for a long haul then as it could be years before it has gone, if ever.  How big is you pantry ? 555

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5 minutes ago, Excel said:

You are in for a long haul then as it could be years before it has gone, if ever.  How big is you pantry ? 555

If we run out I will just get it delivered.

 

Chest freezer full, rice, pasta, kimchi and vegetable garden. 

 

We are surrounded by jungle so if that falls Thai bush tucker it is.

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6 minutes ago, RobMuir said:

If we run out I will just get it delivered.

 

Chest freezer full, rice, pasta, kimchi and vegetable garden. 

 

We are surrounded by jungle so if that falls Thai bush tucker it is.

The problem being, cobber, that you won't be able to have any wombat sausages, roo steak, platypus pies or the like!😉

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1 hour ago, xylophone said:

The problem being, cobber, that you won't be able to have any wombat sausages, roo steak, platypus pies or the like!😉

Plenty of goannas and barra down the creek though. And snakes.

 

She'll be right.

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