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Thailand's two main protagonists in the Covid-19 pandemic were both bullish yesterday as they saw light at the end of the tunnel for the country after many months of lockdowns.

 

Restaurants and malls are expected to reopen next month in some capacity after the CCSA meet on Friday. 

 

PM Prayuth Chan-ocha went on his personal Facebook page to adress his "phee nong" - brothers and sisters inThailand.

 

He spoke of the need to build the country together post-pandemic - something that Daily News took to mean a "new country".

 

Prayuth informed his followers of plans to stimulate the Thai economy with 95,500 new jobs and 4,303 separate projects across 35 provinces. 

 

He claimed this would help millions get back on their feet.

 

He also promised help for students struggling to repay loans. 

 

Meanwhile DMP and health minister Anutin Charnvirakul received representatives from nine major organistations in the retail and restaurant sector.

 

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He hoped that with vaccinations, upped protocols and testing kits Thailand could move to reopening next month at least in a step by step way.

 

He intimated that he expected a favorable outcome for business organistations when the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration meet on August 27th, two days time.

 

Daily News reported that restauranteurs proposed to Anutin a three stage reopening of their restaurants on Sept 1st, 15th and 30th.

 

In the first stage 50% of capacity would be targeted, in the second 75% and by the end of the month they want dining of 100% of tables to be allowed. 

 

Much will rest on CCSA assessments this Friday, notes ASEAN NOW, as more and more people are suggesting that the data shows Covid-19 beginning to ease in Thailand. 

 

Politicians including the PM and DPM are under huge pressure to get the economy restarted though many - including those in the medical profession - are still advocating caution in reopening plans. 

 

However, in comments reported elsewhere it was suggested that the health ministry was proposing that only fully vaccinated diners be allowed in the restaurants, at least at first.

 

After Anutin met with the industry leaders permanent secretary for public health Kiattiphoom Wongkrajit suggested certain restrictions should be lifted.

 

Such a move is bound to concern many people who have not received two jabs, especially foreigners living in Thailand, notes ASEAN NOW. 

 

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"Prayuth informed his followers of plans to stimulate the Thai economy with 95,500 new jobs and 4,303 separate projects across 35 provinces. 

 

He claimed this would help millions get back on their feet."

 

he was obviously closely advised by TAT officials in coming up with this prediction

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No mention of % of half / fully vaccinated people in Thailand though.  This is what most western countries based "opening" on ... 50%-70% of adult population.

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35 minutes ago, poskat said:

"Prayuth informed his followers of plans to stimulate the Thai economy with 95,500 new jobs and 4,303 separate projects across 35 provinces. 

 

He claimed this would help millions get back on their feet."

 

he was obviously closely advised by TAT officials in coming up with this prediction

That's why I never bought a calculator in Thailand. They're all broken...

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5 minutes ago, RotBenz8888 said:

Malls reopen but not schools? 

of course, malls and restaurants generate money for the government (through taxes, etc), basically schools don't, and school age kids will go to malls and spend money if they are open.

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45 minutes ago, poskat said:

"Prayuth informed his followers of plans to stimulate the Thai economy with 95,500 new jobs and 4,303 separate projects across 35 provinces. 

 

He claimed this would help millions get back on their feet."

 

he was obviously closely advised by TAT officials in coming up with this prediction

well 95,500 times 4,303 times 35 equals millions doesn't it?

500 new jobs for Thais and 95,000 for migrant workers probably.

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Voila. Shopping malls and restaurants (and domestic airlines probably too).

 

What did we achieve in one month of full closure (BKK and around) ?

 

Not much. Even... nothing... excepted the despair and economic decline for many people and their families.

 

Anyway. Better late than never.

 

The Covid party is over. Too expensive for a country like Thailand.

 

However, it's easy to bet : the circus is likely to continue... for schools ! Closure. Pseudo "online" classes instead (so wrong for young children).

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55 minutes ago, Thaiwrath said:

The best "New Thailand" would be one without Prayuth, Anutin, Prawit and the other dinosaurs.

Then Thailand could start to move forward. 

Maybe just a bit of topic but a totally new Police Force would also help?

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3 minutes ago, jvs said:

Maybe just a bit of topic but a totally new Police Force would also help?

95,500 new jobs and 4303 separate projects in 35 Provinces? Work camps overseen by Uniformed  enforcers?

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19 minutes ago, cclub75 said:

Voila. Shopping malls and restaurants (and domestic airlines probably too).

 

What did we achieve in one month of full closure (BKK and around) ?

 

Not much. Even... nothing... excepted the despair and economic decline for many people and their families.

 

Anyway. Better late than never.

 

The Covid party is over. Too expensive for a country like Thailand.

 

However, it's easy to bet : the circus is likely to continue... for schools ! Closure. Pseudo "online" classes instead (so wrong for young children).

Hopefully the schools will open in line with the other plans to open up. 
 

Been shut far too long with this pretend online education. 
 

It is indeed almost over. Time to give the Thai people their livelihoods and jobs back and move on. 
 

 

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So you can only go to a restaurant or mall if you are fully vaccinated? 

 

(1) What are the implications of a two-tier society where the vaccinated and the un-vaccinated are separated?  

 

(2) Who is left to police the policy? The owner of the restaurant who is almost broke; the security guard in the mall?

 

Looks like we are about to enter a very new Thailand indeed. 

 

 

 

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56 minutes ago, mtls2005 said:

Didn't work for Coke

I love the "I have to try it first"

coke advert the longer one with Jack Black making an appearance.

Definitely dont like the low suger same taste coke.

 

I think the presnt "government"

are aiming for "ye oldie Siam"

back to serfdom for the peasants.

 

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1 hour ago, mtls2005 said:

Didn't work for Coke

I love the "I have to try it first"

coke advert the longer one with Jack Black making an appearance.

Definitely dont like the low suger same taste coke.

 

I think the presnt "government"

are aiming for "ye oldie Siam"

back to serfdom for the peasants.

 

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1 hour ago, HaoleBoy said:

No mention of % of half / fully vaccinated people in Thailand though.  This is what most western countries based "opening" on ... 50%-70% of adult population.

I read yesterday on a travel website in a report about Thailand that the overall vaccination rate of fully vaccinated people here is only 8%.

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New Thailand. Yes, they are going to be known as the country which opened up time after time with devastating consequences and never understood that they have to vaccinate their people with working vaccines. Anyway, it´s new. No other country has even come close to doing such failure.

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6 minutes ago, Gottfrid said:

New Thailand. Yes, they are going to be know as the country which opened up time after time with devastating consequences and never understood that they have to vaccinate their people with working vaccines. Anyway, it´s new. No other country has even come close to doing such failure.

More cliche nonsense. 
 

Sinovac is a working vaccine. Maybe not as efficient as others but latest studies with Delta show good efficacy and excellent prevention from serious illness. 

 


 

 

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27 minutes ago, Kadilo said:

Hopefully the schools will open in line with the other plans to open up. 
 

Been shut far too long with this pretend online education. 
 

It is indeed almost over. Time to give the Thai people their livelihoods and jobs back and move on.

Indeed. For young children (primary) "online" is a disaster. A this age, they need social contacts with other children.

 

"Online" can be okay for teenagers. But for primary level, it's madness, really.

 

Anyway. As i wrote, i'm less optimistic for schools... Because we know international schools work "secretly" on a "sandbox program"... The idea is to have everyone vaccinated (teachers, administration, parents, maids, nanies etc.) and other rules, and only then they could open before the other schools.

 

Why they would work on this... if all the schools could open any time soon ?

 

Furthermore, authorities have zero problem with closing schools because for them... they are not closed ! "Online" is a like a magic "mai mi pen ah" system !

 

And closing schools is a good way to gain face for local politicians (governors). They do not want to take any risk... therefore they fully support "online".

 

So add all those items... and you have a situation that looks quite dire... it could last long time....

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5 minutes ago, Kadilo said:

More cliche nonsense. 
 

Sinovac is a working vaccine. Maybe not as efficient as others but latest studies with Delta show good efficacy and excellent prevention from serious illness. 

 


 

 

Sure 59%. Much lower than other vaccines. 

Chinese-made vaccines not effective against Delta variant after one dose - Thailand News - ASEAN NOW formerly Thai Visa Forum

 

Just very sad to read you are actually promoting what they are doing. Very sad!

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Just now, cclub75 said:

Indeed. For young children (primary) "online" is a disaster. A this age, they need social contacts with other children.

 

"Online" can be okay for teenagers. But for primary level, it's madness, really.

 

Anyway. As i wrote, i'm less optimistic for schools... Because we know international schools work "secretly" on a "sandbox program"... The idea is to have everyone vaccinated (teachers, administration, parents, maids, nanies etc.) and other rules, and only then they could open before the other schools.

 

Why they would work on this... if all the schools could open any time soon ?

 

Furthermore, authorities have zero problem with closing schools because for them... they are not closed ! "Online" is a like a magic "mai mi pen ah" system !

 

And closing schools is a good way to gain face for local politicians (governors). They do not want to take any risk... therefore they fully support "online".

 

So add all those items... and you have a situation that looks quite dire... it could last long time....

Sadly they do seem to shut down schools and give them a day off at the drop of a hat,  so may be not one of their priorities even though it should be. 
 

 

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4 minutes ago, Gottfrid said:

Sure 59%. Much lower than other vaccines. 

Chinese-made vaccines not effective against Delta variant after one dose - Thailand News - ASEAN NOW formerly Thai Visa Forum

 

Just very sad to read you are actually promoting what they are doing. Very sad!

No, not much lower, again an exaggeration. 
 If promoting you mean in agreement, then yes I am. 
 

The real people of Thailand, not the armchair foreigners , are suffering through homelessness, jobless, and a wide range of health and mental health issues apart from Covid related.
 

They need their  lives back and the children need to be educated back in school. 
 


 

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1 hour ago, Thaiwrath said:

The best "New Thailand" would be one without Prayuth, Anutin, Prawit and the other dinosaurs.

Then Thailand could start to move forward. 

Last time something similar happened I recall that red shirts and yellow shirts were fighting in the streets - and also damaging lots of property - I'm not sure what is best...🤔

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

He also promised help for students struggling to repay loans. 

last time he did this he reduced repayments for the unemployed and increased it for the employed to make up for it

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13 minutes ago, Kadilo said:

Sadly they do seem to shut down schools and give them a day off at the drop of a hat,  so may be not one of their priorities even though it should be. 
 

 

Well let's face it, having a constant supply of uneducated, insular, overly patriotic and unambitious individuals entering the workforce at 300 Baht a day is quite handy for the Elites. They have no interest in providing education for the proles, especially when they could just keep the money required for such an education in the Benz fund.

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